Sony TVs 2019: It’s a new year and TV manufacturers are beginning to firm up their TV ranges for the next 12 months. Sony has detailed what we can expect from the Japanese brand, so here’s what we know about Sony’s TV ranges for 2019.
Below are the TVs that Sony has announced so far, with 8K and 4K TVs the focus. Fear not if they’re out of your price range; Sony has announced a boatload of more affordable TVs, too, although they won’t boast the advanced features you’ll find in the pricier sets.
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Sony Bravia TV 2019 highlights
Much like 2018, Sony’s approach to HDR in 2019 is to have it across its range of 8K, 4K and Full HD efforts. HDR10 is supported out of the box in the ZG9 and AG9 Master Series, and the AG8, XG95, XG90 and XG85 ranges compatible with Dolby Vision HDR. Unlike Panasonic and Philips, we’ve not heard word of Sony considering support for HDR10+.
There’s no mention of 3D support for its 2019 models, as most – if not all – manufacturers draw a line under the format. If you’re still a 3D aficionado, you’ll find Sony lacking on that count.
Dolby Atmos object-surround sound has been announced for the AG9 and XG95 models, and will be made available for the ZG9 in a future software update.
Of the models announced, Google Assistant voice control is available (depending on your region) on all sets apart from the WG66 Full HD set. That means voice control from Google Home and Sony’s own smart speakers is possible, as well as Amazon Alexa voice control from Amazon Echo.
Sony’s Android TVs can also add Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to their list of talents, allowing for streaming from your Apple device or Mac to a Sony TV.
With HomeKit you can securely control smart home devices through the Home app or by asking Siri through your device. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are expected to launch on the ZG9, AG9, XG95, XG85 models later in 2019. Chromecast and YouView have been built in to all TVs save for the XG70 and WG66 models.
Prices and release dates for the majority of Sony’s 2019 TVs are yet to be announced. We’ll add them once they’re confirmed.
With that out of the way, let’s have a gander at Sony’s 2019 TVs so far.
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Sony 2019 TVs – 8K/4K Master Series
ZG9 8K HDR LED Master Series – 98-inch, 85-inch
- KD-98ZG9 – £84,999
- KD-85ZG9 – £13999
The ZG9 features the X1 Ultimate picture processor and 8K X-Reality Pro technology. The former promises richer, more immersive images and the latter is capable of upscaling images close to true 8K quality. The Backlight Master Drive is back, with its full-array backlight technology allowing for brighter images and more vibrant colours in 8K.
The ZG9 also carries Sony’s Netflix Calibrated Mode and the IMAX Enhanced format. There’s also Acoustic Multi-Audio with Sony’s Sound-from-Picture Reality experience. In short, sound will appear from precise areas that match the action on-screen, rather than emanating from beneath the TV. An HDMI 2.1 update is set to arrive later in the year.
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AG9 4K HDR OLED Master Series – 77-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch
- KD-65AG9 – £3999
- KD-55AG9 – £2999
The AG9 Master Series OLED has Sony’s X1 Ultimate Picture processor, along with the Pixel Contrast Booster that aims to bring a richer image that offers consistent picture quality even at wider viewing angles.
Netflix Calibrated Mode, IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Vision and Atmos are included. So is the Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology that worked so well on the AF9 and A1 OLEDs, delicately vibrating the screen to produce sound.
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AG8 4K HDR OLED – 65-inch, 55-inch
- KD-65AG8 − £2299
- KD-55AG8 − £3199
Below the AG9 is the AG8 OLED. We expect this to be the model of choice if you’re looking for a more affordable OLED performer. The 4K HDR processor here is the X1 Extreme and Surface Acoustic Audio is featured too.
IMAX Enhanced is onboard as is Dolby Vision. Build-wise, the stand can be rotated 180 degrees, which leaves plenty of space for a soundbar to be placed beneath.
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XG95/XG90 4K HDR LED – 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch
- KD-75XG9505 – £3999
- KD-65XG9505 – £2199
- KD-55XG9505 – £1799
The XG95/90 LED range replaces Sony’s 2018 XF9005 range (you can read our reviews of the XF90 here and here). The XG95 comes with the X1 Ultimate processor, full-array local dimming and Sony’s X-Wide Angle technology for better viewing angles. Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced are onboard too.
