Sony’s 4K HDR TV lineup for 2018 focuses on better picture quality

Sony today announced an expanded lineup of 4K HDR televisions, including the A8F OLED, X9000F LCD and X85F LCD series. The updated proprietary HDR processors within provide increased contrast and colour depth.

The A8F OLED series, available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, feature individually lit pixels, removing the need for a backlight and providing darker blacks by turning off pixels entirely; this allows for much better contrast and colour accuracy than traditional LCD panels. Additionally, the screen is used as a speaker thanks to Acoustic Surface technology, allowing for better quality audio out of the box.

The X9000F series is an LCD based lineup available in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models and uses a new technology called X-Motion Clarity, using local dimming and backlight boosting to control screen brightness and provide smooth motion and clarity. It is designed to be paired with a new soundbar, the HT-X9000F, which is a Dolby Atmos compatible soundbar in a more affordable package than Sony’s previous Atmos soundbars.

The X85F series, available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch models is a lower end series than the X9000F but still features the same HDR processor as the others.

All three TV series are powered by Android TV and include Google Assistant, as well as Chromecast features. Android TV allows you to search for movies and shows with voice, as well as ask questions about news and weather, among other things.

Local pricing and availability is yet to be announced, but new TVs generally come out in the months between March and June in Australia.

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