Sony AG8 (KD-55AG8) 4K OLED Preview

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by Phil Hinton Jan 22, 2019 at 4:53 AM

  • The Sony KD-55AG8 is the company's entry-level 4K OLED TV, and utilises the X1 Extreme picture processor, which includes Object-based HDR Remaster, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and Dual Database Processing. The AG8 also supports High Dynamic Range, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

    The 55AG8 includes Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio which provides a more immersive sound experience with the sound coming from the entire screen, enveloping viewers. In addition, a TV Centre Speaker Mode provides the option to use the TV as the centre speaker in a home cinema setup. If you want to use a soundbar, you can rotate the stand 180° and it will rise up so you can easily place the soundbar by the TV.

    The AG8 features a Netflix Calibrated Mode, and support for IMAX Enhanced. This is designed to deliver the viewing experience just as the creator intended, with IMAX Enhanced certified content including films such as Venom, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be available in the UK on select BRAVIA TVs via the RakutenTV streaming service later this year.

    The Sony Android Smart TV platform utilises Google Assistant built-in, along with built-in microphones that will allow hands-free interaction. Viewers can simply talk to the TV using Google Assistant, but the TV will also work with Google Home or Amazon Echo devices. The AG9 will also be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

    Finally a new easy to control smart remote enables viewers to control their connected devices such as cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray disc players, and game consoles without switching remote controllers. Also added to the smart remote is an RF so the TV can be controlled without pointing the remote. And a newly developed user interface brings seamless and quick access to favourite apps and settings.

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