Philips goes XXL on OLED TVs and unveils new tech for 2021


Philips TV & Sound are focusing on extra-large TV screen sizes for the first half of this year, with the addition of OLED and mini-LED sets.

These will feature both the manufacturer’s enhanced 5th generation P5 AI processor and extended HDMI 2.1 functionality, alongside their four-sided Ambilight design and the latest intuitive Android TV 10 OS.

First up, Philips TV’s 800 OLED – the 806 coming in 48, 55, 65 and (for the first time) 77-inch sizes and the 856 coming in 55 and 65- inch – adds 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.

In addition to HLG, HDR10 and HDR10+ compatibility, the 806/856 also support HDR10+ Adaptive, which combines HDR10+ dynamic metadata with real-time ambient light information to allows automatically optimise brightness levels to the viewing environment on a scene-by-scene basis.

Big news for consumers is that the 2021 806/856 benefit from a version of Philips TV’s anti-burn technology designed to specifically protect OLED screens – an advanced logo detection function to monitor a grid of zones to accurately detect static content and gradually reduce the intensity of its local light output.

Available in a few months, both the OLED806 and OLED856 share the same razor thin, zero bezel design with an outside metal frame with the four-sided Ambilight.

The sets also offer DTS Play-Fi wireless connectivity for multi-room audio. And smart duties are handled by the latest Android 10 TV OS offering a new intuitive interface and both Google Assistant Built-in – via push to talk on the remote – and Works with Alexa compatibility.

The 9636 Premium MiniLED TV

Secondly, there’s the Philips 9636 Premium MiniLED TV – available this Summer coming in 65 and 75-inch screen sizes.

The 9636 combines a local dimmable backlight with the Philips Micro Dimming Premium system to create local deep blacks and spectacular highlights with peak light output of 2000 nits.

The 9636 also uses the new 5th Gen P5 AI complete with Film Detection and ‘intelligent’ light sensor integration. HDMI 2.1 capability is included with e-Arc and VRR for 4K from 40Hz to 120Hz. Like the 800 series, the 9636 supports HDR10+ Adaptive.

9636 Tweeter-on-Top technology

Sound is impressive thanks to the inclusion of an audiophile quality, multi-speaker 3.1.2 Bowers & Wilkins sound system that combines Dolby Atmos Elevation speakers with Tweeter-on-Top technology.

The speaker system acts as the table-top stand – the set can also be wall mounted – with a single rigid connecting bar on the 65-inch version and two ridged connecting bars on the 75-inch model.

The 9636 includes DTS Play-Fi compatibility.

It also features the four-sided Ambilight system. The sound system also features natural materials with acoustically transparent Kvadrat cloth and a micro-mesh grill.

Also coming soon is Philips’s 9506 Premium MiniLED TV in 65 and 75-inch sizes, featuring Android TV 10 with Google Assistant built-in, Works with Alexa and ‘push to talk’ remote control. It also has Philips TV’s Micro Dimming Pro system and uses the 5th Gen P5 AI processor.

Philips 9206 Premium100Hz DLED TV

Elsewhere, the Philips 9206 Premium100Hz DLED TV in 55 and 65 inches has direct dimmable LED backlight with the Micro Dimming Pro system and a powerful P5 picture processor.

Lastly, there’s the Philips 8506 Performance Series DLED TV – available in 43, 50, 58, 65, 70 and 75-inch screen sizes – with its direct dimmable LED backlight, P5 picture processor and three-sided Ambilight. It also has a 20W sound system and DTS Play-Fi for high-resolution multi-room audio.