It looks like Philips (TP Vision) is equipping its Android TVs with a new hardware platform that for the first time supports HDMI 2.1, 4K @ 120Hz and 8K resolution.
As early as 2020, many Philips fans were hoping for an Android TV that supports the new HDMI 2.1 interface. Unfortunately, Mediatek’s hardware platform (MT5596) was not designed for HDMI 2.1 or 4K @ 120Hz. A maximum of HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 and 4K @ 60Hz image signals was supported. But New Year’s new luck and as Alex from toengel.net found out, not only top models (from the 8000 series + OLED TVs) are equipped with a new SoC (System on Chip), even the midrange segment (below the 8000 series) should get a big upgrade.
MediaTek chip for HDMI 2.1, 4K @ 120Hz and VRR
The Philips Android TVs from the premium segment are said to be equipped with an adapted version of the MediaTek flagship MT9950. The new chipset not only supports all previously introduced HDR formats, the HDMI 2.1 interface (HDCP 2.3) and signal processing of 4K @ 120Hz and 8K @ 60Hz with 4: 4: 4 chroma (HEVC-coded) are also possible without problems. VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) is also listed separately. In addition, there are (theoretically) the popular audio codecs from Dolby and DTS, including Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. The same chipset is also used in the Oppo Smart TV S1. This supports eARC, VRR and ALLM, among others.
Philips mid-range TVs without HDMI 2.1?
In the higher 7000 series, Philips (TP Vision) will probably also carry out a hardware update. The televisions are said to use the MediaTek MT9602 chipset, although the added value of this SoC upgrade is not so clear to us. According to MediaTek, the HDMI 2.1a interface is supported, but 4K image signals are displayed at a maximum of 60Hz. So no 120Hz gaming on the 7000 series. With this step, TP Vision might want to provide a little more stability and security for the new TV sets.
We do not expect official confirmation of this information until the end of January, when Philips will virtually present its new TV lineup. So cross your fingers and hope for an Ambilight TV with HDMI 2.1, 4K @ 120Hz, VRR, ALLM and eARC! Or how about an 8K OLED TV?