The 49in XG90 replaces the 49XF9005 and carries over the same X1 Extreme processor, and also packs in full-array local dimming. There’s IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Vision and X-Motion Clarity processing for clearer, smoother images.
Related: What is Dolby Vision HDR?
XG85 4K HDR LED – 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch and 55-inch
- KD-85XG8596 −
- KD-75XG8796 − £2699
- KD-75XG8505 − £2699
- KD-65XG8796 − £1899
- KD-65XG8505 − £1899
- KD-55XG8796 − £1399
- KD-55XG8596 −
- KD-55XG8505 − £1399
The XG85 range is the mid-tier 4K range for 2019. The XG85 features the X1 picture processor, which isn’t to be confused with the Ultimate or Extreme versions, and Acoustic Multi-Audio for more accurate sound positioning.
Dolby Vision and Atmos are available but there’s no full-array local dimming here, just Sony’s Triluminos display for enhanced colour accuracy.
XG83 4K HDR LED – 49-inch, 43-inch
- KD-49XG8396 − £1199
- KD-43XG8396 − £999
- KD-43XG8396 − £999
The XG83 swoops in beneath the XG85 and is for those who aren’t chasing top specs. It comes in a range of sizes to fit different living-room setups. In terms of the picture processor, the XG83 includes the X1 processor, with the 4K X-Reality Pro technology capable of upscaling to near 4K quality.
Like the XG85, the display is boosted by Triluminos technology and Netflix is easily accessible via the standard remote control. The minimalist bezel is made out of premium aluminium.
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XG81 4K HDR LED – 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inch
- KD-65XG8196 – £1599
- KD-55XG8196 – £1099
- KD-49XG8196 – £949
- KD-43XG8196 – £799
The XG81 is practically an exact replica of the XG83 in terms of features, but it’s available in bigger sizes. Build seems to be the most noticeable difference here, as the attached feet are styled differently and the bezel has a brushed-aluminium look.
XG80 4K HDR LED – 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inch
- KD-75XG8096 – £2299
- KD-65XG8096 – £1499
- KD-55XG8096 – £999
- KD-49XG8096 – £849
- KD-43XG8096 – £699
Again, the XG80 range shares many of the features you can find in the XG81 and XG83. Like its siblings Google Assistant is built in, as is easy access to Netflix and smart features via Android OS.
XG70 4K HDR LED – 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch, 43-inch
- KD-65XG7093- £1199
- KD-65XG7073 – £1199
- KD-65XG7003 – £1199
- KD-49XG7093 – £699
- KD-49XG7073 – £699
- KD-49XG7003 – £699
The XG70 is filled with numerous sizes and model names. However, in terms of features, it’s at the bottom of Sony’s TV range for 2019. Smart features aren’t plentiful either: there’s no Google Assistant voice control. Build quality is similar to the XG83, XG81 and XG80 with slightly different feet design. This is a TV that very much caters for a wider audience who aren’t looking to break the bank.
There’s support for Freeview Play, instant one-click access to Netflix and YouTube, and a built-in internet browser. It’s available in silver and black finishes.
Related: What is Freeview Play?
Sony 2019 TVs – Bravia Full HD
WG66 Full HD HDR LED – 50-inch and 43-inch
Last is the WG66 series.The WG66 boasts Full HD LED screens that support HDR10, which is useful for those who haven’t, or aren’t quite willing, to make the move to 4K and see what the fuss is about. The picture processor is the X-Reality Pro, which can refine images and reduce noise for better picture quality.
YouTube is built in with a button included on the remote for quick and easy access. For sound Sony includes ClearAudio+, which the company claims offers a surround sound-like experience. As mentioned previously, Google Assistant isn’t supported by the WG66 range.
And that’s for Sony’s range so far. If and when new models are confirmed we’ll be sure to be update this page. Check back every now then to find see what other TVs are coming from Sony in 2019.
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