After getting the larger share in Indian mobile phone market, Chinese Smartphone and electronics company Xiaomi is all set to disrupt Smart TV segment. Yes you heard it right, the firm has launched it's much awaited 55- inch Mi TV 4, a Smart LED TV at Rs 39,999 and it will be available starting February 22 at Mi Home, Mi. Com and on e-commerce platform Flipkart.
The new 55- inch TV from Xiaomi runs on the Android-based Patchwall UI. It also has a dual-speaker set-up boasting Dolby and DTS audio for a truly cinematic experience.
We were present at the launch event and tested the Smart LED TV for a brief period of time to find out what Xioami is offering this time. Here's what we think of the new TV.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 first impressions: Ultra-thin design and Display
The most impressive thing about the Smart TV is it's 4.9 mm thickness which is even less than iPhone 7 and iPhone X. It also has three HDMI ports (including 1 ARC port), and two USB ports (3.0+2.0), along with Dual-Band Wi-fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 to connect wireless headphones or other Bluetooth devices. You also get Ethernet port at the bottom.
The Smart TV comes a sleek metal body and a frameless display which makes it quite appealing and premium.
The star of the show is the 55 inches 4K LED panel with support for HDR10 content. We played some content for a brief period of time and found the picture quality was good with decent detailing. The display is vivid and graphics were rendered beautifully. The support for HDR10 is indeed a bonus for multimedia lovers who stream media through Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 first impressions: Audio and Software
The Smart LED TV supports dual-speaker set-up boasting Dolby and DTS audio for a cinematic experience. The TV can get loud and is good enough for a medium-sized room. We will evaluate the audio performance in the coming days in our comprehensive review.
On the Software front, the new TV comes with PatchWall system and according to a company, PatchWall is also the first Smart TV OS in the world which intelligently connect to set-top boxes, allowing users to switch to any channel or specific TV show with just one click.
The company has also partnered with players like Hungama, Voot, ALT Balaji, Zee5 and Sony LIV along others to bring in over 500,000 hours of content to watch, across the largest library of Video-On-Demand providers, with over 80 percent free content. There's also support for 13 system languages including 12 Indic languages.
Mi Remote Control
The Mi Remote looks same as Amazon Fire Stick. The remote has 11 buttons along with volume control buttons. The power button is placed on the top left corner.
Xiaomi claims that Mi Remote can also replace your STB controller and control any HDMI device that supports CEC. We will spend some time with the remote control to evaluate company's bold claims.
Xiaomi Mi TV has the potential to make big in the smart TV segment. Like company's smartphones, the Mi TV is also loaded with features and keeps the price-point in check. However, specifications not always translate to good real-time performance and that's what we are eager to find out. Stay tuned on Gizbot for a detailed review of Xiaomi Mi TV 4.