Philips TV 2020: 2020 is the year of the Ambilight TV (according to Philips). If you’re after that type of TV, then the only brand that sells them is Philips.
Philips TV range is made up of their elegantly-designed OLEDs, to their cheaper Performance Series LEDs. If you’re interested in purchasing a Philips Ambilight TV, we’ve listed all the models, screen sizes and features coming to their TVs this year.
Fancy a new soundbar too? We’ve also listed all Philips’ soundbars for 2020, so you get the best that they have to offer in both sound and vision.
Philips TV 2020 highlights
Philips envisions that 2020 is going to be the year of Ambilight. 60% of their TV sales are Ambilight sets, and the company is hungry to build on its success.
To emphasise this further, Philips intends to promote a trial offer that any customer can keep an Ambilight TV for 30 days, and if you’re not happy with it, it can be sent back. Philips were rather quiet on how they plan to do this, or which countries it will come to, and with Covid-19 lockdown still in effect, we’re not sure this will be happening this year.
Philips’ P5 picture engine is back once again. The 4th gen P5 addresses the five pillars Philips believes are paramount to picture quality – source perfection, sharpness, colour, contrast and motion. The P5 engine will feature across the range, but only the top-range OLED TVs get the P5 with built-in AI.
Philips says that its new AI chip improves picture quality through machine learning. By analysing Philips’ database, they claim it can reproduce a more natural and realistic looking image.
The collaboration between Philips and Bowers & Wilkins continues, and more TVs will be receiving B&W’s audio expertise. The 9435 and 9235 LED TVs will be getting a similar speaker enclosure as the one seen on the OLED+934.
Beneath the 9435, 9235 and 9005 comes the Performance series. The Performance series aims to strike a balance between performance and price and as such they’ll carry a number of features – Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and voice control – seen on more expensive TVs. They’ll also come in more sizes, making the Performance series more accommodating to living rooms.
In June it was announced that DTS Play-Fi is coming to Philips’ TV and audio products. With Play-Fi, TV and audio products can be linked together so you can effectively join them together to produce a multi-room system. With Play-Fi, playback from music streaming services is said to be accurate to the millisecond, while there should be no AV or sync issues with passing audio between compatible products. Music streaming support includes Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.
Philips has said that its OLED805 will be the first model to include DTS Play-Fi, with all its 2020 and 2019 Android sets set to receive an over-the-air firmware update in the second half of 2020. Philips’ soundbars and wireless speakers will also be getting the Play-Fi update, so users will be able to get their kit connected to other DTS Play-Fi kit.
Philips TV 2020 — 4K HDR OLED
Currently top of the OLED range is the OLED865. It’s powered by the 4th Gen P5 with AI, with the new chip said to produce an improved picture quality over last year’s effort, as well as deliver better upscaling and HDR.
The Perfect Natural Reality (PNR) is also able to upscale SDR content to HDR and like the rest of Philips’ OLED range, the OLED865 meets the requirements for Ultra HD Premium.
The TV supports HDR10, broadcast HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The TV can also pass-through Dolby Atmos, and features a down-firing 2.1 speaker system with 50W of power. Android and Google Assistant are supported.
Both the 55-and 65-inch stands support swivel motion. The OLED865 TVs are due to go on sale in July.
Like the OLED865, the OLED855 and OLED805 also feature the 4th Gen P5 chip with AI.
Again, all the main HDR formats are supported, and the 4th Gen P5 AI processor is also able to adjust HDR10 & HDR10+ sources for a better image. It can also tweak Dolby Vision content (but only in Bright mode).
You get Dolby Atmos and the Dolby Virtualizer compatibility, as well as Dolby bass and dialogue enhancement. The smart interface Android 9 and Google Assistant, and both sets ‘Work with Alexa’.
The OLED55/805 are expected in July.
- 55OLED805/12 – £1500
- 65OLED805/12 – £2200
The OLED855 has exactly the same features and picture quality as the OLED855. The major difference is the design. The OLED855 opts for a central pedestal; the OLED805 features feet, or as Philips describes them “dark chrome sticks”.
Philips TV 2020 — 4K HDR LED
9435 LED UHD
Philips’ successful collaboration with B&W continues with the 9435 LED screen, with Bowers producing a speaker enclosure.
The speaker is in a 2.1.2 configuration and supports Dolby Atmos. Brightness is around 500 nits, and the TV packs in support for HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
9235 LED UHD
The 9235 is the smaller version of the 9435 at 43-inches. It features a 40W B&W designed speaker enclosure, P5 processor and support for the main HDR formats. There’s no option to wall-mount the TV.
9005 LED UHD
The 9005 is available in three sizes ranging from 50- to 70-inches. The speaker is a 20W down-firing effort and continues Philips’ belief in supporting all the HDR formats. It can play DTS Play-Fi and Atmos soundtracks, comes with the main video streaming apps (such as Disney Plus) and Google Assistant voice control.
