Hisense debuts low-cost U8H Mini-LED TVs with 4K resolution

Mike Wheatley

Hisense has announced its premium Mini-LED TVs for 2022 and they’re available at an incredibly low price point of less than a grand in the case of some models.


While the likes of LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics continued to sell their premium Mini-LED TVs at a higher price range, rival TCL has reduced the price of its smaller-screen Mini-LED models to less than $1,000. Now Hisense is doing the same.

Samsung’s QN95B Neo QLED 4K TV starts at $2,300 for a 55-inch model, whereas Hisense’s new Mini-LED backlit U8H is available at just $1,100 for the same sized screen. Better yet, a current promotion is offering the same model for just $700 in the U.S., and £900 in the U.K.

The Hisense U8H series TVs come with an ATSC 3.0 tuner in U.S. models, which ensures they can receive NextGen digital TV broadcasts. That’s a format that’s capable of being transmitted in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos surround sound too. The even lower cost U7H series 4K TVs meanwhile, also come with the same ATSC 3.0 digital TV tuner, though they do not feature Mini-LED backlights.

Aside from the more advanced tuner, the Hisense U8H series TVs are also equipped with a Quantum Dot layer than extends the supported colour range, and provide a maximum brightness of up to 1,500 nits, the company said. Also on board is support for Dolby Vision HDR, together with gaming features like 120Hz, Variable Refresh Rate, Auto Low-Latency Mode and Freesync Premium. Moreover, the U8H models also have Filmmaker Mode and run Google TV, meaning voice controls are supported with Google Assistant.

The low price tag of the Hisense U8H could provide premium OLED TVs with some serious competition. For instance, Sony’s latest A95K QD-OLED TV costs more than three-times as much for the same sized model.

The thing is that Hisense’s U8H really isn’t all that far behind. Admittedly it’s not OLED, but with features like Mini-LED, Quantum Dots, full-array local dimming, Dolby Vision HDR, ATSC 3.0 support and all of those premium gaming features, it’s an incredibly capable TV in its own right. With consumer budgets being tightened by inflation and a crumbling economy, and the prospect of cheaper OLED TVs fading due to Samsung’s inability to strike a deal with LG Display, it will be hard not to ignore Hisense’s much cheaper sets.