Panasonic Gets Deadly Serious About Plasma
According to Panasonic, the eleven new Viera models are the ‘thinnest, fastest, brightest, smartest Plasma TVs to ever hit the market.’
Panasonic Australia’s Director for the Consumer Electronics Group, Paul Reid said, “Panasonic’s commitment to superior quality and connectivity continues to distinguish the VIERA range in 2009. Panasonic is thriving and maintains a strong market lead in Plasma, and will continue to revolutionise this technology in 2009 to bring even greater benefits to consumers.”
The company has introduce its first 1-inch ultra-thin and 2-inch super thin Plasma TVs, as well as Panasonic’s first Wireless 1080p HD Plasma in its Premium Full HD range. Panasonic’s V10 and Z1 Series Premium Full HD Plasma models are also the first to meet the strict standards for THX certification.
The 2009 Plasma family debuts a new screen size (54-inch), and features a range of HD and Full HD models. In addition, the company has incorporated improved connectivity features, such as VIERA Image Viewer, making it possible to view AVCHD movie footage directly from an SD memory card and the VIERA Link that allows for easy single remote control operation of multiple Panasonic AV devices via HDMI.
The new plasma line also features the company’s new Next Generation Plasma Display Panels (NeoPDP) that ‘combines fundamental improvements in materials and processes, discharge gas and cell design, and circuit and drive technology.’ This new panel also has twice the luminous efficiency of previous displays, has improved energy efficiency, and claims to have a 100,000 hours panel life.
Panasonic has also debut its Eco PDP range – designed with a focus on high image quality and energy-efficiency.
All Panasonic’s 2009 VIERA Plasma HDTVs have improved energy efficiency and will be launched to the market with a new energy star rating label as part of the voluntary labelling scheme.
All 2009 VIERA Plasma models are equipped with an integrated High Definition Digital Tuner, so consumers can enjoy all the free-to-air digital channels including High Definition broadcasts.
The new VIERA Plasma range includes the flagship Z1 Premium Full HD Series, V10 FHD Series, G10 FHD Series, S10 FHD Series and X10 HD Series.
Z1 Premium Full HD Series
V10 Premium Full HD Series
G10 Series Full HD
S10 Series Full HD
X10 Series HD
Pricing for the new line of Panasonic plasma TVs are as follows:
TH-P54Z1A: 54-inch 1″ Thin Full HD 1080p: TBC (available in September)
TH-P50G10A: 50-inch Full HD 1080p: $3,799 (available June)
TH-P50X10A: 50-inch HD 720p: $2,399 (available in April)