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Sony's X950H and X900H 4K LCD TVs support full-array local dimming, but only one does VRR

By Ng Chong Seng - on 21 Feb 2020, 11:45am

Sony's X950H and X900H 4K LCD TVs support full-array local dimming, but only one does VRR

Sony X900H 4K LED TV. (Image: Sony Electronics USA.)

In addition to the A8H OLED series, 48-inch A9S 4K OLED and Z8H 8K LCD TV, Sony has also announced quite a handful of 4K LED-LCD TVs for 2020.

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty, here’s a quick summary:

X950H / X95H 4K LED TV

  • 85, 75, 65, 55 and 49 inches
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate
  • Full-array LED
  • X-Wide Angle (55” and up)
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio, Sound-from-Picture Reality (bi-amp), X-Balanced Speaker (55” and up)
  • Flush Surface design for bezel-less look (55” and up)
  • Ambient Optimisation Mode
  • Hands-free function (55” and up)
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit; Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices; Chromecast
  • Android TV (Android 9 Pie)

X900H / X90H 4K LED TV

  • 85, 75, 65 and 55 inches
  • 4K HDR Processor X1
  • Full-array LED
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio (65” and up), X-Balanced Speaker
  • Slim design with diamond cut bezel
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit; Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices; Chromecast
  • Android TV (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4K/120fps

X850H / X85H 4K LED TV

  • 49 and 43 inches
  • 4K HDR Processor X1
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • Metal blade stand
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit; Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices; Chromecast
  • Android TV (Android 9 Pie)

X81H 4K LED TV

  • 65, 55, 49 and 43 inches
  • 4K HDR Processor X1
  • X-Balanced Speaker (55” and up)
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • Metal blade stand
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit; Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices; Chromecast
  • Android TV (Android 9 Pie)

X800H / X80H 4K LED TV

  • 85, 75, 65, 55, 49 and 43 inches
  • 4K HDR Processor X1
  • X-Balanced Speaker (55” and up)
  • Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos
  • Metal blade stand
  • Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit; Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices; Chromecast
  • Android TV (Android 9 Pie)

X70H 4K LED TV

  • 65, 55, 49 and 43 inches
  • 4K X-Reality Pro upscaling, ClearAudio+
  • Smart TV apps: internet browser, Netflix, YouTube

If you’re looking for a high-end Sony 4K LED TV, you’ve two choices: X95H and X90H. Both support full-array local dimming but the X95H has a better Picture Processor X1 Ultimate chip, Sony’s X-Wide Angle tech and a sleeker design.

That said, the X90H is more suitable for gamers. According to Flatpanelshd, the X90H’s HDMI 2.1 port will support 4K @ 120fps, VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) after a future firmware update. Both TVs support eARC.

The X85H, X81H (this is likely to be a Europe-only model) and X80H are midrange models. While they use a slower processor because they don’t do as many intensive picture adjustments and don’t look as sleek as the 9 series, the user experience is largely similar because they all run Android TV and support roughly the same third-party devices and services (e.g., AirPlay, HomeKit, Alexa speakers).

Finally, the X70H is an entry-level 4K TV. The main thing to note here is that it doesn’t run Android TV, so you don’t get things like Google Play, voice search and Chromecast. But it does have “essential” apps such as a web browser, Netflix and YouTube built-in.

Local pricing and availability info of these 4K TVs isn’t available at the moment. Also, we don’t expect Sony Singapore to carry all the series and their sizes; and the model names used here may slightly differ from what’s listed above. I’ll update this page when I hear more.

Source: Sony, Flatpanelshd (1, 2).