Following its announcement at CES in January, Sony’s 2012 flagship BRAVIA LCD TVs have hit stores in the U.S., with other markets set to follow. Coming in 46- and 55-inch screen sizes, the HX850 line offers Dynamic Edge LED backlighting with fully local dimming, and W-Fi internet connectivity and 3D capabilities out of the box.
The new HDTVs feature a bezel-free monolithic design incorporating Gorilla Glass. The sets deliver Full HD 1080p resolution and pack the newest version of Sony’s Motionflow XR 960800 Hz technology to reduce motion blur. There’s also Sony’s X-Reality PRO video processing, which also upscales web pages viewed on the pre-installed Opera browser.
Internet connectivity also provides one-touch access via the BRAVIA home screen to the Sony Entertainment Network and apps, including Netflix, Pandora, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Slacker Internet Radio, and Crackle, just to name a few. Skype also comes pre-installed, but requires the purchase of a camera and mic unit.
Inputs include four HDMI (two side/two rear), one component, two composite, one D-Sub, Ethernet and two side USB ports, with one digital audio and one headphone output.