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CES 2015

Sony XBR-X900C UHD TVs are thinner than a smart phone

Sony's slim UHD TVs are Google-centric with support for 4K Ultra HD YouTube videos

Published: January 06, 2015 04:00 PM
If thin is in, then the Sony X900C is where it's at.

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If "unbelievably thin" is among your top criteria for choosing a new TV, then check out the new models in Sony's XBR-X900C series: At just 0.2 inches thick, these TVs are thinner than most smart phones—with a nearly frameless design and super-close wall mount creating a suspended-in-air look.

But don't think the UHD TVs, unveiled at CES 2015 yesterday, are simply pretty faces. Indeed, they're packed with features, including a new 4K processor called the X1 that Sony says improves color accuracy, contrast, and clarity with both 1080p and 4K content. The X900C sets, offered in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes (a 75-inch model carries the XBR-X910C designation), are billed as Triluminos displays with an expanded color gamut. We're assuming that means that they have quantum dot technology, but we're waiting for confirmation. (Last year Sony 's Triluminos banner included TV models with and without quantum dots.)

In many ways the TVs are Google-centric, as they support the Android TV platform, include Google Cast for use with mobile devices, and have built-in VP9 decoders for displaying 4K content from YouTube.

Pricing wasn't announced, but the TVs are expected to be available in the spring.

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The company also announced three other UHD TV series. The XBR-X930C (65 inches) and X940C (75 inches) sets have many of the same features, but sport bigger, front-facing speakers like the ones on last year's X900B models, which were probably the best-sounding TVs we tested last year. The XBR-850C sets, available in 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes, lack the extended dynamic range features found in the pricier sets. Sony's entry-level UHD sets are the 43- and 49-inch models in the XBR-X830C series, which don't carry the Triluminos moniker found on the other series.

Sony TVs have typically done well in our TV Ratings—several XBR TVs were among our top-rated models—so we're looking forward to testing some of these new 2015 models when they're released this spring. Keep checking back for our CES 2015 updates.

—James K. Willcox

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