Hisense’s huge booth CES 2023 TVs are everywhere – and unlike some other brands, it revealed its full 2023 lineup and listed detailed specs for each series. All TVs should be available in the spring, which is when manufacturers typically start rolling out new TVs.
Last year, Hisense launched its first mini-LED model, U8H serieswhich ends up in our list The best 4K TVs Due to its excellent price-performance. By 2023, the company will use mini-LED backlighting across its full range of high-end ULED (quantum dot) TVs, starting at under $500/£410 for the 50-inch model. In addition to mini-LED backlighting, each series will use the Google TV smart interface and offer gaming-focused features, including refresh rates up to 144Hz, VRR, ALLM, and FreeSync Premium Pro, except for the entry-level U6K. All sets will also support the Wi-Fi 6E standard for fast streaming, as well as Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ high dynamic range formats.
What American audiences are interested in is built in ATSC 3.0 Tuners are found throughout the Hisense lineup. We expect more TVs in 2023 to be able to handle this next-generation TV broadcast standard, which supports features like 4K video with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. But of the new TVs announced at CES 2023, so far only LG has confirmed that its flagship G3 4K and Z3 8K models will have built-in ATSC 3.0 tuning.
The ULED X (shown at top) is Hisense’s flagship TV for 2023. Available only in an 85-inch screen size, its backlighting consists of more than 20,000 mini-LED modules. More than 5,000 local dimming zones and a 16-bit light control algorithm are used to enhance contrast and shadow detail, with a peak brightness specified at 2,500 nits. The ULED X also features an ultra-low reflective screen and 30% wider viewing angles than standard LED-backlit TVs — a first for a Hisense TV, which I really appreciated when I saw it in person at CES.
The limited edition ULED X features the most advanced built-in audio system ever in a Hisense TV: 4.1.2 channels, with more than 80 watts of power used to power the TV’s seven speakers.
Last year’s U8H series paved the way for Hisense’s expansion into mini-LED, and the new U8K model for 2023 doubles down on the technology, boasting more than 1,000 local dimming zones. Peak brightness is listed at 1,500 nits, but if the ultra-bright U8H model we tested in 2022 is any indication, that will prove to be a conservative specification.
The U8K series of TVs will range in screen size from 55 inches to 85 inches (up to 75 inches with last year’s U8H series), and will feature anti-glare, low-reflection screens. A built-in 2.1.2 audio system with upward-firing speakers is another new addition, allowing Dolby Atmos soundtracks to be heard without a separate soundbar. The U8H series also features IMAX Enhanced and Filmmaker picture modes — two other features found in the 2023 lineup of Hisense mini-LED TVs.
Last year’s U7H series featured standard LED backlighting, but this year’s U7K series comes with mini-LED backlighting for all screen sizes, up to 500 local dimming zones, and a peak brightness of 1,100 nits. The U7H series of TVs will be available in screen sizes ranging from 55 to 85 inches.
Available in screen sizes from 50 to 85 inches, the U6K series will be Hisense’s high-value quantum dot models. They’re also affordable for a TV with mini-LED backlighting, with the 50-inch version selling for under $500. The U6K series will offer many of the same features as the high-end line of Hisense TVs, with the main difference being that the display panels are limited to more than 200 local dimming zones and a 60Hz refresh rate.