We knew that 8K TVs were not going to be cheap, but we never thought they could cost more than a Corvette. Sony has published information on prices and availability throughout its 2019 television line and, although there are many options at competitive prices, the monstrous 98-inch TV with 8K LED / LCD screen is not one of them.
In total, Sony is coming to the market with six different series of televisions, comprising 17 sizes ranging from 43 inches to 98 inches. All Sony TVs this year will run the Android TV operating system and will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit through the update that will take place this summer.
We have seen that some familiar features will return, including Sony's X1 Ultimate image processing chip in premium models, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and Netflix Calibrated Mode, while IMAX Enhanced is presented as the newest brand feature.
Each of the six series meets a different need, so without further ado, here is the alignment that begins with the most expensive (and somewhat absurd), to the most affordable and practical group.
Sony Master Series Z9G 8K HDR TV
We will not make you wait any longer to present this monstrosity. The Z9G 8K 98-inch TV costs nothing less than $ 70,000. However, what is surprising is that the 85-inch model only costs $ 13,000. Of course, that is still a strong amount of money for a television, but it is difficult to reconcile the difference of $ 57,000 in price for only 13 diagonal inches. Both models will be available in June this year, so let's take a look at what you get with the Sony 8K flagship product.
The Z9G is armed with the Sony X1 Ultimate processor, which is key, since this TV depends heavily on scaling up. Until 8K content is available, Sony 8K TVs will increase the lower resolution content to help fill the 33 million pixels on the screen. Since scaling up is an intensive processing job, it is logical for Sony to put its best processor in its 8K TVs.
Interestingly, it is the same processor found in some of Sony's 4K TVs, in which we discovered that it does an outstanding job. Hopefully, along with Sony's Backlight Master Drive technology and full matrix local attenuation, the processing will do its job well enough to make a compelling 8K image.
85-inch model: $ 13,000. Available in June 98-inch model: $ 70,000. Available in June
Sony Master Series A9G 4K OLED TV
Sony manufactures impressive OLED TVs, and the A9G is the most elaborate of Sony so far. As indicated by the Master Series label, these OLED TVs benefit from the aforementioned X1 Ultimate processor and an extremely thin profile. Perhaps most interesting is the Acoustic Surface Audio Plus system, which refers to the fact that the TV screen is what produces the sound; that is, there are no conventional speakers. The subwoofer is embedded in the back, which creates bass for a full and robust sound. This year's OLED has more linear actuators that make the screen vibrate, so we expect even greater performance than in previous years.
The A9G also features the Netflix calibrated mode and, new for this year, the IMAX enhanced mode with DTS audio, which I have not yet experienced.
55 inches: $ 3,500. Available in May 65 inches: $ 4,500. Available in May 77 inches: $ 8,000. Available in May
Sony A8G 4K OLED TV
While this level of the ultra premium Master Series is less expensive, it seems to be the OLED TV that most Sony fans will want to buy. Sony once again boasts of its X1 Ultimate processor, this time highlighting what the company calls object-based HDR remaster, along with Super Bit 4K HDR mapping and dual database processing.
We are interested to know how some of these new processing technologies will affect image quality and if the effects will result in superior image quality. When we try it we will tell you our experience. What we know for sure now is that the A8G OLED also offers acoustic surface audio, but without the "plus".
55 inches: $ 2,500. Available in May 65 inches: $ 3,500. Available in May
Sony X950G 4K TV
This is the series that we suspect that most Sony fans will prefer if there is an update on the cards this year. The X950G uses the X1 Ultimate processor along with what Sony calls X-Wide Angle, which refers to the improved image quality outside the TV angle. This series offer IMAX enhanced mode and Netflix calibrated mode along with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. Everything a TV enthusiast needs is here, including a wide range of sizes ranging up to 85 inches.
Note: No availability dates were provided for these options, so we assume they will be available immediately. 55 inches: $ 1,400 65 inches: $ 2,200 75 inches: $ 3,500 85 inches: $ 5,000
Sony X850G 4K HDR TV
This is a strange model in the Sony line, as it currently only comes in an 85-inch model and lacks Netflix Calibrated and IMAX Enhanced that has been seen with top-level televisions. This device gets the standard X1 processor and some sound improvements in specially positioned speakers. Our best guess is that Sony is sacrificing profits to make a premium 85-inch TV more affordable, and they are highlighting this size for now. However, the Sony website shows that there are 55, 65 and 75-inch variants in the works, but it was not known how much they will cost or when they will be available for purchase. 85 inches: $ 3,500
Sony X800G 4K HDR TV
Finally, we reached Sony's entry point in its premium TV strategy. Here we see most of the screen size options, along with the smallest push from Sony. The best we can say at the moment is that this TV has expanded in color quality and has a good 4K scaling. The rest we will have to discover when we try it, and we will keep you informed of our experience to see if it suits you to buy it.
43 inches: $ 650 49 inches: $ 750 55 inches: $ 900 65 inches: $ 1,200 75 inches: $ 2,000