Meet the A1, Sony’s first 4K OLED TV

Sony has confirmed it will be joining the OLED TV game, ending months of speculation.

Sony unveiled its first Bravia 4K OLED TV, dubbed the A1E series in the US and A1 in the UK, at CES 2017.

This technically isn’t Sony’s first OLED TV – the company released a 11-inch model that cost around £3000 in 2011. Sony won’t confirm whether the OLED panel is manufactured by LG, but given that LG is the only company pumping money into OLED at the moment, that’s a safe assumption.

Sony also wouldn’t be drawn into confirming the set’s peak brightness, but assuming this is one of LG’s latest, we’re looking at a maximum of around 800 nits.

The TV will come in 55-, 65- and 77-inch versions, and will feature the same X1 Extreme processor found in the excellent Sony KD-65ZD9BU.

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Sony A1 OLED

What makes this OLED TV stand out from the crowd is Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology, which makes sound by vibrating the screen. That means the sound comes directly from the screen, removing the need for extra, visible speakers.

The Sony A1E (or A1) will support the Dolby Vision variant of HDR. Previously, LG was the only major brand to offer Dolby Vision alongside the more common HDR10 format. Sony has also confirmed it will be updating the A1 for compatibility with Hybrid Log-Gamma.

Pricing details have yet to be announced, but Sony says we’ll see the A1/A1E in summer 2017.

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