Sony A8f 4k details
The Sony A8f 4k excellent TV into something more people can make work in their home, and bringing a sense of normality to its OLED 4K TV range. Is the Sony A8F everything you need in a 4K TV?
Simple designs are something Sony has been rather obsessed with for some time, and it’s one that continues in this TV. We recall the days of Sony’s “monolith” design, and the latest sets really feel like that idea of “just the TV” are still very much a part of Sony’s aesthetic ethos.
That was certainly the case in last year’s A1, though it had a massive stand to contend with, and it’s one that didn’t fit all entertainment units.
This year, the A8F corrects that, with an OLED screen that can sit on pretty much every home entertainment unit because the stand is, well, normal.
Sony A8F OLED 4K TV
It’s a stand as you know it, with a flat base that connects to the Sony A8F at the back, and holds the TV up just a little, enough so that you could get cables underneath, though the truth is told, there’s not much room there.
For the most part, this design is focused on the screen, and what a screen it is, with a mostly bezel-free design that gets close to bleeding the picture on either side, with the smallest of frames on offer.
There are some very nice touches, too, such as the lack of a Sony name. It’s there, located on the bottom right corner, but it’s the only time Sony’s name is plastered on this thin TV, which is otherwise minimalist in every sense of the word.
On the reverse side, there’s not a lot, either, with the ports amidst a plastic back, holding in much of the technology we’ve seen on 2017’s A1, but in a slightly different configuration.
Those features are shared because the A1 proved to be such a success, so why not push them through to another TV?
That’s the general idea with the A8F, which doesn’t technically replace its A1 sibling, but rather provides another notch in Sony’s OLED rollout. In fact, as of early August, it now plays second to the A9F, the true follow-up to the A1, which continues the same design and upgrades the tech inside.
And that essentially means you can consider the A8F like a slightly tighter version of the A1, as Sony pulls back on last year’s model and shifts strategy.
Last year’s A1 already came packing with the features, and you’ll find much the same here, with an LG-supplied OLED panel connecting with the features that help make it a Sony TV. Those features include Sony’s X-Reality Pro-tech for improving the picture clarity, X1 Extreme for bringing out the High-Dynamic Range (HDR), enhancement of colors through both Triluminos and Live Colour tech, and several other bits and pieces that aim to improve color and clarity from the original source.
Sony A8f 4k Display
Borrowing more or less the same panel from last year’s excellent A1 TV, the A8 gets by with the same great color and clarity because the tech is more or less the same.
That means you’ll be treated to an OLED panel that oozes picture quality, with a solid amount of brightness and sharpness that just works.
Granted, the tech on offer isn’t as bright as some of the LED-backlit screens we’ve seen, but the image quality is spot on what we’d expect, and pretty much packs what made the A1 excellent into a smaller design, complete with really lovely colors and clear shadows.
Yes, it’s a modern OLED display at its finest, and one that is a joy and treats to set your eyes upon.
The downside here is that the remote can feel like the weak link, but the upside is that you don’t need to relearn anything: simply grab the remote, point, and control. It’s about as easy to use as your first TV, even if there are more menus to get through.
As is typical with Android TVs, there are two menu systems: one for the Android TV smart interface, and another for the TV itself.
DesignFeaturesPerformanceEase of use-value
The stand is fairly normal, and that’s a good thing
The sound system is excellent
Can be controlled via the Android app
Android TV performance can sometimes lag
Remote still isn’t great
No iOS app
Leigh 🙂 Stark
A technology journalist working out of Sydney, Australia, Leigh has written for publications including The Australian Financial Review, GadgetGuy, Popular Science, APC, PC & Tech Authority, as well as for radio and TV since 2007.
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