Panasonic’s OLED TVs are significantly cheaper this year. The company has released FZ950 (FZ952 / FZW954) and FZ800 (FZ802 / FZW804) in Europe, with prices starting at around £2300 / €2300.
Panasonic 2018 OLED
TVs based on OLED technology are slowly but surely getting cheaper. This year, Panasonic has decided to shift gear and significant reduce prices compared to last year. The 55-inch FZ800 is in fact one of the most affordable 2018 OLED TVs right now.
Panasonic has favored Samsung’s HDR10+ format over Dolby Vision since the former is royalty-free. FZ800 and FZ950 use the exact same panel and HCX video processor so picture quality should be identical. The differences lie in design and sound, with FZ950 featuring a powerful 80W ‘Blade’ soundbar developed in partnership with Technics.
Through the ‘My Home Screen’ platform you have access to popular apps such as Amazon, Blockbuster, Netflix, and Viaplay. My Home Screen builds on Firefox OS – that Mozilla has abandoned – and has reached version 3.0. The latest software will not be made available on previous Panasonic TVs. FZ800 and FZ950 also come with built-in twin tuners for recording.
The Japanese company was one of the first manufacturers to jump on the OLED TV bandwagon but it has fallen behind LG and Sony on the sales charts. This year, Panasonic will try to appeal to a wider audience by pricing its OLED TVs more aggressively at launch. FZ800 is amongst the most affordable 2018 OLED TVs and the premium for FZ950 is relatively modest.