Sony’s 2020 8K/4K LED/LCD and OLED HDR TVs

Z8H

Z8H

Sony’s new 2020 TV lineup will be available at retailers very soon with several new models to choose from, under seven different series. These models will have 8K and 4K picture resolution capabilities and LED/LCD and OLED TV technologies as noted below. All models will also have HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability. So here’s the rundown:

 

XBR Z8H 8K LED/LCD Series

Sony Z8H

Z8H

Screen sizes – 75”, 85”

Sony’s new Z8H 8K LED TV leads its 2020 lineup and follows in the footsteps of last year’s flagship Z9G Master Series 8K LED TV. The Z8H contains Sony’s best processor – the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, which is twice as fast as the X1 Extreme. The X1 Ultimate precisely analyzes and processes data to power 8K pictures with four times the resolution of 4K for scenes rich in depth, texture, and detail. Even images filmed in 4K and 2K are upscaled near to 8K by 8K X-Reality PRO using a unique 8K database.

Additionally, the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate provides the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with the following technologies: Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual database processing.

Furthermore, this processor detects hundreds of different objects onscreen and intelligently enhances brightness, detail and color so everything you watch is clear, bright and incredibly realistic.

Other features for the Z8H include:

  • Full-array LED backlighting with local dimming
  • 8K X-tended Dynamic Range Pro/XDR Contrast 14x for increased contrast producing brighter peak highlights and deeper blacks
  • Ambient Optimization – automatically adjust picture and sound to your environment. An embedded light sensor that optimizes picture brightness to room conditions, boosting brightness in a well-lit room and reducing it in dark rooms. When listening to audio, your sound experience can change depending on your room environment. For example, curtains absorb sound, while objects in front of the TV can disturb the passage of sound, compromising the quality of what you hear. Ambient Optimization detects objects and reproduces sound that’s enhanced and optimized to your room.
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio with Frame Tweeters includes vibrating tweeters that enables sound to follow the action for a truly immersive experience. Independent amps are controlled separately to precisely manage sound positioning of these speakers in high-tone areas, enhancing sound pressure and stability for more realism.
  • CalMan Ready for use with CalMan auto-calibration software
  • TRILUMINOS Display technology for a wider color range
  • X-Wide Angle minimizes color saturation and contrast loss when viewing the TV from wide angles
  • X-Motion Clarity technology for smoother and clearer fast motion – 120Hz refresh rate
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos – Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
  • In addition to Dolby Vision, the Z8H is also compatible with HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats.
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode – This mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix originals and reproduce the same picture quality on a TV as on a studio evaluation master. With Netflix Calibrated Mode, the creator’s vision and intent are faithfully preserved.
  • IMAX Enhanced – This is a certification and licensing program that will allow users to play the highest quality 4K images and most powerful audio in the comfort of their home. IMAX and DTS are working with studios and content partners to digitally remaster popular movies and other content for IMAX Mode.
  • Android TV platform with Google Assistant built-in, will allow quick access to entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights – all with just your voice, no remote required.
  • Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
  • Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit – AirPlay is an Apple proprietary system that allows you to stream audio or video and more to an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad. Now with the inclusion of AirPlay 2 into popular brands of smart TVs, consumers can enjoy Apple services on non-Apple devices.

 

XBR A8H 4K OLED Series

Sony A8H

A8H

Screen sizes – 55″, 65″

The A8H uses the same powerful processor as the Z8H 8K TVs, the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate. This processor precisely analyzes image data to bring out the intense contrast of OLED, with pure blacks, peak brightness, and truly realistic pictures images. The A8H also features Pixel Contrast Booster which boosts color and contrast for extra depth and realism.

The Picture Processor X1 Ultimate also provides the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with the following technologies: Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual database processing.

The A8H’s new TV panel offers a super-slim one-slate design concept that allows the screen to meet the edge of the TV for a more immersive viewing experience.

