Sony publicizes the world’s first QD-OLED 4K TV, coming later this yr


Sony is setting some fairly grand expectations with its 2022 TV lineup — led by the introduction of the world’s first client QD-OLED TV. The corporate’s present and well-regarded OLED units use panels from LG Show which can be tuned with Sony’s personal processing. However the brand new flagship Bravia XR A95K TV will embrace a QD-OLED (quantum dot natural mild emitting diode) panel manufactured by none aside from Samsung Show. It’ll are available 65-inch and 55-inch sizes, with each coming in at 4K decision.

It was rumored that Samsung Electronics may announce a QD-OLED 4K TV at CES 2022, however that hasn’t panned out thus far. So it’s Sony that will get the prime highlight as a substitute. Samsung Show has been growing QD-OLED for plenty of years, and the show expertise may grow to be one thing of a center step between normal OLED and the MicroLED shows that solely Samsung is promoting proper now — for ungodly sums of cash.

QD-OLED is designed to mix one of the best traits of OLED (excellent blacks, infinite distinction, and so forth.) with advantages of quantum dot LED TVs like improved brightness and extra vivid colour copy at increased brightness ranges. It’s not a serious new strategy like Micro LED, however extra of a development from the place issues have stood for a number of years.

Sony remains to be sourcing from LG Show for its different 2022 OLEDs, the A90K and A80K, in order that enterprise relationship isn’t going wherever. However the firm now finds itself within the distinctive place of getting two various kinds of OLED TVs. It’ll be very fascinating to see the head-to-head comparisons between QD-OLED and one of the best “regular” OLED units from LG and Sony as soon as all of them begin transport to shoppers this spring.

The A95K QD-OLED TV has built-in cable administration.
Picture: Sony

Other than its one-of-a-kind panel, the A95K comes with a novel stand that may both put the TV in a “entrance place” model, the place the show is in entrance of the stand, or a “again place” if you wish to place the dear TV proper up towards a wall. The again of the TV additionally has a cool look to it that I can admire with built-in cable administration. Even the step-down A90K OLED’s stand has a trick the place it might probably increase the show sufficient for a soundbar to relaxation on it with out obstructing the view.

The A90K’s stand within the elective soundbar place.
Picture: Sony

The A95K may have 4 HDMI inputs, with two of them having full HDMI 2.1 capabilities. All of Sony’s newest OLEDs will help 4K gaming at 120Hz, auto HDR tone mapping when related to a PS5, and auto low latency mode. And these TVs will lastly ship with the choice for variable refresh fee out of the field as a substitute of constructing consumers watch for a software program replace like previous fashions. Hopefully that’s an indication that VRR is coming nearer to arriving on the PlayStation 5 itself.

Google TV stays Sony’s software program of alternative for 2022, and the lineup continues to function the corporate’s phrase salad of branded options like XR OLED Distinction Professional, XR Triluminos Max (for the A95K) or Professional (for the remainder), and Acoustic Floor Audio Plus. Sony actually does get some implausible audio efficiency from its premium TVs, and its in-house processing additionally barely bests LG’s OLED lineup in image high quality, so the names are in all probability right here to remain.

Sony additionally introduced its first line of Micro LED TVs, which I’ve lined individually. Pricing and particular launch dates for all of the TVs shall be introduced within the coming months.


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