Philips TVs 2019: If you’re after a Philips Ambilight 4K TV and aren’t sure what features they have or what size to look for, our TV guide about all the TVs Philips has launched in 2019 will help set you in the right direction.
Here’s everything you need to know including model numbers, features, and which TVs support for various HDR and audio formats.
Philips TVs 2019 highlights
Philips’ focus for 2019 is vision and sound, but that’s not to say other features aren’t getting the star treatment, however.
Ambilight has been a big selling point, one that separates Philips’ TVs from every other brand.
Ambilight is Philips’ proprietary tech that uses LEDs on the back panel to cast on-screen colours in real-time to the surface behind. In an attempt to capitalise on that, a considerable chunk of its lineup have incorporated the three-sided Ambilight technology that’s proved to be so popular.
Philips’ decision to support all the major HDR formats means that from its premium OLEDs, down to its entry-level 6000 Series, there’s a combination of HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR. If you choose a Philips TV, your 4K HDR content will be well supported.
Philips collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins has reaped great benefits, with the OLED+934 and OLED+984 employing an integrated sound system – similar to last year’s OLED+903/803 ranges – for greater audio oomph. Dolby Atmos will be prominent, too, with 90% of range supporting it.
The third-generation version of the P5 Perfect Picture Engine is also available across its top-range models. The “P” stands for “perfect”, while the 5 refers to the five areas of focus: source quality, sharpness, colour, contrast and motion. Philips has said this version of the P5 offers improved noise reduction, as well as better sharpness and contrast from its 1000-nit capable displays.
Android Pie OS is favoured over the Saphi user interface on all TVs apart from Philip’s entry-level efforts. For the TVs that support Android 9, you can count on Google Assistant voice control, with a number of ranges able to “work with” Amazon Alexa.
Philips TVs 2019 – 4K HDR OLED
- 65OLED+984 – £4,500
The OLED+984 is Philips’ top-of-the-range OLED for 2019.
The screen is similar to last year’s OLED+903, carrying the 3rd generation P5 Picture processing chip for improved picture quality. With the P5, Philips says you can expect better “overall HDR performance” to HDR10 & HDR10+ and, for the first time, the P5 can also tweak Dolby Vision content too.
The sound system is separate from the main screen, adopting a soundbar-like enclosure with a tweeter-on-top for much more improved high-frequency performance. And if you want to add more bass, there’s a subwoofer out connection.
- 55OLED+934 – £2200
- 65OLED+934 – £3000
The OLED+934 has the same screen and performance as the OLED+984, but has taken a different approach when it comes to sound.
Unlike the OLED+984, it does not carry an integrated speaker stand. Similar to the Panasonic GZ2000, it has upward-firing Atmos speakers to top of the TV’s frame, the first TV by Philips to do this.
While the OLED+984 has four-sided Ambilight technology, the OLED+934 has to make do with a three-sided version. Otherwise, you can count on the features being the same as the flagship OLED, with built-in Google Assistant, Android Pie OS and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
- 55OLED804 – £1699
- 65OLED804 – £2299
- 55OLED854 – £1699
- 65OLED854 – £2299
The OLED804 and OLED854 replace last year’s terrific OLED803 range. It boasts the 3rd-gen, two-chip version of the P5 picture processor that’s more powerful than the previous iteration and capable of producing a 20% picture improvement for Philips’ 1000-nit capable panels.
The sound system is an integrated 2.1 effort driven by 50W of power. Otherwise, we have all versions of HDR included, Android 9 OS support and Alexa integration. The TV’s design has what the Dutch brand refers to as a “premium minimalist European design”.
Both the OLED804 and OLED854 sport a chrome frame but different stands. The OLED804 opts for metal feet, while the OLED854 has a swivel T-bar stand.
We’ve reviewed the OLED804 and it’s another stunner, delivering “the most refined, natural pictures Philips has ever produced from an OLED TV”, and with Dolby Vision/HDR10+ compatibility at an aggressive price, the OLED804 is a very consumer friendly set.
- 55OLED754 – £1300
- 65OLED754 – £1799
The OLED754 is the cheapest OLED in its TV range, coming in just below the OLED804. The features on this set are not quite the same as the ones seen on the more premium OLEDs. For one, it has the second gen version of Philips’ P5 picture processing chip, not the latest third gen. And it trades Android 9 OS for the Saphi smart interface. That also means it swaps Google Assistant integration for Alexa.
