Philips OLED TVs have been available in Europe for years and in 2020 they will arrive in the US. At CES 2020, Funai's Philips also announced new Android TVs and Roku TVs.
Philips OLED TVs
The Philips TV brand is today controlled by TP Vision in Europe and Funai in North America. That is why there are separate TV line-ups for the two regions.
At CES 2020, Funai announced that it is bringing the Philips OLED804 model, currently available in Europe as a 2019 model, to the US "soon". This is a Philips 8 series model with a P5 video processor, Ambilight mood lighting, multi-HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision), Dolby Atmos, and Android TV. Read our review of Philips OLED934 to learn more. OLED934 has the same panel and video processor but comes with a more powerful audio system compared to the more affordable OLED804.
- <>"With these Philips TVs, Funai is really taking OLED image technology, design flair, and connectivity integration to the next level — and all at an affordable new price point," said Peter Swinkels, Director Product Planning, Funai. "At the heart of these units is a new iteration of the P5 processor, now a dual-chip design delivering improvements to shadow detail and color handling. And with Philips’ exclusive Ambilight illumination, Dolby Atmos audio decoding, and the content-rich Android TV platform, you have a television that delivers an amazing user experience at an exceptional value."
It is a little unclear how this arrangement works. OLED804 is a European TP Vision model so has Funai tweaked it for the US market or is it simply acting as a distributor for TP Vision's model? Perhaps more details will come to light next week when TP Vision announces its 2020 TV line-up in Amsterdam.
The Philips OLED will be one of several new OLED TVs to arrive in to the US this year. At CES 2020, Vizio, Konka, and Skyworth unveiled their first OLED TVs destined for the US market, while Acer and Viewsonic announced 55-inch OLED monitors. This is in addition to OLED TVs from LG and Sony.
Philips' OLED804 exists in 55 and 65 inch sizes. Launch timing and pricing details were not announced at CES. In Europe, the 55-inch OLED804 is currently available for around 1550 to 1800 Euro.
New Android TVs and Roku TVs
Funai also unveiled a new range of Android TVs that comprises 5505 (Full HD), 5704 (4K), 5905 (4K), and 6705 (4K) series. The TVs will be available in the US and Canada. Screen sizes range from 32 to 75 inches in the 5 series models and 43 to 75 inches in the 6705 series. From the Google Play store users have access to apps and games.
- "These new Philips TVs deliver an unmatched level of convergence between television, entertainment and multi-zone connected home control," said Peter Swinkels. "This new series gives users instant access to their favorite entertainment programs in 4K, while also offering convenient, centralized voice control smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and more."
The Philips 5905 Android TV has a game mode "developed to work seamlessly with Stadia cloud gaming", the company said. Specifically, it cuts input lag in half compared to 2019 models. No hard numbers were provided. Google Stadia still requires an external Chromecast Ultra as there is no Stadia app available for Android TV at this time. The 5905 series will be available in 43 to 75 inches with 4K resolution.
Furthermore, the company announced new Philips Roku TVs scheduled for spring 2020 in the US. These models will be available in 24 to 75-inch sizes with Full HD or 4K resolution depending on screen size. From the Roku store there is access to popular apps such as Disney+, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix. The TVs also support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Most of the new Philips TVs from Funai will arrive in the first half of 2020 but the 6705 series is scheduled for the second half of the year.