LAS VEGAS -- Big V's first shipping foray into 4K, or Ultra High Definition, the P promises to bring all those extra pixels at a price -- as of yet undisclosed -- that challenges the Samsungs, LGs and Sonys of the world. It will be available in 70, 65, 60, 55 and 50 inches.
Its best feature has nothing to do with resolution, however, and everything to do with contrast, a much more important determinant of picture quality. The P has an actual full-array local dimming LED backlight -- our favorite kind, with 64 dimmable zones. It's the same type of backlight found on the highest-end TVs released this year at CES, and if executed correctly, could make the P one of the best-performing 4K TVs on the market. That, combined with Vizio's traditionally aggressive pricing, is a tasty prospect.
Vizio also notes some impressive processing specs. A "motion rate of 960" might be inflated, but even so the TV should bust blur well. A quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU power image and graphics processing as well as Smart TV. A pair of dedicated engines handle up-conversion, detail enhancement and gamma control, while simultaneously reducing noise and artifacts. The TV can even display games at 120 frames-per-second, and film at both 24 and 48 FPS. Now if only New Line would release a compatible HFR version of "The Hobbit."
Connectivity includes five HDMI inputs, all blessed with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliance. The requisite HEVC decoding, hardware-based, is also on-board for efficient 4K streaming from so-enabled apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Like Vizio's other 4K TVs, it also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, with "dual-band MIMO support for UHD streaming."
Styling is hauntingly reminiscent of the M series, and that's a good thing, with clean lines and a narrow bezel.
In addition to a revamped Via Plus Smart TV suite, Vizio is also talking up its latest dual-sided remote with a backlit QWERTY keyboard. It uses Bluetooth instead of the M's Wi-Fi protocol.