Panasonic to sell plasma TVs with 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio


Panasonic still believes in plasma. The company, which owns the biggest plasma panel plant in the world and is the global leader in this segment, today announced [JP] the VIERA G2 series, which consists of a total of three new plasma TVs. And as Panasonic sells these devices in the US, too, chances are the new line-up will find its way outside Japan in the future as well.

The main selling point of the G2 TVs is the native contrast ratio, which stands at an impressive 5,000,000:1, the highest for a plasma TV so far (according to Panasonic). By way of comparison: The $6,000 Panasonic Z1 only had a contrast ratio of 40,000:1.

Buyers will be able to choose between three sizes: 42, 46 and 50-inches. Needless to say, all TVs are full HD, and Panasonic claims they reduced power consumption by 30% (compared to the G1 series introduced last year). To be more concrete, power consumption stands at 398W for the biggest model, at 365W for the 46-incher and at 335W for the 42-inch VIERA.

The new TVs will hit Japanese stores next month. Prices: $2,400 for the 42-inch model, $2,700 for the 46-inch model and $3,500 for the 50-incher.