We will not go into the details of the new TV models of the Japanese brand, since Sony introduced 12. Nevertheless, we spent time with the new Android TV interface, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which equips its devices.
In 2015, I could not find the interest to buy a TV equipped with Android. Why? Philips and Sony models that we have tested in our lab proposed a sluggish experience, interfaces were slow and the OS was unstable. Personally, I rather invested in Android NVIDIA Shield TV, which offers 4K content. For CES 2016, Sony introduced 12 new models 4H UHD with a new version of Android TV, much better integrated.
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For being more interested in this product segment, I was plunged into the dozens of references that exist on the market. This market … is rather complex. Each manufacturer has many ranges with different screen sizes.
design side, Sony has simplified its ranges: models with speakers on the sides disappeared, while most products have adopted a similar look with a central leg and a general thinning. Please be aware that the maximum thickness of the TV, at the base of the TV where electronics lodge, shows only 3.6 centimeters. Moreover, pictured below, you see the finish which was brought alongside.
The remote control has evolved quite a bit, although I find the design quite summary, it now includes dedicated buttons to Google Play. But this is not the most important. Indeed, it is now reflected directly a built-in microphone, as well as the “Discover” button.
They contain new original functions. For (for example), the voice function can be used in any source. If you watch TV in TNT, you can always perform a search on Android TV, and even run queries related to the functions of the TV: “Roll on the HDMI 2”. For trying, it’s more useful to pass from one source to another.
Sony has also introduced the “Content bar”, which can bring up with the Discover button on the remote. This menu provides access to applications and contextual content, at any time. It is a further integration that I found particularly effective.
Finish for screen technologies. Depending on the selected range, we see clear differences. They have, however, all share an X1 video processor with a computing capacity associated with processing 4K X-Reality Pro and Motion compensation Motionflow XR800 (800 Hz to 100 Hz native slab).
On models that we have seen, there was also the Dynamic Contrast Enhancer function to offer high brightness in the gloss areas and a lot more contrast (for LED display). All that we have observed on exposed TV, with the example videos. optimal viewing conditions, it will test all of this in normal conditions: with an IPTV stream in a poorly lit room.
All these models should be out in our country, all year round. Not until the laboratory tests pushed to be able to recommend them warmly, or not.
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