Panasonic plasma display TV is slimmer, greener

TOKYO - Panasonic Corp.'s new flat-panel TV is only an 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) thick, slimming down to less than a third the width of previous models, and uses about half as much electricity.

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Published: Wed 4 Feb 2009, 11:17 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:55 AM

The Z-series plasma panel TV reduced energy consumption by 40 percent for its 50-inch screen model, compared to the company's current model, and by 46 percent for its 46-inch model, company spokesman Akira Kadota said Wednesday.

The model goes on sale in Japan in April, and are planned for the U.S. later this year. The 54-inch model will cost about 700,000 yen ($7,870) in Japan. U.S. prices were not immediately available.

Like other Japanese manufacturers, Panasonic, the world's largest maker of plasma display TVs, has been battling a global downturn that is battering its profits. But ecological concerns are expected to weigh in when the world's consumers switch to flat TVs.

Panasonic's comparable flat-panel TVs are already relatively thin at about 8 centimeters (3.15 inches).

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