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(Pocket-lint) - Philips frequently refreshes its TV lineup, with new designs and updates, and 2021 is no different.

Some of its latest range of OLED TVs are available in stores, with a couple of premium sets to follow soon. It introduced its own Mini LED models this year too.

Here then are Philips' top TVs, from the new 2021 models to 2020 sets you can still buy now - sometimes at a discount.

We're not covering all of them, just those that stand out based on 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 in at the top of the tree for Philips' OLED range is the OLED+ 986. This is much the same as the 984 it replaces, but with a redesigned Bowers & Wilkins speaker system and new OLED panel.

The new sound system has three separate speaker units housed inside the bar under the screen. These provide a wider soundstage than before, with Continuum cones with higher specification voice coil and crossover components. Each driver is 100mm.

There is also the tweeter-on-top tech that results in cleaner, crisper dialogue.

The display now supports HDR10+ Adaptive, which not only changes the HDR signature based on scenes, it alters it to your viewing room lighting too.

At present, the OLED+ 986 will only be available in 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 will replace the 935 when it arrives soon. It takes much of what made that set brilliant (as you can read below) but enhances it with an even better built-in sound system from Bowers & Wilkins.

You get 3.1.2 channels again, with upfiring speaker drivers for Dolby Atmos, but they have been improved and finely tuned to work at their best, no matter which screen size you choose. The OLED panel has also been plucked from the latest batch.

Gaming is a big focus for the 936, with VRR and ALLM being joined by Freesync and G-Sync support. HDMI 2.1 is on board, naturally, as well and HDMI eARC tech.

HDR10+ Adaptive is now supported, as well as 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 will soon introduce a couple of flagship OLED+ models in the 936 and 986 above, but you shouldn't discount the already-available, excellent 800 series.

The difference between the 806 and 856 is largely aesthetic - coming with different stands, basically. In addition, the 856 is only be available in 55 and 65-inches (and from select retailers). The 806, on the other hand, adds 48 and 77-inch variants - the latter being the largest OLED TV from the Philips brand yet.

One of the main additions is the P5 AI Intelligent Picture Engine - a processor that analyses images and cross references different picture situations to apply the best settings. It also has a superb anti-screen burn technology that recognises and dims static logos on screen.

In addition, each of the new OLEDs come with 4K 120Hz and variable refresh rate (VRR) technology for gaming. Those combined with ALLM (auto low latency mode) ensure that those with next-gen consoles get the most from their machines. HDMI eARC and Dolby Atmos are on board too, for audio support.

The final string 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 most recent entry-level OLED is the 706 - effectively a replacement for the 705 below, but you can still find that in stores too.

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

HDMI 2.1 connectivity is supplied, along with variable refresh rate and Freesync technologies for gamers. While DTS Play-Fi is on board to connect this to other enabled devices for multiroom sound.

The big change between this model 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 still available at entry-level is the OLED 705. It's worth considering too, as the 55-inch model is sub-£1K.

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

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

There is three-sided Ambilight, plus Google Assistant on-board that you can activate through the microphone on the included remote. It is also compatible with DTS Play-Fi tech, so can be linked to other 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 around for a while, the current flagship comes with much of the tech functionality of the newer models. That includes anti-screen burn technology that can greatly help to reduce screen retention.

This TV also comes with a class-leading Bowers & Wilkins sound system that provides a 3.1.2 surround effect, including two Dolby Atmos elevation speakers that heighten audio.

Like the 806/856, the 935 has Filmmaker Mode. It is also DTS Play-Fi enabled, which means it can link to other Philips Wireless Home System speakers to either create a wider home theatre (with rear channels) or sync music around the home.

Philips Mini LED TVs

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Philips MiniLED 9506

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  • Available: Now
  • 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 technology for its top-end LCD/LED TVs this year. That means the backlight uses thousands of tiny LEDs in its backlight, which are grouped into 1,000 zones. These zones can be turned off, brightened or dimmed independently, leading to more accurate colours and better contrast than previous LED panels.

Also, thanks to the size of the LEDs, there is less light bleed, so black levels can be much deeper and darker than ever before. It's the closest the tech can get to OLED, yet remains more affordable.

The MiniLED 9506 comes with four-sided Ambilight and the same P5 AI Intelligent Picture Engine as the 2021 top-end OLEDs. It is also 4K 120Hz, so is capable of playing PS5 and Xbox Series X games at their best. VRR and ALLM are on board too.

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

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Philips MiniLED 9636

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  • Available: Now
  • 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 almost identical to the 9506 above, apart from the fact that it also comes with a Bowers & Wilkins sound system built into its stand.

This 3.1.2 system provides 70W of power across all channels, while two upfiring units provide extra height for Dolby Atmos tracks.

Like all of Philips premium models in 2021, it comes with DTS Play-Fi so can hook up to other wireless speakers around the home and become part of a multiroom audio setup.

What's the difference between Mini LED and OLED?

Although Philips offers a range of technologies, it's the OLED and Mini LED TVs that really stand out - but what's the difference? Both are associated with high-end TVs, with OLED long being the choice for many TV buyers.

OLED is known for its ability to turn off the backlight completely, so it's long been able to deliver black levels that other panel types struggled with, because you can turn off the illumination to that individual pixel. That, in essence is what OLED is - each pixel is also the light source.

Typically OLED can deliver better colour saturation and deal with those graduations from light to dark because there's no bleed from a backlight across the panel - for example, a white box on a black screen will have a crisp division between the too on OLED, whereas an LED TV will have a halo around the white box - and often streching down or across the panel based on where the backlighting is sent from.

The downside of OLED is its potential longevity, as it's an organic material that can decay and it's typically can't reach the peak brightness of LED panels - which means that HDR effects can be greater from a LED-based panel.

Moving onto Mini OLED and this is a reletively new TV technology. Essentially, it has taken the LED backlighting model but broken it down into much smaller illumination blocks, so it's much more precise. This means its a better performer than older LED tech, suffering less from those light bleed problems. 

It's cheaper to manufacture than OLED, so it's likely to be seen in TVs that sit under flagship OLED models and while the picture quality is unlikely to match OLED, it's better than the previous generation of LED TVs.

We have a deeper dive into the difference in TV panel tech right here. 

Things to consider when buying a television

When it comes to buying a television there are plenty of things to think about. The first is likely to be size, to ensure that the TV will fit into your room. If you're looking at buying a Philips TV, the company hasn't yet moved into 8K TVs, but will offer 4K TVs up to 77 inches. 

Most will be buying smaller than that, but the important thing is that it fits into your room and will be a comfortable size for viewing. 

One of the attractive things about Philips TVs is the Ambilight system. This provides illumination from the rear of the television that can spread the colours across the room. This can be coordinated with other Philips Hue devices, with the TV driving the colour show based on what's on the screen. The latest models offer four-sided Ambilight which is great for wall mounting, some older models are only three sided. 

Philips has long supported a wide range of technologies, so you'll find most of the recent models supporting HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, while many also run Android TV, which is super connected and supports Casting from your phone.

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