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Sony’s 2012 flagship HX850 BRAVIAs released


April 27, 2012

Sony's HX850 BRAVIA features a bezel-free monolithic design

Sony's HX850 BRAVIA features a bezel-free monolithic design

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Following its announcement at CES in January, Sony’s 2012 flagship BRAVIA LCD TVs have hit stores in the U.S., with other markets set to follow. Coming in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, the HX850 line offers Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with fully local dimming, and W-Fi internet connectivity and 3D capabilities out of the box.

The new HDTVs feature a bezel-free monolithic design incorporating Gorilla Glass. The sets deliver Full HD 1080p resolution and pack the newest version of Sony’s Motionflow XR 960800 Hz technology to reduce motion blur. There’s also Sony’s X-Reality PRO video processing, which also upscales web pages viewed on the pre-installed Opera browser.

Internet connectivity also provides one-touch access via the BRAVIA home screen to the Sony Entertainment Network and apps, including Netflix, Pandora, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Slacker Internet Radio, and Crackle, just to name a few. Skype also comes pre-installed, but requires the purchase of a camera and mic unit.

Inputs include four HDMI (two side/two rear), one component, two composite, one D-Sub, Ethernet and two side USB ports, with one digital audio and one headphone output.

The 46-inch HX850 retails for US$2,100 and the 55-inch HX850 costs $2,600.

Source: Sony

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Is the 3D on this active or passive tech?

Jim Moak

I thought Sony was getting out of the TV business?


Just put four HDMI in the back... the side ports are worthless for long-term cables.

Four almost isn't enough... but I would like to see five as the minimum for a video-centric household:

1) Cable Box/DVR 2) PS3 3) XBOX 360 4) Boxee, VUDU, etc or other internet video box 5) Blu-Ray (but can use PS3 for Blu-Ray, too)

Side-port for HD-video camera, etc.

Matt Rings

Doesn't seem like anything new or better? Sony has fallen into hard times with the competition delivering the "next best thing."

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