The Sony 2022 TV lineup features an updated XR processor, promising Sony’s Bravia XR TVs to ramp up image processing power across 4K OLED TVs, a QD-OLED TV and the brand’s first Mini LED TV.
Will any of these TVs be the best TV of the year? Most of the spotlight is on the Sony A95K QD-OLED, which is set to rival the Samsung S95B OLED TV with the next-gen technology. But that’s not all — the X95K 4K Mini LED promises sophisticated backlight control while the 42-inch A90K Master Series makes for a compelling alternative to a gaming monitor.
Speaking of gaming, with the new Sony 2022 TVs, the PS5 will be able to detect each individual Sony TV model and adjust HDR settings accordingly. The Bravia XR processor will also be able to switch between game mode and standard mode automatically, depending on what type of content is being played on the PS5. Playing Gran Turismo 7? Game Mode. Watching a 4K Blu Ray? Game Mode off. There’s no need to go in and fiddle around with the settings.
Here’s a complete look at all the Sony 2022 TVs, including price and availability information as well as smart TV updates.
Sony Bravia XR A95K QD-OLED TV
Sony’s A95K QD-OLED packs XR Triluminos Max color processing, promising to display the full spectrum of colors even in the brightest scenes when compared to conventional OLED. Sony eliminated white phosphor from its sets, meaning there’s no dilution of color in even the brightest of images.
As a result, Sony aims to achieve deeper greens and reds with its own elementary color shift method. And like Samsung’s QD-OLED, the A95K adds a quantum dot layer above the OLED array. This should mean a better light and color spread across the panel from each individual pixel, creating a brighter picture without compromising black levels.
Again, with Sony it’s all about image processing. Its OLEDs will have CPXR, a technology for better depth control so that objects appear better in a 3D space. It should preserve positioning while not over-sharpening objects in the background.
Sony Bravia XR X95K Mini LED TV
Mini LED is new for Sony this year. Sony’s XR Blacklight Master Drive system aims to reduce zone visibility, promising refined controls across the entire picture. Because Mini LEDs are so bright, the small individual zones that are laid out on a grid can become visible, making the edges of an image look blocky or even blowing out details.
Traditional algorithms may simple lower brightness across the board to prevent these grids from shining through, but Sony claims its XR Backlight Master Drive can intelligently control Mini LED power to reduce visibility of individual zones.
Sony Master Series Z9K 8K Mini LED TV
Sony’s second Mini LED TV this year is an 8K model. We’re still not encouraging 8K TV purchases due to the limited content available in 8K, but when it comes to big-screen sizes and promised upscaling the Z9K has a lot to offer.
Sony 2022 4K OLED TVs
Sony’s 2022 4K OLED TVs are split into two models, with the Master Series A90K coming in smaller sizes and the Bravia XR A80K coming in larger sizes. The Master Series model has a few enhancements compared to the Bravia model, such as contrast enhancement.
Smart TV updates
Sony touts Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode as part of its new line of TVs. This mode is designed for the creative intent of Netflix content. Based on the ambient environment, it will calibrate the image automatically for better tone.
TVs by Sony will ship with Google TV and work with Apple AirPlay. There will also be hands-free voice search functionality.
The Sony Bravia Cam is a camera and ambient sensor that can sit atop all 2022 Sony televisions. It will come bundled with the Z9K Mini LED and A95K QD-OLED televisions and will also be sold separately for anyone who wants to add additional functionality to their TV.
The Bravia Cam is a webcam that can detect a person’s positioning and adjust the picture and audio accordingly. Sony calls this Ambient Optimization Pro — it means that if someone is not sitting right at the center viewing angle, the TV will make adjustments to the image and stereomix to account for that. And for those that are concerned about privacy, there’s a slider at the top to cover the camera lens.
This accessory, which connects via USB and mounts to the back magnetically, has gesture controls for basic functions, like powering on and off, adjusting the volume, or pausing playback, and has a proximity alert. This last feature is handy for anyone with kids, as the TV will put up a full screen notice telling users to step back keep a greater distance. The TV also dims when it notices someone has walked away for increased power savings.
A new premium remote will come bundled with the Z9K Mini LED and A95K QD-OLED and A90K OLED televisions. The remote is 36% smaller than last year’s unit and will be backlit. Also included is OK Google functionality to quickly find your remote.
Sony has reduced the number of keys from 49 to 25, removing the number keys altogether. Keys are integrated into a new keypad UI. The remote also has a flush design for easy cleaning.
This article originally appeared on tomsguide.com
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