Panasonic to Launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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Panasonic to launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

Just one year after introducing the revision D of its third generation Arc 5 line, Panasonic announced another update.

The new revision E shavers are expected to be launched in Japan in early September 2019.

There’s no information so far regarding a global launch, but considering that the previous revision was only available to the domestic Japanese market, it’s likely that these new revision E models won’t be officially released in other parts of the world.

However, that shouldn’t stop us from purchasing one as they will eventually be available on various online platforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the E models, see what they bring new to table and what has remained unchanged.

Panasonic Arc 5 revision E models

In typical Panasonic fashion, the new model names follow the same pattern as their predecessors and the letter D is simply swapped with an E to differentiate them.

And at least from the official product photos, that’s the only way to tell them apart from the older models as the razors look almost the same.

For example, we now have a new ES-LV9EX replacing the previous ES-LV9DX (from the revision D).

Here is a product table of the new Arc 5 E lineup that showcases the most important differences between these models.

ModelCleaning stationBattery indicatorDetails
Panasonic ES-LV9EX (Silver)
es-lv9ex
Yes10 levelsMetal body, smart lock, leather case
Panasonic ES-LV9E (Silver)
es-lv9e
Yes10 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV7E (Brown or Blue)
es-lv7e
Yes3 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV5E (Black or Red)
es-lv5e
No5 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch

Images credit: panasonic.jp

As it was the case with the previous two revisions, only the flagship ES-LV9EX comes with a few distinctive, premium-like features: brushed aluminum body, hard leather travel case (part no ES-2L13) and a smart lock function.

The last one basically allows you to unlock the shaver when you grab it and hold it in your hand, preventing accidental operation.

The rest of the revision E models feature a plastic body and a classic travel lock, activated by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds.

The performance is of course identical throughout the entire range, the differences consisting only in color, accessories and different battery level indicators.

The actual battery life is identical for all the E models (approximately 45 minutes of cordless only use).

They are fitted with a universal voltage converter (100 to 240V), so you will be able to use them anywhere in the world.

The shavers are waterproof, so you can shave with cream/gel or in the shower.

New outer foil, same inner blades

The new Arc 5 revision E shavers are equipped with what appears to be a revised outer foil compared to the C and D models.

The new ES9179 outer foil.

The new ES9179 outer foil. Image credit: panasonic.jp

Precisely, the new foil has the part number ES9179, while the C and D Arc 5 used the ES9177 foil.

So far there’s no information regarding what exactly has changed in the design of the foil since again it looks extremely similar to the previous one.

The middle trimmer is now called a Slim comb slit blade, so that could be one of the changes.

It will also be interesting to see if the new ES9179 will be compatible with older Arc 5 models.

As I mentioned in this guide, all the Arc 5 foils and blades until (and including) the revision D could actually be used on older models, despite the lack of any official information.

The two removable inner blades of the new Panasonic Arc 5 revision E are the same WES9170 introduced with the very first Arc 5 generation.

The part number of the new foil and blades set is ES9038.

New AI beard density sensor

Everything else about the rev E shavers seems to be the same compared to the C and D, including a 14 000 CPM motor and a highly complex flexing system of the shaving head.

Panasonic does however mention an AI beard density sensor for the rev E that supposedly reads the beard density and makes real-time adjustments to the power output of the motor, ensuring a more efficient and comfortable shave.

With the previous models, the sensor was a bit inconsistent and not all that useful, so hopefully this time around it will be better.

The name does suggest that it uses some form of artificial intelligence, but we shall see how effective it is or if it’s merely a marketing gimmick.

You’ll probably won’t be able to disable the sensor and use the shaver in full power mode.

That’s one of the reasons why I still personally like (and recommend) shavers from the second generation Arc 5.

Should you wait for the new Arc 5 revision E models?

If you were planning on getting a new Panasonic Arc 5, being a C or a D model, I’d say to go ahead and just buy it.

From previous experience, the improvements will likely be marginal and not really worth the wait, trouble and probably the price difference.

At least in Europe, models from the third generation revision C like the ES-LV9Q or ES-LV6Q are actually getting cheaper and are a lot easier to find.

As mentioned in the beginning, it’s likely that the new E models will only be released officially in Japan, making them more difficult to buy or to take advantage of the warranty.

And let’s not rule out the second generation Arc 5 with models like the Panasonic ES-LV65-S that can now be found at bargain prices, are still top performers and again, you can actually use the new foils of the third generation, at least the ones used until (and including) the revision D.

As soon as the Arc 5 revision E is released, we will try to get one and review it so we can find out precisely how it compares to the already available Arc 5 shavers.

Images credit: panasonic.jp. Props to our reader Steven for the tip.

