We QLED TV 4K: A strong candidate in the premium segment of India

Written by Md Waquar Haider

New Delhi, December 25 (IANS): After consolidating its position in the smart TV market, Xiaomi has entered the premium segment in India with the launch of the fully “made in India” Mi QLED TV 4K 55-inch TV.

We Smart TVs remain the best-selling devices in nine consecutive quarters in India, with a market share of 22 percent (Q2, 2020).

We’ve been using the latest Mi QLED TV 4K 55-inch TV for almost a week now and here’s what we think of the latest Xiaomi offering.

In terms of design, the TV achieves decent ratings, thanks to an aluminum frame, thin bezels with 96% screen-to-body ratio and a carbon fiber pattern on the back.

There are three HDMI ports (all HDMI 2.1), two USB ports, Ethernet, optical and 3.5mm audio outputs, as well as eARC, Bluetooth 5, and there’s a built-in Chromecast feature.

The package would include two metal stands. The stand itself looks good and represents a different approach to a typical TV design.

The back panel of the new TV has been given a carbon finish for a fresh look and feel.

The TV supports 4K resolution with support for HDR 10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. It also supports eARC (enhanced audio feedback channel) and ALLM (automatic low latency mode), both of which have HDMI 2.1 features.

The device supports e-ARC, a next-generation technology that acts as a major boost to bandwidth and speed of sound, offering a true leading experience.

In addition, the TV is configured with MTK’s flagship 64-bit quad-core A55 processor, along with Mali G52 graphics, meaning users can effortlessly play videos on content and streaming platforms.

There’s also 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for apps and app data.

We tested the TV with a variety of content, including streaming videos in popular resolutions and HDR formats.

While watching the video content on Amazon Prime, to check the image quality, we started with “No Pause” and the show was absolutely brilliant with natural colors, high peak lighting and good contrast thanks to the QLED panel.

And the regular 4K content looked decent.

The Smart TV comes with six preset speakers, along with four full-range drivers and two tweeters, which offer a stunning acoustic multidimensional sound experience.

The device offers best-in-class frequency range that can reach up to 60Hz up to 20KHz, and delivers a total power of 30W.

It supports all popular audio codecs, allowing users to stream applications and DTH with support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD.

We QLED TV comes with Android 10 out of the box. It includes all the streaming services anyone would want – there’s Netflix and Prime Video, and Disney + Hotstar is a new addition.

Like other Xiaomi TVs, the Mi QLED TV 4K is also powered by the company’s PatchWall launcher, with the latest version – PatchWall 3.5.

Some other useful features include Universal Search, User Center, Kids Mode, Smart Recommendations and Live TV.

To enhance the TV’s cinematic experience, Xiaomi has also added support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD.

The remote control is the same as on earlier Mi TV models, with several buttons and hotkeys for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, as well as access to Google Voice Command Assistant.

The remote control has limited and basic buttons, which makes it simple.

Conclusion: Xiaomi, which dominated the budget segment of Smart TV in India, is now competing with premium players such as Samsung, LG, Sony, OnePlus and others.

Priced at Rs 55,490, the Mi QLED TV 4K 55-inch TV with next-generation features is a strong candidate for existing players.