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Android powered Vision SmartTVs from HiSense to launch in Australia in May

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  1. BubbaHotep

    BubbaHotep New Member

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    Just spotted this in the wild.


    Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense announced a range of Android powered SmartTVs under the Vision brand at CES back in January. Now Hisense has advised that Vision SmartTVs will begin appearing in a range of Australian retailers from May.

    The Vision SmartTVs are a big step forward for Hisense, promising an easy to use interface which is backed up by research from Hisense which promises to get the user experience “just right”. Along with an intuitive interface, one of the core features of the Vision SmartTVs is their 30-button remote control which includes ‘built-in air wand technology’ as well as a microphone to enable voice control. The Voice control is powered by the ‘Google voice recognition system’ which should equate to a good experience when talking to your TV.

    Ausdroid | Android powered Vision SmartTVs from HiSense to launch in Australia in May
     
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    No mention of the Pulse Pro box, but it sure does look like Hisense is making a commitment to the GoogleTV platform as other manufacturers seem to be getting out.
     
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    I thought the HiSense Vision TV hit America a few weeks ago (PC Richards), but then got pulled back or something. Not sure what's going on.
     
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    It sold out.
     
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    No, clearly something glitched. Either PC Richards wasn't supposed to get the TV yet and they jumped the gun before the official US release date, or HiSense was intentionally trying a limited release and then pulled it. When you have a hot product that's been released and instantly sells out ... you take pre-orders for the next batch.
     
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    It sold out instantly because it was a fire sale, way below manufacturing cost. How it came about isn't clear except that it is clear Hisense liquidated a quantity to PC Richard under the radar and PC Richard blew that quantity out immediately. My guess is that is all there is, no more will be available in the US for that 40" model. A limited test run that didn't appeal to Hisense so no more were made, beta test results may have indicated it won't be well received by the market and Hisense pulled the plug before a widespread release. I don't know what happened but it wasn't a prelude to a mainstream USA release, that much is clear.
     
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    But it did sell out.

    It is odd how Hisense went about it though. On the other hand, it's not the first time that a company has widely released a product in other countries but not in the U.S. Why the super-limited quantity in the U.S. to only PC Richards is a good question. What did Hisense want to accomplish, or find out? If it was to see how it would sell in the U.S. at that price in a "sample market" situation, they got that answer: it sold out. What price is it going-for Australia?
     
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    Time will tell. $300 for a 40" LCD TV is a good price, and perhaps even a great deal if the Jelly Bean part had some perceived value; but we're still talking HiSense here.
     
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    The initial price on the Hisense 40" TV at PCRichard was $399. Then within several weeks after release the price was lowered by 25% to $299. The large price reduction coming so soon after release was indicitive of a closeout and not indicitive of a model that Hisense planned on restocking. On the PCRichard web site it says that model is no longer available. If they were planning on getting more in stock I would think it would mention that on the PCRichard web site.

    IMO for whatever reason Hisense wasn't pleased with their 'beta' rollout of that TV model. The price reduction of 25% is a hint that it didn't sell well at $399. Sure $300 was a good deal for consumers on that TV - but you also need to look at it from the other side of the coin. At $300 it's not a good deal for Hisense to market that model.

    Hisense also showed off a highly customized version of their android TV line at CES - it's called the Vidaa line. The Vidaa line sells good in China - so maybe later this year Hisense will market some of those in the USA. IMO android TVs tend to sell better in Australia compared to the USA - which is why Hisense announced android TVs for Australia (without including USA in that recent announcement). They still might release the Pulse Pro box and some more android TVs in the USA later this year - but it's not a slam dunk. We'll just have to wait and see....
     
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    I can validate that the 40" model is a very good TV. I was lucky(?) enough to get one. There are so many apps I can install on it plus it has a 40" monitor built in :p

    If Hisense releases the Pulse Pro I do believe they are in it or the long haul.

    Time will tell.
     
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