Well, that didn’t take long. HDMI 2.0 was just unveiled today, and the first product to include support has just been announced. The new Panasonic WT600 4K Ultra HD TV will be the first flat panel display to support 4K at 60Hz. Interestingly, in addition to HDMI 2.0, the WT600 also includes DisplayPort 1.2a.
The WT600 also boasts THX certification, built in H.264 decoding (why not H.265? I dunno), and also supports the Panasonic TV Remote 2 App for Android and iOS7, which allows advanced users to set detailed correction curves for gamma, white point, and color saturation. That’s pretty groovy. The TV Remote 2 app is also interesting for the fact that it acts as an input microphone for the WT600’s voice control feature, or you can opt for the touchpad controller
And if you’re into the Soap Opera Effect, worry not; the WT600 features Intelligent Frame Creation, even for 4K sources. Other new video enhancements, according to the press release, include:
Local Dimming Pro enhances overall image by improving control of details in both darker and brighter areas. Meanwhile, the new 4K Fine Remaster Engine maximizes the image quality for content created with resolution lower than 4K. The circuit processing technology produces images with higher definition by interpolating the missing parts of the images and re-producing the non-existent data, bringing them to a level of quality that approaches 4K sources.
Wi-Fi is built in, DLNA streaming is integrated, and all of the usual Smart VIERA apps are on board, including Facebook, Skype (in 4K? Too much), Twitter, and all of the usual streaming suspects. There’s also a 4K web browser, with support for USB and Bluetooth keyboards.
Availability of the 65-inch TC-L65WT600 isn’t far off, either. The display is expected to ship in mid October for $5,999. It’s available for pre-order now from Panasonic’s website.