Just to let you know - I got my PPX 620 back in July 2021 through on of the largest electronics retailers in Poland. But since around March/April 2022 I started having problems with focus - pressing autofocus button would make the screen completely out of focused / blurred. The only help was to manually adjust the focus.
So since it was still under warranty, I sent it to the retailer, and then under initial inspection, they sent it to to Philips in Poland. It turned, they can’t fix it, so they will send me a brand new set.
I got it today… and was like hmm I got a new set, maybe I’ll sell it and get Xgimi Halo Plus since it was Android TV, 900 lumens and HDR10. But I then I decided to keep it.
So I fired the projector - first impression was… it’s very snappy! Nothing to compare with what it used to be (just pressing arrows and going into different apps used to be glitchy).
I started digging and downloaded AIDA64… and to my surprise it turned that this is PPX 620 V2! The processor and GPU have been upgraded!
The processor was upgraded from ARM Cortex 53 to Cortex 55 and GPU from Mali-450 to Mali-G31! On the paper, 55 to 53 is 18% more power and 20% more efficiency. When it comes to power - it’s far more that that. So what are the outcomes?
- It is very snappy now - in both the menu and in the apps. Load times have increased even by 5 times! At least when it comes to loading apps (maybe not to load the projector itself).
- It now supports HDR10 and HLG! That’s a game changer here. Colours are much more vivid and the overall image quality is superior to V1
- Autofocus is much quicker. In the settings I also found that either you can use autofocus in Standard Mode, or AI mode. Not sure how will this AI mode impact focusing in the long term.
- The projector stand’s legs are much stronger, they don’t bend so easily
- The remote seems to have better quality of material it’s made off - more “rubberish”
- There is additional 4th power mode - Eco, which dimms screen even more. So I can assume, in a complete darkness, with more efficient processor, it may even run up to 4 hours on the battery
- There is a sleep mode (I don’t recall it to be in V1) - you just have to press a switch on/off button on the remote (just a short press instead oh holding it a bit longer, what eventually will completely turned the projector off)
However, for now I have also found some drawbacks/issues and have to contact Philips Projection:
- Despite being connected to the original plug, it can’t reach the full brightness in the presentation mode (so in presentation mode, whether it’s plugged in or not, it’s the same brightness. With V1, the full brightness could have been achieved only with the original brick, other 65W chargers wouldn’t provide enough power). Thus, I can’t fully test HDR mode
- While sharpening is much faster now, there is no manual sharpening. In most cases, I feel like it’s not sharpened enough (projecting on the far from perfectly flat wall). Also - the screen gets resharpened sometimes when a scene changes from dark do bright and the other way around - but maybe it’s a temp drawback due to AI learning patterns.
- USB-C (TB4 port in a laptop) to usb-c video in the projector - still not working (didn’t work in v1)
It’s running ver 1.3.3. from 13th December 2021 - version not publicly available.
@Philips_Support_N and chance for the feedback regarding my issues?
When was V2 introduced? Why has there been no announcement ?
4. Not battery indicator when plugged in and charging - either you have to unplug or go to AIDA64