Sony TVs are pretty good, but unfortunately, this brand of TVs is losing popularity in the US and Europe. But in Japan, it is popular. Sony has good mid-range and high-end TVs; OEMs produce budget Sony TV models. Sony tries to produce TVs keeping in mind all the new technological advancements, so Sony’s OLED TVs from 2022 are equipped with OLED displays from Samsung. You may notice that Sony TVs have the same screen size as Samsung TVs.

New OS for Sony TVs 2021-2023.

The Google TV platform is the central operating system for Sony TVs starting in 2021. 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 Google’s features. For example, by logging into your Google account, you can launch a gallery of your photos from Google’s photo service. With a Sony TV, you’re not using an impersonal OS, Android, but an operating system with all the benefits of Google.

Sony TV model number lookup

You will need the model number of Sony TVs when choosing a TV. Of course, in 2021, Sony prefers to use abbreviations such as X90CL; the whole TV model number would be XR-65X90CL. You can find the model name of your TV on Sony’s website or the retailer’s website. After buying the TV, it is advisable to register your TV on the Sony website. It is not obligatory, but you will get some benefits from the company, a small gift, or the opportunity to increase the warranty by using an additional pan protection from Sony.
If you are experiencing problems with your TV, you will need the model number of your TV to contact support so that support can determine what year it is and what OS it is using. In this case, you will need the whole model number of your TV; here’s how you can find your TV’s model number and serial number.

Finding the model number of your Sony TV can be done in many ways:

  • On the packaging box: if you still have it, I recommend taking a photo of the sticker from the box after you buy it and saving it somewhere in the cloud.
  • On the sticker on the back of the TV: the sticker is always there; if your TV is hanging on the wall, then the sticker is hard to read; use another way.
  • In your account: Remember where you bought your TV; you would find your purchase history if you bought it online.
  • In the TV menu: in the user support settings or the system information.

How to find the model number in the TV menu

Remember that depending on the year of manufacture, your TV may have different operating systems and versions installed, so there are different ways to find the model and serial numbers. Here’s how to find your Sony TV’s model and serial numbers depending on the year of manufacture. I will give a short search path in the TV menu without pictures.

TV Sony 2020-2023 model J, K and L

  • press Home button
  • select Settings
  • select Set-up
  • select Product information

2018 – 2020 model F, G, H

  • Using the original TV remote control, press the Home button.
  • Navigate to Apps.
  • Select Help & App.
  • This page should display the model number of your TV.

2015 – 2017 model C, D, E

  • Using the original TV remote control, press the Home button.
  • Go to the bottom left corner and select Help.
  • Select Contact and Support.
  • This page should display the model number of the TV.

2014 version 1 model B

  • Using the original TV remote control, press the Home button.
  • Go to the upper left corner and select Settings.
  • Select Product Support.
  • Select Contact Sony.
  • This page should display the model number of the TV.

2014 version 2 model B

  • Using the original TV remote control, press the Home button.
  • Go to the upper left corner and select Help.
  • Select Customer Support.
  • Select System Information.
  • This page should display the model number of your TV.

Sony TV model overview

By model number, you can determine the TV screen size, the type of screen in your TV, OLED, LED, and the TV series. In addition to these characteristics, the model number allows you to determine for which region the TV is made and what class it belongs to.

How to know the type and technical class of Sony TV

The first letters of the model number identify the Sony TV’s class, screen resolution, and the region for which it is intended. Here’s a brief overview of the Sony TV model range.

  • XR – XR cognitive processor, Google TV OS has been used since 2021. After the transition to use Google TV OS. XR is a trademark registered by Sony for marketing. The implication is that XR TVs are high-end TVs.
  • XBR – premium line of TVs, a designation used for high-end TVs. Used until 2021
  • KD – TV with a standard processor, UHD (4K) resolution.
  • KDL – TV with standard processor, Full HD resolution or lower.
  • KE – TV made for the UK
  • XRJ – XR Cognitive Processor, TV for Japan
  • KJ – TVs for the Japanese market.

How to know the type and technical class of Sony TV

What kind of screen is on the TV, and what characteristics are determined by the letters after the screen size. They are a line of TVs.

  • R – low-end TVs with minimal features, budget segment.
  • W – mid-range TVs with optimal parameters, budget segment but slightly better than R.
  • S – mid-range TVs
  • X – premium TVs.
  • Z – TVs with 3D before 2017, after 2017 denote 8K TV resolution.
  • A – OLED

How to find out the year of manufacture of your Sony TV

If you want to know the year your Sony Bravia TV was manufactured, look at the model number – it has a letter indicating the year of manufacture. Sony releases a particular TV model for about one year, from the second quarter to the second quarter of the following year. For example, the XR-65A90L TV model (the 2023 model) will be released from the second quarter of 2023 through the second quarter of 2023. Below is a list of the letter and year correspondence of the Sony TV.

  • A – 2013
  • B – 2014
  • C – 2015
  • D – 2016
  • E – 2017
  • F – 2018
  • G – 2019
  • H – 2020
  • J – 2021
  • K – 2022
  • L – 2023

Sony TV model numbers OLED, LED decode

From 2021, the model numbers are almost the same for all countries; before 2021, the model numbers differed. Thus, here is how the model numbers have changed.
2013 – 2015: model numbers are the same for all countries
2015-2020: model numbers changed for Europe
2021-2023: model numbers are the same for all countries.

