Sony’s awesome new Ultra HD 4K Android-powered TVs are Shipping in May
Stephan Jukic – May 3, 2015
Four of the latest models from Sony’s awesome 2015 lineup of Android-powered 4K UHD televisions are already available for pre-order and this is the month in which they start shipping out.
The electronics pioneer revealed its 2015 lines of innovative ultra HD TVs at the massive CES 2015 in Las Vegas in January while making sure to keep details about pricing and availability in the dark until this last month. However, now that we also know what the new models will cost, in addition to the features and availability dates for all of them, there’s a lot to be excited about.
While Sony has lagged slightly behind LG and Samsung in terms of innovative design and tech features in its 4K TVs recently, or at least lagged in really showcasing how it compares to these key competitors, the 2015 TVs from the company are not only real powerhouse home entertainment systems, they’re also highly competitive in their features.
As of now, all of the new X830-C, X850-C, X930-C and X940-C models are available for order and shipping to customers homes during the month of May and onwards.
All of these models feature Android TV and the line of X900+ models will also be capable of handling HDR content later in the year thanks to firmware updates that are in the works. Furthermore, there are the X900-C and X910-C TVs which will come out later, in the summer and will feature a mind-blowing ultra-thin design with a screen that’s thinner than a smartphone and thinner even than three U.S quarters stacked together.
As for pricing, we’re looking at a wide range of options for different budgets, from remarkably affordable to seriously expensive (though not as pricy as 4K TVs used to be).
For starters, the entry-level Sony X830-C is selling in 43 inch and 49 inch sizes with respective price tags of $1,300 and $1,600. As you move further up in size and select features, there is the X850-C series with its $2,200, $3,500 and $5,000 price tags in the 55, 65 and 75 inch sizes models.
Finally, for people who are very serious about the best in home entertainment with their 4K TVs, there are the two HDR-capable X930-C and X940-C models. The first offers a 65 inch screen and the second a 75 inch display, respectively selling for $4,500 and $8,000.
In addition to HDR, these latter two models feature Sony’s proprietary Triluminous Display technology, which is basically a variation of the quantum dots found in Samsung’s and possibly LG’s 2015 TVs.
Of the two HDR-capable models, the more expensive and powerful X940-C gives its owners Sony’s “X-Tended Dynamic Range PRO” contrast augmenting technology for the best class of HDR available in any Sony 4K TV, while the slightly more “economical” X930-C TV also features HDR but in the more limited form of what Sony calls “X-Tended Dynamic Range” technology. As you can see, the latter is missing the “Pro” description and thus features slightly less variation between the HDR-typical bright and dark ranges on the TV screen.
Nonetheless, even this lesser version of Sony HDR technology still offers more than twice the dark-to-bright range of any normal LCD TV from Sony or any other brand.
Furthermore, as we said, all of the TVs come with Triluminous Display, a much improved Android TV-based operating system and we’ve confirmed that the X900+ models will definitely also come with voice-search-capable remote controls.
As for the crazy-thin X900-C and X910-C ultra-thin TVs, we’ll have to wait until the summer to see these remarkable models go on sale. They will be coming in 55, 65 (the X900) and 75 inch (the X910) versions and will of course also come with X-Tended Dynamic Range PRO technology for HDR enhancement of content encoded for high dynamic range.
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