Sony X90J vs X85J Similarities & Differences

Sony X90J and X85J are two 4K LED TV series introduced by Sony as part of their 2021 TV lineup. Sony X90J comes with 4 screen size options : 75-Inch (XR-75X90J), 65-Inch (XR-65X90J), 55-Inch (XR-55X90J) and 50-Inch (XR-50X90J) while 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). We can easily notice that Sony X90J is positioned higher than Sony X85J. Should you choose Sony X90J? Let’s find out the similarities and differences of Sony X90J and X85J so that we can decide whether Sony X90J is the higher series that should be chosen.

Similarities of Sony X90J and X85J

Sony X90J

Sony X90J

Sony X90J and X85J are both introduced as 4K LED TV series from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup so that we can easily guess that there are several similarities between them.

1. 4K UHD Resolution with Upscaling Technology

Both of Sony X90J and X85J come with 4K UHD resolution. We can also find that they both come with upscaling technology although their upscaling technology are slightly different. Upscaling technology allows us to enjoy excellent clarity not only from original 4K content sources but also from non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality.

2. Triluminos Display with Live Color Technology and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer

We can find that both of Sony X90J and X85J already come with Triluminos display although they are different in version. Triluminos display allows us to enjoy rich and accurate color details on the screen of Sony X90J and X85J. We can also find that Live Color Technology is also integrated with both Sony X90J and X85J to bring more lively color details on the screen of those two TVs. Dynamic Contrast Enhancer also can be found in the screen of Sony X90J and X85J that can adjust the screen brightness according to the environment.

3. HDR Support

Both of Sony X90J and X85J already support HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. With HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision support, we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources on the screen of both Sony X90J and X85J.

4. Refresh Rate and Gaming Technology

120Hz native refresh rate is already integrated with the screen of Sony X90J and X85J. 120Hz native refresh rate allows us to enjoy fluid motion images from our favorite action movies and sports. It also allows us to enjoy non lagging gaming experience when we use those two TVs as our gaming monitor. Sony X90J and X85J also comes with HDMI 2.1 that support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) to bring more immersive gaming experience on the screen of those two TVs.

5. Operating System and Remote Control

Android TV (Google TV) is integrated as the Operating System of Sony X90J and X85J. It allows us to enjoy wide range of premium entertainment from our favorite content providers with fast internet connection provided by 802.11ac wireless. It’s also connected with Play Store that allows us to run wide collection of smart apps on the screen of those two TVs. The remote control that included with Sony X90J and X85J are also similar. They both come with Voice Remote Control while also support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Bixby to control those conveniently.  We can also find that ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) is already integrated with Sony X90J and X85J to deliver 4K HDR OTA (Over the Air) entertainment on the screen of those two TVs.

6. Sound Technology

Both of Sony X90J and X85J come with similar 10 W + 10 W speaker power output. They are also completed with X-Balanced Speaker while support Dolby Atmos. Although 10 W + 10 W power output is quite basic, we can still enjoy good sound quality with X-Balanced Speaker and Dolby Atmos support. We can also find that both of Sony X90J and X85J already support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) that allows us to setup more advanced AV system to enjoy higher quality audio formats.

The similarities of Sony X90J and X85J can be summarized with the table below

Sony X90J Sony X85J
Introduced 2021 2021
Brand Sony Sony
Resolution 4K UHD 4K UHD
Display Technology LED LED
Color Technology Live Color Technology Live Color Technology
Contrast Technology Dynamic Contrast Enhancer Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
HDR Support
  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision
  • HLG
  • HDR10
  • Dolby Vision
  • HLG
Refresh Rate 120Hz 120Hz
Gaming Technology
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Operating System Android TV (Google TV) Android TV (Google TV)
Remote Control Voice Remote Voice Remote
Control Support
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple AirPlay / Apple HomeKit
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple AirPlay / Apple HomeKit
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac 802.11ac
ATSC 3.0(NEXTGEN TV) YES YES
Sound Technology
  • 10 W + 10 W
  • X-Balanced Speaker
  • Dolby Atmos
  • eARC
  • 10 W + 10 W
  • X-Balanced Speaker
  • Dolby Atmos
  • eARC
HDMI/USB 4/2 4/2

Differences of Sony X90J and X85J

Sony X85J

Sony X85J

While there are several similarities between Sony X90J and X85J, we can find that there are a number of differences between those two TV series. Let’s talk more about their differences together.

1. Backlight and Dimming Technology

The backlight and dimming technology of Sony X90J and X85J are different. Sony X90J comes with Full Array LED backlight completed with local dimming while Sony X85J comes with Direct LED backlight completed with Frame Dimming. Full Array LED backlight with local dimming is able to delivers better contrast vibrancy and light uniformity across the screen of Sony X90J than Direct-Lit LED with Frame Dimming of Sony X85J.

