A closer peek at Hisense’s cool new H7C 4K UHD HDR TV that’s selling for less than $400
Stephan Jukic – January 12, 2016
The revolution in highly affordable 4K TVs which deliver a serious punch of power, specs, usability and still manage to cost only almost the same amount as Full HD TVs is finally here in 2016. We saw signs of it in 2015, plenty of them, but 2016 is now looking like the year in which 4K television truly hits full stride.
One of the latest, if slightly underappreciated signs of this is a recent development in which secondary 4K TV makers like Hisense start creating televisions you’d actually want to buy. Samsung, LG, Sony and even Panasonic may still be the leaders and creating some absolute marvels of television technology but companies like Vizio and now Hisense are hitting their own strong specs it seems.
This is partly how we’ve started to reach a point where not only 4K ultra HD becomes easily affordable and accessible but also HDR (high dynamic range) video turns into something available even in some of the most economically priced new 4K TV models on the market. The only recently very new and very expensive technology of HDR –which expands contrast range and color gamut for greater onscreen realism—was something of a luxury. Well no more.
With this in mind, we get down to the Hisense H7 and other of the company’s 2016 4K UHD HDR TVs which were all recently unveiled at CES 2016. Every single one of these models offers HDR technology in some form or another and the H7C manages to do so at a truly unbelievable starting price of just $399.
The H7 series is fully compatible with the new next generation 4K technology and will be able to display the HDR metadata of content in the format from sources like Netflix, Amazon and of course the new upcoming 4K UHD Blu-ray players, all of which will also feature HDR playback for the same spec in the discs we’re still expecting.
Thus, even if you get your hands on the smallest 43 inch model of this generally extremely affordable 4K UHD TV, you can enjoy all of this new HDR content playback in 4K resolution at a price point that just 6 or 7 months ago was impossible. The new H7 model also comes with UHD upscaling, Smart TV functionality and comes with a 4K media player along with full connectivity and dual-band WiFi.
Furthermore, if you’d like still more screen size and power, the H7 comes in 50, 55 and 65 inch models with the largest of these still costing only $1,299.
Of course, none of these H7 models deliver quite the sort of picture quality you could expect from high-end LG, Sony or Samsung models from late 2015 or 2016 but the H7 TVs still do offer up performance that’s comparable to many mid-range 4K sets from the name brands and that’s pretty impressive considering their price.
Finally, if you want display specs which genuinely do give even the big three brands a run for their money while still being relatively affordable, Hisense has also released its H8,H9 and truly cutting-edge H10 4K UHD TV models. The last of these is one remarkable piece of 4K TV display technology from what we have seen of its display rendering.
From what we’ve read in press reports and other sources, the Hisense H7C is expected to hit the North American market in February of this year, along with the H9C. The H8C and top-shelf H10C 4K TVs will be available in the U.S in April and mid-2016 respectively.
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