After Sony and Panasonic, Hitachi is now stepping out with a large selection of new television models. On its Japanese website, the electronics company has presented four plasma and seven LCD screens, reports technology blog crunchgear
The new Woo TV product line is divided into the XP05, HP05 and H05 ranges, with the first including the flagship series, three plasmas and two LCD devices. The PDP screens offer a Full-HD resolution and support the DLNA standard for media content streaming. Integrated 320 gigabyte hard drives are used for calling up local files and there are a total of four HDMI connectors.
Hitachi’s new Woo series: eleven models with different exterior colours (Picture: Hitachi).
The two LCD TVs are 720p models, but otherwise have all the advantages of their plasma brothers. The screen diagonals of the XP05 series models begin at 32 and 37 inches (LCD) and end at 42, 46 and 50 inch (plasma). The prices vary accordingly – they range from 1,900 to 3,650 US Dollars.
A plasma television (P42-HP05) and a 32-inch LCD model make up the HP05 series. Despite its 42-inch diagonal, the P42 only has a 720p resolution of 1,366 x 768 and costs 2,200 US Dollars. For less money – 1,600 Dollars – buyers can purchase the LCD with the same resolution. Both models have internal 250-Gigabyte hard drives and DLNA support.
Those who have already surmised that the shorter series name H05 says something about the quality of its model palette are right. Hitachi intends to furnish kitchens and children’s rooms with the four 19, 22, 26 and 32 inch models. They have a resolution of 720p and can transmit media streams as per DLNA certification, but here, they only function as clients. An integrated hard drive is lacking in the beginner models. The 32-inch model has an IPSα panel.
In terms of pricing, the smallest models of the new line-up are lower down: they cost between 770 and 1,100 Dollars. The market launch for Hitachi’s new product line in Japan is April 17th. The company remains silent on the question of whether the models will also appear in the USA.