Originally Posted by Jeffrey Suchocki
Vizio isn't late--sorry, but this is pretty consistent. You can look back on their year-to-year releases going back at least to 2016 with the initial P-Series--and I think even before then (can't find proof). You can look for yourself on Vizio's historical blog. Release was late March in '16 (3/22), late April in '17 (4/25), early-mid May in '18 (5/9), and late May in '19 (5/20). They're on a 12.5 - 13 month year-over-year. schedule. So June 30th? Totally inline with history. Ok... they're one week late as 13 months would be ~June 23rd or so. But seriously... the panic and overstatement is ridiculous! The fact it's merely a week or two past historical patterns is pretty amazing given circumstances. My guess is that this will be their final "premium" 4k LCD TV they ever release. 8k is coming--like / need it or not. So calling the TVs 2021 models makes perfect marketing sense because my guess is we won't see a new premium TV from Vizio until Fall / Late 2021--probably an 8k model of some type. Maybe even Mini-LEDs (which rumors have suggested is in the works based on a prototype privately shown at CES). They'll probably have another year or two of 4k M-Series or lower--maybe have another round of 4K OLED next year. But this year's P-Series will probably be the best 4k LCD TV they'll ever make--and we won't hear from them again until an 8k Mini-LED (or at least that's my guess / prediction).
So they may as well get it right--a couple week delay isn't going to change much because this P-Series Quantum model is going to have to stand up by itself among premium LCD TVs until next Fall or later, imo. Hell... they may just wait until early 2022 until they're next crack at a high-end LCD. I'd be stunned if they ever made another premium 4k LCD after this one.
Perhaps. A couple week delay under normal circumstances wouldn’t matter. But this was announced in January, and it’s probably going to be the last 85” set to hit the market which just means lost sales. It also means that unlike past year’s patterns, Vizio probably isn’t going to be able to command a price premium. This set will either be forced to compare itself to high-end/high-price OLEDs to keep the price premium Vizio likes to try. Otherwise, the competition at the very good mid-tier non-OLED sales from makers with more brand loyalty and a better reliability (that’s still one of Vizio’s knocks even at the PQX level) record.
Again, it’s not panic. It’s say something. If the releases were imminent as you suggest, there’s not even a reason to not let something “leak.” No reason for pre-release versions to not be on multiple reviewer test benches. UNLESS, the actual reason is there’s probably going to be a late release that carries into or past late summer.
Surely, the business model isn’t release during the year-end sale frenzy and create the expectation that it’s the best/only reasonable time to buy a Vizio. That leaves too many other sales opportunities excluded. Other retailers put up info before the TVs were actually available in pre-order status. No reason Vizio couldn’t have done that by now either. If I had to guess why not - it’s the pricing. Many of buyers know that 85” 4K TVs are transitional until 8K is common and more affordable, and that means get something that’s good-enough at a fair enough price for the next few years during the transition.
Don’t forget, many people can’t see these sets in showrooms side-by-side like year’s past. And many never really got to see PQX last year because it wasn’t everywhere or the price was so high it just sat (until year-end sales). That’s why putting out info before and by now is what people are looking for. Heck, everyone even has more time to look for it every day.
When people are ready to buy, it’s the maker’s best opportunity to sell. It’s not the best time to say “keep waiting.” They are not Apple the 800lb gorilla in the market.
Just saying....come on Vizio. I got tired of waiting.