Sony unveils 2019 4K OLED & LCD TVs - A9G, A8G, X950G

08 Jan 2019 | Torben Rasmussen |

At CES 2019, Sony has unveiled a full line-up of new 4K OLED and LCD TV ranges. This year, Sony is adding Dolby Atmos, Airplay 2, ’IMAX Enhanced’, a new remote control, and other new features.

Sony 2019 4K OLED TVs

This year, Sony will launch A9G (AG9 in Europe) and A8G (AG8) 4K OLED TVs. The former will be part of the company’s Master series that ”represents the pinnacle of picture quality available to home viewers”.

The new A9G flagship OLED TV will return in a 77-inch size and also come in 65 and 55-inch sizes. It offers some of the features first introduced in last year’s A9F plus new features and a new design that is easier to wall mount via a slim wall bracket (SU-WL850) solution that also has swivel function, the company said.


 Sony AG9 (A9G) 4K OLED


- ”The AG9 is Sony’s new flagship 4K HDR OLED TV available as 77”, 65”, and 55” models, in a very slim form factor. Image comes to life with the super-wide viewing angle, precise contrast and absolute blacks of OLED technology. Over 8 million self-illuminating pixels are precisely and individually controlled by Picture Processor X1 Ultimate,” said Sony.


 Sony AG9 (A9G) 4K OLED


One of the new features is support for Dolby Atmos. In addition, it supports Dolby Vision, Netflix Calibrated Mode, and IMAX Enhanced. The TVs are also compatible with the HDR10 and HLG formats but Sony continues to disregard Samsung’s HDR10+ format, arguing that it can achieve the same result with HDR tone-mapping.

The first IMAX Enhanced content from Sony Pictures will be Venom, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. In Europe, it will be made available via the RakutenTV streaming service in 5 countries (UK, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy), with ”more to follow in the future”.


 Sony AG8 (A8G) 4K OLED


Sony will also launch more affordable A8G (AG8 in Europe) 4K OLED TVs in 55 and 65-inch sizes. The company says that this design is ideal for a soundbar and adds that users can ”rotate the stand 180° and it will rise up so you can easily place the soundbar by the TV”.

Sony A8G offers most of the same features as the flagship A9G but lacks Dolby Atmos support. More specifications can be found in the table at the bottom.


 Sony AG8 (A8G) 4K OLED


The new OLED TVs also feature Sony’s ’Acoustic Surface’ speaker technology that uses actuators to turn the actual OLED panel into a speaker membrane. Sony likes to highlight how one of the advantages is that ”sound emanates directly from the screen itself”. The 9 series has a more powerful implementation with two actuators and two subwoofers. It can also be used as a center speaker in a surround setup.

There is no mention of HDMI 2.1 but it is not unusual for Sony to be coy about technical features. We suppose that the TVs support at least HDMI eARC – since some existing Sony TVs already do – but we are chasing confirmation and more details.


Sony 2019 4K LCD TVs

Besides the new 8K Z9G TVs, Sony will introduce X950G (XG95), XG90, and X850G (XG85) 4K LCD TVs.

X950G will supplant last year’s X90F (XF90) and be available in 85, 75, 65, 55, and 49-inch (49” is X90G with less capable hardware) sizes. These are full array local dimming LCD TVs with support for three HDR formats (HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision). They also offer Netflix Calibrated Mode and IMAX Enhanced support.


 Sony X950G (XG85) 4K LCD


X950G comes with ’X-Motion Clarity’ that was first introduced last year. The system is applying black frame insertion on a zone basis to improve motion. When we tested last year’s model we found it to be very effective so it is great to see it return this year. The technology has also been implemented in the new Sony 8K TVs.


 Sony X950G (XG85) 4K LCD


Some of the new features include Dolby Atmos support and ‘X-Wide Angle’ that uses a special combination of filter and optics to improve viewing angles.

