Vizio launches 2019 TV lineup, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming in the summer

Vizio today launched the new P-Series models, available in two huge sizes, as welll as new mid-range M-series TV sets and the most affordable V-series smart TVs, with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to be added soon via software updates.

These TV sets feature VIZIO’s next-generation quantum dot technology, dubbed Quantom Color, and powerful Active Full Array backlighting, resulting in deep blacks, expansive colors and luminescent whites. They all run the SmartCast 3.0 software that will soon gain support for Apple’s HomeKit platform and AirPlay 2 technology.

Vizio’s CEO Bill Baxter said that Vizio’s SmartCast 3.0 platform “adds even more value with the upcoming support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, making it compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa for ultimate user flexibility no matter their preferred ecosystem.” The fine print in the press release says that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support will be rolling out this summer to Vizio’s SmartCast TVs and displays.

And here are the new model highlights:

  • P-Series: The Quantum X 4K HDR line has up to 3,000 nits of peak brightness, with a flagship $3,500 model offering a massive 75-inch panel. The 65 and 75-inch models are split into two collections, the P-Series Quantum X and P-Series Quantum. These are Vizio’s brightest TVs yet which produce up to 165% more color than a standard 4K TV for up to a billion shades of color. The P-Series Quantum models feature up to 240 local dimming zones and up to 1,200 nits of peak brightness.
  • M-Series: The Quantum 4K HDR line ranges from 43 to 65 inches and doubles the number of zones of local dimming to 90 versus the 2018 M-Series collection. They support Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, delivering 600 nits of peak brightness. Vizio has said Quantum Color technology will trickle down to the 2019 M-Series collection.
  • V-series: The new V-Seriesä 4K HDR Smart TV lineup includes Vizio’s affordable TV sets, like a 40-inch model priced competitively at just $260. The models support Dolby Vision and go all the way up to 75 inches. The TVs deliver up to 12 zones of local dimming, with select models supporting up to 400 nits of peak brightness.

This on the design of the flagship model:

From a design perspective, the 2019 smart TVs offer stylings that will complement any living room. With a minimalist four-sided bezel-less design, the flagship P-Series Quantum X boasts precision-crafted aluminum with elegant diamond cut accents that further draws viewers in to its striking picture.

The P-Series Quantum models also offer a modern aesthetic, framed by a three-sided, bezel-less design that is tooled from precision-crafted aluminum. M-Series models feature a modern design complete with elegant aluminum finishing, making the collection an ideal entertainment centerpiece.

Check out the feature matrix below for more information.

And here’s what you’ll like about SmartCast 3.0 (emphasis mine):

Ideal for everyone from TV regulars to cord-cutters and smart home enthusiasts alike, SmartCast 3.0 provides access to popular favorites like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CBS All Access, NBC and more.

Featuring support for Apple AirPlay 2 in the coming weeks and Chromecast built-in, SmartCast 3.0 will enable users to stream, control and share content directly from their iPhone, iPad or Mac or Android device to SmartCast TVs, all without extra hardware or products. SmartCast 3.0 works with Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa, allowing for seamless smart-home integration.

These 2019 models are now available at retailers nationwide.

In addition to the recent televisions, Vizio has surprised fans by announcing that it will be bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support all the way back to its 2016 SmartCast TVs.

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