Philips Unveils Stunning New OLED And Quantum Dot 4K HDR TV Models

by on September 8, 2017

Stephan Jukic – September 8, 2017

At last year’s IFA, Philips announced the introduction of its first ever OLED line-up of televisions. Now, at the same electronics fair hosted in Berlin but for 2017, Philips has also presented its first ever lineup of TVs with Quantum Dot technology, the impressive Quantum Dot 8602, along with a whole new and stunningly good OLED flagship model, the 9-series.

Quantum Dot is a technology based on very small semiconductor crystals inside TV display pixels that can produce a more vibrant and dynamic range of colors to show the true natural palette of colors in the picture, giving a much brighter and clearer image than traditional LCD TVs.

Until now, Samsung was the main company using Quantum Dot on its televisions and Sony has dabbled in this technology as well before switching back to phosphor coatings with its latest versions of the Triluminos Display color enhancement their 4K HDR TVs come with. Thus Philips is one of only a small list of companies currently promoting QD in actual consumer market TVs. Even more unusually still, it’s now the only company to currently sell both QD 4K HDR TVs and OLED 4K HDR TVs. This particular detail makes Philips stand out above the others in the competitive fold.

For this year’s IFA Event, two of Philip’s 4K TVs stood out above all the others shown by the company. These are the models which best represent both Philips OLED effort and its new Quantum Dot development addition. Specifically, these televisions are called the Quantum Dot 8602 LCD 4K HDR TV and the Philips 9-Series OLED 4K HDR flagship television.

The 9-Series OLED 4K HDR Model

Philips 9-Series OLED HDR TV

The most impressive of the two is the stunning new flagship 9-Series OLED 4K HDR TV, which is probably slated for an actual release at the beginning of 2018 instead of this year. The OLED model is particularly impressive and was judged “Best of Show” by the website pocket-lint at IFA 2017.

The 9-series model comes with a 64.9 inch display and while it doesn’t yet have a formal model number, the expectation is that it will be called the 9603 when it’s formally released for sale. This latest OLED 4K HDR TV from the company deliver a rather stunning 900 nits of peak brightness that takes it well beyond the UHD Premium standards set for HDR10 formatting in OLED TVs by the UHD Alliance. Furthermore the combination of this extraordinarily high peak brightness level (by OLED 4K TV standards, and even by the standards of most LCD 4K HDR TVs) with OLED display’s capacity for generating total perfect black levels by switching off all internal illumination right down the level of a single individual pixel, makes the 9-Series into one truly impressive 4K TV for HDR contrast levels. To top off this HDR contrast power, the 9-Series will also come with high dynamic range wide color gamut of an extremely high caliber, being capable of delivering a DCI-P3 coverage of 99%. So far, the only other 4K HDR TVs we’ve reviewed with this sort of color ability are Samsung’s Quantum Dot QLED TVs for 2017. Not even LG’s own HDR OLED models such as the excellently priced C7 (which you can see reviewed in detail here) pull off 99% DCI-P3 color coverage, though they do come quite close.

The 9-Series other home entertainment features will include a built-in soundbar for some very robust native audio. This soundbar also acts as a TV stand as needed but can be shifted to accommodate mounting this particular OLED TV to a wall if that’s your preference. The 9-Series will support HDR10, presumably support HDR10+ when it emerges in early 2018 and will also come with the usual OLED TV characteristics of ultra-thin display body and virtually no bezels along its edges.

Philips 9-Series OLED

We don’t know what price the new OLED will sell for but it will without a doubt not be what you’d call a highly affordable 4K TV.

The Philips Quantum Dot 8602 LCD 4K HDR TV

Philips 8602 Quantum Dot 4K TV

Not quite as stunning as the OLED model but still very sleek and unique in its own right is Philips new 8602 Quantum Dot LCD 4K HDR television, the 8602. This is the company’s first ever Quantum Dot model and like Samsung’s QLED 4K TVs with more or less the same technology, the 8602 uses small color expanding and filtering crystals built into its display panel for the rendering of an expanded wide color gamut range. This means more vibrant than ever HDR color palettes for the right types of content and generally superior color performance. The 8602 is an LCD TV so it can generate even higher levels of peak brightness (about 1,100 nits) than the 9-Series OLED TV model but at the same time, as an LCD TV it doesn’t create quite the same stunning deep black levels and contrast ratios as the OLED display. The 8602 should be roughly comparable in price and performance to Samsung’s QLED TVs such as the Q9F, which we reviewed here and while 1,100 nits of peak brightness doesn’t quite match the 1400 and even 1700 nits we’ve seen from some of Sony and Samsung’s best 4K HDR LCD TVs for 2016 and 2017, it’s definitely above the average for LCD HDR TVs on the market (most don’t reach brightness levels of more than 700 or 800 nits). This new LCD HDR television model is also certified as UHD Premium by the UHD Alliance and will feature HDR10 support at the very least.

Philips 8602 Quantum Dot 4K TV

Philips 8602 Quantum Dot 4K TV stand

The 8602 is a flat-screen 4K TV model with a brushed metal frame and will come in both 55 and 65 inch versions. We also don’t yet have word on the price or release date of the 8602 but we’re guessing that it too will be released in early 2018 or possibly get an even earlier sales unveiling as of the end of October.

With these two 4K ultra HD TV releases in particular, Philips is basically showing consumers and tech watchers in its key markets that despite lacking the same prestige as brands like LG, Sony or Samsung, it can compete toe to toe with them on quality and cutting edge television technologies. Given the specs we’re seeing for both the OLED 9-Series model and the Quantum Dot 8602, we don’t really doubt the company’s skills in this area.

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