Besides two new 9 series OLED TV ranges, TP Vision will seemingly launch a cheaper Philips OLED range called OLED8x3. The company is also planning a new 9 series LCD flagship TV, according to leaked model numbers in the WiFi Alliance database.
Philips 2018 TVs
In order to sell a consumer product with built-in WiFi it must first be certified by the WiFi Alliance, which maintains a public database of certified products. Last year, the database leaked LG’s plans to launch the W7 wallpaper TV.
This year, the 2018 Philips TV line-up (for Europe) is listed in the database ahead of the official announcement. More than 50 TV models are listed. A few of them are worth noticing:
Philips’ model numbers are easy to decipher. All current 2107 models end on ‘2’ so the number 3 refers to 2018. ‘OLED’ is obvious whereas ‘PUS’ refers to LCD. The first number in the row refers to the TV range where 9 is the top-of-the-line range.
4 new OLED TV ranges
TP Vision is the licensee of the Philips TV brand in Europe and it is offering only one Philips-branded OLED TV (55POS9002) this year. OLED903 appears to be the successor whereas OLED973 has already been announced.
That leaves us with OLED803, which appears to be a more affordable 8 series OLED TV in 55 and 65-inch sizes. The OLED873 appears to be the same TV with a soundbar (like OLED973). The current POS9002 is already one of the more affordable OLED TVs on the European market so 2018 should be interesting.
Lastly, PUS9603 piqued our interest as it appears to be a new 9 series flagship LCD TV. It has been three years since Philips last sold a flagship TV based on LCD technology so what kind of specifications can justify a return? It likely has to do with picture quality and Ambilight but we can only guess at this point.
All of the 7, 8, and 9 series models in the WiFi Alliance database are listed as running Android TV version 7.0 and with 5GHz ‘ac’ WiFi. The above-mentioned TVs are also listed with”715G8579 M0A” hardware, which is the same SoC used in the fall 2017 TVs. The company has confirmed that at least some of the new TVs will feature a new remote control, and that HDR10+ will be implemented starting from 2018.
TP Vision will not unveil its 2018 TV line-up at CES 2018. The company will instead be hosting a separate event later.