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Sony unveils 2020 line-up of 8K & 4K Full Array LCD TVs

06 Jan 2020 | Torben Rasmussen |

Sony has announced its 2020 line-up of 8K LCD TVs and 4K LCD TVs with full array local dimming as well as more affordable 4K TVs. A few of them feature HDMI 2.1 ports.

New Sony 8K LCD TVs

At CES 2020, Sony unveiled a series of new TVs. Headlining the 2020 LCD line-up is Z8H (ZH8), which comprises 75 and 85-inch 8K TVs. Last year's 98-inch Z9G (ZG9) will carry over into 2020. Sony said that Z8H (ZH8) features a full array local dimming system but declined to provide specifics relating to the number of dimming zones or peak brightness, except for saying that peak brightness exceeds 1000 nits. The new 8K TVs also feature Sony's 'X1 Ultimate' video processor and a new ambient optimization function that adjusts the "picture brightness to the ambient light in the room".

Sony Z8H / ZH8 8K LCD TV

Sony confirmed that Z8H (ZH8) has HDMI 2.1, including support for 4K120. Furthermore, it features support for three HDR formats (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision), Android 9, Dolby Atmos, Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and a new frame tweeter audio system. - "The most immersive experience is realised through enhanced picture quality, slim design and Sound-from-Picture Reality with Sony’s new Frame Tweeter technology. The frame tweeter vibrates the frame of the TV to emit sound, giving customers the feeling that sound is coming directly from the screen," said Sony.

Sony Z8H / ZH8 8K LCD TV

Sony Z8H / ZH8 8K LCD TV

New Sony 4K LCD TVs

The company also introduced a full range of 4K LCD TVs, including X950H (XH95) and X900H (XH90), both with full array local dimming. These TVs will be available in sizes ranging from 49 to 85 inches. Sony declined to specify the number of dimming zones or peak brightness but said that its 95 series produces "6 times the contrast of our conventional LED TVs" and confirmed that it can exceed 1000 nits brightness. X900H (XH90) has lower peak brightness. X950H (XH95) has Sony's Flush Surface design that offers a "sleek, bezel-less look" on the 55, 65 and 75-inch models. It also features Sony's wide viewing angle technology (X-Wide Angle) that was introduced in previous models as well as improved speaker technology. X900H (XH90) does not feature the wide viewing angle system.

Sony X950H / XH95 4K LCD TV

Both of these Android TV ranges are compatible with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Chromecast. They come pre-installed with Android 9. Sony said that X900H (XH90) has HDMI 2.1 pending a future software update that will enable 4K 120fps via HDMI.

Sony X900H / XH90 4K LCD TV

In addition, Sony Europe unveiled its line-up of mid-range TVs for 2020 covering XH85 in 43 to 49 inches, XH81 in 43 to 65 inches, XH80 in 43 to 85 inches, and X70 in 43 to 65 inches. Some of these models will also be available in the US. Netflix Calibrated Mode is supported from X900H (XH90) and up, while IMAX Enhanced is supported from X950H (XH95) and up. CalMAN AutoCal is supported from X800H (XH80) and up. Further details on Sony's 2020 LCD TV line-up are available below. Availability and pricing details will be announced later.

