The Sony X90L Ultra HD 4K series has five references, including the largest diagonal proposed by the brand in 2023, the Sony XR-55X90L (65'', 140 cm), Sony XR-65X90L (65'', 165 cm ), Sony XR-75X90L (75'', 191 cm), Sony XR-85X90L (65'', 216 cm) and Sony XR-98X90L (98'', 249 cm, pictured below).
Sony X90L TV, Ful LED Local Dimming backlight system
In short, the X90L TVs take advantage of the essential specifications of the X95L TVs, modulo a few major differences. The Mini LED backlighting system is replaced by a Full LED Local Dimming model (the XR Backlight Master Drive process is therefore no longer appropriate), and we note the absence of the X-Anti Reflection coating and the X-Wide function Angle. Good news, the light peak is announced as a significant increase compared to the X90K models of last year, +30%, the same for the number of zones is clearly increasing, up to +60% depending on the diagonals. And it's true that the demos at the 2023 TV Lineup Day in London last week revealed a clear advantage of the X90L vs X90K in terms of black density and Blooming management.
XR Cognitive Processor 2023, XR Clear Image
For the rest, Sony X90L televisions benefit from the XR Cognitive Processor 2023 chip and the new XR Clear image feature (see our news Sony XR Processor 2023: new XR Clear Image feature to find out more), combined with a 100 hertz native 10-bit LCD panel. Of course, the developments offered by the XR Cognitive Processor Phase 2 vintage 2022 chip are always in order, namely an excellent display of colors with a multitude of new shades thanks to an adjustment not only of luminance but also of saturation. The relief of the images is also improved through finer management of the objects present in the foreground which concentrate most of the video processing (accuracy, color, etc.) unlike those in the background managed with a subtle bokeh effect again very sophisticated for greater overall realism and similar to human vision.
Sony X90L: XR Motion Clarity, XR Upscaling 4K and XR Contrast Booster 10
The capabilities offered by the XR Cognitive Processor 2023 vintage have enabled Japanese engineers to refine the XR Upscaling 4K technology. This new algorithm, associated with a third image database dedicated to textures, detects and analyzes each object composing an image. These are individually optimized to display a sharper texture, greater depth with the aim of increased naturalness and reality. Of course, the XR Smoothing process to greatly reduce (or even eliminate) the posterization phenomenon is still on the menu. Sony X90L TVs also incorporate XR Motion Clarity motion compensation and the exclusive XR Triluminos Pro feature delivers even richer and more accurate colors, all within an extended color space.
Finally, we note the XR Contrast Booster 10 function for superior quality images with extreme brightness in the areas of brightness and blacks of abysmal depth. Of course, Sony X90L TVs are compatible with HDR10, HDR HLG and HDR Dolby Vision.
Sony X90L: Smart Google TV
We find on the Sony 2023 Smart TVs the Google TV operating system which gives pride of place to content. Like Android TV, Google TV consolidates and organizes all your apps and streaming subscriptions in one place. But, while with Android TV, the applications are at the top of the menus, here it is the content that takes precedence, displayed next to each other by theme. More than 6,500 applications are concerned, including Disney+, Netflix, Canal+, France TV or YouTube and more than 700,000 films and episodes of series. And no more juggling from one service to another to find what you want to watch: the hundreds of thousands of films and series are organized and searchable by genre, whatever their origin.
Precisely, the XR Cognitive Processor 2023 is of course also used for the Smart TV functionality, for improved ergonomics via almost immediate fluidity and responsiveness. Finally, Sony X90L TVs immediately integrate the Google Assistant function via Chromecast certification (integrated) and a double microphone, one on the remote control and the other on the TV. It will then be possible to exchange vocally directly with the screen without using the remote control. Works with Alexa certification (need for an Amazon Echo type connected speaker) is also included, as well as for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
Sony X95L: Bravia Core OTT service
Like all Sony Bravia XR televisions, the Sony X90L offers the exclusive Bravia Core (for Center of Real Entertainment) streaming platform. This one, mainly animated by Sony Pictures productions, offers for the purchase of a TV Bravia XR Sony A95L, A80L, X95L or X90L the possibility of watching a selection of 10 films from the studio's greatest films free of charge for 24 months. Hollywood and the largest collection of feature films bearing the Imax Enhanced label, to choose from a catalog that is regularly enriched. Precision, the purchase of a Sony X85L, X80L, X75WL TV also allows you to take advantage of the Bravia Core service but for 12 months for a selection of 5 films. For example, in 2023, the Bravia Core film library should be enriched with feature films The Son, Equalizer 3, Gran Turismo, Insidious Chapter 5, Living, The Pope's Exorcist, Kravan The Hunter, Missing... And this, with extreme quality, i.e. a speed of up to 80 Mbps for consumers with an adequate subscription.
