Sony TV model number decode, mean, explained 2012-2022

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Sony TV model number brief overview

Sony TVs have a model number, which contains information about the size of the TV screen, the type of screen in the TV OLED, LED, as well as the TV series. In addition to the features listed above, the model number tells you which region the TV is made for, as well as what operating system it has.  Here’s an example of the model number of your XR-75X95J TV, and I’ll tell you how to understand this number next.

New OS in Sony 2021 TVs

The main operating system for Sony TVs from 2021 is the Google TV platform.  Although it is based on the Android OS, it has some differences.  You get access to some streaming services. You can also take advantage of features from Google. For example, if you are logged into your Google account, you can launch a gallery of your own photos from the Google photo service.

Sony TV model number lookup

The model number can be found in several ways:

  • On the packaging box, of course, if you kept it.
  • On a sticker on the back of the TV.
  • On the TV menu, in the user support settings, or in the system information.

How to find out the type and technical class of your Sony TV

The first letters of the model number identify the generation of your Sony TV, the type of operating system and the resolution of your TV before 2017. It may also contain information for which region the TV is manufactured.

  • XR – Cognitive Processor XR, OS Google TV used from 2021
  • XBR – The premium line of TVs, a designation used for TVs with high performance. From 2015 onwards, all 4K TVs in the North American market have the XBR
  • KD – TV with standard processor, UHD (4K) resolution
  • KDL – TV with standard processor with Full HD resolution or less
  • KE – TV for UK
  • XRJ –  Cognitive Processor XR, TV for Japan
  • KJ – TV for Japan

The OLED LED TV type, as well as some of the features, determine the letters after the screen size:

  • R – low-end TVs with minimal features. 
  • W – mid-range TVs with optimal parameters.
  • S – mid-range TV
  • X – premium TVs. 
  • Z – TVs with 3D before 2017, after 2017 indicates a TV resolution of 8K.
  • A – OLED

Sony TV models by year

If you need to know the year of manufacture of your TV, look at the model number, there is a letter in the number that indicates the year of manufacture. Sony makes a particular TV model for about one year from the second quarter to the second quarter of the following year. For example, the XR-65A90J TV model (that’s the 2021 model) will be manufactured from the second quarter of 2021 to the second quarter of 2022. The letter J means that this TV model was developed in 2021.

  • A – 2013
  • B – 2014
  • C – 2015
  • D – 2016
  • E – 2017
  • F – 2018
  • G – 2019
  • H – 2020
  • J – 2021
  • K – 2022

Bravia, meaning in Sony TVs

Bravia – “integrated audio-visual architecture of the best resolution” – is a marketing name registered by Sony.  It is used for Sony TVs as a recognizable brand of TVs. Bravia was also used for Sony phones, but that was an experiment. Now Bravia is only used for Sony televisions. The Bravia brand has been used by Sony since 2005.

Sony TV model numbers OLED LED explained 2021

Sony TV model number 2021

Sony TV model number Europe since 2016

Decode models number Sony TV for Europe

Sony TVs for Europe and some other countries had a slightly different model number designation. The letter denoting the year of development is right after the screen size. The number itself has more characters, with the last two digits denoting the design of the TV. These two digits do not apply from 2021, perhaps the TV will be unified from 2021.

Sony TV models number 2013-2020  North America and old model number Europe 2013-2015 years.

What Sony Bravia TV model number means

  • XBR – The premium line of TVs, a designation used for TVs with high performance. From 2015 onwards, all 4K TVs in the North American market have the XBR
  • 75 – TV screen size in inches
  • S, R, X, W, A, Z – letters denoting the TV class
  • 9 – TV series
  • 50 – is the model in the series
  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H – year of development of the TV model.

2021

In 2021, Sony began producing televisions with the new Cognitive Processor. Also changed the operating system, the new OC on Sony Google TVs. It replaced the Android operating system.

2020

Sony’s 2020 TVs without much change. The operating system has been upgraded.

2019

2019 Sony, like other TV manufacturers, released a TV with support for 8K resolution. Otherwise, minor software improvements.

2018

Sony decided to continue experimenting with OLED TVs by purchasing screen matrices from LG, in 2018 there is a new OLED TV model A8F, with a screen size of 55 and 65 inches.

2017

In 2017, SONY is not coming up with super trendy new products compared to Korean manufacturers. SONY’s TV production is on the verge of liquidity and has not been generating significant income for a long time. Hence the unwillingness to spend on promotion campaigns. The TVs have a fairly good picture quality, support for HDR, 4K and an operating system based on Android.

2016

In 2016, the model number of TVs for Europe has changed: the letter denoting the year of development and start of sales has moved from the very end of the model number to the middle.

2015

Issued the following models:

  • R40C
  • R50C
  • W70C
  • W75C
  • W80C
  • W85C
  • X83C
  • X85c
  • X90C
  • X93C
  • X94C

2014

models available R4, W600, W7, W8, W85, W95

2013 

S9, Х9, W9, W85, W8, W6, R5, R4 (R47, R42)

2012 

In 2012, the E, B, C, N, HX series televisions are available to the user.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Sony 2021 models use the letter “J” (KD-43X80J, XR-55A90J,…)
    I’d guess Sony skipped “I” (after “G” in 2020) because “I” is graphically too close to “1” and this could be confusing during a call between the customer and support.

