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Hisense H9F vs H8F Review (55H9F vs 55H8F, 65H9F vs 65H8F)

by on August 22, 2019
 



Hisense H9F vs H8F Review

Hisense H9F and H8F are the 4K HDR 4K TV that released in 2019 by Hisense, one of the big Chinese’s manufacturers. In this year, Hisense releases fewer model than on the brands. And in this lineup, the H9F sits as the top model while the H8F sits as the second top model.  In the market, the Hisense H8F comes in 3 screen sizes option including 50 inches (55H8F), 55 inches (55H8F), and 65 inches (65H8F), while the H9F comes in 2 screen size option only including 55 inches (55H9F) and 65 inches (65H9F). With the same screen sizes (55H8F vs 55H9F, 65H8F vs 65 H8F), the H9F is priced far more expensive than the H8F where their difference in price is up to hundreds of dollar.  So, what are the differences and how do the picture quality and performance of each?

Short Review of Hisense H9F vs H8F Key

Hisense H9F vs H8F Specification

Technologies and Features Hisense H8F Hisense H9F
Screen Sizes Available 50 Inches (55H8F), 55 inches (55H8F), 65 inches (65H8F) 55 inches (55H9F), 65 inches (65H9F)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming
Number of Dimming Zones 50 Inches (50H8F): 32 Zones, 55 Inches (55H8F): 56 Zones, 65 inches (65H8F): 60 Zones Up to 132 Zones
Image Processor n/a n/a
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
Wide Color Gamut Technology Yes (Ultra Color Enhancer) Yes (Quantum Dot)
Native Refresh Rate 60 Hz 120 Hz
Motion Enhancement Motion Rate 240 Motion Rate 480
Smart TV Platform Google Android TV Google Android TV
Remote Hisense’s Voice Remote Hisense’s Voice Remote
Voice Command Support Yes Yes
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 2 2
Audio Channel 2 2
Sound Output 2 x 10 watts 2 x 15 watts

Features of Hisense H8F and H9F

Panel Technology

Full Array Local Dimming

Both the Hisense H8F and H9F come with VA panel. As the characteristic of VA panel, this allows them have high native contrast ratio but on the other hand, this makes them have poor side viewing angle. Furthermore, they both also use the same backlight technology, which is Direct LED backlight will Full Array Local Dimming. Nevertheless, that is distinguishing is the number of dimming zones of their local dimming.  For the Hisense H8F, the 50 inches model (55H8F) has 32 zones, the 55 inches model (55H8F) has 56 zones and the 65 inches model (65H8F) has 60 zones. On the other hand, the Hisense H9F has up to 132 zones.

Features

Both Hisense H8F and H9F come with HDR technology. They both support most of HDR formats. In addition to HDR10, they both also already support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) a HDR format that developed by NHK and BBC for streaming and TV broadcasting purpose. Additionally, they both also already support Dolby Vision, a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Vision that already uses dynamic metadata. But even so, they both don’t support HDR10+, the other dynamic HDR format developed by Samsung and its alliance. Meanwhile for improving their performance in producing the H8F is powered by Ultra Enhanced color technology while the H9F is powered by Quantum Dot technology. This allows them can produce wide color gamut, allow them to show HDR images with vivid colors.

Motion technology

The Hisense H9F and H8F have difference in native refresh rate panel.  If the H8F has native 60 Hz native refresh rate panel, the H9F has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. This certainly has impact on their performance in interpolating the lower frame rate content where the H80 can interpolate up to 120 fps while H8F can interpolate up to 60 Hz only. Since the H9F has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, this allows it to accept 120 fps content without drop the frame. On other hand, since the H8F has native 60 refresh rate panel, even though it accepts 120 fps content at 1080p and 1440p resolution, it drops every other frame.  Meanwhile, for maximizing its performance in handling motion, the Hisense H9F is powered by Motion Rate 480 technology while the H8F is powered by Motion rate 240 Hz.

To dim their backlight, both of them use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) Dimming system. By default they both also have the same dimming frequency, which is 960 Hz. Their dimming frequency actually is bright enough to make their screen is almost flicker-free, but on the hand, this will cause some persistence blur. But even so, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) features that can help to minimize the persistence blur. But even so, the difference between them is the lowest frequency of BFI mode of H8F is 60 Hz while the H9F is 120 Hz. By enabling this mode, this will reduce their dimming frequency at 60 Hz for H8F and at 120 Hz for H9F when they are playing 60 fps content. Special for H9F, since its lowest possible frequency of its BFI is 120 Hz, when playing 60 Hz content, this will make motion is crisper, but there are still visible duplications.

