Philips claims 3rd Gen P5 Engine sets standard for OLED TVs

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by Andy Bassett
Philips' 2019 OLED+ TVs, including the newly announced 984 and 934 models, all have the 3rd Generation P5 Engine at their heart, providing the image quality that OLED deserves.
It’s a bold claim but Philips are confident that their latest P5 processor will set it apart from the other OLED manufacturers and lay down the picture quality standard to beat.

The press release explaining how Philips' 3rd Generation P5 Engine goes about setting the PQ standard is below.


Berlin, September 5th, 2019 – Philips TVs will set a new outright reference standard for best picture quality in the premium TV sector with the introduction of the 3rd Generation P5 engine in the company’s 2019 OLED TV range – including two new OLED+ models launched at IFA.

The 3rd generation of P5 is implemented in a special two-chip arrangement that maintains the optimised order of processing of the original P5 but adds additional computational power to key intensive parts of the processing chain – the overall result is a doubling of the processing power and a 30% PQ improvement over the already market leading 2nd generation P5 chip.

2nd Gen P5 equipped Philips OLED TVs were already widely acknowledged for reproducing the best picture quality in 2018, with the companies 803 & 903 models winning more than 47 awards and two independent ‘blind’ picture shoot-outs.

The 3rd generation of P5 extends PQ performance even further, bringing improved noise reduction, better sharpness, more accurate colours and skin tones and better contrast to all sources.

The new engine has the power to bring PQ improvements to Philips TV’s unique Perfect Natural Reality feature, plus better overall HDR performance including for both HDR10 & HDR10+ sources and, for the first time, can enhance Dolby VisionÒ encoded dynamic HDR content.

Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience with ultravivid picture quality — incredible brightness, contrast, detail, and colour that bring entertainment to life before your eyes. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver colours never before seen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The result is a refined, lifelike image that will make you forget you are looking at a screen. Excellent noise reduction performance has always been a key element within the P5’s processing suite, thanks to sophisticated motion flow analysis working in combination with spatial and temporal noise reduction to allow the maximum reduction of noise but without introducing annoying detail blurring or smearing.


Philips claims 3rd Gen P5 Engine sets standard for OLED TVs
The 3rd generation of Philips TV’s P5 engine now adds de-contour enhancement, bit-depth calculation and sparse filtering to produce an even cleaner, sharper image.

For Perfect Sharpness performance, the original P5’s Detail Enhancer feature has been further improved by adding a Detail Protection and Restoration function to the original Detail Meter, to ensure even better results when transforming the original pixels into better, sharper pixels. A new Dejaggy filter is also especially effective when applied to low and high angle diagonal lines.

The result is a visibly more refined image with finer more detailed lines and improved depth impression.

Philips’ TV unique Perfect Natural Reality feature has also been improved via a new specular detection function plus better region classification in conjunction with inverse tone mapping. The result is improved contrast, more depth impression with more realistic reproduction of reflections, better sharpness and more natural and accurate skin tones, all helping to transform SDR content into an HDR-like picture.

The new and upgraded features can also combine to improve HDR10/HDR10+ performance.

For HDR content the 3rd Gen P5 uses higher bit resolution to remove the problem of loss of detail in very dark areas, ensure that there’s no colour clipping in very bright and colourful scenes and removes any unwanted colour banding while protecting gradients within skin tones.

New for 2019 is the inclusion of Dolby Vision compatibility, with Philips now leading the market by uniquely offering support for all the major HDR formats - including Dolby Vision - across almost the company’s entire range of sets – including every model from the 6000 series upwards.

The Philips TV PQ team has worked in close partnership with Dolby to enable the key benefits of P5 to deliver a spectacular viewing experience while retaining artistic intent.

The 3rd generation P5 can also improve SDR and HDR 10/HDR10+ images with less noise, artefacts with picture quality that is both sharper and smoother.


Since OLED panels are supplied to the TV industry by LG Display and are essentially all the same, it’s a TV maker’s image processing that sets it apart from the competition. Will the 3rd Generation P5 processor do that? Philips certainly thinks so.

Source: Press release
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