A high-qual­i­ty OLED pan­el, styl­ish light­ing and an amaz­ing Smart TV sys­tem are the main bonus­es of the new 55-inch TV from Philips. Read the test results and our opin­ion about the prod­uct in this arti­cle.

Test results

Superb per­for­mance at a still afford­able price is our con­clu­sion from our test­ing of the Philips 55POS9002 UHD TV. Par­tic­u­lar­ly con­vinc­ing are the image qual­i­ty of the OLED pan­els and the gen­er­ous equip­ment, com­bined with the Android TV oper­at­ing sys­tem. In addi­tion, styl­ish Ambi­light light­ing and rich sound pro­vide a com­plete home the­ater expe­ri­ence. Even the lev­el of pow­er con­sump­tion for a TV of this size is in order.

Advantages

excel­lent OLED dis­play
lux­u­ry equip­ment
com­pre­hen­sive Android TV oper­at­ing sys­tem

Flaws

val­ue for mon­ey on the verge of rea­son­able

Philips 55POS9002 test results

  • Price-qual­i­ty ratio
    Good
  • Place in the over­all rank­ing
    8 out of 37
  • Val­ue for mon­ey: 69
  • Image qual­i­ty (50%): 96.2
  • Sound qual­i­ty (5%): 89
  • Equip­ment (25%): 91.6
  • Ergonom­ics (15%): 94.8
  • Ener­gy effi­cien­cy (5%): 75.3
Test results
Test Method­ol­o­gy
Rate
88%
93%
Edi­to­r­i­al rat­ing
88%
User rat­ing
2 esti­mates
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Turn off the light, turn on the movie

After Philips has already suc­cess­ful­ly used a UHD (3840x2160 pix­els) OLED pan­el in its 55POS901F, the man­u­fac­tur­er seems to love this tech­nol­o­gy. The 55POS9002 also uses organ­ic light emit­ting diodes, so that each point of the image can have any degree of illu­mi­na­tion. In the con­trast test, this deliv­ered strong results of 2894:1 (max­i­mum con­trast ratio) and 203:1 (checker­board con­trast ratio). The max­i­mum bright­ness of 544 cd / m2 is also excel­lent, so even direct sun­light does not inter­fere with enjoy­ing the TV. Well, in the end, thanks to OLED tech­nol­o­gy, the sta­bil­i­ty of view­ing angles is almost per­fect. By com­par­i­son, a clas­sic LCD TV such as the Sony KD-55XE9305 only main­tains a con­stant con­trast ratio at view­ing angles up to 30 degrees. In the case of Philips 55POS9002 we are talk­ing about 100 degrees.

Philips 55POS9002
Ambi­light makes your Philips 55POS9002 TV look even big­ger. Illus­tra­tion: Philips

By the way, the qual­i­ty of the image does not mat­ter at all what sig­nal the TV has to work with. The pic­ture from the inte­grat­ed triple tuner (includ­ing DVB-T2), as well as from Blu-ray or oth­er devices will be dis­played nat­u­ral­ly and clear­ly. HDR con­tent looks breath­tak­ing­ly beau­ti­ful, which is dis­tin­guished by its spe­cial con­trast and bril­liance. To ensure that the sound is at the right lev­el, take care of two speak­ers with a pow­er of 15 W, which, even at a vol­ume exceed­ing that required for liv­ing spaces, still sound good. The equip­ment of the TV-cin­e­ma is com­ple­ment­ed by the Ambi­light sys­tem, which illu­mi­nates the wall behind the device with col­ors that match what is hap­pen­ing on the screen.

Lack of 3D won’t hurt anyone

In the rest of the equip­ment, Philips can­not be fault­ed either. The 55POS9002 has four HDMI‑2.0 ports, as well as ana­log and dig­i­tal audio out­puts. The device can access the Inter­net through a WLAN mod­ule or through a clas­sic LAN con­nec­tion, at the user’s choice. In addi­tion, the TV can be sup­plied with film mate­ri­als via two USB ports. It sup­ports all the most impor­tant for­mats, includ­ing DivX. Oth­er note­wor­thy fea­tures include DLNA sup­port and the option to record from DVB tuners via USB. Philips (like many oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers) refus­es to sup­port 3D — it seems that this stan­dard is slow­ly dying out.

Sur­pris­ing for us, on the con­trary, was the lev­el of ener­gy con­sump­tion. Despite the pow­er-hun­gry OLED pan­el and exten­sive hard­ware, a 55-inch TV con­sumes “only” 107 watts in nor­mal mode. With the acti­vat­ed ECO mode — even less. In stand­by mode, we mea­sured 0.2 W, which also deserves some atten­tion. For these results, the TV was award­ed the ener­gy effi­cien­cy label “B” accord­ing to the EU cri­te­ria.

