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Panasonic introduces its TV line-up for 2021
- Panasonic’s brighter Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel expanded to two OLED series
- Introduction of Panasonic’s first 48-inch OLED TVs
- New HCX Pro AI Processor enables auto-optimisation of picture quality based on type of content being viewed
- Game Mode Extreme delivers significant reductions in input latency to improve gaming experience in addition to support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and High Frame Rate (HFR).
- AMD FreeSync Premium support
Following on from the announcement of its flagship JZ2000 OLED TV announced at CES, Panasonic today announced more of its television line-up for 2021, featuring brand new OLED and LED TVs.
Thanks to their Hollywood tuning and superb colour accuracy, Panasonic TVs have always been the best choice for viewing films and high-quality TV series. In 2021, guided by its “See it all, Feel it all” concept, Panasonic is using its picture quality knowhow to further improve the immersive enjoyment of sports viewing, gaming, streaming, or any other content.
To achieve this, class leading picture quality delivers all the detail, colour and contrast its creators intended, combining with precise, powerful sound to let you See it all and Feel it all.
New OLED line-up: superb for cinematic content
For OLED, Panasonic complemented the flagship JZ2000 with new JZ1500, JZ1000, and JZ980 series, with the latter three series available in 65-inch, 55-inch, and – new for 2021 – 48-inch sizes. As with the JZ2000, these sets share the colour tuning of Stefan Sonnenfeld, Founder and CEO of Company 3 and a trusted collaborator of some of the world’s best filmmakers. Combined with Panasonic technical colour accuracy, these new OLED TVs will accordingly set the benchmark for watching cinematic and premium content.
In recent years Panasonic has directed its engineering knowhow and excellence to pioneering much brighter OLED panels in the shape of its Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panels. In the past these were confined to its flagship televisions, but in 2021 Panasonic will include the brighter Master HDR OLED Professional Edition panel in both the JZ2000 and the JZ1500*1 – great news for viewers which want to enjoy better HDR performance, but already have a comprehensive sound system at home.
All of these OLED series will feature the brand new HCX Pro AI processor which was announced with the JZ2000, enabling the new Auto AI picture mode. Auto AI helps deliver an optimum experience to viewers by accurately detecting what kind of content is being viewed: for example, cinema or sports, and then automatically adjusts the picture quality accordingly. The Auto AI mode is a standalone picture mode so viewers who want to manually select the best settings will still be able to do so.
Furthermore, as they feature the new HCX AI Pro processor, the new OLED’s will also support Game Mode Extreme which reduces latency down to amongst the very lowest figures in the industry for an OLED TV. These latency reductions are not down to industry wide panel-side improvements, but are the result of significant engineering enhancements made by Panasonic. All OLED models will also support AMD FreeSync Premium.
*1 Excluding 48-inch model
New LED TVs: ideal for sports and gaming
In addition to the OLED goodness, Panasonic also announced three new LED series for 2021 and hinted that there is more in the pipeline.
The newly announced LED TV series are the JX940 series (75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch), the JX850 series (65-inch, 58-inch, 50-inch, 40-inch), and JX800 series (65-inch, 58-inch, 50-inch, 40-inch).
Panasonic explained that the JX940 series in particular will be great for sports and gaming enthusiasts.
– Firstly, like the newly announced OLED TVs, the JX940 series also features the brand new HCX Pro AI processor meaning it can automatically detect sports broadcasts and optimise the picture quality accordingly. Intelligent Clear Motion also smooths out dynamic actions to give viewers flicker free enjoyment.
– Secondly, the JX940 series comes with a 120Hz, bright HDR Cinema Display Pro panel with wide viewing angles – ideal for watching sports with family or friends.
– Thirdly, Dolby Atmos support delivers room-filling stadium sound. In addition, the JX940 series also features an innovative iteration of Panasonic’s flexible pedestal design*² . When the pedestals are placed in the outer position, it raises the TV up slightly so as to allow for a soundbar (such as Panasonic’s design matching HTB490 soundbar) to be placed below it, further enhancing the audio performance.
