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Sony's 2013 TVs: everything you need to know

Campbell Simpson | May 30, 2013
17 new Sony TVs, including 55-, 65- and 85-inch Ultra HD TVs

W900A: TRILUMINOS, NFC, acronyms aplentyNone
 

The W900A series is the company's top 1080p Full HD screen, with both 55-inch and 47-inch screen sizes available for $3,999 and $2,999 respectively. Two interesting points here — Sony isn't pushing larger screen sizes in non-Ultra HD any more, and its prices are significantly lower than Samsung and LG's top models. This is a gradual turn-around we've been tracking for a couple of years now, but if the W900A proves to be of good quality it'll actually be one of the better value premium TVs on the market.

The W900A's selling point is the same TRILUMINOS tech that appears in the X9004A Ultra HDs. An allegedly far better backlight than the white edge LEDs (local dimming or no) that we've been seeing in the last couple of years means that the W900A is actually a significant technical leap for LED TVs — something we haven't seen in a while.

The W900A will also be the top model to feature near-field communication (NFC) chips built into the TV's remote control. If you've got a NFC-compatible mobile phone — obviously Sony would rather it be the Xperia Z —you simply tap the phone against the remote in an appropriate situation, whether you're sharing a photo or video or mirroring the phone's screen to the TV. It's a minor feature but one that should cut down on the currently-imperfect process of sharing content from small to big screens.

From the W900A down, Sony offers smaller and larger screen sizes, gradually dropping in features as prices fall. All screens have Wi-Fi (apart from the R450A/R400A), and everything but the cheapest range has 3D.

W800A: Step-down, cut-price
 
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The W800A loses the red-green-blue TRILUMINOS LED tech from the W900A, but retains NFC on everything but the smallest screen size. 3D TV support is standard, with four sets of glasses bundled. You'll be able to buy the W800A in 55-, 47- and 42-inch screen sizes, for $2,599, $1,999, and $1,349 respectively.

W700A/W670A: Less accessories
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The W700A is an anomaly in Sony's 2013 screen line-up. A single $1,599 50-inch BRAVIA, it's bundled with the NFC remote control that's optional on the two W670A screens. No 3D glasses are bundled in any of the W670A or W700A, although 3D support is built-in. The W670A is available in 42- and 32-inch screen sizes, for $1,049 and $749.

R550A: Big screens, small prices
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The made-for-the-mainstream R550A line-up from Sony comprises three display sizes— a 70-, a 60- and a 50-inch LED TV are all offered. This is the only series of Sony TV that's available in bigger than 55-inch without being an Ultra HD screen. Prices are $4,999, $2,999, and $1,999 respectively. Buy an R550A and you'll get four pairs of 3D glasses included, although no NFC support is available even with the optional remote.

 

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