Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SONY’S THINNEST TV YET IS READY FOR PRIME TIME (eng)






    When last we discussed Sony’s 2015 TV lineup, the best guess we had for availability of its super slim X900C and X910C UHD TVs was “later this summer.” Granted, it’s barely summer yet (astrologically speaking; meteorologically it’s nearly hell on earth right now) and we already have details on pricing and availability for the X900C, in both its 55- and 65-inch incarnations. Sony made both X900C models available for preorder this weekend, although the TVs won’t actually ship to customers until next month. The 55-inch model carries a suggested retail price of $2,499, whereas the 65-inch model carries an MSRP of $3,999.
   Sony has also announced that the big daddy of the bunch—the 75-inch X910C—will carry a $5,499 MSRP, although the best guess we have for availability is still “this summer.”
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   As I said before, these TVs fall into an interesting niche in Sony’s lineup, and I’ll be very interested to see if this trend of diversification continues next year. Instead of employing the typical “good, better best” paradigm, the company is making sure that every TV in its repertoire has interesting features that set it apart from the rest of the pack. The X900C and X910C, for example, don’t feature the High Dynamic Range capabilities of the step-up X930C and X940C. They do feature something that those models lack, though: an incredibly slim design that’s a little trippy to see in person.
   Sony describes the 0.2 inches thin X900C models as being skinnier than a smartphone (which is a true story) and the X910 as “thinnest TV of its size ever made” (which is also a true story as far as I can tell.) Both series also feature Sony’s exclusive X-Reality PRO Picture Engine to upscale all HD video content to near Ultra HD quality, along with TRILUMINOS display technology to deliver an incredibly broad range of colors.
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   In addition, both the X900C and X910C feature Android TV, which delivers one of the most compelling smart TV experiences to date. You get all of the normal streaming apps, of course: Netflix, Amazon Instant, YouTube, Hulu, CBS News, CBS Sports, Crackle, Pandora, and even SlingTV (600 streaming apps in total, including Google Play). But what’s neat about the Android TV platform is that you’re not limited to merely the apps that are stored on the TV itself. With Google Cast, you’ll be able to stream apps like HBO GO straight from your Android, iOS, Windows, Chromebook, or OS X device directly to your TV. The system also supports voice search and personalized recommendations.
   And if that weren’t enough, Sony will also be updating the TVs this summer via firmware to enable support for PlayStation Now, the streaming video game service we discussed more in depth last week. Just add a wireless DualShock4 Controller and you’ll be able to tap into a gigantic library of on-demand PlayStation 3 games, without the need for a video game console.
   For more information about both the X900C now, and the X910C as its availability date approaches, visit Sony.com.

sursa: hdliving.com