Can you play 4K game with these TVs – Hisense U8G vs H9G? Whether it’s a bird, a plane or the man of steel, everything you see is exceptionally clear. Ultra Motion removes the digital ‘noise’ that can affect moving objects. The 120Hz native refresh rate means smoother gaming with pictures that keep up with your play. Know about more values in Hisense U8G vs H9G comparison.
Pros & Cons – Hisense U8G vs H9G
- Incredible brightness
- Excellent black levels
- Vivid, bright colors
- Good motion
- Excellent for gaming
- Great sound
- Poor off-angle picture
- Low-luminance color issue
- Incredibly bright
- Very good black levels
- Surprisingly good HDR picture
- Easy to use
- Responsive Android TV OS
- Color is a little off
- Motion stutters at times
In the Box
- Quick Setup Guide
- AV Composite adapter
- Power cable
- Quick Start Guide
Specifications – Hisense U8G vs H9G
HISENSE U8G SPECS
|Screen Size||65 inches|
|Resolution||3,840 by 2,160|
|Video Inputs||Composite, HDMI, USB|
|HDR||Dolby Vision, HDR-10|
|Screen Brightness||1763.39 nits|
|Black Level||0.02 cd/m^2|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Input Lag (Game Mode)||7.9 ms|
HISENSE H9G QUANTUM SERIES SPECS
|Screen Size||65 inches|
|Resolution||3,840 by 2,160|
|Video Inputs||HDMI, USB, Composite|
|Screen Brightness||1492.61 nits|
|Black Level||0.01 cd/m^2|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Input Lag (Game Mode)||16.4 ms|
Price – Hisense U8G vs H9G
Will we see some upgrades and improved performance with this new model? I hope so, since the U8G costs quite a bit more than its predecessor. For example. the 65-inch H9G I reviewed in August 2020 debuted at $950, whereas the 65-inch U8G reviewed here costs $1,300.
The H9G does offer a full-array local dimming LED backlight system with 132 zones in the 55-inch model ($700) and 180 zones in the 65-inch model ($950) reviewed here.
What is the basic difference – Hisense U8G vs H9G?
The remote has been updated a bit since last year. There are more sponsored buttons, and like usual, you can’t reprogram them to your favorite streaming service. The remote has a built-in mic for voice control, and it works well for launching apps or changing inputs, but you can’t use it to adjust settings on the TV.
The Hisense H9G has the same remote as the one from the Hisense H9F and the Hisense H8G. It has quick-access buttons to popular streaming services, and it has a built-in mic for voice control through Google Assistant.
The Hisense H9G doesn’t support any variable refresh rate technology. The new model of this TV, the Hisense U8G, supports FreeSync, and 120Hz signals work properly.
The Hisense U8G has outstanding contrast, delivering deep blacks, which is expected from a VA-type panel. Contrast is a bit worse than the Hisense H9G, we don’t know if this is simply variance between units or not, but it’s not a very noticeable difference either way.
For the most part, the Hisense U8G has an excellent response time, resulting in clear motion in fast-moving scenes. Unfortunately, there are some exceptions. Transitions out of dark scenes have significantly slower transitions, resulting in noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects. This is common for displays with VA panels, though, and is known as black smear.
Like the Hisense H9G, there have been reports of red ghosting in some situations, and our U8G also has this issue. You can see it here along Olivia Colman’s hairline in this image taken from The Crown, Season 3 Episode 5.
We’ve also received multiple reports of motion artifacts in Game mode, sometimes severe, when VRR is enabled. Our response time measurements are taken out of Game Mode, so they don’t show this issue. We don’t know if Hisense has any plans to correct this issue; let us know in the discussions if you’ve noticed it.
Similarities – Hisense U8G vs H9G
They have good overall build quality. The stand supports the TV well, with little wobble. The border around the screen is metal, but most of the body is plastic. There’s very little flex, except around the VESA mounts, but this shouldn’t cause any issues.
The Hisense U8G has impressive peak brightness in HDR. Small specular highlights are brighter than the Hisense H9G and significantly brighter than the Sony X90J, but overall real scene brightness is about the same across all three. We took these measurements in the ‘HDR Theater’ Picture Mode, which is also the brightest HDR mode on this TV.
