Sony X85J vs X80J : Why Sony X85J is a Better Choice?

Sony X85J and X80J are both introduced as more affordable 4K HDR LED TV series from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup. Sony X85J comes with 6 screen size options : 85-Inch (KD-85X85J), 75-Inch (KD-75X85J), 65-Inch (KD-65X85J), 55-Inch (KD-55X85J), 50-Inch (KD-50X85J) and 43-Inch (KD-43X85J) while Sony X80J comes with 5 screen size options : 75-Inch (KD-75X80J & KD-75X80CJ), 65-Inch (KD-65X80J & KD-65X80CJ), 55-Inch (KD-55X80J & KD-55X80CJ), 50-Inch (KD-50X80J) and 43-Inch (KD-43X80J). From their model number, we can easily notice that Sony X85J is the one that positioned higher than Sony X80J. Why Sony X85J is a better choice? To answer that question, let’s talk about the differences of Sony X85J and X80J in this article.

Sony X85J

Sony X85J
Sony X85J

Sony X85J is 4K LED TV series from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup that positioned between the higher Sony X90J and the lower X80J. Sony X85J comes with 4K X-Reality PRO integrated with its 4K UHD resolution that allows us to enjoy excellent picture clarity not only from original 4K content sources but also from non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality. Triluminos display is already integrated with Sony X85J that allows us to enjoy rich and accurate color details on the screen of this TV. The color quality is also enhanced by Live Color Technology that brings more lively color details. Object-based HDR remaster and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer are two contrast technology integrated with the Frame Dimming of Sony X85J. Object-based HDR Remaster is able to reproduces greater depth and textures while Dynamic Contrast Enhancers can adjust the screen brightness according to the environment. We can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources on the screen of Sony X85J as it already supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. The color, clarity and contrast of Sony X85J are optimized by 4K HDR Processor X1 that integrated as the picture processor of this TV. Sony X85J comes with Motionflow XR 960 that based on 120 Hz native refresh rate as its motion technology. Motionflow XR 960 allows us to enjoy more fluid motion images for our favorite action movies and sports while also allows us to enjoy minimum input lag when we use this TV as our gaming monitor. Sony X85J also comes with HDMI 2.1 that supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) that allows us to enjoy more immersive gaming experience. Sony X85J comes with Android TV (Google TV) as its operating system. Google TV allows us to enjoy wide range of premium entertainment from our favorite content providers while also allows us to run wide collection of smart apps with the access to Play Store. 802.11ac wireless is already attached to Sony X85J to provides fast and stable internet connection. ATSC 3.0 (NextGEN TV) is already integrated with Sony X85J that allows us to enjoy 4K HDR OTA (Over the Air) entertainment on its screen. Voice Remote Control is already included with Sony X85J to help us to control this TV conveniently. We can also use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay/HomeKit to control this TV as they are already compatible. Sony X85J comes with 10 W + 10 W Bass reflex speaker. Although it’s quite basic speaker system, It still can delivers good sound quality with X-Balanced Speaker and Dolby Atmos support. We can also setup additional AV system to enjoy higher quality audio formats as Sony X85J already supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel).

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Sony X80J

Sony X80J
Sony X80J

Sony X80J is the affordable 4K HDR Smart TV from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup that positioned below Sony X85J. It already comes with Triluminos display that brings rich and accurate color details on its screen. Live Color Technology is also integrated with this TV to bring more lively color details. Sony X80J comes with Direct LED that completed with Frame Dimming. Its contrast is enhanced by Object-based HDR remaster and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. Object-based HDR remaster can reproduces greater depth and textures while Dynamic Contrast Enhancer adjust the screen contrast according to the environment. 4K X-Reality Pro is integrated with 4K UHD resolution of Sony X80J. 4K X-Reality Pro allows us to enjoy excellent clarity from both of original 4K content sources as well as non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality. The picture processor of Sony X80J is 4K HDR Processor X1 that can optimizes the color, clarity and contrast of the picture delivered on its screen. HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision are already supported by Sony X80J so that we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources. Motionflow XR 240 that based on 60 Hz native refresh rate is the motion technology of Sony X80J. It’s indeed quite basic motion technology of Sony 4K LED TV but still can delivers smooth motion images for our favorite action movies and sports. Android TV (Google TV) is integrated as the operating system of Sony X80J. It can brings wide range of premium entertainment from our favorite content providers with fast internet connection provided by its attached 802.11ac wireless. Google TV is also connected to Play Store that allows us to run wide collection of smart apps. We can also enjoy 4K HDR OTA (Over the Air) entertainment on the screen of Sony X80J as it already comes with ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV). We can control Sony X80J conveniently with its included Voice Remote Control as well as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit/AirPlay that already supported. We can still enjoy good sound quality from 10 W + 10 W Bass Reflex Speaker of Sony A80J with its X-Balanced Speaker and Dolby Atmos. With eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) support, we can also enjoy higher quality audio from more advanced audio formats by attaching additional AV system.

