It's been a long time coming but Sony has gone OLED
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6,460Sony has announced the new A1 OLED 4K TV, putting to bed the 'will they, won't they' saga of the last few years.The A1 is designed to be capable of an unprecedented level of visual performance. Where things get interesting is that in addition to this, the A1 offers a technology that Sony calls Acoustic Surface that brings something new to the OLED party. By capitalising on the extremely thin nature of an OLED panel, Sony has elected to use it as a transducer by vibrating it in a manner similar to an electrostatic panel. There are actuators in the rear of the panel that use the screen itself as a speaker, which results in a completely clean and minimalist design with just a screen at the front and no visible speakers or stand. There is a subwoofer built into the rear stand and when setup the A1 sits at a slight angle. The stand can be pushed up against the panel itself for wall mounting and behind a removable cover there are VESA wall mounts as well as spaces for tidy cable management.
The A1 supports High Dynamic Range, specifically HDR 10, along with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and, via a firmware update in the summer, Dolby Vision. The A1 uses the X1 Extreme processor that was launched on the ZD9 last year, with dual databases, superbit mapping for 4K and object-based HDR remastering. There will also be an HDR gaming mode, the TV uses HDMI 2.0a inputs and includes a proprietary filter to reduce reflections and eliminate any discolouration. The A1 will launch with Android M and be upgraded to Android N when the Dolby Vision update is released. Although Sony wouldn't confirm an exact release date, given the Dolby Vision update comes out in the summer we would expect to see the A1 released at the same time and pricing has yet to be announced.
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