Unfortunately, this TV doesn’t follow the EOTF properly, displaying almost all scenes in HDR brighter than they should be. If you’re looking for an accurate image, this might disappoint you, as some scenes may appear a bit washed out compared to other TVs. Unfortunately, there’s no way to correct this, but we have seen reports that Dolby Vision content does force the TV to follow the EOTF.
The Hisense H9G has amazing peak brightness and it easily gets bright enough to combat glare. This is a slight improvement over the Hisense H9F. Sadly, its brightness isn’t very consistent across varied content, so if you’re watching content with large, bright areas, like a hockey or basketball game, it’s dimmer than with most other content.
We measured the brightness after calibration in the ‘Theater Night’ Picture Mode with the Backlight set to ‘Max’ and Local Dimming to ‘High’.
If you don’t care about image accuracy and want the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to ‘Standard’, Local Dimming to ‘High’, and Backlight to ‘Max’. We were able to get 1,569 cd/m² in the 25% peak window test.
As expected of a VA-type TV, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The most noticeable issue off-angle is the gamma shift, causing the image to appear washed out. Colors stay accurate to a wider angle than the gamma, but it’s not as good as IPS-type TVs, like the LG NANO90 2021.
As it happens, that is a pretty good number. I feel you need at least 750 nits of peak brightness to make HDR images look good, and that’s if the TV is capable of perfect black levels, like the Sony A8H OLED or the LG CX OLED TV. For an LED-backlit TV such as the H9G, I think 1,000 nits allows for impressive contrast. What I found exciting was that the H9G I received was capable of much higher brightness. My sample averaged around 1,300 nits, and in some scenarios peaked at 1400. That’s better than advertised. When does that ever happen?
This is an Android TV and as such offers a wealth of streaming apps, news and sports channels, entertainment channels, games, and more. Streaming video apps include Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, You Tube, Google Play Video, FandangoNOW, Tubi, 4K Now, and HBOMAX. You can also add Disney+, Hulu, Pandora, Pluto TV, and scores of lifestyle, sports, and music apps and games using the Google Play app store.
Performance – Hisense U8G vs H9G
In the Theater Day picture mode with default backlight settings and an SDR signal, the U8G showed a peak brightness of 581.856cd/m^2 for a full-screen white field, 858.031cd/m^2 for an 18% screen white field, and a black level of 0.34cd/m^2 for a contrast ratio of 25,236:1.
Pushing the backlight to maximum bumped those numbers up to 707.693cd/m^2 for a full-screen field, 1,037.702cd/m^2 for an 18% field, and a black level of 0.41cd/m^2, for a nearly identical contrast ratio.
We tested the this TV set using a Klein K-80 colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Display’s Calman software. On our SDR contrast tests, the H9G delivered a peak brightness reading of 473.757cd/m^2 using a 100 percent white field and a much higher reading of 1146.921 when using an 18 percent white field.
With a very dark black level reading of 0.013cd/m^2, that works out to a lofty 88,224:1 contrast ratio. That’s significantly higher than what we saw with the H9F (31,876:1) and the TCL 65R625 (20,486:1). In HDR Theater mode, the H9G’s local dimming really shines:
It measured a brilliant 1492.606cd/m^2 peak brightness with a 0.012cd/m^2 black level, resulting in a superb 124,383:1 contrast ratio. That’s not quite as high as the Samsung Q90R (151,080:1), but it’s still very impressive for less than $1,000.
Alternate – Hisense U8G vs H9G
The Hisense U8G is currently in a class all its own. The closest comparison would be the Vizio P-Series Quantum, which is hard to get a hold of at the time this review was published. The TCL 6-Series is comparably priced, but that’s an aging model and has yet to be replaced, and it doesn’t get nearly as bright as the U8G. Given the U8G has performance specs that line up well against a more premium TV like the Samsung QN90A, it’s impossible not to see its incredible value.
Possibly. The TCL R635 looks very promising, as does the Vizio P-Series Quantum. The TCL R635, at $900, may end up being a slightly better alternative in some respects, and for less money. I’m also confident Vizio’s $1,000 P-Series Quantum will be very competitive in the brightness department for those who may need an even brighter TV, though that is difficult to imagine after looking at the H9G. I’ll update this section once those TVs have been thoroughly evaluated.
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