What is the Sony KD65S8505C 4K ULTRA HD TV?This is Sony’s only curved 4K HD TV for 2015 and it possesses all the same processing power as the mid-range X8509 series. It comes in two screen size options – 55” and 65” – with Sony touting it as their most future proofed TV ever. Presumably they are playing on the curved design element here as it shares the same HDMI 2.0 HDCP 2.2 connectivity as the rest of this year’s range. It also has Google’s latest Android TV operating system, a TRILUMINOS Display which is further enhanced for colour accuracy by the new 4K X-Reality PRO processing engine.
This is a preview of the upcoming X8509C model and will be replaced with the full in-depth review as soon as we have measured, reviewed and fully assessed the final retail sample. In the meantime here is a summary of the features we can expect to see.
S8505C Picture Quality FeaturesThe new 4K Processor X1 is built to enhance colour, contrast and clarity while improving the streaming quality of images that 4K content providers supply. Combined with the advanced 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling Algorithm technology, these televisions will analyse and upscale 4K resolution.
With screens that provide a 3,840 x 2,160 4K resolution, these products also include TRILUMINOS display to accurately reproduce shades of red, green and aqua blue. Sony says it’s their widest colour range ever, and dynamic colour correction attempts to ensure colours are as consistent and accurate as possible every single time.
Smart TV and other SpecsThe latest 4K UHD TVs from Sony utilise the Android OS for their Smart TV platform, which could be a really good move and make the experience familiar to anyone who uses a smartphone or tablet. Features like Google Cast; allowing iOS, Android and PCs to share music, photos and video straight onto the big screen. You can also use the controller to play games from the Google Play store, which also gives you access to all the latest movies and TV shows to stream. The one flick remote has been upgraded to allowing you to use the 'Google Now' search assistant, which is great news.
Also, from Summer 2015, Sony will integrate the YouView platform in to their 2015 4K TVs, allowing owners to to watch their favourite TV shows from BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and Demand 5 as well as live TV using the lovely YouView interface with no need for a separate set-top box. Sony customers will get access to YouView’s library of more than 12,000 titles of on demand TV programmes and the search facility integrates both live and on demand content. Of course, one of the major selling points of YouView is in its ‘Scroll-back’ programme guide, which gives you 7 days of catch-up to browse.
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