Philips’ new kitchen TV takes on the Echo Show with Google Assistant

Philips 7703 Series TV
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There’s no Google Assistant device with a screen like the Echo Show, but Philips has hacked together the next best thing at CES this year, grafting a 24-inch Android TV panel onto a Bluetooth speaker with an integrated microphone that’s meant to live on your kitchen counter. And if you squint at it really hard, you can pretend its sort of like a big Echo Show that happens to still be able to play YouTube.

The company hasn’t said anything regarding specs, so there’s no word on whether this is a 4K screen or any word on HDR (although as a guess, if Philips isn’t volunteering the information, the answer is probably neither). And as a reminder, Philips just exists as a licensed brand at this point as the US label for Funai’s panels, so it’s quite literally a Philips TV in name only.

The Philips 7703 Series Kitchen Android TV will be available sometime in the second half of 2018, although pricing and an exact release date haven’t been announced.

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If this is 4K and has any display input, this could be a serious contender for a casual PC monitor.

I have an always on 17 inch laptop as a base stand, with a 24 inch monitor on top of it, and keyboard and mouse. Even though it takes up some counter space (both in actual real estate and just blocking things behind it), I find it very useful for recipes, news, etc, while in the kitchen (I find tablets or my Surface are just too small for truly convenient kitchen use). I could see a 24 inch touchscreen display, with excellent voice recognition and assistant, and a swivel so you can lean the display back and forth, and as I write this, I’m kind of wondering why these aren’t a thing, but this Philips device does not seem to be what I’m envisioning.

As for 4k and HDR, these would be beyond silly for a kitchen appliance, let alone a 24 inch screen. And, if this doesn’t have a touch screen, and relies purely on voice, I think it’s dead on arrival. Though, not allowing touch is probably why it’s at a fixed vertical angle with no swivel.

Able to watch YouTube makes it a lot more attractive than the Echo show.

No YT on the Show kind of kills it.

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