Panasonic’s monstrous new 85-inch TV is just the icing on its new 4K UHD cake

There’s a new monster gracing the halls of Berlin’s IFA show this year, and for once it’s not from Samsung, LG, or even Sony. Panasonic has revealed its new X940 Ultra-Large Screen 4K UHD TV – all 85 sparkling inches of it. In addition, the company has announced the consumer release of its new AX900 4K UHD TV, unveiled a new lower-tier AX630 4K UHD TV, and announced that Netflix 4K streaming is coming to its TVs in the near future.

Related: Samsung UN85S9 review

X940 4K UHD TV

Boasting a massive screen, the X940 is a powerful display of Panasonic engineering (no pun intended). The TV offers 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, backed by a boatload of digital processing. Marquee features include Panasonic’s “4K Intelligent Frame Creation” technology for what is claimed to be extremely realistic motion detail, as well as Panasonic’s top-end Local Dimming Pro for rich, detailed contrast and black levels, in an attempt to recall the lost glory of the company’s now defunct plasma wing.

As expected, the TV offers all the latest tech as far as connection options, offering 4K HDMI 2.0 inputs for receiving content at up to 60 frames per second, advanced upscaling to bring HD content up a notch, and HEVC compatibility to allow for 4K streaming.

Panasonic Viera 85X940
Panasonic Viera 85X940

But the X940 goes much farther, employing advanced features like a Twin HD tuner to simultaneously broadcast HD content, and record it to a USB drive, a 60p capable DisplayPort for gaming, and Panasonic’s TV Remote 2 App to allow users to Swipe & Share photos on its 4K photo viewer. The TV can even output live and recorded content from your TV over its TV Anywhere feature to let you stream content from Panasonic’s cloud platform, letting you take your entertainment with you on mobile devices.

The X940 also boasts some advanced Smart features for the X940 like Voice Print technology and an Info Bar that gives users the time and weather when they walk by the screen. On the other hand, while Panasonic is killing it with screen performance lately, we’ve been unimpressed with its smart hub. We’ll find out if that’s been improved upon, and much more as we get some hands on experience with the TV on the showroom floor soon, so stay tuned.

AX630 4K UHD TV

On the other end of the spectrum, Panasonic has dropped a new middle-rung TV that may carry a price that’s affordable enough for the average viewer — eventually. The 3840 x 2160 resolution screen is available in smaller sizes, including 55, 48, and 40-inch models (though we’re not sure why you’d really want 4K resolution at that size), and offers an ample, if pared down, feature set.

Panasonic Viera 55AX630
Panasonic Viera 55AX630

Key features include HDMI 2.0 for 4K input at up to 60 frames per second, voice assistant control, voiceprint recognition, and the touted TV Anywhere feature mentioned above for viewing content on the go. However, Panasonic doesn’t mention whether or not the TV has HEVC decoding capabilities, which means it may not be able to stream 4K from most services. With the high resolution increasingly being taken to the cloud, that may be a deal breaker. We’ll find out more about the AX630 from the IFA floor, and we’ll update this post as we gather more info. No pricing or release dates were given for the AX630.

AX900 4K UHD TV

On the heels of touting its flagship AX800, which we recently had the pleasure of reviewing, Panasonic announced the release of the brand new ship that will take its place in the fleet, the AX900. Set for release this Fall, Panasonic is calling the display “a new chapter” picture quality for an LED 4K UHD TV. The TV is decked out with the best Panasonic has to offer for accurate, detailed color reproduction, and a picture quality that perfectly matches the viewing environment.

To that end, Panasonic has employed full array LED backlighting with highly advanced local dimming to prevent the dreaded ‘halo’ effect in the dark, and advanced signal analysis to keep the TVs black levels rich and detailed, without squandering detail in contrasting light scenes. The company also claims to employ color management technologies similar to that of professional studio monitors, claiming it’s the first to use the tech in a consumer TV.

Panasonic Viera 65AX900
Panasonic Viera 65AX900

No surprise, the AX900 offers all the top 4K input tech to accept signal at up to 60 frames per second, HEVC decoding to stream 4K content, and for the first time, Pansonic says it’s new TV will likely offer 4K streaming from Netflix at launch — finally putting it on par for content with the big boys like Sony, LG, and Samsung. (More on that below) Once again, we’ll know more about the AX900 once we get eyes on in the showroom, so stay with us for a deeper look.

Related: Amazon will begin streaming 4K content

Content is king

But what’s all that high resolution display technology worth without content to watch on it? As the industry continues to provide more and more ways to stream 4K content from the Web, Pansonic has struggled to keep up.

To reverse this, the company claims it is now “working closely” with Netflix to enable 4K streaming on its AX900 at launch, as well as over the aforementioned AX800 via a firmware update. Further, as Amazon prepares to launch its own assault of 4K content, Panasonic has signed up for that ride to, hoping to add Amazon 4K streaming in the near future.

Wearables

With weeklong battery life, the new Honor Watches are a real Dream to wear

Honor has unveiled the new Honor View 20, one of the best smartphones of the year. Alongside it, however, the company also took the wraps off of the new Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream.
Deals

Take a gander at the best deals on 4K TVs for January 2019

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Home Theater

New TV? Here's where to go to watch the best 4K content available

Searching for content for your new 4K UHD TV? Look no further. We have every major source of the best 4K content, along with the cost, hardware requirements, and features that make each service worth a look.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Killing Eve'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘John Wick,’ Ghostbusters,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home and John Wick: Chapter 3.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘American Crime Story’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, and more.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (January 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

The show cost how much?! The priciest original series on Netflix

Netflix has spent big bucks on original series, which might be part of the reason why its subscription pricing is going up. Here's a look at some of the priciest series from the streaming service.
Home Theater

Ikea’s Symfonisk Sonos speaker coming in August, priced to “reach many people”

If details in a newly released video are true, we could be looking at Ikea's new Symfonisk speaker collaboration with Sonos to be in stores as soon as August. And the price? Within reach of "many people."
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.