LAS VEGAS—Yesterday, Panasonic focused on connected TVs and online services at its pre-CES press conference. The company didn't announce any ultra high-definition (UHD, or 4K) screens, OLED screens, or any tablets. Panasonic remedied that at the CES keynote given by Panasonic president Kazuhiro Tsuga with a single HDTV announcement that combines the hottest technology in displays, and a single tablet announcement that pushes boundaries in both size and resolution.
Panasonic announced a 56-inch UHD television with an OLED panel, made using electronic printing technology. This is one of the first UHD screens to use an OLED panel made with Panasonic's printing technology, which the company says makes the process of placing OLED elements on a panel economical and consistent. The process uses a "print head" that applies individual red, green, and blue materials to the panel sublayer. The screen has a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, four times the resolution of 1080p, and is just half an inch thick and weighs only 27 pounds.
The company also showed off a massive new Windows 8 tablet that sports a 20-inch UHD screen. The new tablet is a business product for photographers, engineers, architects, and other users who could use a very large, very high-resolution touch screen in the field. The tablet's screen has a resolution of 3,840 by 2,560 pixels, and on a 20-inch tablet that means impressive pixel density. By contrast, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has "only" 2,880 by 1,800 pixels.
Panasonic has not revealed whether the OLED HDTV will see retail release, or how much any such screen will cost when it comes to market. The 20-inch OLED tablet is a business product, and availability and pricing for it have not been announced.
This is the continuation of a trend of virtually every HDTV manufacturer showing off UHD/4K technology at CES 2013.