Looks like they've retained the 3-wire/5-wire combined component inputs of the 9905. They're dual-use: either YPrPb, or RGBHV using the 2 additional sync jacks.
The specialized Philips video enhancement might be okay if it's selectable like variable sharpness, IMO. I'd hope they retained a good deinterlacer like the Genesis. The reviews I've read of that Philips circuit haven't been too favorable--at all. But it wouldn't be too significant if it can be switched off and other built-in options exist. I've noticed some are buying Philips' reduced-feature models then promptly adding external deinterlacers. If an ext. doubler adds ~$600-1200, IMO it makes more sense to get a higher-end model to start with. Sorry, can't help with the lens-element contradiction. -- John