New Philips OLED TVs for 2021 include the OLED 806, 856 and 706 models which debut a 77-inch screen, full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1 and the latest 5th gen P5 picture processor. Last year’s OLED+935 sticks around too.
Like just about every other TV manufacturer, Philips has had to resort to an online briefing to announce its 2021 range of televisions, but even without a hands on look at the new models it's clear there are some interesting new changes worth the wait.
Chief among these is the adoption of the full 48Gbps (4:4:4 12 bit) HDMI 2.1 protocol across the new 806 and 856 OLED models. This brings Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM) to two of the four HDMI ports (1 and 2) while eARC is available on port two. Moreover, this full bandwidth implementation of HDMI 2.1 will also be found on the more affordable 706 OLED model which replaces the 705.
Gamers will also benefit from the [email protected] refresh rate plus FreeSync Premium Pro and Auto Game mode.
A long awaited leap to a 77-inch screen size for Philips’s OLED TVs is made by the 806 range which also brings 48-, 55- and 65-inch sizes while the identically specc'd 856 comes in just 55- and 65-inch versions. It also features dark chrome T bar stand rather than the metal, dual-tone-finish ‘sticks’ feet of the OLED806.
All the new models will have the latest 5th generation of Philips P5 picture processor which leverages the AI Intelligent Picture Engine and introduces a new Film detection mode to the existing five AI categories and also incorporates the TV’s light sensor to ensure that contrast for SD or HDR content is always optimised to the ambient light levels.
In addition to HDR10 / HLG / HDR10+ / Dolby Vision, the 806/856 sets also support HDR10+ Adaptive which combines HDR10+ dynamic metadata with real-time ambient light information to automatically optimise brightness levels to the viewing environment on a scene-by-scene basis.
Filmmaker Mode, which keeps the original artistic vision of the creator intact, is present as a named picture preset this year.
The introduction of Philips TV’s unique anti-burn technology last year, which is designed to specifically protect OLED screens, now sees a version of the technology come to the company’s mid range 806/856 sets. Advanced logo detection monitors a grid of zones to accurately detect static content and gradually reduce the intensity of its local light output to avoid burn-in without compromising the output of other parts of the screen.
The 806 and 856 models share a thin, zero-bezel design and feature four-sided Ambilight for an immersive viewing experience. The OLED706 doesn’t miss out on this experience either and comes with a 3-sided version of Ambilight.
The audio side of the TV experience is handled across all three new ranges by a 50W 2.1 sound system with a dedicated triple ring, rear facing, bass driver supported by four passive radiators. Dolby Atmos is supported and DTS Play-Fi is also on board to allow wireless connectivity for easy to use high-resolution, multi-room audio.
The latest Android 10 TV OS offers a new intuitive interface and both Google Assistant Built-in – via push to talk on the remote – and Works with Alexa compatibility provide the Smart features owners will be expecting.
The premium materials used in the design and construction of these latest OLED TVs extends to the backlit, metalised Remote Control which sports Muirhead’s responsibility sourced leather on the sides and rear for added comfort.
All the new OLED TVs will be Calman Ready for advanced calibration and availability will be in the first half of 2021 with prices to be confirmed.
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Source: Press Release
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