Review – Sony Bravia AF8 OLED Ultra HD 4K Smart TV

The Sony Bravia AF8 OLED Ultra HD 4K Smart TV is now available on the market. It is said to be Sony’s most affordable OLED TV. Despite being the latest offering from the brand, it is still inferior to the brands’ flagship OLED TV, the Sony Bravia A1 OLED Ultra HD 4K TV. The Sony A1 OLED pricing on Amazon[/amsl] alone says it all.

The Sony Bravia AF8 OLED features all the best picture enhancing techniques and technology of Sony such as — TRILUMINOS Display, 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, and their Object-Based HDR Mapping. However, it seems that despite being the latest offering, the picture quality of the Sony AF8 is not on par or less inferior than the brands 1-year-old OLED TV, the Sony A1.

Is the Sony AF8 worth it if the price difference compared to the flagship model? Let’s find out.

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Comparison:

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Sony BRAVIA KD55XH81 - 55-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD43XH81 - 43-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD49XH81 - 49-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD65XH81 - 65-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
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Sony BRAVIA KD55XH81 - 55-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD43XH81 - 43-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD49XH81 - 49-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Sony BRAVIA KD65XH81 - 65-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Resolution
4K
4K
4K
4K
Connectivity technology
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Screen size
55 Inches
43 Inches
49 Inches
65 Inches
Supported Internet Apps
YouTube
YouTube
YouTube
YouTube
Price
£679.00
£555.00
£578.00
£848.00
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Sony BRAVIA KD55XH81 - 55-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Title
Sony BRAVIA KD55XH81 - 55-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Resolution
4K
Connectivity technology
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Screen size
55 Inches
Supported Internet Apps
YouTube
Price
£679.00
Preview
Sony BRAVIA KD43XH81 - 43-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Title
Sony BRAVIA KD43XH81 - 43-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Resolution
4K
Connectivity technology
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Screen size
43 Inches
Supported Internet Apps
YouTube
Price
£555.00
Preview
Sony BRAVIA KD49XH81 - 49-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Title
Sony BRAVIA KD49XH81 - 49-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Resolution
4K
Connectivity technology
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Screen size
49 Inches
Supported Internet Apps
YouTube
Price
£578.00
Preview
Sony BRAVIA KD65XH81 - 65-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Title
Sony BRAVIA KD65XH81 - 65-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
Resolution
4K
Connectivity technology
Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Screen size
65 Inches
Supported Internet Apps
YouTube
Price
£848.00

Sony Bravia AF8 OLED Ultra HD 4K Smart TV

Sony Bravia AF8 OLED A8F Ultra HD 4K HDR10 Plus Smart TV 2018 KD

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Sony BRAVIA KD55XH81 - 55-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
  • More colour, contrast and clarity: Our powerful X1 processor uses advanced algorithms to cut noise and enhance the picture whilst our 4K X-Reality Pro uses a unique database to upscale images even closer to 4K resolution**quality of upscaled picture will vary depending on the input source
  • Vivid, real world colour: By widening the colour spectrum, our TRILUMINOS Display reproduces more colours than a conventional television
  • With Dolby Vision, the KD-55XH81 provides a cinematic experience with stunning colours and excellent contrast. While Dolby Audio provides an immersive audio experience.
  • Voice Remote and Google Assistant: Talk to the remote to find films and TV series, switch apps, have your questions answered, or even control other smart home devices, such as your smart lights; connect your Alexa-enabled devices to the KD55XH81 TV to control the volume and more using just your voice; access streaming services in an instant, including Netflix, Prime Video and Google Play Movies, or catch-up when it suits you best with On-Demand TV; display content from your smartphone, tablet and other devices with Chromecast built-in (Android or iOS) or Apple AirPlay (iOS).*Google, Android, Android TV and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. Use of this TV requires consent to Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.Applications availability varies by country, language and device. Feature availability depends on country and availability of compatible products. Also may require software update. Third party services and content may be subject to terms & conditions and payment and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time *2 AirPlay and HomeKit are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Beautifully designed: With its narrow bezel, a premium metal blade stand and the new premium aluminium remote, this flat screen 65 inch TV is luxurious and looks refined in any environment


Model & Pricing

  • 55 in (139 cm): Sony KD-55A8F (XBR55A8F)
  • 65 in (164 cm): Sony KD-65A8F (XBR65A8F)

Design

Sony Bravia AF8 OLED A8F Ultra HD 4K HDR10 Plus Smart TV 2018

In terms of design, the Sony Bravia AF8 OLED exhibits a simplistic and minimalistic design. Like the Sony A1, this TV features a speakerless front display design and almost a bezeless frame design. All of its built-in speakers are strategically placed at the back panel.

Sony Bravia AF8 OLED A8F Ultra HD 4K HDR10 Plus Smart TV 2018 Back

Further details will be discussed about the speakers at the “Audio” section of this review. Now looking at the back panel, it features all the standard input/output ports with 3x USB ports and 4x HDMI 2.0 ports. This TV also sports a cable organizer.

Sony Bravia AF8 oled

This TV can also be wall mounted easily if you so do ever prefer it to. With a thickness of 5.5cm, this TV vibrantly gives off a premium feel and elegant looks no matter where you place it too.

Sony Bravia AF8 OLED A8F Ultra HD 4K HDR10 Plus Smart TV 2018 Back Wallmounted

Lastly, the most noticeable design of this TV is its stand. The first OLED of Sony was designed rather mischievous. With a slant style design that slants the display when viewed. With the AF8, Sony equipped it with a very thin stand.

Sony BRAVIA KD43XH81 - 43-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Smart TV (Android TV) - with Voice Remote - (Black, 2020 model)
  • More colour, contrast and clarity: Our powerful X1 processor uses advanced algorithms to cut noise and enhance the picture whilst our 4K X-Reality Pro uses a unique database to upscale images even closer to 4K resolution**quality of upscaled picture will vary depending on the input source
  • Vivid, real world colour: By widening the colour spectrum, our TRILUMINOS Display reproduces more colours than a conventional television
  • With Dolby Vision, the KD-43XH81 provides a cinematic experience with stunning colours and excellent contrast. While Dolby Audio provides an immersive audio experience.
  • Voice Remote and Google Assistant: Talk to the remote to find films and TV series, switch apps, have your questions answered, or even control other smart home devices, such as your smart lights; connect your Alexa-enabled devices to the KD43XH81 TV to control the volume and more using just your voice; access streaming services in an instant, including Netflix, Prime Video and Google Play Movies, or catch-up when it suits you best with On-Demand TV; display content from your smartphone, tablet and other devices with Chromecast built-in (Android or iOS) or Apple AirPlay (iOS).*Google, Android, Android TV and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. Use of this TV requires consent to Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.Applications availability varies by country, language and device. Feature availability depends on country and availability of compatible products. Also may require software update. Third party services and content may be subject to terms & conditions and payment and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time *2 AirPlay and HomeKit are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Beautifully designed: With its narrow bezel, a premium metal blade stand and the new premium aluminium remote, this flat screen 65 inch TV is luxurious and looks refined in any environment