Sony Unveils Three New 2018 Mid-Range 4K HDR TVs For European Market
Stephan Jukic – April 3, 2018
Sony has unveiled three new ranges of premium mid-range 4K HDR TVs for the European market finally and they look pretty impressive. The 2018 premium 4K TV lineup from the company was first unveiled at CES 2018 in the form of their 2018 OLED HDR model, the A8F. This TV was also accompanied by premium and mid-range LCD Sony offerings in the form of their XF90 and XF85.
Now for Sony picture technology fans who are a bit tighter on their home entertainment budgets, we have the XF83, the XF70 and the XF75 Series, which all offer high dynamic range and some excellent overall picture quality, but lack some of the fancier features of the premium models, such as the X1 Extreme processing engine, exceptionally rich color or extremely high peak brightness levels.
We should also briefly note for U.S readers that the above premium and mid-range TV models first mentioned have different numbers but roughly correspond to the U.S Sony X900F, X850F and A8F TVs, all of which are now available in the U.S. The North American versions of the Sony XF83, XF70 and XF75 haven’t been released yet. That said, the specs and features of all the European market models will be nearly identical to those of their U.S counterparts.
Among the three new releases, the XF83 is the priciest and comes with Sony’s 4K HDR Processor X1, which is the next level down from the X1 Extreme processing engine in terms of picture rendering power and also available in the more expensive XF85. However, the XF83 comes in fewer different screen sizes though physically it looks nearly identical to Sony’s more expensive XF90 and XF85 models.
The XF75 is a different story on screen size flexibility. This model is available in several sizes, consisting of 43, 49, 55, 65, 75 and 85-inch models and it offers slightly more conservative picture processing power since it lacks even the 4K HDR Processor X1, substituting it for the more basic 4K X-Reality Pro technology that has fewer HDR deliver and local dimming capabilities. The same essential technology and many of the same specs also apply to Sony’s XF70 model, which comes in 43, 49, 55 and 65 inch versions. Both the XF83 and XF75 offer support for HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range standards but do not support the more refined Dolby Vision standard. This is only available in the most premium Sony TV models. The cheapest model, the XF70 hasn’t had its HDR specs mentioned through we assume it offers at least basic high dynamic range features for color performance.
All three TV models will be available as of the spring but their prices haven’t been announced yet. Expect all but their largest versions to cost well below £2000.