Sony 4K TV in Australia by end of year

84in, 4K ‘UDTV’ available before 2013, no price announced

Sony has announced that it will release an 84-inch TV in Australia before the end of the year, with a 4K resolution that promises four times as much detail as a regular Full HD 1080p TV. No projected price for the TV has been released.

According to Sony, the 4K TV will reach Australian stores before competing products from Samsung and LG — managing director Carl Rose said that the company would be the first to bring out the brand new television technology.

The XBR-84X900 Sony TV uses an LCD panel and LED edge-lighting. Like most other Sony TVs it’s able to display 3D video, and is the company's first passive 3D model.

The ‘4K’ moniker speaks to the X900’s 3860x2160 pixel resolution which, at 8,337,600 pixels is four times the 2,073,600 pixels of Full HD 1080p (1920x1080 pixels). This is also referred to as Quad Full HD, ‘UDTV’ or ‘UHDTV’. Technically, 4K is the term used to refer to cinemas' ultra high-definition digital video projectors (4096x2160 pixels).

The scarcity of 4K content will be a sticking point for the TV’s launch — no storage medium currently exists for 4K video, with Blu-ray discs currently topping out at 1080p. The TV is able to up-scale 1080p and lower-resolution video to the screen’s native 4K resolution — although this won’t add any detail to the original video content, it means a less pixelated and smoother image than viewing the same content on an 84-inch 1080p TV.

Sony also recently released a Blu-ray player able to up-scale video to 4K, and today announced a 4K-compatible A/V receiver.

The upcoming launch of the 84-inch Sony TV means that the Japanese manufacturer is in good company with other TV makers. Samsung, LG, Sharp and Toshiba have similar 84-inch 4K TVs in development, and Samsung recently launched a 75-inch LED TV. Sharp has countered with a 80-inch model, and a 90-inch version is on the way. Samsung and LG also have upcoming OLED TVs, and Sharp has displayed a prototype 85-inch 8K panel.

This move towards extra-large, exclusively high-end 4K, 8K and OLED TVs marks a push by TV manufacturers to return to higher price tags, as the TV market sees constant price erosion on existing LCD and plasma technologies. An Australian price for the Sony X900 was not announced, but is expected to be significantly in excess of $20,000 in the same playing field as the rumoured prices for future Samsung and LG 4K TVs.

Read more about the Sony 4K TV here.

Further reading:

LG shows off OLED, Google TV, Ultra Definition TVs at CES
What’s new for TVs in 2012: OLED, video on demand, and the Apple TV
The future of TV: Ultra High Definition standards proposed
TV tech in 2012: voice control, OLED, and 4K

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?