Sony 2018 TV line-up - full overview

16 Feb 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

This year, Sony will add an additional OLED model to its line-up that will otherwise consist mostly of LCD based TVs. Z9D once again carries over into 2018 – at least for now – and Sony has added a X900F (XF90) with full array local dimming. Google’s Android TV platform is included in most TVs and Dolby Vision support is expanding. FlatpanelsHD brings you the full overview of Sony’s 2018 TV line-up.

Updated 2.3.2018: Suggested retail prices for A8F OLED in the US added.

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Sony’s 2018 TV line-up

We think it is fair to say that the 2018 line-up is largely a continuation of last year’s program. At least the spring line-up – Sony may add additional models in autumn. Last year’s A1 OLED as well as the 2016 Z9D will carry over into 2018.

Nevertheless, Sony’s line-up looks strong as the company will be offering a range of models based on either OLED or LCD display technology. Sony will add a new A8 OLED, which will have the exact same technical specification as the A1 but come with a different design. The company will also replace last year’s X900E (XF90 in Europe) with an upgraded X900F (XF90) that features a full array local dimming (FALD) backlight and an entirely new system to improve motion reproduction called X-Motion Clarity (see link below for more details). Like last year’s model, the new 90 series could prove to be one of the best value-for-money LCD TVs out there, especially if you want HDR included in the package.


Sony 2018 OLED


The more affordable LCD models – from X850F and down – will use edge LED backlighting. While this allows for relatively thin and elegant TVs, it cannot faithfully deliver the contrast and luminance control that it required to reproduce HDR video. Every model from Sony in 2018, including the Full HD TVs, will be “HDR compatible” but that only means that they can interpret the signal; not necessarily reproduce it as HDR. If HDR is important to you, you should aim higher.

Also read: Hands-on with Sony's 2018 OLED & LCD TVs

Dolby Vision is expanding and will this year be included from X900F and up
Speaking of HDR, Sony will include support for the HDR10 and HLG formats in every TV this year. Dolby Vision is also expanding and will this year be included from X900F and up. This is good news considering that last year’s X900E lack of Dolby Vision was one of the only caveats. However, we must stress that once again that Dolby Vision will require a firmware update, which Sony expects to roll out “this summer”. As you may know, the same update was delayed several times last year so it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Sony will delay this one, too.

Sony X900F


To go along with its growing range of Dolby Vision capable TVs, Sony has added its first UHD Blu-ray player with Dolby Vision to the line-up. The X700 is already available in the US and Europe but the Dolby Vision update is not rolling out until summer 2018.

You may have noticed that other brands use a ‘UHD Premium’ logo while Sony prefers to use its own yellow logo. Sony has filed for trademark on an updated ‘8K HDR’ version of the logo, which could suggest that the company is planning to launch its first 8K TV later this year. Sony has not commented publicly on its plans for 8K but it did reveal an 8K HDR TV prototype capable of 10,000 nits peak brightness at CES in January. It was driven by a next-generation ‘X1 Ultimate’ processor. You may recall that Sony did something similar before it launched the Z9D flagship LCD in 2016. Perhaps it is sign – perhaps not. We will just have to wait and see.


Sony 8K HDR TV prototype


Sony has promised to bring Android 8.0 (Oreo) to the TVs through a software update
Sony will continue to partner with Google and all of the 4K models will be based on the ‘Android TV’ platform. Apps and games, including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, are available from the Google Play Store. The 4K TVs will ship with Android version 7.0 but Sony has promised to bring Android 8.0 (Oreo) to the TVs through a software update. Having Android TV in all of the 4K TVs also means that Chromecast is built-in.

In Europe, Sony will also offer twin tuner recording capabilities from the XF85 model and up. You need to buy an external USB hard drive to take advantage of these recording features. The rest of the TVs will allow you to record TV programs but not while watching another show.

3D is dead and no brands seem eager to revive it. Sony’s Z9D will be the only model in the line-up to offer 3D (active technology) but only because it was first launched in 2016.


Sony XF75


Sony tells us that all 4K models will feature 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as well as “ac” WiFi. There is also a screen mirroring feature based on the Miracast technology available but you will probably prefer Chromecast. The HD models will have 2 HDMI ports.

Sony’s 2018 TVs will start shipping in March but some models will not appear until May. We will update the table below as we receive more details. You can recognize the 2018 models by the letter “F” in the model name. XF = 2018, XE = 2017, XD = 2016, XC = 2015, XB = 2014, XA = 2013.





Sony A1 OLED

Sony A1 OLED

Last year, Sony introduced its first OLED TV. The A1 OLED will carry over into 2018 together with a new A8F (AF8) OLED model with the exact same technical specifications.

Further reading:
  • Review: Sony A1 OLED
  • First look at Sony's A1 OLED & 2017 high-end LCDs
  • Sony's new OLED TVs come with Dolby Vision & Android TV

  • Features
    OLED display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision & HLG
    4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
    Acoustic Surface audio technology
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    Twin tuner (in Europe)
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony A8F OLED

    Sony A8F OLED

    Sony’s new A8F (AF8 in Europe) OLED model will have the exact same technical specifications as last year’s A1 OLED, including the ‘Acoustic Surface’ speaker system. However, it will have a different design that allows you to mount it closer to the wall.

    Further reading:
  • Hands-on with Sony's 2018 OLED & LCD TVs
  • Sony reveals 2018 A8F OLED TV pricing
  • Sony's 2018 OLED TV features Dolby Vision, Acoustic Surface

  • Features
    OLED display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision (later) & HLG
    4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
    Acoustic Surface audio technology
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    Twin tuner (in Europe)
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony Z9D (ZD9)

    Sony ZD9

    Z9D was added to the line-up in 2016 and will once again carry over into 2018 as Sony’s LCD flagship model. It is equipped with Sony’s Backlight Master Drive technology and will get a firmware update that adds Dolby Vision.