Thus, several figures show how to decipher the model number structure of different years; you can see them below. They also have detailed descriptions.

Sony TV model numbers 2021-2023.

Explanation of the meaning of the Sony TV model number:

I will repeat a little bit, partly I have already told you about the model number of the TV, but now on the example of the model XR-65A90J, I will tell you how you can understand what kind of TV it is.

  • XR is a high-end TV set; such TV sets are designed and assembled at Sony factories.
    • XRJ is a high-end TV set for Japan.
    • KD – budget TV, cheap screen, and minimal specifications. These TVs can be assembled by OEM manufacturers by order of Sony.
  • KJ – budget-level TV for Japan
  • 65 – screen size in inches
  • A – line of TVs, OLED TV
    • R – low-end budget segment
    • W – mid-range budget segment
    • S – mid-range TVs
    • X – premium TVs.
    • Z – 8K TV resolution up to 2017 3D TVs
    • A – OLED
  • 9 – TV series in its device class
  • 0 – TV model in the series
  • J – TV development year, in this case, 2021
    • CJ, CK, CL – you may also find such model numbers, these are TVs that are supplied to large retailers for sale, such as Costco in the US.

Sony TV model number Europe since 2016 (2016-2020)

Decode models number Sony TV for Europe

In those years, Sony TVs for Europe and some other countries had a slightly different model number designation. The letter representing the year of development is right after the screen size and class of the TV. The letter indicating the year of development was moved to another part of the model number. There are more symbols in the number itself, and the last two digits indicate the design of the TV. As of 2021, these two digits are no longer used.

Sony TV models number 2013-2023  North America and old model number Europe 2013-2015 years.

What the model number of your Sony Bravia TV means until 2021

  • XBR is a premium line of TVs, a designation used for high-end TVs. As of 2015, all 4K TVs in the North American market had the XBR designation. As of 2021, it is no longer used, replaced by XR.
  • 75 is the screen size of the TV in inches.
  • S, R, X, W, A, Z – letters denoting the class of the TV, described above in the section on 2021-2023 TVs.
  • 9 – TV series
  • 50 – model in the series
  • A, B, C, D, D, E, F, G, H – the year of development of the TV model.

What Bravia means in Sony TVs

Bravia, “integrated audio-visual architecture of the best resolution” is a marketing name registered by Sony. It is used for Sony televisions as a recognizable TV brand. Bravia was also used for Sony phones, but that was an experiment. Now, Bravia is only used for Sony televisions. Sony Bravia is now seen as something unique, and many people think that Sony TV and Sony Bravia are different televisions; they are not the same. The Bravia brand has been used by Sony since 2005.

Sony Bravia TV Features by Year

Sony TV 2023: Sony is increasingly producing more TVs for sale through major retailers. There has yet to be a breakthrough technology in TVs; all the manufacturers can offer is more memory to increase the operating system’s speed. OLED TVs are available in larger sizes of 77 and 83 inches due to the launch of Samsung’s new production line of large OLED displays and 55, 65-inch displays with increased brightness.  

Sony TV 2022: TVs 2022, new OLED displays announced from Samsung. Sony is offering two types of TVs: OLED and LED. It’s business as usual, and there are no particular differences from the competition.

Sony TV 2021: In 2021, Sony launched TVs with a new cognitive processor. The operating system has also changed, the new OC on Sony Google TVs. It has replaced the Android operating system. Using the new OS it will make the TV more user-friendly.

Sony TV 2020: Sony TVs 2020 with little change. The operating system has been updated to the new version. 

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

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

Sony TVs 2017: In 2017, SONY did not come up with super trendy new products compared to Korean manufacturers. The production of SONY TVs is on the verge of liquidity and has been generating little revenue for a long time. Hence the reluctance to spend on advertising campaigns. The TVs have good picture quality, HDR, 4K support, and an Android-based operating system.

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

Sony TV 2015: The following models were released: R40C, R50C, W70C, W75C, W80C, W85C, X83C, X85C, X90C, X93C, X94C

Sony TV 2014: Improvement of existing TV models, R4, W600, W7, W8, W85, W95 models are available

Sony TV 2013: Model number changes, there are new TV series S9, X9, W9, W9, W85, W8, W6, R5, R4 (R47, R42). This is due to the introduction of Smart TVs and the ability to use the TV to watch streaming services, such as YouTube. 

Sony TV 2012: The E, B, C, N, HX series TVs are available in 2012. This is the last year of TVs without Smart technology. 

Image Archive

This article will be updated every year. I decided not to delete the old pictures, but to move them to the image archive. You will be able to see how Sony TV model numbers have changed over time.

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  1. is it possible to have a 2021 model of Sony BRAVIA TV of this model number KD-55A9G even when G stands for 2019?

    • Production of this model should have ceased in the third quarter of 2020. See the sticker on the back of the TV for the release date. But you can still find this model on sale today.

  2. I want to buy a Sony tv from Bangladesh,which models are permitted to Bangladesh in 2022..I can’t find out this…

  3. Hi, I just saw on YouTube of Sony TV ad for XR X90S. It was uploaded 5 days ago. What does the S stands for since 2022 is K.

  4. 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.

  5. 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??

  6. 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 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,



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