Panasonic is releasing a Bluetooth 3.0 portable wireless speaker SC-NJ03 that can also work as a mobile battery on May 23.

The 118g compact body has a 40mm monorail speaker (maximum output 2W), an AUX input terminal which allows it to connect to other devices with a cable and a built-in microphone to be compatible with hands-free talk with a smartphone.

Since it can also become a mobile battery with a 2,200mAh lithium ion rechargeable battery, you can use it for charging a device like your smartphone anywhere you go.

Panasonic is going to release 2 models of their new soundbars that come with a wireless sub-woofer on May 16:

Panasonic is going to release 2 new LCD TV models from their VIERA series, 50-inch model "TH-50AS630" for ¥175,000 and 42-inch model "TH-42AS600" for ¥135,000.

Both of the 2 models have a voice-controlled touchpad remote control. Via Wi-Fi connection, you can control the remote control, such as searching TV shows or recorded shows and making a recording reservation. Even if you are not familiar with voice command control, control examples can be displayed to help you.

Panasonic just announced their new 4K wearable video camera HX-A500 in Europe and they are going to release there sometime in May.

HX-A500 is able to shoot 4K videos (3820x2160, 25fps). It features a new lens, the image processor Crystal Engine Pro+, and backlight CMOS sensor.

Panasonic officially announced that their new mirrorless camera LUMIX DMC-GH4, which is able to shoot 4K video, will be released on April 24 for the following price:  

  • Body (LUMIX DMC-GH4) - About ¥170,000
  • Lens Kit (DMC-GH4 and the lens "LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER.") - About ¥230,000

You can read details about the camera in's coverage when the news of the camera was first made.

Panasonic is releasing 20-inch 4K IPSa display tablet - TOUGHPAD 4K UT-MA6  - aimed at corporates in late June.

TOUGHPAD 4K UT-MA6 has the high-performance graphics processor NVIDIA QUADRO K1000M built-in so that you can use it for using CAD/CAM or creating 3D graphics.

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