Sony A8F vs A1E Review (XBR55A8F vs XBR55A1E, XBR65A8F vs XBR65A1E) : What’s the Reason to Choose Sony A8F?

If we talk about OLED 4K HDR TV, We should mention Sony A8F and A1E as two models that we should consider. Sony A8F is introduced by Sony in 2018, while Sony A1E was introduced in 2017. We can consider Sony A8F as the successor of Sony A1E. Sony A8F comes with two screen size options : 65-Inch (XBR55A8F) and 55-Inch (XBR55A8F). While Sony A1E was released in 3 different screen size options : 55-Inch (XBR55A1E), 65-Inch (XBR65A1E) and 77-Inch (XBR77A1E).  What’s the reason to choose the new Sony A8F? To answer that question, it’s a good idea for us to know more about the key differences between Sony A8F and A1E. Let’s talk about that on this article.

Sony A8F Short Introduction

Sony A8F

Sony A8F

Sony A8F is the OLED TV model from Sony’s 2018 TV lineup. Currently we can find two screen size options for Sony A8F, 65-Inch and 55-Inch. With OLED Panel, Sony A8F is able to deliver perfect contrast from each pixels since the pixels are self illuminating. Sony A8F is also completed with 4K HDR Processor X1 that combined with 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine to deliver brilliant picture quality from both original 4K content sources or non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality. We can also find Dual Database Processing in Sony A8F that deliver improved picture quality with its noise reduction database. With OLED panel, We can find that Sony A8F is able to bring wide color spectrum. But the color is also improved with the combination of Triluminos display, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Precision Color Mapping and Live Color Technology that provides rich, natural, lively color details in 4K HDR resolution. With OLED panel that improved with Motionflow XR technology, Sony A8F is able to deliver very low input lag and motion blur so that you can enjoy smooth fast motion images from your favorite action movies and gaming or from your favorite gaming scenes. The Smart TV platform of Sony A8F is Android TV that completed with Voice Remote Control that allow you to control the TV more conveniently and 802.11ac that provides faster internet connection to bring uninterrupted 4K streaming experience.

The key specs and features of Sony A8F can be found on the table below.

Brand Sony
Display Type OLED
Lineup Year 2018
Picture Processor 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
Clarity Technology
  • 4K X-Reality Pro
  • Dual Database Processing
Contrast Technology
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • Object-Based HDR Remaster
Color Technology
  • Triluminos Display
  • Super bit Mapping 4K HDR
  • Precision Color Mapping
  • Live Color Technology
Motion Handling Technology Motionflow XR
Smart TV Platform Android TV
Android Version Android 7.0 Nougat
Remote Control Voice Remote Control
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac
Speaker Type Acoustic Surface
HDMI/USB 4/3
Price & Screen Size Options

55-Inch, XBR65A8F

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65-Inch, XBR65A8F

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Sony A1E Short Introduction

Sony A1E

Sony A1E

Sony A1E is the first OLED TV model introduced by Sony as part of their 2017 TV lineup. It comes with 3 screen size options : 55-Inch, 65-Inch and 77-Inch. With OLED Panel, Sony A1E is able to deliver perfect black as each of its pixels can be completely switched off. Sony A1E is already compatible with HDR10 while it’s also planned to get HLG and Dolby Vision HDR later. The picture engine of Sony A1E is 4K X-Reality Pro that combined with 4K HDR Processor X1 as its picture processor. With the powerful 4K HDR Processor X1, Sony A1E can deliver real time processing to optimize the picture clarity. We can also find brilliant picture from both original 4K content sources or HD contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality with 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine that installed on this TV. While OLED panel is able to deliver wide color spectrum, the color of Sony A1E is also improved with Triluminos display that combined with Super bit Mapping 4K HDR, Precision Color Mapping and Live Color Technology. Triluminos display deliver rich color, Super Bit Mapping creates smoother and more natural pictures, Precision Color Mapping provides accurate color details at any brightness level and Live Color Technology reproduce vivid colors on the TV screen. While OLED panel is able to deliver technically infinite contrast, the OLED panel of A1E is improved with Object-Based HDR Remaster and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. Object-based HDR Remaster optimizes each objects to enhances its colors and contrast. while Dynamic Contrast Enhancer adjusts the contrast setting according to the environment automatically. With OLED panel that enhanced by Motionflow XR, Sony A1E is able to deliver smooth fast motion images from your favorite action movies sports and action gaming scenes since It can deliver very low input lag and Motion blur. The Smart TV platform of Sony A1E is Android TV that completed with Voice Remote control that help you control the TV more conveniently with its Voice Search feature. We can also find 802.11ac wireless installed on Sony A1E that bring faster internet connection to make sure that you can get uninterrupted 4K streaming experience.
The key specs and features of Sony A1E can be found on the table below.

