At CES last week, Hisense and Leica showed the latest fruits of their collaboration, the Leica Cine 1, touted as Leica’s first 4K laser projector, one that uses Hisense’s Laser TV technology.
“Hisense and Leica Camera will continue to consolidate their technology collaboration in the Laser TV segment by launching new products, all in premium segment and all oriented to the next level of image quality,” Stephan Albrecht, Managing Director of Leica Smart Projection GmbH, said in the announcement.
The Leica Cine 1 features a triple-RGB laser, and the Leica Image Optimization (LIO) technology.
Reports from CES said that the product will be available in 100-inch and 120-inch versions, starting at $8,295, and will arrive in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year, although it will reach Europe first.
Leica is promising 2,500-lumen brightness for both editions of the product.
The companies added that Hisense “has long realized the importance of partnership and working with Leica is in line with its own development needs. Leica’s superior optical technology enables Hisense’s Laser TVs to deliver sharper and more detailed images, which can lay a solid foundation for the further development of its home theatre and short-focus Laser TVs.”
reviewed.com gave the Cine 1 one of its Editors’ Choice awards, joining Samsung and LG’s new TVs, Roku’s first self-manufactured television, and the new Displace Wireless TV.
“The Leica Cine 1 combines two of our favorite things—Hisense’s excellent laser projection TVs and Leica’s legendary optical quality—into a high-quality device that delivers stunning picture quality,” the site said. “This mashup features a 2,500 lumen peak brightness, more than 100% coverage of the BT.2020 color space, and is sure to be on home theater wishlists when it goes on sale later this year.”