LAS VEGAS –
The industry knows Panasonic as
the king of plasma TV technology, but the company
is using International CES to show an expanded assortment
of larger-screen LCD TVs, including its first
models to use passive 3D glasses technology.
In LCD, the company is showing 15 FullHD 1080p
LCD TVs, 13 of which will use LED backlighting and
seven of which will be 3D capable. Three of those
models in the ET5 series will use passive 3D glasses
technology – a first for the early proponent of activeshutter
Panasonic is also moving larger screen sizes this
year, moving up to 47- and 55-inch LCD models from
the peak 42-inch screen size in 2011.
The company is not abandoning its plasma roots,
however, and is proving that with the introduction
of 17 2012 plasma models, 16 of which will be 3D
The 3D plasma offerings feature new lighter-weight
3D glasses (26 grams) with rechargeable batteries.
They link to the sets via Bluetooth technology.
The top-of-the-line VT50 plasma series includes
the 55-inch (TC-P55VT50) and 65-inch screen sizes
(TC-P65VT50). Both offer FullHD 1080p 3D panels,
Viera Connect IP TV functionality which adds a web
browser, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, DLNA media
sharing compliance, and both 2D and 3D THX certification.
The new sets will also offer enhanced 2D-to-3D
conversion, feature four HDMI and three USB inputs,
and sport a new one-sheet-of-glass and glass
The sets’ built-in media player allows viewing digital
photos and HD video recorded on a SD memory
The GT50 series includes the 50-, 55-, 60- and
65-inch screen sizes. All are 1080p FullHD 3D sets
with Viera Connect with web browser, built-in Wi-Fi,
DLNA, 2D/3D THX certification, 2D-to-3D conversion,
four HDMI/three USB inputs, SD card Media
Player, and a glass pedestal design.
The ST50 1080p 3D plasma series includes the
50-, 55-, 60- and 65-inch screen sizes, featuring Viera
Connect with browser, Wi-Fi, DLNA, 2D to 3D
conversion, Media Player and three HDMI/ two USB
The XT50 series includes the 42- and 50-inch
screen sizes, both of which have 3D 720p HD resolution,
“Easy IPTV-select” IPTV functionality, 2D-to-
3D conversion, Media Player, DLNA and two HDMI/
two USB inputs.
The U50 series, which is the only 2012 plasma TV
series without 3D capability, features 1080p FullHD
resolution, Media Player and two HDMI/two USB
Meanwhile, the new LCD TV models are highlighted
by the top-of-the-line WT50 series, including the
47-inch TC-L47WT50 and 55-inch TC-L55WT50.
Both include FullHD 1080p 240Hz 3D IPS (inplane
switching) panels, Viera Connect with built-in
Wi-Fi and smart browser, 2D-to-3D conversion, Media
Player, DLNA and four HDMI/three USB inputs.
The DT50 also offers the 47- and 55-inch screen
sizes with FullHD 1080p 240Hz 3D IPS panels, Viera
Connect with built-in Wi-Fi and browser, 2D-to-
3D conversion, Media Player, DLNA and four HDMI/
three USB inputs.
The ET5 series includes the 42-, 47- and 55-inch
screen sizes, with passive 3D glasses technology (a
pair of glasses ship with the set), 120Hz IPS panel,
Viera Connect with built-in Wi-Fi and browser, 2Dto-
3D conversion, Media Player, DLNA and four
HDMI/two USB inputs.
The E50 LCD series includes the 42-, 47- and
55-inch screen sizes. All have 120Hz refresh rates,
FullHD 1080p resolution, Easy IPTV, DLNA, a PC
input, four HDMI/two USB inputs and Wi-Fi.
The E5 LCD series features the 32-inch TCL32E5
and 37-inch TC-L37E5, both with 60Hz IPS
panels, FullHD 1080p resolution, Easy IPTV and
The U5 LCD series features the 42-inch TCL42U5
(one of two CCFL-backlit models in the 2012
line). It offers 720p HD resolution, a 60Hz refresh
rate, three HDMI/one USB inputs, and a PC input.
The C5 LCD series features the 32-inch TCL32C5
with CCFL backlighting, 720p HD resolution,
a 60Hz refresh rate, two HDMI/one USB input
and a PC input.