Just when you think design cannot get any more innovative and grandiose, Philips launch their new DesignLine TV, which boasts a frameless front and is made from a sheet of gradient black glass that you literally lean up against a wall. The new TV does not require any wall brackets or TV stands, and is manufactured to be light and transparent.
DesignLine TV Sizes
The new DesignLine TV will be available in two sizes, either in a 46″ or 55″ screen size, and should be ready for consumers in the UK by the later part of 2013. The TV features a 1400 Hz Perfect Motion Rate and active 3D technology for Full HD 3D.
Powered by a dual-core processor which fuels the Philips’ Perfect Pixel HD engine, the TV also includes Micro Dimming and Local Contrast.
DesignLine TV features
The 2013 Philips DesignLine TV is opaque black at the top and transparent at the bottom and works by incorporating an LCD display which sits behind the front glass sheet. The frameless glass front goes from black opaque to transparent in standby mode, which makes it look like a floating glass sheet.
As you would expect, the new DesignLine TV comes packed with the latest technological features that other smart TVs include, such as built-in Wi-Fi, which allows wireless streaming to and from notebooks, tablets and smartphones by utilising the Philips MyRemote app, Wi-Fi Miracast and SimplyShare.
You can also upgrade the Wi-Fi to allow broadcast content to be streamed from a master TV to a secondary TV in the house.
The remote control is a style statement which comes with pointing capability to help you navigate all the smart options and built-in Qwerty keyboard, and the TV also features Philips’ Ambilight 3-sided XL, which projects colored light that matches the onscreen content onto the wall above and to either side of the TV.
The makers of the new Philips DesignLine TV – TP Vision, say that they designed the new frameless TV with interior decoration in mind, as they wanted it to blend seamlessly into its environment. Certainly it should appeal to people who favour a minimalist style, and want a complete cinematic experience in their own homes.
The firm says its product has been specifically designed to “move away from current TV product design language.”
Rod White, who is senior creative director at TP Vision, which worked with Philips to help develop the set, predicted the new DesignLine would be a “true object of desire” among consumers. He said his firm and Philips had “consciously designed a system which offers implicit performance, but in a language focused on interior context.”
But just how practical is it?
DesignLine TV concerns
There are some people who are a little worried about whether the TV might slide forward and get damaged in the process, or even cause accidents around toddlers and small children. We think that perhaps the manufacturers could include some rubber grips or even small feet onto the design of the TV to help prevent accidents.
There is also the concern that as the TV leans backwards against a wall, people will have to adjust their viewing angle and get used to watching a TV with a different slant to it. There might also be the potential for light distortion as the nature of the design does lend itself to reflections from overhead lighting.
We can certainly see Philips new set being lusted after by homeowners who are lovers of all things high-end, high-tech and minimalistic.
The 2013 Philips DesignLine TVs will be available in Europe and Russia later on this year, but the manufacturers have not yet released any price information however review prices are around £2,000 for the 46 inches or £2,800 for the 55 inches DesignLine TV .
To find out more visit philips.co.uk
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