Things don’t work without Android TV

“Nev­er touch a run­ning sys­tem” (“work­ing — do not touch”) — most like­ly, this is how Philips rea­soned when devel­op­ing its top-end TVs when it came to Smart TV sys­tems. As with its pre­de­ces­sor, the 55POS9002 again uses Android TV. Here you have access to all the biggest video-on-demand ser­vices like Net­flix, Ama­zon Instant Video and Max­dome. Thou­sands of oth­er apps and games can be installed through the Google Play Store. There real­ly is no bet­ter Smart TV sys­tem.

Philips 55POS9002
HDR, 4K and OLED: Philips TV’s col­or bril­liance is aston­ish­ing. Illus­tra­tion: Philips

The con­trol is car­ried out by choice: either through a free appli­ca­tion for a smart­phone, or using the remote con­trol includ­ed in the pack­age. The lat­ter on its back side offers a QWERTY key­board, thanks to which text entry becomes fast and con­ve­nient. Thus, the TV is suit­able even for occa­sion­al web surf­ing. If the cost of 150 thou­sand rubles does not scare you, then you def­i­nite­ly will not be mis­tak­en by choos­ing the Philips 55POS9002.

OLED alternative: LG 55B7D

LG 55B7D
LG 55B7D

In terms of pic­ture qual­i­ty, the LG OLED 55B7D is even mar­gin­al­ly bet­ter than the Philips TV. If you do not pay atten­tion to the absence of the Ambi­light sys­tem, then in terms of equip­ment and ergonom­ics, this 55-inch device will not yield to the com­peti­tor. Small com­pro­mis­es will have to be made only in terms of sound qual­i­ty and pow­er con­sump­tion. But it is some­what cheap­er than the Pana­son­ic mod­el pre­sent­ed in our review.

LCD alternative: Sony KD-55XE9305

Sony KD-55XE9305
Sony KD-55XE9305

Image qual­i­ty in 4K res­o­lu­tion can be con­vinc­ing with­out the use of an OLED pan­el. Sony KD-55XE9305 proves this by its exam­ple. What it lacks in OLED tech­nol­o­gy, this TV makes up for with an excel­lent bright­ness of 1666 cd/m2 and a con­trast ratio of 11676:1. In terms of equip­ment and sound qual­i­ty, Sony is on par with Philips and even sur­pass­es it in some ways. But they are equal in price.

Read also:

  • LG OLED 55B7D TV test and review: Sat­u­rat­ed col­ors
  • Sony KD-55XE9305 55-inch UHD TV test: it will light up the entire liv­ing room
  • 4K OLED TV with Ambi­light Philips 55POS901F: the future of TVs

Philips 55POS9002 test results

Specifications and test results Philips 55POS9002

Price-qual­i­ty ratio
69
Screen and back­light type
OLED
local dim­ming
Yes
Screen diag­o­nal
55 inch­es
Per­mis­sion
UHD (3.840 x 2.160 pix­els)
Image qual­i­ty: HD TV
very good
Image qual­i­ty: Blu-ray
Good
Max­i­mum bright­ness
544 cd/m²
Max­i­mum Con­trast
2894:1
Checker­board con­trast
203:1
HDMI 2.0
Yes
3D: tech­nol­o­gy
-
3D: glass­es includ­ed
-
Hor­i­zon­tal view­ing angle (1/2 max­i­mum con­trast ratio)
100°
Ver­ti­cal view­ing angle (1/2 max­i­mum con­trast ratio)
100°
Pow­er con­sump­tion dur­ing oper­a­tion
107 W
Stand­by Pow­er Con­sump­tion
0.3W
Pow­er sav­ing mode
Yes
Ener­gy class
B
Stand: swiv­el joint
-
Dig­i­tal Cable TV Tuner
1 tuner
Dig­i­tal satel­lite TV tuner
1 tuner
Con­nec­tors: HDMI
4 con­nec­tors
Con­nec­tors: Scart
-
Con­nec­tors: Com­pos­ite (FBAS)
-
LAN
1 con­nec­tor
WLAN
Yes
Smart TV: Face­book
Smart TV: Ama­zon Instant Video
Yes
Smart TV: Net­flix
Yes
Smart TV
Yes
Smart TV: Youtube
Yes
Smart TV: Installing addi­tion­al soft­ware
Yes
Smart TV: Brows­er
Yes
HBBTV Ser­vices
Yes
USB
2 con­nec­tors
USB: TV record­ing
Yes
Net­work: DLNA sup­port
Yes
DivX
Yes
H264
Yes
HEVC
Yes
DTS
Yes
AC3
Yes
MP3
-
Head­phone out­put
1 con­nec­tor
Dig­i­tal audio out­put
1 con­nec­tor
Speak­ers
2 x 15W (Sinus), no sub­woofer
Dimen­sions (with stand)
123 x 77 x 23 cm
Width (with­out stand)
50 mm
The weight
no data
Test date
2018-02-27
screen inch price
27.27 euros per inch

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