Having only unveiled the flagship LZ2000 model in its 2022 TV line-up so far, Panasonic has now unveiled four more OLED models and two “base” LCD sets.
The LZ2000, which features Panasonic’s Master OLED Pro panel and image processing technology plus a Technics-tuned front, side and up-firing speaker arrangement, is now joined by the LZ1500, which appears to combine the same flagship picture performance with a streamlined audio system.
Both of these high-end models are available in different sizes, however: the LZ2000 is available in 55-inch, 65-inch and (new for Panasonic OLEDs) 77-inch models, while the LZ1500 is available in 65-inch, 55-inch, 48-inch. inches and (again, new for Panasonic OLEDs) 42 inches. As with LG’s 2022 OLEDs, Panasonic said that while most sizes are brighter than their 2021 equivalents, the 42-inch and 48-inch models aren’t as bright as their larger siblings.
Beneath the LZ2000 and LZ1500 are three more OLED models. The first of these is the LZ1000, which features a Master OLED panel (rather than Master OLED Pro) and is available in 55 and 65 inches.
Then there are two non-master entry-level OLEDs, the LZ980 and LZ800. These models are both available in 42, 48, 55 and 65 inches and seem to differ only in their speaker systems, with the LZ980 offering what Panasonic calls Cinema Surround Pro and the LZ800 having the more basic Cinema Surround.
All models support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision (as well as the usual HDR10 and HLG). Filmmaker mode, Netflix Adaptive Calibrated and Dolby Vision IQ are also supported.
All models also appear to have HDMI 2.1 sockets (the number of which has not been specified) that support 4K 120Hz at full resolution and VRR (including AMD FreeSync Premium), and there’s a new control board which gathers all game features and information in one place, just like LG’s Game Optimizer menu.
Panasonic also announced two of the LCD TVs that sit below its OLEDs.
First up is the LX940, which looks to be the company’s best non-OLED for 2022. This model features a 120Hz LCD panel with an LED backlight. Panasonic refers to this set as having HDR Cinema Display Pro and makes it available in 43, 49, 55, 65 and 75 inch sizes. Unfortunately, this is a European-only model and there are apparently no plans for a UK launch.
Here at Blighty we instead get our own exclusive model, the LX800. Unlike Panasonic’s more premium models, which use the company’s My Home Screen 7.0 operating system, the LX800 is an Android TV. Available in 43, 50, 55, 65, and 75-inch sizes, the two smaller models have HDR Bright Panel+ displays while the larger sets are designated as HDR Cinema Display.
No pricing or availability details have yet been released by Panasonic, but we expect to get more information and even perhaps some hands-on time with the new range very soon. Stay tuned.
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