Vizio serves up TVs with quantum dots and Apple AirPlay at CES 2019

CNET | 1/7/2019 | David Katzmaier
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Vizio makes some of the best-reviewed TVs at CNET, but typically it doesn't reveal details on news ones until April or so. At CES 2019, it gave us the full reveal, and it's a doozy.

Vizio showed off four all-new lineups of 4K HDR TVs with Dolby Vision and local dimming, a combination of features that earned it solid marks in 2018. For 2019 the company has migrated quantum dot color down to more affordable levels, bumped up the brightness and dimming zones on step-up sets, and used the word "Quantum" with shocking profligacy.

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It also said its Smart TV system would be the first on the market to support all three voice assistants -- Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and, coming this spring, Apple's Siri.

Before I get into all the TV hardware, let me tell you about Vizio and Apple's demo of the AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality coming soon to Vizio TVs -- and others later this year. AirPlay 2 basically works just like the same feature on an Apple TV box, letting the TV function as a display for TV shows, movies, photos and web pages with an iPhone, iPad or Mac as the controller.

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Vizio's SmartCast screen gets an AirPlay icon.

The demonstrator gave us a tour by activating the AirPlay function on her iPhone. Instantly a show began playing in Dolby Vision on the Vizio TV across the room. She invoked Siri on the phone to play another title on the TV and the show switched and began playing. She played music via the TV's speakers using the phone as a controller in both the main demo area and a second TV across the room, party-mode style (complete with playback controls on the TV). Photos from the iPhone came up on the TV screen as well, as did...
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