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Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs for 2016

For 2016, Sony Electronics announced their new lineup of 4K Ultra HD televisions, which include models XBR-X930D/XBR-X940D and the XBR-X850D series in sizes from 55- to 85-inches. All LED (not OLED) TVs support HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatibility and unique backlighting technologies in an ultra-thin design, integrated with Android TV for voice search, GoogleCast, and lots of apps.

HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, bringing greater contrast to the screen. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors. With HDR compatible televisions, and Sony’s unique X-tended Dynamic Range PRO and TRILUMINOS Display technologies, viewers will enjoy higher brightness, higher contrast and more vibrant colors, resulting in more depth and detail than ever before.

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Starting in 2016, Sony 4K televisions that are capable of fully taking advantage of HDR content, from the XBR-X850D series and up, will be branded with a new “4K HDR Ultra HD” logo. This logo will be used across Sony’s 4K HDR Ultra HD compatible products from content production, to display devices and services. Logoed televisions meet the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) HDR definition and support compelling next-generation visual experiences.

Sony XBR-X930D profileThe new XBR-X930D models feature Sony’s new Slim Backlight Drive with precision grid array backlighting. The Slim Backlight Drive, combined with Sony’s enhanced backlight control X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, boosts and dims the backlight to create deeper blacks and brighter peak highlights. This technology manages the light source more accurately in each specific zone while still maintaining a slim profile.

All of these premium 4K HDR televisions utilize Sony’s 4K Processor X1 to enhance color, contrast and clarity, improving the quality of 4K images. This is combined with a TRILUMINOS Display to reproduce a wider color range with accurate color details at any brightness level. Further enhancing the picture quality, these televisions are also equipped with 4K X-Reality PRO to bring stunning picture detail using a reality creation database for everything from TV broadcasting to Internet video.

Sony XBR-X930D top cornerUsability and Design 
To support an enhanced viewing experience that goes beyond the screen, the XBR-X930D and XBR-X940D Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD models will have an ultra-thin design that creates an expansive, borderless picture and mounts flush to a wall. When hung against a wall, the television is so close, and the bezel is so thin, that it can appear to be flush with the wall. When the television is set on a TV stand or a cabinet its clean cable management keeps wires out of view and looks equally elegant when viewed from the back or front.

These new televisions support Google’s Android TV operating system, making it even easier to watch broadcast and cable TV, stream video, download entertainment, or use as a gaming device. TV lovers can watch hit shows and timeless movies from Google Play, Amazon Video, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, PBS and PBS KIDS. Users can also access a huge selection of games and additional apps from the Google Play store right on the TV. Additional popular apps available via Android TV include HBO NOW, EPIX, Starz Play, iHeartRadio, Fusion, PlutoTV and Vevo.

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Sony XBR-X930D back

In addition, Android TV’s voice-enabled searching feature has been enhanced to support natural language voice actions and longer, more complex sentences. And with Google Cast, users can cast their favorite entertainment apps such as HBO GO from their Android or iOS device, Mac or Windows computer or Chromebook to the TV.

Beyond streaming content, Sony’s Android TV platform allows Home Automation control directly from the TV’s UI using a Logitech Harmony Hub. More than 270,000 home entertainment products and IoT (internet of things) devices, such as lights, shades and thermostats can be controlled and automated at the push of a button on the TV’s remote.

2016 4K HDR Line-up:

XBR-X930D Series 4K HDR LCD TV (55″ and 65″ Class models) and XBR-X940D (75″ Class model) 
Available in early 2016

  • HDR compatibility to receive and process the new video standard signal with higher brightness, higher contrast and more vibrant colors.
  • X-tended Dynamic Range PRO to produce ideal contrast, enhancing HDR and non-HDR content by boosting and dimming the backlight levels precisely for each zone of the screen with unique backlighting algorithm.
  • New Slim Backlight Drive technology, which uses a unique grid array local dimming backlighting structure to distribute the backlight source more precisely to each specific zone of the screen while maintaining a slim display. (X930D only, the X940D is built in with slim full-array direct backlit LED.)
  • Brilliant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS Display, further enhanced for color accuracy.
  • 4K X-Reality PRO brings stunning detail using a unique algorithm from a reality creation database for TV broadcasting, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Internet video and digital still photos.
  • 4K Processor X1 to improve color accuracy, contrast and clarity of HD, 4K and 4K HDR video.
  • Supports Google’s Android TV operating system, making it easy to stream video, functions as a gaming device and providing enhanced features. Google Cast will provide users with greater connectivity than ever before by enabling them to cast content from mobile devices.
  • Voice Search and Voice Command available through a remote equipped with a microphone. With access to Google Play, consumers can enjoy what they like to do on a smartphone or tablet, from their television.
  • Sony’s exclusive Content Bar allows customers to access content quickly and intuitively without disturbing while watching TV by enhancing and shortening content direct access.
  • Features an ultra-thin design that creates an expansive, borderless picture and mounts flush to a wall. When hung against a wall the television is so close, and the bezel is so thin, that it can appear to be flush with the wall.
  • When the television is set on a TV stand or a cabinet its clean cable management keeps wires out of view and looks equally elegant when viewed from the back or front.

Sony XBR-X850D

XBR-X850D Series (55″, 65″, 75″ and 85″ Class models)
Available in early 2016

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  • HDR compatibility to receive and process the new video standard signal with higher brightness, higher contrast and more vibrant colors.
  • Brilliant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS Display, further enhanced for color accuracy.
  • 4K X-Reality PRO brings stunning detail using a unique algorithm from a reality creation database for TV broadcasting, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Internet video and digital still photos.
  • 4K Processor X1 to improve color accuracy, contrast and clarity of HD, 4K and 4K HDR video.
  • Supports Google’s Android TV operating system, making it easy to stream video, functions as a gaming device and providing enhanced features. Google Cast will provide users with greater connectivity than ever before by enabling them to cast content from mobile devices.
  • Voice Search and Voice Command available through a remote equipped with a microphone. With access to Google Play, consumers can enjoy what they like to do on a smartphone or tablet, from their television.
  • Sony’s exclusive Content Bar allows customers to access content quickly and intuitively without disturbing while watching TV by enhancing and shortening content direct access.

Price and Availability

The X850D and X930D/X940D 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs are available for pre-sale as of February 16, 2016, and will be on-sale  at Amazon, BestBuy and other authorized dealers nationwide during March 2016.

4K HDR Ultra HD TV Models and Prices

  • XBR-55X850D, 55″ class (54.6″ diagonal), $2,499.99
  • XBR-65X850D, 65″ class (64.5″ diagonal), $3,499.99
  • XBR-75X850D, 75″ class (74.5″ diagonal), $4,999.99
  • XBR-85X850D, 85″ class (84.6″ diagonal), $9,999.99
  • XBR-55X930D, 55″ class (54.6″ diagonal), $3,299.99
  • XBR-65X930D, 65″ class (64.5″ diagonal), $4,999.99
  • XBR-75X940D, 75″ class (74.5″ diagonal), $7,999.99

Also available later this spring will be the 32W600D, 40W650D, and 48W650D series of 32″ to 48″ class HD TV’s, providing a world of movies, TV and apps in beautiful HD with the clarity and sharpness of X-Reality PRO. Prices are as follows:

  • 48W650D – $699
  • 40W650D – $599
  • 32W600D – $349

 

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