Sony has launched its first 2020 models. The new 8 series models feature 4K resolution, Android TV, and Apple features like AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
Sony X800H, XH80, XH81
Sony has debuted new mid-range 4K TVs, with 2020 high-end 8K and 4K LCD TVs as well as 4K OLED TVs planned for release later this year.
The two new 8 series models, XH80 (X800H in the US) and XH81 (Europe only), are technically identical but the design differs. XH80 (X800H) will also be available in sizes up to 85 inches. Both are come with Google's Android TV platform, which offers access to apps and games via the Google Play store. Chromecast is built-in.
The LCD TVs feature 4K resolution and are either edge or direct lit depending on the size class.
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The TVs also feature Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay 2 lets you push video, music or photos from an iOS or macOS device wirelessly onto the TV. HomeKit is Apple's platform for the connected home that allows you to control certain aspects of the TV via an iPhone or through Siri voice commands. The Apple TV app will be available for select Sony TVs later this year.
Sony XH81 (left) and Sony XH80 / X800H (right)
Sony X70 (X750H in the US) is a range of inexpensive 4K LCD TVs without Android. Users will still be able to access a few of the most essential streaming apps via the built-in linux platform.
Sony's new mid-range TVs will compete with other Android TVs from the likes of Philips, TCL (Europe) and Hisense, whereas LG and Samsung have both developed in-house TV operating systems in the form of webOS and Tizen, respectively. Other TV makers are partnering with Roku or Amazon.
Sony says that its three new mid-range TVs are available now in the US and Europe. See the table below for further details.