New York - Panasonic revealed additional prices and
availability on 2012 Smart Viera plasma and LCD TVs, during a formal line
unveiling for the press here Tuesday.
models in the ST50, UT50, and XT50 plasma series and the E50, ET5, E5 and X5
LED series will be available this month.
were ship dates on LED LCD TV models in the 47-inch screen size (available this
month) and 55-inch screen size (available in April and May).
In total, the 2012
LED LCD model line features 16 SKUs this year, up from seven a year ago.
All new LCD TVs
offer LED edge lighting systems, and all new LCD and plasma sets feature newly
restyled slim-cabinet, slim-bezel designs, with many models employing a new "glass
and metal" design concept.
Panasonic is also
spreading 3D capability among the new sets and is advancing its Viera Connect
IPTV platform to, among other things, include open web browsing in step-up
Viera "Smart TV is
not just an Internet television, as people are calling it, but it is based on
five pillars, including picture quality for both LED and plasma, ease of use,
networking with an open platform to the Cloud, eco-friendliness and design,"
said Henry Hauser, Panasonic display
was improved this year in both LCD and plasma models.
Panasonic said it
was able to reduce power consumption further in its 2012 Viera plasmas by using
a newly improved phosphor mixture and more efficient electronics, while at the
same time a new drive system enables a 1.5x improvement in brightness output.
New LCDs employ
advanced LED IPS (in-plane switching) panels using Panasonic's proprietary
approach that expands the viewing angle while reducing on-mode power
consumption by about 25 percent from a year ago.
performance has also been boosted in 2012 Smart Viera plasma HDTVs, while the
LED LCD TVs have faster response times.
Select Smart Viera
plasma models employ NeoPlasma Black 2500 Focus Field Drive technology that is
said to improve clarity in fast moving subjects. The system is also said to
control lighting to bring out subtle details in dark scenes based on
24,576-step super fine gradation.
All 3D models
include DLNA connections to network with PCs and other devices to share digital
entertainment content between similarly configured devices.
Plasma models in
the VT/GT/ST series feature a 2 million pixel dimming driver, a new custom
driver LSI, a fast switching phosphor panel and 1080p 3D capability.
The ST50 series is
the first of Panasonic's 2012 plasma models to ship.
TC-P50ST50 and 55-inch TC-P55ST50 are now available, while the 60-inch
TC-P60ST50 and 65-inch TC-P65ST50 will be available in March and April,
The ST50 models
include the Infinite Black Pro panel; FullHD 3D; Viera Connect with a web
browser and built-in Wi-Fi; 1080p FullHD resolution; 2500 FFD (Focused Field
Drive); fast switching phosphors; 2D-to-3D conversion; Social Networking TV,
which allows the user to simultaneously view a program on the TV and connect
with their Twitter and/or Facebook account on the same screen; 3D Real Sound
with 8-train speakers; Media Player;
Bluetooth; DLNA; Viera Link; three HDMI connections and two USB ports.
The 42- and
50-inch FullHD 3D UT50 series models will be available later this month.
TC-P55UT50 and the 60-inch TC-P60UT50 models will be available in April and
All offer 3D 1080p
resolution, 2500 FFD, Viera Connect Wi-Fi, fast switching phosphors, 2D-to-3D
conversion, Social Networking TV, media player, Bluetooth, DLNA, Viera Link,
two HDMI connections and two USB ports.
The value XT50 LCD
series offers 3D capability and online movie streaming. The 50-inch TC-P50XT50
offers 720p HD resolution and 2D to 3D conversion; Bluetooth; Media Player;
DLNA; Viera Link; two HDMI and two USB connections and will be available this
The E50 series
features mostly larger-sized LED LCD TV models with slim-design cabinets,
including the 42-inch TC-L42E50, 47-inch TC-L47E50 and the 55-inch TC-L55E50.
All offer 360 backlight scanning, improved resolution of fast-moving images,
1080p, Viera Connect, Social Networking TV function, DLNA, a PC input, four
HDMI terminals and two USB ports.
The series is
Wi-Fi ready and Energy Star certified.
models are Panasonic's first 3DTVs to use passive polarized 3D glasses, and
four pair will ship with each set. The
47-inch TC-L47ET5 and 55-inch TC-L55ET5 ship this month while the 42-inch TC-L42ET5
ships in April. The ET5 models incorporate an IPS LED panel, 360-degree
backlight scanning, Viera Connect with built-in Wi-Fi and browser, 2D-to-3D
conversion, Social Networking TV function, media player, DLNA, Energy Star
compliance, four HDMI and two USB terminals, and a PC input.
The four E5-series
LED LCD TVs available this month include an IPS LED panel, 1080p resolution,
online Movies, DLNA networking, four HDMI terminals, two USB ports, a PC input,
Wi-Fi connectivity and Energy Star compliance.
this month is the 32-inch LED LCD TV model TC-L32X5, featuring the IPS LED
panel, three HDMI and one USB connections, and an SD memory card slot.
top-of-the-line plasma series, the VT50 and GT50, will be available later this
month and in April. Top-of-the-line LED models will begin shipping this month,
starting with the TC-L47DT50. It will be followed by the TC-L55DT50 (shipping
in April) and the TC-L55WT50 and the TC-L47WT50 (both shipping in May).
Pricing for the
2012 Viera TV lineup follows:
2012 Viera Plasma
2012 Models Suggested Retail
2012 Viera LED/LCD
2012 Models Suggested Retail