Philips goes Smart TV crazy

Chris Davies - Feb 16, 2012
Philips goes Smart TV crazy

Philips has outed its spring HDTV line-up, and smart TV has infiltrated all but the most budget sets while the company pushes ahead with its colorful Ambilight mood lighting system. The Philips 7000 and 6000 Series sit at the top of the range, with active and passive 3D support respectively, support for two-player full-screen gaming, and streaming from services like YouTube and Netflix. Full details after the cut.

Philips 7000 Series

Three 7000 Series models are due in Q2, in 40-, 46- and 55-inch sizes, each with twin 20W speakers and active shutter 3D. They can convert 2D to 3D, as well as allow two gamers to each play a different full-screen view on the same panel simultaneously. Connectivity includes five HDMI, three USB, WiFi and ethernet, and there’s two-side Ambilight.

A USB keyboard and mouse are supported, useful as the 7000 Series offers internet browsing, and there’s DLNA streaming together with access to various online movie services.

Philips 6000 Series

The 6000 Series will come in five sizes – 32-, 37-, 42-, 47- and 55-inches – in Q2, each Full HD with twin 12W speakers. They’ll support the same smart TV functionality as the 7000 Series, but use passive 3D and only have four HDMI inputs.

Philips 4000 Series

Targeting the mid-range, the 4000 Series will come in 32-, 37-, 42- and 47-inch sizes and support Full HD but not 3D. There’ll be internet access and online streaming video, as well as USB keyboard/mouse support and DLNA, while connectivity includes four HDMI, three USB, WiFi and an AV input.

Philips 3500 Series

Set to be the cheapest Philips smart TV options, the 3500 Series will run from 19- through to 42-inches, with some offering 720p HD and others Full 1080p. Each support YouTube and DLNA media streaming, with three HDMI ports, two USB and an optional USB WiFi adapter. They’ll also arrive in Q2.

There’s also the Philips 3000 Series, non-smart TVs available in 32-, 37-, 42- and 47-inch sizes with 100Hz displays, three HDMI inputs, and a single USB port. They’ll go on sale in Q2 2012.

No word on pricing for any of the models at this stage.

Must Read Bits & Bytes