Vizio begins shipping 2013 M-Series Smart TVs, prices start at $400

Back at this year's CES, all Vizio said about its brand new M-Series lineup of HDTVs was that they'd be hitting shelves at some point "later this year." Fast forward to today, and the company's announcing its 2013 M-Series Smart TVs are now shipping to retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, with interested folks being able to grab one starting at $400 for a 32-inch LED model. Speaking of which, Vizio also went ahead and modified the M-Series pricing scheme a bit, making some models a little more expensive and others slightly cheaper. For example, the Theater 3D-ready 80-inch Razor LED Smart TV (say that five times fast) is now $4,000, as opposed to the $5,000 price tag that it was announced with originally. You'll find the full MSRP list in the PR after the break, and do let us know in the comments below if you plan on snagging one of these for yourself.

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New VIZIO M-Series Delivers Faster, Smarter, All-LED HDTVs to Consumers Seeking Edge-to-Edge Perfection

-Nationwide Rollout of M-Series Offers 32" to 80" Screen Size Classes Featuring All-New, Ultra-Modern Industrial Design with Near Borderless Frames

Irvine, CA - May 28, 2013 - VIZIO, America's #1 large size HDTV company1 and #1 selling LCD HDTV Brand in the U.S. 2, today announced pricing and availability for its highly anticipated all-new line of M-Series Razor LED™ Smart TVs3. Featuring an ultra-modern, ultra-thin bezel that virtually vanishes next to the nearly edge-to-edge display, VIZIO's enhanced HDTV line-up continues to demonstrate the brand's leadership in HDTV technology and design-focused enhancements. VIZIO, ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" by J.D. Power and Associates4, will begin rolling out its sleek new offerings this month.

VIZIO's new M-Series Razor LEDTM Smart TVs are the ideal centerpieces for today's modern families, giving rooms an instant "designer home" makeover. The signature M-Series design is available in a full range of screen size classes including 32" (M321i), 40" (M401i), 47" (M471i), 50" (M501d), 55" (M551d), 60" (M601d), 65" (M651d), 70" (M701d) and 80" (M801d) and combines enhanced picture quality and an all-new, more responsive, easy to use VIZIO Internet Apps Plus™ with an ultra-thin bezel for an immersive, near borderless TV experience. The base and neck feature unique interior metal construction for added stability, while the beautiful metallic finish complements the design and helps set the new standard for home entertainment perfection.
"The M-Series family offers an elegant blend of thoughtful design detailing and premium materials, presenting consumers with an HDTV they will be proud to showcase in their homes," said Scott McManigal, VIZIO VP of Industrial Design. "The ultra-thin bezel reduces peripheral distractions and enhances the rich picture quality allowing for a superior edge-to-edge viewing experience."

VIZIO's new M-Series Razor LEDTM Smart TVs build on VIZIO's position as the current#1 Smart LED TV brand in the U.S.5, with over 3.2 million Smart HDTVs sold since 20106. Featuring Smart Dimming™ technology to deliver deeper blacks and brighter whites for a richer contrast, the M-Series units offer full HD 1080p and up to 240Hz effective refresh rate featuring Smooth Motion enhanced with backlight scanning allowing for the sharpest possible picture. Consumers with 50" M- Series models and larger, will enjoy a flicker-free, 3D picture through lightweight, battery free glasses thanks to VIZIO's Theater 3D® technology. Providing a crystal-clear and visibly brighter picture than conventional 3D, Theater 3D makes allows for a more immersive 3D viewing experience.
"As hardware manufacturers and content providers continue to align to provide consumers with a more robust internet capable experience, the market for 'Smart TVs' will continue to evolve," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "VIZIO has been able to maintain a leadership position in LCD TVs with apps included for 2012 and Q1 2013."

VIZIO, being #1 in the Smart TV industry7, introduces the M-Series collection which boasts a best-in-class connected TV experience allowing consumers to instantly enjoy the latest hit movies, TV shows, music and more through VIZIO Internet Apps Plus. The new, faster VIZIO Internet Apps Plus Smart TV platform allows users of all experience levels to quickly and easily breeze through set-up and get connected. The intuitive Smart TV platform offers more apps than ever before, making it convenient to start watching TV or browse apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Facebook®, HuluPlus, Pandora®, VUDU and YouTube® using the TV's built-in Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection to the Internet. Additionally, the M-Series collection features a backlit Smart remote that is perfect for nighttime viewing. Coming Summer 2013, all M-Series model remotes will be enabled with Wi-Fi and Universal remote features, making it easier to control all home entertainment devices, creating a better user experience8.

"The new VIZIO M-Series televisions represent a significant step forward in terms of design, picture quality and connectivity," said Matt McRae, VIZIO Chief Technology Officer. "Our Smart TV platform has been upgraded with new apps, new features and new experiences such as dual screen control from smartphones and tablets. We also focused on the basics that matter to every consumer such as a newly designed remote control and class leading picture quality."

The all-new M-Series models are now shipping to retailers nationwide including Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart. For more information on VIZIO's M-Series collection, please visit VIZIO.com

VIZIO M-Series Razor LEDTM Smart TVs

32" Razor LED Smart TV (M321i) – $399.99 MSRP

40" Razor LED Smart TV (M401i) – $529.99 MSRP

47" Razor LED Smart TV (M471i) – $729.99 MSRP

VIZIO M-Series Razor LEDTM Smart TVs w/Theater 3D

50" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M501d) – $799.99 MSRP

55" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M551d) – $1,199.99 MSRP

60" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M601d) – $1,599.99 MSRP

65" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M651d) – $1,999.99 MSRP

70" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M701d) – $2,499.99 MSRP

80" Razor LED Smart TV w/Theater 3D (M801d) – $3,999.99 MSRP

About VIZIO

VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. LCD HDTV shipments. Since 2007 VIZIO LCD HDTV shipments remain in the top ranks in the U.S. and were #1 for the total year in 2009 and 2010. In Q4 2012, VIZIO became America's #1 60+ inch HDTV company based on units sold. VIZIO is the #1 Sound Bar Company and is a top rated sound bar brand 2-years running by leading consumer publications. As VIZIO celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary, it remains committed to what it does best, focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products. VIZIO's products are found at Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, CNET's Editor's Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 - Television, Home Theater Magazine's Top Picks, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com .

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Vizio begins shipping 2013 M-Series Smart TVs, prices start at $400