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A closer peek at Hisense’s cool new H7C 4K UHD HDR TV that’s selling for less than $400

by on January 12, 2016
 

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.

Display quality at 4K in the Hisense H7C 4K HDR TV

Display quality at 4K in the Hisense H7C 4K HDR TV

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.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Eugene S.
    January 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Wow, HDR at such a low price point!. I thought we would have to wait till late next year for such a low price point for a HDR. I am assuming these would not be Ultra HD Premium type TVs. I have a non HDR 4K and want to buy one that is HDR capable eventually and you can’t get a Samsung, LG or Sony for less than $900 that has some HDR. So this Hisense product is appealing but my concern is how good these tvs would be in the long run as 4K prices will continue to go down. I guess its safer to wait despite the price point.

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  • Mario
    January 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Look good – any word when the H7C is available in the US?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Hello Mario. We don’t have a firm release date yet but from what we’ve heard about the new Hisense 2016 CES models, they will be available in the U.S market by June of this year. However, we’ll look further into this for confirmation.

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      • Mario
        January 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        Stephen,

        Thanks.. By then 4K blu Ray should be somewhat affordable.. Will wait.

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      • Doug
        January 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm

        Hi Stephen,

        The press releases all announced February ship dates for the H7C series, and June dates for the H8. Do you have reason to believe the H7C dates have been delayed?

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        • Stephen
          Stephen
          January 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm

          Hello Doug, you are correct, the H7C is available in February of 2016 along with the H9C and the H8C will hit shelves in April, from what we’ve heard. As for the top-shelf H10C, it’s expected to be available as of June or possibly July. This has been added to the news piece and we apologize for the confusion on release dates.

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      • D.R. Darke
        December 10, 2017 at 2:40 am

        The HiSense H7’s available now via both Amazon and PC Richard (a NYC Appliance/Electronics store), $349 for the 50″ w/HDR.

        My question is, has anybody tried this recently with the Samsung UBD-K8500 UHD Blu-Ray Player w/HDR, to see if the HDR works right? I read a review from last November claiming neither play well with each other from GTrust, a site I’d never come across before now. I’m not sure which piece of kit needs to push through a firmware update to fix this, but I’d really like to be sure before I pull the trigger – even at the $350 price point, I don’t want to waste my money, especially not if I end up giving this as a gift!

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  • MrSatyre
    January 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    But how’s the non-4K processing? That’s what we’ll be watching more of over the next 10 years before there’s an ocean of 4K to go swimming in. 70-80% of the cost in displays now is in processing, not panel manufacturing. Low cost display usually means low performance processing of anything not in the panel’s native resolution.

    Also, which versions of HDR will it implement? As far as I know, LG is the only one adopting Dolby Vision, which is a per frame application, and that is the one which shows the most promise.

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  • Gill
    March 11, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hi there when will HDR tv be available in the UK? And can l buy one from US that ships to UK?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 11, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Hello Gill, are you specifically referring to one of Hisense’s HDR 4K TVs or to any HDR 4K TV from any brand? Because if you’re referring to HDR 4K in general, there should already be high dynamic range UHD TVs on sale in the UK, several of different models I believe. For example, Samsung’s JS9500 SUHD TV from 2015 is sold in your country and it offers what should even be “UHD Premium” grade HDR and display specs. Furthermore, the 2016 SUHD KS9000 is also already up on the Samsung U.K website and will likely go on sale soon (not yet available however). This is also an HDR TV. Then there are Sony models like the new XBR D 4K HDR TVs, all of which are now being advertised by Sony UK.

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  • Tech Dave
    March 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    It’s mid-March and still haven’t seen these TVs anywhere.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      March 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Hello there Dave. Yes you’re right and they have delayed in releasing them. The company and major retailers are still only selling the ULED HB-Series 4K models and we ourselves expect the HC models features at CES 2016 to reach shelves sometime before June. We don’t vouch for this completely but so far it seems to be the timeline for most new 2016 4K models from the major brands, including Sony’s XBR D-Series 4K models, Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs and LG’s signature OLED 4K G6 model, (which is now on pre-order).

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  • Juan Rivera
    December 3, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Hisense lies advertising it’s entire line of H7 tvs as supporting hdr. I bought the 55H7B model thinking it was hdr capable obviously it’s not. I’d like to request Hisense an hdr update for my tv!!

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