An Overview of Philip’s 2016 4K HDR UHD TV lineup

 

For 2016 Philips is launching a wider range of 4K TVs than ever before in previous years and with these cool new assorted models will also come HDR support along with some interesting other features like the latest version of Android TV from Google along with Philips own proprietary Ambilight technology for most of the new models. On the other hand, two technologies with a lot of popularity in other brands won’t be present in any of the 2016 European Philips models. These are 3D and curved screens. At least as far as the curved screen concept is concerned, we ourselves say “No big loss”.

Philips is also launching its first ever OLED 4K TV in the fall of 2016. This is major news not only for the company but also for the 4K OLED TV market as a whole given the extremely limited competition at work in OLED, with only LG and now also Panasonic participating for now. However, as we said, the big thing for wider consumer appeal for this first part of 2016 are the wide range of new Philips LCD TVs, most of them 4K models and most of them in the 43 to 75 inch size ranges with a predominance of “ideally” sized 55 inch and 65 inch 4K TVs (with several HDTV models also being released in sizes ranging from 32 inches and up.).

The following are all European market releases, US readers may want to take not of this fact.

For starters, Android TV is the go-to smart TV OS for all of Philips 4K models in this year and has been a staple feature of Philips TVs since 2014 when the platform from Google launched. In the case of the 2016 models, all will run on the latest Android TV smart OS platform, which is itself a TV-customized version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, at least for their initial launch, the new TVs will run off Android 5.1 with the 6.0 update coming only later in the year, with a massive catalog of apps for media and Google Play services.

Naturally enough, 4K streaming apps for key services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video will be available on the 4K 2016 models, with access to HDR 4K content streams as well. These new 4K TVs will also support HEVC and VP9 compression coding for compatibility with a maximum range of 4K content from sources compressed in both formats. Additionally, the new Philips TVs will obviously come compatible with the company’s own new 4K Blu-ray player and will be able to display 4K BD discs in all their HDR glory as well, since the majority of these new 4K models come with the technology. Other brands’ 4K Blu-ray players will also be supported on the Philips models, with their own HDR included.

Philips 4K Blu-ray player

Philips 4K Blu-ray player

And speaking of that high dynamic range, Philips 2016 4K TVs, or at least some of them, will support HDR. In particular, the 7601, a 7 Series model, which uses much of the same HDR technology from the planned but cancelled 9 Series Philips TV which was supposed to emerge in late 2015. The 7601 is also the only one of the new Philips TVs with full-array local dimming technology.

We can also expect High Dynamic Range to appear in the OLED 4K model planned for later in the year, particularly since the panel technology itself is coming from none other than LG, whose own newer OLED models do offer HDR.

It’s also crucial to note that none of Philips new 4K HDR TVs offer the display technology up to the standards of the UHD Alliance’s “UHD Premium” certification. In other words, as LCD TVs, they presumably do not offer up a minimum of 1100 nits of brightness or black tones of at least 0.05 nits or less. On the other hand, despite the lack of certification, Philips itself claims that their models can manage the same picture quality as many UHD Premium 4K TVs and will even exceed it when the OLED TV emerges. Whether this is just hype or a valid claim is what we’ll have to see for ourselves sooner or later.

One of Philips 8601 models with Amblight

One of Philips 8601 models with Amblight

Finally, before moving onto the TVs themselves, we should also mention Philips rather unique Ambilight feature. This is a “mood lighting” system which comes with most of the 2016 4K models and is even enhanced to a new projector-like degree in the premium high-end Philips 8901, in which it goes under the name of “Ambilux”. In any case, with Ambilight, a sort of whimsical light show can be generated along the edges of the TV so that it projects over surrounding wall and ceiling space. This light display can either match the flow of music from apps like Spotify on a Philips TV or it can be set by other metrics. Perhaps a little gimmicky as far as 4K TV extras go but the feature is there again in the 2016 models for those who find it soothing.

Now, without further ado, here is a breakdown of all the current lineup of Philips 2016 4K UHD HDR TVs:

 Philips 8901 (Ambilux)

  • 4K resolution
  • HDR processing
  • Perfect Pixel processor
  • 2000 PPI
  • Wide color gamut
  • Ambilux
  • Android TV
  • 16GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • Twin tuner
  • 30W speakers
  • Formats
  • 65″ Philips 65PUS8901

Philips 8601

  • 4K resolution
  • HDR processing
  • Perfect Pixel processor
  • 2600 PPI
  • Wide color gamut
  • 4-sided Ambilight
  • Android TV
  • 16GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • Twin tuner
  • 50W speakers
  • Formats
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS8601
  • 65″ Philips 65PUS8601

Philips 7601

Philips 7601 4K TV with FALD

Philips 7601 4K TV with FALD

Oddly, despite not being one of the high end models mentioned above, this is the only one of the Philips models which supports full-array local dimming via 129 different zones.

  • 4K resolution
  • Full-array local dimming (128 zones)
  • Full HDR
  • Perfect Pixel processor
  • 2000 PPI
  • Wide color gamut
  • 3-sided Ambilight
  • Android TV
  • 16GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • 30W speakers
  • Formats
  • 65″ 65PUS7601

Philips 7101

  • 4K resolution
  • HDR processing
  • Precise Pixel processor
  • 2000 PPI
  • Wide color gamut
  • 3-sided Ambilight
  • Android TV
  • 16GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • 30W speakers (45W in 7181)
  • Formats
  • 49″ Philips 49PUS7101
  • 49″ Philips 49PUS7181
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS7101
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS7181
  • 65″ Philips 65PUS7101
  • 75″ Philips 75PUS7101

Philips 6501

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  • 4K resolution
  • HDR processing
  • Precise Pixel processor
  • 1800 PPI
  • 2-sided Ambilight
  • Android TV
  • 16GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • 20W speakers
  • Formats
  • 43″ Philips 43PUS6501
  • 49″ Philips 49PUS6501
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS6501
  • 65″ Philips 65PUS6501

Philips 6401

  • 4K resolution
  • HDR processing
  • Pixel Plus processor
  • 1000 PPI
  • 2-sided Ambilight
  • Android TV
  • 8GB storage
  • HEVC
  • VP9
  • 20W speakers
  • Formats
  • 43″ Philips 43PUS6401
  • 49″ Philips 49PUS6401
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS6401

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Philips 6101

The cheapest Ultra HD TV in Philips’ 2016 line-uo, with no support for HDR, Amblight or Android TV

  • 4K resolution
  • Pixel Plus processor
  • 800 PPI
  • 16W speakers
  • Formats
  • 43″ Philips 43PUS6101
  • 49″ Philips 49PUS6101
  • 55″ Philips 55PUS6101

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