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Panasonic’s latest OLED 4K TVs are coming for 2017 and they’re going to be stunning

by on September 3, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – September 03, 2016

Panasonic isn’t nearly as entrenched in the OLED 4K TV niche as its only serious rival in this field so far, LG but the company is also no stranger to building consumer market OLED TVs. While the Panasonic models aren’t nearly as well known to U.S North American customers due to their general lack of availability in the U.S, the models released by the company so far in 2016 have proved to be genuine stunners in the richness and quality of their display performance.

First among these TVs was the early-2016 Viera CZ950V, which was initially put on display at CES 2016 in January of this year. This was the first ever THX-certified 4K OLED TV and it sold so well that stocks quickly ran dry in the markets where it was offered, and this despite a price of £6,000 in the UK market (about $8000 USD at current exchange).

Now, for 2017 Panasonic is continuing with development of its apparently popular OLED 4K TVs with the planned release of a new 4K UHD panel which is soon to come and hasn’t yet been named formally by its manufacturer. The TV will however definitely be coming along to join the Panasonic 4K LCD TV range of models, whose current flagship model is the also supposedly stunning Viera DX902 model for 2016.

As for the looks and feel of the new Panasonic OLED TV, we actually know quite a bit about those because a teaser model was very recently put on showcase display at Panasonic’s stand at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

For starters, this will be one extremely slim TV –a design feature which is characteristic of OLED models due to their much more efficient and compact display lighting technology—and of course the OLED model will also feature an extremely thin bezel edge which will come with rather unique white color to it.

The previous Panasonic OLED, the early-2016 Viera CZ950V

The previous Panasonic OLED, the early-2016 Viera CZ950V

Furthermore, in terms of sheer image display, the 2017 OLED will also come with some seriously stunning quality on offer. The 2016 OLED Panasonic model managed this superbly and we’re almost certainly going to see the 2017 version outperform its predecessor on how it shows color, brightness and other key specs of display quality.  The model being shown at the IFA event in Berlin at least indicated this, with absolutely spectacular color vibrancy, perfect OLED blacks and pixel-perfect local dimming/brightening precision.

The price of the 2017 Panasonic OLED is still unknown and we also don’t know this TVs exact release date but we’re hoping that Panasonic will keep things as reasonable as possible given the growing competition on the OLED market, with LG’s established brand and some even newer players in the form of Philips and even possibly Sony coming out with their own OLED TV models in the coming months.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Alex S
    September 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Is this going to be sold in the U.S. ? I’ve asked this on all websites with no response so far.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      September 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Alex. It seems that no it won’t be sold in the U.S for the foreseeable future. We’ve covered this issue in a previous news piece on Panasonic’s long term strategy and the company seems to persist in taking itself out of the U.S market. This is a shame because their TVs can be very good and these OLED models have, from what we’ve heard, impressed a lot of professional reviewers. However, if you’re already considering spending several thousand dollars on a Panasonic OLED, the very hefty shipping expense of importing a unit from Europe probably won’t make a huge difference.

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      • Alex S
        October 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        That is such a huge disappointment. If I get shipped from Europe, it will work here in the U.S. ? There’s no regional coding or anything like that ? Man I am so sad to hear this ! There are no TVs like a Panasonic. Was hoping for an Oled tv from them. Bummer.

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  • prop
    September 7, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Repeat after me: “never, never buy a tv from a manufacturer that uses closed propietary systems.” Panasonic refuses to share my new TVs discrete remote codes so I can use it with a third party remote. Never, never buy Panasonic, they suck.

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  • edly
    October 6, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I would like to say a 70 inch version that is somewhat affordable. 70 inches looks much larger than 65, but should be much cheaper than LG’s 77 incher ($25k). Give us a 70 inch tv for $10k, a 65 inch for $7k and a 55 inch for $4k. That would be great! (and let U.S. customers buy it online)

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  • Hrvoje
    October 31, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Why panasonic smart tv not support plex aplication ?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      October 31, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Hello Hrvoje, Neznam zasto, Za sada ne pisemo reviews za televizore od Panasonic zato ne prodaju se u Sjevernoj Americi. (We can’t be sure why, we no longer do reviews of Panasonic TVs for the time being because they aren’t sold in North America).

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  • Chadwick
    November 6, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Aside from the typical improvements in a next gen TV what I love about Panasonic’s design compared to the LG OLED is the lack of a sound bar. The sound bar takes away from the appearance of such a thin TV with a thin bezel. On LG’s current OLED models the sound bars are stationary unless you go with the top of the line G series and it can flip up behind the TV…but it’s still there. Anyone purchasing an expensive OLED is not going to be using the build in speakers, they will be using a surround system with a receiver. The only TV that would make me give up my plasma is an OLED. Was going to purchase and LG OLED, but with this Panasonic on the horizon I’ll wait for it. Fingers crossed it comes to North America.

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  • Constantino
    October 6, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Available in canada

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