Sony XBR-55A8G Review and Specs

Sony XBR-55A8G (USA version)

SCORE:
77

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED Display
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • TRILUMINOS™ Display
  • Perfect Viewing Angle
  • X1™ Extreme Processor

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Sony XBR-55A8G Overview

Sony XBR-55A8G was introduced in 2019. It has a OLED screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 Hz/120 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and IMAX Enhanced. Its powerful X1™ Extreme picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give Sony XBR-55A8G TV 77 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
85
VIDEO FEATURES
74
AUDIO FEATURES
69
OTHER FEATURES
59
CONNECTIVITY
87
FORMAT SUPPORT
51
OVERALL
77

Major Changes from its predecessor

A predecessor of 2019 A8G series is 2018 A8F series. In this section we show major changes from the predecessor.

UPGRADES Sony XBR-55A8G Sony XBR-55A8F
Dolby Atmos Yes No

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the predecessor - model XBR-55A8F. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8F where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of Sony XBR-55A8G.

PROS
High Resolution 👍
High Refresh Rate 👍
Wide Viewing Angle 👍
Color Depth 👍
Contrast Ratio 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
IMAX Enhanced 👍
DSEE 👍
Clear Phase 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS Digital Surround 👍
CONS
No 3D Capability 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👎
No AMD Freesync™ 👎
No NVidia G-Sync 👎
No 4K HFR 👎
No 2K HFR 👎
No VRR 👎
No HGIG Compatibility 👎
No Filmmaker Mode 👎
No TV Center Speaker Mode 👎
No WiSA Ready 👎
No NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0) 👎

Selected Features

OLED Display

Sony XBR-55A8G has an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This is a self-emissive display which can completely turn off individual pixels leading to the ideal black levels and better contrast during HDR compared to any LCD displays. OLED displays also have better viewing angle than IPS panels. However, OLEDs are not able to achieve such high brightness as modern LCD displays.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for Sony XBR-55A8G.

BASICS
BrandSony
CountryUSA
Series 2A8G
ModelXBR-55A8G
Release Year2019
Size55"
Bezel ColorBlack
Smart TVYes
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6" (138.8 cm)
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TypeOLED
ContrastInfinite Contrast
ColorTRILUMINOS™ Display
Viewing AnglePerfect Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage99%
Contrast Ratio
VIDEO
3D CapabilityNo
HDR10Yes
HDR10+No
Dolby VisionYes
Dolby Vision IQNo
HLGYes
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®No
IMAX EnhancedYes
AMD Freesync™No
NVidia G-SyncNo
4K HFRNo
2K HFRNo
VRRNo
HGIG CompatibilityNo
Picture ProcessorX1™ Extreme
Frame Interploation TechniqueMotionflow™ XR
Filmmaker ModeNo
X-Reality™ PROYes 4K
Dual database processingYes
Object-based Super ResolutionNo
Live Color™ Tech0logyYes
Precision Color MappingYes
Super bit mapping™ 4K HDRYes
Contrast EnhancementYes Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Object-based HDR remasterYes
Pixel Contrast BoosterYes
Auto Low Latency ModeNo
AUDIO
Speaker TypeAcoustic Surface Audio+™ (Actuator x2 + Subwoofer x2)
Speaker Power Rating10 W + 10 W + 10 W + 10 W
DSEEYes
Sound ProcessingNo
Clear PhaseYes
Simulated Surround SoundS-Force Front Surround
TV Center Speaker ModeNo
Dolby AtmosYes
Dolby DigitalYes
Dolby Digital PlusYes
Dolby PulseYes
Dolby AC-4Yes
DTS Digital SurroundYes
WiSA ReadyNo
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet InputYes
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi DirectYes
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi ProtocolIEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n
BluetoothYes
Bluetooth Version4.1
Smartphone ConnectivityChromecast built-in
Video & TV SideView (iOS/Android)
ChromecastYes
Google HomeYes
Virtual AssistantYes Google Assistant
Works with AlexaYes
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0b
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes eARC
HDCP Version2.3
HDMI-CECYes BRAVIA Sync
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Ports1
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs1
IF (Satellite) InputsNo
Component InputsNo
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm input
RCA Audio OutputsNo
3.5mm headphone Audio OutputYes
Optical Audio OutputYes
RS-232C RemoteYes
DLNAYes
OTHER
SoCMediaTek MT5891
CPUARM Cortex-A53
CPU Cores4
CPU Frequency1100 MHz
GPUARM Mali-T860 MP2
GPU Cores2
GPU Frequency700 MHz
RAM4 GB
Storage16 GB
Operating SystemAndroid
Internet BrowserVewd
Content BarNo
Voice CommandYes
Light SensorYes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)Yes
Application StoreYes Google Play Store
TeletextNo
Auto Calibration with CalMANNo
Picture-In-PictureNo
Closed Captions(Analog) Closed Caption
(Digital) Closed Caption
PVR FunctionYes
USB HDD RecordingNo
USB Drive Format SupportFAT16 / FAT32 / exFAT / NTFS
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPPNo
AV1No
AVIYes
ASFYes
DivXYes
Flash VideoNo
H.263Yes
H.264Yes
H.265Yes
MKVYes
M2TSYes
MP4Yes
MPEG-4No
QuickTimeYes
RealVideoNo
TSNo
VC-1Yes
VP7No
VP8Yes
VP9No
VOBNo
VRONo
WebMYes
WMVYes
XvidYes
AUDIO FORMATS
AACNo
AC4No
AIFFNo
ALACNo
APENo
aptXNo
eAAC+No
EAC3No
FLACYes
HE-AACNo
LPCMYes
M4AYes
MIDIYes
MP2No
MP3Yes
OGGNo
RealAudioNo
WMAYes
WAVYes
IMAGE FORMATS
BMPNo
GIFYes
JPEGYes
JPSNo
MPOYes
PNGYes
TUNER
Digital TunerYes 1
SAT TunerNo
Analog TunerNTSC-M
NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0)No
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemATSC
Digital Cable TV SystemClear QAM
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC3.58 / NTSC4.43
FM RadioNo
GENERAL
Energy EfficiencyB
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)355 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1.229 x 710 x 51 mm (48 1/2 x 28 x 2 1/8 in)
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1.229 x 730 x 290 mm (48 1/2 x 28 3/4 x 11 1/2 in)
Stand SizeWidth: 657 mm (25 7/8 in)
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1.411 x 836 x 185 mm (55 5/8 x 33 x 7 3/8 in)
One Connect BoxNo
VESA Wall MountYes
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)300 x 300 mm (11 7/8 x 11 7/8")
Weight Without Stand17.6 kg (38.8 lbs)
Weight With Stand19.8 kg / 43.7 lbs
Weight of Package (Gross)27 kg (59.5 lbs)
ACCESSORIES
Optional AccessoriesWallmount Bracket (SU-WL855)Depends on country selection
WARRANTY
Warranty1 Year

Successor

The 2019 A8G series has a successor - 2020 A8H series. Let us now display the major changes that the successor brought.

UPGRADES Sony XBR-55A8H Sony XBR-55A8G
4K HFR Yes No
VRR Yes No

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the successor - model XBR-55A8H. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit Sony XBR-55A8G vs Sony XBR-55A8H where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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