Inputs

As their major connectivity, both Hisense H8F and H9F are equipped with 4 HDMI Ports with the same ability.  Their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2, and ARC (Audio Return Channel) on HDMI 1. However, they both don’t support HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth and eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel). Additionally, they both also have 2 HDMI ports, 1 port is HDMI 2. (HDMI 1) and the rest is USB 2.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1 Composite IN (AV IN), 1 RF IN (Tuner), 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), 1 Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm), and 1 Ethernet port. And for wireless connection, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Smart TV Platform

Android TV 8.0 Oreo

 

Both Hisense H9F and H8F run the latest version of Google Android TV, which is Android 8.0 Oreo, the same smart TV platform found on some models of Sony’s 2019 TV lineup. Its interface is fast, well organized, and easy to use. Additionally, it has an impressive selection of built-in apps that cover the vast majority of the common streaming service, games, web browser, Live TV service, and others. It also has an excellent Google Play Store that provide huge selection of downloadable apps you can directly download from your Hisense’s TV.  Both of them also already support voice command and have an ability to pair it to Amazon Alexa devices.

Remote

Both Hisense H8F and H9F also use the same remote as their major controller. Their remote is large and has good selections of buttons. It even has four dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Store, and VUDU, allows you to launch these apps without entering the menu. Additionally, their remote also already supports CEC menu control, allow you to control some functions of other CEC compatible devices connected on your TV with this remote. Just like other smart remote, this remote also has built-in microphone for voice control and it works well with many voice control features.

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50 inches 50H8F on Amazon
55 inches 55H8F on Amazon 55H9F on Amazon
65 inches 65H8F on Amazon 65H9F on Amazon

 

Hisense H9F vs H8F Performance

Black Level and Contrast

High vs Low Contrast

Both Hisense H9F and H8F have similar native contrast ratio. With around 6000:1, their native contrast ratio is great and better than most VA TVs which available in the market. This means, supposing they both don’t have local dimming, their native contrast ratio actually is strong enough to make them can produce deep black. Nevertheless, they both have FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) that be able to boost their contrast ratio. But even so, for this case, local dimming of H9F can work better than local dimming of the H8F. With local dimming enabled, the contrast ratio of H8F is boosted up to 8000:1, while contrast ratio of the H9F is even boosted higher, up to 9000:1. Regardless their difference in local dimming performance, both the Hisense H8F and H9F can produce extremely deep black, around 0.013 nits for H8F and around 0.011 nits for H9F. The results, black displayed on their screen looks really black, even when they are set in a dark room. Additionally, black produced by them is dark enough to make shadow details of HDR images looks excellently the way they should in HDR.

Winner: H9F

SDR Peak Brightness

Both Hisense H9F and H8F have good SDR Peak Brightness. But compare between then, the H9F can get brighter than the H8F. But even so, their peak brightness both varies depending on content.  With real content, the H9F can reach around 550 nits. Meanwhile, with test window, the H9F can hits its brightest peak brightness on 10% and 25% window where peak brightness reached by them is around 1100 nits. On the other hand, the lowest peak brightness reached by H9F is on 100% windows or the entire screen is white it can hit around 500 nits. Peak brightness reached by H9F is really excellent, bright enough to overcome the glare in most bright rooms. And combined to its good reflection handling, this certainly makes its performance in a bright room is really good.

On the other hand, peak brightness of H8F is also fairly good. With real content, it can hit around 350 nits. Meanwhile, with window test, just like the H9F, peak brightness of the Hisense H8F also depends on the content. The brightest peak brightness is hit on 10% and 20% window, which is around 550 nits, while the lowest peak brightness is hit on 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black) and 100% window, which is around 350 nits. Although not as bright as the H9F, peak brightness of H8F is still bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms. Just like the H9F, it also good reflection handling. Combine the good peak brightness and good reflection handling makes its bright performance is also fairly good.  But of course, in very bright room with a lot of lights, the picture displayed on its screen doesn’t looks as bright as displayed on the screen of H9F.

Keep in mind, all of this result is reached with certain setting. For the H8F, the “Picture Mode” is set to “Theater Night”, “Color Temperature” is set to “Low”, and “Local Dimming” is set to “High”. Meanwhile for H9F, “Picture Mode” is set to “Theater Dark”, “Backlight Level” set to “Max”, and “Local Dimming” is set to “High”. The different setting might get the different result.

