NEWS: Panasonic 2018 LED LCD TV Line-up revealed

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      Panasonic's 2018 range of LED LCD TVs features improvements in processing, dimming and colour with HDR10+ and HLG support across the board.
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      Panasonic’s 2018 4K LED TVs Feature HDR10+ Dynamic Metadata Technology and Eye-Catching Design Across Entire Line up


      • New HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology is featured across all 4K 2018 LED TV models
      • Several hundred hours of Amazon Prime Video HDR10+ catalogue now available
      • OLED-inspired elegant design with premium glass-fitted materials
      • Stunningly accurate 4K HDR pictures
      • Works with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (planned)

      13th February 2018 – Panasonic today unveils its 2018 lineup of 4K LED televisions, featuring improved performance and breathtaking advances in design. Extremely thin, fashioned in glass and beautiful to look at from any angle, Panasonic’s new flagship LED TVs, the FX750 and FX740 series, boast beguiling ‘Art & Interior’ frames that take their design cues from the company’s recently announced, the gorgeous FZ950 and FZ800 OLED models. Completing the 4K LED lineup are two further series – the FX600 and FX700 – comprised of elegant, slim models that also feature premium materials and improved aesthetics.


      Picture quality has been taken to new levels across the LED TV range, with 4K HDR panels throughout, more powerful video processing and improved backlight dimming. All Panasonic’s 2018 LED screens are compatible with high dynamic range (HDR) for the most finely detailed and accurate pictures. Additionally all models have HDR-Multi support, which includes HDR10, HLG and the new HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology. They are also able to stream several hundred hours of the Amazon Prime Video library in HDR10+.


      Panasonic will issue a firmware update to all 2018 4K OLED and LCD models delivering compatibility with popular voice assistants. Users will be able to use their voice via an compatible smart speaker to control them**


      Bigger, brighter, faster models


      The lineup of 4K LED televisions comprises of four ranges, led by the sensational 75-inch flagship FX750. Other ranges, which all max out at 65-inches, are the high-end FX740, intermediate FX700 and entry-level FX600.


      Panasonic’s LED screens are able to deliver class-leading 4K pictures thanks to improved contrast and the most expansive colour gamut found on an LED screen. Across the board, 4K HDR quality has been significantly improved thanks to further refinement of Panasonic’s advanced video processing. This includes for specific models Digitally Enhanced Local Dimming of the LED backlight, which now combines backlight control with signal processing control so that the TV’s brightness can be fine-tuned in hundreds of areas across the screen. And with a 20 per cent increase in maximum brightness levels across the range, the result is Panasonic’s most refined expression of contrast ever seen on an LED screen. What’s more, with video processors*** whose colour gamut covers the Wide Colour Spectrum, fine colours are enhanced. Panasonic’s LED screens are thus able to display the subtlest differences in shades, which gives greater depth to images, boosting their three-dimensional effect.


      Refined and flexible design



      Inspired by the sensational looks of its OLED TVs, Panasonic has pushed the boundaries of LED design, producing a range of models that embrace the company’s innovative ‘Art & Interior’ aesthetic, whereby neither form nor function are compromised. Encased in show-stopping glass with a frameless one-sheet design, all FX740 and FX750 models are exceptionally pleasing to look at when viewed from front, back or side-on thanks to a 360° design that conceals all visual clutter. With a small enclosure that hides the set’s connections and blends in with the screen’s all-glass exterior, these ground-breaking models redefine the concept of television design. Even the FX700 range, which is 20 per cent thinner than last year and is formed of premium metal, offers a significant aesthetic improvement. For select screen sizes, the FX700 and FX600 have a ‘Switch Design’, which allows the user to adjust the stand to be set to the full width of the TV or used in a narrower setting, according to the width of the table top or cabinet in the home.


      The HDR story continues



      In addition to HDR10 and HLG, all Panasonic’s 4K HDR LCD screens are compatible with HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology, the new, royalty-free, dynamic metadata platform for High Dynamic Range (HDR), created by 20th Century Fox, Panasonic and Samsung. HDR10 features on the UHD Blu-ray format and across 4K HDR content from streaming services, while HLG is the HDR format compatible with broadcast TV.


      Panasonic TVs, which support HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology, will also be able to stream the entire Amazon Prime Video HDR library in HDR10+. The Prime Video HDR10+ catalogue includes hundreds of hours of content such as Prime Originals The Grand Tour, Golden Globe-nominated The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Tick and The Man in the High Castle plus hundreds of licensed titles.


