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Panasonic’s flagship OLED TV gets side-firing speakers and Game Mode Extreme for 2021

CES always displays ads from all segments of the consumer electronics space, but there is never a shortage of new TV ads. Today, Panasonic is boarding that TV development train, announcing that its flagship TV for 2021 will be the JZ2000, which will be available on the 55 and 65 inch models. The TV has an OLED panel and some new features for 2021 that are aimed directly at players.

It’s no surprise that TV makers are focusing on players with their new TVs, as Sony and Microsoft just released new consoles a few months ago. Panasonic says the JZ2000’s new processor, the HCX Pro AI, is able to “significantly reduce” input delay when playing games on the screen. We don’t have solid numbers about input delay or response time, but we know that low latency will be part of the TV’s Game Mode Extreme, which will also support HDMI 2.1’s variable refresh rate and high refresh rate, along with a dedicated game for the display.

Outside of games, the HCX Pro AI processor also analyzes the displayed image in real time and optimizes both the image and the sound quality, comparing what is being displayed with a “learned content library”. That way, this JZ2000 sounds at least somewhat similar to the LG OLED TVs that were also announced today.

An interesting novelty that we probably won’t find in many other new sets is the new side-firing speakers of the JZ2000 to match its up-firing speakers. Panasonic refers to this speaker combination as 360 degree Soundscape Pro, which is compatible with Dolby Atmos. The TV also uses Panasonic’s OLED HDR Master panel, which supports Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Vision, Filmmaker Mode, HDR10 + Adaptive and HLG photo, which gives an HDR makeover to photos.

Add to that some improvements to the Panasonic smart TV operating system in My Home Screen 6.0, like “My Scenery” which displays “smooth images and videos” and support for dual Bluetooth connections and we have Panasonic’s flagship TV for 2021. No there is information on pricing or launch yet, as Panasonic says the distribution “is not yet finalized for the US market”. We’ll let you know when Panasonic confirms more, so stay tuned.

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