The first 2018 Philips OLED TVs are now available in Europe. OLED803 comes in 55 and 65 sizes with 4K, HDR, Ambilight, and Android.
A minimalistic Philips TV
The logo has been moved from the frame onto one of the two feet but if you are planning to wall mount the TV you can have a very minimalistic and streamlined design. Of course, there is still an unsightly electronics box on the back but Ambilight nevertheless requires a wall gap to work properly.
Philips TVs in Europe are produced by TP Vision and OLED803 is the first 2018 OLED model. In terms of technical specifications it is identical to the more expensive Philips OLED903 but it lacks the built-in B&W soundbar. These two models are also the first to incorporate a twin-tuner this year.
The 803 series is available in 55 and 65-inch versions with 4K resolution and support for three HDR formats (HDR10, HDR10+ og HLG). It is powered by a second-generation P5 video processor from Philips.
There is an integrated 2.1-channel audio system that is hidden from sight. OLED803 is also – like OLED903 – “compatible with Dolby Atmos”. It is not exactly clear what that entails but we are chasing more details.
Of course, the TV is equipped with Ambilight that illuminates the wall on three sides. Over the last couple of years, the company has expanded the system to integrate with Philips HUE, game consoles, Spotify, and other devices and services.
The TVs are based on Google’s Android TV platform. It runs the aging version 7 (Nougat) but Philips has promised to update it to Android 8 (Oreo) at a later time. Google recently started rolling out version 9 (Pie).
Philips OLED803 is now shipping in select European countries. Over the coming weeks, the company will expand availability to more regions.