CES 2008: Panasonic’s new Viera TVs – 46-inch plasma and 37-inch LCD

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At its press conference today, Panasonic took the wrappers off its Viera HDTV range for 2008, including the 46-inch TH-46PZ80 plasma and the 37-inch TC-37LZ800. Across the whole range, Panny is offering better contrast ratios, SD card slots, HDMI connections and a Game Mode feature that cuts time lag when playing console games.

Another interesting feature across Panny’s top-end plasmas is IP-enabled TV, letting people watch YouTube videos and access other websites (e.g. photo-sharing site Picasa) directly from their TVs. Meanwhile, the LCD Viera range boasts a native contrast ratio of 1200:1, and the Game Mode.

Both new models are due out in Spring, although Panasonic hasn’t given any guidance on their likely selling price.

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Stuart Dredge