an incredible peak of brightness thanks to META technology

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Philips has just presented its new ranges of televisions for the year 2023. These are made up of two series: the top of the range OLED+908 and, just below, the OLED808 series. The first benefits from a panel that incorporates META technology with a layer of microlenses and the second uses an OLED_EX panel from last year. Philips promises a maximum brightness of 2100 cd/m² and availability in the fall.

Every year, in the field of televisions, we gain a little more brightness, especially in OLED models. These try to compete with LCD screens, which are brighter and more easily enjoyed in brightly lit rooms. Each manufacturer always promises more, like Philips with its new 2023 OLED TV ranges.

The brand will market two new series in the fall: OLED+908 and OLED808. The main difference between the two is that the former uses an OLED MLA panel delivered by LG Display with META technology. This uses billions of microlenses and an algorithm to increase panel brightness, resulting in higher peak brightness than previous generations. Philips was able to prove it to us, in prototypes.

LG also offers this technology in the G3 and M3 models. Note that Panasonic’s MZ2000 series also benefits from this. Philips, for its part, announces a value of 2100 cd/m², without further details on the measurement conditions. Without a doubt, it is the Dynamic mode that does not offer good color fidelity. Filmmaker or Cinema modes should show much lower peak brightness. We will verify this during our tests.

Philips 65OLED+908

The second series, OLED808, uses an OLED_EX panel, from last year. We had measured a value of 840 cd/m² for the Philips 55OLED937, which OLED808 TVs could offer.

More unique, the OLED+908 series audio system is comprised of a 3.1-channel Bowers & Wilkins system with a total power of 80 watts. It is equipped with 6 speakers facing the viewer, including a central channel, and a subwoofer associated with 4 passive membranes installed on the back of the screen. Its design is quite elegant with extremely thin metal edges and a slightly upturned and beveled bottom covered in a Kvadrat Audiomix fabric.

The foot is central, not very wide at the front, but a little more at the back allowing installation in a small piece of furniture, even for a large size. The OLED+908 series is offered in 55, 65, and 77 inches. The first two use a leg that can be rotated several degrees to the right or left to find the ideal angle, which is not the case for the 77-inch model that uses two legs.

In the OLED808 series, the audio part is based on a 70-watt 2.1 system (50 watts for the 42-inch model). This series features a simple design with a dark metal frame. Again, the foot is central allowing the screen to rotate to the left or to the right. This series is available in different sizes of 42, 48, 55, 65 and 77 inches.

Philips 42OLED808

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Philips OLED+908 and OLED808 TVs are powered by the seventh generation Philips P5 AI processor that incorporates a V2 version of Ambient Intelligence technology, which enables real-time adjustment of brightness, gamma and colorimetry based on lighting conditions. The model is equipped with several HDMI inputs, 2 of which are compatible with VRR, ALLM, G-Sync, Freesync Premium and Dolby Vision Ultra HD technologies up to 120 Hz.

Philips 65OLED+908

All 2023 models of the Philips OLED+908 and OLED808 series work with the Google TV system. Philips has made it easy to access certain settings, including those that allow you to change the picture mode. Now it takes two taps to change them. Also, the menus no longer take up as much space on the screen as before. Finally we can see almost the entire image, allowing more precise adjustments.

They come with a new remote that is rechargeable via USB-C and has a backlight system for easy key identification in the dark. It is now devoid of number keys, but it is also much more compact. It uses two specific buttons, in height and that can be tilted forwards or backwards, or pressed, to change the channel or manage the volume, reminiscent of those used by Samsung for its remote controls of high-end models.

New Philips TV Remote Control 2023

Of course, you can always count on the Ambilight system, which this year is three-sided and no longer four-sided like last year.

At the moment, Philips has not communicated prices of the different models or a precise date of commercialization. The brand says they will be available in the fall.

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