Philips will release three new UHD TV ranges in the US later this year, including a new 8600 series with HDR, Dolby Vision and 82% Rec.2020 coverage. Prices for the Dolby Vision-enabled TVs start at $1199.
Dolby Vision TV for just $1199
The Philips TV brand in the US is licensed by Funai, whereas it is licensed by TP Vision in Europe. These new TVs will only be available in the US. A separate line-up for Europe will be unveiled in mid-February.
The most interesting addition to the US line-up is the new 8600 LCD series. It could be one of the cheapest TVs out there to offer support for Dolby Vision. In addition it covers 82% of the Rec.2020 color gamut, which is more than many major brands’ new TVs. The TV is said to also feature a back-lit local dimming system but there is no information on the number of zones.
- “The 8600 Series combines Dolby Vision, a high performance visual system that incorporates HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) picture processing engines to deliver uniquely powerful imaging. Other technologies include the company's new BrightPro backlight, 240 Perfect Motion Rate, Micro Dimming Pro and Philips Pixel Precise Ultra HD, its advanced picture processing engine,” Philips wrote in the press release.
Unlike Philips’ European TVs, the US versions do not appear to come equipped with Google’s Android TV operating system. Instead Philips has implemented “NetTV” that offers access to apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, and Panadora. The TVs also support WiFi (ac MIMO), HEVC, VP9, HDMI 2.0a, and HDCP 2.2. 8600 will be available in 55” and 65”.
Philips will also release more affordable 7000 and 6000 series TVs without Dolby Vision support. The 7000 series will be available in 49” and 55” models with “Razor Slim” cabinets, HDR processing, a Pixel Plus Ultra HD engine, 120 PMR, and access to apps through NetTV. The 7000 series is edge lit.
The 6000 series TVs will be positioned as affordable models in 49, 55, and 65” sizes. These TVs also come with HDR processing, 120 PMR, a Pixel Plus Ultra HD engine, and access to apps through NetTV. These TVs have a more basic design.
Prices: 55” Philips 55PFL8601/F7 - $1,199.99 - July 2016 65” Philips 65PFL8601/F7 - $1,699.99 - July 2016