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Panasonic ZT65 flagship 2013 plasma confirmed as 'limited edition' 60in model

UPDATE: Panasonic originally announced the flagship plasma TV as the TC-P60ZT60 but it has now been confirmed that the UK model will be the TC-P60ZT65.

If you're in the market for a top-of-the-range Panasonic plasma in 2013, then it looks like you'll have to make space – and save the cash – for a 60in model.

MORE: Panasonix TX-P60ZT65B review

The company's flagship ZT65 plasma TV has been confirmed for the UK as a 'limited edition' 60in model, with the 65in size shown at CES not set to come to Europe.

Panasonic says the ZT65, which uses a completely new panel to the rest of the company's 2013 range, will be available in limited numbers.

The company wouldn't put a figure on how many TVs would be available, and stressed there would be a good number of screens, but suggested it simply wasn't viable to offer in huge volume or in two screen sizes.

The Panasonic TX-P60ZT65 is due for release in May and will sell for around £4000, promising 'Beyond the Reference' picture quality thanks to a whole new Studio Master panel, 3000Hz Focused Field Drive and 30720 gradation steps of colour.

The ZT65 promises 'Ultimate Black' levels – Panasonic demoed the TV next to Pioneer's classic Kuro TV – has THX-certified 2D and 3D images, and the new Panasonic Hexa-processing Engine.

A full HD 1080p, active 3D TV (all the companies plasma TVs are active, while the LED sets all use passive 3D technology), the ZT65 will come with two pairs of 3D glasses.

There's a new look customisable My Home screen, redesigned Viera Connect apps page, Swipe and Share 2.0 for sharing content from a tablet or phone, and a new Viera Remote 2.0 app for iOS and Android.

The TC-P60ZT65 comes with the new Touch Pad Controller remote, which brings Voice Interaction and Guidance (gesture) controls. There's built-in WiFi, DLNA and Bluetooth, too.

There's also the Touch Pen bundled free with the TV, should you want to draw all over your plasma. The Touch Pen comes with the ST plasma models and above. It's not compatible with LED sets).

Also inside are a whopping four tuners – as elsewhere in the Panasonic range – giving you twin Freeview HD and two Freesat HD tuners, allowing you to watch one and record another on either platform.

Pioneer Kuro (left) vs. Panasonic ZT65 plasma:

Details on full Panasonic TV range for 2013

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.