Sony has brought its innovative OLED A1 series to India. Showcased at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) at Las Vegas earlier this month, the new TV range has received excellent reviews. Sony has highlighted three main features on the new A1 series namely, the One Slate Design, X1 Extreme 4K HDR chipset, and the Acoustic Surface audio technology.

One Slate Design

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One Slate Design
The new range comes with a seamless design and the One Slate concept, as the name suggests, It’s Sony’s unique design approach where no speakers, bezels or the stand are visible on the front. This gives the panel a premium look along with a clean aesthetic.

X1 Extreme Chipset

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X1 Extreme Chipset
Sony has used its own high-end 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor which is said to offer 40 percent more real-time image processing than the older 4K processor X1. It offers overall better picture quality, deep blacks and handles dark and bright scenes like a charm.

Acoustic Surface

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Acoustic Surface
This is what sets the TV apart. Since the whole panel is super slim and has no speakers, bezels or a stand, the audio system has been implemented on the back where four actuators (two on each side) send vibrations through the panel itself to produce sound. There is also a sub-woofer built into the folding stand at the back and one can actually feel the vibrations on the panel.

The new Bravia range is definitely unique when compared to other OLED televisions on the market. The picture quality is immersive, and even though the implementation of the audio technology is impressive, I am a bit unconvinced about it and this will probably need some thorough testing to change my mind.

Other features include Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro engine, Android TV eco-system built on Android 7.0 Nougat, built-in Chromecast, voice search, USB playback support, a host of ports including four HDMI and future ready for Dolby Vision HDR format. The Dolby Vision feature will be available in the future via a firmware update.

Price

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Price
The 55-inch model of the new A1 OLED is priced at Rs 3,64,900 while the 65-inch model will set you back at Rs 4,64,900. Customers who pre-order either of the TVs between 1 to 15 August get a Sony PlayStation 4 free.