Back at CES in January, we talked a lot about how more and more TV manufacturers were starting to adopt Android TV instead of their own custom smart TV experiences. Hisense is one of those brands that announced an upcoming line powered by Google’s TV platform, and that line is now available in the US.
The Hisense H9E Plus line starts at around $699 for the 55″ model (55H9080E Plus) and then jumps to around $1199 for a 65″ model (65H9080E Plus). These TVs are ULED 4K with Dolby Vision HDR, HDR 10, Wide Color Gamut, and Motion Rate 240 (120Hz native). They are about as bezel-less as you can get with only a small bottom bezel. They feature gigabit ethernet, 2×2 dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, 1 RCA input, 1 optical output, a 3.5mm jack, and Bluetooth audio. The 55″ model also has 30w Harman/Kardon Sound.
But for Android fans, the big sell is all of that technology with Android TV and Google Assistant behind it. Not only can you install the variety of Android TV apps (like Netflix, YouTube TV, HBO NOW, etc.) and use Google’s vision for TV, you’ll be able to control your smart home through the Assistant. it should be similar to what you’ll find in a SHIELD TV box or a Sony TV with Android TV built-in.
Retailers in the US will start to carry them right away, including Walmart and Best Buy. Prices will vary, but so far Walmart has them listed at $648 (55″) and $998 (65″).
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