Sony also announced the X850G (XG85) 4K LCD range. It no longer features full array local dimming but still comes with support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It will be available in 85, 75, 75, and 55-inch models.


Android TV, Airplay 2 & new remote control

All of Sony’s 2019 4K TV will come pre-loaded with version 8 (Oreo) of the Android TV operating system. It offers access to popular apps such as HBO, Netflix, and YouTube.

Android 8 has a revamped home screen based on the concept of ”channels” and with addition user customization features. When placing on of your favorite streaming apps on the home screen it can highlight what you are currently watching or recommend new content directly on the home screen.

Some of the TVs include hands-free voice commands via Google Assistant and built-in microphones while other models require you to press a button on the remote control. Chromecast is built-in, too.

Like new TVs from Samsung and LG, select Sony 2019 models will support Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit. This will be supported in the 2019 Z9G, A9G, X950G, and X850G. Sony has not announced plans to update previous TV models.

- ”Sony Android TVs will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay 2 lets you effortlessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad and Mac right to your Sony TV,” the company said. ”TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories. For example, users can create a “Movie Night” scene in the Home app to easily turn on their smart TV and dim the lights, and simply ask Siri to launch the scene.”

Lastly, Sony is highlighting a new ”smart remote” and a new processor that decreases power on and app loading times. However, it is unclear if this is the same processor introduced with the late 2018 models or a new hardware platform.

- ”A new easy to control smart remote enables viewers to control their connected devices such as cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles (supported devices vary by region) without switching remote controllers. Also added to the smart remote is an RF so the TV can be controlled without pointing the remote. And a newly developed user interface brings seamless and quick access to favourite apps and settings.”

Sony’s 2019 4K OLED and LCD TVs will be available sometime in 2019. Exact retail availability and pricing will be announced later. The TVs will be on display at CES 2019 this week and FlatpanelsHD will bring you our hands-on impressions later.

Sony 2019 TV line-up - specifications

MASTER Series AG9 4K HDR OLED TV (77”, 65”, and 55” models)
- Features Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, providing 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.
- Features Pixel Contrast Booster, eight million self-illuminating pixels and Sony-original panel controller for OLED that brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, authentic colour and a wide viewing angle.
- Features Acoustic Surface Audio+; two actuators and two powerful subwoofers deliver multi-dimensional sound that immerses you in a whole new entertainment experience. TV Centre Speaker Mode provides choice to use the TV as the centre speaker in a home cinema setup. Beautifully detailed images combine with Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality for a captivating audio-visual performance.
- Slim wall mount design; it fits as close as a picture and blends effortlessly with the room.
- Features Netflix Calibrated Mode that brings the creator's vision directly to the TV.
- Features IMAX Enhanced that brings a fully immersive at-home entertainment experience to the TV taking full advantage of IMAX Enhanced content.
- Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
- Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit
- With the Android TV platform and the Google Assistant built-in, you can quickly access 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. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)
- Hands-free voice search: find your favourite entertainment by simply talking to the TV.
- Easy to control smart remote; connect set top boxes and other devices via HDMI to the TV and control them all using one smart remote (depends on region); a slimmer, more rounded design with a built-in voice control microphone and enhanced button layout for ease of use.
- New processor for stress-free usability; quicker response of launching apps, powering on the TV, and more.



AG8 Series BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TV (65” and 55” models)
- Features OLED as display device; 8 million self-illuminating OLED pixels brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, rich colour, and a wide viewing angle.
- Features 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme providing the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience by incorporating three technologies: Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual database processing.
- Features Acoustic Surface Audio; the entire screen resonates with great sound emanating directly from the screen itself. This allows Sound-from-Picture Reality, a perfect unification of picture and sound that conventional TVs cannot deliver.
- Ideal for a soundbar; rotate the stand 180° and it will rise up so you can easily place the soundbar by the TV.
- Features IMAX Enhanced that brings a fully immersive at-home entertainment experience to the TV taking full advantage of IMAX Enhanced content.
- Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing.
- With the Android TV platform and the Google Assistant built-in, you can quickly access entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights – just press the mic button on your remote and use your voice to get started. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)



