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98in 4K display puts Panasonic back in large panel market

Panasonic has announced its first 4K professional large displays: a 98in LED-backlit LCD starts shipping this month, and an 84in model will be released in January.

Panasonic is set to launch its first 4K professional large display, when a 98in LED-backlit LCD starts shipping this month, with an 84in model released in January.

The new displays are said to offer extended operation in harsh conditions as well as providing bright, crisp, ultra-high resolution images.

The LQ70 series, capable of 24/7 operation, features a protective glass panel on the front of the display, and an aluminium cabinet. Their high impact and vibration resistance makes them suitable for applications in transportation hubs and shopping centres where they are at risk of being knocked.

Portrait orientation is also possible without affecting display quality. This, alongside its durability, makes it suitable for frequent handling in rental applications.

Panasonic marketing manager Enrique Robledo said: “The LQ70 series produces extremely detailed, true-to-life images which benefits retail, transportation, control rooms and design applications. The resolution, durability and ease of installation make these displays a perfect solution for businesses looking to make a visual impact.”

The displays can up-convert non-4K sources to a higher level of image quality. Moving images, which were previously difficult to compensate, are described as smooth and clear, with an optimal viewing distance of 1.5 times the screen height (half the optimal distance of full HD screens).

“The new displays have the same screw holes and installation positions as previous Panasonic large-screen displays, so it’s easy to replace older displays with the latest ultra-high definition 4K technology,” added Robledo.

The 84in 4K LCD display (TH-84LQ70) has an RRP of €26,390, while the 98in version (TH-98LQ70) has an RRP of €54,480.