      Meeting the expectations of HDR gamers



      Satisfying the demands of the most proficient gaming enthusiasts, the lineup of 2018 LED screens features a 4K Game Mode with Panasonic’s quickest-ever response time, which ensures 4K HDR gamers enjoy the most engrossing experience ever. The ultra-fast mode has exceptionally quick image processing, which delivers crisp, finely detailed HDR images even with fast-moving 4K games that require quick reaction times.


      FX750: Next-generation picture quality meets mesmerising design



      With peak brightness levels that exceed previous year’s models by some 20 per cent, the flagship FX750 represents the pinnacle of 4K HDR on an LED screen. It has the same class-leading Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) processor as Panasonic’s 2018 OLED screens and a 4K HDR Pro Cinema Display panel, plus Wide Colour Spectrum. Local Dimming Pro, and a refresh rate double that of the FX740. White balance has also been improved, resulting in more accurate colours, thanks to the control exerted by the HCX processor. The processor itself was made possible by the distillation of decades of colour, black level and brightness optimisation learned from Panasonic’s reference-quality plasma TVs and professional broadcast equipment divisionto help deliver picture quality that’s true to the filmmakers' visions. With a super-fast panel, the flagship FX750 takes judder in its stride, eliminating blur from fast-moving scenes so that sports and action movies are displayed with ultimate clarity and smoothness.


      The FX750 is fashioned according to the principles of Panasonic’s Art & Interior design ethos*. Its mesmerising ultra-thin, all-glass frame and premium metal stand place it firmly at the forefront of LED TV design.


      FX740: Superlative design and brilliant 4K HDR pictures in one


      The intermediate FX740 boasts the same alluring Art & Interior 360° all-glass design as the FX750 and like the flagship model, it also features Wide Colour Spectrum, Local Dimming, HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology and is 20 per cent brighter than last year. What’s more, its 4K HDR Cinema Display is blessed with an HDR Brightness Enhancer, a new Virtual Look Up Table and Digitally Enhanced Local Dimming for more refined control of the backlight – together, the result is superbly accurate HDR pictures.


      (In the UK, the FX740 will be offered as a Curry’s exclusive model)



      FX700: Latest-generation 4K HDR images in an ultra-thin, premium-looking design


      The FX700 offers many of the benefits of the FX740, including Local Dimming, HDR Brightness Enhancer, Wide Colour Spectrum, a Virtual Look Up Table and the same bigger, 20 per cent brighter 4K HDR Cinema Display panels. The main differences between the FX740 and FX700 are cosmetic, but the FX700 nonetheless represents a significant improvement on previous models with a new Slim Edge Metal Frame that’s honed using premium materials. It also features an adjustable ‘Switch Design’ stand that allows the feet to be positioned at either the full width of the screen or closer together, according to the user’s preference.


      FX600: Entry-level screens with superb 4K HDR pictures and great design



      FX600 boasts innovative features not previously found at entry-level TVs. This includes Adaptive Backlight Dimming Plus and a Virtual Look Up Table, which combine to increase the control and finesse of the FX600’s HDR colours. The majority of screens sizes feature the same adjustable ‘Switch Design’ stand as the FX700 range.



      ** Only available in UK and Germany at time of firmware update.

      *** All models except FX600 range have Wide Colour Spectrum.



      Overview of TV Specifications:

      FX750: Premium Picture Quality With ‘Art & Interior Glass’ Design (75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch & 49-inch)


      • 4K LED TV with 2200Hz – this premium Cinema Display uses high quality processing to enhance motion, colour and contrast.
      • Studio Colour HCX Processor – new Hollywood-approved processing (incl. a 3D look-up table) delivers stunningly accurate, natural pictures.
      • Local Dimming Pro – advanced backlight control delivers light only where it’s needed, greatly enhancing contrast and gradation.
      • Super Bright Panel – high transmittance panel with ultra-efficient backlight produces clear bright images in HDR.
      • Art & Interior Glass design*1 – seamless, 360 degrees designs, ultra-slim glass frames perfectly suited to any interior design.
      • In the UK, the FX740 will be offered as a Curry’s exclusive model

      *1 Depending on screen size, not available for 75”


      FX740: Amazing HDR Picture And ‘Art & Interior Glass’ Design (65-inch, 55-inch & 49-inch)

      • 4K LED TV with 1600Hz – this impressive, ultra-crisp TV uses high quality processing to enhance motion, colour and contrast.
      • Wide Colour Spectrum – advanced colour reproduction and processing delivers more natural, vivid pictures – especially with HDR sources.
      • Multi HDR Support – wide compatibility with the various HDR systems used by different HDR sources.
      • Local Dimming – optimised backlight control delivers light only where it’s needed, enhancing contrast and gradation.
      • Art & Interior Glass design – seamless, 360 degrees designs, ultra-slim glass frames perfectly suited to any interior design.

