A little later than usual, Panasonic's first 2022 OLED TVs are now available in the UK, Germany and other parts of Europe. The new models feature 'OLED EX', some with a heatsink.
Panasonic's OLED line-up is expanding this year with additional models and sizes ranging from 42 to 77 inches. The LZ ranges replace last year's JZ ranges.
Earlier this year, the company confirmed that "all 2022 Panasonic OLED models we will launch today use OLED.EX technology" which offers improved efficiency and higher brightness. In addition, LZ1000, LZ1500 and LZ2000 are equipped with a heatsink (except 42" and 48") to help dissipate heat and boost brightness somewhat.
The flagship LZ2000 is equipped with a 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos speaker system with both up-firing and side-firing speakers. LZ2000 now also comes in 77 inches. If you do not want the advanced speaker system, LZ1500 still offers Panasonic's custom-tuned WOLED panel (from LG Display) – just not in 77 inches.
The 77-inch Panasonic LZ2000 at IFA 2022. Photo: FlatpanelsHD
At IFA 2022, FlatpanelsHD asked Panasonic about its plans for larger WOLED sizes (83-97") and QD-OLED. The company declined to discuss plans for the future but said that it is always evaluating new opportunities.
Other features include the HCX Processor Pro AI, two HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K120 and VRR, a new '60Hz Refresh Mode' for lower input lag in 60Hz console games, a new 'Game Control Board' menu with quick access to gaming functions, Filmmaker Mode, and Panasonic's homegrown My Home Screen 7.0 platform.
Also read: Panasonic 2022 TV line-up (with TV compare tool)
Panasonic's 2022 OLED TVs are starting to appear now in Europe and will be more widely available in the coming weeks, although you may have to wait a little longer for the 42- and 77-inch versions. LZ1000 and LZ800 (in some regions) will arrive later this year.