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Specs & Features Table of Sony X85J and X80J

The key specs and features of Sony X85J and X80J can be found in the specs & features table below. It’s important for us to look at the specs and features of those two TVs before we can talk more about their differences.

Sony X85J Sony X80J
Introduced 2021 2021
Screen Size
  • 85-Inch (KD-85X85J)
  • 75-Inch (KD-75X85J)
  • 65-Inch (KD-65X85J)
  • 55-Inch (KD-55X85J)
  • 50-Inch (KD-50X85J)
  • 43-Inch (KD-43X85J)
  • 75-Inch (KD-75X80J & KD-75X80CJ)
  • 65-Inch (KD-65X80J & KD-65X80CJ)
  • 55-Inch (KD-55X80J & KD-55X80CJ)
  • 50-Inch (KD-50X80J)
  • 43-Inch (KD-43X80J)
Resolution 4K UHD 4K UHD
Display Type LED LED
Backlight Type Direct LED Direct LED
Dimming Technology Frame Dimming Frame Dimming
Clarity Technology 4K X-Reality PRO 4K X-Reality PRO
Contrast Technology
  • Object-based HDR remaster
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
  • Object-based HDR remaster
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Color Technology
  • Triluminos PRO
  • Live Color Technology
  • Triluminos PRO
  • Live Color Technology
HDR Support
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
Motion Technology Motionflow XR 960 (120 Hz native) Motionflow XR 240 (60 Hz native)
Gaming Technology
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
NO
Picture Processor 4K HDR Processor X1 4K HDR Processor X1
Operating System Google TV Google TV
Remote Control Voice Remote Control Voice Remote Control
Control Support
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple Airplay and Homekit
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple Airplay and Homekit
Built-in Wi-fi 802.11ac 802.11ac
ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) YES YES
Sound Technology
  • 10 W + 10 W Output
  • Bass Reflex Speaker
  • X-Balanced Speaker
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 10 W + 10 W Output
  • Bass Reflex Speaker
  • X-Balanced Speaker
  • Dolby Atmos
Audio Return Channel eARC eARC
HDMI 2.1 YES NO
HDMI/USB Inputs 4/2 4/2
Price More Expensive Less Expensive

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What are Their Differences?

Let’s talk more about the differences of Sony X85J and X80J based on their different specs and features that we can find in the table above.

1. Motion Technology

The motion technology of Sony X85J and X80J are different. Sony X85J comes with Motionflow XR 960 that based on 120 Hz native refresh rate while Sony X80J comes with Motionflow XR 240 that based on 60 Hz native refresh rate. Motionflow XR 960 is more advanced motion technology than Motionflow XR 240. Although both of Motionflow XR 960 and Motionflow XR 240 can delivers smooth motion images for our favorite action movies and sports, we can indeed find that Motionflow XR 960 is able to brings better gaming experience than Motionflow XR 240.

2. HDMI 2.1, VRR and ALLM

Sony X85J already comes with HDMI 2.1 that support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) while Sony X80J doesn’t come with HDMI 2.1 as well as VRR and ALLM support. With HDMI 2.1 that supports VRR and ALLM, Sony X85J is able to delivers better gaming experience on its screen.

3. Price

As it’s positioned higher, Sony X85J is usually also offered at the higher price than Sony X80J for similar screen size option. Before we can find the latest price difference of Sony X85J and X80J, we need to check the price of those two TVs since TV prices are changing from time to time.

Why Sony X85J is a Better Choice?

Although they both are positioned as more affordable 4K HDR LED TV from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup, we can find that Sony X85J is the model that positioned higher than Sony X80J. As the model that positioned higher, why Sony X85J is a better choice? From our discussion above, Sony X85J is a better choice since It comes with more advanced motion technology as well as HDMI 2.1 that supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). So if you are looking for more immersive gaming experience while you don’t mind to spend higher, then Sony X85J is the one to choose.

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Sony X80J is basically similar to Sony X85J except that It comes with less advanced motion technology while it also doesn’t come with HDMI 2.1 as well as VRR and ALLM support. With less advanced motion technology and the absent of HDMI 2.1 as well as VRR and ALLM, Sony X80J can’t deliver as immersive as Sony X85J when it comes to gaming experience. But It indeed still can delivers similar picture quality, Smart features and sound experience to Sony X85J. If you have more limited budget while you don’t mind with less immersive gaming experience, then Sony X80J is a good choice for you.

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