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VIZIO’s new TV lineup is treasure trove of home entertainment

Their first-ever OLED, a refreshed series, and Soundbars

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VIZIO has a massive new lineup of TVs and Soundbars and there’s no shortage of quality home entertainment hardware for us to choose from.

In this new set, VIZIO says it’s delivering its highest peak brightness yet at 3000 nits along with their most powerful full-array local dimming backlight with next-gen TV processing alongside more Quantum Color models.

One of the major upgrades coming to new VIZIO TVs is the all-new new IQ Ultra and IQ Active processors. Other than obviously improving overall picture quality, it helps in more accurately upscaling HD/FHD to 4K resolution, reducing noise and artifacts, and intelligently smoothing diagonal edges for a sharper, cleaner image.

Leading the 2021 lineup are the P, M, and V LED 4K UHD TV series.

P-Series Quantum

It’s a fairly straightforward naming convention which we truly can appreciate. VIZIO’s P-Series refers to its premium TV offerings.

Expect VIZIO’s best 4K HDR picture quality with the IQ Ultra processor and 240 zones of local dimming for detailed highlights and deep, rich blacks. You also get a 1200 nits of peak brightness with expanded color volume thanks to Quantum Color technology.

The VIZIO P-Series Quantum is available in 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. Both the P-Series Quantum and P-Series Quantum X feature an anti-reflective screen that eliminates distracting glare to deliver dark-room performance even in a brightly lit environment.

M-Series Quantum

Here VIZIO promises premium features at mid-range price points. These come in the form of upgraded picture quality, HDMI 2.1 inputs, and VIZIO’s lightning-quick IQ Active processor for a crisp, detailed 4K picture and high-performance gaming.

V-Series Quantum

The V here stands for value. VIZIO wants to bring high-level 4K HDR picture quality and next-level gaming at non-exorbitant prices. It comes with HDMI 2.1 inputs with eARC as well as VIZIOS’s IQ Active processor for contrast improvement, noise reduction, and detail enhancement.

Naturally, these are Smart TVs so you get quick access to premiere streaming sites Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, and Prime Video.

Pricing (all in US$) and other specs are as follows.

Model Price (US$) Size (inches)
UltraBright Color Color Volume2 Processor VRR
P85QX-H1  2,999.99

85

3000 Quantum Color 180% IQ Ultra 48-120Hz
P75QX-H1  1,999.99

75

2800 Quantum Color 180% IQ Ultra 48-120Hz
P65QX-H1  1,499.99

65

3000 Quantum Color 180% IQ Ultra 48-120Hz
P75Q9-H1  1,699.99

75

1200 Quantum Color 120% IQ Ultra 48-120Hz
P65Q9-H1  1,199.99

65

1200 Quantum Color 120% IQ Ultra 48-120Hz
M65Q8-H1  749.99

65

800 Quantum Color 85% IQ Active 48-60Hz
M55Q8-H1  549.99

55

800 Quantum Color 85% IQ Active 48-60Hz
M65Q7-H1  699.99

65

600 Quantum Color 75% IQ Active 48-60Hz
M55Q7-H1  499.99

55

600 Quantum Color 75% IQ Active 48-60Hz
M50Q7-H1  399.99

50

400 Quantum Color 75% IQ Active 48-60Hz

VIZIO OLED TVs

Of course, the VIZIO’s Summer Showcase 2020 doesn’t end there. For the first-time, VIZIO will offer 4K HDR OLED Smart TVs.

Available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, VIZIO’s OLED TVs will offer everything you expect from an OLED panel — that is absolute black levels, intense color, infinite contrast, and unrivaled viewing angles.

It will also be equipped with their IQ Ultra processor for further picture quality enhancement with AI and machine-learning capabilities.

The VIZIO OLED 4K HDR SmartCast TV will be available this fall starting at US$ 1299.99 (55”)

New and improved Soundbars

To go along with all these new TVs is the new VIZIO Elevate Soundbar. It utilizes built-in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding to breathe thrilling life-like audio through its 18 speakers across ten total channels creating incredibly immersive surround sound

The VIZIO OLED TV and VIZIO Elevate Sound Bar were literally made for each other. The Elevate docks securely onto the VIZIO OLED TV stand with a simple click. They go together whether they’re hung together on the wall or perched on a tabletop.

Rounding up the soundbar family are the V-Series 2.1, V-Series 5.1, and the M-Series All-in-One 2.1. Each one has  built-in Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as expected with varying levels of decibels for whatever type of room you need to fill audio with.

Pricing are as follows.

Series Model Price  Config Channels/Speakers Wireless Sub Output (SPL) HDMI Remote 
V-Series V21-H8 $ 179.99 2.1 3/3 5″ 96dB YES / ARC New Design
V51-H6 $ 249.99 5.1 6/6 5″ 96dB YES / ARC Backlit Design
M-Series M21d-H8 $ 149.99 2.1 3/6 No; 2x 3″ Built-in 98dB YES / ARC New Design
Elevate P514a-H6 $999.99 5.1.4 10/18 8″ 107dB YES/ 2 In/1 (eARC) Backlit Design

 

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Lenovo Legion confirmed to launch on July 22

One of the first phones to have Snapdragon 865 Plus

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Between the ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion, the gaming smartphone wars is turning up the heat. As of late, ASUS’s ROG Phone 3 has made more waves than its Lenovo counterpart. Now, we know a lot about the device’s specifications and potential launch date. Of course, Lenovo will eventually take its turn in the limelight.

Recently, Lenovo has confirmed more details about its gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion. Posted on Weibo, the company is launching the Legion on July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (presumably in China).

Besides the official launch date, the included poster also confirms the device’s chipset. As was also confirmed by Qualcomm earlier, the Lenovo Legion will tout the Snapdragon 865 Plus — one of the first phones to have the new chipset.

Of course, we already know a lot about the Lenovo Legion based on previous rumors. Most notably, the device will have a high-RPM cooling fan, maintaining a good temperature for high-performance gaming. It might also get a side pop-up camera. It will have two USB-C ports; one on the bottom and another on the side, enabling easy charging depending on how you’re using the phone. Finally, it will have a sizable 5050mAh battery.

If you’re a fan of gaming smartphones, July is a perfect month to get a new model. Besides the Lenovo Legion, the ROG Phone 3 is also expected to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen

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Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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Samsung starts making smartwatches in India

Includes an entire range of 18 smartwatches

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G Aluminium edition in India. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been available in the country for quite some time, but there’s something special about the Aluminium edition.

It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to be built in India. The brand said it has started manufacturing its entire range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the Make for India program. The company has been making phones in India for years, but wearables were usually imported.

Samsung has a huge production facility in Noida, India. Smartphones are also built for export and the plant can be expanded further depending on demand. Amid the call to avoid foreign goods, Indians are actively looking for options that are made or designed in India.

Coming to the watch, it’s priced at INR 28,490 (US$ 378) and shall be available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color options.

It sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass DX+ for protection. The smartwatch is IP68 certified and rated to work at a maximum pressure of up to 5ATM. It runs on Tizen OS with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Once connected to a phone, it can also access the smartphone camera, videos, and use Wireless PowerShare to transfer data quickly.

It has e-SIM connectivity that enables calls, messages, and notifications on-the-go. Lastly, it’s equipped with a heart-rate sensor, ECG sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor.

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