|Vizio Promises 'Consumer Friendly' Price|
|By JOANNA STERN (@joannastern)||Jan 6, 2013, 6:35 PM|
We told you it was going to happen -- the Ultra HD TVs are coming in full force at CES 2013. We've seen Toshiba's official announcement and now Vizio has announced that its own Ultra HD 70-inch LED TV will join its 2013 family of TVs.
On the spec front the XVT Series Ultra High-Definition 70" Razor LED Smart TV (yes, that's the full name!) promises 4K resolution -- that's four times the resolution of current 1080p TVs -- and 3D capabilities with multiple pairs of 3D glasses included. The 240Hz HDTV can also display native 4K video without down conversion, Vizio's Jim Noyd says.
The set also has built-in WiFi connectivity and Vizio's smart TV platform, which brings Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, YouTube and other Internet services straight to the big screen. All that in a slim or "razor" frame with a 2mm bezel and a metal base and metallic finish.
On the surface, it sounds a lot like what some other vendors will offer. But will Vizio be able to make 4K and UltraTV affordable enough for mainstream users? While Sony's 84-inch 4K TV costs $25,000, Vizio promises that when the XVT Series hits in the third quarter of 2013 it will have a "consumer friendly" price. Vizio stressed its 4K offering will be for the "consumer market."
Obviously, there will be a premium to pay for it, but it shouldn't be anywhere near what Sony has been charging. Vizio isn't sharing the official price tag yet.
Vizio also announced its 80-inch M Series Smart TV with Theater 3D. It doesn't boast the 4K quality, but it's a 240Hz 1080p set with all those same smart TV and streaming video options baked in.
You also might remember that Vizio became a computer company in 2012. While we had mixed feelings about its 14-inch Thin + Light, it is refreshing it this year with a 1600 x 900-resolution touchscreen and Windows 8. Like the original, it is a Signature PC with no crapware, however, it has ditched the Intel processor. It now has a quad-core AMD A10 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128 GB solid state drive.
It's also announcing a 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet with a full 1080p display. The AMD Z60-powered tablet also has the signature version of Windows 8 and and 64GB of solid state storage. Both Windows 8 PCs will be available in the spring. But sadly, Vizio is holding back pricing right now.
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