Although all of us knew it was coming, it’s nonetheless unhappy to see plasma absent from Panasonic’s 2014 lineup.
As a substitute, we’ve bought a smattering of LCDs, together with some 4K, and a brand new sensible TV angle referred to as “Life+ Display screen.”
All the data we’ve bought, after the soar.
Panasonic has two 4K LED LCDs for 2014, the AX800 collection (image at prime). The 65-inch TC-65AX800U and 58-inch class TC-58AX800U each have HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2a, and is HDCP 2.2 compliant. They’ll play H.265 (HEVC) content material.
Each fashions have prolonged shade gamut potential, and “Native Dimming Professional,” although it’s not obvious if that is edge-lighting or full-array backlighting. In all probability the previous.
They’re additionally THX licensed, and have Panasonic’s 4K Effective Remaster Engine upconversion.
No phrase but on pricing, however they’ll be out there this spring.
On the HD entrance, there are 5 strains with TVs ranging in dimension from 32- to 60-inches. The highest 4 have Life+ Display screen (extra on this in a second). We don’t have a ton of information for every mannequin, however right here’s what we’ve bought.
On the prime of the HD strains, there’s the 55-inch TC-55AS680U. It has a local 240Hz refresh.
The TC-60AS650U, TC-55AS650U, and TC-50AS650U are the subsequent step down (above), and have “1500 Backlight Scanning” for improved movement decision.
The 60-inch TC-60AS640U has “240 Backlight Blinking.” It’s bundled with a house theater system.
The AS530 Voice Steerage to the AS640’s Voice Assistant, but in addition has “240 Backlight Blinking.” There are 4 fashions: TC-60AS530U, TC-55AS530U, TC-50AS530U, and TC-39AS530U.
The one 2014 collection that doesn’t have Life+ is the A400 collection, which has three fashions: TC-50A400U, TC-39A400U, and TC-32A400U, which all have “120 Backlight Blinking,” which is presumably a 60 Hz panel with a flashing backlight.
Curiously, many fashions can be found now at Panasonic.com.
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Life+ Display screen
Panasonic has renamed and reworked their sensible TV interface, and is now calling it Life+Display screen. Whereas a lot of the options are just like what was present in final 12 months’s sensible TVs, Panasonic is pushing personalization and “dramatic enhancements relating to studying the content material preferences of particular person customers, breaking completely different content material out of its silos, and making navigation far simpler and extra intuitive.” The one silo I care about is the one Hugh Howey writes about.
A few of the performance contains the my House Display screen operate that “gives a extra intuitive and customized gateway permitting customers to personalize their display screen with their favourite apps and content material and entry all of it rapidly and simply.” The my Stream that “permits seamless, computerized content material advice.” An data bar that shows “helpful info” even when the TV is off. There’s additionally a voice interplay, and a few cloud performance.
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