Brand Sony
Display Type OLED
Lineup Year 2017
Picture Processor 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme
Clarity Technology
  • 4K X-Reality Pro
  • Dual Database Processing
Color Technology
  • Triluminos Display
  • Super bit Mapping 4K HDR
  • Precision Color Mapping
  • Live Color Technology
Contrast Technology
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • Object-Based HDR Remaster
Motion Handling Technology Motionflow XR
Smart TV Platform Android TV
Android Version Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Remote Control Voice Remote Control
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac
Speaker Type Acoustic Surface
HDMI/US 4/3
Price & Screen Size Options

55-Inch, XBR55A1E

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65-Inch, XBR65A1E

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77-Inch, XBR77A1E

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What’s the Key Differences between Sony A8F and A1E?

If we look at the specs & features table of Sony A8F and A1E above, we can find that most of specs and features of Sony A8F and A1E are similar. There are indeed small differences on the speaker system, TV stand, HDR Support and Android TV version. While Sony A8F and A1E comes with similar acoustic surface technology, they indeed come with different woofer. Sony A8F comes with dual 60mm woofers, while Sony A1E comes with single 80mm woofer. Dual woofers is relatively able to deliver richer sound quality than single woofer. Sony A8F comes with slate stand, while Sony A1E comes with Kick Stand. The kick stand makes Sony A1E leans slightly backwards while it also takes more space when placed on top of the table. With Kick stand, we can also find that Sony A1E takes more space from the wall when it’s wall mounted.

We can also find the differences on the HDR10 and HLG Support. Sony A8F is natively compatible with Dolby Vision and HLG, while Sony A1E needs firmware update to make it compatible with those two HDR formats. The Android TV version installed on those two TV models is also different. Sony A8F comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, while Sony A1E comes with the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Android 7.0 comes with improvements from the older Android 6.0 so that you can also find few improvements on the Android Platform of Sony A8F than the one of Sony A1E.

The small differences between Sony A8F and A1E can be summarized using the table below

Sony A8F Sony A1E
Woofer Dual 60mm Woofers Single 80mm Woofer
TV Stand Slate Stand Kick Stand
HLG & Dolby Vision Support Native Support Need Future Firmware Update
Android TV Version Android 7.0 Nougat Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Price Commonly Higher Commonly Lower

What’s the Reason to Choose Sony A8F?

In most aspects, we can find that Sony A8F and A1E are similar. So what’s the reason to choose Sony A8F? We should consider to choose Sony A8F as It comes with improvements on the woofer, TV stand and Android Version. Sony A8F comes with dual woofers that can deliver richer sound while It also comes with better slate stand that doesn’t lean backwards. It’s also completed with the newer Android 7.0 Nougat that comes with improvements from the previous Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed on Sony A1E. So if you are interested in those better aspects, then Sony A8F is the one that you should choose.

 Price of Sony A8F

55-Inch (XBR55A8F)

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65-Inch (XBR65A8F)

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Sony A1E is the older model that comes with almost identical specs and features. It can deliver almost identical picture as the newer Sony A8F. As the older model, We can find that it’s commonly offered at the lower price that the newer Sony A8F. So if price is an important decision factor for you, then I’m sure that Sony A1E is the model that you should consider.

 Price of Sony A1E

55-Inch (XBR55A1E)

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65-Inch (XBR65A1E)

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77-Inch (XBR77A1E)

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