Other features for the A8H include:

  • Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro allows images to be upscaled to near 4K quality. Images are sharpened and refined in real-time, revealing extra detail and clarity.
  • TRILUMINOS Display delivers a wider color palette, for enhanced and accurate color reproduction.
  • Ambient Optimization – automatically adjust picture and sound to your environment. An embedded light sensor that optimizes picture brightness to room conditions, boosting brightness in a well-lit room and reducing it in dark rooms.
  • Acoustic Surface Audio – The entire screen resonates with sound emanating directly from the screen itself. This allows Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality technology to accurately emit audio from where its source is located onscreen.
  • X-Motion Clarity technology for smoother and clearer fast motion
  • CalMan Ready for use with CalMan auto-calibration software
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos – Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
  • In addition to Dolby Vision, the A8H is also compatible with HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats.
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode – This mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix originals and reproduce the same picture quality on a TV as on a studio evaluation master. With Netflix Calibrated Mode, the creator’s vision and intent are faithfully preserved.
  • IMAX Enhanced – This is a certification and licensing program that will allow users to play the highest quality 4K images and most powerful audio in the comfort of their home. IMAX and DTS are working with studios and content partners to digitally remaster popular movies and other content for IMAX Mode.
  • Android TV platform with Google Assistant built-in, will allow quick access to entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights – all with just your voice, no remote required.
  • Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
  • Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit – AirPlay is an Apple proprietary system that allows you to stream audio or video and more to an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad. Now with the inclusion of AirPlay 2 into popular brands of smart TVs, consumers can enjoy Apple services on non-Apple devices.

 

Master Series A9S 4K OLED Series

A9S

Screen size – 48″

Sony will also be introducing a 48″ OLED version of the A9 Master Series calling it the A9S. This smaller A9 version will not skimp on features and will include the following:

  • 48″ size meets consumer demand for smaller, high-quality OLED options
  • Small and central aluminum stand provides users with flexibility in smaller spaces
  • Offers best-in-class MASTER series picture quality in a smaller size
  • Includes Sony’s premium OLED TV features, including Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, Pixel Contrast Booster and Acoustic Surface Audio
  • X-Motion Clarity technology will now be available for Sony OLED TVs, refining action on the screen in real-time. This is the first time Sony has used motion-smoothing technology on an OLED display
  • New Ambient Optimization optimizes picture and sound quality in any customer environment
  • TRILUMINOS Display for enhanced and accurate color reproduction
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
  • Works with Smart Speakers, including Google Home and Amazon Alexa enabled devices
  • Easy connectivity to most devices, including Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
  • Quick access to an array of content and services with Android TV
  • Custom Mode, along with Sony’s other calibrated viewing modes, provides various viewing options to suit customers’ tastes while faithfully preserving the creator’s intent

 

XBR X950H 4K LED/LCD Series

Sony X950H

X950H

Screen sizes – 49″ ($998.00), 55″ ($1,398.00), 65″ ($1998.00), 75″ ($3,489.00) , 85″ ($3,798.00)

Available now at Amazon.com

Sony continues its high-end excellence with its follow-up to last year’s popular and excellent performing X950G with the new X950H which is Sony’s best 4K LED/LCD TV (excluding the XBRZ9F Master Series LED TV which was released a couple of years ago and is still available). This latest entry of premium class displays features Sony’s best processor – the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate. This powerful chip will produce picture images revealing real-life clarity and detail with a rich and vibrant color spectrum.

The X950H uses full-array LED backlighting with local dimming for great contrast and black levels. Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range Pro/XDR Contrast 6x enhances contrast for an even more dynamic picture presentation.

Acoustic Multi-Audio uses sound positioning tweeters to help optimize the location of sound on the screen so you hear precisely controlled, high-quality audio from the appropriate areas of the scene. (This feature is available with screen sizes larger than 55″).

Sony claims its new X-Balanced Speaker is supposed to produce high-quality sound for movies and music using an ultra-thin TV design and is available on 55″, 65″ and 75″ screen sizes.

