Sony A90J vs X90J Review : Which is More Suitable for You?

If you are looking for the best 4K TV in 2021, Sony A90J and X90J are two choices that should be on your list. Sony A90J is the higher series from Sony’s 2021 OLED 4K TV lineup while Sony X90J was positioned below Sony X95J as the top 4K LED TV series from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup. Sony A90J comes with 3 screen size options : 83-Inch (XR83A90J), 65-Inch (XR65A90J) and 55-Inch (XR55A90J) while Son X90J comes with 4 screen size options : 75-Inch (XR75X90J), 65-Inch (XR65X90J), 55-Inch (XR55X90J) and 50-Inch (XR50X90J). Which is more suitable for you? I’m sure that it’s necessary for us to know more about the key differences of Sony A90J and X90J before we can decide which of them is the more suitable for us.

Sony A90J

Sony A90J

Sony A90J

There are two 4K OLED TV series from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup and Sony A90J is the higher one. With OLED display Sony A90J is able to delivers perfect black and infinite contrast on its screen. The contrast is also enhanced by OLED XR Contrast Pro, Pixel Contrast Booster, XR HDR Remaster and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. OLED XR Contrast Pro can brings higher brightness range, Pixel Contrast Booster can brings brighter OLED pixels, XR HDR Remaster reproduces greater depth and textures while Dynamic Contrast Enhancer adjust the screen brightness according to the environment. OLED panel of Sony A90J that combined with XR Triluminos Pro allows us to enjoy rich and accurate color details on the screen of Sony A90J. We can also find XR Smoothing and Live Color Technology are integrated as the additional color technology of Sony A90J. XR Smoothing can reduces color binding to brings more natural color details while Live Color Technology delivers more lively color details. XR 4K Upscaling is integrated with 4K UHD resolution of Sony A90J that brings excellent picture clarity not only from original 4K content sources but also from non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality. The clarity is also enhanced by Dual database processing that can reduces on-screen noise and XR Super Resolution that reproduces real world textures. Sony A90J already supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision so that we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources. The color, clarity and contrast of Sony A90J are optimized by Cognitive Processor XR that integrated as the picture processor of this TV. Sony A90J comes with XR Motion Clarity that allows us to enjoy fluid motion images from our favorite action movies and sports while also can brings minimum input lag when we use this TV as our gaming monitor. To bring more immersive gaming experience, Sony A90J also supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM). Google TV (Android TV) is integrated as the operating system of Sony A90J. It can delivers wide range of premium entertainment from our favorite content providers with fast internet connection provided by its attached 802.11ac wireless. It also allows us to run wide collection of smart apps with the access to Play Store. Sony A90J is already completed with ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) that allows us to enjoy 4K HDR OTA (Over the Air) entertainment on the screen of this TV. The remote control that included with Sony A90J is Premium Backlit Remote that can help us control this TV conveniently even in the dark watching environment. We can also use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay/HomeKit as they are already supported. Sony A90J comes with Acoustic Surface Audio+ powered by 20 W + 20 W + 10 W + 10 W (60W) Output. It can delivers rich and powerful sound quality for this TV. We can also setup more advanced AV system to enjoy higher quality audio formats since Samsung A90J already supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel).

The key specs and features of Sony A90J can be summarized with the table below.

Sony A90J
Brand Sony
Introduced 2021
Screen Size
  • 83-Inch (XR83A90J)
  • 65-Inch (XR65A90J)
  • 55-Inch (XR55A90J)
Resolution 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Display Technology OLED
Clarity Technology
  • XR 4K Upscaling
  • Dual database processing
  • XR Super Resolution
Contrast Technology
  • OLED XR Contrast Pro
  • Pixel Contrast Booster
  • XR HDR Remaster
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Color Technology
  • XR Triluminos Pro
  • XR Smoothing
  • Live Color Technology
HDR Support
  • HDR
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
Motion Technology XR Motion Clarity
Gaming Technology
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
Picture Processor Cognitive Processor XR
Operating System Google TV (Android TV)
Remote Control Premium Backlit Remote
Control Support
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple HomeKit/AirPlay
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac (WiFi 5)
ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) YES
Speaker System
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+
  • 20 W + 20 W + 10 W + 10 W (60W) Output
  • Dolby Atmos
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI/USB 4/3
Price
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Sony X90J

