Last year, Philips launched a TV that is called “The One”. The manufacturer’s idea was to offer a mid-range television that incorporates everything a user might look for. Or at least the vast majority of features of top TVs, such as compatibility with all HDR systems or the Ambilight system. It was a television that, frankly, was very easy to recommend because of its price-performance ratio.
This television, as usual, has a replacement this year. Philips wanted to keep the same essence in the 2020 model, offering very similar features. And the fact is that last year’s model was already quite complete. So the new Philips 8505 maintains many of the features, with the Android TV system and image processor P5, but with a new design with a central pedestal. Let’s review in depth the features of the Philips 8505, a television that surely returns to be one of the most recommended this year.
Philips 8505 Datasheet
|43, 50, 58, 65, and 70 inches
|Resolution and technology
|4K UHD, Dolby Vision, HDR10 +
|P5 Perfect Picture Engine
|Android TV 9
|Remote control with microphone
|2x 10W Dolby Atmos Full Range Speakers Clear
5 Band Equalizer Bass
|4 x HDMI, 2 x USB, Satellite, CI +, Optical out, Ethernet, Headphone out
|802.11ac 2×2 Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
|Center arch base in light silver
|Dimensions (with base)
|43 inches: 96.4 x 63.2 x 20.3 cm
50 inches: 112 x 72 x 25.3 cm
58 inches: 129.9 x 83 x 25.4 cm
65 inches: 145.9 x 91.1 x 26.9 cm
70 inches: 158.1 x 91.2 x 31.2 cm
|Weight (with stand)
|43 inch: 12 kg
50 inch: 16.9 kg
58 inch: 21 kg
65 inch: 29.2 kg
70 inch: 28.2 kg
|43 inches: €550
50 inches: €700
58 inches: €900
65 inches: €1,000
70 inches: €1,200
Philips P5 Engine Compatible with all HDR Formats
Although we cannot compare the image quality of the Philips 8505 with that offered by an OLED model or a high-end LED, Philips wanted to offer a good balance between price and performance with its The One model.
It is equipped with the processor P5 Perfect Picture Engine. This offers, according to the manufacturer, a detailed image, with intense colors and natural skin tones. Also, it has very high contrast, fluid movement, and that plus of sharpness that the manufacturer’s televisions always offer.
The power of this image processor makes the Philips 8505 one of the few televisions of price content compatible with any format HDR. That is, with the Philips “The One” we can see images HDR10, HDR10 +, and Dolby Vision. This is important since there will be the best image quality in all types of content, from streaming platforms such as Netflix to physical 4K Blu-Ray.
The dynamic HDR formats, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision offer levels of contrast, color, and brightness that are adjusted on every frame. This allows you to see the best image quality in all scenes, no matter how dark or bright they are. Shadows look deeper, surfaces glow and colors are more authentic.
DTS Play-Fi, Ambilight, and Android TV
To be “The One” a TV needs much more than good picture quality or compatibility with all HDR formats. The sound, design, and operating system must be up to the task.
Let’s start with the sound. The Philips 8505 has 2 full-range speakers of 10W each. It also supports Dolby Atmos sound technology and has some interesting features. For example, the sound is controlled by the processor’s AI, has a bass enhancement, features a 5-band equalizer, has a clear dialogue function, and has a night mode.
On the other hand, Philips has also included in the 8505 “The One” the DTS Play-Fi technology. This technology will allow the TV sound to be connected to compatible speakers, even if they are in another room. This way we can, for example, listen to the film we have on in the living room on a speaker we have in the kitchen. Thus, we will not miss anything if we have to make dinner or have an appetizer.
Another of the star features of Philips televisions is the Ambilight system. In Philips 8505, there is a three-sided system. Smart LEDs around the edges of the TV respond to the on-screen action and emit a light that envelops the viewer in action. The intensity of the light is adjustable and the system offers several modes to suit our needs. It is even compatible with Hue, the Philips intelligent light system. If there are these lights in the living room, it is possible to recreate the atmosphere of the film in the whole room.
One more year, the operating system chosen by Philips is Android TV. This allows us to access the most popular applications, such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Disney +, and even Apple TV +. And also to less common applications and games, since we have all the possibilities of Android on the TV.
All this through a clear and intuitive interface that allows users to save their favorite content in the central part. For example, you can easily access your favorite series from different platforms directly from the main screen.
This complete system can be controlled most easily thanks to the Philips remote control with voice. The 8505 The One is compatible with Alexa, so if you have an Amazon Echo you can use it to control your TV. With voice only, you can turn on the TV and change channels, and even change the input to put the player or console.
Price and Availability
In summary, this new model of Philips seeks, one more year, to offer the maximum possible at a competitive price. The Philips 8505 The One is available in 43, 50, 58, and 65 inches. Its price starts from €550 for the 43 inches model and reaches up to €1,200 for the 70 inches model.
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