Other features for the X950H include:

  • Premium Blade Stand/Flush Surface – A slim and flush design with discreet stand and thin bezel keeps you focused on the picture image.
  • Ambient Optimization – automatically adjust picture and sound to your environment. An embedded light sensor that optimizes picture brightness to room conditions, boosting brightness in a well-lit room and reducing it in dark rooms.
  • TRILUMINOS Display delivers a wider color palette, for enhanced and accurate color reproduction.
  • X-Wide Angle minimizes color saturation and contrast loss when viewing the TV from wide angles (except 49″ screen size)
  • X-Motion Clarity technology for smoother and clearer fast motion – 120Hz refresh rate
  • CalMan Ready for use with CalMan auto-calibration software
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos – Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
  • In addition to Dolby Vision, the 950H is also compatible with HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats.
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode – This mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix originals and reproduce the same picture quality on a TV as on a studio evaluation master. With Netflix Calibrated Mode, the creator’s vision and intent are faithfully preserved.
  • IMAX Enhanced – This is a certification and licensing program that will allow users to play the highest quality 4K images and most powerful audio in the comfort of their home. IMAX and DTS are working with studios and content partners to digitally remaster popular movies and other content for IMAX Mode.
  • Android TV platform with Google Assistant built-in
  • Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
  • Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit

 

XBR X900H 4K LED/LCD Series

Sony X900H

X900H

Screen sizes – 55″, 65″, 75″, 85″

Available now at Amazon.com

The X900H utilizes Sony’s X1 4K HDR processor for great picture quality delivering deep contrast and detailed picture images of an immersive and realistic viewing experience.

The X900H offers full-array LED backlighting with local dimming for increased contrast and black level performance. Contrast is further enhanced by X-tended Dynamic Range which adjusts brightness for higher peaks in glare and deeper blacks in shadows.

Acoustic Multi-Audio uses sound positioning tweeters to help optimize the location of sound on the screen so you hear precisely controlled, high-quality audio from the appropriate areas of the scene. (This feature available with screen sizes larger than 65″).

Sony’s X-Balanced Speaker is supposed to produce high-quality sound for movies and music using an ultra-thin TV design and is available on 55″, 65″ and 75″ screen sizes.

Other features for the X900H include:

  • Next Gen/ATSC 3.0 tuner for over-the-air 4K broadcast
  • 4K 120fps compatible
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos – Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
  • TRILUMINOS Display delivers a wider color palette, for enhanced and accurate color reproduction.
  • X-Motion Clarity technology for smoother and clearer fast motion – 120Hz refresh rate
  • Object-based HDR remaster
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode – This mode was specially developed to enjoy Netflix originals and reproduce the same picture quality on a TV as on a studio evaluation master. With Netflix Calibrated Mode, the creator’s vision and intent are faithfully preserved.
  • CalMan Ready for use with CalMan auto-calibration software
  • Android TV platform with Google Assistant built-in
  • Amazon Alexa-compatible voice control assistants
  • Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Bluetooth support

 

X800H 4K LED/LCD Series

Sony X800H

X800H

43″ ($699.99), 49″ ($749.99), 55″ ($999.99), 65″ ($1,199.99), 75″ ($1,799.99), 85″ ($2,699.99)

Available now at Amazon.com

Feature Highlights:

  • Edge-lit LED backlighting (43″ and 49″ models)
  • Direct-lit LED backlighting (55″, 65″, 75″ and 85″ models)
  • Sony X1 4K HDR Processor
  • 4K X-Reality Pro
  • TRILUMINOS Display
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • Object-based HDR remaster
  • Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos
  • MotionFlow XR 240 – 60Hz native refresh rate
  • X-Balanced Speaker
  • Slim Blade Stand/Narrow Bezel design
  • Works with Google Home
  • Connects with Alexa enabled devices
  • Works with Apple AirPlay and Apple HomeKit
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Bluetooth support

X750H 4K LED/LCD Series

Sony X750H

Screen sizes – 55″ ($598.00), 65″ ($748.00)

Available now at Amazon.com

Feature Highlights:

  • Sony X1 4K Processor
  • 4K X-Reality Pro
  • TRILUMINOS Display
  • Bass Reflex Speaker design
  • Slim Blade Stand/Narrow Bezel design
  • Works with Google Home
  • Connects with Alexa enabled devices
  • Works with Apple AirPlay and Apple HomeKit
  • Bluetooth support

So there you have it…the latest info available for Sony’s upcoming 2020 TV lineup. Pricing and retail availability will be announced in spring 2020. So check back soon for updates.

Updated 5/12/2020

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