      FX700: Outstanding HDR Images And Flexible ‘Switch’ Design (65-inch, 55-inch & 49-inch)

      • 4K LED TV with 1600Hz – this impressive TV unlocks 4K’s potential with high quality processing to enhance motion, colour and contrast.
      • Wide Colour Spectrum – advanced colour reproduction and processing delivers more natural, vivid pictures – especially with HDR sources.
      • Multi HDR Support – wide compatibility with the various HDR systems used by different HDR sources.
      • Local Dimming – optimised backlight control delivers light only where it’s needed, enhancing contrast and gradation.
      • Switch design – able to adapt to your furniture and style thanks to its adjustable feet.

      FX600: 4K Meets HDR With Smart Entertainment (65-inch, 55-inch, 49-inch & 43-inch)

      • 4K LED TV with 1300Hz – powerful motion processing and a high quality panel reveal all the detail that 4K resolution makes possible.
      • Multi HDR Support – wide compatibility with the various HDR systems used by different HDR sources.
      • Adaptive Backlight Dimming Plus – the TV’s backlighting is continually optimised to deliver rich contrast and immersive dark scenes.
      • Switch Design*1 – able to adapt to your furniture and style thanks to its adjustable feet.
      • My Home Screen 3.0 – it’s now easier than ever to make your own customised home page for fast access to your favourite smart TV apps.
      *1 Depending on screen size, not available for 43”



      – ENDS –

      * Depending on screen size, not available for 75”
       
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      Thank you for this article Mark Hodgkinson
      you can confirm for the FX780 that it's a FALD ?
       
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      Any info on FALD Zones count and nits? :confused:
       
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      image.jpeg There is also announced their new flagship 4K player the UB9000 with what looks like the best build quality I have seen on a Panasonic 4K player. No plastic finally...
      But where is the successor to the DX902?
      I don't see FX780 with it's ultra slim design beating the DX902 or Sonys ZD9 for local dimming zones..
       
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      Full detailed report on the way tomorrow and Thursday with a couple of videos also coming which include detailed interviews and a behind the scenes Vlog.
       
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      Thanks !
      Key features of the Panasonic FX780 series:
      • LED Edge Local Dimming
      • Ultra HD LCD panel
      • Super Bright Panel LCD panel
      • Dual DVB-T2, DVB-C and DVB-S2 tuner
      • Slab 100 Hz (10 bits)
      • Quad Core Pro processor
      • Studio Color HCX Processor Processor
      • 2,200 Hz BMR video processing
      • HDR10 compatibility
      • Compatibility HDR10 +
      • HDR HLG Compatibility
      • Brightness peak: 600 nits
      • Netflix 4K compatibility
      • Built-in Wi-Fi compatibility
      • HDMI 2.0
      • HDCP 2.2 Compatibility
      • HEVC compatibility
      • Connectivity: four HDMI 2.0 (one front) inputs, one with ARC management, a YUV, a Composite, an optical output, three USB Host (including a 3.0), an Ethernet port, two CI + ports and SD memory card reader
      Update: The Panasonic FX78 TV series incorporates a LED Edge Local Dimming backlight system and not Full LED Local Dimming as originally announced.
      [​IMG]
       
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      So with the new old sizes coming back are we retuning to IPS panels again ?

      Will be interesting to hear more about the firmware update for Alexa/Google as we all know what Panasonic are like for timely updates.
       
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      Are you telling me that pana didn’t even bother to do a fald this year !!!
      Peak brightness 600 nits !!!
      Like Philips, why they even bother releasing lcd ?
       
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      Panasonic did not do FALD last year either, I guess they are just concentrating on OLED for that market.

      Cheers for the follow on Twitter though :hiya:
       
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      The 65 ex750 was fald. An average one but still fald
      I was hoping they will make an effort this year but looks like it is too much asking...
      You welcome sir...
       
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      Yes that's correct Goldorak !
      unfortunately !
       
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      Doesn’t matter. Even if it was fald. 600 nits for a top range lcd is an insult to hdr
       
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      Oh, i did not realise that, guess it just did not stand out as Fald.

      Hopefully we can get some first impressions from the show soon,if NowTV will finally make an appearance.

      Does the stand on the 750 swivel like last years model.
       
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      Yes it's off topic but was there no new news on the OLED's?
       
