Sony recently <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1376374963><b>cut the prices of its X9 4K TVs</b></a>, but they are still in the premium segment. Sony now adds cheaper X8 4K TVs without side-mounted speakers to its TV line-up.<br /><br /><h3>Sony X8 4K TVs, without side speakers</h3>Sonyâ€™s new X8 TVs have been quietly announced at <a href=ifa2013.php><b>IFA 2013</b></a> in Berlin. X8 is said to be basically identical to X9, with 4K (3840x2160 pixels) resolution, Triluminos, and the same picture technology, but without the elephant ear speakers. Instead, X8 has a slim-bezel design. X8 also switches to active 3D technology instead of passive 3D (on X9).<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/sonyx8-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sonyx8-1.jpg" alt="Sony X8" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>The new, cheaper Sony X8 4K TV without the side-mounted speakers</i></p><br />The X8 TVs will have HDMI 2.0 ports (via a firmware update, <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1378306417><b>like the X9</b></a>), Sony Entertainment Network with TV apps, and all of Sonyâ€™s multimedia features, including NFC one-touch, Miracast, and support for the TV SideView app that we talked about in our Sony W9 review.<br /><br />Sonyâ€™s 55â€ť 55X850A and 65â€ť 65X850A will be available in USA in October for $3499 and $4999, respectively. It will not be available in Europe. Read FlatpanelsHDâ€™s <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1376977553><b>Sony X9 review here</b></a>.