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Sony Announces 4K TV and Other Products

An action cam, tablet and compact camera also debuted

August 29, 2012 By Jeff O'Heir
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Sony today announced the launch of four new products, including an 84-inch 4K TV, the Action Cam camcorder, the NEX-5R mirrorless camera and the latest version of the Xperia tablet.

The XBR-84X900 LCD is Sony's first 4K (3840 x 2160) TV and will be showcased at about 10 Sony Stores starting Sept. 6 with distribution through those stores as well as select retailers and custom installers sometime in December. Price has not been set.

The Full HD set features passive 3D, the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine, and a 10 unit speaker system for 5.1 surround sound. The side speakers are detachable to allow users to connect to an existing home theater system. The Internet-connected set also provides full network connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi.

Sony's entry into the adventure camcorder market, the Action Cam (HDR-AS10), films in Full HD and weighs in at 3 ounces, with the rechargeable battery. It ships with adhesive mounts and a ruggedized waterproof that features a universal tripod mount. The AS10 has an MSRP of $199, while the AS15, a Wi-Fi version, is priced at $269. Both ship late September and include Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization and an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens.

 The camera also features expandable memory with a Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC card slot, a built-in stereo microphone, and an HDMI output. A full suite of mounting accessories are available.

Hoping to close the features gap between heavier DSLRs and lighter-weight mirrorless cameras, Sony's NEX-5R compact system camera features Wi-Fi, a 16.1 megapixel Exmore APS HD CMOS sensor, which the company says is identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLRs, and a BIONZ processor for detailed still images and Full HD videos in a variety of lighting conditions.  It also has Sony's "Fast Hybrid AF" autofocus technology and a flip LCD touch-screen. The camera kit includes an 18-55mm zoom lens and ships the second week of October at an MSRP of $749. The body has an MSRP of $649 and ships during the third week of that month. A suite of sharing and editing apps, as well as firmware updates, will also be available.

The latest generation of Sony's Xperia tablet launches with Android 4.0, has a thinner and lighter aluminum body than previous versions, runs an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a full-sized SD card slot, HDMI connectivity with optional HDMI adapter cable, and built-in Wi-Fi. It also features universal remote capabilities with compatibility for other brands of electronics. A new app, Watch Now, is also designed to enrich the TV experience by providing an interactive program guide based on  personal preference and real-time trends from users' social media feeds.


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