Panasonic Unleashes Glasses-Free 3D 103-inch 4K HDTV

While television titans Sony and LG have been busy launching their own 84-inch 4K HDTVs, Panasonic unveiled its own monstrosity at this year's IFA in Berlin, Germany. Measuring in at a massive 103-inches, the plasma HDTV claims to be the world's largest glasses-free 3D display. Along with most of the other new displays on the IFA floor, this display features a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.

Unlike LG's 84-inch display that can be purchased for $22,000, the Panasonic one is still in its prototype stages with no information on a potential release date or price range. Which isn't too bad, considering the price tag certainly won't be wallet friendly by any means. Luckily for those of us with smaller display needs and smaller wallets, Panasonic also has several 20-inch 4K displays in its IFA showroom.

On the other hand, for anybody who thinks 103" of ultra-definition viewing isn't enough, Panasonic also has a demonstration of its 145-inch 8K "Super Hi-Vision" TV. With a massive resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, the TV features an image quality that trumps regular HD 16 times. As beautiful as all of these new 4K displays may be, sadly, it will still be quite some time before they reach more affordable prices.

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Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • bak0n
    Why is is called 4k and not 2160i or P. They trying to fool people into thinking the pixels are 4x that of a 1080p and not double the pixel count?
  • nukemaster
    marketing :)
  • 3r0s4nn1n
    It is called 4k because 1080P can fit 4x in this type of screen
  • technically the 4k displays DO have 4x the pixel count of a 1080p... do the math.

    1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600

    3840 x 2160 = 8,294,400

    not saying that has anything to do with the naming, but don't get it twisted.
  • innocent bystander
    They trying to fool people into thinking the pixels are 4x that of a 1080p and not double the pixel count?

    ~8MP vs. ~2MP.

    That IS 4x the pixel count. Time to go back to school.

  • Well - to be fair: The pixel count for the whole screen IS indeed quadrupled: From 2,073,600 pixels (1,920 x 1,080) to 8,294,400 pixels (3840 x 2160).

    But the 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of the screen, so you're right too in a way. ;)
  • dennisburke
    As the title mentions "...Glasses-Free 3D...". How does that look and work?
  • fazers_on_stun
    Yowsa Wowsa, my guess the price will be over 4K too - maybe $104K :).
  • hellfire24
    tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo expensive :/
  • lassik
    I think I'm more interested in the 20-inch 4K displays, they would make one fantastic monitor!