TP Vision has presented two new Philips OLED TVs that will be released this year. A major change is the addition of HDMI 2.1 support. There will also be a 77 “version with one model. There will also be a cheaper OLED model that will also have HDMI 2.1.
It concerns the Philips 806 and 856. As in previous years, the differences between these two models are minimal and can only be found at the foot. The 806 again stands on two minimal bars mounted as feet directly under the screen, while the 856 again gets a T-standard. There is, however, a difference in the formats: This year only the 806 comes out in sizes of 48, 55, 65 and 77 inches, while the 856 only comes out in the two traditional OLED panel sizes 55 and 65 inches.
An important innovation is that the two models support HDMI 2.1 with 48Gbit/s. That is the maximum bandwidth that is achieved in accordance with this standard. That means the possibility of displaying 4k images at 120 frames per second via HDMI. In addition, Variable Refresh Rate is available with a range of 40 to 120Hz, as well as FreeSync Premium Pro, e-ARC and Auto Low Latency Mode.
The new televisions have the fifth generation of the P5 image processor. Again, AI is used, which according to TP Vision achieves a better balance between the five pillars: source, color, contrast, movement and sharpness. This was also available with last year’s OLED televisions, but a category has now been added: film detection. This comes in addition to the categories landscape/nature, face/skin color, movement/sports, dark/contrast and other. The system analyzes these elements from frame to frame, compares it to a database of many test clips, and then applies image processing. The movie detection function appears to have been added to automatically enable movie mode, in which all image processing such as image interpolation is disabled.
The introduction of this image processor also means the addition of black frame insertion, which is called Fast Motion Clarity in the Philips OLED TVs. That should reduce motion blur by briefly inserting black images between the different frames of the source. The brightness is therefore somewhat limited. There will be three modes of Fast Motion Clarity: two manual and one automatic based on the content. With the manual modes you can probably set different frequencies of the black frames, presumably at 50 and 100Hz.
In addition, the 806 and 856 feature a burn-in prevention system, which detects logos or static content. Then the brightness of those elements is gradually reduced. This function was also already present with the Philips OLED+935 from last year. This system scans a thousand zones of the screen for this static content.
Dolby Vision IQ seems to be missing. That is the system to adapt the application of the HDR standard Dolby Vision based on the lighting conditions in the room. Dolby Vision Bright is, as with previous models, just present, with a slightly higher brightness and a few other adjustments being applied. Furthermore, HDR10, HDR10 + and HLG are supported.
The two televisions, according to the manufacturer, have a 50W 2.1 speaker system and support for DTS Play-Fi to use external speakers wirelessly. The televisions run on Android 10 TV, where last year’s models still had Android 9 TV. The Philips TVs do not use Google TV; in fact, it’s a newer version with a different interface that offers more personalized recommendations and allows users to search for content across multiple services. Sony will switch to Google TV this year.
Philips also comes with a cheaper OLED model, the 706, probably the successor of last year’s 754. This new model also just gets 4k120 and HDMI 2.1, but for example does not have the four-sided Ambilight of the 806 and 856, but a three-sided implementation. The 706 also simply has Android TV 10 as its operating system. The presence of HDMI 2.1 could mean that the 706 also simply has the latest P5 chip on board and will therefore hardly be inferior to the 806 and 856. Furthermore, the 706 does not have the more luxurious-looking remote control with leather elements and illuminated keys and is missing. the CalMAN Ready indication for calibrating the display.
Prices will be announced by TP Vision at a later date. The OLED806 will in any case be available from June, which will probably also apply to the OLED856. Later this year, Philips will introduce more expensive OLED TVs that will probably use LG Display’s separate OLED panels that achieve a higher brightness. The 806 and 856 will therefore achieve brightness values that are comparable to the values of the OLED TVs of recent years, although TP Vision does not yet provide exact specifications.