It's still too early to tell if the OLED uprising will usurp the plasma faction anytime soon. Undaunted, Panasonic has unleashed a brand new line-up for their Viera plasma contingent at CES 2012. Panasonic's 2012 portfolio will encompass of 17 Viera PDP models in all, housed under the flagship VT50 series as well as the GT50, ST50, UT50, XT50, and U50 series. All of Panasonic's plasma candidates are Full-HD 3D-capable, except for the 50-inch U50, being the solitary non-3D set on Panny's latest PDP line-up. Screen sizes for all the new Vieras will range from 65 to 42 inches.
Highlights include a revitalized Infinite Black Ultra panel with 24,576 steps of gradation, exclusive to the VT50. Technically, this should improve black levels as well as enhance image depth and detail. The ST50 will carry the current Infinite Black Pro panel. Another notable addition is Panasonic's NeoPlasma Black 2500 Focused Field Drive technology, or simply known as 2500 FFD. According to the Japanese firm, this enhancement is supposed to improve motion fluidity over last year's PDP line-up. For the web browser, there's also a smartphone app which stands in as an alternative keyboard to ease data entry hassles. In addition, Panasonic did not neglect the audio stage either. Integrated with the ST50 series and above, consumers can expect to relish the ostentatious 8-Train speakers designed to recreate a "3D Real Sound".
The VT50 and GT50 are THX-certified, both in 2D and 3D aspects. Panasonic will also be dropping their dowdy dress code for a lavish 'Glass & Metal' design. Availability and pricing for all Viera models are yet unknown, although Panasonic should reveal more details in the weeks ahead. To read Panasonic's full press release, please hop on to the next page.