<p align=center><i>Donâ€™t miss anything from FlatpanelsHD. Join our fast growing <a href=/newsletter.php><b>Newsletter here</b></a></i><br><i>Also read our review of the <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1237901339 target=_blank><b>Panasonic G10 series plasma here</a></b></i></p>Sony has started to prepare for the launch of four new LCD TV series on the European market. These are the S, V, W and Z lines; this time called S5500, V5500, W5500 and Z5500. Even though Sony has not released many details Flatpanelshd.com has intercepted some information and details on the new TV series. <br /><br /><b>Z5500</b> <br />At IFA 2008 back in September Sony presented the Z4500 series. It was the world's first TV with a 200 Hz circuit designed to ensure minimal trailing and very fluid images. Sony expects to replace this model in May / June with the new Z5500 series that will be launched on the European market. The model is the step up from the W series, and thus a very exciting new TV. <br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/sonyz5500-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sonyz5500-1.jpg" alt="Sony Z5100" title="Click to enlarge"/></a><br><i>Sony Z5100 in USA</i></p><br />The Z5500 series utilizes Sony's new picture processor BE3 (Bravia Engine 3), Motionflow 200 Hz, Live Color Creation and has support for 10-bit Deep colour. Sony also mentions Internet functionality, but does not elaborate. It could be a Youtube or movie-streaming feature, or it might just be a RSS feed news system.<br /><br />The Z5500 series will have 4 HDMI inputs and the wireless streaming DLNA system.<br /><br />On the US market a 32 inch model has been mentioned, but it has not been confirmed for Europe. The Z5500 series will be available in 40â€ť (KDL-40Z5500), 46â€ť (KDL-46Z5500) and 52â€ť (KDL-52Z5500) from July 2009<br /><br /><b>W5500</b> <br />The very popular W series will also be replaced. The current model is called W4500 and is on the market at the moment. With W4500 Sony introduced the 100Hz system in the W series for the first time, and now Sony intends to carry on with the new W5500 series. <br /><br />One of the new things in the W5500 series is a new, more powerful picture processor from Sony. It is called Bravia Engine 3 (BE3) and has been improved over the Bravia Engine 2 Pro, which currently exists in the high-end X4500 series. The W5500 also feature Internet functionality and of course Full HD panels.<br /><br />The TVâ€™s also has a USB input on the side of the frame. <br /><br />The new Sony W5500 series is expected in March / April 2009 in sizes; 32â€ť (KDL-32W5500), 37â€ť (KDL-37W5500), 40â€ť (KDL-40W5500), 46â€ť (KDL-46W5500) and 52â€ť (KDL-52W5500). More information will soon be revealed here on FlatpanelsHD. <br /><br /><b>V5500</b> <br />The V series has, in recent years, gone from being one of the mid-end series to one of the cheaper model series. Now Sony has a new V5500 line ready.<br /><br />The new TVs will feature the DLNA system, too, and 4 HDMI inputs.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/sonyv5500-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sonyv5500-1.jpg" alt="Sony V5500" title="Click to enlarge"/></a><br><i>Sony V5500</i></p><br />V5500 series is also expected in March / April 2009 in 32â€ť (KDL-32V5500), 37â€ť (KDL-37V5500), 40â€ť (KDL-40V5500), 46â€ť (KDL-46V5500) and 52â€ť (KDL-52V5500) - all with Full HD panels.<br /><br /><b>S5500</b> <br />The inexpensive S series will soon feature a new, updated member which will replace the previous models, typically found at the large electronic dealers and in warehouses. <br />The series will be called S5500 and it is another new Full HD set, which - like its big brother, the V series - might also be available in a 37 inch model. <br /><br />The S5500 series will feature the Sony Bravia Engine 2 picture processor, which are expected to increase image quality considerably compared to the current S models. <br /><br />S5500 launches in 22â€ť (KDL-32S5500), 26â€ť (KDL-26S5500), 32â€ť (KDL-32S5500), 37â€ť (KDL-37S5500) (possibly) and 40â€ť (KDL-40S5500) in March / April.<br /><br /><b>VE5 and more to come</b><br />Sony also has a new VE5 series ready for Europe. Here Sony focuses on green technology to reduce power consumption. There will be more on the VE5 series here on Flatpanelshd.com soon.<br /><br />The new X series (X5500) will be available at the end of 2009.