Aiming to provide TVs suited for a range of applications including sports, gaming and streaming, Panasonic has revealed its LED range for 2021 which includes the JX940, JX850 and JX800 LED series.
Using the know-how and expertise garnered from its OLED ranges in displaying the best possible cinematic image quality, Panasonic has developed and expanded this beyond just movies to improve how other types of content are displayed, thus appealing to a wider range of consumers.
In delivering this, Panasonic has revealed its premium LED TVs for 2021, including the key JX940 (which comes in 75-, 65-, 55- and 49-inch variants) and JX850 ( available in 65-, 58-, 50- and 40-inch models) and the core JX800 series, which mirrors the JX850 in screen sizes.
Particularly appealing to sports enthusiasts and gamers, the top end JX940 features the same HCX Pro AI processor found in the 2021 OLED range and can therefore ultilise Auto AI Mode to detect the type of content being displayed and optimise the image quality for the best picture experience. Moreover, Intelligent Clear Motion smooths out dynamic actions for flicker-free viewing, especially suited for fast moving sporting events.
Since the 940 features the HCX Pro AI, it can use Game Mode Extreme to deliver game-friendly HDMI 2.1 features such as High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). However, like the 2021 OLED models, it does only display half the vertical resolution with 4K High Frame Rate or [email protected] VRR content - an issue which Panasonic is correcting with a planned firmware update and future announcements.
The JX940 also supports AMD FreeSync Premium to deliver reduced image tearing when gaming with the latest next generation games consoles or a PC equipped with an AMD graphics card.
Also featured in the JX940 is a 120Hz, bright HDR Cinema Display Pro panel with wide viewing angles which makes it ideal for watching sports with family or friends. And for stadium filling audio, Dolby Atmos is also supported. Meanwhile, in order to ensure there is enough space beneath the lower edge of the 940 and the cabinet surface, the flexible pedestal design can raise up all the TV models, bar the 75-inch version, to enable a soundbar to fit underneath without obscuring the screen - Panasonic’s own design-matching HTB490 soundbar is well suited to fulfill this role.
The JX850 and JX800 series both use an HDR Bright Panel Plus but drop down the processor ladder with the HCX AI and HCX processor respectively, which still gives both access to the vast wealth of Panasonic colour science expertise and the JX850 models use of the Auto AI Mode.
All of the LED series TVs can handle Dolby Vision, HDR10+ Adaptive, HDR10 and HLG HDR and feature Filmmaker Mode with Intelligent Sensing, while the JX940 also adds Dolby Vision IQ.
The JX800 is particularly well suited for streaming duties and is Panasonic’s first TV to adopt Android TV in conjunction with its own my Home Screen operating system to make the widest range of streaming services available for entry level, family friendly binge watching.
The JX940 and JX850 will be using the latest my Home Screen 6.0 OS which adds my Scenery, enabling your own custom images and videos to provide a backdrop for calmer moments. There's also On Timer which automatically switches on your TV at the prescribed time with the preferred channel, HDMI input or my Scenery options. The improved interface allows for faster access to commonly used settings too.
Dual Bluetooth means it’s possible for two viewers using separate compatible headphones to watch a programme while the rest of the house remains undisturbed by the volume.
For hands free voice control, all models down to and including the JX850 support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, while the JX800 only supports Google Assistant.
Finally, a new, ergonomically improved remote control will be included.
The Panasonic LED TV range will be available from May 2021 from authorised retailers. The prices are yet to be confirmed.
Are you looking for a TV specifically for streaming/gaming in a kid’s bedroom or watching sports in an office or snug room? How does Panasonic's 2021 LED lineup grab you? Let us know in the comment section.
Source: Panasonic online launch event
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