Panasonic has announced four 2019 4K LCD TV ranges spanning from 40 to 75 inches in size. All except GX700 will support HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.
2019 Panasonic LCD TV line-up
4K resolution has become the norm but this year Panasonic is expanding its suite of HDR formats. Not only the 2019 Panasonic OLED TVs will offer “multi HDR support”, most of the new 2019 LCD models will, too, the company emphasized. This covers HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision.
- “This year sees four new 4K LCD series: the GX940, GX900, GX800 and GX700. The flagship GX940 – available only in 75-inch screen size – is, like the OLED screens, powered by the new HCX Pro Intelligent processor,” Panasonic said.
Panasonic added that GX800, GX900 and GX940 arealso compatible with the HLG Photo format, declaring that “HDR is no longer just for moving images”. The company’s latest Lumix cameras can shoot pictures in HLG Photo. The GX940 has the HCX Pro video processor, while GX900 and GX800 have the previous HCX processor.
By supporting these five formats, Panasonic believes that it offers “complete compatibility with all current commercially available HDR formats”. There are other formats, too, such as Technicolor Advanced HDR but it has not been deployed for content delivery at this time.
At CES 2019, Panasonic announced the first TV with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ and in Frankfurt the company is expanding this initiative to more or less its full line-up. Last month, Philips also announced HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support in most of its 2019 TV line-up. Samsung continues to disregard Dolby Vision, while LG and Sony shy away from HDR10+.
Panasonic’s 2019 LCD TVs will be available in sizes ranging from 40 to 75 inches. The GX940 has ‘Local Dimming Pro’ but it is not clear exactly what this entails. The company did not specify the LCD panel types either but we are chasing details in Frankfurt at the launch event.
The new LCD TVs, excluding the GX700, will also be compatible with Dolby Atmos. The built-in speakers are relatively modest in configuration and power, with 20W output, and the TVs do not support HDMI eARC – only ARC – so the benefits are limited but we assume that Dolby Atmos can be output via HDMI ARC (we are chasing confirmation).
GX800 and up will also feature a redesigned user interface with version 4.0 of My Home Screen. Other features include TV Anywhere streaming, in-house streaming (DVB-IP), USB recording, HbbTV, WiFi, Bluetooth, and voice assistant compatibility.
Panasonic’s 2019 LCD TVs will be available in the first half of 2019. Pricing details were not announced.
Panasonic 2019 LCD TVs - specifications
Panasonic GX940 LCD: - 75 inches only - 4K LCD panel (Cinema Display Pro) - Local Dimming Pro - 2200 BMR - Multi HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision & HLG Photo) - HCX Pro Intelligent Processor - Dolby Atmos - 20W speakers - 4x HDMI (ARC + ALLM) - my Home Screen 4.0 - Twin tuner - WiFi and Bluetooth - Voice assistant compatible
Panasonic GX900 LCD: - 65, 55, 49 and 43 inches - 4K LCD panel - Multi HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision & HLG Photo) - HCX Processor - Dolby Atmos - Other specs TBA
Panasonic GX800 LCD: - 65, 58, 50, and 40 inches - 4K LCD panel (Bright Plus) - 1600 BMR - Multi HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision & HLG Photo) - HCX Processor - Dolby Atmos - 20W speakers - 3x HDMI (ARC + ALLM) - my Home Screen 4.0 - WiFi and Bluetooth - Voice assistant compatible