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Xiaomi Mi TV 4A review: Immersive experience on a budget
Here's what we think of the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A.
After conquering the Indian smartphone market, Xiaomi had no plans of taking things slowly from there, in fact, this gave the company a chance to strengthen its foothold in the country by pushing other products in its ecosystem.
As a result, the company launched it's Mi TV 4A which the company claims is designed for the Indian consumers. Priced at Rs 22,999 the TV comes in 32-inch and 43-inch variants, we got the latter for review. But is it worth shelling out your money? Is it better than its competition? Let's find out in our review:
- Good Display, Patchwall OS. Impressive Audio Output
- No Physical Keys, Lacks YouTube Support
Aesthetically, the Mi TV 4A looks really attractive. it's built out of plastic materials that make it a lightweight in comparison to other TVs. Xiaomi has managed to keep the bezels of the TV slim and the design minimalistic.
Although the Mi TV 4A isn't as slim as its elder sibling Mi TV 4, it still compact enough to fit in a small area. Also, there aren't any physical keys apart from the power on/off key. Users can perform all tasks using the remote. The company has placed the two 10W stereo speakers on the bottom of the TV, which are loud and clear enough to make your experience better.
Unlike the Mi TV 4 which boasts a 4K resolution, the Mi TV 4A has Full HD LED display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The picture quality is really impressive and the color reproduction is excellent. The colors appear just perfect and don't seem oversaturated, provided you use an HD set-top box or play HD videos. Non-HD content appears to be pixelated, so if you aren't an HD user, you might want to skip this one.
Also, the blacks appear more greyish than the natural black. but, this can be fixed by reducing the backlit of the TV. Overall, the display is really good and considering the price of TV, these flaws are forgivable.
Xiaomi, maintaining the minimalistic design accents also kept the remote very simple. It is a sleek and handy bar with very few buttons. It is made of plastic and fires up with the help of two AAA batteries.
The best part is that the remote connects to the TV using Bluetooth which means there's no need of pointing the remote towards the TV to make it work. Not just that, the remote also acts as a universal host, so you don't have to use the remote that came alongside your set-top box. But for this, you will have to buy an additional accessory called the Mi IR set-top box controller.
Besides, users who wish to operate the TV using their smartphones can download the app. The application comes with a neat user interface that also enables you to take screenshots of what's being shown on the TV and save it on the smartphone. The TV also allows users to open their smartphone apps on the TV, and also use their phones as a gaming pad.
Fuelling this 43-inch panel is PatchWall OS which wrapped under Android Marshmallow. The software uses its AI capabilities to suggest users with content based on their viewing history. The OS is further classified into Movies, TV shows, Music, Home, and VIP screens. Users can browse through its massive 500+ hours of content.
Since the TV is built keeping an Indian user in mind, it offers a wide range of content in several languages. The company has tied up with Hotstar, Sony Liv, Voot, Hungama Play, Zee5, Sun NXT, Viu, TVF, Flickstree, and ALT Balaji to offer a range of content. The software is smooth and we didn't notice any stutter or lag while our time with the device.
Under the hood
The TV runs on a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 64-bit processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage out of which only 5.2GB is available for users. Also, it doesn't support the microSD cards which is setback it's smart TV and users would want to download several apps. To take care of the graphics, Xiaomi has used a Mali-T450 MP3 GPU that does work smoothly.
On the connectivity front, the Mi TV 4A comes with three HDMI ports, three USB 2.0 ports. It also offers an Ethernet port, S/PDIF Audio ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.
You won't face any issues if you use a high-speed internet connection. The TV's Wi-Fi connects to the internet and streams the content that is ready to view on the PatchWall OS.
Priced at Rs 22,999, the Mi TV 4A is a winner in its segment just like its bigger variant Mi TV 4. It is probably the only TV that carries such features at a low cost. Besides, the intuitive PatchWall OS and the user-friendly approach adds to its benefits. Xiaomi has also promised timely updates for the TV to better maintain the smooth operation.
This is without a doubt a great value for money, and if you are someone looking for a smart LED TV but doesn't want to spend much, this is something you are looking for. If this TV also doesn't match your budget, then worry no more, Xiaomi also sells a 32-inch variant of the Mi TV 4A that is available at a price of just Rs 13,999. Xiaomi has definitely taken a huge leap in the Indian smart TV market with its latest lineup.