Panasonic has launched its first 48-inch OLED TVs and its first models with HDMI 2.1 ports. The company is also bringing the brighter panel down to the JZ15000 range.
Four new OLED ranges
JZ980, JZ1000, JZ1500 and JZ2000 replace last year's HZ ranges. There are still no OLED TVs exceeding 65 inches in size but Panasonic has on the other hand expanded its line-up to include three smaller 48-inch OLED TVs.
The customized and brighter OLED panel is coming to the less expensive JZ1500 (except 48 inches) without the full Dolby Atmos speaker system of the flagship JZ2000. A standard subwoofer can be connected to all of the OLED models.
For the first time, Panasonic has implemented HDMI 2.1 (2x) for 4K120 and VRR (variable refresh rate), although the full functionality will require firmware updates. The company has also added support for AMD FreeSync Premium in an effort to cater to PC and console gamers.
With HDMI 2.1 onboard Panasonic's OLED TVs are a closer match to LG's OLED TVs, although LG is still the only manufacturer to support Dolby Vision at 4K120. Sony and Philips have also introduced their first OLED TVs with HDMI 2.1 this year.
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Panasonic's 2021 OLED models feature 4K resolution, My Home Screen 6.0 with access to streaming apps, multi-HDR support (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG), Filmmaker Mode, and AV1 decoding.
Panasonic JZ980, JZ1000 and JZ2000 are rolling out now in Europe. JZ1500 will launch in August. The company has not announced plans to bring any of its 2021 TVs to North America.