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Sony's 2018 TV landscape includes a new 4K OLED series, six new 4K LCD ranges and two Full HD ranges - all supporting HDR. Together with its existing models, it looks like a solid TV line-up...

Sony made a splash in 2017 with the launch of its first-ever range of 4K OLED TVs. The premium A1 series set the standard for 4K OLED picture quality and picked up a number of five-star ratings and Awards trophies.

And the A1 range continues in 2018 as Sony's flagship OLED line. There is, however, a new range of OLED TVs that sits beneath A1. Launched at CES 2018, the AF8 series shares TV technology with its older sibling and will hopefully offer the same performance at a more affordable price.

But it isn't all about OLED. LCDs are given a new lease of life too, with six new 4K ranges (XF90, XF85, XF83, XF80, XF75, XF70) and even two Full HD ranges (WF66, RF45) joining Sony's 2018 line-up. 

All of Sony's new 4K OLED and LCD TVs are compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices, and feature YouView (which places all UK catch-up TV and on-demand services like BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Player and Demand 5 under one roof.

Unlike rival manufacturers, Sony has kept things simple on the High Dynamic Range (HDR) front, with its TVs supporting HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision as the main HDR formats. Like LG, Sony has stuck with Dolby Vision (which has had a troublesome arrival via firmware update), not feeling the need to adopt the Samsung and Panasonic-backed HDR10+ format just yet.

The AF8 and XF90 TVs are due to hit shops in Spring 2018, and we'll update with UK pricing for all new models over the coming weeks.

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Bravia 4K HDR OLED TVs

Sony 65in AF8 OLED TV

The AF8 series is available in 65in and 55in sizes, and features all of the same technology found in the A1. You get the same OLED panel, the same 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor powering the picture, and support for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision (which will come to both OLEDs via a firmware update later this year).

It even features Sony's Acoustic Surface technology, where actuators placed behind the glass screen vibrate the panel to make sound. A subwoofer is built into the TV's back panel to give more oomph, too.

So where are the differences? Design. Compared with the A1's "standless" easel-like design with a tilted screen, the AF8 features a more conventional rectangular stand which sits the screen upright. That should make it easier to fit on most TV racks.

With similar tech and a more crowd-pleasing design, could this mean the AF8 will be priced cheaper than the A1? We certainly hope so, although Sony hinted that there wouldn't be a huge price difference between the two models.

 

A1 (77in, 65in, 55in)

KD-77A1 - £20,000 (now £13,000)

KD-65A1 - £4500 (now £3800)

KD-55A1 - £3500 (now £2500)

OLED

4K Ultra HD

HDR - HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

4K HDR X1 Extreme processor (Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR remaster, dual database processing)

4K X-Reality Pro

Acoustic Surface technology

Android TV

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible

YouView (BBC iPlayer, All 4, Demand 5, ITV Player)

"Standless" design and tilted screen

 

AF8 (65in, 55in)

KD-65AF8 - £3299

KD-55AF8 - £2499

OLED

4K Ultra HD

HDR - HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

4K HDR X1 Extreme processor (Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR remaster, dual database processing)

4K X-Reality Pro

Acoustic Surface technology

Android TV

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible

YouView (BBC iPlayer, All 4, Demand 5, ITV Player)

Rectangular stand design and upright screen

More after the break

Bravia 4K HDR LCD TVs

The new 65in Sony XF90 TV, pictured with HT-XF9000 soundbar

Sony is launching six new 4K LCD TV ranges in 2018, beginning with the XF90. The XF90 replaces the XE94 and XE93 ranges from 2017, although pricing should be closer to the more affordable XE90 range - which is excellent news for TV fans.

The XF90 features the same 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor found in Sony's OLED series - it's the first time this powerful chip has been used on a more affordable TV range.

A new motion processing technology, called X-Motion Clarity, makes its debut on the XF90. Sony claims it uses the LED panel's local dimming algorithm to deliver smoother and brighter images for fast-moving scenes.

The XF90 is joined by the XF85, XF83, XF80, XF75 and XF70. All TVs feature narrow frames, aluminium finishes, and cable management hidden in the stands.

Sony's premium ZD9 range, which was announced in the latter half of 2016 and was the first Sony line powered by the X1 Extreme chip, continues as Sony's LCD flagship.

Finally, while all 4K models support HDR10, the ZD9 and XF90 series will also support Dolby Vision HDR following a future firmware update.

 

ZD9 (100in, 75in, 65in)

KD-100ZD9 - £60,000

KD-75ZD9 - £7000

KD-65ZD9 - £4000 (now £3000)

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with full-array LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision 

4K HDR X1 Extreme processor (Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR remaster, dual database processing)

Backlight Master Drive

4K X-Reality Pro

X-tended Dynamic Range Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

Rectangular and feet stand options

 

XF90 (75in, 65in, 55in, 49in)

KD-75XF9005 - £3999

KD-65XF9005 - £2299

KD-55XF9005 - £1699

KD-49XF9005 - £1399

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with full-array LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

4K HDR X1 Extreme processor (Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object-based HDR remaster, dual database processing)

X-Motion Clarity

4K X-Reality Pro

X-tended Dynamic Range Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

New stand design (to fit Sony HT-XF9000 soundbar)

Sony 49in XF80 - 4K LCD with HDR

XF85 (85in, 75in, 65in, 55in, 49in, 43in)

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG

4K HDR X1 processor

4K X-Reality Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

New stand design (to fit Sony HT-XF9000 soundbar)

 

XF83 (70in, 60in)

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG

4K HDR X1 processor

4K X-Reality Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

 

XF80 (55in, 49in, 43in)

KD-55XF8096 - £1199

KD-49XF8096 - £1099

KD-43XF8096 - £899

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG

4K X-Reality Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

Skeletal stand design

 

XF75 (65in, 55in, 49in, 43in)

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG

4K X-Reality Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

 

XF70 (65in, 55in, 49in, 43in)

4K Ultra HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR - HDR10, HLG

4K X-Reality Pro

Android TV

Chromecast built-in

Bravia Full HD HDR TVs

Sony 43in WF66 - Full HD TV with HDR

4K resolution may dominate most TV brands' ranges, but Sony hasn't forgotten about Full HD. Just like last year, these two 1080p ranges are equipped with HDR10, and will be compatible with HDR games and Netflix shows.

The WF66 won't be using Android TV but will still have some basic smart TV elements, such as a web browser and built-in Netflix and YouTube apps. 

 

WF66 (50in, 43in)

Full HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR: HDR10

X-Reality Pro

Smart TV (Netflix, YouTube, web browser)

 

RF45 (43in)

Full HD

LCD display with LED backlight

HDR: HDR10

X-Reality Pro

No internet

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