    Further reading:
  • Review: Sony Z9D
  • Sony unveils new 65-100" ZD9 flagship TV with Backlight Master Drive
  • Sony will bring Dolby Vision, YouTube HDR & Android TV 7.0 to Z9D

  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    Backlit LED with LED-level controls
    Backlight Master Drive
    XR1200 / XR1440
    4K Processor X1 Extreme
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    X-tended Dynamic Range Pro
    HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
    3D (active)
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    Twin tuner (in Europe)
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)
    Table stand (all formats) / Floor stand (100")



    Sony X900F (XF90) LCD

    Sony XF90

    The successor to last year’s much-acclaimed X900E model. What sets it apart is a full array local dimming (FALD) backlight system that enables HDR reproduction at an attractive price point. It also features Android.

    Further reading:
  • REVIEW: Sony X900F (XF90)
  • Hands-on with Sony's 2018 OLED & LCD TVs
  • Sony announces pricing for X900F and X850F 2018 LCDs
  • Sony unveils 2018 LCD line-up, including X90F with Dolby Vision

  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat alu design
    4K resolution
    Full array local dimming (FALD) backlight
    X-Motion Clarity
    4K Processor X1 Extreme
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    X-tended Dynamic Range Pro
    HDR: HDR10, Dolby Vision (later), HLG
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    Twin tuner (in Europe)
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony X850F (XF85) LCD

    Sony X850F

    X850F (XF85 in Europe) is a mid-range LCD TV with 4K resolution and Android TV. Compared to the 90 series you lose zone dimming backlight. In Europe, Sony will also offer design variants called XF8577 and XF8599.

    Further reading:
  • Sony announces pricing for X900F and X850F 2018 LCDs
  • Sony unveils 2018 LCD line-up, including X90F with Dolby Vision
  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat alu design
    4K resolution
    Edge LED backlight
    XR800 / XR960
    4K Processor X1
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    HDR: HDR10,HLG
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    Twin tuner (in Europe)
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony X830F (XF83) LCD

    Sony X830F

    XF83 in Europe and X830F in the US is mid-range 4K Android TV that will be available only in large formats. It does not feature a twin tuner like XF85.

    US prices:
    70” X830F
    60” X830F
    UK prices:
    70” XF83
    60” XF83
    DE prices:
    70” XF83
    60” XF83
    Further reading:
  • Sony adds new XF83 & XF70 4K models to line-up
  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    Edge LED backlight
    XR800 / XR960
    4K Processor X1
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    HDR: HDR10,HLG
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony X800F (XF80) LCD

    Sony XF80

    X800F (XF80 in Europe) is a mid-range 4K LCD model with Android built-in. It no longer has the X1 Extreme processor or twin tuner.

    Further reading:
  • Sony unveils new mid-range LCD TVs for 2018
  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat alu design
    4K resolution
    Edge LED backlight
    XR400 / XR480
    X-Reality Pro
    Triluminos (expanded color space)
    HDR: HDR10, HLG
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony XF75 LCD

    Sony XF75

    XF75 is yet another mid-range TV and the cheapest option if you want Android TV included. Sony claims “HDR compatibility” but it does not have the hardware features to enable HDR reproduction.

    US prices:
    ?
    UK prices:
    43” XF75
    49” XF75
    55” XF75
    65” XF75

    Further reading:
  • Sony unveils new mid-range LCD TVs for 2018

  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    Edge LCD backlight
    XR400 / XR480
    4K X-Reality Pro
    HDR: HDR10, HLG
    Android TV
    Google Cast
    HEVC
    VP9-Profile2
    4x HDMI / 3x USB
    WiFi (ac standard)



    Sony X700F (XF70) LCD

    Sony X700F

    XF70 in Europe and X700F in the US is Sony’s most affordable 4K TV in 2018.

    US prices:
    65” X700F
    55” X700F
    UK prices:
    65” XF70
    55” XF70
    49” XF70
    43” XF70
    DE prices:
    65” XF70
    55” XF70
    49” XF70
    43” XF70
    Further reading:
  • Sony adds new XF83 & XF70 4K models to line-up
  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    4K resolution
    Edge LED backlight
    XR400 / XR480
    4K X-Reality Pro
    HDR: HDR10,HLG
    2x HDMI / 2x USB
    WiFi (n standard)



    Sony WF6 LCD

    Sony WF6

    WF6 is a low-end model that will be available in Europe. It no longer features Android TV but still offers some essential apps.

    US prices:
    N/A
    UK prices:
    43” WF6
    50” WF6
    Further reading:
  • Sony unveils new mid-range LCD TVs for 2018

  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    Full HD resolution
    Edge LED backlight
    XR400 / XR480
    X-Reality Pro
    HDR: HDR10, HLG
    Smart TV (Netflix, YouTube)
    2x HDMI / 2x USB
    WiFi (n standard)



    Sony RF4 LCD

    Sony RF4

    RF4 is a low-end model with Full HD resolution and claims of “HDR compatibility”. It lacks apps but still offer USB recording.

    US prices:
    N/A
    UK prices:
    43” RF4
    DE prices:
    43” RF4
    Further reading:
  • Sony unveils new mid-range LCD TVs for 2018

  • Features
    LCD display technology
    Flat design
    Full HD resolution
    X-Reality Pro
    HDR: HDR10, HLG
    2x HDMI / 2x USB





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