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Sony is probably the most famousmark always standing and hanging , it remains a powerhouse among the high-end models – that is, televisions that cost a lot of money. Its 2021 range of new sets, announced before , includes a lot of awesome tech and will probably cost a pretty dime too.
The new highest-end Sony, but the most interesting TV for video quality nerds (like, uh, me) is the new Master A90J series with – This is the first time in years that an OLED TV maker has touted brighter panels. Brightness is important for and to bring out an image in bright rooms, and this is the one major area where OLED traditionally lags behind the LCD screen. While I wouldn’t expect the new Sony to outperform the brighter LCD TVs, especially the newer models powered by as the , any extra light is a good thing.
Sony is also the first company to officially announce a new OLED size: 83 inches, the largest 4K OLED to date. (If you keep track, LG has an 88-inch 8K OLED for, cough, $ 30,000.) And if that’s not big enough for you, the series that succeeds myincludes a 100 inch model. Hoo boy!
Less exciting (to me) than bigger, brighter TVs is something Sony calls “cognitive” processing, available on all of its 2021 TVs. In a video demonstration, company representatives used histograms to show how the algorithm improves the different areas of the image that you think you will focus on the most (like faces). It was hard to get a feel for how it worked without seeing it in person, and tellingly Sony won’t be engaging the processing in its Custom Picture Mode, which is the one designed to preserve the director’s intent. Anyway, I’ll have to wait to see how it works.
More welcome was the news that all models detailed below includegame extras, namely (the latter available via a firmware update), which were previously reserved for a single 2020 model, the . Sony was also the in its smart TVs, an improvement over Android TV currently featured only on the new . “Hey Google” hands-free functionality is built in (as in 2020) and Sony is offering a new streaming service called Bravia Core which offers Sony images and some Imax movies in “UHD BD equivalent quality with streaming up to at 80 Mbps ”. Finally, all televisions below have integrated tuners.
Here’s how the new TVs break down, starting with the most premium.
Master Z9J Series 8K LCD Display (85 and 75 inch): Sony’s best non-OLED TV sets itself apart from its lower siblings with 8K resolution, improved processing, and Sony’s best and brightest, which he calls “Contrast Booster 15.”
Master A90J Series 4K OLED (83, 65 and 55 inches): Sony claims that “the peak luminance of the A90J is significantly improved” compared to the A9G 2020 and other OLED TVs, but company representatives do not say more. New aluminum foil contributes heat radiation and the four WRGB OLED elements emit fully during maximum brightness – as opposed to the W element only in current designs.
A80J 4K OLED (77, 65 and 55 inches): Sony’s step-down OLED isn’t any brighter than current models, but has improved processing and HDMI 2.1 including 4K / 120fps, variable refresh rate, Auto Low Latency mode (aka) and .
X95J 4K LCD display (85, 75, 65 inch): The company’s best non-8K, non-OLED TV will probably still cost a little price. Its local dimming, “Contrast Booster 10”, slips between the other two LCD models in terms of brightness and accuracy, although, as usual, Sony does not share the actual number of dimming zones, nor any output specifications. bright (reps mentioned that the numbers 15, 10, and 5 aren’t proportional, however; so the brightness of the X95J isn’t necessarily double that of the X90J, for example). Another differentiator is a single glass panel design with a “Seamless Edge bezel”.
X90J 4K LCD display (100, 75, 65, 55 and 50 inches): The successor to 2020’s excellent X900H as Sony’s mainstream price TV, this one skips the size from 85 inches and goes straight to 100, a size that I don’t expect to be at all at the price. General public. It includes a full local Contrast Booster 5 dimming, which is less precise and less bright than the lift models, but still better than no local dimming at all.
Prices and availability for 2021 Sony TVs will be announced in the spring.