Review – Sony XBR XF85 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Today we are taking a closer look at the Sony XBR X850F, XF85 in the UK. Sony’s mid-range TV offering for the year 2018 and probably their mid-range flagship model. It is the successor of the Sony XBR X850E. Other than the overall changes in its aesthetics and frame design, it also features the brands second most powerful image processing processor, the 4K HDR Processor X1. It also features Super Bit Mapping and object-based HDR. But home much improvement did it really get compared to its predecessor, the X850E? Read on!

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Sony XBR XF85 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Specification

  • Model:
    • US: XBR-X850F
    • UK: XBR-XF85
  • LCD Display Type
  • 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 Resolution
  • Backlight
    • 65″ – Edge LED
    • 75″ – Edge LED
    • 85″ – Direct LED
  • 0.375 mm Pixel Pitch
  • 68 Pixels Per Inch
  • Frame Dimming
  • HDR10 | HLG
  • 4K HDR Processor X1™
  • Live Color™ Technology
  • Super bit mapping™
  • 4K HDR TRILUMINOS™ Display
  • Motionflow™ XR 960 (native 120 Hz)
  • 10Bits Panel Depth
  • Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • MediaTek MT5891 SoC
  • ARM Cortex-A53 Processor (4 Cores, 1.1GHz)
  • ARM Mali-T860 MP2 GPU (2 Cores, 700MHz)
  • 2GB RAM | 16GB ROM
  • Android 8.0 Ore0 Operating System
  • 20W 2 CH Down Direct Bass Reflex Built-In Speakers
  • 2x USB 2.0 | 1x USB3.0 | 4x HDMI 2.0 ARC CEC

Pros

  • Excellent picture quality.
  • Minimalistic but elegant design.
  • Decent HDR performance.

Cons

  • Doesn’t feature the Sony Extreme processor.
  • Mediocre audio loudness.
  • No HDMI 2.1.

Closer Look

The Sony XBR X850F, XF85 in the UK, is the Japanese brands’ flagship in their mid-range offering. It is their latest 4K UHD Smart TV model for the year 2018. It is also the successor of the Sony Bravia X850E which is the brands offering for the year 2017.

Comparison: Main Difference Between Sony XBR X850F vs X850E

X850FX850E
Display Area94.69%93.98%
Width4.7572 ft4.7703 ft
Height2.7428 ft2.7559 ft
Depth0.1706 ft0.1444 ft
Weight26.5 kg22.1 kg
VESA300 x 300 mm400 x 300 mm
OSAndroid 8.0Android 7.0
SpeakersDown Firingx
Dynamic Backlight ControlYesNo
Object-Based HDR RemasterYesNo
PVRNoYes
Super Bit Mapping 4K HDRYesNo
Stand2 FeetCenter Stand

Design

The Sony XBR X850F features a new overall design. The first noticeable changes compared to its predecessor is the new design of its stand.

With the Sony X850E that uses a centre stand, the X850F features a two feet stand that’s tilted at an angle. These stands are designed in a way to fit the all-new Sony Soundbar 2.1ch Dolby Atmos®/DTS:X™ HT-X9000F. This soundbar is actually designed to be a perfect pair with the Sony BRAVIA X900F.

Furthermore, the stand now features a cable management option. You can use the back of the stand to hide cables and hold them in place with an included cable holder.