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Best Sony 4K HDR TVs 2017: XE90 vs XE85 vs XE80

Best Sony 4K HDR TVs in 2017: We compare the Sony XE90, XE85 and XE80 TVs, three Sony televisions which offer gorgeous 4K HDR visuals that are set to be released in the UK in 2017. Which Sony TV is best for you? Here’s our full comparison to help you decide.

Sony has unveiled its full TV line-up for 2017 and even the screens below the flagship price level offer some seriously impressive specs. If you want a TV with 4K and HDR, but don’t want to pay top dollar, you have three great options to choose between: Sony’s XE90, XE85 and XE80.

All three of these TVs features Sony’s smarts and high-end quality 4K and HDR LCD Triluminous panel screens. The differences between them are minimal, but worth knowing when you decide which one could be the best for you.

Here’s all you need to know about Sony’s latest 4K HDR televisions. And if you’re looking for a more affordable option, check out our comparison of the best value Sony TVs of 2017.

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Sony XE90 vs XE85 vs XE80: Sony’s XE90 TV is better than the XE85 and XE80

At the top of this just-below-flagship range sits Sony’s XE90. As the numbers quite clearly give away, the XE85 is next in line with the XE80 sat at the bottom of the bunch. The reasons for this will become apparent as we discuss the internal specs and display tech.

The X80 is still not the bottom end of the Sony TV range however, and they most definitely all pack in some impressive specs. They’re simply the lower-end 4K and HDR screens that Sony is offering in 2017, which means quality and affordability.

All three models feature LCD Triluminous displays, which use LED lighting to offer the best picture quality. All three also feature Google’s Android OS with YouView functionality built-in, as well as voice controlled remote controls.

On top of all that, these three Sony TVs also feature slim aluminium bezels for a high-end quality finish. So they’ll look bloody gorgeous in your lounge before you even turn them on.

So what’s the difference then? Glad you asked.

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Sony XE90 vs XE85 vs XE80: The XE90 and XE85 use Sony’s X1 processor

The XE90 and XE85 stand above the XE80 thanks to use of Sony’s X1 4K HDR processor. This should mean excellent rendering and upscaling of 4K quality visuals, while the HDR range will offers deep blacks, bright lights and punchy colours. It also means these Sony TVs are able to offer Motionflow XR 1000Hz refresh rates, for smooth moving images.

The XE80 uses Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro processing, which was the top-end offering from Sony not too long ago. This means you’re still able to get a high quality viewing experience for both 4K and HDR without having to break the bank.

Sony XE90 vs XE85 vs XE80: The XE90 uses a full array LED display

While all three sets use LED lighting and feature Sony’s Triluminous display tech, it’s only the XE90 that can attest to having a Full Array LED screen.

The result of Full Array means you get Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range Pro tech, for XDR 5x HDR. That should mean in normal speak that you get even brighter light areas, deeper blacks and more intense colours than the XE85 or XE80.

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Sony’s XE90, XE85 and XE80 release dates

Expect all three Sony TVs to appear in UK stores from spring time 2017, although this has yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more info.


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