Just over a week ago we reported on the tip of a new Philips Essence LCD HDTV to be announced at this years IFA. It turns out that most of the information in the rumors were correct, and the Essence is a 42-inch LCD model called Philips 42PES0001.
Philips has taken a similar route to Sony, where they have designed a minimalist and stylish thin HDTV which can be wall mounted and look like a picture frame. The Philips 42PES0001 has one of the slimmest frames (21mm) I have seen on an HDTV, given it a great look with a glossy black aluminum frame. The 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTV is just 33mm / 1.5 inches deep and makes use of a connectivity hub, so that only one cable connects to the HDTV, sending the video, audio and power. This all helps make the 42PES0001 / Essence very clean and simple, which makes it a pleasure to be wall mounted, or of course on the stand.
Also featured is dedicated 2x 15W speaker bar, which can be connected to the bottom of the set, or not used at all if you have your own sound setup for a cleaner look. Philips Perfect Pixel HD Engine is used on the Philips 42PES0001 which processes 500 million pixels per second and 2250 trillion colors to deliver vast image enhancements such as sharper pictures, better colors and reduced noise. The 1080p LCD screen on the Philips 42PES0001 has a very fast 2ms response time and high 66,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and wide color gamut for deep blacks and rich colors.
100Hz Clear LCD technology doubles the frame rate to provides smooth flowing motion without image blur. DLNA networking is also featured to steam media from other networked devices.