Sony X800H vs X800G Review (XBR43X800H vs XBR43X800G, XBR49X800H vs XBR49X800G, XBR55X800H vs XBR55X800, XBR65X800H vs XBR65X800G, XBR75X800H vs XBR75X800G)
Sony X800H is the entry level in the Sony’s 2020 TV lineup. It is a direct replacement for the 2019 model X800G. As we have known, the X800 Series is an entry level TV with good performance and picture quality. Come with IPS panel, both of them have an advantage on its side viewing angle coverage. But as we have known, a TV with IPS panel usually have low native contrast ratio that certainly makes them cannot produce deep black. However, as long as you don’t use it in a pitch dark room, this should not be a problem.
Just like other entry level TV, both of them also come in plenty of screen sizes option. But in here, the X800H come in a bit more screen size option than the predecessor. From the smallest, they come in 43 inches (XBR43X800H vs XBR43X800G), 49 inches (XBR49X800H vs XBR49X800G), 55 inches (XBR55X800H vs XBR55X800G), 65 inches (XBR65X800H vs XBR65X800G) and 75 inches (XBR75X800H vs XBR75X800G). In addition it comes with screen sizes found on the X800G, it also comes in 85 inches (XBR85X800H). In the market, with the same screen size, the X800H is sold a bit more expensive than the X800G predecessor. This of course is a natural thing because the price of the X800G certainly has been dropped. The question, is the X800H is better than the X800G predecessor?
Short Review of Sony X800H and X800G
Sony X800H vs X800G Specification
|Specs and Features||Sony X800H||Sony X800G|
|Screen Sizes Available||43 Inches (XBR43X800H), 49 Inches (XBR49X800H), 55 Inches (XBR55X800H), 65 Inches (XBR65X800H), 75 Inches (XBR75X800H), 85 inches (XBR85X800H)||43 Inches (XBR43X800G), 49 Inches (XBR49X800G), 55 Inches (XBR55X800G), 65 Inches (XBR65X800G), 75 Inches (XBR75X800G)|
|Panel Technology||IPS Panel, 75” and 85” = VA Panel||IPS, 75 inch : VA panel|
|Backlighting Technology||43”, 49”= Edge Lit; 55”, 65”, 75”, 85” = Direct LED||43”, 49”= Edge Lit; 55”, 65”, 75”= Direct LED|
|Image Processor||4K HDR Processor X1||N/a|
|HDR Supports||HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision||HDR10, HLG|
|Contrast Enhancement||Object-based HDR Remaster, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer|
|Color Enhancement||TriLuminos Display, Live Color Technology||TriLuminos Display, Live Color Technology|
|Clarity Enhancement||4K X Reality Pro||4K X Reality Pro|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||60 Hz||60 Hz|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) Supports||No||No|
|Motion Enhancement||MotionFlow XR 240||MotionFlow XR 240|
|Smart TV Platform||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Audio Channel||2.0 Channel||2.0 Channel|
|Total Sound Output||20 watts||20 watts|
|Speaker Type||43”, 49” = Bass Reflex Speaker; 55”, 65”, 75”, 85”= Bass Reflex Speaker and X-Balanced Speaker||Bass Reflex Speaker|
|Composite In (AV In)||1||1|
|Price||See the Price on Amazon||See the Price on Amazon|
Features and Technology of Sony X800G and X800H
As we have mentioned above, most variant of the Sony X800H and X800G uses IPS (In-Plan Switching) panel technology. And we may also know, a TV with IPS panel usually have low native contrast ratio that makes it cannot produce deep black. But on the other hand, it has advantage on side viewing angle coverage. Special for their big screen models (75” and 85” for X800H and 75” for X800G), they use VA panel technology that has opposite characteristics to IPS panel. This means, they have good native contrast ratio but their side viewing angle is poor. But in here, we will discuss them which use IPS panel.