  2. Hi I just bought the Sony 85 inch x900h model. This model supports IMAX Enhanced. Does that mean in the near future this model can update to IMAX Enhanced?? Please explain what IMAX Enhanced Supported Model means X900H??

  3. Hi…Great posting. Thank you! You wouldn’t happen to have another post or a link sharing knowledge of each series and what key or special or ideal features and components would be offered in those series’?

    Oh and if this reply is a general public reply kindly delete it. I have no desire to become a trolls focus.

    Would you consider replying back or do you have the time to?

    Question…. Some tv’s have model no.s like KD-43X750FKD. What do these mean to us consumers? Thanks.

    Why I ask…So I thought I wanted the XBR43X850G or 750G or….Because Sony detailed the specs in such a way I lit up. And I didn’t want anything bigger given the small space I had planned it to go. It’s sale price was also around 549.00 CAD and to me that seemed like a great deal for a Sony and what it was offering. Now it’s around 650.00. AND because of my locale I cannot buy it unless through 4maz0n.ca. AND their 30 day replacement or return window is disappointing and I know zero about the separate offers for extended warranties or the company’s handling them, or can they be trusted… Plus I definitely will never want to ship a tv or any other device for repair! So I feel I should buy locally for those reasons alone. But back to what I started. I only just learned that the 43 inch XBR G year/ series….heck I am mixing it all up already! These tv’s have 7.0 Android TV…Booooo. And no ability to upgrade…BOOOOOOO! Okay but really I thought for such little money the model I found online could have been a pretty decent tv. What do you think? So now I am frustrated again by what I just learned of the 43″. I still want a Sony….but which one….there are too many to go through when I don’t even know what those differences between all the different series’ they have. Do I wait to see if the H year/ series 43″ will have Android 10.0…do I need 10.0? Do I go for the 49 inch G series which is upgradeable at some point I read. and priced around 699.00 CAD…again at 4maz0n. Is it going to be a good tv for me? I think it maybe it could be. What do you think? I don’t want to invest a ton of money especially when a more expensive model may just be loaded with unnecessary bells and whistles or just more options than I would really ever need. I only need a smallish but no less than 43″, I believe I am stuck with yet reluctant towards LCD/LED…no Oleds or plasma…so what other choice is there…none as far as I know.
    Personally my under 5 year LG went black screen on me and with flashlight can barely make out the images. Truly not happy as you might imagine. Never dropped, no road trips after its arrival, never even ran it 20K hours and this is why I will not invest big in a tv. My 30 year old Hitachi CRT tv is perfect aside from it occasionally won’t turn on and it weighs about as much as a car…slight exaggeration there. It collects dust and not been plugged in for a couple of years now. I actually managed to carry it outside to my front stoop the other day…just have to muster up the strength now to get it out to the curb. Sorry, got off track there. I still would like a decent little tv, not an outrageously extreme tech with a high price tag tv. One with lots of colour, a decent panel of setting options around colour/visual preferences in the settings, definitive visuals, smart os upgradeability, Ethernet port, dual band modem 5G and the other one 3G…if that is even an option for tv’s? IDEALLY it would be good to have at least 2 each of the HDMI and USB ports, all the regular sets of av/ and S cable and jack inputs…not that I have ever used the S jack input….it would also be nice if placement of ports etc were on the back and the side, a sensible and user friendly UI…A customizable UI would be lovey for sure, Parental Controls, Voice controlled…am I going overboard now? Miracast ready, conveniently responsive, crash-less/ smooth running…processor speed more than fair to better or best…I honestly don’t know what I would require or if there choices in tv processors. This will be another trip to the Goggle. Safe, secure and Hassle-free browsing, downloading/ and or streaming capability, Browser choice…yes please? Decent speakers for a tv and optimal speaker placement is important too…NO sound bars, they just amplify bass to me and are noise makers in my experience. I like to hear audio, I don’t appreciate it when it pierces my skull. Lol, but seriously that is how sound bars have affected me so a for sure hard pass. Thanks again for reading along. I think that about covers it. Aside from the locale and the inability to upgrade I thought the 43″ would have been a good choice but now I need to look at what else is similar and available to me. I am curious to hear back from you, if you would be so kind. If I knew that I would be “OKAY” using a modified Kodi run streaming box, and which of those boxes would be most reliable I could go that way also. So much to browse online and one group or site says one thing but then to find conflicting information elsewhere forces one to reassess to where the researcher then finds other possibilities to which requires additional research, and after taking it all in it inevitably has left the researcher or “me” confused and undecided, and no closer to a decision. I have spoken to sales people, goggled (intentional misspell) and read posting and chart after posting and chart and ….Over hundreds of hours and still undecided. Unable to get to that point of contentment or confidence in my choice. Life also gets in the way and I go offline, and when I finally get back to it I have to basically review it all or start again because I wasn’t able to retain it, where I left off or even make sense of much of it. I wish I were different in that way. To be honest I have been playing around with the idea of cord cutting for more than 5 years. Ah well. If you managed to read through my ramblings and you’re up for it, I would love it if you had some suggestions for me to go off of. If not I can understand. Thank you either way.

    Warm Regards,

    Tara

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