Vizio Adds 4K/HDR TVs to Midline M-Series, Boosts Picture Quality

Vizio today added three HDR-capable 4K models featuring upgraded picture quality to its mid-priced M-Series line of smart TVs.

Ranging in price from $700 to $1,500, the new TVs sport a near bezel-free design and feature full-array backlighting, Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) processing, up to 600 nits of peak brightness, and a new streamlined version of Vizio’s SmartCast operating system that’s now compatible with the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice-control platforms.

Three screen sizes are available now on and coming soon to Costco, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart: the 55-inch M55-F0 ($700), 65-inch M65-F0 ($1,000), and 70-inch M70-F3 ($1,500).

In addition to Dolby Vision, the TVs also support the HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR formats and have up to 40 local dimming zones with LEDs that respond dynamically to what’s on screen to enhance contrast and shadow detail as well as a 120 Hz effective refresh rate for improved motion performance with sports and other fast-action content.

The 2018 SmartCast OS is described as faster than its predecessors and offers Google Chromecast built-in for access to thousands of Chromecast-enabled apps plus a wider selection of on-screen apps, including Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Crackle, and Xumo.

Vizio’s SmartCast platform is also capable of controlling a wide range of smart home devices and enables voice control for functions such as turning the TV on and off, changing channels, and adjusting volume.

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