Xiaomi TVs have arrived in our country with a range of products focused on the low and medium range of TVs. Do you want to discover if it is worth buying one of these teles and what should you consider?
After almost a year of waiting, Xiaomi TVs have finally arrived in Spain ready to storm the market of low and medium-range Smart TVs. We tell you what you should keep in mind if you want to buy a Xiaomi TV.
Xiaomi is not a beginner in this to manufacture televisions since 2013 it markets its Smart TV line in China, India, and part of Asia. However, it now begins its journey in the European market with a strategy very similar to the one already used with their smartphones, although much less aggressive.
The first models point to the range of more affordable televisions, so it seeks to conquer more for its price than for its excellence in performance. Thus we find three models: Xiaomi Mi TV 4A of 32 inches, Mi TV 4S of 43 inches and Mi TV 4S of 55 inches with prices of 179 euros, 349 euros, and 449 euros respectively.
Low prices, but not groundbreaking
Xiaomi already has a long experience in introducing new products to the market and knows that however, Xiaomi maybe, the best way to reach the user is through an aggressive pricing policy.
On this occasion, Xiaomi has not opted to push down market prices as it did in the field of smartphones, but they have remained in the low price zone of each category, but there is hardly a difference of 20 euros concerning televisions of similar characteristics of traditional brands.
When buying a new Xiaomi TV, the user will face the dilemma between betting on a new brand in this sector such as Xiaomi or paying 10 or 20 euros more for the model of an already established manufacturer. In this sense, Xiaomi does not have them all with it.
Xiaomi does not risk and bets on more conventional sizes
TVs Xiaomi does not offer a display of performance, but enough to attack the input line reference manufacturers such as LG, Philips, Sony or Samsung.
The new Xiaomi TVs will be available in three sizes with different resolutions: 33, 43 and 55 inches. A very conservative decision since this is the segment that has grown less in sales during the last year, while the large inch models, 55 and up, have quadrupled their sales.
The smallest is the 32-inch (31.5 inches to be more exact) that bets on HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, while the 43 and 55-inch models do so for much more common resolutions such as 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). It makes sense this difference in resolutions. Actually yes.
Both by size and by characteristics, the 32-inch model is not the most suitable for a living room or main TV, but it is perfect as a secondary TV to put in the kitchen or in another room where they usually go to Watch mainly DTT TV channels currently broadcast in HD and Full HD or 4K UHD resolutions are not used.
If you prefer something more definition, better to invest a little more in the larger models that already offer 4K UHD resolution and allow you to watch streaming content with better quality.
In terms of quality, Xiaomi TV mount panels manufactured by LG, so they anticipate a behavior similar to that we will find in the most affordable models of the Korean brand, and equivalent to many of other brands that also mount LG screens.
Beware of the HDR
Including the HDR (High Dynamic Range) specification carries some risk to the user since not all HDRs are the same.
The HDR expands the range of color tones shown on the screen, improving the quality of the images by obtaining more information from the lightest and darkest areas.
In this process of expanding the color space, the brightness that the screen is capable of generating becomes a determining factor in establishing the efficiency of that HDR.
The 32-inch TV from Xiaomi offers 220 nits of brightness intensity, the 43-inch 250 nits and the 55-inch 330 nits. This figure, although sufficient to see content in SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) is entirely insufficient to display content in HDR and appreciate a remarkable improvement in its quality.
The brightness intensity values of Xiaomi TVs are well below the most common values of the mid-range, which are around 500 or 600 nits, and far from the 900 or 1,000 nits of the models high end
This means that, although Xiaomi TVs indeed have HDR support, activating this color mode will not result in a substantial improvement in the color quality that your screen will be able to display.
Xiaomi has not specified which HDR formats its TVs are compatible with, but what it has confirmed is that they are not compatible with HDR10 +, which implies that it does not support the reading of dynamic metadata.
Compatible with surround sound
The audio is an important aspect when choosing a TV, so features like power or speakers support digital audio standards should be considered.
Xiaomi has announced that its new models are compatible with Dolby audio and DTS HD systems, which indicates that they allow the reproduction of digital sound information from platforms such as Movistar +, Amazon or Netflix that broadcast their content under these standards.
As far as power is concerned, the new Xiaomi TVs are increasing their sound performance proportionally to their size, mounting a pair of 5W stereo speakers each on the 32-inch Mi TV 4A, two 8W on the model My 43-inch 4S TV and a pair of 10W speakers on the 55-inch Mi TV 4S.
Power does not always go hand in hand with quality, so we reserve the quality assessment until we have tested these teles in our laboratory.
With the data on the table, Xiaomi models are again located in the average power offered by most manufacturers in the models of their respective price ranges, so it is not expected that the Chinese manufacturer will surprise us in this ambit.
Xiaomi bets on Android TV
We no longer conceive a TV without a Smart TV platform that provides streaming content or internet connection, so this section should be taken into account when choosing a TV.
Xiaomi has opted for an Android TV-based platform updated to its latest version, and powered by quad-core MediaTek processors and between 1.5 and 2 GB of RAM depending on the model. The set is completed with up to 8 GB of internal storage to install applications.
The use of Android 9 as an operating system allows Xiaomi TVs to installing applications and games from the Google store to play on the TV or access streaming content from native apps, in addition to offering full integration into the Google ecosystem.
Part of that connectivity of Android comes from the hand of Google Assistant, which allows voice control from the remote control, and has integrated Chromecast to share content from other devices.