updated 04:50 pm EST, Fri March 9, 2012
Panasonic announces 2012 Viera HDTVs are arriving
Panasonic announced it will ship some of its Viera Smart HDTVs that were introduced at CES this month. They include models from the ST50, UT50, and XT50 Plasma series and the E50, ET5, E5, and X5 LED-series TVs. The first of the LED TVs will be sized at 47 inches and ship in March, while 55-inch models are due in April and May.
The first from the ST50 series include the 50-inch and 55-inch models which are already shipping. A 60-inch variant will be out later in March, with a 65-inch model due out in April. All get 1080p 3D panels, Wi-Fi, and a built-in browser, along with 2D to 3D upconversion. A DLNA-compatible media player is integrated, as is Bluetooth.
The mid-range UT50s in 42- and 50-inch sizes are due in March, with a 55-inch model coming in April and a 60-inch version in May.
The low-end 50-inch XT50 set will have 720p resolution, 3D capability and 2D to 3D upconversion. It ships in March as well.
The E50s, sized at 47 and 55 inches, are also coming this month, getting 1080p resolution but no 3D capability.
The ET5 models due in March include a 47-inch and 55-inch variants. They get an IPS LED panel with 3D functionality, 2D to 3D up-conversion, DLNA media player, and four pairs of polarized 3D glasses. More sizes are coming in April.
All four E5 models are coming before month's end, sized at 32-, 37-, 42-, and 47-inch sizes. All get 1080p resolution, access to online movies through an optional Wi-Fi dongle, and DLNA compatibility.
The 32-inch TC-L32X5 with an IPS LED panel, three HDMI ports, and a USB connection is also due this month. An SD memory card slot is onboard as well.
Some of the high-end VT50 and GT50 Plasmas will arrive in March as well, including the 65-inch VT50.
Prices for the TVs haven't been revealed, however.