Sony’s long-awaited new lineup of LCD TVs has finally hit retailers, with the 2022 lineup including the Japanese tech giant’s first models that feature mini-LED technology.
As the name suggests, mini-LED displays use smaller light-emitting diodes than those found in regular LED panels. That means a lot more of them can be fitted to the screen, allowing for a whole new level of brightness and contrast that we haven’t seen in a Sony LCD TV before.
Topping the range is the Master Series Z9K, Sony’s 8K flagship for 2022, which features a mini-LED panel and the company’s XR Backlight Master Drive technology which, according to the company, provides extremely impressive contrast along with with true deep blacks, with higher peak luminance and less bloom. The Z9K also includes Sony’s XR Cognitive Processor, its revised AI image processing technology that was introduced in last year’s high-end models.
The Sony Master Series Z9K 8K Mini LED TV is priced at $9,999 / £8,499 for the 85-inch model and $6,999 / £6,799 for the 75-inch variant.
A notch below Sony’s premium LED lineup for 2022 is the Sony X95K Mini LED TV. This set also uses mini-LED technology, along with Backlight Master Drive dimming and the Cognitive Processor XR, but it’s a 4K resolution panel rather than 8K and is slightly cheaper at $5,499 / £5,499 for the 85’s. inches, while the 75-inch model is priced at $3,799 / £3,499 and the smaller 65-inch model is priced at $2,799 / £ TBC.
The new lineup also includes a range of mid-range 4K models that lack mini-LED screens and serve as replacements for last year’s famous Sony X90J and X80J TVs. The new X90K features full matrix local dimming, while the X85K and X80K 4K LED TV lines utilize less advanced local dimming zones, with all three lines featuring variable refresh rate technology.
The Z9K, X95K, X90K and X85K will also support 4K 120Hz over HDMI 2.1 – expect them all to challenge the best gaming TVs.
All 2022 Sony models come with the company’s redesigned and refined remote and run Google TV (with Android 10), as well as offering a wide range of streaming options including support for AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Sony’s Bravia Core. .
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While Samsung and TCL quickly exited the pack with mini-LED-backlit TVs, Sony took advantage of the moment to hit the market with sets with the technology.
Early reports suggest the company may have been wise waiting for the technology to mature, with initial opinions suggesting the X95K offers deeper blacks to rival the performance of OLED TVs, with higher brightness.
Sony’s mini-LED-free sets for 2022 also look ready to pack a punch – we awarded the X90J 4.5 out of 5 stars when we reviewed it last year, rating it as one of the best mid-range 4K TVs for the money. could buy. I have high hopes for the revised and affordable X90K, X85K and X80K. They’ll likely vie for a spot on our list of the best 4K TVs if they offer Sony’s usual comeback.