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Panasonic launches flagship VT30 3D TV

New flagship Plasma model unveiled

UPDATE: February 2011 – Which? now has a first look video review of the Panasonic VT30 in action

At a press event in London, Panasonic has revealed details of its high-end plasma 3D TV, the VT30.

The VT30 follows on from last year’s VT20, which marked Panasonic’s first 3D model. It will be available in 42-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes.

As well as 3D, the television comes packed with all of the features we would expect to see from a high-end model, such as net features, USB capabilities and a sleek new design.

Read our wide range of LCD, LED and Plasma TV reviews.

Improved Screen & 3D

Panasonic told us that the screen on the VT30 series was much improved from last year’s models, and featured its new NeoPlasma technology. It claims that this will mean better black levels than previously seen, as well as improved on-screen motion.

We were also told that the improvements to the screen would mean less crosstalk, and give a much clearer image. 

The active shutter 3D glasses have been revised from last year’s model, and are now lighter and less bulky. The VT30 comes with two pairs of glasses included.

Net Features

Panasonic’s Viera Cast has been replaced in all new models with the newly named Viera Connect, which provides internet content directly to the TV.

The VT30, as well as other net-enabled models, will feature an app store. This will include social apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as gaming, fitness and video features.

The app store will be officially available in May, and will provide both free and paid for content.

Release date

The VT30 will be available to buy in April/May, and comes with two pairs of 3D glasses included, as well as a wi-fi dongle. There is no official word on price at this time.

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