Philips has rethought the TV. Instead of following tradition, which calls for a display housed inside of plastic frame that you mount on your wall or perch on your credenza, the Philips DesignLine set is crafted from a single piece of frameless glass.
Inside the glass is an LCD panel that is illuminated by an array of edge based LEDs. Despite its slender size, which varies in thickness from 39.5mm to 41.5mm depending on the screen’s measurement, it includes a set of those clunky Active 3D glasses, which are cumbersome, heavy, and more fragile than passive ones. Nevertheless, Philips’ design language is unparalleled in this case and with it comes an almost borderless picture.
For added ambience Philips has added their ambient lighting scheme, Ambilight, on three sides of the set, which should add a bit more allure to where ever you hang, angle, or stand the DesignLine set.
Available in sizes 46-inch (46PDL8909)and 55-inch (55PDL8909), the DesignLine is heading for EU and Russian homes first (in Q2 of this year), with no word on a US launch. That said, each set includes Philips’ SmartTV UI, WiFi, Miracast tech, a dual-core processor, and 3D playback at 1080p. Sorry, Philips has yet to disclose a price.
I just realized that you’ll need to institute some serious cord management to maintain the set’s aesthetic since the base is see through.