Television giant Panasonic, have revealed a plethora of new TVs for 2014 at its annual convention, with the best of the bunch being the introduction of a new 4K Ultra HD Viera AX900 series. The firm have just showcased off their new flagship Viera AX900 series of 4K TV’s at the firm’s convention in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
While the Viera AX900 is not going to be arriving in the UK until the after summer, Panasonic decided to unveil it in a blaze of pyrotechnics during an onstage display to reveal the new model. However, the company was a little hesitant to reveal any specifications on that model and was instead intent on informing people about the current flagship model, the Panasonic Viera AX800. That model is available in screen sizes of 50, 58 and 65-inches, and the AX800 series will be arriving later on this springtime.
Flanking the AX800 series is the AS800 series, which although being a step down in Panasonic’s line-up, is all the same, a 4K Ultra HD TV that encompasses the usual smart functionality of the series. The AS800 series comes in 47, 55 and 60-inch models. Both series consists of LED LCD panels, thereby confirming the passing of the plasma range.
Offering 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution, the AX800 series uses a Hexa Processing Engine PRO chip that maximises the image quality for both native 4K content and regular High Def media.
An interesting feature is the new AX800 Smart TV is the “Info Bar”. It’s a strip of notifications such as weather, news headlines or incoming messages, which run along the base of the screen, a bit like the same info you get watching a breaking news or sports channel. This is all well and good, right? You may think that until you realise that the info bar works with the TV’s built-in webcam and proximity sensor to detect when you’re in the room to automatically display notifications. In a similar line, the inbuilt facial recognition technology allows the TV to be tailored to different family members and you can even leave a picture or message on the TV, like a post it note for another viewer in the family! Big brother is watching…
Of course, there is no pricing structure as yet or even a UK release date for the AS800 or AX800 series. We will just have to wait and see.
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