Sony’s new 2015 4K TVs feature an Android TV operating system and new look

by on January 14, 2015

Stephan Jukic – January 14, 2015

At last week’s CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Sony was just one of many TV makers to unveil a whole new line of 2015 4K ultra HD TVs. Furthermore, the company is promising that all of these TVs will also have plenty of access to a bigger than ever selection of content that’s been filmed or formatted in native 3840 x 2160 resolution.

Given that Sony has its very own studio with which to produce a lot of that content and is also already the owner of the largest existing library of 4K entertainment available to consumers today, this promise doesn’t seem so farfetched.

In addition to content, Sony’s new 2015 UHD TVs also offer a few other cool changes and improvements. For starters, they’re thinner than ever as the company drops some of the bulkier look of many 2013 and 2014 Sony TVs such as the Bravias released last year and adopts a more typical ultra-thin format for its new TVs.

For example, one of them, the XBR X900C, features a screen that’s just 0.49 mm thick, this is only 1/5 of an inch and makes it one of the thinnest 4K TVs on sale today.

Sony's 2015 4K ultra HD TV models are much slimmer than their predecessors

Sony’s 2015 4K ultra HD TV models are much slimmer than their predecessors

Other changes include new image processing chips and the new Google Android operating system for TV platforms that will be going into Sony’s 2015 4K TVs.

In total, Sony is offering 10 new UHD TV models for 2015 and these ten are spread across four new TV series with sizes that range from a very conservative 43 inches to a very heft 75 inch screen. Regardless of size, all of these panels make use of Sony’s new 4K X1 processor, which provides improved color, contrast and image clarity according to Sony.

While this processor for better screen visuals doesn’t have the same wow factor of technologies such as quantum dots and OLED, introduced by Sony rivals Samsung and LG, one thing Sony can at least lay claim to that the others can’t yet touch is the sheer selection of 4K content that the company also offers with its 4K TVs.

This amounts to a library of more than 1,300 movies, TV shows and other media in full UHD via Sony’s Video Ultimate 4K service and third party content providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Ultraflix.

The new 2015 TVs also come with Sony’s 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling algorithm technology for making sure that the HD content most viewers will watch more often on the TVs is also improved dramatically from its typical appearance.

The Android OS feature of the new Sony TVs is particularly interesting as well.  The TVs are running on Google’s Android TV platform, which the company unveiled in 2014 and the software behind this OS is supposed to significantly increase smart functionality so that streaming services, multiplayer gaming and Google Cast are much easier to access and use. This last feature, Google Cast, lets users throw content from connected mobile devices onto the TV’s big screen.

Finally, Sony is also throwing in access to its Playstation Now paid subscription service as part of a pot sweetening deal.

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