Philips has spent over 10 years developing and selling TVs with its Ambilight system, at times in unique TVs such as the Aurea. With a new 8900 series Philips takes Ambilight to the next level by utilizing pico projectors. They call it AmbiLux.
9 small projectors creates AmbiLux
Philips' new 8900 model is different. Not because it differs a lot form the two other new 8-series on technical specifications but because it takes Philips’ Ambilight system to the next level.
On the back sits nine “pico” projectors. Philips regular Ambilight TVs use LEDs. The tiny projectors can extend Ambilight to a much larger area and, according to Philips, it will have a big impact on the viewing experience. By extending the mood of the movie, Philips believes that the experience becomes more immersive. AmbiLux can be adjusted by selecting from different profiles, ranging from the extreme to the subtle.
If you want to go all in you can even integrate AmbiLux with Philips connected Hue lamps. You can also hook it up to Spotify and game consoles, says Philips.
In addition to the colorful light effects, the new 8900 offers Ultra HD resolution and Google’s Android TV operating system. From the app store you can download streaming apps and games. The brain of the system is a quad-core processor and 8900 also has integrated Google Cast. A new “Premium Remote” has a full keyboard on the back.
Sound is delivered by built-in 30 speakers and there is a twin-tuner, too.
Ambilight enthusiasts will be able to experience the Philips 8900 AmbiLux in stores starting Q4 2015. It will be available in Europa as a 65-inch (65PUS8900) only. No pricing details were announced.