Philips Europe (TP Vision) has an extensive line-up of OLED and LCD TVs models with 4K resolution, HDR, Dolby Vison, Atmos, Android, and of course Ambilight. 2020 OLED models will be the first to feature the company's 'AI' processor. FlatpanelsHD brings you an overview of Philips' 2020 TV line-up
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Philips 2020 TV line-up
TP Vision has reenergized the Philips TV brand in Europe and 2020 will be the year of Ambilight, the company proclaimed in January. It explained that once viewers try Ambilight, most tend to stick with it and buy a new Philips TV when the time comes. 3-sided Ambilight will be featured in all models from PUS7805 and up - perhaps even more later this year.
The mood lighting system has gained new features in recent years. Besides dynamic lighting effects, it can also be configured to project static white light (bias lighting) onto the wall behind the TV. Furthermore, Ambilight can be extended through Philips Hue and is also compatible with Spotify and game mode. There may even be a "try before you buy" Ambilight promotion later this year, the company hinted without providing specifics.
First 'AI' video processor from Philips
OLED technology has been another key driver in Philips' return to strength in Europe, the company said while announcing new 8 series OLED TVs (OLED805, OLED855, OLED865) that will feature Philips' first 'AI' video processor. The processor employs machine learning and a neural network analyze in order to enhance picture parameters such as sharpness, colors, and luminance. You can learn more in the video below that also touches on plans for 8K TVs (that Philips has yet to launch).
The new 8 series OLED TVs for 2020 will be available in 55 and 65 inches but the company added that it will launch both larger and smaller (48") OLED TVs in the future.
Besides that there are several recurring themes. Philips Europe continues to be a Google ally and partner, despite switching from Android TV to its own linux-based Saphi platform in some of the more affordable models.
This year, Philips Android TVs will come pre-installed with Android 9 and the company will provide us with an update on its plans for Android 10 and Google Stadia later this year.
As part of Android TV you get access to the Google Play store where you can download TV-optimized apps and games, including video apps for all the usual suspects; Netflix, Amazon, HBO etc. There is also built-in Chromecast and support for Google Assistant. Disney+ started rolling out in Europe in March and is already supported on Philips Android TVs. Apple TV+ on the other hand is not available on Android TV at this time.
Other recurring themes are Philips' partnership with Bowers & Wilkins for TV speakers and its partnership with Dolby for Dolby Vision and Atmos support. In 2020, B&W speakers will be available in 9 series LCD TVs and we expect to also see them in new top OLED TVs that will launch in the second half of 2020. The 8 series OLED has non-B&W speakers, although still better-than-average TV speakers (2.1-channel 50W). Dolby Vision and Atmos are included in all models announced for the first half of 2020, although not all with have the display or sound hardware to deliver the experience. Dolby Atmos can also be output via HDMI ARC.
Philips will also continue to be one of the few TV brands - together with Panasonic - to offer support for all popular HDR video formats, meaning HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision.
Also read: First look: Philips 2020 OLED and LCD TVs
New for 2020 is a redesigned remote control with backlit buttons and leather on the back and both sides. It comes in either black or white depending on the TV's bezel design. It will come bundled with high-end models.
None of the Philips 2020 TVs feature HDMI 2.1 ports. The company pointed out that there are no source devices with HDMI 2.1 at this time and added that once such playback devices start to arrive in earnest, it will launch HDMI 2.1-capable TVs. The 2020 models offer a single optional HDMI 2.1 feature that can be supported on an HDMI 2.0 chipset, specifically ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). Philips also confirmed to FlatpanelsHD that it is committed to the new AV1 video format for future TVs.
At CES 2020 in January, Philips was announced as a partner for Hollywood's Filmmaker Mode initiative. The new models for the first half of 2020 will not feature Filmmaker Mode. Second half 2020 models may but it is more likely to be a 2021 feature, the company said.
The TVs come with built-in DVB tuners for cable, satellite and antenne feeds. The TVs also come with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
Pricing details for the Philips 2020 models have yet to be announced. Once the TVs become available, the model name and size will become an active and clickable link to price comparison or retailers.
You can tell 2020 Philips TVs apart from previous years’ models by model numbers ending on '5'; a 8000 LCD series from 2020 will be called PUS8x05. As a reminder: xxx5 = 2020, xxx4 = 2019, xxx3 = 2018, xxx2 = 2017, xxx1 = 2016, xxx0 = 2015, xxx9 = 2014, xxx8 = 2013.
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