Panasonic continues to endorse plasma technology with the announcement of their 2012 lineup of Viera Plasma HDTVs at CES. Totaling 17 variations spread across six product lines dubbed U50, XT50, UT50, ST50, GT5 and the flagship VT50 series, the company continues to enhance the products that have earned them numerous awards.
The UT50 series and above use a technology dubbed NeoPlasma Black 2500, a focused field drive which, according to Panasonic provides crisp images even during fast motion. The panel also reduces glare and displays a sharper image and higher contrast in bright environments.
Panasonic ST50 series
The Panasonic ST50 series addresses one of the company’s previous shortcomings: built-in sound. Panasonic claim to further enhance sound quality and adding “3D real sound” with the inclusion of 8-Train speakers. All 2012 panels are self illuminated with ultimate black levels with 100,000 hour lifespans and contain no lead or mercury.
- Panasonic TC-P50ST50 | 50-Inch, March, $1399. (Amazon $1,364.98)
- Panasonic TC-P55ST50 | 55-Inch, March, $1699. (Amazon $1,637.00)
- Panasonic TC-P60ST50 | 60-Inch, May, $2099
- Panasonic TC-P65ST50 | 65-Inch, May, $2999
The Panasonic VT50 flagship (pictured below) exclusively uses the Infinite Ultra Black Panel, a luxurious single glass pane that was introduced last year. New phosphor mixtures and more efficient electronics, among other technology advances have improved power efficiency across the board, solidifying their commitment to a sustainable future.
For more information on the 65-Inch Panasonic TC-P65VT50 & the 55-inch TC-P55VT50 read our VT50 Series article.
Panasonic GT50 Series
The GT50 series consists our four models, also all 3DTV. They make use of the new full HD 1080p Infinite Black Pro Panel, 2500FFD (focused field drive), fast switching phosphors, 24,576 steps of gradation technology, and 2D to 3D conversion. 3D real sound is provided from 8 train speakers. All four models feature built in WiFi with Viera connect and web browser, and social networking. All feature four HDMI inputs, 3x USB, and has a stylish glass and metal design.
- Panasonic TC-P50GT50, 50-Inch, March, $1799
- Panasonic TC-P55GT50, 55-Inch, March, $2099
- Panasonic TC-P60GT50, 60-Inch, May, $2599
- Panasonic TC-P65GT50, 65-Inch, May, $3299
Panasonic UT50 series
Next in the line is the Panasonic UT50 series consists of four 3D plasma HDTVs ranging from the 42-inch Panasonic TC-P42UT50, to the 60-inch TC-P60UT50. Between these two you will find the 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50UT50, and the 55-inch TC-P55UT50.
All four models from the UT50 series have full HD 1080p panels with 3D support and 2D to 3D conversion. They are also WiFi ready for Viera Connect and social networking TV functions, along with Bluetooth, and DNLA media support. There are two HDMI and two USB ports.
- Panasonic TC-P42UT50 | 42-Inch, March, $799. (Amazon $799.95)
- Panasonic TC-P50UT50 | 50-Inch, March, $1099. (Amazon $999.99)
- Panasonic TC-P55UT50 | 55-Inch, March, $1399
- Panasonic TC-P60UT50 | 60-Inch, April, $1799
Panasonic XT50 series| TC-P42XT50, TC-P50XT50
The Panasonic XT50 Series is a range of two HDTVs aimed at giving consumers an affordable 3D solution. Consisting of the 42-inch Panasonic TC-P42XT50, and the 50-inch Panasonic TC-P50XT50. Both have a 720p resolution and feature IPTV functionality and Online Movie support, There is also 2D to 3D conversion and 600Hz field drive. Both have 2x HDMI and 2x USB ports. While Panasonic say this is their “affordable 3D line” they haven’t released any prices just yet.
Looking for non 3D plasma HDTV from Panasonic? There is just one. The Panasonic TC-50U50. This 50-inch HDTV has a Full 1080p panel, with fast switching phosphors, 600Hz sub-field drive, and a media player. It has two HDMI, and one USB port.
The HDTV sets that support 3D use a new generation of 3D glasses that are lightweight at 27 grams, utilize Bluetooth connection and feature rechargeable batteries. For their connected TVs, Panasonic has added a full featured web browser as well as access to Twitter and Facebook to their Viera Connect platform among an already numerous amount of applications offered such as Skype, Amazon VoD, YouTube and various sports applications.
Panasonic plans to announce pricing and availability in the near future.
Update: We have received the full pricing and availability information.