Hisense has shipped its massive 80-inch Laser TV that it displayed during CES 2018. The company has given it the model number L5 and it’s available for purchase in China today with worldwide availability coming soon.
Hisense televisions are becoming more and more popular. This is likely due to the sheer amount of features they pack into their offerings for an affordable price. It is not uncommon for 4K Hisense televisions that pack the popular Roku software to hit price points as low as two-to-three hundred dollars.
The company does offer higher-end TVs, including their 100L8D that features a 100-inch 4K display. It was initially slated to cost $13,000, but ended up being released at the $10,000 price point. It can currently be found on Amazon for about $9,000.
Like the L5, the 100L8D debuted at CES. When it was announced in 2017, it was slated to include HDR, but that did not make it into the final product and may have been among the reasons for the $3,000 price decrease at launch.
The CES announcement is not the only similarity that the L5 shares with 100L8D. The L5 is also a Laser TV, a feature that enables the company to make the actual TV screen extremely thin and cord-free by utilizing a short-throw projector that sits beneath it.
When you hear that these screens use projectors, you may think that they won’t work well due to the lighting requirements that projectors typically have. However, this is not the case since the screens where the projector is displayed reject ambient light. Making this a viable option in most circumstances.
The model comes with 400 nit brightness, a substantial increase over all existing laser models, as well as a new generation custom-made Danish DNP high gain anti-light hard screen, enabling a clear picture display no matter how bright the surrounding light.
One things that the L5 doesn’t share with its larger sibling is the price tag. Hisense is offering this TV in China for 19,999 yuan which works out to a little over $3,000, making it one-third of the cost of the 100L8D. It is worth noting that the pricing may vary in different markets.
Hisense has not clarified the resolution of the display and if it packs HDR or not. With the lower price tag, it is uncertain if this is only 1080p, but in 2018 it does feel like a deal breaker to spend thousands of dollars on a TV that doesn’t offer 4K.