Originally Posted by Bill Ball
Originally Posted by Six Demon Bag
VIZIO 80” Razor LED™ Smart TV
The all-new M-Series 80” (80.01 diag.) Razor LED™ Smart TV has arrived with an ultra-modern design and brilliant Razor LED™ ...
It lists three 80" TVs. D-A3, D-A3R and this one above. The two D's say Theater 3D. This one does not. Was there an i-A3, non 3D in 2013?
Specs do seem off though.
The M801i-A3 was added very recently, so it gets confused with the anticipated 2014 M models even though it has 2013 technology (edge lit Razor LED). They removed the 3D technology from the earlier "d" model and are calling it "i", but the A# gives it away as 2013, as others have noted. Who knows if the announced 2014 M will ever launch. The releases came to a halt weeks ago at the 60" E, and even that is only available at Vizio's online store.
I looked over the specs for all 3 80" M Series panels on the Vizio website, and the only way in which they differ is in terms of power consumption:
M801d-A3 Power Consumption: TBD
(3D w/ 4 pairs of glasses)
M801d-A3R Power Consumption: 104.2W (3D w/ 8 pairs of glasses)
M801i-A3 Power Consumption: 105.9W (no 3D)
So the M801i-A3 does appear to be a truly different product than the M801d-A3R (aside from the removal of 3D). I have searched Vizio's website and can not find any announcement regarding the release of this M801i-A3 panel.
I posted an answer to the same question in the 2014 M-Series thread stating that this cannot be the 2014 80" M801i (which is supposed to be FALD), but this is damn confusing.
Either the FALD M801i is not going to come out until very late this year and Vizio had already EOL'd the 3D models and needed to quickly turn something around to avoid a gap (though hard to understand why they would have yanked the 3D in that case, since they already had it).
Or alternatively, there is not going to be an 80" FALD panel at all this year and so this 'non-3D' version of the 2013 model is all that will be offered at 80" this year (as Six Demon Bag and others are beginning to suspect).
Between the delays getting the 60" Es and above into the channels, the delays in the CNET review of the 2014 E-Series, and all the confusion this is creating regarding the 2014 80" M-Series, Vizio has not done anything positive of late to increase confidence that they will actually be able to deliver the P Series this year (let alone the 65" Reference Series)...