Philips unveils 9636 and 9506 MiniLED TVs

Long wait until summer!

by Andy Bassett

Philips has introduced two new Mini LED TV models for 2021, the 9506 plus the Bowers and Wilkins speaker augmented 9636.

With TCL having championed Mini LED backlights for a couple of years now and both LG and Samsung introducing their own variants at this year’s all-digital CES (well, slightly before as is LG’s practice), Philips is keeping pace by launching two new mini-LED TV models of its own.

Though Philips has not divulged how many of these tiny LEDs its new models use, it has stated there are 1000 dimming zones used in both models and that the higher end 9636 uses the Philips Micro Dimming Premium system combined with its local dimmable backlight. This delivers a peak light output of 2000 nits to help create deep blacks and improved highlights. Meanwhile, the 9506 manages 1500 nits peak output from the combination of its own mini LED backlight with the Micro Dimming Pro system.

The 9636 and 9506 both come in 65- and 75-inch sizes and use a high quality VA panel with a wide viewing angle and wide colour gamut of 95% DCI-P3. 

Philips unveils 9636 and 9506 MiniLED TVs
Philips 9636 MiniLED 

The 9636 is distinguished by the inclusion of the same audiophile quality, multi-speaker 3.1.2 Bowers & Wilkins 70W sound system found on the flagship OLED+935 TV. The speaker bar, which is finished off with acoustically transparent Kvadrat cloth and a micro-mesh grill, incorporates Dolby Atmos Elevation speakers with the unique Tweeter-on-Top technology. It also acts as the table-top stand with a single rigid connecting bar on the 65” version and two ridged connecting bars on the 75” model. The set can also be wall mounted if required.

Aside from the backlighting, audio features and stand design - the 9506 sports an onboard 50W 2.1 speaker system and blade shaped metal ‘sticks’ feet - the 9506 and 9636 are matched in their remaining specifications.

The latest 5th generation of Philips P5 picture processor 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 for the best possible image quality. 

In addition to HDR10 / HLG / HDR10+ / Dolby Vision, the 9506 / 9636 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.

Full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 capability (48Gbps, 4:4:4, 12 bit) is present across two (ports 1 and 2) bringing Variable Refresh rate (VRR) for 4K from 40Hz to 120Hz, Auto-Low-Latency Mode (ALLM - already available on a selection of Philips 2020 models) and eARC (port 2 only).  Additionally gamers will benefit from the [email protected] refresh rate, FreeSync Premium Pro and Auto Game mode.

Philips unveils 9636 and 9506 MiniLED TVs
Philips 9506 MiniLED 

The razor slim design includes a narrow, brushed metal lower bezel with minimalist metal top and sides and the immersion creating 4 sided Ambilight. 

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 access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, while 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.

All the new Philips Mini LED TVs will be Calman Ready for advanced calibration and availability will be from summer 2021 with prices to be confirmed.

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Source: Press Release

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