If you think using a tablet is a smarter, better way to control your TV, then you're going to like the new line of Vizio P series SmartCast 4K UHD TVs. Each of the sets comes with a 6-inch Android tablet that runs the Vizio remote-control app.

The new Vizio P series sets, which range in price from $1,000 for a 50-inch model to $3,800 for a 75-incher, are full-featured 4K UHD TVs that, like the Reference-series sets, support Dolby Vision HDR. Vizio says an update for both series will enable support for the HDR10 high dynamic range format. LG's new 4K TVs, for example, support both HDR formats, and we expect other manufacturers with TVs that have Dolby Vision capability to follow suit. (Both types of HDR can boost a TV's contrast by improving detail in the darkest and brightest scenes.)

The Vizio P series SmartCast sets have built-in support for Google Cast, which lets you send content from your phone, tablet, or laptop right to the TV.

Although the Vizio P series TVs also come with a basic remote, the company clearly intends for you to use the included tablet remote to control the TV. The 6-inch Android tablet has 16GB of storage and built-in speakers, and comes with a wireless charging dock. Using SmartCast, you're able to search for content across multiple apps, instead of looking through each one individually. The SmartCast app is also available for download on iOS and Android devices, so you can use other mobile devices as well as the included tablet.

All the P series sets have wider color gamuts (called Ultra Color Spectrum), 10-bit panels, and full-array LED backlights with local dimming, with up to 128 zones that can be separately controlled.

Vizio P Series TV Pricing

Here's a breakout of the model numbers and pricing by screen size:

  • 50-inch P50-C1 SmartCast 4K TV: $1,000
  • 55-inch P55-C1 SmartCast 4K TV: $1,300
  • 65-inch P65-C1 SmartCast 4K TV: $2,000
  • 75-inch P75-C1 SmartCast 4K TV: $3,800

Consumer Reports is testing several 2016 TVs, and we're looking forward to checking out these new Vizio P-series sets. In the meantime check our our TV buying guide and Ratings.