Panasonic is launching its first MLA OLED TVs, its first miniLED LCD TV, its first OLED and LCD TVs with Google TV, and its first FireTVs. Here's Panasonic's 2023 TV line-up.
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Panasonic's MZ2000 flagship will for the first time use MLA (Micro Lens Array) OLED technology in 55 and 65 inches – not 77 inches – for improved brightness and energy efficiency. Again this year, it is equipped with a Dolby Atmos speaker system tuned by Technics.
MZ1500 still uses the customized OLED EX panel (except in 48 and 42 inches) with somewhat higher brightness found in the 2000 and 1500 ranges from 2022 and earlier.
The 55 and 65-inch versions of MZ1500 have front-firing speakers and a built-in subwoofer. The 55 and 65-inch MZ1500 and MZ2000 also have a swivel stand.
MZ980 has a regular OLED EX panel and MZ800 is Panasonic's first 50/60Hz OLED TV and at the same time Panasonic's first OLED TV with Google TV. The other OLED ranges have Panasonic's in-house MyHomeScreen version 8.0 which has new accessibility features intended for hearing and visually impaired users and 'myScenery' nature video remastered in Dolby Atmos audio.
In other word, there is clear differentiation between Panasonic's OLED ranges in 2023.
Sadly, there are still no 83-inch or larger OLED TVs from Panasonic.
Panasonic MX950 miniLED LCD. Photo: Panasonic
The company is also launching its first miniLED LCD TV called MX950. The company has not detailed how many dimming zones it has but says that it will be comparable to miniLED LCD TVs from competitors. It will be available in 55, 65 and 75 inches. A MX940 with regular LED zone dimming comes in 50 and 43 inches.
MX800 is a range of regular LCD TVs with Amazon's FireTV platform for the first time from Panasonic. It will be available in sizes up to 85 inches.
And then there is the MX700 which is Panasonic's first LCD TV with Google TV after the brand has been offering Android TVs for a few years now. Google TV has a different user interface with some additional features.
In other words Panasonic offers TVs with three different operating systems in 2023. Actually four if you count in the basic linux platform in MX600, an inexpensive model that we still do not have full details on.
In terms of hardware, Panasonic is not yet ready to move to the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chip so while SDR and HDR10 content is supported at up to 4K 120Hz over the two HDMI 2.1 ports, Dolby Vision is supported up to a maximum of 4K 60Hz. In addition, Panasonic supports HDMI 2.1 features such as ALLM and eARC, but still not QMS.
Panasonic's first OLED TV with Google TV, MZ800. Photo: Panasonic
Panasonic is putting further emphasis on the gaming features this year. In addition to HDMI 2.1 VRR and AMD FreeSync, there is also official support for Nvidia G-Sync Compatible. A 'Game Control Board' menu provides quick access to a menu with signal information and useful gaming features including a new RPG-optimized Sound Mode.
A new True Game Mode in MZ2000, MZ1500 and MZ980 "brings all the colour accuracy features available for movies into the world of gaming, while improved HDR Tone Mapping delivers source-oriented expression from the gaming device", according to Panasonic. It can also be auto-calibrated with Calman.
Filmmaker Mode is getting an upgrade to automatically make adjustments to the picture's color temperature based on your viewing environment. This is part of an official extension of Filmmaker Mode by the UHD Alliance. This is supported in MZ2000, MZ1500 and MZ980 on the OLED side and MX950 and MX940 on the LCD side, as they are powered by the company's 'HCX Pro AI' processor.
Dolby Atmos is supported across the range and while the speakers in most of the TVs cannot do much with it, support ensures that you can also pass-through and output Dolby Atmos via HDMI ARC/eARC.
The TVs come with built-in DVB tuners for cable, satellite and antenna feeds. Some of the models will also have twin tuners. The TVs have built-in WiFi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth.
Panasonic's 2023 TVs will be available in Europe starting July onwards. MZ2000 will be available this autumn. Pricing details have yet to be announced but will be added to the overview automatically as soon as we know more. Once the TVs become available, model names and sizes will become active and clickable links to price comparison or retailers.
You can tell 2023 TVs apart from previous years’ models by the letter 'M' in the model name (i.e. MZ2000 OLED or MX800 LCD). As a reminder: M = 2023, L = 2022, J = 2021, H = 2020, G = 2019, F = 2018, E = 2017, D = 2016, C = 2015, A = 2014. Panasonic skipped 'B', 'I' and 'K'.
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