Hisense is joining Toshiba, Insignia, Pioneer, and Amazon itself with its first-ever Fire TV Smart TV. The new Hisense U6HF Fire TV Smart TV is available in 50-inch and 58-inch sizes, although the larger size won’t be released until sometime this fall, with both sizes being 4K TVs. These new Fire TV Smart TVs are slotting in among the more premium offerings from other manufacturers with features like Dolby Vision, Quantum Dot QLED, Full Array Local Dimming, and a variable refresh rate.
Hisense’s first Fire TV Smart TVs support all popular flavors of high dynamic range video including Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR10. These TVs are capable of 600 nits of peak brightness which is pretty good. It’s tough to know how that compares to other Fire TV Smart TVs because most Fire TV Smart TV manufacturers never included peak brightness specs. It’s probably safe to assume that these new Hisense TVs are among the brightest, if not the brightest, Fire TV Smart TVs available. For comparison, the 50-inch Toshiba C350 Series Fire TV Smart TV has a peak brightness of only 300 nits.
The panel on these Hisense TVs uses Quantum Dot QLED screens. These are only the second Fire TV Smart TVs to use QLED, with the first being the Insignia F50 Series Fire TV Smart TVs released last year. The advantage of QLED screens over standard LED screens is improved color gamut for more accurate and more vivid colors. QLED doesn’t do anything to improve black levels, but what does is full-array local dimming, which these TVs have. These are only the second Fire TV Smart TVs to feature local dimming, the first being the Toshiba M550 Series Fire TV Smart TVs, but those have 48 backlight zones while the new Hisense TVs have only 32 zones.
As for ports, the Hisense U6HF Fire TV Smart TV has four HDMI ports, of which at least one is an HDMI 2.1 port that is eARC capable. These TVs support auto low-latency mode as well as a variable refresh rate, which is ideal for modern gaming consoles, but they do use just a 60Hz screen. There’s also an AV IN port for analog video and a coax port for connecting an HD antenna to the built-in OTA tuner. Audio ports include optical audio out and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Connectivity comes in the form of an Ethernet port of unknown speed, 802.11ac WiFi 5, and Bluetooth. Lastly, there is a single USB port, also of unknown speed.
Unfortunately, nothing is known yet about what’s under the hood, like the CPU, GPU, amount of RAM, or internal storage. Those specs tend to trickle out later through Amazon’s developer documentation site, so I’ll follow up with another post about the guts of these TVs once more is known. Something else that is known, however, is that these TVs use Amazon’s standard Fire TV Smart TV remote which includes Alexa voice support and the standard array of buttons. The app shortcut buttons in this case are for Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu. These TVs do not support hands-free voice control, like the Amazon Omni or Toshiba M550 Series Fire TV Smart TVs.
The Hisense 50-inch U6HF Fire TV Smart TV is available to pre-order now for $529.99. It will be released on May 24th. The 58-inch version of the same TV is not yet listed on Amazon’s site but is expected to be available in the fall. Unlike most other Fire TV Smart TVs models in the US, these TVs are not being sold in Best Buy and are only available through Amazon.