Sony 2020 LCD TV line-up - specifications

Z8H / ZH8 8K Full Array LCD TV - Sizes (Europe): 85” and 75” models - Delivers Sony’s super high 8K contrast and lifelike picture quality to more users - Picture Processor X1 Ultimate and 8K X-Reality PRO; pictures are sharpened and refined in real time, and images are upscaled closer to true 8K quality using Sony’s exclusive 8K database - New Frame Tweeter technology offers immersive experience through enhanced picture quality, slim design and Sound-from-Picture Reality - Offers a new backlit remote so customers can enjoy their viewing experience in darker environments - Two-position stand allows customers to position the TV on smaller cabinets - New Ambient Optimization optimises picture and sound quality in any customer environment. It will automatically adjust the picture brightness to the ambient light in the room, boosting the brightness in bright rooms and reducing in dark rooms for the perfect view - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Features hands-free capabilities - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices with Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie - 4K 120fps compatible X950H / XH95 4K Full Array LCD TV - Sizes (Europe): 85”, 75”, 65”, 55” and 49” 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 full-array local dimming backlight with X-tended Dynamic Range PRO that ensures 6 times the contrast of our conventional LED TVs - X-Wide Angle technology provides vivid real-world colours from any angle while retaining more colour and brightness than other conventional LED TVs. Enjoy a great picture with incredible range and depth from anywhere in the room. To offer even more choice to customers, the XH95 4K Full Array LED TV will come with X-Wide Angle in the 55” size and above. - Features improved Acoustic Multi-Audio, Sound-from-Picture Reality concept with a bi-amp system, which controls the main speaker and invisible tweeter separately, and an X-Balanced Speaker, a new speaker unit that packs clear sound in a slim design (bi-amp, X-Balanced Speaker only available for the 55”, 65” and 75” screen sizes; Acoustic Multi-Audio for 55” and above) Flush Surface design offers sleek, bezel-less look (55”, 65” and 75” models only) - New Ambient Optimization optimises picture and sound quality in any customer environment. It will automatically adjust the picture brightness to the ambient light in the room, boosting the brightness in bright rooms and reducing in dark rooms for the perfect view - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Features hands-free capabilities (available for 55” and above) - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices with Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie X900H / XH90 4K Full Array LCD TV - Sizes (Europe): 85”, 75”, 65” and 55” models - 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures and natural colours with Object-based HDR remaster technology Features full-array local dimming backlight with X-tended Dynamic Range - New mid-range Full Array LED model to provide consumers with increased variety Offers Acoustic Multi-Audio with X-Balanced Speaker (65” model and above only; X-Balanced Speaker will be utilised in all inches) - New Ambient Optimization optimises picture and sound quality in any customer environment. It will automatically adjust the picture brightness to the ambient light in the room, boosting the brightness in bright rooms and reducing in dark rooms for the perfect view - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Diamond cut bezel for slim design - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices, including Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit and smart speakers, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie - 4K 120fps compatible (via a future software update) X850H / XH85 4K LCD TV - Sizes (Europe): 49”, 43” models - 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures and natural colours with Object-based HDR remaster technology - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Metal blade stand and elegant aluminium bezel - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices, including Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit and smart speakers, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie XH81 4K TV - Sizes (Europe): 65”, 55”, 49” and 43” models - 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures and natural colours with Object-based HDR remaster technology - X-Balanced Speaker, a new speaker unit that packs clear sound in a slim design (55” and above) - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Metal Blade stand and hairline finish bezel - Premium aluminium remote control - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices, including Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit and smart speakers, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie X800H / XH80 4K LCD TV - Sizes (Europe): 85”, 75”, 65”, 55”, 49” and 43” models - 4K HDR Processor X1 reproduces more depth, textures and natural colours with Object-based HDR remaster technology - X-Balanced Speaker, a new speaker unit that packs clear sound in a slim design (55” and above) - Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatible - Blade stand and hairline finish bezel - Easy connectivity to a wide selection of devices, including Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit and smart speakers, Amazon Alexa enabled devices and smart speakers - Quick access to an array of content and services with Android 9 Pie X70 4K TV - Sizes (Europe): 65”, 55”, 49” and 43” models - The 4K X-Reality PRO technology upscales and sharpens every image closer to true 4K quality, constantly revealing more refined details and nuances in the scene - ClearAudio+ fine tunes TV sound for an immersive, enriching experience that seems to surround you. Hear music and dialogue with greater clarity and separation, whatever you’re watching - Built-in Internet browser to enjoy shows and films through popular streaming apps with instant one-click access to Netflix and YouTube apps



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