Sony has just announced a trio of new OLED TVs that support Dolby Vision HDR. The Bravia A1 series will be available in 55, 65, and 77-inch sizes and feature a unique sound system as well as Android TV.
Sony's first real OLED TVs
Technically, these are not Sony’s first OLED TVs. The company actually helped pioneer the technology several years ago but never released anything larger than the 11-inch XEL-1, which hardly counts. So, these are Sony’s first real OLED TVs.
The OLED TVs also mark the beginning of a - hopefully beautiful - relationship between Dolby and Sony. The TVs come complete with support for the Dolby Vision HDR format. LG already supported Dolby Vision on its OLED TV but now there is some strong competition.
The company launched its latest high-end TV in late 2016 with the Z9D model, featuring unique LED LCD technology, but it is not afraid to admit that OLED takes the picture experience to the next level.
- “Thanks to OLED’s over 8 million self-illuminating pixels; the A1 series brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, authentic color, blur-less image and a wide viewing angle. The X1 Extreme precisely controls the tremendous number of pixels and extends the capability of OLED to deliver an exquisite 4K HDR picture,” says Sony.
The TVs are also equipped with Sony’s ‘X1 Extreme’ picture processor, ‘Object-based HDR remaster’, ‘Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR’, and ‘Dual database processing’. Some of these technologies were introduced with Z9D late last year but Sony is now using them to elevate HDR picture quality on OLED.
Or as Sony prefers to say: “Everything else pales in contrast”.
Acoustic Surface audio technology
For the A1 OLED Sony has developed a brand-new audio system that it has dubbed “Acoustic Surface”. Because OLED requires no backlight, Sony has made the actual screen a speaker.
The sound system can emanate the sound directly from the screen itself.
- “The Acoustic Surface technology lends to cutting-edge design of the A1 series by doing away with conventional speakers usually located around the TV. The result is a unique stand-less form factor with no distraction from the picture,” says Sony.
Android TV built-in
Sony started using Google’s Android TV two years ago and it will continue to build on that partnership in 2017.
The Sony A1 OLED comes with Android TV built-in, including support for Chromecast. From the Google Play store you can download thousands of apps and games. Not many other details were announced and it is unclear if the TVs will run Android TV version 7.0 but we are chasing more details.
Sony Bravia A1 will be available in 55, 65, and 77-inch sizes this spring. Sony has not announced pricing details.
Sony A1 OLED specifications:
Features OLED as display device. 8 million self-illuminating pixels brings a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, authentic colour, blur-less image and a wide viewing angle.
Features Acoustic Surface technology: the entire screen resonates with great sound emanating directly from the screen itself. This allows a perfect unification of picture and sound that conventional TVs cannot deliver.
Features 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme providing the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience by incorporating three new technologies: Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR and Dual database processing.
Features vibrant, expanded colour with TRILUMINOS™ Display, further enhanced for colour accuracy.
Uses 4K X-Reality™ PRO to produce stunning detail with Sony’s unique algorithm of reality creation database for any content, such as TV broadcasting, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Internet video and digital photos.
The cutting-edge design: The Acoustic Surface technology lends to cutting-edge design of the A1 series by doing away with conventional speakers usually located around the TV. The result is a unique stand-less form factor with no distraction from the picture.
Android TV lets you explore a world of movies, music, photos, games, search, apps and more. Voice Search to find content, ask questions and control your TV. With Chrome Cast built-in, you can easily send content from your smartphone or tablet to the TV. With access to Google Play™, you can enjoy what you like doing on a smartphone or tablet, from your TV.
Sony’s exclusive Content Bar user interface allows you to comfortably browse content quickly and intuitively without disrupting your TV viewing.
HDR compatible to receive and process the new video standard signal with higher brightness, higher contrast and more vibrant colours via Internet video services, HDMI and USB port. Supports Dolby Vision HDR format.