Meanwhile, as their backlight technology, they use different technology for their small screen and big screen model. For their 43” and 49” model, they use Edge Lit backlight while for 55 inches model, they use Direct LED backlight. Fortunately, both Sony X800H and X800G don’t have any local dimming features that can improve their performance in a dark room.
One of the improvements offered by the Sony X800H over the predecessor X800G is on their image processor. Now, the X800H have been powered by 4K HDR Processor X1 engine found on last year model X850G. This processor comes with some features that can further improve the performance of X800H in handling HDR images like Object-based HDR Remaster or others. Meanwhile, the X800G is not supported by this processor. Additionally, the use of 4K HDR Processor X1 also makes the X800H already supports Dolby Vision in addition to HDR10 and HLG. On the other hand, the X800G only support HDR10 and HLG.
Both Sony X800H and X800G have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel only. This means, they both don’t support native 120 fps content. Meanwhile, for maximizing their performance in handling fast moving images, they both are powered by Motion Flow XR 240. Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both don’t use PWM dimming system, makes their screen is almost flicker-free, which is great. But in certain condition, backlight flicker is required to help improve the appearance of motion. For this issue, both of them have an optional black frame insertion that make their screen can flicker. But unfortunately, they both can only flicker at 120 Hz. Since they both have 60 Hz refresh rate panel, when they are playing 60 fps content like video games of sports, this can cause some duplication that might bother some people.
As their major input, both Sony X800G and X800H are equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support CEC and HDCP 2.2. Additionally, one of their HDMI ports (HDMI 3) also already supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). A bit difference between them is about the support of HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth. If on X800H, all of its HDMI pots already support HDMI 2.0, on the X800G, only two HDMI ports that support HDMI 2.0, which are HDMI 2 and 3.
Meanwhile, the X800H comes with a bit less USB ports where it only has 2 USB ports while the X800G has 3 USB ports. But even so, in addition USB 2.0, they both also have USB 3.0 (USB1). IN addition to HDMI and USB, they both also have 1 Composite In, 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet in, IR In (Infra Red), and built in Wi-Fi for wireless connection. A bit difference between them is about Component in where the X800G has this input while the X800H doesn’t have.
Smart TV Platform
As their smart TV platform, both of them run Google Android TV. But the difference, the Sony X800H comes with 8.0 Version or Oreo while the X800G comes with Android Nougat or 7.0 version. There is a bit improvement offered by Oreo where it is smoother than Nougat version. Additionally, the use of X1 engine also make the interface of X800H is faster than X800G. Meanwhile, the most interesting thing offered by Android TV is about the apps provided. In addition they have plenty of pre installed apps, their apps store called Google Play Store also provides tons of apps. They both also already work with smart home apps like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Airplay 2, etc.
As their controller, both of them come with Sony Voice Remote. But even so, the remote of the X800H is upgraded from the remote of the X800G. In term of shape, there is a bit change on the corner where the corner of the 2020 remote is curved while the corner of the 2019 remote is elbow. In term of functions, the 2020 remote also has been upgraded over the 2019 remote. For most function, the 2019 remote require direct line-of sight, despite it actually also has Bluetooth connectivity for voice navigation. Meanwhile, the 2020 remote doesn’t need direct line-of sight to the TV because most of functions already work with Bluetooth connection. Both of these remotes have built-in microphone for voice navigation. But in order to work with voice control, the remote must be paired to the TV.
Sony X800H vs X800G Performance
Since both Sony X800G and X800H uses IPS panel, they both have low native contrast ratio. The X800H might bring slightly improvement over the X800G, but the improvement is not too significant. Their native contrast ratio is only around 1000:1 and this of course is not high enough to produce deep black. When they are used in a bright room, this may be not a serious problem, but once they are set in a dark room, this will become a serious issue. When they are set in a dark room, black produced by them will look closer to grey than really black. And that is worse, they both don’t have any local dimming feature that can improve their contrast ratio or performance in a dark room. And of course, if you prefer watch movies in a dark room, these TVs certainly are not suitable for you. But as we have mentioned, once they both are set in a bright room, the picture displayed on their screen will look far better.
