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“Don’t go into too much detail,” Dane said, when I got handed this press release. “Just say that you can buy this thing and that it costs [x] amount of money”. But Dane knows about my excitement for the 4K revolution, and the arrival of HDR monitors, and I don’t know if I can stomach talking about this technology less. Hisense South Africa yesterday announced that their new quantum dot ULED televisions with HDR are now available for purchase, starting in September 2016. Their full ULED range now comprises of five TVs ranging from 55-inch designs all the way to a 70-inch behemoth, three of which are new. Hit the jump for more.

Hsense 4K ULED HDR 2016 linueup

55T910UWD 55K760 55M7000 65M7000 70M7000
Resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Panel type Curved Flat Flat Flat Flat
Display type QD ULED QD ULED QD ULED QD ULED QD ULED
SMR support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contrast ratio (claimed) 4000:1 3500:1 4000:1 4000:1 4000:1
3D support Yes No No No No
Smart TV app support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 2x 10W 2x 10W 2x 10W 2x 15W 2x 15W
HDMI CEC support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI ports 4 4 4 4 4
HDMI MHL support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet speed Gigabit Gigabit Gigabit Gigabit Gigabit
WiFi support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB ports 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0 3x USB 3.0
Price (RRP) R19,999 R19,999 R14,999 R24,999 R34,999

According to Hisense South Africa’s television product manager Serena Lee, the latest ULED range is a true reflection of the quality of the company’s television offering. “Hisense worked hard to develop our unique ULED technology, with version 2.0 now found in our latest range of curved and smart 4K televisions. When compared to similar LED offerings, consumers will find a striking difference in ULED’s wider colour gamut and also in the smooth motion rate,” Lee states.

While the 55T910UWD and the 55K760 have been available since 2016, the new models are set to only start appearing in stores this month. The 55M7000, 65M7000, and 70M7000 TVs are all new designs with different panels, employing IPS-like quantum dot (QD) display technology with a ULED backlighting system. It is interesting that none of the new panels are curved or support 3D, although quantum dot displays can be made curved with little difficulty.

Some of you dear readers might be wondering why they’re so cheap, even at launch price. The benefit of quantum dot technology is that it’s made out of materials that aren’t rare earth minerals, so they can be produced on a massive scale with a much lower cost. The organic crystals that make up a quantum dot cell are fairly quick and easy to reproduce in the lab, and share all of the same traits as OLED technology for as much as half the production cost.

Quantum dot technology is literally going to take over the world, but at the scale they’re being produced at now, TVs and large format professional signage are the first places where they’re going to make the most impact. Thanks to the use of LED backlighting, they’re also super-efficient, consuming almost no power when mostly dark images are displayed on the panel. When displaying black on the panel, the LEDs in that local area turn off, which makes the contrast super-high. IPS and VA displays can get rekt.

If you’re looking for a suitable companion for these TVs to play 4K Blu-Ray discs, I’d suggest picking up an Xbox One S when it becomes available locally. While it is possible to pick up a cheaper 4K Blu-Ray player today like the Samsung BD-F7500, it won’t support HDR displays, and it will likely not receive the same amount of software support two years from launch.

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