Sony X90L: Acoustic Multi Audio and Haas effect
The 2.0 sound section of the Sony X90L series is still called Multi Surface Audio. Support for Dolby Atmos remains of course. The same goes for the Acoustic Center Sync function. The latter offers to leave the TV sound system active if (exclusively) a Sony soundbar is connected to widen the sound stage.
Also note an extensive sound interaction within the framework of a combination of a Sony television equipped with the XR Cognitive Processor 2023 chip, either from the Sony X95L, X90L, A95L or A80L series, and a bar its Sony HT-A7000, HT-A5000, HT-A3000 or the Sony HT-A9 speaker pack. In this configuration, the use of the Hass effect (also known as the precedence effect) is required to slightly enhance the soundstage and give the viewer the impression that the sound is coming from the center of the screen. .
Sony X90L: Perfect for PlayStation 5 and Game Menu
Perfect for PlayStation 5 certification with its two features Auto HDR Tone Mapping and Auto Genre Picture Mode is also on the program. As a reminder, Sony X90L Bravia XR TVs automatically switch to Game or Standard mode depending on the nature of the signal sent by the PS5 console.
But the big novelty of Sony 2023 TVs concerns the presence of a Game Menu allowing very simple and quick access to game settings: VRR, motion blur reduction (Motion Blur), Black Equalizer function (for clear areas of the image and flush out an enemy or a bonus) or even the tiller of the displayed image (to reduce it on the screen).
Too bad, support for HDR Dolby Vision Gaming is up to 120 Hz and Multiview mode to display two images side by side on the screen to, for example, play a PS5 title and watch a tutorial on YouTube , are the prerogative of the only A95L televisions. None of this on the X90L.
Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode and Bravia Core Calibrated Mode functions
Among the other advantages of Sony X90L TVs, in addition to Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode certifications (to enjoy series, documentaries, films, etc. on your TV with the same quality as that of Netflix post-production studios regardless of the environment, dark or bright) and Imax Enhanced, we find in 2023 the Bravia Core Calibrated Mode. The TV adapts its settings perfectly to those of Bravia Core content for maximum picture quality.
Otherwise, still in terms of features, the Calman Ready function (for fine calibration of the TV with the tools of the same name), and Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth compatibility are still part of the panoply of Sony X90L TVs. Namely, Sony X90L TVs still have only two HDMI 2.1 inputs with management of VRR, ALLM, eARC and 4K/120 functions via a bandwidth of 48 gigabits. There are also two other HDMI 2.0 connectors (18 Gbps bandwidth).
Last precision, Sony X90L TVs can adopt four different positions: no stand if the TV is fixed to the wall, placed on a double stand whose supports are located at both ends of the screen, placed on a double stand whose raised supports are located at both ends of the screen to accommodate a sound bar or placed on a double central foot to place the TV on a reduced-width piece of furniture.
Availability announced for the month of May. Indicative prices still unknown.
Reminder of the key characteristics of Sony X90L TVs:
• 10-bit panel
• LCD panel
• Ultra HD/4K panel
• 120 Hz panel
• Processor: XR Cognitive Processor 2023
• Wide Color Gamut function
• UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function
• Screen Mirroring function
• Acoustic Multi-Audio function
• Acoustic Multi-Audio function
• CalMan Ready function
• Ambient Optimization function
• XR Motion Clarity function
• XR Upscaling 4K function
• XR Contrast Booster function 10
• XR Smoothing function
• Calman Ready function
• Acoustic Center Sync function
• 3D Surround Upscaling function
• Bravia Core function
• XR Triluminos function Pro
• XR Clear Image function
• HDR10 and HDR HLG compatibility
• Bluetooth compatibility
• Chromecast, Google Home, Google Assistant compatibility
• NTFS compatibility (via USB )
• Miracast compatibility
• HDR Dolby Vision compatibility
• Compatibility Wi-Fi ac
• HEVC compatibility
• NFC compatibility
• Dolby Atmos compatibility
• DTS compatibility
• HDCP 2.3 compatibility
• Imax Enhanced certification
• Netflix Calibrated Mode certification
• Bravia Core Calibrated Mode certification
• Inputs: 2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0
• AirPlay 2 multimedia
• HomeKit multimedia
• Multimedia Works with Alexa
• Multimedia Works with Google Assistant
• Multimedia Google TV
• Multimedia Ok Google
• Full LED Local Dimming backlight system
• DVB-T2 tuner
• DVB-C tuner
• DVB-S2 tuner
• Sound section: 2.0