Philips Design Clear Slate Glass TV Design

While it was widely expected at the start of the year for Samsung to reveal the world’s first-ever transparent TV for commercial sale, it appears as though the product format will go down in the history books as a Dutch invention, after Philips revealed their newest TV set that is aimed at becoming an ‘object of desire’.

glassvision_philips_designlineThe new set, which will be made available in Europe in the next quarter (Q2 2013), and comes from TP Vision, a Philips and TP Technology joint venture. will be sold in 46-inch (116cm) and 55-inch (140cm) screen sizes, but boasting features that will make it a fresh alternative to regular products in this market.

Innovative features on the PDL8908 ‘DesignLine’ sets include the lack of stand or wall frame required, with the product instead built to be leaned against the wall, making a solid (and larger height-wise) single glass sheet with a slight black tint.

This brings us to the innovative televisions other notable feature, that sees the switched-off product take on the form of the transparent pane, but when active enables the top half to display as a regular TV would with assistance from Philips’ ‘Ambilight’ technology (projecting light that matches ‘off-screen content’ colors to the wall behind it).

While some critics have pointed out that the presence of cables will take away from the effect a little, the DesignLine is expected to be a groundbreaking twist to an established product of flat-screen TVs, especially with the presence of established components such as 1080p HD, active 3D, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 1400Hz ‘Perfect Motion’ refresh rate, amongst other things to back up the attention-grabbing appearance. The DesignLine TV also supports the Philips MyRemote, SimplyShare technology, Smart TV online apps, Catch-Up TV and USB recording.

The company say that, “The new TV carries the Philips DesignLine hallmark of lightness and transparency; a TV without a neck, without a stand and without a visible frame, one seamless sheet of glass leaning against a wall.”

Though many technology companies are seeing literal ‘transparency’ as a new avenue for their products, it appears as though Philips will have the first major one to actually hit the market, with the video and spec sheet below further consolidating the abilities of Philips’ creation…



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  1. Alex
    Alex March 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Having a more conventionally-shaped TV on a stand means you’re able to easily angle it for changing viewing positions – you can’t do that with this Philips TV. Also, I can imagine there will be a tendency for viewers to stand it as vertically as possible, increasing the risk that it falls away from the wall and crashes face first on the floor, or coffee table or on the kids.
    This design is actually a ‘solution’ that creates new problems.
    Conclusion: looks nice, but impractical.

  2. Douglas
    Douglas March 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I agree Alex.

  3. FIN
    FIN March 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

    What are inches?

  4. FIN
    FIN March 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

    If this site is ‘world’tvpc, then the measurements should all be in metric so that the ‘world’ can understand what is being discussed. I doubt very much that the Dutch speak in ‘inches’. You may as well give the measurements in ‘cubits’

  5. Alex
    Alex March 17, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Philips will offer their new TV in two sizes: 2.55 cubits and 3.05 cubits.

  6. Graham Klerks
    Graham Klerks March 17, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Inches, despite being an ‘old’ form of measurement are pretty common. I’m only 31 and I use inches, centimetres. Anyway, it’s there in both measurements, it’s not “USA TVPC” is it ?

  7. Jordan Jesse
    Jordan Jesse March 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Bang-on, Alex!

  8. Dave Saunders
    Dave Saunders March 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

    The logic board would keep failing. Samsung make a great picture that matches Soniq in my views & both of them top Sony but to be honest Samsung’s logic boards keep failing; even with a replacement. It’s something that they have been not wanting to admit for years now which is a shame. I shall wait until Soniq come out with something like this.

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