Philips' first MLA-based OLED (OLED908) is a meaningful upgrade in both picture and smarts, while DTS Play-Fi is starting to look like a robust wireless audio platform. Here's FlatpanelsHD's first look at Philips' 2023 TVs. FlatpanelsHD was in Amsterdam to see Philips' 2023 TV line-up and OLED908 was without doubt the highlight of the show with its WOLED panel with MLA (Micro Lens Array) that is significantly brighter on both paper and in reality. Danny Tack, Senior Director of Product Strategy and Planning, started off by highlighting the key improvements in the MLA WOLED panel from LG Display. He added that the heatsink has been upgraded and that energy efficiency has been improved as the micro lens array harvests more light, so lifetime should stay the same. revealed at CES 2023 where the LG G3 and Panasonic MZ2000 were announced, but a less talked-about change is the new AR coating seen in the video below, shot by FlatpanelsHD in Amsterdam. As you can see the effect is quite pronounced. We have now seen the MLA panel a couple of times and while it is still glossy (not matte) it looks somewhat less glossy in some environments. We will need a review sample before we can properly assess it. Danny Tack demonstrated how the higher brightness of the MLA WOLED panel in Philips OLED908 improves HDR picture quality with higher peaks and whiter whites as compared to last year's OLED907 – both TVs were in 'Vivid' mode. We have seen the video clips used before and while it may be hard to see in our video (shot in SDR) it was still clear from the short demonstration that OLED908 can reach noticeably higher brightness. Update: Philips has clarified that the MLA panel is found in OLED908 in 55, 65 and 77 inches. As a result of these improvements, Philips has decided not to launch QD-OLED TVs this year. Maybe next year, he said. OLED808 will have the same OLED EX panel as last year's OLED807 and OLED708 the same as last year's OLED707 (non OLED EX). OLED908 will be the flagship for 2023 as there is no 'OLED938' planned. During his presentation, Danny Tack also covered new features of the 7th generation P5 video processor including the new 'Ambient Intelligence' feature and support for Dolby Vision in 4K 120Hz for the first time in a Philips TV. Furthermore, he introduced a new picture settings menu in 2023 Philips TVs and demonstrated DLG (Dual Line Gate) and HSR (Hardware Super Resolution) technologies in the new 60Hz LCD TVs. See for yourself in the video. Another new development from Philips in 2023 is that it will launch its first 42 inch 4K OLED TV. It will be part of the OLED808 range with two HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K120, VRR, ALLM, and more. It features 3-sided Ambilight and since Philips is the only TV brand to offer built-in mood lighting of any kind it will be the first 42-inch OLED TV with mood lighting.
Pentonic chip, Google TV, remote controlPhilips made no mention of the new MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chip, but confirmed to FlatpanelsHD that it is found in the 2023 OLED TVs as well as the two 2023 'The One' LCD models. Pentonic 1000 is not found in the two 'The Xtra' miniLED LCD models. The chip is faster and with the hardware upgrade Philips is switching from Android TV to Google TV (Android 12). We did not get to see Google TV in action on a 2023 Philips TV as these were very early samples but the user interface will look similar to other Google TVs as Google is asking partners not to change it. Philips confirmed to FlatpanelsHD that OLED908 will be its first TV model with WiFi 6 (ax) and Bluetooth 5.2. The other Google TV models will feature WiFi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5.0.
New Smart TV platform from PhilipsAnd here's a twist. The two 'The Xtra' PML9308 and PML9008 miniLED LCD ranges will not run Google TV and will not feature the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chip, meaning that they do not support Dolby Vision 4K at 120Hz or the latest version of DTS Play-Fi wireless audio (see next section) either, Philips confirmed to FlatpanelsHD. Instead, they will use Philips' new in-house Smart TV platform that builds on the linux-based Saphi platform in earlier entry-level Philips TVs. It will offer the same apps as Saphi plus additional apps coming later this year. It will also have some kind of cast function to let users cast content from a smartphone or tablet, but it is unclear exactly what it is. Philips will announce further details later.
Wireless surround sound, AmbilightIn late 2022, Philips and DTS announced an upgraded version of the DTS Play-Fi wireless audio platform that now supports full surround including Dolby Atmos in up to 7.1.4 channels. In the past, you would need a DTS Play-Fi soundbar as the starting point for such as surround system but the technology is now built directly into the Philips TV meaning that you can connect multiple compatible DTS Play-Fi speakers wirelessly to the TV. All 2023 Philips Google TV models support up to 7.1.4 channels wirelessly whereas the two 'The Xtra' models support only the first-gen DTS Play-Fi which is limited to stereo.
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