Sony unveils impressive Android Auto / CarPlay receiver with giant screen

Sony unveils impressive Android Auto / CarPlay receiver with giant screen
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come pre-installed on many new cars these days, but unless you have those latest car models, you are probably stuck with an old proprietary infotainment system that... probably just isn't very good.

That's where aftermarket Android Auto kits come into play, making it possible to use the latest Android Auto on your old car. And Sony has just released its latest Android Auto kit that easily installs into a single-DIN car space. The new kit features a massive, 8.95-inch touchscreen giving your ride a futuristic look and you don't need to worry about making it fit on your dashboard as it floats slightly above it and you can adjust the depth, tilt the unit to an angle to see it easier and set its height.

One important disclaimer: just like many Android Auto aftermarkets kits, this one costs quite a bit of money at a price of around $600.

Keep in mind that Sony is only unveiling this new unit now and sales are expected to start later on, in December. The name of the new accessory is Sony XAV-AX8000... and yes, Sony really could have found a better name.

You can learn more about the new Sony XAV-AX8000 system over at the company's official website here.



1. emcdonald75

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

You cannot just attach these aftermarket infotainment systems to any vehicles, right? Aren't some vehicles' systems integral to the vehicle's functioning?

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Metra aftermarket solutions

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It would be up to the end user if they want to replace it at that point.

5. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Some third party head units come with built-in steering wheel control adapters and wiring for airconditioning controls, while some require specific adapters for retain OEM features.

4. charulo316

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Looks promising

6. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It doesn't look quite as good as Alpine's Halo9, hopefully Sony will come up with a Digital Media Receiver with HDMI input and video out for rear monitors. A tablet-style IPS capacitive screen would be nice as well.

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Many car review websites down-rate cars with older squarish headunits and approve those iPad style proprietary styles. But this is exactly why you should always buy those removable square headunits, your car can be upgraded to the latest equipment forever with no risk of obsolescence.

8. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You're completly right in all new Mercedes/bmw/audi cars you're stuck with the old screens and software which are obsolete after a year or 5. With a 1 or 2 dinn you're safe of being able to have the newest multimedia systems by plug and play

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