Meet Philip’s 2017 4K Ultra HD TV Releases: OLED, HDR & New Smart Features
Stephan Jukic – March 16, 2017
The company behind the rollout and manufacture of Philips 4K and other TVs, TPVision, recently unveiled the 2017 range of different models from this generally beloved brand and what’s on offer comes in enough different prices to satisfy an assortment of budgets. Cutting-edge features also abound for users who like Philips, great prices and want premium display quality.
The following releases are bound almost entirely for the UK and European markets. Philips has a small presence in the U.S.A but in the European market and other international consumer electronics destinations, many buyers are distinctly familiar with the Philips brand. Thus, the following might appeal more to UK readers than U.S consumers, though it makes for an interesting study on price contrasts between this brand name and popular manufacturers whose products are sold much more broadly in the U.S. This applies especially to Philips’ OLED 4K HDR TV, which offers a distinct alternative to LG’s offerings (except as far as display technology is concerned but more on that shortly).
The new 2017 Philips 4K TV models will be hitting store shelves as of April and May of this year and some of them will get a slightly later release date in June. This is mainly due to the fact that the parent company of Philips, TPVision, is waiting for approval for Freeview Play certification in all of its smart TV and Android-based television models. For UK customers this means access to Freeview Play in all 2017 Philips TVs with content services like BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Channel 4 and UKTV included in the smart TV interface of the models we’re about to cover.
Additonally, Philips will be providing a new kind of remote for its pricier 4K TV models. This new device will feature some modifications and most importantly come with a miniature QWERTY keyboard built into its back.
Now, onto the TVs themselves, starting with the flagship, top-shelf OLED model, the Philips 9002.
Philips 9002 OLED
This new OLED 4K TV comes with only one size range, which is 55 inches but it includes HDR support for both the HDR10 format and HLG broadcast high dynamic range content support. Philips hasn’t yet revealed a price for the 9002 but we’re guessing it’s not going to be particularly cheap. The 9002 is the replacement to the 2016 901F OLED model and unlike its predecessor, this new TV comes with a supposedly superior rear-firing integrated speaker design. This rather sleek OLED also comes with some very thin edge bezels, creating to a decent “window in space” effect in a darker room.
Other improvements found in the 9002 include a more powerful new P5 processing engine with an estimated 50% boost in effectiveness for a generally superior level of picture processing quality, upscaling and dimming/OLED lighting control. Philips has also given the 9002 the company’s Amblight feature, which casts color behind the TV along its sides and top. We personally think that Amblight is more of a distracting gimmick than anything important but for users who like the vibe it gives to a living room, well, here it is in the 9002.
Much more importantly, Philips is claiming a 750 nit peak brightness level in the 9002 OLED and the company is further backing this up with a guarantee of Ultra HD Premium certification. That kind of peak brightness is something we can definitely appreciate. Most LCD HDR 4K TVs can’t even manage 750 nits.
Philips 7502 LCD 4K HDR TV
For customers who still want premium quality without spending extra on OLED display, the Philips 7502 is Philips’ top-tier LC TV model. It comes in 49 inch, 55 inch and 65 inch versions and comes with IPS display and edge-it LED backlighting that includes local dimming. Again, this is Philips’ 2017 LCD flagship model and thus not as cheap as some consumers might like, but with the 7502, what you get is full support for HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range specs along with the same P5 processing engine as that found I the Philips 9002 OLED. The TV also looks pretty cool, with a brushed aluminum desktop stand and a fairly narrow-bezeled flat screen design. The internal processor of the 7502 also comes with a quad-core design and offers up 16GB of internal storage for media of all kinds. This model comes with Android TV and includes a soundbar.
Oddly and rather disappointingly, the Philips 7502 HDR TV reportedly delivers only about 400 nits of peak brightness. Not only is it surprising to see this level because it underperforms what the Philips OLED can do (OLED displays are traditionally dimmer than their premium LCD cousins), it’s also surprising that a a flagship HDR LCD TV like this would not even exceed 500 nits of peak brightness.
Philips 6482 LCD HDR 4K TV
The 6482 is more of an entry-level 4K HDR TV in the Philips lineup, being released in 49 inch and 55 inch display sizes and featuring direct-lit LED backlighting along with IPS display panel technology. This model also supports HDR10 and HLG and surprisingly offers the same peak brightness as the flagship LCD 7502 at 400 nits. Philips has also given the 6482 a “Micro Dimming Pro backlight for supposedly more precise level of local dimming and consequently superior contrast. This TV features the same front-firing soundbar design as the 7502 bit unlike its pricier cousin, it comes in a smaller range of sizes and lacks the more powerful P5 picture processing engine.
This model also comes with Android TV as its smart interface and includes Android M technology for HDR with Netflix content at least. The 6482 also includes the premium remote control we described for the OLED TV above and comes with Amblight as well.
Philips 6412 4K LCD HDR TV
Finally, we come to the budget-series 6412 4K HDR model. Philips has given this 4K TV nearly all of the same specs and features as its pricier 6482 cousin but with a lower peak brightness of just 350 nits, which is admittedly pretty disappointing compared to what you’d find with the vast majority of 2016 and 2017 4K HDR LCD TVs from any major U.S-sold brand like LG, Son, Samsung in particular and Vizio as well.
The 6412 also supports HDR10 and HLG broadcast HDR standards but it comes with weaker speakers than its 6482 cousin. This entry-level 4K HDR TV is likely going to be very affordable and comes in a decent range of sizes with 43 inch, 49 inch, 55 inch and 65 inch versions.
We’ll update this article with pricing information for all of the above TVs as soon as we obtain it.
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