Sony XH81, XH80 and X70 TVs now available in UK

Sony's new X-Balanced Speaker, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision for a low as £649

by Andy Bassett

Sony UK has officially announced UK and Ireland pricing and availability of its first 4K LCD 2020 televisions to ship.

The XH81, XH80 and X70 models are available to order now and provide consumers who are looking for an upgrade to their current TV the chance to get hold of one of the Japanese TV company’s first 2020 TVs in order to elevate their stay-at-home viewing experience.  

UK prices are listed below:

43” £649.00
43” £699.00
43  £599.00
49” £749.00
49” £799.00
49” £699.00
55” £949.00
55” £999.00
55” £799.00
65” £1099.00
65” £1199.00
65” £899.00
75” £1899.00

85” £2499.00

XH81 and XH804K HDR LCD TVs

These models boast similar specs but differ in a few design aspects and available screen sizes with the XH81 featuring 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch models while the XH80 add the larger 75- and 85- inch versions.

Both are fitted with the 4K HDR Processor X1 which uses clever algorithms to reduce noise and elevate detail which Sony says makes images more life-like. 

And in concert with the X1 processor, which analyses and processes the data in every image, the Triluminos Display featured in both ranges allows for a wider colour spectrum, while support for Dolby Vision HDR and Sony’s Object-based HDR remaster technology enhances the vibrancy of those colours and delivers deeper blacks and more noticeable highlights.

On the sound front, the newly developed X-Balanced Speaker, which is available on the 55-inch models and above in both ranges, delivers high quality sound and Dolby Atmos compatibility.

Powered by the latest Android TV smart operating system, voice interaction with the XH81 and XH80 TVs is available via smart speakers including Google Home and Alexa enabled devices which allows videos to be selected and played from YouTube, and channels and volume to be changed without using a remote. Speaking of which, the remote control supplied with the XH81 is a premium aluminium design.

Chromecast built-in provides streaming connectivity, and AirPlay 2 allows music, images and movies to be sent to the TV from iPhones, iPads or Macs. The addition of Apple HomeKit provides control of the TV using iOS and MacOs devices. A firmware update will be required for AirPlay and HomeKit functionality.

Both the XH81 and XH80 feature a hairline finish bezel though the XH81 sports a more premium Metal Blade design.

Sony’s calibrated viewing modes, including Custom Mode, help deliver content in a way that suits the viewer while preserving the content creator’s original intent. 

X70 4K TV

The X70 range comes in 43-, 49- 55- and 65-inch screen sizes and features Sony’s Triluminos Display plus the company’s 4K X-Reality PRO technology which upscales non UHD content to 4K quality.

Sound is provided by ClearAuduio+ rather than the higher end X-Balanced Speaker but this still makes sure that music and dialogue are delivered with clarity and separation. 

The interface has a built-in browser to access popular streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube and Sony’s viewing modes, including Custom Mode, are available to provide options for various different viewing scenarios.

Are you looking for a TV upgrade? If so, do these latest Sony 4K LCD TVs fit your spec and budget expactations? Let us know what you think in the discussion thread

Source: Press release
Image Source: Sony

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