Winner: H9F

HDR Peak Brightness

The Hisense H9F has excellent HDR peak brightness. With real content, it can get brighter peak brightness than when with SDR content, which is around 800 nits and its peak brightness also depends on the content. But even so, with windows test, its peak brightness in HDR is similar to in SDR, even in certain windows, its peak brightness is even dimmer.  The brightest peak brightness is hit on 10% window, which is around 1200 nits, while the lowest peak brightness is hit on 100% window, which is around 300 nits. With peak brightness reached, the H9F can show HDR images fairly bright the way they should in HDR. Even in certain content, small highlight can be shown at 1000-4000 nits of the target intended by the content creator.  Unfortunately, the picture looks to dim when they are showing the entire screen is bright. But even so, this should not be problem because there are not many contents that have a scene with the entire screen is white.

Just like with SDR content, HDR peak brightness of the Hisense H8F is also not as bright as the H9F. But even so, in HDR, it can get brighter than when with SDR content.  With real content, it can hit around 500 nits. Meanwhile, with window test, its peak brightness also varies depends on the content. The brightest peak brightness is reached on 10% window, which is around 600 nits while the lowest peak brightness is reached on 100% window, which is around 200 nits. Peak brightness reached by the H8F actually is bright enough to make HDR image displayed on its screen looks fairly bright in a bright room.  But even so, on 2% window, it can only hit around 400 nits that means small highlight cannot be shown as bright as they should be.

Keep in mind, all of this result is reached with certain setting. For the H8F, the “Picture Mode” is set to “HDR Theater”, “Color Temperature” is set to “Low”, and “Local Dimming” is set to “High”. Meanwhile for H9F, “Picture Mode” is set to “HDR Theater”, “Backlight Level” set to “Max”, and “Local Dimming” is set to “High”. The different setting might get the different result.

Winner: H9F

Color Performance

Color Gamut and Color Volum

Wide color gamut

Both Hisense H9F and H8F can deliver excellent wide color gamut. In DCI P3, the H9F can cover around 96% while the H8F can cover around 95% of color space. Meanwhile, in Rec.2020, the H9F can cover around 76% while the H8F can cover around 75% of color space. Their color gamut might be not as wide as OLED TV or Samsung QLED TV that also have quantum dot technology, but what produced by them is wide enough to produce HDR images with vivid color, regardless the HDR formats. On the other hand, even though the Hisense H9F has a bit better color volume, but this is more due to it has wider color gamut than the H8F. Overall, their color gamut is good. Their excellent native contrast ratio makes them can produce dark saturated color fairly well. On the other hand, they both also can produce most colors almost as bright as pure white that means it is good. Unfortunately, they both cannot produce very bright blues. But this should not be a problem due most LCD TVs also have the same problem in producing very bright blues.

Winner: H9F

Color Gradient

Color gradient of both might not be as good as most TVs, but overall, their color gradient is also good. Just like with color volume and color gamut, the Hisense H9F also has better color gradient than the H8F. On their screen, there is some noticeable banding in almost all shades of colors particularly in shades of green, red, and grey. But compare among them, the banding is slightly more noticeable on the screen of H8F than H9F. Unfortunately, they both don’t have “Smooth Gradation” feature that can help reduce banding like found on most TVs which available in the market.

Winner: H9F

Side Viewing Angle

Like most LED TVs with VA Panel, the side viewing angle coverage of the Hisense H8F and H9F is bad. Even at slightly-off angle, the picture displayed on their screen will start to degrade. At around 14 degrees off center and front, black level start to rise quickly. Additionally, at wider angle, around 25 degrees off center and front, colors also start to lose their accuracy and appears washed-out. At around 30 degrees off center and front, their peak brightness also starts to drop quickly. This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will lose their accuracy. If you feel the side viewing angle is important aspect that should be considered, both of them might not be suitable for you. Go to LED TVs with IPS panel like LG SM900 or SM8600 will make a better option for you.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

The Hisense H9F has much faster pixel response time than the H8F. The pixel response time of the Hisense H8F is around 25 ms while the H9F is around 10 ms. The pixel response time of H8F even is slower than most LED TVs. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like fast games or fast sports, the picture displayed on the screen of the H9F looks smoother than on the screen of H8F. On the screen of H9F, motion looks smoother with almost unnoticeable faint trail following fast moving object. Meanwhile, on the screen of H8F, a trail behind following fast moving object is more noticeable. On the other hand, the faster pixel response time makes the picture appear to more stutter, particularly when they are playing low frame content like sports or video games. This means, when they are playing 24p movies or other frame rate content, the images will appear to more stutter on the screen of H9F than on the screen H8F. Fortunately, the stutter can be minimized by enabling BFI or motion interpolation, so this should not be a serious problem.

