- High brightness
- Excellent image quality
- Good sound quality
- Resolution at vrr not optimal
While LG Electronics, Sony and Panasonic prefer not to say exactly which OLED panels they put in their televisions, TP Vision did not make it difficult at the beginning of this year: the new Philips 8 series would be equipped with LG Display’s latest generation of OLED EX panels. We had to wait a while, but the Philips OLED 807 is now for sale. We have tested the 55″ version.
That new panel is the most important on paper, but not the only improvement over last year’s OLED806. The 807 also has an upgraded version of the P5 dual-engine image processor that works with the ambient light sensor to better match the image to viewing conditions. In addition, Philips has added a Game Bar menu and the TV has an IMAX Enhanced mode. The design has also been adjusted: the flat minimalist legs of the 806 have made way for a larger T-shaped base.
The Philips OLED 807 series is available in image sizes from 48 to 77 inches, with the models from 55 inches being equipped with OLED EX panels anyway; the smaller 48″ version will initially have to make do with a panel from the previous generation. The TV also has HDMI 2.1 ports with support for hfr and vrr, among other things, with the TV unfortunately still having a number of limitations Just like its predecessor, the TV is equipped with four-sided ambilight , whereby the atmosphere of the image is continued on the wall by LEDs behind the screen. the 77″ version. Our 55″ test model is for sale at the time of writing from 1419 euros, making the TV a few hundred euros more expensive than LG’s popular 55″ C2 OLED and Samsung’s 55″ S95B QD OLED . It’s time to find out whether the Philips 807 is worth the extra price.
Appearance and connections
All modern (OLED) televisions are flat and have extremely thin bezels. Unless televisions are equipped with a visible speaker bar, the difference in design is mainly in the foot. This is no different with the Philips OLED 807. The new model stands on a large T-shaped metal base with a chrome finish. Personally, I find the foot particularly beautiful, but that is of course a matter of personal taste. The foot protrudes relatively far in front of the screen, so that a possible soundbar will also be placed quite far in front of, instead of under, the TV.
The TV has narrow bezels that are surrounded by a black border that has a light relief. The ‘drop’ containing the receiver for the infrared signals from the remote control and the light sensor are located on the 807 in an elongated, angular protrusion right below the screen, which in terms of design fits well with the also angular shapes of the base . As with many recent Philips TVs, the brand logo is only applied to the base and not to the screen.
The OLED 807 is equipped with four-sided Amblight. Around the housing are RGB LEDs on the back that can illuminate the wall behind the TV. This allows you to have the wall color along with the image, but if desired you can also have the LEDs react to the sound or let them shine in a color of your choice. A link is also possible between the TV and Philips Hue lamps.
Ambilight LEDs are now controlled individually, instead of in groups, so that the transitions between different colors are now less abrupt.
Most connections are hidden behind a cover at the back. There is a recess in the flap so that you can put it back to finish the back nicely. This only works well if you don’t connect too many cables and don’t use the connections on the side. The only connection that is not behind the cover is for the power cord. You will receive a long copy of 2.5 meters. It is equipped with an angled plug, very handy for wall mounting.
All connections, except for the power cord, are mounted at an angle of 90 degrees, so that the plugs do not get in the way when hanging on the wall. At the bottom we find the following connections: an optical digital audio connection (Toslink), a network connection, a satellite connection, an antenna connection, two of the four HDMI connections and one of the three USB connections. All HDMI ports feature an audio return channel , but only HDMI port 2.1 also features e-arc, which allows higher bitrate sound to be sent to a connected audio system.
On the side at the top are a CI + slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack that can also serve as an analog audio output and two of the three USB connections. One of them is suitable for High Speed, or 480Mbit/s-USB 2.0. At the bottom are two of the four HDMI connections. Only HDMI ports 1 and 2 are capable of 4k images at up to 120fps; 3 and 4 go up to 60fps. There is also a serial connection on the side, but it is only intended for service applications.
Smart TV and remote control
The Philips 807 runs Android TV, version 11, from Google. Just like its predecessor, this TV still uses the MediaTek MT5895-soc. It is equipped with 3GB of RAM and four Arm Cortex A73 CPU cores that run at a maximum of 1.8GHz. There is also a Mali G52 GPU that renders the interface in 1920×1080 pixels.
As mentioned, the TV uses Android TV, and not the newer Google TV. That does not matter much, because the same basis is used and the implementation on the Philips 807 is also very similar to Google TV in terms of appearance. The home screen contains a row of pre-installed apps, with content recommendations (from Netflix), a help section and links to Google Play content, followed by recommended apps and then more content suggestions from ViaPlay, AppleTV and Prime Video. So a lot of sponsored content, a trend that we unfortunately see with all smart TV platforms in recent years. Fortunately, with Android TV it is still possible to fill in the main screen (largely) according to your own taste, where you can choose to turn off the content suggestions.
Android TV 11 offers apps for almost all streaming platforms. Casting to the Philips OLED 807 is of course also possible thanks to the integrated Chromecast functionality. The TV switches correctly to the correct frame rate depending on the source.
Philips has built its own menu structure for all functions of the TV. There is also a handy quick menu, for which a button with frequently used settings has been reserved on the remote control. The normal settings menus are also arranged in typical Philips style. That means that some settings are hidden a bit deep in the menu structure. This is less useful for power users, but most users will not often need these advanced settings.
The electronic program guide looks clear, but when you consult it, the current program disappears from view. With most competitors, the current channel remains visible in a corner of the screen.
The Philips 807 comes with exactly the same remote control as its predecessor: a flat, silver-grey model that has all the usual keys, including a numeric keypad and built-in microphone that can be used to voice search within Android TV and apps. In addition, this model is equipped with LEDs that illuminate the buttons in the dark. The keys extend all the way to the sides, so the edge feels a bit sharp.
The remote control is relatively narrow and there is no space between the individual buttons, so it can happen that you accidentally press the wrong button. However, those are minor drawbacks as far as I’m concerned; the remote control fits comfortably in the hand and the fact that all common functions are located directly under a button is a big advantage in my opinion.
Gaming and hfr
Just like its predecessor, the Philips 807 has two 2.1 connections that make it possible to send 4k images to the TV at 120fps. It also has auto low latency mode , which can automatically put the TV in game mode when you play a game on your console. There is also support for variable refresh rate ie vrr, G-Sync and FreeSync. Frame rates are possible between 48 and 120fps. In practice, our test model also turned out to swallow 144Hz signals, although the TV did show the message ‘unsupported format’.
If you like to play games on a TV with a PC or game console, you will benefit from the lowest possible input lag. A higher input lag means that the TV takes longer to display the images, so that you feel that the game responds more slowly to your commands.
The Philips 807 scores reasonably to well on this point, because measured in game mode with our Leo Bodnar lag tester, we came up with a delay of approximately 7ms with 120fps images, which is an excellent score. When inputting 60fps images, the delay doubles to about 15ms. That is less than a single frame delay and certainly not bad, but some other televisions do this better.