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Hisense announces Android-powered H8 and H9 UHD (4k) Smart TVs

Yesterday Hisense took the wraps off its new 1080p Android-powered TV lineup, and now today they have unveiled quite a few UHD Android TV models as well -- including a 65-inch curved variant.
January 8, 2014

Yesterday we reported on the Hisense VIDAA series of Android-powered smart TVs, all with a resolution of 1080p. Like what you saw with Hisense but looking for something with a bit more oomph? Don’t worry, Hisense has you covered.

Hisense is launching two ultra high definition television (3840×2160) lines at CES 2014, the H9 and the H8. The H9 will debut in 85-inch and 75-inch models and will feature 3D technology that will work using Bluetooth glasses. Then there’s the H8c, a UHD lineup that includes 50, 55 and 65-inch models. Last but not least, the H8s is a variant of the H8c with a 65-inch curved display.

[quote qtext=”Our message at CES is UHD For All! These two additions to our line deliver stunning performance, elegant design and category leadership when it comes to coupling advanced features and innovative UI.” qperson=” Jonathan Frank” qsource=” Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA” qposition=”center”]

All of these ultra high-def television models are powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with pre-loaded apps including Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Chrome and Youtube. Better yet, you can add just about any extra app you want thanks to Google Play certification.

The H8 and H9 lines also have the same customized VIDAA user interface as found in the VIDAA TV series. There’s also three full USB ports and 4x HDMI and the television models can all be controlled via an included air mouse. There are certain voice-driven commands present as well.

No word on pricing or exact release details just yet, though Hisense does state that the non-curved H8 and H9 models will arrive in Q3 of 2014. For the H8s, Hisense simply says it will arrive in the second half of 2014, which seems to point towards a release closer to the very end of the year.

If Hisense can significantly undercut the pricing on its more premium-branded 4K competitors (which we have a feeling it will), these new Android-powered UHD televisions could certainly be worth looking out for.