21 comments on “Panasonic to Launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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  1. Delamotte Adrien

    Hi Ovidiu
    I’m writing from France. If I wanted to get the new Arc 5 revision E that is due to be launched within 10 days, how could I get it ? Have you got some comments of people that ordered from Japan before and if yes, have you got any websites to share with us ? I’ve tried to see if it’s possible to order from the official Panasonic website but it’s not. And the link you provided is only a marketing link : https://panasonic.jp/tourist/en/shaver/#ESTSTFN
    Thanks a lot!
    Adrien

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adrien,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t have any feedback yet from users that managed to get one. I would try to order it from rakuten.com or eBay (Japan-based sellers that are willing to ship abroad).
      I will update the post as soon as I manage to buy one myself.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Delamotte Adrien

    Thanks Ovidiu for your answer. Then I will wait for your feedback before buying it 🙂 From what I read in Japanese, It seems that the head has changed and it will be easier to shave around the neck (a very bad point in my previous Panasonic shavers) – let’s see if it will live up to the promise.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for the heads-up. That’s good to know. It’ll probably be the pick of the range considering the price of the ES-LV9EX for example (and you don’t really need a cleaning station with Panasonic shavers).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steven

        Hi Ovidiu,

        Apparently, the model which comes without cleaning station is not yet available (I’m not quite sure when it will become available). The thing which I’ve been noticed is that, the shaving head comb has gone through a slight change. Apparently, it can capture longer hair as they have combined short comb and long comb side by side.

        Interestingly, Braun has also come with a new generation of S9 which has just kicked off its sale on Amazon Japan and I’ve been noticed ShaverShop in Australia has started selling the new gen of S9 as well. S9 is now printed on the front side of the shaver.

        Here are the links: https://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B07VT7N6YM/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=AN1VRQENFRJN5&psc=1

        https://www.shavershop.com.au/braun/series-9-latest-generation-wet-%26-dry-electric-shaver-with-clean-%26-charge-station-and-leather-travel-case-010459.html?cgid=men

        Thanks,
        Steven

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Steven,

          I actually bought the new S9 (I went for the 9385cc model) and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. It shaves exactly the same as the ongoing models and it uses the exact same shaving heads. I will be posting a review as well.

          I am still skeptical about Panasonic’s new trimmer, but I can only share some feedback once I get the shaver and compare it to the older ones.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Steven

            Hi Ovidiu,

            That sounds like those marketing tricks from Braun then. Apparently nothing new has been introduced in the new S9. I was about to purchase one even though it comes with a high price tag on Amazon Japan. I may just disregard it and probably keep an eye on the new Panasonic ES-LV7E for a price drop.

            Thanks,
            Steven

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            Hi Steven,

            Yeah, that pretty much sums up the new S9. Definitely not worth getting through hoops to get one, especially since they cost a lot right now and again, performance-wise, they aren’t any better than the current models.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      The ES-LV9EX-S is the silver variation of the range-topping ES-LV9EX model that features a brushed metal body.

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  3. Steven

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I had a chance to see the new Panasonic shaver this evening at shops here in Japan. I would love to share some photos which I took from the new shaver, apparently I’m not able to upload any pics here. If you got an email address I can then send the pics through.

    Thanks,
    Steven

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steven,

      Many thanks for the follow-up. I would really like to see some actual photos of the products. You can email them at contact@shavercheck.com. I will make sure to give you credit for the photos if I’ll ever use any of them on the website. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Ron Mason

    I just bought the Panasonic ES-LV 97 with cleaning station. In which Generation might this model fall?

    So far, I really like the way it operates. Never did I ever believe I could get such a close shave with an electric razor. I am sold!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Ron,

      I think it falls under the facelifted generation 2 or the downgraded generation 3 revision A. And that’s because the ES-LV97 has the body of the generation 3 revision A, but it comes with the older, generation 2 outer foil. But as you said, it’s still an excellent shaver. I will be posting my review of the ES-LV67 as well, which is basically the same as yours (but without the cleaning station). Also, you can buy the newer foil (with the golden rollers) when it’s time to change it — it will fit perfectly.

      Enjoy your shave!

      –Ovidiu

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  5. Howard

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I live in the United States, and I am trying to find out the newest or latest model that would work over here, and where can I purchase it from. This has been a daunting task to find which is the newest model, and find someone that has one to sell. Thanks Howard

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Howard,

      So far Panasonic hasn’t released any of the Arc 5 generation 3 revisions C, D or E in the USA. And I don’t think they plan on doing that soon since they recently updated the generation 2 with a couple of new models (ES-LV67, ES-LV97). So your best bet would be to find a seller based in Asia that ships overseas. For example, I’ve seen some C and D models from third-party sellers on Amazon. The shavers are fitted with a universal voltage converter, so they will work in the USA (you may need to buy a simple plug adapter).

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Jim,

      The LV7N belongs to the third generation Arc 5 — which is indeed the latest one — but it was released as part of the revision A, not E which is the very latest iteration and the topic of this post. However, as far as performance is concerned, the differences between these revisions are not significant in my experience. So if you can get the LV7N at a great price, I think you should go for it.

      –Ovidiu

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