Published on January 21, 2014 2:05 PM

CES 2014: Panasonic Touts New Entry-Level TVs (AS530)

Four models ranging from 39" to 60"

Panasonic inaugurated its 2014 TV range with the AS530, a series that comes in four sizes: 39" (TX-39AS530), 50" (TX-50AS530), 55" (TX-55AS530) and 60" (TX-60AS530).

The AS530 is a Full HD connected TV that competes directly with the Sony KDL-50W656A, which we reviewed yesterday. It has a similar design with a thin frame and open stand. Like the Sony 600 series, the AS530 has a 200 Hz BLB (Backlight Blinking) mode that works not as motion interpolation but rather a basic backlight scan. Beyond its purpose of attracting buyers, it's supposed to eliminate retinal persistence. If you prefer the fluidity that comes with motion interpolation, you won't find it here. The AS530 has access to Viera Connect via the My Home Screen interface for app downloads (VOD, TV replay, games, etc.). It also has Swipe & Share 2.0 for sending photos, videos or music from a smartphone or tablet to the TV, plus a USB/UPnP media player. Prices and release dates not yet announced.
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