Sony X90J

Sony X90J

Sony X90J is introduced as part of Sony’s 2021 4K LED TV lineup. It’s the series that positioned below the highest series Sony X95J and the lower series Sony X85J. Sony X90J comes with Full Array LED backlight that completed with local dimming. Full Array Local Dimming allows us to enjoy vibrant contrast and good contrast uniformity across the LED screen of Sony X90J. Sony X90J is also completed with XR Contrast Booster, XR HDR Remaster and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer as its contrast technology. XR Contrast Booster brings better peak brightness on the LED screen of Sony Z90J, XR HDR Remaster reproduces greater depth and textures while Dynamic Contrast Enhancer adjust the screen brightness according to the lighting condition of the environment. Sony X90J already comes with XR Triluminos Pro that brings rich and accurate color details on its screen. We can also find XR Smoothing and Live Color Technology integrated as the additional color technology of this TV. While XR Smoothing can delivers more natural color details by minimizing color banding, Live Color Technology can brings more lively color details. 4K UHD resolution of Sony X90J is completed with XR 4K Upscaling 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. Dual database processing and XR Super Resolution are also integrated as the additional clarity technology of Sony X90J. Dual database processing can reduces on-screen noise especially for upscaled non 4K contents while XR Super Resolution can detects every objects in a picture then upscales their resolution for better textures and details. Cognitive Processor XR is the picture processor that integrated with Sony X90J. It can optimizes the color, clarity and contrast of the picture delivered on the screen of this TV. We can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources since Sony X90J already supports HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision. XR Motion Clarity is the motion technology of Sony X90J that can delivers smooth motion images from our favorite action movies and sports. XR Motion Clarity that based on 120Hz native refresh rate is also able to brings non lagging gaming experience when we use this TV as our gaming monitor. Sony X90J also supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) to brings more immersive gaming experience on the screen of this TV. The operating system of Sony X90J is Google TV (Android TV). It 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 X90J to bring fast and stable internet connection. Sony X90J can be controlled conveniently with its included Voice Remote Control as well as supported Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit/AirPlay. The speaker system integrated with Sony X90J is Acoustic Multi-Audio with 10W + 10W (20W) output. It’s quite basic speaker system but basically still can delivers good sound quality. It’s indeed a good idea to attach additional soundbar if you are looking for more powerful surround sound. Sony X90J already supports eARC so that we can also attach additional AV system to enjoy higher quality audio formats.

The table below can shows us the key specs and features of Sony X90J.

Sony X90J
Brand Sony
Introduced 2021
Screen Size
  • 75-Inch (XR75X90J)
  • 65-Inch (XR65X90J)
  • 55-Inch (XR55X90J)
  • 50-Inch (XR50X90J)
Resolution 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Display Technology LED
Backlight Technology Full Array LED
Dimming Technology Local Dimming
Clarity Technology
  • XR 4K Upscaling
  • XR Super Resolution
  • Dual database processing
Contrast Technology
  • XR Contrast Booster
  • XR HDR Remaster
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Color Technology
  • XR Triluminos Pro
  • XR Smoothing
  • Live Color Technology
HDR Support
  • HDR
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
Motion Technology XR Motion Clarity (120Hz Native)
Gaming Technology
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
Picture Processor Cognitive Processor XR
Operating System Google TV (Android TV)
Remote Control Voice Remote Control
Control Support
  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple HomeKit/AirPlay
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac (WiFi 5)
ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) YES
Speaker System
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio
  • 10W + 10W (20W) Output
  • Dolby Atmos
  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI/USB 4/3
Price
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65-Inch (XR65X90J), Check Today’s Price on Walmart.com here…
55-Inch (XR55X90J), Check Today’s Price on Walmart.com here…
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Sony A90J and X90J Key Differences

