Panasonic Announces CX850 and Other 2015 UHD TVs

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Panasonic-TC-65CX850.jpgPanasonic's 2015 line of 4K Ultra HD TVs will include a total of nine models across four series, in screen sizes from 50 to 65 inches. Many of the new models incorporate the new Firefox OS smart TV platform and Xumo Guide content recommendation tool.

The first press release below provides an overview of the complete line, while the second one details the flagship CX850 Series (shown here), which will include a full-array LED backlight with Local Dimming Pro and support for high dynamic range and a wider color gamut. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

From Panasonic
Panasonic unveiled its 2015 lineup of next-generation Life+Screen 4K Ultra HD and HD Smart TVs at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The latest additions to Panasonic's rich heritage of critically acclaimed TVs dramatically expand the range of Panasonic's 4K Ultra HD TV models, and also offers enhanced Beyond Smart features for further-simplified, intuitive operation.

Panasonic's 2015 lineup includes four 4K Ultra HD series (CX850, CX800, CX650, CX600) for a total of nine models. The expanded 4K Ultra HD lineup--which delivers four times the resolution of Full HD--broadens the options for consumers to select a next-generation, high-resolution TV with high picture quality to suit their lifestyle.

• CX850 Series (55 & 65 inches)
Flagship high-end series featuring superior 4K picture quality, Beyond Smart TV functions and an exclusive, direct-to-TV voice command feature.

• CX800 Series (55 & 65 inches)
High-end 4K series with superb picture-performance functions along with the newest Beyond Smart Features.

• CX650 and CX600 Series (50, 55 & 65 inches)
Midrange models equipped with new Beyond Smart Features to allow users to easily enjoy 4K Ultra HD picture quality.

Superior Picture Quality
Panasonic's next-generation 4K Ultra HD TV models are equipped with high-picture-quality functions to make the most of 4K images. Newly developed display panels offer improved brightness and a wider color gamut. A significantly widened color reproduction range achieves rich color expression and the improved brightness performance displays brighter, more vivid images. Local Dimming technology achieves deeper black expression and smooth, detailed gradation.

Enhanced Smart TV Features 
Panasonic's 2015 Life+Screen Smart TVs are equipped with cutting-edge features designed to deliver to users access to their favorite content easily without having to perform complex setting procedures or refer to a manual.

Powered by Firefox OS
Through Panasonic's collaboration with Mozilla on the 2015 Life+Screen Smart TVs, powered by Firefox OS, Panasonic's TV GUI has advanced significantly from last year making it even easier for users to access quickly the content they want--live TV, devices, and applications from a single gateway. It is also customizable by using the "Pin" function, which allows users to bookmark their favorite channels, devices, apps, web pages for quick access. Firefox OS also offers improved connectivity due to the use of open Web standards and greater flexibility for developers through WebAPIs that enable connected experiences across platforms.

Xumo Guide
Panasonic's 2015 Life+Screen TVs will also include Xumo Guide, a built-in service that enables quick and easy discovery of content from multiple sources. One of the key features of Xumo Guide is the ability to provide relevant content recommendations based on user's viewing history, in addition, users can search for specific titles across multiple apps or browse content by genre from various VOD services.

Voice Assistant
The CX850 Series features exclusively a new advanced Voice Command feature--Voice Assistant Pro--which performs voice commands spoken directly to the TV without using a remote control. It is capable of performing various operations according to voice commands, such as changing channels and searching for content. All 2015 Panasonic 4K TVs feature Voice Assistant which enables the user to change channels and search for desired content by simply speaking into the TV's Touch Pad Remote or TV Remote App on their Smartphone.

For more information about the latest Panasonic Life+Screen Smart TVs and home entertainment products, visit the Panasonic CES website at www.panasonic.com/CES and the Panasonic USA website at www.panasonic.com.

 

Here are more details on the CX850 Series:

Panasonic unveiled the CX850 Series of 4K LED LCD Ultra HD Life+Screen Smart TVs--the flagship model of its expanded 2015 4K UHD lineup--at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The CX850 Series continues Panasonic's rich heritage of critically acclaimed UHD 4K picture-quality with enhanced "Beyond Smart" features for further-simplified, intuitive operation.

The CX850 Series will be available in two models: TC-65CX850U and TC-55CX850U. Pricing and specific availability will be announced at a later date.

