Ameya DalviJan 06, 2021 11:49:36 IST
Total Ranking: 4.2/5
Value: Rs 54,999
Manufacturers like TCL might have already launched funds QLED TVs in India within the sub-60K worth bracket six months in the past, however it’s at all times good to have extra choices to select from. Even higher if they provide newer options and higher efficiency. Proper on the finish of 2020, Xiaomi entered the ring with their first QLED mannequin that boasts of the most recent Android 10 OS for TV and HDMI 2.1 assist. It occurs to be the most costly TV from the model right here, however is it value its asking worth? Let’s discover out.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Design and connectivity: 8.5/10
To start with, this Xiaomi TV seems to be good, with a metallic border and close to bezel-less design on three sides. The metallic gray backside bezel isn’t too thick both, and has a neat little trapezoid chin on the heart that hosts the IR receiver and energy LED. The TV is skinny, however not as a lot because the OnePlus TV fashions. It may be positioned on a desk utilizing the bundled metallic stands. Like all Xiaomi TVs, the wall mount isn’t bundled within the package deal and will likely be supplied by the service agent (at an additional price) when you go for set up.
The corporate bundles their traditional voice-enabled distant within the package deal, however no AAA batteries to energy it; classic Xiaomi. The distant is compact and minimal in design, with hotkeys for Netflix and Prime Video. You continue to do not need buttons for Mute, Settings or Enter choice; nevertheless, this time you not less than have an choice to mute the audio or deliver up the settings panel by double-clicking the amount down key, or by maintaining the ‘Patchwall’ key pressed for a number of seconds respectively. Extra on this later.
For connectivity, you’ve got an excellent unfold; you get three HDMI 2.1 ports – considered one of which helps eARC, two USB ports and a headphone out alongside the left fringe of the rear module. The A/V inputs, optical audio out and an Ethernet port are positioned alongside the underside edge. Even higher, all of the ports are positioned nearer to the left fringe of the TV, making them simpler to entry, even should you select to wall mount it; a smart design determination. Wi-fi connectivity choices embrace Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi with assist for two.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks and a/b/g/n/ac requirements.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Options and specs: 8/10
The Mi QLED TV has a 55-inch panel with an Extremely HD (4K) decision of 3840 x 2160 pixels, assist for 10-bit color and a 60 Hz refresh price. The height panel brightness figures haven’t been specified, however it helps all widespread HDR requirements together with HLG, HDR10/10+ and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Like all licensed Android TVs, it has Chromecast built-in and allows you to solid content material to the display screen from suitable apps in your telephone or pill.
It’s powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor with ARM Cortex A55 cores and Mali G52 MP2 GPU. Every of the 4 CPU cores can go as excessive as 1500 MHz. You get 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of inside storage right here, a piece of which is taken up by the Android 10 OS for TV. Whereas I’ve no points with the additional storage, I’d have most well-liked to see a bit extra RAM as an alternative, say 2.5 to three GB. Sound output is rated at 30 Watts RMS with assist for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD.
We couldn’t check the HDMI 2.1 capabilities of the TV as I didn’t have a PlayStation 5 or the most recent Xbox at hand throughout the course of the testing. We hope to take action sooner or later.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Consumer interface: 8.5/10
The Mi QLED TV 4K 55 runs the most recent official Android 10 OS for TV with the inventory person interface. The UI is strictly the identical as on licensed Android 9.0 TVs. Alternately, you additionally get the most recent PatchWall 3.5 UI (based mostly on Android 10) that the corporate claims to be the perfect PatchWall but, and I agree. There’s a marked enchancment over the earlier variations, and it seems to be quite a bit much less cluttered and extra user-friendly. Content material from completely different OTT platforms is neatly offered and sorted. You may merely choose the content material and begin taking part in if you’re subscribed and logged into the respective platforms on this TV.
Apparently, content material can be sorted on the idea of the HDR format and backbone similar to HDR10+, Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Extremely HD; a pleasant addition. Apps for Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar are preinstalled, together with a handful of Google providers together with Play Retailer, YouTube and YouTube Music. The default Android UI in addition to PatchWall are each snappy, and there was hardly any noticeable lag in operation. One small factor I nonetheless don’t like about PatchWall is that each time you attempt to exit it, it asks you whether or not you need to make it the default launcher. It nonetheless can’t take no for a solution.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Image high quality: 8.5/10
The image high quality of this QLED TV is excellent with vibrant colors and good black ranges, although it’s not the perfect I’ve seen in QLEDs. The 4K panel is sort of brilliant and the distinction is mostly spectacular. Particulars in darkish areas in high-contrast scenes in our check movies have been clearly seen for probably the most half. The color copy of this TV is fairly good proper out of the field, and also you even have fairly a number of image settings to play with, proper from the selection of the color area.
You get a handful of handbook image adjustment choices like brightness, distinction, sharpness, saturation, white stability and noise discount to fine-tune it to your liking. You even have some movement smoothening choices — finest to depart them on normal or off. Selecting a extra aggressive possibility tends to induce movement artifacts. I at all times choose to show off ‘Dynamic Distinction’, and it’s no completely different right here. One good function of this TV and a primary for Xiaomi, is that it allows you to regulate sound and film on the fly no matter the app or supply you select to look at. There is no such thing as a devoted settings button on the distant, however the Patchwall key doubles up as one once you hold it pressed for a number of seconds. It offers you fast entry to the audio/video settings amongst different issues. A giant plus for this TV!
You get 5 image presets when watching SDR content material, and the quantity modifications to a few, two and one when watching content material with HDR10 (HDR Commonplace, HDR Vivid, HDR Film), Dolby Imaginative and prescient (Dolby Imaginative and prescient Vivid, Dolby Imaginative and prescient Darkish) and HDR10+ respectively. Every of the presets might be modified additional if you want. The HDR Vivid preset distorts colors fairly a bit and so they look unnatural; the remainder of the HDR presets are value taking part in round with.
Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material seems to be fairly crisp, as does HDR10/HDR10+ content material (after tweaking the image a bit). Exhibits encoded in these codecs on Netflix and Prime Video respectively look fairly energetic on this TV, with vibrant colors and superb distinction. There was hardly any flickering in high-contrast scenes, which is nice to see. Sure HDR10+ content material on Prime Video feels a bit too heat, with pink shades unnaturally boosted. Altering the color temperature to regular and tweaking the saturation helps in such instances.
4K SDR content material additionally seems to be sharp and vibrant on this TV, with wonderful element. 1080p Full HD movies upscale nicely too, and look superb. Most 720p movies are completely watchable, however understandably quite a bit much less sharp. Something decrease than 720p seems to be flat or washed out, which is the case with all 55-inch 4K TVs. The viewing angles are fairly good, with a minimal color shift when viewing the TV from sharp angles; nothing a lot to complain about. Barring a number of HDR rendering glitches, I used to be fairly happy with the general image high quality of this Mi QLED TV.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Audio high quality: 7.5/10
Six bottom-firing audio system (4 midrange audio system and a couple of tweeters) rated at 30 Watts RMS whole ship good audio output. The audio system are tuned nicely, however they favour vocals greater than thumping lows. Thoughts you, there’s a good quantity of heat within the sound too, however dialogue readability is their forte. The sound high quality is unquestionably higher than what you get on some other Xiaomi TV, and even on the OnePlus 55U1, however inferior to on the Hisense 55A71 (priced a superb 16K decrease). The sound profile is marginally higher than the iFFALCON 55H71 QLED TV that’s priced just like this Mi TV, however isn’t as loud.
Actually, the output is modest, and you want to push the amount upwards of fifty % at most instances for regular loudness and at instances at the same time as excessive as 75 %. At that stage, it’s loud sufficient for a mid-sized room. That is effective for watching information, sports activities or any net sequence that’s excessive on dialogue and never too action-heavy. You crave a bit extra bass thump in motion sequences, however that’s what you get with built-in TV audio system. As I discussed earlier, they’re compliant with Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. No Dolby Atmos assist right here, however I wouldn’t fret over it; not that it makes a world of distinction on TV audio system anyway.
You do have a handful of audio presets and a 5-band equaliser to tweak the audio additional. And also you get to entry these settings wherever by lengthy urgent the PatchWall key. One other helpful addition right here isn’t a novelty, however a necessity that was lacking in Xiaomi TVs thus far — an choice to mute the audio. Although there is no such thing as a devoted mute button, double-clicking the amount down button serves the aim. The TV does provide you with a superb number of audio outputs from digital to analog to wi-fi for plugging in a superb soundbar for enhanced sound.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Total efficiency: 8/10
The TV takes lower than 40 seconds in addition up once you change it on from the mains, which is par for the course for Android TVs, however quickest by far for a Xiaomi TV. What’s extra, the TV comes again on in lower than 5 seconds from standby mode, should you change it on and off utilizing the bluetooth distant; one other beforehand lacking function that has now been added. The default media participant is fairly first rate when taking part in content material from a USB drive, and also you at all times have the choice of putting in VLC participant from the Play Retailer if you’d like one thing higher.
Whereas some keys on the distant double as much as execute different features, I’d nonetheless have most well-liked to see devoted keys for settings and mute, and I’ll inform you why. Sometimes, once you need to decrease the amount just a little bit, you find yourself muting it should you press the button twice. This occurs very often. Additionally, should you don’t press the PatchWall key lengthy sufficient to get to the fast settings menu, it merely shuts the content material and begins the launcher. This will get fairly irritating.
There’s a small implementation bug within the Prime Video app, the place should you look to exit the fast settings menu, it exits the video too each single time. One thing for the corporate to repair within the subsequent software program replace. Past these minor niggles, there’s little or no to complain about. Xiaomi has executed a superb job of addressing the lacking options and shortcomings of their earlier fashions, and making the Mi QLED TV 4K 55 a well-rounded product.
Mi QLED TV 4K 55 – Value and verdict
The Mi QLED TV 4K 55 might be bought for Rs 54,999 with a one yr guarantee, and a further yr’s guarantee on the panel. That is Xiaomi’s costliest and in addition their finest sensible TV thus far. Not solely is its image and sound higher than its predecessors, however the long-overdue UI enhancements are lastly right here. You additionally get assist for HDMI 2.1 with eARC, ALLM and a claimed 5 ms enter lag that makes this TV nice (in concept) to pair with the most recent consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
As for options, you get the iFFALCON 55H71 for a number of 1000’s much less. That’s one other funds QLED TV loaded with options. It misses out on a number of newer choices like HDMI 2.1 and Android 10, however the efficiency is at par with this Xiaomi TV, and presents a handful of cool options like far-field mics for true hands-free voice instructions with out the necessity for a distant. An alternative choice across the 50K funds can be the OnePlus 55U1 with that cool design, however it isn’t a QLED TV, and the Mi QLED TV 4K 55 trumps it on nearly all fronts, barring design. The identical goes for the OnePlus Q1 QLED TV that prices 8K extra.
Lastly, you’ve got the common LED Android TVs that promote for a superb 15k to 20K much less. A few of them do sound higher, however the image on this Mi TV is mostly sharper. Given the value delta, it wouldn’t be a good comparability. All stated and executed, when you have a funds in extra of Rs 50,000 and are in search of one thing a bit extra premium with higher image high quality and trendy options, the Mi QLED TV 4K 55 is a wonderful possibility.