Panasonic is getting its new HDTVs out in Japan ahead of the expected 2008 Olympics buying spree, with 12 new models unveiled today. One of the few times Japan gets the short end of the tech stick, its incredible 150-inch
plasma, and Google-enabled
(for Youtube, Picasa access) PZ850 line from CES were nowhere to be found, with the top of the line represented by the 42-, 46-, 50-inch PZ800 series (sporting 1080p, x.v.Color, THX display certification, a new less-reflective glass and 30,000:1 contrast ratio) thats due April 20 for ¥370,000 - ¥500,000 ($3,584 - $4,844). The lower end PZ85/PZ80 (the PZ85's are slimmer, the PZ80 comes in black or silver finish, but they're otherwise the same) screens slide in with 42- to 50-inch models hitting shelves April 10th for ¥300,000 to ¥430,000 ($2,906 - $4,166). Finally the 32- and 37-inch 1080p LCDs (LZ85/LZ80) round things out with 10,000:1 contrast ratios, 120Hz motion processing and an expected arrival of April 20.