With a newly developed panel and the picture-enhancing technology of Panasonic's Studio Master Drive, the CX850 Series maximizes the beauty of 4K images to achieve images faithful to the original, with vibrant colors, robust blacks, and bright contrast.

Superb Color Reproduction
The CX850's expanded color rendering range of DCI 98%* Color Space displays richer, more vivid colors. In addition, Studio Master Drive uses color correction technology for more accurate color reproduction. While conventional drive systems perform processing using only the three coordinate axes of the primary colors (RGB), Studio Master Drive uses six coordinate axes: the three primary colors and three complementary colors (CMY). These six colors are corrected in accordance with brightness levels to enable faithful-to-original color reproduction of even dark colors in dimly lit scenes, as well as delicate halftone colors.
(* The 55" CX850 panel covers 90% of the DCI Color Space)

Maximizing Black Rendering
A maximum level of black rendering is achieved by the CX850's Local Dimming Pro which adjusts the backlight to match each and every image for deeper, higher-purity blacks. At the same time, Studio Master Drive's gradation correction precisely reproduces the tones in the low-light areas of the image. The black rendering capability is greatly improved for faithful reproduction--right down to the delicate textures and fine shadows within the image.

Enhanced Brightness
The CX850 provides dramatically enhanced brightness via its Super Bright Panel to display bright, vivid images. Panasonic's original Dynamic Range Remaster technology achieves dramatically enhanced image reproduction and rendering capabilities in the high luminance range. By restoring the information of high-brightness image areas that drops out during recording, it faithfully reproduces not only the brightness but also the original colors. As a result, the CX850 Series delivers beautiful, dynamic pictures without blown highlights in bright image areas.

In addition, the CX850 features Quad-Core Pro which upconverts lower-resolution images to allow almost all images to be viewed in stunning 4K picture quality. The excellent picture performance of the CX850 Series has earned it consideration from THX for its coveted 4K certification.*
* THX Certification Pending.

Enhanced Smart TV Features
Panasonic's CX850 Series models are equipped with cutting-edge features designed to deliver users access to their favorite content easily without having to perform complex setting procedures or refer to a manual.

Powered by Firefox OS
Through Panasonic's collaboration with Mozilla on the 2015 Life+Screen Smart TVs, powered by Firefox OS, Panasonic's TV GUI has advanced significantly from last year making it even easier for users to access quickly the content they want: live TV, devices, and applications from a single gateway. It is also customizable by using the Pin function, which allows users to bookmark their favorite channels, devices, apps, web pages for quick access. Firefox OS also offers improved connectivity due to the use of open Web standards and greater flexibility for developers through WebAPIs that enable connected experiences across platforms.

4K Streaming
The CX850 Series also supports 4K Streaming. This lets the user enjoy 4K-resolution movies and drama programs from popular VOD services. The CX850 Series' 4K image rendering performance is maximized to deliver stunning 4K images. HEVC and VP9 compatibility allows users to enjoy the ever-expanding availability of 4K content on line.

Xumo Guide
Panasonic's 2015 Life+Screen TVs will also include Xumo Guide, a built-in service that enables quick and easy discovery of content from multiple sources. One of the key features of Xumo Guide is the ability to provide relevant content recommendations based on user's viewing history, in addition, users can search for specific titles across multiple apps or browse content by genre from various VOD services.

Voice Assistant Pro
Exclusive to the CX850 Series is a new advanced Voice Command feature -- Voice Assistant Pro -- which performs voice commands spoken directly to the TV without using a remote control. It is capable of performing various operations according to voice commands, such as changing channels and searching for content.

Control4 automation-ready
Additionally, the CX850 series enriches the user's connected experience by delivering a smart home-ready set-up incorporating Control4's Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP). SDDP enables the CX850 to be quickly and seamlessly integrated into a customer's connected home using Control4 automation. Furthermore, with Control4 driver Certification pending, control of the CX850 series using the Control4 automation platform will be seamless and full featured.

Premium Design
The CX850's stunning picture quality and broad range of cutting-edge Smart TV features are further enhanced by a high-end exterior design evolved from premium furniture design to deliver to consumers a look that blends harmoniously with the user's living space.

 

Additional Resources
Panasonic TC-65AX800U LED/LCD UHD TV Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
Panasonic Life+Screen Web Platform (2014) Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.

 

 


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