Philips is betting heavily on OLED technology. The television subsidiary of TP Vision already has an extensive catalogue of models with this technology. This year we have been able to try the Philips OLED 973 and the Philips OLED 903, two televisions of high level but whose LED TV price in Bangladesh is out of reach of many users. However, neither of them supposes the range of input to the Philips OLED world. The truth is that the manufacturer has a third model somewhat cheaper. It's called Philips 65OLED803 and arrives to replace the magnificent Philips OLED 9002 last year.
Actually, the Philips OLED 803 offers virtually the same features as the 903 model. The difference between them is found in the loss of the soundbar. For the rest, we have a 4K OLED panel, the P5 Perfect Picture Engine image processor, the HDR Perfect technology and the Android TV operating system . All this in a minimalist design that highlights the Ambilight system on three sides. I have had the opportunity to try the 65-inch model for a few days and I tell you what I thought.
We have tested Philips 65OLED803 legs
The manufacturers of televisions are clear that the main protagonist must be the panel. And so they have applied for some years. The Philips 65OLED803 is a really nice TV. It is placed on the furniture with small chrome legs located at the ends. These leave the screen very low, almost attached to the furniture on which we place it. This, which is very elegant, but has two drawbacks. The first that prevents us from placing a soundbar in front of the TV. And the second we will need a piece of furniture just as big as the TV.
The panel is surrounded by a thin black frame one centimetres thick. In addition, we have a frame and a dark aluminium back with a brushed finish. As usual in OLED TVs, the back is very thin to about half. Then get fat to hide the sound system, electronics and connectors.
The mentioned connectors are located at the left end, some in the lower position and other lateral. The Philips 65OLED803 has four HDMI inputs with 4K capability with HDCP 2.2 support. However, only two are complete and support the HDR, which greatly limits TV connectivity. A negative point for Philips, since if we have several devices almost force us to use an AV receiver.
In addition to the four HDMI, we have two USB ports, one for components, an optical audio output, ethernet and the different tuners. In addition, the TV comes with an integrated dual-band 802.11ac WiFi.
To control the Philips 65OLED803 we have two remote controls. The first is what we could call normal. This has a keyboard on the back, very common in Philips TVs. We also have a more minimalist control, very thin design. It has a small touch panel in the centre, basic buttons and voice control.
The Ambilight system that includes the Philips 65OLED803 is three-sided. The LED strips are placed in the plastic part of the back and have enough power. Even so, for optimal performance, there should be some space around the TV, in addition to a wall as "bare" as possible.
In addition, in this year's version, we can use Philips Hue bulbs to extend the effects to the rest of the room. I have not been able to test this system personally because I don't have any of these bulbs, but Philips has recently launched the Hue Play system precisely for this.
The Philips 65OLED803 has a wide variety of image modes, the ISF and Cinema modes being the most useful. With subtle adjustments in the different ISF modes, we can get very interesting results. Of course, by default, the TV is configured with an excessively artificial image. At least for my liking.
Once adjusted, the image quality offered by the Philips 65OLED803 is impressive. This year the manufacturer's OLED TVs are equipped with an improved version of the P5 Perfect Picture image processor. And the truth is that the image quality is somewhat higher than last year's model.
4K HDR images look very sharp, with vibrant colours that combine with perfect blacks and bright whites. And is that the Philips 65OLED803 reaches a maximum brightness higher than other OLED models on the market. According to some measurements, the brightness is close to 800 nits, a fairly high value for OLED models.
Philips has chosen to support the HDR10 + system instead of Dolby Vision. I have not been able to try it because, at the moment, the streaming apps do not appear. The Philips 65OLED803 is also capable of playing content in HDR10 and HLG.
We have a practically identical result when we reproduce content with 1080p resolution. The scaling that the processor does is really good, with a detailed image, pure whites and a lot of detail in the darker images.
We have tested Philips 65OLED803 DTT
The room for improvement in this TV comes from the movement treatment part. The processor does a good job but does not reach the level of Sony models.
It is true that the vast majority of users who consider buying this TV will have in mind to complement it with a good sound system. However, it is also true that if the TV sound is good we will not always have to be connecting the external equipment.
The Philips 65OLED803 is equipped with a 2.1 sound system quite complete so as not to have a built-in soundbar. This is composed of 2 tweeters, 2 10W mid/high range speakers and a 30W subwoofer, achieving a total power of 50W RMS.
The improvement over a standard system is more than remarkable. It offers a clear and powerful sound, perfect for watching TV shows. It may be missing some punch and dynamic to use as the main system to watch movies, but for the day today, it is more than enough.
ANDROID TV IS STILL A GOOD OPTION
The Philips 65OLED803 runs Android TV 7.0 Nougat as an operating system. According to Philips, the update of their TVs to Android 8 Oreo will arrive later this year and early next year.
The interface of the Android system that carries the TV is the same as we see in any other model. It is Google that marks how the user interface should be and manufacturers cannot make changes. The only thing that manufacturers can add is their own applications or suggestions, which in the case of Philips are not very useful.
We have tested Philips 65OLED803 Android TV interface
To move the operating system the Philips 65OLED803 has a quad-core processor. As we have already noticed in other models, some power is missing at some times. We notice it when we move a lot through the interface or when we open several applications at once. However, for normal use of the TV, in which we will use a couple or three applications, it works correctly.
In my opinion, Philips has installed too many applications by default. Most of which, in addition, are not too useful. If you want to leave the system to your liking you will have to spend a few minutes.
We have tested the Philips 65OLED803 Play Store
Android TV is a somewhat more complete operating system than LG and Samsung systems. However, it also offers us some applications that we don't have in its rivals. For example, from the Play Store, we can install Kodi, VLC, various apps for IPTV, TuneIN or a multitude of games.
As for the most wanted, we have access to Netflix, Amazon Video, A3Player, RTVE, YouTube, Movistar + and Orange TV. However, Mediaset and HBO applications are not available.
On Netflix and YouTube, we can play in 4K and HDR. However, in Amazon Prime Video, I have not been able to play in 4K HDR. I don't know very well if it was because of the Internet connection or because the application is not compatible.
On the other hand, the use of Android TV allows us to use the Google Assistant. And also the Chromecast system, with which we can easily send content to the TV from various applications. For example, we can play Facebook videos on TV.
Applications aside, the TV guide works correctly. If we connect a hard drive we can pause and rewind live broadcasts, as well as record the programs. Changing channels is a bit slow as soon as you turn on the TV or exit an application.
The menus are quite complete, but also somewhat complicated for less accustomed users. To deactivate some options we have to click more than I would like However, we have many configuration options available.
The Philips 65OLED803 is a great TV. It is able to offer a very high image quality just by taking a few minutes to adjust it. The image processor does a good job with the lower resolution images, so it is a good model for watching television.
It has a response time somewhat higher than that of its rivals, but I have been able to play with the PS4 Pro without any problem. It may not be the ideal TV for professional players, but for the vast majority of the public, it is more than valid.
Your operating system may be a weakness or a strength, depending on how you look at it. I personally like it, although I recognize that it needs a somewhat more powerful processor. However, with Android TV we have access to some apps that others do not have, such as Kodi.
Another negative point that I put is that it only has two full HDMI. This means that, for example, in my case that I have to connect several devices with HDR, I have to use an AV receiver. For the rest, the Philips 65OLED803 is perfectly capable of competing at a high level with the OLED models of LG, Sony and Panasonic.