Panasonic’s new Range of 4K Ultra-HD TVs
by Matthew, 22 July, 2014
At CES 2014 Panasonic first unveiled their new range of 4K Ultra-HD TVs. They are the AX800 and AX900 series. The AX800 has already been launched during the spring/summer, and the AX900 will follow in the third quarter of 2014.
Consequently, in 2014 Panasonic have shifted away from their plasma TVs in favor of 4K alternatives. They have suggested that 4K TVs can emulate the plasma picture quality with the high-end AX800 model. So do not expect any plasma TVs from Panasonic in 2014 at least, and perhaps beyond that.
The AX800 is a high-end TV that boasts 4K resolution and plenty of other picture quality aspects. For example, the AX800 incorporates similar color technologies that you will find in Panasonic plasma TVs. In addition, it also offers local dimming for high contrast and rich gradation.
One notable addition to the AX800 is the Info Bar that runs along the base of the TV. This provides a series of notifications such as weather, incoming messages, etc. It works with the TV’s built-in webcam to detect whether you are in the room or not.
The AX800 comes in three alternative sizes. They are the 58, 65 and 85-inch AX800 models in the United States. In Europe there is a slight variation with the smaller 50-inch AX800 model available along with the 58 and 65-inch alternatives.
Panasonic showcased the AX900 series in Amsterdam. They unveiled it with an onstage display and a blaze of pyrotechnics. As Panasonic have scheduled the AX900’s launch for after the summer, they have not given full specifications for it yet.
The AX900 will probably have even better specifications than the AX800 series. Panasonic stated that, “The AX900 offers a superior panel, the highest class of local dimming, and a powerful processor for a seamless, beyond smart experience. The AX900 is another testament to ultimate 4K picture quality encased in a modern, timeless design.”
Panasonic have provided size details for the AX900 series. It will available in 55, 65 and 85-inch model sizes. As such, they are fairly similar sizes to the AX800 series.
The AX800 is now retailing at $3,299 for the 60-inch model. The 55-inch model is available at $2,799. Panasonic have yet to reveal retail details for the AX900 series.
So now Panasonic are embracing the 4K revolution with the AX800 and AX900 4K Ultra-HD TVs. They should be notable alternatives to the Samsung and Sony 4K TVs. Below are a few of the AX800’s specifications.
Panel: 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Picture Mode: Vivid/Standard/Home Theater/Cinema/THX 4K (Cinema/Bright Room)/Custom/Professional1/Professional2 (isfccc)
3D: Yes (Active)
Speakers: Two Front Slim Speakers, One Woofer (75 mm)
Stage Surround Sound: Yes
HDMI: 4K 60 Input) one (bottom)
USB (Universal Serial Bus): Three (USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 2)
SD Card: Yes (SDXC)
Included: Touch Pad Remote / TV Remote / 3D Glasses
Dimensions: 1,306 x 803 x 294 mm / 51.5 x 31.7 x 11.6 inch