The first 2020 OLED TVs from Philips are rolling out now in Europe. OLED805 and OLED855 feature 4K, Ambilight, Android 9.0 and for the first time DTS Play-Fi. Additional OLED models for 2020 will be unveiled soon.
Philips 2020 OLED TVs
Like last year, OLED805 and OLED855 (and in some regions OLED865) feature 4K resolution, support for multi-HDR (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision), Android TV (version 9.0), and of course Ambilight.
New major features this year are DTS Play-Fi and an upgraded 'P5 AI' video processor that has been optimised through machine learning to enhance the picture in five areas, the company explained; source, color, contrast, motion and sharpness. We will take a closer look in our upcoming review.
As for DTS Play-Fi integration, the company says that it is the "first step towards building a complete wireless connectivity platform". In addition to multiroom music support, DTS Play-Fi lets users connect speakers wirelessly to the TV in up to 5.1 surround sound.
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OLED805, OLED855 and OLED865 are technical identical. The difference lies in design and the table top stand. Another new development worth highlighting is the revamped remote control in leather with backlit buttons.
Google, Dolby & B&W partnerships
The new OLED TVs from Philips will compete head to head with OLED TVs from LG, Sony, Panasonic and other TV brands in Europe.
Sony and Philips have both embraced Google's Android TV platform that offers access to apps via the Play store whereas LG is positioning its OLED TVs as console-friendly by including HDMI 2.1 ports, and Panasonic has a customized, high-brightness OLED panel in its flagship model.
Besides its partnerships with Google and Dolby, Philips has partnered with Bowers & Wilkins. These 8 series OLED TVs will not come equipped with B&W speakers but the company has teased that it will soon unveil additional 2020 models with B&W speakers. We expect to hear more in early September during IFA 2020.
Philips' OLED8x5 models are rolling out now in Europe and will be more widely available in a few weeks. More information can be found below.