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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Sony X90K is at an upper midrange price and generally performs better across the board, especially for gaming, watching movies and series, and in brighter rooms. It provides good reflection handling, better motion processing, and has a higher refresh rate which is great for gaming. If you value a more immersive experience with higher picture and sound quality, the Sony could be a great choice. On the other hand, the TCL S435 is a budget-friendly option and still offers decent performance for casual watching, particularly for cartoons and animation. However, it has less impressive contrast, brightness, and overall picture quality. It also lacks local dimming, which can affect the dark room viewing experience. If budget is a priority and your viewing habits are not demanding, the TCL S435 could serve you well. But if you're willing to invest more for a better all-around experience and particularly value gaming and bright room performance, the Sony X90K would be the superior option. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Sony X90K (LCD)
  • Very good for bright room
  • Good for dark room
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for movies & TV
  • Good for sports
  • Very good for news, talk, & other TV
  • Very good for cartoons & animation
  • Good for use as monitor
  • Best in class for upscaling
  • Best in class motion processing
Advantages of the TCL S435 (LCD)
  • The TCL S435 (LCD) has no clear advantages over the Sony X90K (LCD).

Key differences

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Picture Quality

7.7
XR-85X90K
85S435
6.6
7.38/10
CONTRAST
7.50/10
7.8/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.6/10
LED FALD
PANEL TYPE
LED
TBD
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The Sony X90K (LCD) has good picture quality, while the TCL S435 (LCD) has only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

7.5
XR-85X90K
85S435
6.1
7.38/10
CONTRAST
7.50/10
6.1/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.7/10
10.0/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
No
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
No
The Sony X90K (LCD) is good for movies & TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is only fair.

Sports

7.1
XR-85X90K
85S435
5.9
10.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
3.2/10
120Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
7.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
5.8/10
10.0/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
8.7/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The Sony X90K (LCD) is good for sports, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

8.1
XR-85X90K
85S435
5.5
8.0/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.2/10
7.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
5.8/10
10.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
3.2/10
76.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
0.0/100
8.6/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.3/10
The Sony X90K (LCD) is very good for gaming, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cartoons & Animation

8.0
XR-85X90K
85S435
7.0
7.7/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
6.0/10
7.8/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
6.6/10
8.7/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
7.0/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
9.0/10
6.6/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
5.9/10
The Sony X90K (LCD) is very good for cartoons & animation, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is good.

News, Talk, & Other TV

8.7
XR-85X90K
85S435
5.8
8.7/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
10.0/10
UPSCALING
5.9/10
The Sony X90K (LCD) is very good for news, talk, & other TV, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Bright Room

8.0
XR-85X90K
85S435
5.6
5.4/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.0/10
8.7/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.2/10
8.3/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.1/10
6.3/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
5.9/10
The Sony X90K (LCD) is very good for bright room, while the TCL S435 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$1,948
XR-85X90K
85S435
$1,800
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Sony X90K (LCD) has a price of $1,948 and the TCL S435 (LCD) costs $1,800.
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How the Sony X90K (LCD) and the TCL S435 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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Sony X90K (LCD)TCL S435 (LCD)
Sony X90K (LCD)TCL S435 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$1,948
$1,800
Brand
SonyTCL
Release Date
May 4, 2022September 5, 2020
Full name
XR-85X90K85S435
Screen Size
85"85"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
8/106/10
NextGen Ready
YesNo
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
7.7/106.7/10
Bright Room Score
8/105.6/10
Gaming Score
8.1/105.6/10
Movies & TV Score
7.5/106.2/10
Sports Score
7.2/106/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
43" x 74.9" x 2.9"43.1" x 74.9" x 3.9"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
44.4" x 74.9"46.8" x 74.9"
Weight without Stand
100.9 lbs101.4 lbs
VESA Mount
400 x 400600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesNo
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesNo
Contrast
7.4/107.5/10
Local Dimming
7.2/102.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
30 W30 W
Dolby Atmos
YesDolby Digital Plus Bypass Only
DTS:X
Up to DTS Digital Surround, Bypass onlyNo

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Sony X90K (LCD)

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Techradar

Al Griffin | December 2022
"As Sony’s next-to-flagship LCD TV, the X90K series delivers impressive performance for the price. The XR90K had fairly accurate out-of-box color. The TV’s multi-position stand lets you either set the screen flush with any stand its mounted on or elevate it to clear space for a soundbar. With the latter option, you get around 3 inches of clearance enough to accommodate most soundbars. The X90K’s excellent suite of gaming features ranks it up there with the best 120 Hz 4K TVs."

TCL S435 (LCD)

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CNET

Geoffrey Morrison | June 2021
"The TCL 4-Series is so inexpensive and capable you might start to question why there are any multithousand-dollar TVs at all. The 4-Series setup is intuitive and easy. If you're just looking for an easy-to-use TV with decent picture, this is an excellent place to start."

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About Sony

Sony stands as a highly experienced and widely trusted TV manufacturer, earning a reputation that surpasses all others. A Japanese company, Sony has been making TVs for far longs than it has been making Playstation game consoles. Sony's high-end TVs are often regarded as the ultimate choice for videophiles, representing the epitome of quality, albeit at a premium price point. Renowned for their advanced and precise motion handling, as well as their cutting-edge local dimming algorithms, Sony consistently delivers unparalleled performance in these areas. They include Google TV software with all their TV sets, which grants access to the largest selection of apps available and they also include Bravia Core which is a movie streaming platform specifically for Sony TVs that offers higher picture quality by using more bandwidth.

About TCL

TCL, the highly recognizable TV brand from China, has firmly established itself as the second-largest manufacturer in terms of sales volume. Renowned for striking an impressive balance between affordability, picture quality, and design, TCL TVs deliver a compelling overall package. While they have traditionally excelled in the low-end and midrange TV segments, TCL has recently made remarkable strides in the realm of high-end televisions, introducing impressive models that rival top competitors. Most TCL TVs use Roku software which is very user friendly and easy to use, but they have a few other models that use Google TV which has the largest app selection, but is not as user friendly as Roku.

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