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      No 58". very disappointing :-(
       
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      All the info on the OLED TVs was launched at CES, there is nothing new to add at this point to that we already know. The LCD TVs were the unknown until this week.
       
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      So still nothing to beat my DX902?

      Bit of a head scratcher from Pana
       
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      Thanks for clarifying Phil [emoji106]
       
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      Yes.
       
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      I suppose you could say that Panasonic have quite a clear strategy:
      High-end is for OLED
      Low to mid range is LCD

      They aren't really making the effort with LCD any more so they kind of have two distinct markets with no blurring of lines. I really don't see the point in a souped up FALD like the DX902 as you are straying into OLED pricing nowadays.

      Looks like if you want a decent FALD then it is Sony EX900 with the possibility that TCL can instantly grab some major market share if their 6 series materialises in the UK. You could also bring Hisense into the equation but based on previous I don't even want to go there ...:eek:
       
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      The FX780 and FX750 are the same TV but for some reason Panasonic are calling it the FX780 in Europe and the FX750 in the UK. No FALD TVs this year I'm afraid.
       
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      I really like the look of the UB9000 and Panasonic have listened to our feedback and added an SDR/Rec.2020 function for those who want 4K, 10-bit and WCG but not HDR, handy for projectors or older 4K TVs and projectors.
       
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      Looks beautiful - classic Panasonic design reminds me of the great DVD players they used to have in the early 2000s.

      FX780 is successor to EX750. The OLED range has been expanded.

      I'm guessing these TVs are LG IPS based (at least Panasonic is above RGBW), judging by the new sizes (maybe they could be using VA panels from CSOT, but less likely than LG IPS based on their past business partnerships).
       
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      Because the high end AV crowd have all moved over to OLED, LCD is more the mass market/family option, hence the widespread move to IPS panels for most companies now (no need to bother with high contrast when the market that wanted it has it and more in the form of OLED, better to prioritise day to day, all family/wide viewing angle performance, and VA's viewing angle shortcomings look worse against OLED, so its days as a panel type are probably numbered).

      Hisense and the Chinese makes I guess see a gap in the market for high volume/low margin. Samsung is being increasingly squeezed from all sides.
       
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      Really sorry but only a pic can translate what I am thinking !!! 600 nits, no fald, ips...next

      A12529C4-E103-4652-9986-604C39DCF308.jpeg
       
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      Thank you for the clarification Steve Withers !
      I am really disappointed,I will keep watch the Sony XF90 or the LG SK950 in 55 inches.
       
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      Panasonic introduces new LED LCD TVs for 2018 with zone lighting control and improved design[​IMG]
      Local Dimming Pro with "thousands of zones"
      [​IMG]
      Local Dimming with "hundreds of zones"
      Source:xatakahome.com
       
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      Slight overraction. They'll still be solid TVs in their class.

      I get it but honestly I've seen/had more VA panels than anyone and although I used to be/still am a big fan of VA overall, I've never seen one with a decent viewing angle (well, ONE, but that company doesn't make them anymore!) and when the off axis performance is worse than IPS, what's the point in a one-directional TV?

      Once you've seen a few IPS and how they hang on to contrast (such as it is) and colour at an angle, you start to see VA's real shortcoming is quite major.

      If you want VA this year you have:
      Hisense (I'm guessing entire range)
      Samsung (presumably upper ranges only like last year)
      Sony upper ranges/flagships
      Philips certain lower range sizes
      LG 50" models
       
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      I exaggerated often but this time I am really disappointed by the Philips and pana lcd range
      Va panels have better blacks and alongside fald, it makes a big difference
      To top it out, they are both releasing panels with 600 nits top brightness !!? Seriously? Top of the range ?

      To put it simply, both decided oled is the future and Lcd lower end. Nothing more to say.
      Sony and Samsung will at least try alongside Hisense and tcl...
       
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      TCL have a very poor upscaling engine and nothing special accuracy/uniformity. They're not at the level of the other makes yet. They also own a VA panel maker (CSOT) that doesn't do anything special VA panels (compared to AUO, Samsung Display and Innolux).

      Sony have a lot of IPS panels just like Samsung do in their ranges (especially the core, mass market ranges), but I agree a good VA with FALD is a sight to behold, even though viewing angles are still pretty bad.

      LG is going to attempt IPS + FALD this year but I'm not expecting it to be at the level of Panasonic's attempt at that a few years back.

      For IPS, the highest contrast type I ever saw was in Sony by BOE. Seems to be based on IPS-PRO by panasonic.

      Hisense are a mixed bag.
       

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