Philips has introduced a model new Ambilight-capable OLED TV that prices below £1000. The OLED705, which additionally boasts assist for all main HDR codecs, will set you again simply £979 for a 55-inch mannequin and £1499 for a 65 incher.
Judging by the spec sheet, the OLED705 belies its finances roots with HDR assist for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG, in addition to Dolby Atmos audio. It additionally will get DTS Play-Fi multi-room audio assist.
The OLED705 is powered by Android TV and options Google Assistant built-in (in addition to assist for Amazon Alexa). A button on the distant launches the voice assistant, so you possibly can converse into it to, for instance, open your favorite app.
Speaking of apps, the OLED705 packs in loads of streaming providers. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Spotify are all current and proper, though there isn’t any point out of Apple TV+.
The ‘near-frameless’ design appears to cover the exact same 50W 2.1 sound system you’d discover in final 12 months’s Award-winning OLED805, and it additionally boasts three-sided Ambilight, which we have all the time discovered to be each spectacular and helpful when it comes to rising perceived distinction and making the display appear larger than it truly is.
As you’d count on, Philips has made the odd compromise to maintain costs eager, and the 705 misses out on the agency’s P5 AI Excellent Image Engine, which makes use of AI to optimise image high quality. As Philips has now confirmed to us, this mannequin will get the third Gen P5 – the one earlier than AI arrived.
If you happen to’re a gamer, this TV might become one thing of a blended bag. On the upside, you get a primary Recreation Mode and assist for 4K@120Hz. On the draw back, none of this mannequin’s 4 HDMI sockets assist eARC.
Nonetheless, the choice to purchase a 55-inch OLED TV from a big-name model for lower than £1000 is definitely welcome. Each sizes are on sale at Amazon and Currys now. Higher nonetheless, Amazon has already discounted the 65-inch from £1499 to £1439 – that is a saving of £60 proper off the bat!
Not eager on compromise? Philips tells us that it plans to launch a higher-spec (and dearer) OLED706 TV “later in the summertime”.
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