Vizio may have done it first back in March but now it’s got competition from Philips. Philips just announced four new sets as part of the 6000 series Google Cast Ultra HDTV. The prices of the new TVs are in competition with the recently released RCA Android TV showings.
The 6000 series TVs are available in four sizes: 43 inches, 49 inches, 55 inches, and 65 inches, sharing the same design with thin bezels and metal legs. all have 4K resolutions but in an interesting approach, the 43-inch and 65-inch uses a Macro Dimming LED backlight with a VA LCD panel that supports HDR. The mid-sized sets have an IPS LCD panel with a BrightPro LED backlighting system as well as Micro Dimming backlight. Besides this odd choice the rest is the same, all feature a 3D sound experience, are compatible with HDMI 2.0a with HDCP2.2, and have built-in HEVC and VP9 decoders. Connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas.
The choice of just Google Cast over Android TV is an interesting one because with Android TV you’d get both but I’d assume it’s so they won’t have to worry about updates since if we look at Google Cast TV’s like Chromecasts they update themselves and there’s no not having the latest version it just works.
The 49-inch and 55-inch models will be available in June for $799 and $999, respectively. The 43-inch costs $649 and 65-inch comes in at $1499; both will be available in July.