We can talk more about the key differences of Sony A90J and X90J after we look at their specs and features. The first key difference of Sony A90J and X90J comes from their display technology. We can find that Sony A90J comes with OLED display while Sony X90J comes with LED display (Full Array LED). OLED panel is able to deliver perfect black and infinite contrast since its pixels (pixel dimming) can be completely powered off and dimmed autonomously so that we can enjoy better contrast vibrancy on the screen of Sony A90J. We can also find the second key difference of Sony A90J and X90J can be found in their contrast technology. While LED screen is basically able to delivers higher peak brightness, we can find that Sony A90J is able to delivers better peak brightness with its OLED XR Contrast Pro and Pixel Contrast Booster. To enhances its peak brightness, we can also find XR Contrast Booster integrated with Sony X90J. With XR Contrast Booster integrated with its Full Array LED backlight, Sony X90J is able to delivers slightly better peak brightness than Sony A90J with OLED panel completed with OLED XR Contrast Pro. But when it comes to overall contrast, we can indeed find that Sony A90J is better with its perfect black. The next key difference of Sony A90J and X90J can be found in their remote control. Sony A90J comes with Premium Backlit Remote while Sony X90J comes with standard Voice Remote Control. Premium Backlit Remote allows us to control Sony A90J conveniently even in completely dark watching environment. There’s also another key difference in the sound technology of Sony A90J and X90J. Sony A90J comes with Acoustic Surface Audio+ powered by 20 W + 20 W + 10 W + 10 W (60W) output while Sony X90J comes with Acoustic Multi-Audio with 10W + 10W (20W) output. Acoustic Surface Audio+ speaker system powered by 20 W + 20 W + 10 W + 10 W (60W) output is able to delivers richer and more powerful surround sound for Sony A90J than Sony X90J.

We can find that Sony A90J is normally offered at the higher price than Sony X90J for similar screen size option. Since TV prices often change from time to time, we need to check the price of Sony A90J and X90J before we can find their latest price difference.

We can summarize the key differences of Sony A90J and X90J with the table below.

  Sony A90J Sony X90J
Display Technology OLED Full Array LED
Dimming Technology Pixel Level Dimming Local Dimming
Contrast Technology
  • OLED XR Contrast Pro
  • Pixel Contrast Booster
XR Contrast Booster
Remote Control Premium Backlit Remote Voice Remote Control
Sound Technology
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+
  • 20 W + 20 W + 10 W + 10 W (60W) Output
  • Acoustic Multi-Audio
  • 10W + 10W (20W) Output
Price Higher Lower

Which is More Suitable for You?

Both of Sony A90J and X90J are introduced as higher series 4K UHD TV from Sony’s 2021 TV lineup. Which of them is more suitable for you? Sony A90J is the one that come with OLED display. With OLED display, Sony A90J can delivers better contrast vibrancy with its perfect black and infinite contrast. Sony A90J is also completed with more advanced Premium Backlit remote and richer more powerful speaker system as additional bonus. So if you are looking for better contrast vibrancy especially perfect black and infinite contrast as well as Premium Backlit remote and richer more powerful sound quality as additional bonus while you don’t mind to spend higher, then Sony A90J is the one that more suitable for you.

Sony A90J Prices
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Sony X90J is a good choice if you have more limited budget. It’s more affordable than Sony A90J that comes with OLED display. Sony X90J indeed can’t deliver perfect black on its Full Array Local Dimming backlight but it surely still can delivers excellent picture quality with slightly higher peak brightness. Although Sony X90J doesn’t come with Premium Backlit Remote, Voice Remote Control included with it is basically similar in functions. We can also setup additional AV system to enjoy higher quality audio with Sony X90J if we are not satisfied with its basic 20W Acoustic Multi-Audio speaker system. So if you have more limited budget, Sony X90J is more suitable for you.

Sony X90J Prices
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