Panasonics new AX850 and AX900 4K TVs are about to go on sale

by on October 29, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – October 29th, 2014

The much anticipated AX900 4K TV from Panasonic and its companion the AX850 85 inch Ultra HD TV are about to hit stores as of November, According to Panasonic.

The company has just recently announced that it will be launching the cutting edge new TVs, the latest in its line of 4K home entertainment systems, as of November. Though a specific date has not yet been announced and pricing information is still unfortunately unavailable, the TVs will first go on sale at the Panasonic website and will shortly afterwards be available in Best Buy stores across the U.S.

The specific model names of the two new TVs are the TC-65AX900 and the TC-85AX850. Both are Ultra HD LED LECD TVs that come with a full Ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

The AX850 is a monstrous 85 inch TV and its cousin the AX900 features a more modest but still well sized 65 inch screen. Both are fully packed with the latest 4K TV features and technologies such as HDMI 2.0, full HEVC (H.265)  decoding and both come with THX 4K Certified picture resolution, meaning that they fully comply with Cinema grade picture quality that delivers color as the director of any original THX produced movie intended it.

Additionally, both TVs also offer full HDCP 2.2 support, allowing them access to a wider range of copy protected content from online and VoD media providers. The AX900 also comes with the premium technology of full-array local dimming technology that uses a complete array of LEDs arranged into illumination zones behind the entire screen. Full-array backlighting is supposed to provide extremely deep rich blacks, sharp color contrast and beautiful color rendering thanks to its numerous algorithmically programmed illumination zones.

The AX850 on the other hand only offers edge-lit visual display but does include all of the other major specs that the AX900 comes with, including a full Smart TV package.

The AX900 and AX850 are also famous for another highly unique feature that they come with. Both models a built-in ambient light sensing mechanism that analyzes the ambient lighting in a given room the TVs are placed in and adjusts picture brightness to suit the conditions it detects. Thus, according to Panasonic, the TVs are always going to be delivery ideal brightness levels and picture quality.

AX900 series Panasonic 4K TVs on display at IFA

AX900 series Panasonic 4K TVs on display at IFA

Some critics, however, have pointed out that unless this feature is extremely responsive, it will likely create visible fluctuations in screen brightness as the lighting in a room changes randomly with lights being turned on or off and doors opened or closed.

Another piece of great news for buyers of these particular 4K TVs in particular is that the fact that Panasonic has made a specific deal with Netflix to include the online entertainment provider’s streaming content application in these latest TV models.

This means that fans of 4K content who want to pay an extra  $12.99 per month can subscribe to the constantly growing library of 4K shows and movies from Netflix (assuming they have a powerful enough internet connection of at least 25 Mbps).

Again, while pricing details for both new models won’t likely be available until just before they go on sale in early November, the latest current rumors are hinting at retail prices of $7,000 and $14,000 for the AX900 and the AX850 respectively.

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