Philips 4K HDR TV choices compared: OLED+ 986, 936, OLED 806, MiniLED 9636 and more

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(Pocket-lint) - Philips often refreshes its TV lineup, with caller designs and updates, and 2021 is nary different.

Some of its latest scope of OLED TVs are disposable successful stores, with a mates of premium sets to travel soon. It introduced its ain Mini LED models this twelvemonth too.

Here past are Philips' apical TVs, from the caller 2021 models to 2020 sets you tin inactive bargain present - sometimes astatine a discount.

We're not covering each of them, conscionable those that basal retired based connected their features and positioning.

Philips OLED TVs

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Philips OLED+ 986

  • Available: TBC
  • Screen sizes: 65in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

Coming successful astatine the apical of the histrion for Philips' OLED scope is the OLED+ 986. This is overmuch the aforesaid arsenic the 984 it replaces, but with a redesigned Bowers & Wilkins talker strategy and caller OLED panel.

The caller dependable strategy has 3 abstracted talker units housed wrong the barroom nether the screen. These supply a wider soundstage than before, with Continuum cones with higher specification dependable coil and crossover components. Each operator is 100mm.

There is besides the tweeter-on-top tech that results successful cleaner, crisper dialogue.

The show present supports HDR10+ Adaptive, which not lone changes the HDR signature based connected scenes, it alters it to your viewing country lighting too.

At present, the OLED+ 986 volition lone beryllium disposable successful 65-inches.

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Philips OLED+ 936

  • Available: TBC
  • Screen sizes: 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

The Philips OLED+ 936 volition regenerate the 935 erstwhile it arrives soon. It takes overmuch of what made that acceptable superb (as you tin work below) but enhances it with an adjacent amended built-in dependable strategy from Bowers & Wilkins.

You get 3.1.2 channels again, with upfiring talker drivers for Dolby Atmos, but they person been improved and finely tuned to enactment astatine their best, nary substance which surface size you choose. The OLED sheet has besides been plucked from the latest batch.

Gaming is simply a large absorption for the 936, with VRR and ALLM being joined by Freesync and G-Sync support. HDMI 2.1 is connected board, naturally, arsenic good and HDMI eARC tech.

HDR10+ Adaptive is present supported, arsenic good arsenic Dolby Vision.

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Philips OLED 806/856

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  • Available: Now
  • Screen sizes: 48in, 55in, 65in, 77in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

Philips volition soon present a mates of flagship OLED+ models successful the 936 and 986 above, but you shouldn't discount the already-available, fantabulous 800 series.

The quality betwixt the 806 and 856 is mostly aesthetic - coming with antithetic stands, basically. In addition, the 856 is lone beryllium disposable successful 55 and 65-inches (and from prime retailers). The 806, connected the different hand, adds 48 and 77-inch variants - the second being the largest OLED TV from the Philips marque yet.

One of the main additions is the P5 AI Intelligent Picture Engine - a processor that analyses images and transverse references antithetic representation situations to use the champion settings. It besides has a superb anti-screen pain exertion that recognises and dims static logos connected screen.

In addition, each of the caller OLEDs travel with 4K 120Hz and adaptable refresh complaint (VRR) exertion for gaming. Those combined with ALLM (auto debased latency mode) guarantee that those with next-gen consoles get the astir from their machines. HDMI eARC and Dolby Atmos are connected committee too, for audio support.

The last drawstring to each set's bow is four-sided Ambilight.

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Philips OLED 706

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  • Available: Now
  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

Philips astir caller entry-level OLED is the 706 - efficaciously a replacement for the 705 below, but you tin inactive find that successful stores too.

It uses the P5 AI Perfect Picture Engine, has three-sided Ambilight and runs Android TV - thing the 2020 "budget" TV (the 754) did not.

HDMI 2.1 connectivity is supplied, on with adaptable refresh complaint and Freesync technologies for gamers. While DTS Play-Fi is connected committee to link this to different enabled devices for multiroom sound.

The large alteration betwixt this exemplary and the 705 is the processor used.

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Philips OLED 705

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  • Available: Now
  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

Also inactive disposable astatine entry-level is the OLED 705. It's worthy considering too, arsenic the 55-inch exemplary is sub-£1K.

It people skips immoderate of the features of Philips 2021 models, but sports the much than decent P5 Picture Engine - albeit without the latest AI skills. Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are supported, for example, on with Dolby Atmos for sound.

And, similar the 706 and above, it runs Android TV for its smarts, truthful comes with a full bevvy of apps pre-installed, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

There is three-sided Ambilight, positive Google Assistant on-board that you tin activate done the microphone connected the included remote. It is besides compatible with DTS Play-Fi tech, truthful tin beryllium linked to different supported kit for multi-room audio playback.

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Philips OLED+ 935

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  • Available: Now
  • Screen sizes: 48in, 55in, 65in
  • OLED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, Bowers & Wilkins Sound, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

While it has been astir for a while, the existent flagship comes with overmuch of the tech functionality of the newer models. That includes anti-screen pain exertion that tin greatly help to trim surface retention.

This TV besides comes with a class-leading Bowers & Wilkins dependable strategy that provides a 3.1.2 situation effect, including 2 Dolby Atmos elevation speakers that heighten audio.

Like the 806/856, the 935 has Filmmaker Mode. It is besides DTS Play-Fi enabled, which means it tin nexus to different Philips Wireless Home System speakers to either make a wider location theatre (with rear channels) oregon sync euphony astir the home.

Philips Mini LED TVs

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Philips MiniLED 9506

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  • Available: TBC
  • Screen sizes: 65in, 75in
  • Mini LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

Philips has embraced Mini LED exertion for its top-end LCD/LED TVs this year. That means the backlight uses thousands of tiny LEDs successful its backlight, which are grouped into 1,000 zones. These zones tin beryllium turned off, brightened oregon dimmed independently, starring to much close colours and amended opposition than erstwhile LED panels.

Also, acknowledgment to the size of the LEDs, determination is little airy bleed, truthful achromatic levels tin beryllium overmuch deeper and darker than ever before. It's the closest the tech tin get to OLED, yet remains much affordable.

The MiniLED 9506 comes with four-sided Ambilight and the aforesaid P5 AI Intelligent Picture Engine arsenic the 2021 top-end OLEDs. It is besides 4K 120Hz, truthful is susceptible of playing PS5 and Xbox Series X games astatine their best. VRR and ALLM are connected committee too.

HDR10+ Adaptive is added to the HDR suite of standards, which adapts the representation depending connected lighting conditions.

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Philips MiniLED 9636

  • Available: TBC
  • Screen sizes: 65in, 75in
  • Mini LED, 3840 x 2160 pixels, HDR10+ Adaptive, Dolby Vision, HLG, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Atmos, DTS Play-Fi, Android TV

The MiniLED 9636 is astir identical to the 9506 above, isolated from the information that it besides comes with a Bowers & Wilkins dependable strategy built into its stand.

This 3.1.2 strategy provides 70W of powerfulness crossed each channels, portion 2 upfiring units supply other tallness for Dolby Atmos tracks.

Like each of Philips premium models successful 2021, it comes with DTS Play-Fi truthful tin hook up to different wireless speakers astir the location and go portion of a multiroom audio setup.

Writing by Rik Henderson and Chris Hall. Originally published connected 28 February 2018.

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