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Hisense starts 2016 4K HDR TV bidding at $400

4K TVs are getting cheaper than ever, and Chinese brand Hisense is among the least expensive. Its newest models start at $400 for 43 inches.

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Hey, Vizio, there's a new brand in town to vie for your cheap 4K TV crown.

Hisense, a Chinese TV maker that's no stranger to dirt-cheap 4K TVs, has announced a lineup of sets that goes lower in price than any 4K TVs we've seen so far.

The company's H7 series of 4K TVs starts at $400 for 43 inches and goes up from there. There's also the two-size H8 series, which adds the same kind of full-array local dimming we liked so much on Vizio's TVs last year last year. Like just about every 4K TV we've seen announced at CES 2016, these sets will be compatible with HDR content. Both Hisense series ship in April 2016.

If you're looking to spend the least amount of money per pixel, Hisense has you covered. At least until Vizio itself announced its own new TVs, expected sometime this spring.

Hardware specifications

  • 4K UHD resolution
  • Local dimming (H8 series only)
  • HDR compatibility
  • Smart TV
  • Motion smoothing
  • UHD upscaling

Hisense H7 and H8 4K TV lineups

Model SizePriceLocal dimming?
65H7C 65-inch$1,300No
55H8C 55-inch$70012 zones
55H7C 55-inch$650No
50H8C 50-inch$60010 zones
50H7C 50-inch$550No
43H7C 43-inch$400No