Thank you for the thorough reviews of both this AS600 Panasonic and the Sony W828b. Instead of getting the Sony I will now get a Panasonic. However, I got a few questions before I settle on size and model.
1. Do you expect the 39inch panels to be of the same quality as the 50inch panel you reviewed?
2. Do you expect the hexacore processor of the AS640 model will improve the motion reproduction capacity? Or are these processors only relevant to the Smart TV stuff?
3. Do you expect any other screen quality differences between the two models?
4. Do you know whether 3D on the AS640 is passive or active?
Not having tested the AS640 I appreciate you probably cannot provide definitive answers, but I'm pretty sure your guess will be better than mine.
Thanks in advance!
Having just found the detailed specs for the AS640 (on the Dutch Panasonic website), I may have my answer to the 4th and 2nd question.
4th: It appears the 3D is active. That's a shame, because to me active 3D is worth( )less.
2th: What puzzles me is that the specs also list the AS640 as having a dual core processor. If that is true, then there will not be a difference with respect to motion reproduction.
Also, the only remaining value adding difference I can deduct from the specs would be the Smart-TV stuff. And I'm sorry for those who planned on actually using that if the dual core processor isn't even up to the task with the simpler interface of the AS600 model.
Edit 2: Just found out that "Hexa" means "Dual Core Hexa", instead of Hexacore. As I understand it it is a reference to the Hexa Processing Engine, which does allow some sort of image quality improvements. You might want to update your 2014 overview article to clarify this weird name.