Panasonic has launched its 2019 flagship TV in 55 and 65 inches in Europe. GZ2000 features a "professional edition" OLED panel with increased brightness as well as Dolby Vision and Atmos.
New flagship OLED TV
With GZ2000, Panasonic is pushing the envelope by combining a customized OLED panel with new video and audio technologies.
Panasonic explains that its own engineers have customized the LG Display OLED panel with improved power management and cooling in an effort to increase brightness levels (both HDR peak and average). No hard numbers were provided but it was indicated that it will be capable of approaching 1000 nits peak brightness for the first time on an OLED panel.
Another major development this year is Panasonic's partnership with Dolby. GZ2000 supports Dolby Vision HDR as well as Dolby Atmos object-based audio. To deliver the Atmos effect, Panasonic has equipped GZ2000 with a 3.0.2-channel audio system with up-firing speakers. An optional subwoofer can be connected directly to the TV. The TV is powered by the company's latest 'HCX Pro' video processor.
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The new top-of-the-line models from Panasonic will also be amongst the first TVs to support all relevant HDR video formats, meaning HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG. Panasonic is a founding member of the HDR10+ alliance that was created a few years back as a front against Dolby but the Japanese TV maker now embraces both premium HDR formats.
Starting at 3500 Euro
Panasonic is holding on to MyHomeScreen (née Firefox OS) as its TV platform. It offers access to a handful of apps such as Amazon, Netflix and YouTube but the platform lacks many second-tier and local services.
The company has yet to implement HDMI 2.1 ports and features in its TVs.
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GZ2000 will be competing with OLED TVs from LG, Sony, Philips, and others. Prices start at around £3300 / €3500 in Europe and Panasonic is hoping that customers on the lookout for a high-end TV will be willing to pay a premium for its modified OLED panel and the full HDR package.
Panasonic GZ2000 is available now in Europe in 55 and 65 inches. No plans to launch a 77 inch version have been announced. See the table below for prices and dealers.