Nonetheless, you get support for all the main HDR formats – including Dolby Vision and HDR10+ – with Dolby Atmos compatibility, passage to on-demand, catch-up apps and Freeview Play.
- 55PUS9104/12 − £1200
Designed in collaboration with Scandinavian firm Georg Jensen, the 9104 features a slim bezel and highly polished blade feet that give the set a minimalist aesthetic.
HDR10+ and HLG are supported, but there’s no room for Dolby Vision. Instead there’s HDR Premium, which appears to be Philips’ own interpretation of HDR for its pricier TVs.
The P5 processor is present, although it isn’t the same version as in the top range OLEDs. The panel is an IPS Nano Colour, which should allow for consistent colours and wider viewing angles. It also incorporates Philip’s Micro Dimming Pro technology, which takes into account the ambient light in a room and adjusts the TV’s panel.
Rounding off the package is a 25W 2.1 sound system, plus there’s Android TV OS with Google Assistant integration. Amazon Alexa voice control is possible, too.
The 8804 Series is an ultra-slim 4K range with a “premium European design”. The bottom of the TV is home to a 2.1 integrated sound system powered by Bowers & Wilkins. It’s the same configuration as seen on the OLED+903 range, with its two front-firing speakers wrapped in speaker cloth from Danish textile company Kvadrat.
All forms of HDR are supported, and you can throw Dolby Atmos into the mix. The panel benefits from Philips’ Micro Dimming Pro technology for better colour contrast, while we have Android TV Pie OS that comes with Google Assistant and also “Works with Alexa”.
The 7504 is the first of Philips’ two mid-range sets.
Features aren’t far off what you can expect from the 8804 4K TV. There’s three-sided Ambilight, the P5 perfect picture processor, Micro Dimming Pro for the panel, as well as support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG. For sound tick off Dolby Atmos, with the whole audio operation powered by an integrated 25W 2.1 audio system.
The central silver metal mono-foot stand can be detached and the sound system is covered in premium Kvadrat speaker cloth. The OS of choice is Android Pie – and, once again, your options for voice control are between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
PUS7304 “The One”
The other part of the equation that makes up Philips’ 2019 mid-range 7-Series offering. Philips has dubbed this TV as “The One”, with the promise it will offer premium features at an affordable price.
It certainly satisfies on the first claim. This TV packs all the features available in the higher-specced TVs. P5 Perfect Picture Processing, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Micro Dimming Pro, HLG and HDR10+ compatible, a 20W Philips sound system with DTS HD, Android TV Pie (9) OS with Google Assistant built-in, and “Works with Alexa”. We’ll have to wait for price confirmation.
DLED backlighting is in force here, as it is on the 7504 Series and entry-level 6704/6754. DLED refers to Direct-lit LED, with TVs that use it having LEDs spread across the screen, unlike edge-lit panels where LEDs are placed towards the boundary of the screen. Contrast should be better on the former, since a DLED panel is able to produce more consistent blacks than an edge-lit panel.
But back to the features. We have Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10+ in terms of HDR. There’s no P5 processor here; instead, the 6814 uses the Pixel Precise Ultra HD engine, which worked a treat on the brand’s mid-to-lower specced TVs in 2018.
There’s Dolby Atmos compatibility and a 20W sound system on the audio front. Philips’ Saphi Smart TV interface takes over from Android Pie, which means there’s no Google Assistant, but Alexa support is baked in. The 6814 features a silver, swivel-capable T-bar stand on the 43, 50 and 55in versions.
The entry-level Philips 2019 TVs. You can count on the 6704/6754 on having the same features as the 6814, from the three-sided Ambilight to the Saphi Smart TV system. There’s no mention of built-in Alexa, leaving the assumption that aside from the TV interface, voice control is not this TV’s forte. If you want voice integration, the above TVs will suit better.
The biggest differences are the two TV’s bezels and feet furniture. The 6704 has a slim black bezel with gloss styling on the front, matte sides and blade feet at the bottom. The 6754 has a silver bezel and comes with matching silver blade feet.
Philips TVs 2019 – HD TVs
While there was no mention of a HD TV in Philips’ announcements, there is an HD set in their 2019 lineup. The Philips 4304 is HD-Ready, which means it comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and twin HDMI ports – and that’s about it.