The Sony X800H brings a big improvement over the X800G in term of peak brightness. With SDR Content, it can hit brighter than 400 nits compared to the X800G that only can hit around 300 nits. This certainly makes the picture displayed on the screen of the X800H is more consistent in a bright room than the X800G. But even so, although not as bright as the X800H, peak brightness of the X800G actually is also bright enough for most bright room, except when it is set on nearby window. That is great from them is their peak brightness relatively consistent in any window sizes, make across different types of contents can be shown with the same brightness.
Meanwhile, with HDR content, the Sony X800H also can get brighter than the X800G. If the Sony X800G can hit around 400 nits, the X800H is able to hit brighter than 500 nits. This means the X800H can show brighter HDR images than the X800G. Just like with SDR content, the peak brightness of the X800G is relatively consistent across different type of content. Meanwhile, on the X800H, 2% window is less bright than the rest, makes small highlight is less bright than other content. But overall, the peak brightness of the X800H is also relatively consistent.
Although there is improvement brought by X800H over the X800G, for HDR content, its peak brightness is still less bright from the minimum peak brightness required to show HDR images they should be. As we have known, to show HDR images like the content creator intended, it requires at least 1000 nits. But overall, pea brightness of the X800H is decent and brighter than the X800G.
In term color gamut, the Sony X800H also brings a bit improvement over the predecessor X800G. In DCI P3, if the Sony X800G can cover around 91%, the X800H can cover around 93%. Meanwhile, in Rec.2020 color space, if the X800G can cover around 69%, the X800H is around 71%. But even so, this difference is actually is not too significant and hard to notice. Separated from their difference, their color gamut is actually equally great. With their color coverage, this certain makes them can show most colors of HDR images fairly accurate.
Additionally, the Sony X800H also has a bit better color volume than the X800G. But even so, this is more caused that the X800H has a bit wider color gamut and brighter peak brightness than the X800G. Separated from their difference, their color volume is only mediocre. Except very bright blues where most of LED TV is not also able show, they actually can show bright colors fairly well. But unfortunately, since they both have low native contrast ratio, they both cannot show deep dark colors.
The use of 4K HDR Processor X1 makes the X800H also have a better color gradient than the X800G. On the screen of the X800H, color gradient of HDR images looks very smooth. Although there may be banding in dark red and dark green, but this should not be noticeable. Meanwhile, on the X800G, banding is noticed in almost all colors, albeit most people may not notice that. Overall, their color gamut is great and better than most of other TVs in their class.
Side Viewing Angle
Although Sony X800G and X800H both use IPS panel (expect 75 inches or larger), but in here, the X800H has a bit better side viewing angle coverage than the X800G. Both of them may be able to maintain their black level from degradation at up to 70 degrees off center and front, but in maintaining colors accuracy and peak brightness, the panel of the X800H is a bit better. On the panel of Sony X800H, the color accuracy can be maintained at up to 60 degrees, while on the screen of the X800G, color accuracy can be maintained at up to 55 degrees. Additionally, the X800H can maintain its peak brightness from decreases at up to around 45 degrees, while on the screen of X800G, brightness will decrease started at around 37 degrees. Nevertheless, separated from their difference, overall, their side viewing angle is good and better than VA TV, even that has improved viewing angle optical layer.
Both Sony X800H and X800G have great pixel response time and their response time is almost similar, which is around 15 ms. The result, when they are playing fast moving scene, the picture displayed looks very smooth with almost no visible motion blur. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail that hard to notice.
Additionally, the screen of the Sony X800G and X800H is almost flicker-free that means it is great. This is due to they both doesn’t use PWM dimming system when dimming their backlight. That means it is great. But nevertheless, in certain condition, this requires backlight flicker to make motion smoother. Both Sony X800G and X800H actually also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that will make their backlight flicker. But unfortunately, they both cannot flicker at 60 Hz and can only flicker at 120 Hz. The result, when playing 60 fps content, this feature may be able to make motion smoother, but on the other, this can cause some duplication.
