Vizio Goes All-In on Quantum Dots at CES 2019

Vizo came to Las Vegas with an all-new TV lineup including a new flagship, the Quantum X, which is an AVS Forum Best of CES 2019 award winner.

Vizio was in Las Vegas concurrent at CES 2019 to show off its latest 4K TV offerings. The company has fully embraced quantum dot technology that deliver vivid color—Vizio calls it Quantum Color. The company that led the charge to embrace FALD-LCD and HDR is doubling-down on its approach to making TVs that punch above their weight in performance. While I was in Vegas, I visited Visio and saw demonstrations of the latest lineup, including the new flagship, the P-Series Quantum X.

Crucially, Vizio updated its mainstream M-series TVs with more FALD zones and quantum dots, bringing its performance up to a level similar to the existing P-series TVs. Plus, the P-series Quantum gets a new size: 75”. Furthermore, the newly-christened V-series takes over from where the affordable E-series left off.

FALD (full array local dimming) is a technology that improves contrast and overall performance of backlit LCD TVs. And as a rule, the more zones a TV has, the better it is able to handle tricky scenes.

Vizio literally “doubles down” on zone count by doubling the number of zones in the P-series Quantum X with (up to) 480 zones, which doubles the zone count of P-series TVs that came before. This TV is able to hit 2900 nits peak brightness for vivid HDR that includes support for Dolby Vision and will be available in 65″ and 75″ screen sizes. The company even showed an 85 inch version, but was noncommittal regarding when that will ship.

The new “regular” P-series Quantum models come in 65″ and 75″ sizes and bring 1000-nit peak highlights and 240 zones to the table.

“VIZIO has always been synonymous with value and our 2019 smart TV collection is no exception,” said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “We’ve combined an ideal blend of brightness, contrast and color to create a best-in-class picture across all price points. Layer on our intuitive, feature-rich smart TV platform, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, and customers receive an entertainment experience that is unmatched in the marketplace.”

With its M-series TVs, Vizio upped the value proposition by adding quantum dots for better wide gamut color performance. This updated Series is available in sizes ranging from 43 inches to 65 inches. the Active Full Array (Vizio’s name for FALD) backlight uses up to 90 zones (depending on screen size), which is over twice the amount of the 2018 M-series. The company says this series achieves 600-nit peak brightness.

For 2019, all of Vizio’s new TVs come equipped with SmartCast 3.0, Vizio’s smart TV platform. Of course you get access to all the streaming channel favorites, but now you also get support for Apple AirPlay two as well as Chromecast, without the need for additional hardware.

Additional information will be available closer to when these TVs officially launch.

In this clip a Vizio rep talks about the picture quality features of the M-series on up:

Here is a narration-free clip showing the TVs. The one that is flashing is using backlight scanning/blinking and does not look like that in person:

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