Performance Series 8505
The 8505 marries price and performance with the convenience of more sizes to choose from. It has similar specs to the more expensive LEDs listed so it has support for the major streaming apps, Android TV OS, Google Assistant, full HDR support and the P5 picture processor.
Sizes 43- to 58-inches feature a swivel stand, while the bigger sizes have a non-swivel stand.
7805 LED UHD
Philips hasn’t announced any TVs lower than the 7805, so we assume this is the entry-level set for 2020. The 7805 range is also known as 7804 and 7835,
Features fall off at this point but it is available in more sizes, with the 7804 covering 43- to 65-inches and the 7835 70- to 75-inches. The number of HDMI ports stands at 3, the smart interface is the Saphi OS. It does not support Disney+, but does feature the likes of YouTube, Netflix, Rakuten TV and Prime Video. There’s no built-in voice assistance either.
Philips TV 2020 — soundbars
To complement its 2020 TV range, Philips is also launching a new range of soundbars and subwoofer combos. All come with a wireless subwoofer, wall-mounting support and use Philips’ EasyLink HDMI-CEC protocol that shares functionality between the TV and soundbar. They’ll be a getting DTS Play-Fi, which will open them to being connected in a multi-room system.
At the top is the 3.1 channel PB603 Dolby Atmos soundbar with a total power output of 320W (200W bar + 120W sub). Connections include HDMI ARC, 3.5mm jack, optical, USB and Bluetooth.
Underneath is the 2.1 channel PB405 smart soundbar. It works with Google Assistant and AirPlay 2 for sending content from supported devices. Total power output is 120W (60W + 60W) and connections mostly mirror the PB603 with a microphone-in supported but USB dropped.
Next is the PB6305 2.1 channel Dolby digital soundbar. Power is rated at 140W (80W + 60W). No smart features here and there’s no EasyLink or microphone-in.
Last is the PB6405 2.1 channel Dolby digital soundbar. Power is again 140W (80W + 60W), there are no smart features and connections mirror the PB6305. The difference is that it comes in a white/grey colour variant.
Below is Philips 2019 TV range, a number of which are still on sale
Philips TV 2019 – 4K HDR OLED
The panel is similar to the OLED+903 and carries the 3rd generation P5 Picture processing chip for improved picture quality. With the P5, Philips says you can expect better performance from HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
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 sub out connection.
The OLED+934 has the same screen and performance as the OLED+984, but features upward-firing Atmos speakers in the speaker enclosure, the first Philips.
Ambilight is three-sided and the rest of the features are the same as the flagship OLED, with built-in Google Assistant, Android Pie OS and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
The OLED804 and OLED854 boast the 3rd-gen, two-chip version of the P5 picture processor that’s capable of producing a 20% picture improvement for Philips’ 1000-nit capable panels.
The sound system is an integrated 2.1 effort with 50W of power. Otherwise, all versions of HDR are included, Android 9 OS support and Alexa integration.
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.
The OLED754 is Philips’ cheapest OLED. The features are not the same as on the premium OLEDs. It has the second gen version of Philips’ P5 picture processing chip, not the third gen. It also trades Android 9 OS for the Saphi smart interface and swaps Google Assistant for Alexa.
Nonetheless, you get support for all the main HDR formats with Dolby Atmos compatibility, as well as passage to on-demand, catch-up apps and Freeview Play.
Philips TV 2019 – 4K HDR LED
Features aren’t far off the 8804. It has three-sided Ambilight, the P5 processor, Micro Dimming Pro , as well as Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HLG. For sound tick off Dolby Atmos powered by an integrated 25W 2.1 audio system.
The central silver metal mono-foot stand is detachable and the sound system draped in Kvadrat speaker cloth. The OS is Android Pie and voice control options are a choice between Google and Alexa.
PUS7304 “The One”
The other side of Philips’ 2019 mid-range 7-Series. Philips dubbed this TV as “The One”, with premium features at an affordable price.
It contains has the P5 Perfect Picture Processing, Dolby Vision and Atmos, Micro Dimming Pro, HLG and HDR10+; a 20W Philips sound system with DTS HD, Android TV OS with Google Assistant built-in, and “Works with Alexa”.
DLED backlighting is in force here, alongside Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10+. There’s no P5 processor here; instead, the 6814 uses the Pixel Precise Ultra HD engine.
There’s Dolby Atmos and a 20W sound system. Philips’ Saphi Smart TV interface takes over from Android, which means no Google Assistant, but there is Alexa support. The 6814 features a silver, swivel-capable T-bar stand on the 43, 50 and 55in versions.
The entry-level Philips 2019 TV has three-sided Ambilight and the Saphi Smart TV system.
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.