CES 2018 News: Sony talk AF8 OLED, XF90 LCD and 10,000 nits TV
A new OLED TV and an upgraded XF90
At CES 2018 we spoke to Gavin McCarron of Sony about their new TV line-up for the UK. Although the A1 remains their flagship OLED TV this year, it will be joined by the AF8. This new 4K Ultra HD TV has all the same picture features as the A1 with the X1 Extreme Processor, Acoustic Surface, Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision). The only real difference is in the form factor with the AF8 dropping the easel stand of the A1 for a simplified chassis and using two woofers rather than one large one. The AF8 will be available in April in screen sizes of 55- and 65-inches with a firmware update for Dolby Vision to be released later.
The ZD9 will remain Sony's flagship LED LCD TV for 2018 and beneath that the line-up now consists of the XF90, XF85 and XF80. The XF90 is particularly interesting because, unlike last year's XE90, it now includes the X1 Extreme processor, which means that it will also be upgraded to Dolby Vision. The XF90 uses a full array backlight with local dimming and now includes black area blinking that works in conjunction with the backlight to deliver smoother motion without adversely affecting the overall brightness of the screen. The XF90 will be available in April in screen sizes of 49-, 55-, 65- and 75-inches.
Sony were also demonstrating their new X1 Ultimate Processor which was included on a prototype 85-inch 8K panel with full array local dimming and a peak brightness of 10,000nits. The prototype TV was next to a 75-inch ZD9 and whilst the latter is an excellent TV with a peak brightness of 1,800nits, the new TV blew it away in terms of overall picture quality. Of course this was just a prototype and no content is currently graded at 10,000nits but it was a tantalising glimpse of the future.
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