Xiaomi’s New Mi
TV Series India
Launch Set for
Xiaomi’s back to doing what it does best – turning yet another product category on its head with its disruptive mix of segment-leading features, an innovative new software experience and predatory pricing!
Simply put, Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4 is bewilderingly cheap at 39,999 rupees ($614) for a 4K HD LRD TV — at least 2.5 times cheaper than an equivalent Samsung TV and even cheaper than other budget brands like Sanyo, Vu, and Cloudwalker if it can be believed.
According to the company, the Mi TV 4 is the world’s thinnest LED TV at just 4.99mm (that is, at its thinnest point). This is the fourth generation, first showcased at CES in 2017, and comes with a custom-built Samsung 4K SVA (superior vertical alignment) display panel with a 3840×2160 pixel resolution and a contrast ratio of 6000:1. It support a brushed metal rear but houses all the drivers and other hardware in the lower half of the display. Powered by 64-bit quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB storage along with Dolby audio, this is something no Indian would have thought to be affordable in their wildest dreams.
The company’s latest Mi Smart LED TV 4 (Mi TV 4), a 55-inch 4K HDR10-capable smart television that tapers down to a mere 4.9mm at its thinnest,
Xiaomi has installed its own version of Android on it, namely its trademark Mi skin.
- A good 4K HDR panel
- Sleek, cutting edge design
- Ample connectivity options
- Localised software experience
- Insane value proposition
- Built-in audio and viewing angles could have been better
- Single 55-inch variant too big for most homes
- Very little 4K content on offer, at launch
All said and done, no matter how much you’ve paid for the television, you’d want it to look good mounted up on the wall or sitting on a table, right? With the Mi TV 4, there’s nothing “budget” about how the TV looks – thin, nearly-invisible bezels up front with a thin bar at the bottom edge that houses the infrared receiver, all encased in a slim form-factor that goes all the way down to a thinner-than-smartphones 4.9mm.
It thickens to a mere 48mm towards its base to accommodate the internals and ports, and there’s a nice brushed metal finish on the rear, should you wish to place it on its table top stand.
The sleek design doesn’t come at the expense of ports and connectivity options – between the 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, Ethernet/Wi-Fi, component in and S/PDIF out, you’re more than likely covered.
Why Buy It?
In one word: buy! This is a TV that is worth far more than its asking price, both in terms of the hardware and the added software touches. The overall experience allows Xiaomi to hold its own against TVs twice the price (and more). there’s the chronic Xiaomi issue – actually managing to buy one during the next flash sale. Pretty much everyone’s realised the Mi TV 4 is an awesome deal, so good luck with snagging one during the next sale!
Xiaomi launched the Mi TV 4 with just the 55-inch variant, which is a tricky size given that many Indian homes don’t have the sort of viewing distance you’d need for this large a TV. This may well be the biggest deterrent to the average Indian buyer.
Despite serving up hundreds of thousands of hours of regional content, there’s very little 4K content on offer via the included content partnerships, and most of the built-in services max out at 1080p. The TV doesn’t bundle in Netflix or Amazon Prime Video apps at this point of time, which means that options for streaming 4K and HDR content are few and far between.