It's the war of the television technology acronyms! This morning, the number two flat panel display maker in North America announced that what its P-Series and M -series displays are now called XLED. The term may be new, but these are flat FALD (full-array, local dimming) LED-lit LCDs. Looks like OLED and QLED have some new acronymic competition!
So what does XLED really mean for viewers? I'll find out today; I'm headed to New York City for a Vizio press event. But here are a few points covered in this morning's press release:
The M-series is getting wide color gamut, which the company is calling Ultra Color Spectrum. Now, Vizio's mainstream line of TVs fully supports HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats. This is great news for budget-minded videophiles. The company refers to this year of picture quality as XLED Plus.
If you step up to the P-series, you get what Vizio refers to as XLED Pro. The company promises greater contrast than ever, as well as increased color depth. The XHDR Pro local dimming system (featuring Xtreme Black Engine Pro) offers 128 local dimming zones.
Vizio continues to use Google Cast as the platform for its displays smart TV experience, in the form of Smartcast.
That's all for now. I'll have more info plus video and photos later today. Plus, I'll have coverage of the company's 2017 audio products
Theoretically, this news is embargoed until 8 am today. However, the new TVs are already public on Vizio's website. When I do post separate homepage articles for the M-series and P-series, this one thread will act as the comment section for both. So as they say, stay tuned.
Vizio 2017 M-series XLED Plus
Vizio 2017 P-series XLED Pro