Hisense Reveals 2022 Premium UK TV Range

Posted on 7th February, 2022

Hisense Reveals 2022 Premium UK TV Range

Hisense announces 120-inch Laser TV and introduces new OLED, LCD and Micro-LED televisions for 2022. And it's fair to say that it's easily the most logical and promising offering we've seen from the brand to date.

At the top of the tree is a new 120-inch flagship addition to Hisense's Laser TV range. The 120L9GTUK combines an ultra-short throw 4K DLP projector illuminated by a triple laser array with a 120-inch ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen and claims to deliver 3000 lumens of light. The idea being that this is enough light in combination with the short throw distance of the projector and the ambient light rejecting qualities of the screen to deliver cinema-sized pictures you can still watch in normal living room light conditions.

Hisense 2022 TVs

Since you can place the triple laser projector element of the 120L9GTUK right up close to the screen, it really can feel like you're looking at a TV rather than a projector. Moreso, as Hisense equips the 120L9GTUK with a TV tuner -  a full implementation of Hisense's VIDAA smart system (complete with most of the vital streaming apps we're all using these days). Furthermore, there's a powerful speaker on its rear (the bit that actually faces towards you) that supports Dolby Atmos sound, HDR and wide colour compatibility.

Hisense is moving away from the hard ALR screens it's been using for its Laser TVs in favour of a soft screen design that sacrifices a small amount of brightness in return for supporting wider viewing angles and easier installation. If any prospective buyers are worried about this move, I can say that the demo unit Hisense was running at its event was positioned right underneath a huge chandelier, yet its images still stood out with plenty of punch.

It was also still noticeable even under the showroom lights how much richer the L9's colours looked compared with the cheaper single-laser L5 Laser TV option at the opposite end of the room.

While the 120L9GTUK tries hard to imitate a regular big-screen TV in most ways, there is one area where it differs massively from a 120-inch TV: its price. Whereas a 120-inch LCD or Micro LED Screen would cost you tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds, even if you can track one down, the 120L9GTUK will only cost £4,999 - including free installation! - when it launches in March.

Hisense 2022 TVs

Turning to Hisense's more regular TVs for 2022, the most affordable series among its premium ranges will be the E7HQs which replaces last year's E7GQs, while representing where Quantum Dot colour kicks in for Hisense.

Available in 55 and 65-inch versions with new 'bezel-less' designs, they'll carry the fifth generation of Hisense's VIDAA smart range, and support the Dolby Vision HDR format on top of the more standard HDR10 and HLG formats.

They support Dolby Atmos sound playback, and their panels are illuminated by direct LED lighting - though without any local dimming. Gamers should note that while these sets do have a dedicated game mode, they are only 60Hz panels, and so no 4K/120Hz gaming, or variable refresh rates here.

Hisense 2022 TVs

Stepping up from the E7HQ will get you to the U7HQ series. Selected by Hisense as its official TVs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, these crucially add local dimming (the 55-inch model will get 78 dimming zones) and support for 4K/120Hz and VRR gaming beyond the spec of the E7HQs. The VRR support includes AMD Freesync, too.

Adding local dimming to the mix is claimed to elevate the U7HQ sets' peak brightness to an impressive (for their likely price point) 700 nits.

The U7HQs will also get the most up to date U6 version of VIDAA. This generation, it seems, should finally see Disney+ arriving on Hisense's proprietary platform. The U7HQ's pictures should benefit from Hisense's Hi-View picture processing engine, and add support for HDR10+ alongside the Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support found on the E7HQ. The HDR support is further bolstered by AI Picture Optimization features, including the Dolby Vision IQ system, for automatically adjusting pictures in response to detected ambient light conditions.

The U7HQs will be available in 55 and 65-inch versions, and swap the simple desktop feet of the E7HQ for a crescent-shaped stand which Hisense suggests - somewhat optimistically in my opinion - is intended to evoke the 'Q' of 2022 World Cup host Qatar.

Hisense 2022 TVs

Hisense's flagship LCD TV series for 2022 will be the new U8HQs. The big story here is that they shift to Mini LED backlighting backed up by a local dimming system with more dimming zones (100+) than you get with the U7HQs. This should lead to deeper black levels, higher peak brightness (Hisense suggests that this will be around 1000 nits), and substantially less backlight blooming around stand-out bright objects. Thanks to its higher speaker specification.

The U8HQ's premium design incorporates a front-firing speaker on its bottom edge and delivers a 2.1.2-channel speaker system for its Dolby Atmos decoding.

Quantum Dots are still on hand to deliver a wide colour gamut, and the panel is a native 120Hz one able to support HDMI 2.1 gaming features such as 4K/120Hz and VRR (including FreeSync). The U8HQs will be available in 75, 65 and 55-inch sizes, will continue like many other Hisense models to support all the 'big four' HDR formats, and will get the latest VIDAA U6 smart operating system.

Hisense 2022 TVs

The final new Hisense TVs for 2022 revealed so far are the A85H OLEDs. Crucially these advance on Hisense's previous OLED offering by including HDMI 2.1 (4K/120, VRR) support as well as the new Game Mode Pro functionality. They will also maintain Dolby Atmos audio decoding through a 2.1-channel audio system and continue support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ HDR - as well as the IMAX Enhanced system and the UHD Alliance's Filmmaker Mode.

The A85Hes will be available in 55 and 65-inch sizes, and unusually for the OLED market, will feature a design that lets you manually swivel the panel around on their centrally mounted stands.

Hisense will update us soon on the pricing for its new premium TV range - and is also promising to make it clear ahead of launch which models in each series use VA panels and which use IPS panels, as apparently there is a mixture of both across the LCD series. So keep an eye out here for further updates.

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      John Archer

      I’ve spent the past 25 years writing about the world of home entertainment technology. In that time I’m fairly confident that I’ve reviewed more TVs and projectors than any other individual on the planet, as well as experiencing first-hand the rise and fall of all manner of great and not so great home entertainment technologies.

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