The 85U8G AU is a 85 inch 4K TV from Hisense. It was launched in 2021. It features a 10-bit VA panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish.
It can display a max resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and pixel density of 52 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next most important spec to look for in a display is its Color Reproduction, which is defined by its color gamut specification.
This TV doesn't come with a color gamut specification, so we have to take a guess.
Now, since the TV features a 85 inch screen, it won't come with a cheap panel, so here we can assume its equivalent sRGB coverage to be 90-100% or above. The color accuracy on this TV will be Lifelike! Meaning it is capable of producing color accurate images AS IT IS intended.
What Color Gamut means ?
Color gamut specification of a display is a measure of the range of colors that it can display.
In layman terms, this specification tells the ability of a display to produce accurate colors. A TV with low color gamut coverage will miss out on some colors (such as deep red), so the image produced will look "washed out" in colors.
Different manufacturers use different measurement standards to specify color gamut. Viz — sRGB, NTSC, DCI P3 Adobe RGB and rec.2020.
But you don't need to worry about that, below is a chart that will help you choosing a TV with good color accuracy.
After color gamut, you should look at the static contrast specification as it influences the picture quality the same way.
Understanding the static contrast specification
The static contrast ratio of a TV corresponds to its Black levels. A Display with low static contrast ratio (<1000:1) will not produce deep blacks. Moreover, such displays may suffer from backlight bleeds such as below:The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Clearly this will rob your viewing experience, especially in a dark room.
Static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will show both dark gray and black as black, thus lesser detail overall.
If given a choice, always prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
This TV is rated with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., good enough to display deep blacks. The panel comes with local dimming backlight technology which is a plus.
HDR is also supported on this TV in form of Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and HDR10+.
Coming to brightness, it is capable of producing a peak brightness of 250 nits. The backlight of this TV is powered by Direct LED (Full-Array Local Dimming) technology.
If you aren't into gaming, you can safely ignore these specifications. But if you are also going to use the TV for gaming or use it as a PC monitor, you would want to take a TV with the lowest input lag and response time.
Unfortunately, Hisense did not specify the input lag on this unit. Now, since this is not a cheap TV from Hisense, input lag on this TV could be 20ms or below.
What is Input Lag and Why it matters ?
This lag is the amount of time at which key-presses or mouse movements changes the content of your TV. Though, this won't matter much if you aren't into competitive/FPS games like call of duty.
For best of both worlds, get a TV that comes with an input lag and response time of < 20ms.
Ergonomics and Dimensions
Now, speaking of ergonomics — If you plan to wall mount the TV, you can make use of the VESA mount provided with this TV, which by the way has an interface size of 800x400 mm. Swivel, Tilt or Pivot features are not supported on this unit.
The vertical and horizontal measurements of this TV are 74.84 inches and 47.28 inches respectively. In terms of thickness, it is 3.27 inches thick. In total the TV weighs around 52.1 kgs including its stand. Without stand, it weighs 50.7 kgs.
Hardware and Audio
The internals of this TV is powered by 4-Core (2x ARM Cortex-A73 + 2x ARM Cortex-A52) CPU and its graphics engine is handled by a (ARM Mali-G51) GPU.. However, Hisense didn't provide any specification about the RAM on the TV's specsheet.
To power its UI, the TV runs VIDAA U5.0 Operating System.
For display connectivity, there are four HDMI 2.0 (CEC) ports and one AV Composite In (Video + L/R) port on this TV.
To connect USB devices, it includes — 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Cable/Antenna In (F-type female) and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on the Hisense 85U8G AU include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct and Bluetooth.
Coming to audio, it is packaged with 2 x 15W built-in speakers.
Speaking of power usage, on average, it uses 158.16W and on standby, it uses 0.5 W.
It supports a power outlet of 100 V - 120 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz.