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Sony's 4K TVs get priced

Sony has announced the official price and availability for its new XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs. The line includes the XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A, which have screen sizes of 55-inches and 65-inches respectively. While some other manufacturers have offered ultra HD television sets at prices ranging all the way up to $20,000 or more, Sony is actually offering “reasonable” prices, at least comparatively.

The 55-inch TV will sell for $4,995 with the 65-inch version going for $6,999. Both TVs will be available for pre-order on April 21, but the final shipping date is unannounced. Along with pricing and launch information for the TVs Sony is also unveiled its 4K Media Player called the FMP-X1. This device will deliver movies and video shorts in 4K resolution for $699. The media player will be available later this summer.


55" XBR-55X900A
 
The media streamer itself will come bundled with 10 feature-length films and users will be given access to a fee-based distribution service offering a library of titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios. The films that are included with the purchase include Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

FMP-X1 4K Media Player

Sources: Sony [1], [2]



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RE: They are selling these at useless sizes
By quiksilvr on 4/8/2013 10:00:18 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. It's just like having 1080p 32" TVs when you are sitting over six feet away. You can't tell between 720p and 1080p at that distance and are just wasting money and electricity for pixels that don't even benefit you.


By FITCamaro on 4/8/2013 10:02:05 AM , Rating: 2
Heh. Beat me.


RE: They are selling these at useless sizes
By lagomorpha on 4/8/2013 10:05:13 AM , Rating: 2
Do more smaller pixels actually draw more electricity than fewer larger pixels?


By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 10:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
Having to turn more pixels on/off will slightly increase power. Also, having a tighter grid will require a brighter backlight (LED) to provide the same number of nits since less light gets through. It will be an increase, but not that big.

HOWVEVER, playing games at a higher resolution will require a MUCH more powerful (and power hungry) GPU.


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