Meanwhile, when handling judder from 24p movies, performance of the X800H and X800G is similar. They both are only able to remove judder from native 24p movies like DVD or Blu-Ray movies. Meanwhile, when the source is 24p content via 60p signal, via 60i signal, or from native apps like YouTube, Netflix, and other, they both are not able to remove judder.
The Sony X800H brings a big improvement on input lags in Game mode over the X800G predecessor. Regardless the resolution, whether it is 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K with HDR, 4K @4:4:4, the input lags of the X800G is around 35 ms. On the other hand, the same resolution and frame rate, the input lags of the X800H is around 10 ms. Keep in mind they both only have native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, that means they both don’t support any 120 fps content. With their input lags, can be ascertained, the X800H is much more responsive than the X800G when used for playing games. And this will be more noticeable with fast paced games. Meanwhile, even though not as responsive as the X800H, the input lags of the X800G actually is also low enough to make it fairly responsive for any type of games.
For Watching Movies
Both Sony X800H and X800G are not good TVs for watching movies in a dark room. THIs is due to they both don’t have dark enough black level. AS we have known, with around 1000:1 of native contrast ratio, they both can only deliver about 0.1 nits of black level. This means, black level produced by them is not dark enough to make black looks really black. In a dark room, black of image is even looks tend to grey than really black. But don’t worry, as long as you don’t watch movies in a dark room, the picture displayed on their screen will look much better.
For Watching Sports
Both Sony X800G and X800H are great TVs for watching sports. Combination of their good SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling makes them are great for watching sports during a day. Additionally, their wide viewing angle coverage also ensures all of you to get the best viewing when watching a big game with a group of your family and friend. And their fast pixel response time allows you to watch fast sports with smooth picture quality. But even so, since the X800H has brighter SDR peak brightness and a bit wider side viewing angle, in this case, the X800H is better than X800G, particularly when they are set in brighter room.
For Playing Games
The Sony X800H is much better than the X800G when used for playing games. As we have discussed above, the X800H has much lower input lags. This certainly makes it is much more responsive than the 800G when used for playing games, particularly for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. But even so, separated from their difference in input lags, they both actually are good TVs for games. They both have excellent pixel response time, makes the picture looks smooth with almost no motion blur on their screen when you are playing fast games. Additionally, their wide viewing angle also allows you to playing games with a group of your friend and family with the best viewing. Unfortunately, they both don’t have any VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) that can improve their game experience.
If your main consideration in buying TV is HDR performance, they are not great TVs for HDR. This is due to they both don’t have deep black, so shadow details of HDR images cannot be shown as details as they should in HDR. Additionally, even though their SDR peak bright is bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms, but it is not bright enough to show HDR images as bright they should in HDR. And of course, their peak brightness is still far from 1000 nits recommended by content creator. The only good thing of HDR component produced by the X800H and X800G is about their color gamut and color gradient. Overall, their performance is only decent. And since the X800H has brighter HDR peak brightness, of course, it also can show brighter HDR images than the X800G.
The Sony X800H comes with some improvements over the X800G. In addition it comes with newer version of Android TV, some aspects of picture quality of the X800H is also better than the X800G. It has brighter peak brightness, makes it can show brighter images. Additionally, the X800H is also much more responsive than the X800G due to its much lower input lags. Overall, the X800H is better than the X800G. So which is a better choice between them? As a newer model that comes with some improvement, of course, the X800H is a better choice than the X800G. Even though its price is a bit more expensive, but it is comparable with the advantages offered. But even so, the X800G actually is not also a bad choice. And of course, a cheaper price becomes the only advantage of the X800G than the X800H.
But once again, they both have low native contrast ratio (except 75 inches or higher). This means these TVs are not suitable in a dark room. So, if you often or prefer watch TV or movies in a dark room, you should go to the TVs with VA panel like Samsung TU8000 or Q60T.