TP Vision has unveiled its Philips flagship TV for 2019 in the form of the 65-inch OLED984 with a floating B&W soundbar on an aluminium stand. It also features 4K, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Android.
New Philips flagship TV
Although it will not be formally announced until IFA 2019 next month, the new flagship TV was unveiled as one of the EISA 2019-2020 award winners. It is now also officially listed on Philips' regional website for Germany.
- "Experience television in a new light. This stunning 65-inch OLED+ TV features a distinctive design with a floating soundbar and 4-sided Ambilight. The next-generation P5 video processor provides real depth. Impressive sound from Bowers & Wilkins," the website reads.
Philips OLED984 will be available in 65 inches only. It features a 4K OLED panel on a stand in brushed aluminum on which a powerful wool-covered soundbar developed by Bowers & Wilkins is attached. The company explains that it is a 3-channel system (left, center, right) with 60W output and 'tweeter-on-top' technology. The soundbar has some form of up-firing capabilities but it is unclear to what extend it will be capable of taking advantage of Dolby Atmos.
With OLED984 the company is also bringing back 4-sided Ambilight after several years of absence. This is possible because the soundbar has been separated from the TV on a floor stand. Other Philips TVs offer either 2-sided or 3-sided Ambilight. In recent years, the mood lighting system has been expanded to include Philips Hue integration, a music mode, a game mode, wall color adaptation, and a lounge mode (when TV is off).
HDR10+ and Dolby Vision
The TV comes pre-installed with Android version 9. Despite introducing its own Saphi platform last year, the company remains committed to Google's Android TV platform in its upper mid-range and high-end TVs. Android is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC and the TV has 16GB of storage.
TP Vision, the company behind Philips TVs in Europe, was one of the first to embrace the HDR10+ format but in 2019 the company is expanding support to Dolby Vision. Together with Panasonic, Philips is one of the first few brands to offer support for all relevant HDR video formats; HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
Earlier this year, the company explained that part of the reason why it brings Dolby Vision to its 2019 TVs is that Dolby now allows Philips to apply some of its own picture enhancements on Dolby Vision video. However, from a technical standpoint a more likely explanation is that the MediaTek SoC powering the 2019 Philips TVs now fully supports Dolby Vision. The company has no plans to bring Dolby Vision support to last year's models.
Video is managed by the company's third generation P5 video processor. The company is not ready to embrace HDMI 2.1 yet and as such the TV is equipped with four standard HDMI 2.0 ports. HDMI ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) is supported. The TV also features a twin tuner.
Also read: Philips 2019 TV line-up
OLED984 will be part of the 2019 Philips OLED line-up, which will also include OLED804 and OLED854. The TV will be competing with other top-of-the-line TVs for buyers' attention. Panasonic is using a customized OLED panel in its GZ2000 flagship while Sony's AG9 has a unique built-in sound system and LG offers various premium OLED models. Samsung and TCL are using advanced LED systems in their flagship LCD TVs.
Availability and pricing details were not announced but we expect to learn more at IFA 2019 next month. Here, the company is expected to also unveil a more affordable OLED754 and another 9-series OLED934 model.
- Source: Philips