As far as household brand names in India go, there are few that can take on Philips. The company has long been known in the country for its trimmers, appliances and even televisions. Which is why it’s natural that Philips would want to take advantage of a growing smart TV market here, with Ultra-HD (UHD) resolution.
The Philips 6100 series (55-inch) 4K Ultra Slim Smart LED television is one of those products. The strategy here is quite evident — Philips doesn’t want to position itself as a “value" brand like Vu, Xiaomi etc. but it doesn’t want to go up against Samsung, Sony or LG either.
To that end, this television is priced at ₹72,990, just short of the premium Ultra-HDs the top brands sell and considerably more expensive than the value brands.
However, one could easily argue that the pricing is just high enough for you to expect a no compromise TV.
Don’t get us wrong, the television does bring good picture quality to the table. It uses micro-dimming technology, with 6400 dimming zones, according to Philips. Micro-dimming technology is similar to local dimming, but is said to increase contrast better.
And true to the strategy, Philips’ TV is capable of better contrast than TVs from say Xiaomi, though Samsung, Sony and LG’s high-end UHD offerings are noticeably superior. In a nutshell, picture quality on this TV is in line with its pricing.
The deal-breaker here though are the peripheral features of the TV. Philips’ Saphi operating system isn’t as advanced as AndroidTV, Tizen (Samsung) or WebOS. It’s simple and meant to bring apps to the television. It has Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Eros Now, but that’s about the only options you have for streaming video.
What’s frustrating though is the TV’s remote. It seems to work wirelessly at times, but some features will still only work through infrared (IR), like turning the TV on or toggling volume. Here though, the remote often doesn’t respond you expect it to, which is quite annoying.
Further, while the TV has three HDMI inputs, only one supports 4K UHD resolution. That’s not acceptable from any Ultra-HD television today, be it a value-focused product or a high-end one. It also has two USB ports on the back.
All in all, Philips’ television is certainly one that you would consider. It may not offer the “value" that a Mi TV does, and it’s certainly not as good as Samsung’s QLED, ULED offerings, or LG and Sony’s smart UHD offerings. However, that’s probably just what Philips is going for, and that purpose is served. Panasonic and Samsung have comparable offerings, but it will pretty much come down to which company’s treatment of colour etc. you like more.