In terms of gaming, as the JX940 series features the new HCX Pro AI processor meaning it supports HDMI 2.1 features such as High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) making it a power-horse for playing games. The JX940 also support AMD FreeSync Premium.
*2 Excluding 75-inch models
JX800: Great for Streaming
The introduction of the new HCX Pro AI processor in Panasonic’s higher-end sets means that Panasonic has now brought its previous generation HCX processor down to core models such as the JX800 series – meaning that even core-level sets will have access to the vast wealth of Panasonic colour science expertise.
As a result, the JX800 unlocks a level picture quality which, when combined with the HDR Bright Panel Plus, and a very wide range of streaming services makes it an ideal budget-friendly family TV for binge watching.
Also, for the first time, the JX800 combines Panasonic’s HCX processor with an Android OS whilst retaining some of the usability of Panasonic’s easy-to-use my Home Screen operating system.
in 2021 Panasonic continues its strong tradition of supporting premium features all the way down the line-up to where they can have the biggest impact.
Film Maker Mode with Intelligent Sensing, which Panasonic announced in its 2020 OLED models, will be supported in 2021 all the way down to the JX800 series.
In terms of HDR formats, Dolby Vision IQ will be supported in all 2021 OLED TVs and also on the JX940 series LED TV; Dolby Vision and the HDR10+ Adaptive format will be supported all the way down to the JX800, in addition to the HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma.
When it comes to gaming, Game Mode Extreme will be supported down to the JX940, bringing with it the advantages of 4K High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Refresh Rates.
In terms of audio, Dolby Atmos will be supported down to the JX850 series.
my Home Screen 6.0
All new models down to the JX850 series feature the latest iteration of Panasonic’s highly evaluated smart TV OS, my Home Screen 6.0. The new version delivers considerable usability improvements.
my Scenery allows you to choose a selection of restful images and videos, or set your own, to reflect your mood or time of day. Perfect for mindfulness sessions or preparing for bed. In addition to photos from LUMIX CLUB which highlight the beauty of Japan, we also collaborated with LoungeV Studio (www.loungev.com) to provide you with the most beautiful videos to help you relax after a hard day’s work.
A new On Timer allows users to schedule a time when the TV will automatically switch itself on; users can also pre-select a favourite channel, or which HDMI input they want to display. Alternatively, the TV can also display the new my Scenery feature.
Dual Bluetooth Connection allows the TV to transmit sound to two separate Bluetooth devices simultaneously, meaning that, for example, both you and your spouse can listen to a film late at night via Bluetooth headphones without disturbing your children’s sleep.
The menu interface has been improved to allow quick access to the most commonly used picture, sound, and other settings.
All models down to and including the JX850 support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, allowing users to use their voice to check the weather or the news in addition to other useful information right on their TV*3. The JX800 supports Google Assistant but not Amazon Alexa.
Other new features include HDMI Signal Power Link which enables automatic power on from standby and input switching, even for devices, such a PCs, which are not CEC compatible.
*3 Google Assistant is not available in certain languages and countries.
Alexa is not available in certain languages and countries.
Amazon, Alexa is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.
Google is a trademark of Google LLC.
True to Panasonic’s philosophy of delivering immersive true-to-life experiences, the design of the 2021 line-up is simple and minimal so as to allow viewers to be fully focused on their favourite content.
Panasonic will also be introducing a brand new remote control in 2021. Seamlessly fitting into your living room environment, it has been modelled on the rounded shape of decorative bowls. The round edges also make it ergonomic and comfortable to hold.
Editor Note regarding the support of HDMI2.1:
All models down to and including the JX940 LED TV will have two HDMI ports which support HDMI2.1 features such as High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Refresh Rates (VRR).
At the time of shipping, these ports will support 4K input, but, in the case of 4K High Frame Rate and 4K@120Hz VRR, will only display half the vertical resolution.
During 2021 we issue a firmware update which will restore full support for 4K High Frame Rate.
In the case of 4K@120Hz VRR we will make a further announcement in due time. Please note that resolutions other than 4K@120Hz VRR, such as Full HD and 4K@60Hz VRR, will be supported from time of shipping without issue.