Sony 4K smart TVs with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit hit store shelves


Sony X950
The Sony X950 is part of the new 2020 range. All models support Apple's AirPlay 2 & HomeKit.

Sony on Monday launched more than a half dozen smart TV models with 4K HDR LED displays in sizes from 43 inches to 85 inches. They include Airplay 2 and HomeKit, Apple’s wireless audio streaming and home automation technologies.

Sony plans to release more smart TVs throughout the year, including some 8K models. These will also have Apple’s tech.

Sony begins rolling out 2020 smart TVs

The X800H series promises “beautiful pictures, rich with real world detail and texture, powered by our 4K HDR processor X1,” according to Sony.

It starts with an 42.5-inch model with a $599.99 price. Other screen sizes in this series include 48.5 in., 54.6 in., 64.5 in., 74.5 in. and 84.6 in. Prices go up to $2,799.99. The entire X800H series is available Monday April 20 from Amazon and Best Buy.

The X950H line has additional features, like Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced and Netflix Calibrated Mode. A 48.5-inch model in this series launched Monday April 20 at $999.99, and so did an 85-inch version for $4,499.99. Sony is taking pre-orders for 74.5-inch, 64.5-inch and 54.6-inch TVs in the X950H series.

Smart TVs enhanced with Airplay 2 and HomeKit

All of Sony’s 2020 smart TVs have Apple home tech. AirPlay 2 means that TV owners can stream content from their iPhone, iPad and Mac straight to these sets. This could include movies and shows, podcasts, Apple Music or just collections of photos.

Meanwhile, HomeKit allows users to control television functions such as power, volume, and source via voice or iPhone app.

Sony isn’t the only smart TV maker to adopt these technologies. Samsung builds them into its big-screen models, and so does LG.

Also coming from Sony in 2020

The smart TVs Sony has planned for the rest of the year offer even more advanced features. But they also have prices to match.

The X900H is considered a mid-range 4K TV with expanded X-Wide Angle viewing. These models support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, along with 120fps in 4K. The series starts with a 54.6-inch model at $1,199.99 and building to an 84.6-inch screen at $3,499.99. Sony is taking pre-orders for some X900H models now, but others can’t be ordered until summer.

The A8H BRAVIA series will include OLED displays. There’ll only be 54.6-inch and 64.5-inch models, with a top price of $3,099.99. These can be pre-ordered now.

And Sony’s Z8H includes 8K displays for “vibrant colors, incredible clarity and amazing contrast,” according to the Japanese electronics giant. These will only come in 75-inch and 85-inch versions, and to top-of-the-line model will be $9,999.99.


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