Sony X800H Bravia

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Is the entry-level model from Sony worth a look?

Our conclusion

Like all major manufacturers, Sony has a few new television models on the schedule this year. On the cheaper end of the new generation is the Sony X800H, which is the follower of the 2019 X800G.  Join us in finding out what the differences and similarities are and whether it’s worth taking up the new generation – or whether the old one is enough.

Solid manufacturing of the Sony XH80

The frame of the Sony X800H is entirely made of plastic. Overall, the manufacturing is very solid – although the TV wobbles a bit when you strike it. The stands are a bit further apart than on the predecessor Sony X800G, which is probably because Sony wants to offer more space for a soundbar in between.

Unfortunately, the cable sorting doesn’t work as well as on the predecessor. In return, the screen edges are narrower and the TV is thinner, which creates a very modern and minimalist impression. Especially because of this it looks very decent and chic on a wall.

verarbeitung Sony X800H Bravia
  • No cable management
  • Thinner frame
  • Modern and minimalist design

Picture quality: Perfect for brighter rooms due to IPS panel

Because the Sony X800H, like its predecessor, has an IPS panel, some characteristic features can be expected. For example, the contrast with a ratio of only 1100:1 is rather disappointing. However, it should also be mentioned at this point that the black level and contrast are better than in other televisions with IPS panels. Due to a wide color gamut, the X800H offers a vivid and colorful picture. With a maximum of 530 nits, it becomes bright enough to compete against a well-lit room with lots of windows. However, the black is not as uniform as on a TV with a VA panel. Therefore, we would rather recommend a different device for dark rooms.

Note: The 75 and 85 inch versions have a VA panel and not an IPS panel. This means that the black level and contrast are much better, but the viewing angle is worse.

bildqualitaet Sony X800H Bravia
Picture Quality
  • 10 Bit IPS-Panel (8+2 Bit)
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Black level
  • Contrast of 1100:1
  • No local dimming
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Peak Brightness: 530 Nits
  • 75 an 85'': VA-Panel!

Satisfactory motion handling

Motion handling is undoubtedly one of the strengths of this affordable television. The response time is ~5ms, which is almost as good as that of its predecessor. The backlight does not flicker at all, which is a great feature. Motion interpolation at 60fps also works very well.
The Black Frame Insertion feature, reducing motion blur, is rather disappointing. The Sony X800H also struggles to remove Judder. However, these disadvantages should be accepted in this price range.

motionhandling Sony X800H Bravia
Motion Handling
  • Response time: ~5ms
  • No flickering backlight
  • Motion Interpolation
  • Black Frame Insertion
  • Only removes Judder from 24p content
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Gaming on the Sony XH80 works very well

There are some features that make the Sony X800H a satisfying and affordable gaming TV. Due to Auto Low Latency Mode the TV switches directly to gaming mode when the console is turned on. The input lag is just about 13ms then. The TV enables 4K gaming at 60 fps. An HDMI 2.1 connection for gaming at [email protected] with the upcoming consoles is unfortunately not available. Other gaming features, like a variable refresh rate, are also missing.

For gamers who prefer the current generation of consoles and use Xbox One X or PS4 Pro, the Sony X800H will still be great fun to play with. So if you don’t need a new console right away and are happy with 4K gaming at 60 fps, the X800H is a great choice for bright rooms.

gaming Sony X800H Bravia
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Low Input Lag of ~13ms
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
  • Analogue video input

Disappointing sound

The TV may perform well in all other aspects, but the sound is unfortunately rather disappointing. Due to the extremely thin construction, the TV can hardly produce any bass, which makes the sound very mid and high frequency heavy. Although the device gets loud enough and can reproduce understandable dialogues, it distorts relatively quickly at high volumes. As a result, the sound is very midrange- and high-frequency-heavy. The X800H supports Dolby Atmos and DTS in compressed Dolby Digital Codec. But you can’t access the uncomplicated formats for lack of HDMI eARC.

sound Sony X800H Bravia
  • Disappointing sound
  • Loud enough
  • DTS
  • Dolby Atmos (Dolby Digital+)
  • No HDMI eARC

Nice and intuitive Smart Features

The TV runs, like all Sony TVs of the year, with Android 9.0 Pie. The smart surface runs cleanly and extremely smoothly, so there should be no errors. As usual, advertising is unfortunately supported and displayed here. This cannot be turned off.

Due to the attached Google Play Store, the selection of additional apps is huge. The classics – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and Sky Ticket – are already pre-installed. The included remote control is also great, as it supports voice control via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

smarttv Sony X800H Bravia
Smart TV
  • Android 9.0
  • Smooth handling
  • Adverts in OS
  • Huge selection of apps
  • Good remote
  • Voice control via Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa

The Sony X800H delivers a surprising performance

The Sony X800H is a great television for small budgets due to its high brightness and good motion handling. Therefore it is suitable for watching football for example in the afternoon in a bright room. Because of the wide viewing angle it is also no problem to watch in a group.

The gaming performance is good, but you have to compromise on high-end features. In the same way, you’ll have to make without Dolby Vision in movies or series and be satisfied with the rather low contrast.


Perfect for watching football in the afternoon in a group
  • Max. brightness: 530 Nits
  • Motion Handling
  • Viewing Angle
  • Gaming
  • Black Level
  • Contrast Ratio
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Alternatives to the Sony X800H Bravia

Sony X800G
Slightly weaker predecessor model

As already suggested, the predecessor model, the X800G, performs slightly worse than the X800H. This becomes clear in the input lag of about 34ms. The older X800G can’t get as bright and has a worse viewing angle, although both have an IPS panel. Also, the Android operating system is not quite as smooth and the input lag is higher. This makes the X800H a really better successor to the X800G, which is not the case with all TVs and their followers.


LG SM8600
Alternative model from LG with similar features

Between the LG SM8600 and the Sony X800H, small differences can be seen. In contrast to the XH80, the SM8600 has local dimming, even if it isn’t particularly advanced. It also has a wider color gamut, better motion handling and a lower input lag. Nevertheless, it doesn’t get as bright as the XH800H and has a significantly smaller viewing angle. But it offers Dolby Vision in the sound range.


LG 75SM8600

Samsung QLED Q60T
Alternative model from the Samsung QLED series

The biggest difference in this comparison can be seen in the Sony X800H Bravia’s IPS panel and the Samsung Q60T’s VA panel: While the IPS panel offers a much wider viewing angle, the VA panel of the QLED model is noticeably higher in contrast and brighter, making the Samsung Q60T more suitable for dark environments.

Samsung 85Q60T
* All prices are in USD incl. VAT, if necessary plus shipping. Interim changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs are possible. Last update 2020-07-08 17:51:21