not futuristic enough for ya? How about a TV that goes, "Pew pew!"
OK, not really, but Philips is the latest brand to incorporate the laser, that staple of science fiction firefights and cat distraction toys, into a television. Unlike, this first of its kind TV is a flat-panel LCD.
The PFL8900 series is a bit fatter than a normal LED LCD TV, but that's because its backlight incorporates lasers. Here's how the press release puts it:
"Philips Smart Laser Backlight Ultra HDTV utilizes a Red Laser in conjunction with Cyan LEDs as the backlighting source. This technique creates an unparalleled viewing experience. By adding a high-end color filter that enhances Red, Blue & Green purity, this TV is able to cover more than 80 percent of BT.2020 color space standards."
Much like with TVs that useto supposedly improve color, we encourage you to take this tech with a grain of salt. Wider color gamuts require new color specs like , and content that adheres to those specs is nonexistent today. And quantum dots or no, they're still LCD TVs, and , let alone that of OLED.
For that reason, we actually expect the backlight'sto have a greater impact on the picture than the lasers. Philips also touts the TV's , glossy panel filter and 240Hz refresh rate. We assume the latter number is achieved via the since all 4K sets have native , and last we heard, that hasn't changed in 2015.
The PFL8900 should also sound better than non-laser TVs thanks to its pair of side-mounted external speakers with five-way drivers. Its smart TV suite lacks Android TV () but does offer that stable of 4K-related features: built-in to support the 4K streams of Netflix and Amazon, among others. It's also one of the first TVs we've seen to , the codec used by YouTube. Three ports that support are also present and accounted for.
The series comes two sizes: the 58-inch 58PFL8900 ($2,999) and the 65-inch 65PFL8900 ($3,499). Both will be available in May in the US. Pricing and availability for the UK and Australia were not announced, but those prices convert to roughly £2,000 or AU$3,700, and £2,300 or AU$4,350 respectively.