2. Clarity Technology

We can find that the clarity technology of Sony X90J and X85J are different. Sony X90J comes with XR 4K Upscaling, Dual database processing and XR Super Resolution while Sony X85J only comes with 4K X-Reality Pro. Both of XR 4K Upscaling and 4K X-Reality Pro are upscaling technology that upscales non 4K contents into near 4K picture quality. XR 4K Upscaling is more advanced upscaling technology that can delivers better upscaling result on the screen of Sony X90J. The clarity of Sony X90J is also enhanced by Dual database processing that can reduces on-screen noise for upscaled non 4K contents and XR Super Resolution that can reproduces real world textures on its screen.

3. Contrast Technology

The contrast technology of Sony X90J and X85J are different. Sony X90J comes with XR Contrast Booster and XR HDR Remaster while Sony X85J comes with Object-based HDR remaster. XR HDR Remaster and Object-based HDR Remaster are basically similar in function but XR HDR Remaster is indeed able to deliver better depth and textures reproduction. XR Contrast Booster is the contrast technology that only can be found in Sony X90J. It’s able to deliver better contrast on the brightest and darkest part of its screen.

4. Color Technology

Although both of Sony X90J and X85J come with Triluminos display, we can find that their Triluminos version are different. Sony X90J comes with XR Triluminos Pro while Sony X85J comes with Triluminos Pro. XR Triluminos Pro is able to delivers richer and more accurate color details on the screen of Sony X90J. The color quality of Sony X90J is also enhanced by XR Smoothing that creates more natural color details as it’s able to eliminates color banding.

5. Picture Processor

Sony X90J and X85J are powered by different picture processor. Sony X90J is powered by Cognitive Processor XR while Sony X85J is powered by 4K HDR Processor X1. Cognitive Processor XR is more advanced picture processor that can delivers better picture optimization for the color, clarity and contrast of Sony X90J than 4K HDR Processor X1 of Sony X85J.

6. Motion Technology

While their native refresh rate are similar 120Hz, we can find that the motion technology of Sony X90J and X85J are different. Sony X90J comes with XR Motion Clarity while Sony X85J comes with Motionflow XR 960. XR Motion Clarity is technically a better motion technology although the difference is not that significant.

7. Speaker Type

Both of Sony X90J and X85J come with similar sound technology with similar integrated X-Balanced Speaker, Dolby Atmos support and 10 W + 10 W sound output. But they are indeed slightly different in their speaker type. Sony X90J comes with Acoustic Multi-Audio while Sony X85J comes with standard Bass Reflex Speaker. Acoustic Multi-Audio is more advanced speaker type that can delivers richer sound for Sony X90J than standard Bass Reflex Speaker of Sony X85J.

8. Price

When we look at the price of Sony X90J and X85J, we can find that Sony X90J is normally offered at the higher price than Sony X85J for similar screen size option as it’s indeed positioned as the higher series. As TV prices are changing from time to time, it’s important for us to check the price of Sony X90J and X85J before we can find their latest price difference.

We can summarize the differences of Sony X90J and X85J with the table below.

Sony X90J Sony X85J
Backlight Technology Full Array LED Direct LED
Dimming Technology Local Dimming Frame Dimming
Clarity Technology
  • XR 4K Upscaling
  • XR Super Resolution
  • Dual database processing
4K X-Reality PRO
Contrast Technology
  • XR Contrast Booster
  • XR HDR Remaster
Object-based HDR remaster
Color Technology
  • XR Triluminos Pro
  • XR Smoothing
Triluminos Pro
Picture Processor Cognitive Processor XR 4K HDR Processor X1
Motion Technology XR Motion Clarity Motionflow XR 960
Speaker Type Acoustic Multi-Audio Bass Reflex Speaker
Price Higher Lower
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Should You Choose Sony X90J?

Both of Sony X90J and X85J are introduced as Sony 4K LED TV from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup. As the series that positioned higher, should you choose Sony X90J? If you don’t mind to spend higher, Sony X90J is surely the one that you should choose. It can delivers more excellent picture quality with more advanced Full Array Local Dimming backlight, XR Super Resolution, XR Contrast Booster and XR Smoothing while also powered by more advanced Cognitive Processor XR picture processor. It’s also completed with better XR Motion Clarity and Acoustic Multi-Audio for relatively better motion and sound quality.

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Sony X85J comes as the more affordable option of Sony X90J. It indeed doesn’t come with Full Array Local Dimming backlight, XR Super Resolution, XR Contrast Booster and XR Smoothing while also powered by less powerful 4K HDR Processor X1, but Sony X85J is basically still able to delivers good picture quality with its 4K X-Reality Pro, Triluminos Pro and Object-based HDR Remaster although it’s indeed less excellent than Sony X90J. So if your budget is more limited, Sony X85J is a good alternative choice for you. It also comes with 85-Inch and 43-Inch screen size option that we can’t find in Sony X90J.

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