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Philips 65PUS9809 offers UHD, Android and a 4-way Ambilight

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Philips Ambilight
Philips Ambilight

The Philips 65PUS9809 is TP Vision’s top TV for 2014, and offers UHD resolution and the Android OS for greater flexibility.

The 65-inch Philips 65PUS9809 is the latest flagship model in the Philips-branded range, and claims to be the first European brand TV to be powered by Android.

You get the complete Android experience too, with access to the Google Play app store, and the specific version it runs is 4.2.2.

This means you’ll get easy access to streaming services like Netflix, as well as the Chrome browser and loads of games, although how easy they will be to control using the remote, which has a ‘pointer’, remains to be seen.

Those looking at the Philips 65PUS9809 will likely care more about its TV specs than its software, though.

It’s a 65-inch screen LCD screen of 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution, and offers local dimming for improved contrast.

To further improve the perception of contrast, the Philips 65PUS9809 uses an ambilight, Philips’s system that lights up the areas behind the TV with colours that correspond to what’s on-screen.

It uses a four-way ambilight, providing this effect all the way around the TV.

Other basics specs of the Philips 65PUS9809 include four HDMI ports, Active 3D, Miracast support and a upscaling system that distributor TP Vision says makes non UHD-content look just as sharp as UHD.

The Philips 65PUS9809 also pays more attention to sound than some. As well as 15W speakers, it includes a 50W wireless subwoofer that you can place elsewhere in the lounge.

The Philips 65PUS9809 will go on sale in Europe during Q3 2014, suggesting we’ll see it within the next couple of months.

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Prem Desai

July 10, 2014, 4:24 pm

Any idea of the price?

Also, are the HDMI ports v 2 ?

Johan E. Bengtsson

July 13, 2014, 1:52 pm

Philips will need to fix the numerous bugs in their firmware - evident in the 48" Android TV.

"Complete Android experience" is a big overstatement - very few apps have been certified for use on Android TV yet. The Netflix app consistently crashes the Philips 48" Android TV. The Spotify app just says "coming soon...". The Chrome app seems not using the full resolution of the TV - Chrome looks a lot better on a PC with a HD video resolution display.

Also, make sure that the processor is FAST - the 48" Philips Android TV is extremely sluggish on basic TV functionality like switching channels, moving to Text TV, and so on.

Having said this, the visual quality is great (also for YouTube), and it is good that the new model addresses sound quality - the Philips 48" Android TV sound is not impressive at all.

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