The News18 Tech And Auto Awards 2018 saw the crowning of the Sony Bravia A9F OLED TV as the Gadget of the Year. This is perhaps the most cutting-edge technology that you can buy in a television at the moment, and should dictate how a lot of its rivals shape up the challenge over the next few months.
The Sony Master Series Bravia A9F OLED is pretty much what you need for the home theatre. It looks futuristic, connects to smart speakers and works with voice commands and the performance is close to flawless. Sony sells the Master Series Bravia A9F OLED in India in two screen sizes—55-inch and 65-inch. Magic is at work here. The screen is the speaker itself, called the Acoustic Surface. There are actuators placed behind the screen, which vibrate the screen based on the audio frequency input and that in turn produces sound. Sony calls this technology the Acoustic Audio Surface+. There are three audio actuators behind the display which produce the vocals and mid-range frequencies, and there are two subwoofers for handling the lower frequencies, which you may better relate to as bass.
One look at the 55-inch or 65-inch 4K OLED screen, and you know why this technology is here to stay in premium televisions. Even though LG got into the OLED game much ahead of Sony, but paired with Sony’s excellent image processing algorithms and the related hardware, the picture quality on this screen is nothing short of benchmark quality. The inky blacks are the starting point for great colour reproduction, and the accuracy as well as separation is excellent on this Triluminos display—and no colour pops out unnaturally.
The Bravia A9F runs Google’s newest Android TV platform. We really appreciate Sony’s persistence with Android TV as a smart TV platform for many years now, and this remains the slickest option to have. You get all the popular streaming apps on the TV itself, the interface is uncluttered and the entire experience is quite slick to use. Incidentally, the Bravia A9F also works with smart assistants and smart speakers. If you have an Amazon Echo speaker at home, you can simply call out to the Alexa virtual assistant for tasks such as powering on or off the TV, changing channels or sources and controlling volume. If you have a Google Home smart speaker, Google Assistant can be called on by your voice to play YouTube videos on the TV, turn volume down, pause playback and more. You simply don’t have to pick up the TV remote for these tasks anymore—welcome to the futuristic home.
The Tech and Auto Awards are India's first and only Technology and Automotive Awards, brought to you by News18.com. Over the years, technology has changed our lives and most importantly our mobility. Thus, at News18, we see Technology and Automobiles as an extension of one another. After a stupendous first edition we returned with the second edition of the awards, which were bigger and covered even more genres of technology, as we salute the best of Technology and Automotive innovations in 2018.