It was only a prototype, and its appearance was telegraphed widely before it appeared, but it is still worth mentioning, if only to keep score in the “mine is bigger than yours” category. Panasonic showed a 150″ plasma monitor at CES 2008 in Las Vegas this week.
How big is a 150″ flat panel? It’s about 11 feet wide. Or you could take nine 50″ plasma and tile them in a 3-by-3 matrix, and you’d get a 150″ display. It’s big.
The real story here is not that Panasonic has bragging rights to the largest flat panel again. Nor is it about the quad-1080p resolution of the panel. It’s all about Panasonic making a strong statement that in spite of others bailing from the plasma market, the company is committed to plasma and will continue to push the envelope for this technology. It is in keeping with their demo of a 50″ panel that is slightly less than an inch thick andweighs just 48 pounds. It’s not quite as thin as Pioneer’s 9 mm (less than a third of an inch) thick plasma panel (which is actually about twice that at its thickest point), but Panasonic is clearly demonstrating that they intend to make the most of plasma technology.