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Here are Sony’s 2022 Bravia XR TVs in Singapore

By Liu Hongzuo - 14 Apr 2022

Here are Sony’s 2022 Bravia XR TVs in Singapore

Sony's 2022 Bravia TV lineup.

Shortly after it made its CES run, Sony’s ready to bring its latest 2022 TVs to Singapore.

Here’s a quick overview of Sony’s Bravia XR TVs and how they’re categorised. The latest Bravia XR TVs come with the “K” suffix in their model name, representing the company’s 2022 product range. It’s true to Sony’s style, where it appends sequential alphabets with each year’s release (2021 models had the “J” suffix). 

Like last year’s line-up, the TVs start with its premium flagship Master series, followed by increasingly mainstream versions in its A-series (with OLED panels) and X-series (with mini-LED and Full-Array LED panels). The numbers denote its positioning, with those in the 80s or 90s range generally pulling in with flagship features and performance.

A-series are OLED panels, whereas X-series are LED panels.

As always, Bravia XR TVs contain specific optimisations and features that are moulded for each panel's strengths and weaknesses. So, OLED panels get OLED-related tuning, while LED TVs get their own enhancements. 

Here’s a rundown of the features you can expect for Bravia XR, and we’ll also mention which models exclude some of these features in favour of cost savings.

 

Features of Sony Bravia XR TVs

For a start, Sony’s 2022 Bravia XR TVs come with either Cognitive Processor XR (first introduced last year) or the older X1 processor. While the hardware remains the same, both processors have been getting software and tuning upgrades with each passing year. The processor is central to the whole cinematic experience delivered on Sony TVs, and is essentially what you’re paying for (besides a sexy screen). Higher-end models (Master series, A80K, X95K, and X90K) have the Cognitive Processor XR chipset.

XR Backlight Master Drive is a backlight developed for Sony’s new Mini-LED TV panels and is a derivate of Sony's Backlight Master Drive that was first featured in Sony's extra large and premium Z9D and later the Z9F. This backlight control technology was expressly designed and developed to manage large screens with far more LEDs to control. Now with Mini-LED backlighting on their premium LCD TVs with up to 40x more LED density than traditional LED-backlit LCD screens, re-employing the Backlight Master Drive technology is essential. According to Sony, the Cognitive Processor XR is absolutely necessary for the XR Backlight Master Drive, since it demands high compute and adjustment power. Lower tier Sony LCD TV models do not use Mini-LED panels and use conventional full-array LED panels, thus don't feature the enhanced backlighting tech.

OLED panels don’t require the special backlight developed by Sony, since OLED diodes are self-contained, capable of emitting both light and colour without extra help.

Most (if not all) features in Sony’s 2022 series are returning features from previous years, with some getting finer improvements over time. Without further ado:

Acoustic Surface Audio+ (for OLED models) and Acoustic Multi-Audio (for LED models) for visual-to-audio timing correction.

Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode, an improved version of its Netflix-only optimisation that adjusts the dynamic lighting for your Netflix shows automatically.

Bravia Core is now available for the Singapore market, offering high-quality streams of more than 300 movie titles at 80Mb/s (which you can redeem via digital tokens through your Sony TV). Platinum-tier of Bravia Core, which offers up to 10 free movies, goes to the Master series TVs. Gold-tier Bravia Core, offering just five, goes to other models. Each pre-order of an A80K model comes with 12 months of Bravia Core Gold Package.

Bravia Core Calibrated Mode, which, obviously, is the automatic tuning that makes your Bravia Core content better for cinematic viewing.

360 Spatial Sound Personaliser, which works with specific Sony personal audio products like the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 sound bars, the SRS-NS7 audio neckband, and other Sony headphones. Users can get an omnidirectional and personalised sound field without using complicated or over-the-top surround sound systems. 

Bravia Cam.

Bravia Cam, a front-facing camera add-on with multiple uses. One, it can detect if TV viewers step away from the screen, dimming the display to help conserve the panel and power. Two, it has a proximity sensor, which triggers alerts if viewers (or children) are too near the TV. Three, it can act as a webcam for video calls. Four, it grants Bravia XR TV users with Gesture Controls, allowing them to manipulate basic TV functions with a wave of the hand. Lastly, it’s needed for Ambient Optimisation Pro, where it automatically adjusts sound and picture based on the user’s surroundings.

Across the board, the Bravia XR TVs use Google TV as its smart TV interface and have 4K120FPS-capable HDMI 2.1 ports.

Here are the Sony TVs coming to Singapore.

 

Master Series A90K

The Master Series A90K is a high-end, 4K OLED model that comes in just one size: 48 inches. It’s also special with its Seamless Edge bezel, if you’re into super-thin bezels for TVs. This TV has an adjustable two-way stand, allowing users to easily swap between standard placement, or one that accommodates a sound bar below.

It packs 2.1-channel audio (25W), with the subwoofer unit right smack in the middle of the panel.

It packs all of the bells and whistles mentioned above, making it an ideal choice for users who want Master series optimisations for shows and gaming without breaking the bank.

The 48-inch Master Series A90K retails at S$3,999 and it’s available from June 2022 onwards.

 

A80K

The A80K models are also 4K OLED panels with all of the Sony optimisations and features mentioned above. But, it’s not part of the Master series, and therefore misses out on a Premium Remote (the remote with metallic design and backlit keys), on top of having thicker bezels.

There are three sizes available (55-inch, 65-inch, and a whopping 77-inch model) making these options more flexible for differently-sized rooms.

Built-in sound works on a 3.2-channel system (60/50W), with three actuators and two subwoofers inside the TVs.

These models also have a three-way stand, which offers a standard placement, a sound bar-ready placement, and a narrow placement if you want space-saving formats.

The Master Series A80K retails at S$3,999 (55-inch), S$5,999 (65-inch), and S$13,999 (77-inch). The first two models arrive in May 2022, while the massive 77-incher comes in June 2022.

 

X95K

If mini-LED is your thing, the X95K would be the range to look out for. X95K represents Sony’s 4K mini-LED TVs with all the optimisations mentioned above, including perks that improve viewing angles (X-Wide Angle) and reduce reflections (X-Anti Reflection).

As a high-end model, it also has Seamless Edge bezels and a three-way stand.

The X95K models come in two sizes – 65 and 85 inches, which retails at S$6,999 and S$12,999 respectively. Both sizes arrive in June 2022.

 

X90K

Sony’s 4K Full-Array LED TVs sit in the X90K lineup, which means they use normal backlighting instead of the mini-LED specific XR Backlight Master Drive. They also lack X-Wide Angle and X-Anti Reflection.

Four models are available, at 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch. So if you’re looking for a massive screen, the X90K is the one that carries a large enough alternative.

The X90K also come with normal bezels, unlike their Seamless Edge counterparts. It also offers 2-channel sound (30W), unlike the X95K’s 2.2-channel audio (60W).

These models retail at S$2,999 (55-inch), S$3,999 (65-inch), S$6,499 (75-inch), and S$8,999 (85-inch). The 55 and 65-inch models arrive in April 2022, while the others arrive from May 2022 onwards.

 

X85K, X80K, and X75K

These three models come with the older X1 processor, while all the other TVs mentioned above use the new Cognitive Processor XR. 

The X75K lacks Triluminos Pro colour gamut, and instead uses a lower-tier Live Colour gamut instead. 

Sony didn’t share the prices for these mainstream models yet, but we presume they’ll be more affordable than the alternatives above. That said, you’ll still get Google TV like the others, so you’re not missing out on core smart TV features.

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