With as fast as technology has evolved over the last decade, nobody’s going to judge if you’re not up to speed on the coolest new TVs at Best Buy. They will, however, make cutting jokes if you’re still watching the big game on a giant tube television ⏤ or worse, you refer to it as the ‘boob tube’ trying to be funny. Don’t let them mock you. If it’s time to upgrade your family’s TV, you might want to go all-in on this ridiculously thin new Sony.
The company’s first foray into OLED screens (it’s been mostly LG to date), the XBR-A1E Bravia reportedly boasts 8 million self-illuminating pixels, lifelike color, exquisite contrast, 4K High Dynamic Range, wide viewing angles, object remastering, and all that other tech jazz for “Daaaaamn, Daniel Tiger looks insane on that TV, bro.” Not only does the screen look good, but it apparently sounds great too. Sony ditched the speakers in favor of what they call “Acoustic Surface sound technology,” which means “the sound emanates directly from the screen itself.” Honestly, it’s almost like you just crawled out of a fallout shelter. Even crazier, they’ve somehow managed to shrink the electronics down like Rick Moranis, so it all fits in the kickstand attached on the back.
Finally, the Bravia runs Android TV so you don’t have to plug in a laptop to watch Kimmy Schmidt, and it will be available in 55, 65, and 75-inch models. “Will” being the operative word; unfortunately, it just dropped at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show and Sony neglected to offer either a price or release date. That said, you can keep tabs on it via their website, assuming you can get your modem to connect with that AOL CD you just got in the mail.