TV manufacturers today appear to be engaged in an elaborate game to see who can label their products with the most long-winded and esoteric model numbers possible. And, seeing as you’ve ended up here, you’re probably aware that Panasonic is a keen participant, right up there with the likes of Samsung and LG. But don’t worry! At Expert Reviews, we’re always testing the latest Panasonic TV models and we’re here to help you tell these TVs apart.
It’s worth noting that the famous ‘Viera’ branding, short for ‘Visual Era’, appears to have been dropped by Panasonic UK, although in the USA it’s still used as a catch-all term for Panasonic TVs. On its UK website, Panasonic divides its television into three distinct categories depending on the type of panel used. There’s the high-end 4K Ultra HD OLED TV category, the mid-range 4K Ultra HD LED TV lineup and, lastly, the budget HD TV range.
Want to know your Panasonic TX-55HZ2000B from your Panasonic TX-40HX800B? Read on. To skip to a specific range of Panasonic TVs there are quick links provided below.
- Panasonic 4K OLED TVs
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News: Panasonic launches four 4K OLED and three 4K LED TVs for 2021
There are seven all-new Panasonic 4K televisions set to come out in 2021, including four OLED models and three premium LED sets. Heading up the new 4K fleet is the flagship JZ2000 – sequel to stunning HZ2000 (read our review here) – that was unveiled at CES 2021 in January. Now, during its annual Audio Visual Event, Panasonic has announced the remaining six. There are three more OLED models, the JZ1500, JZ1000 and JZ980 and three LED models, the JX940, JX850 and JX800. Panasonic has also revealed that all models down to the JX940 will use 120Hz panels and two HDMI 2.1 ports offering next-gen gaming capabilities including 4K at 120Hz playback and Variable Refresh Rate (Freesync Premium).
UK release dates and prices are expected to follow soon.
Panasonic TV model numbers explained: Panasonic 4K OLED TVs
The most expensive and desirable of Panasonic’s televisions are its OLED sets. Unlike competitors such as Samsung, LG and Philips, Panasonic hasn’t invested in 8K consumer televisions, choosing instead to focus on mastering its 4K OLED panels. All TVs in this category are 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160) and utilise OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) panels.
Let’s look at a typical model number for a Panasonic 4K OLED TV like the dazzling Panasonic 65in GZ950, which we gave a 5-Star review. It’s also known as TX-65GZ950B, which isn’t quite as catchy. Browsing Panasonic TVs, you’ll notice that every single model begins with the code TX. Very simply, this is just Panasonic’s coding for TV models sold in the UK, Ireland and some European countries. 65 is easy: the display measures 65 inches across the diagonal. G is Panasonic’s code for the year 2019 – in 2018 it was F and in 2020 it’s using H. All Panasonic OLED TV model numbers feature the letter Z after the year code, so whether you see FZ, GZ or HZ, you know it’s an OLED.
The number 950 represent the model series this particular TV belongs to. As Panasonic says, “the higher the value, the more features and the more applications [that are] supported” on said TV. The 65in GZ950 was a pricey TV at launch, but nowhere near as expensive as the top-end Panasonic 65in GZ2000 – which, as you can see, has a higher series number. Finally, we have the letter B. As stated on Panasonic’s website, this “denotes a television designed to be sold in the UK market”.
Now you know that a TX-65GZ950B is a 2019 65in 4K OLED 950-series Panasonic TV made for the UK. And if you can decode one Panasonic OLED model number, you can decode them all.
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Panasonic TV model numbers explained: Panasonic 4K LED TVs
Not everyone can afford a Panasonic OLED, and that’s where the mid-range 4K LED family comes in. These are all still smart TVs with a 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution but, instead of OLED technology, they have LED (Light-Emitting Diode) panels. Or, more accurately, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) panels that are LED-lit.
One of our favourite mid-range Panasonic TVs in recent times is the Panasonic 40in GX800, known formally as the TX-40GX800B. If you’ve stuck with us so far, you’ll know that the TX at the beginning and the B at the end both basically mean the same thi