XG95 Series (85”, 75”, 65” and 55” models) 4K HDR Full Array LED TV
- Features Picture Processor X1 Ultimate providing 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.
- Features full-array local dimming backlight with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO that ensures 6 times the contrast of conventional LED TVs.
- Features Acoustic Multi-Audio with Sound Positioning Tweeters; delivering Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality experience, action and sound are precisely aligned and your viewing becomes so much more immersive.
- Features X-Wide Angle that minimises the colour change when viewed from the side; view faithful shades and hues from wherever you watch the TV (available in 85” and 75” models.)
- X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth; moving images are precisely controlled to minimise blur and even during fast-moving scenes, pictures stay true with no loss in brightness.
- Features Netflix Calibrated Mode that brings the creator's vision directly to the TV.
- Features IMAX Enhanced that brings a fully immersive at-home entertainment experience to the TV taking full advantage of IMAX Enhanced content.
- Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
- Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit
- With the Android TV platform and the Google Assistant built-in, you can quickly access 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. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)
- Hands-free voice search: find your favourite entertainment by simply talking to the TV.
- Easy to control smart remote; connect set top boxes and other devices via HDMI to the TV and control them all using one smart remote (depends on region); a slimmer, more rounded design with a built-in voice control microphone and an enhanced button layout for ease of use.
- New processor for stress-free usability; quicker response of launching apps, powering on the TV, and more.



XG90 Series 4K HDR Full Array LED TV (49” model)
- Features 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme providing the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience by incorporating three technologies: Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual database processing.
- Features full-array local dimming backlight with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO that ensures 6 times the contrast of conventional LED TVs.
- X-Motion Clarity keeps fast action clear and smooth; moving images are precisely controlled to minimise blur and even during fast-moving scenes, pictures stay true with no loss in brightness.
- Features IMAX Enhanced that brings a fully immersive at-home entertainment experience to the TV taking full advantage of IMAX Enhanced content.
- Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing.
- With the Android TV platform and the Google Assistant built-in, you can quickly access entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights – just press the mic button on your remote and use your voice to get started. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)



X850G (XG85) Series 4K HDR LED TV (85”, 75”, 65” and 55” models)
- 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures and natural colours with Object-based HDR remaster technology.
- Features Acoustic Multi-Audio with Sound Positioning Tweeters; delivering Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality experience, action and sound are precisely aligned and your viewing becomes so much more immersive.
- Features vibrant, expanded colour with TRILUMINOS Display, further enhanced for colour accuracy.
- Dolby Vision brings scenes vividly to life for authentic viewing, while Dolby Atmos fills the room with immersive surround sound.
- With the Android TV platform and the Google Assistant built-in, you can quickly access entertainment, get answers and control devices around your home. Find the latest blockbuster, check the score of the big game or dim the lights – just press the mic button on your remote and use your voice to get started. (Google Assistant availability depends on region.)
- Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit
- Easy to control smart remote; connect set top boxes and other devices via HDMI to the TV and control them all using one smart remote (depends on region); a slimmer, more rounded design with a built-in voice control microphone and an enhanced button layout for ease of use.
- New processor for stress-free usability; quicker response of launching apps, powering on the TV, and more.



WG6 Series Full HD HDR LED TV (50” and 43” models)
- X-Reality PRO picture processing upscales every pixel for exceptional picture clarity. As frames are analysed, each scene is matched with Sony’s special image database to refine images and reduce noise – for a picture with incredible realism.
- ClearAudio+ fine tunes TV sound for an immersive surround-like experience.
- Renewed user interface for quicker network setup and easier search for content and apps.
- YouTube button on the remote control enables access to YouTube faster than ever on this Internet-ready TV.



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