Philips is releasing its own 4K UHD Quantum Dot TV

by on July 1, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 1st, 2015

Quantum dots are becoming all the more popular as they become what seems to at least for now to be the future of color vibrancy in the most advanced TVs, these of course being 4K TVs we’re talking about (until 6K or 8K comes along and steals the show).

However, while QD technology may be becoming more popular, it is still something that’s not exactly common in the latest 4K displays, and this is what makes Philip’s new 55 inch 55PUF6850/T3 ultra HD 4K TV such a unique new product. It comes with QD Vision’s Color IQ version of quantum dot technology and is makes Philips one of only four brands to actually use quantum nano crystals in their TVs. These include Sony, Samsung and LG.

QD technology basically consists of ordinary LCD displays screens that come equipped with filters impregnated with tiny (molecular sized) nano crystals of semi-conducting material. These crystals come in different shapes and sizes and when exposed to LED light create their own luminance in different colors depending on their specific shape and size. The crystals can be applied directly to the surface of LEDs in backlit LCD screens or they can exist across a sheet that sits in front of said LEDs and absorbs their white light to distribute it in different colors.

Quantum dots with different nanocrystal sizes and thus different colors in a laboratory

Quantum dots with different nanocrystal sizes and thus different colors in a laboratory

This isn’t a new technology but only in the last couple of years, starting with Sony’s Triluminous Display feature in its new 4K TVs, did it become more of something which TV manufactuers wanted to explore further for commercial use. Samsung and LG both invested particularly in pushing out TVs with QD displays in 2014 and 2015.

However, going back to Philips, the company itself also wasn’t a complete stranger to quantum dots before this brand new TV with QD display. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced a new 27 inch Full HD monitor that also uses QD filters to deliver 99% AdobeRGB spectrum coverage to its users.

The Philips 55PUF6850/T3 4K TV on the other hand, is the company’s first foray into a TV with the technology and while Philips isn’t normally ranked in technological innovation on the same level as LG or Samsung, the company can definitely deliver its own brand of quality. Thus, with the 55PUF6850/T3, Philips has joined forces with quantum dot expert QD Vision to deliver a TV with the latter company’s proprietary Color IQ optics inside it. This display tech offers the enticing promise of a TV with extremely fine-tuned colors that deliver 100% NTSC color gamut.

The new Philips TV also features the company’s Amblight lighting modulation technology, which reduces or enhances screen lighting depending on the needs of on-screen content.

Supposedly, the new Philips 55PUF6850/T3 is available already but no pricing or specific consumer distribution details have emerged on Philips own website or elsewhere.

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