Meanwhile, in handling judder, the Hisense H9F also can do better job than the H8F, particularly when they are playing 24p content via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV and via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices. With these sources, the H9F can show them with judder-free while the H8F cannot remove the judder completely. Meanwhile, with native 24p content like DVD or Blu Ray movies, the both are able to show them with judder-free. To remove the judder, you just need set the “Motion Enhancement” to “Film”.

Winner: H9F

Input Lags

In PC and Game Mode, the Hisense H8F actually has a bit lower input lags than the H9F. But even so, their difference is not too significant and in general, their input lags are equally great. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, whether it is 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K with HDR, and 4K @ 4:4:4, the input lags ofH8F is around 14 ms while the H9F is around 16 ms. Special for the H9F, despite it has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, but it cannot display 120 fps content. Regardless their difference, their input lags are actually low enough to make them are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced content. Unfortunately, they both don’t support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) feature that can automatically change to Game Mode once the game console signal is detected. So, to enable the Game Mode, you must change manually.

Winner: H8F

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50 inches 50H8F on Amazon
55 inches 55H8F on Amazon 55H9F on Amazon
65 inches 65H8F on Amazon 65H9F on Amazon

 

Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both Hisense H8F and H9F are great TV for watching movies in a dark room. They both have outstanding contrast ratio that allow them can produce very deep black. Additionally, they both also have local dimming feature that can improve their dark room performance. Special for the H8F, it also has outstanding black uniformity, makes dark scene appears excellently on its screen. But unfortunately, this TV has slow responsive time that makes fast movies doesn’t appear as smooth as other TV. Additionally, it also cannot remove the judder from 69i and 60p signals. Meanwhile, for the H9F, even though its black uniformity is not as good as the H8F, but dark scene still appears well on their screen.  Furthermore, the H9F has outstanding pixel response time that makes motion appears smoothly. It also has ability to remove 24p judder from any sources.  Overall, they both are equally great TV for watching TV, but compare between them, the H9F is better than the H8F.

Winner: H9F

For Watching Sports

The Hisense H8F might be not a great TV when used for watching sports, but at least, its performance when used for watching sports is still acceptable. It might have good peak brightness and reflection handling, make it can get fairly bright when used for watching sport in a bright room. But on the other hand, its pixel response time is too slow, lower than most TVs. This makes motion doesn’t look as smooth as other TVs.  Additionally, it also has poor side viewing angle and noticeable dirty screen effect. On the other hand, the Hisense H9F is better. In addition to it has bright peak brightness and reflection handling, it also has outstanding pixel response time, makes motion look far smoother than H8F. But just like the H8F, it also has poor side viewing angle and dirty screen effect.

Winner: H9F

For Playing Games

Both Hisense H8F and H9F are great TVs for games. In addition they both have good picture quality, they both also have exceptional low input lags. This certainly makes both are very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games. Special for the H8F, when used for fast games, the picture displayed might not appears as smooth as the H9F due it pixel response time is too slow. A bit unfortunately, they both don’t have any feature or technology that can improve their game experience like FreeSync VRR or others.

Winner: H9F

HDR Experience

The Hisense H8F actually is a good TV for watching HDR content. It has outstanding contrast ratio, excellent black uniformity, and wide color gamut. But unfortunately, even though its peak brightness actually is bright enough to fight the glare in a bright room, but it cannot show small highlight as bright as they should in HDR. On the other hand, the Hisense H9F has better performance for watching HDR content. In addition to it can produce deeper black and has wider color gamut than the H8F, it has excellent peak brightness. Its peak brightness is e bright enough to show HDR images as bright as the way they should be. Even in some certain scene. It can show highlight images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness level intended by the content creator.  Nevertheless, even though it has local dimming feature, blooming might be an issue in a dark scene.  Overall, both Hisense H8F and H9F are very good TV for HDR experience, but of course, the H9F is better.

Winner: H9F

Summary

So which one is a better choice between them? As we have discussed a lot above, although in some certain aspect like black uniformity, input lags, and others, the Hisense H8F better performance, but overall, in most aspects, the Hisense H9F is better than H8F. This certainly make the H9F is better than H8F for any usage, whether it is for watching movies, TV shows, sports, HDR content, or playing games. But just we have mentioned above, with its superiority, the H9F is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than the H8F. On the other hand, even though not as good as the H9F, it is sold cheaper and picture quality produced can still be said good. Even for its price range, picture quality and performance offered by the H8F is really great. Now, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences and budget.

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50 inches 50H8F on Amazon
55 inches 55H8F on Amazon 55H9F on Amazon
65 inches 65H8F on Amazon 65H9F on Amazon

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