While Philips already has more than enough TVs with LCD panels in its coffers, the Dutch multinational technology company is now jumping on OLED bandwagon — perhaps because that’s the future of TVs — and emedding them with features that qualifies the TVs to be called Smart TVs. The brand recently unveiled its 2018 flagship OLED TVs under the “803” and “903” series. The latter is the better series of the duo with the 803 OLED TV series coming second in line.
The Philips 803 OLED TV series currently houses two TVs. They are the same TV in terms of features and specs but the separating factors include sizes (55-inch and 65-inch) and price. The model in this article is the 65-inch model which officially goes by the codename “Philips 65OLED803”. We highlight some of the key features of the OLED TV under the headers below.
Philips 65OLED803 Key Specs
- Dimension: 1448.7 x 829.5 x 49.3 mm
- Weight: 27.1 kg (with stand)
- Display: 64.5-inch OLED display with native 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels)
- Brightness: 400cd/m2
- Refresh rate: 120Hz
- Processor: 1.1GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage (built-in): 16GB
- Connectivity: 4 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 x USB, headphone/audio jack, 1 x Ethernet port, and 1 x AV minijack.
- Other features: 3-sided Ambilight, P5 proprietary picture engine
Three-sided Ambilight lighting technology
Asides from having an exceptionally slim frame and almost invisible feet/stand, the Philips 65OLED803 TV comes with a unique aesthetical feature which Philips calls the “Ambilight Lighting Technology”. The Ambilight system emits lights from the top, left, and right side of the OLED TV to the surrounding wall and environment. This feature allows for an immersive viewing experience that you won’t find on any other TV — basic or smart.
While, truly, this light can be distracting to some users, the intensity and brightness of the lights can be adjusted in accordance to preference. In addition, the lights can be customized to be emitted in single colours or to match the colour of pictorial or video contents being displayed on the screen.
P5 Picture Engine
Shipped with LG’s 2018 WRGB OLED panels, the Philip 65OLED803 uses Philip’s newest and most powerful P5 proprietary picture engine. This second-generation P5 engine is reportedly twice as powerful as the first P5 engine and will improve the brightness level of ‘whites’ while retaining the impressive deep black native to OLED panels.
So, irrespective of the type of content(s) you’re watching on the Philips 65OLED803, you will get them in super crisp and well-detailed quality. To add, the TV supports next-gen HDR (HDR10) which allows for improved contrast as well as supports for Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR for transmitting 4K signals.
Two Remote Controls
The Philips 65OLED803 comes out-of-the-box with two remotes, each in different design, unique features and individual functions. The first/main remote control looks like a regular TV remote as it packs a number of buttons on the front. On the rear, there is a full-size QWERTY keyboard which comes in handy when you need to input login credentials like your Netflix or password.
The second remote on the other hand is smaller, slimmer, and comes with only six (6) buttons. It also sports a touchpad, is integrated with Google Assistant, and unlike the first remote which uses Infrared, connects to the TV via Bluetooth.
Impressive Audio Quality
The Philips 65OLED803 comes with a 2.1 channel speaker system which uses only 50W of power. Albeit the speaker system on this model is not anywhere near the built-in Bowers & Wilkins speaker of the OLED903 TV, it produces tuneful treble and punchy bass The dual silk dome tweeters and triple ring bass are responsible for the top-quality sound and bass effects, though.
Also, Philips uses what it calls the “Triple Ring Technology” to improve the speaker movements so they can give more powerful sounds and punch when compared to regular TV.
The Philips 65OLED803 is laced with ton of smart features. Powering these features is Google’s Android operating system. The remote, for example, supports Google Assistant which users can use to navigate the TV, control other smart home gadgets, locate contents etc. The OLED TV also comes with the Google Play Store and Philips App gallery built-in for users to install more compatible Android TV applications.
Depending on location of purchase, the Philips 65OLED803 can be yours for £2399 only or more. This positions this 65-inch OLED TV as close rival and alternative to the Sony A8F OLED TV, Samsung Q9F QLED TV and some of the best OLED TVs out there for true visual entertainment.