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A look at Philip’s 2016 4K UHD and HD TV range, with HDR and Android TV

by on February 20, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – February 20, 2016

Philips doesn’t quite have the same popularity and fame on the North American market as do LG, Samsung, Sony or Vizio 4K TVs but their range and quality in 4K TV models is nothing to sneeze at. Now, for 2016, the company is looking like a definitely solid choice when it comes to ultra HD home entertainment.

The new Philips range of 4K TVs and HD models includes sizes that range from just 24 inches to a very hefty 75 inch display. The 4K TVs on offer or soon to be on offer run with the latest version of Android TV for Philips models (similar in many ways to Sony’s Android TV smart platform in their televisions) and some of the new 4K Philips TVs also offer support for high dynamic range.

On the other hand, it seems that none of Philip’s 2016 4K TVs will get the now heavily promoted UHD Alliance “UHD Premium” standard label, mainly because they won’t quite meet the peak brightness threshold of 1000 nits. Instead, these new televisions will max out at just 700 nits. Still not bad, but not quite what many consumers might come to expect in display brightness when measuring quality by Samsung SUHD or Sony 4K TV standards.

In any case, the new Philips TVs do comply with the UHD Aliance’s HDR 10 standard and this is enough so that they can be legitimately considered HDR TVs despite the lack of UHD Premium certification. Furthermore, the Philips models will be able to process the HDR standards set by both Amazon Instant Video HDR content and Ultra HD Blu-ray movie content in the new dynamic range format.

Philips 4K TV lineup is essentially broken down into HDR Plus and HDR Premium models, with the HDR Plus TVs offering a peak brightness of 400 nits and the HDR Premium TVs hitting up to 700 nits. Philips has also thrown in HDR upscaling for non-HDR content, something which we can consider to be a rather unique feature, depending on how it turns out in practical use.

What HDR upscaling essentially means is that color, brightness and overall contrast will be enhanced to new levels when SDR video sources are viewed on the new TVs.

The company has also brought forth its Ambilux technology with some of their new television models, meaning that the TVs offer LED lighting along the outer edges of their frames, thus displaying the same colors of light as the content on the screen to the wall behind the unit, thus creating a sort of bleeding image effect that some viewers might find interesting and others deeply dislike.

As for the specific specs and model numbers of all the new 2016 Philips 4K and HD TV series, here they are, and all of the following models come with the Android TV OS:

Android TV in the 2016 Philips HD and 4K TV models

Android TV in the 2016 Philips HD and 4K TV models

HD TVs

4000 series

Full HD

22 inch, 24 inch

50Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

5211 series

Full HD

24 inch

50Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

5501 series

Full HD

32 inch, 40 inch, 43 inch, 49 inch

50Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

4K TVs

6400 series

32 inch

100Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

6101 series

43 inch, 49 inch, 55 inch

100Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

HDR Plus

6401 series

43 inch, 49 inch, 55 inch

100Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

HDR Plus

6501 series

43 inch, 49 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch

200Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

HDR Plus

6561 series

65 inch

200Hz frame rate

Direct-lit LED

HDR Plus

7101 series

Ultra HD

49 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch, 75 inch

200Hz frame rate

Edge-lit LED

HDR Plus

7181 series

Ultra HD

49 inch, 55 inch

200Hz frame rate

Edge-lit LED

HDR Plus

Integrated soundbar

Story by 4k.com

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  • Yukio Motosada
    February 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    >In any case, the new Philips TVs do comply with the UHD Aliance’s HDR 10 standard
    I guess HDR10 standard is not defined by UHD Alliance.
    I’m not sure who defined HDR10 standard, maybe DECE or ITU-T SG 16.
    Anyway, UHD alliance is refering to HDR 10, but not defining it.

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