As we all know that Xiaomi is so popular in the smartphone industry, but now they have started selling television sets in India at the very affordable price tag. Recently Xiaomi has launched three Mi TVs in India in 32- inch, 43- inch, and 55-inch sizes.
The Xiaomi Mi TV 4A is a 43-inch budget-friendly midrange Full HD LED TV with smart TV features priced at Rs 22,999. Here’s our first look and first impressions at the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A below.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4A Specifications
- Display: 43-inch LED Display, Full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 178-degree viewing angle, 60 Hz frequency, 6.5 ms response time
- Software: PatchWall OS (Android-based)
- Memory: 1 GB RAM, DDR4
- Storage: 8 GB eMMC 5.0 onboard, no microSD card support
- Camera: N/A
- Cellular: N/A
- Connectivity: 3x USB 2.0 (Type-A), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wireless Display (Miracast), 3x HDMI (1x ARC support), 3.5 mm headphones out, S/PDIF port, RJ-45 Ethernet port
- CPU: Up to 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Amlogic T962
- GPU: Mali-T450 MP3 (750 MHz)
- Speakers: 20 Watts stereo speakers, DTS support
- Remote: 11-button, 2x AAA batteries
- Power: 75 Watts
- Dimensions: 970 mm x 569 mm x 86 mm, 970 mm x 613 mm x 214 mm (including base)
- Weight: 7.37 kg, 7.43 kg (with base)
- Price: Rs 22,999
“Mi LED TV 4A (43) and Mi LED TV 4A (32) feature Xiaomi’s PatchWall system, which redefines what a smart TV OS means. Completely redesigned from the ground up for India, PatchWall brings together more than 15 different content partners, across 12 Indic languages, resulting in the most diverse and rich library of video content ever integrated on a smart TV in India — over 500,000 hours of content to watch, across the largest library of Video-On-Demand providers, with over 80 percent free content,” says the company in a release.
“PatchWall is also the first Smart TV OS in the world to intelligently connect to set-top boxes, allowing users to switch to any channel or specific TV show with just one click.”
With all this content available, the universal search makes it easy to find content to watch, along with personalized recommendations that get better the more users watch their Mi LED TV 4. There’s also support for 13 system languages including 12 Indic languages out of the box.
Design & Display
About the design of the Mi TV 4A, it’s made out of plastic materials which makes it lighter in weight than many televisions. The bezels are thin, the large display looks attractive, the design is quite minimalistic. Unlike the higher variant Mi TV 4 which supports a 4K panel and is as slim as a coin, the Mi TV 4A uses a Full HD LED display and 86 mm thicker.
There are no physical buttons apart from the power key below the Mi logo that turns the TV On and Off. All you have is the provided remote to control the TV. At the bottom of it is the stereo speakers worth 20W (10W each) making the audio experience better.
The box accessories comprise two base stand, one remote and four screws along with a user manual for installation and guidelines safety. It’s easy to install, just fit the 2×2 screws at the bottom connecting the base, that’s it.
The back offers 100 mm x 200 mm wall mount which is an external accessory that needs to be purchased separately. The wall mount accessory is available at Rs 399 after 20% discount that fits for 55-inch TV 4 as well.
The 55-inch 4K HDR panel does well with brightness, vivid colours and black levels. If you struggle to get accurate colours initially, that will be because the backlight level is too high—reduce this to 3 or 4 (the max setting is 100) and the colours will start looking much better. The viewing angles are great, and reflections don’t really spoil the viewing experience. The crispness of the visuals, be it for full HD content or 4K streaming, is impressive. However, it is hard to ignore a slight stutter in fast-moving visuals, be it while viewing sport or movies.
User Interface & Features
Behind the huge 43-inch panel is the PatchWall operating system based on Android that runs all the AI-based smart TV features. The PatchWall UI is simple and easy to use interface categorized into Home, VIP, Movies, TV shows, and Music it easy to browse. It contains over 500,000 hours of the massive content library that’s ready to stream.
The company claims that the interface is optimized for India and partnered with several content players including Sony LIV, Hungama Play, Hotstar, Voot, YuppTV, TVF and others. While the PatchWall OS is shared among all the three TVs (32-inch, 43-inch, and 55-inch), the latter 55-inch variant comes with vast features including free subscriptions for their partnered content players.
The TV set features HDR and Dolby+ DTS sound, for an immersive viewing experience. Other specs include an Amlogic 64-bit quad-core processor with Mali T-830 graphics, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of onboard storage. You can hook it up to your home network using the 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Mi Smart TV runs Xiaomi’s PatchWall interface, customized for the Indian market. Xiaomi promises over 500,000 hours of content across 15 Indic languages, as well as “personalized recommendations with a clean UI.”
Xiaomi has previously launched the Mi LED TV in China, but now it’s coming to India for the first time. The TV set will cost Rs. 39,999, and for the first three months, customers will also get a 3-month subscription to Sony Liv and Hungama Play (Rs. 619 value), a Mi IR cable (Rs. 299 value) and on-site installation (Rs. 1,099 value) included.
Wireless Display (Miracast-Compatible)
The Mi TV 4A can cast your Android phone screen via wireless display enabled by Miracast wireless technology. If your phone is compatible with Miracast, you can mirror your phone’s screen to the TV, all your data from phone’s screen will be displayed on the Mi TV 4A. We tried with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and it works.
The Mi TV 4A is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 64-bit processor from Amlogic paired with a 1 GB RAM and an 8 GB internal storage with no microSD support. Don’t think TVs require a microSD card due to the available USB ports, but for a smart TV, installing several apps might just take the available space. The user gets 5.25 GB free storage out of the 8 GB.
The graphics are taken care by a Mali-T450 MP3 GPU for seamless performance. The interface is fast and lag-free, thanks to the good hardware. The TV consumes 75W power eventually gives a 3-star power rating.
The provided remote is powered two AAA batteries and comes with just 11 buttons. We didn’t really face any problems with the Mi remote, the minimal buttons interface is just okay for general users who aren’t looking for any fancy buttons for each feature.
There is four-button pad used for movements with a centre OK/Play/Pause button. Other keys include a Home button, Back button, Menu button, Power button and Volume control.
The Mi TV 4A offers three USB 2.0 ports, three HDMI ports with one for HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) meaning the TV is compatible with home theatre systems that support HDMI ARC interface and sets you free from cable clutters. Other connectivity options include an Ethernet port, Component Video, and S/PDIF Audio ports, 3.5 mm Headphones port, Antenna input, and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The built-in Wi-Fi connects to the internet and streams the music, movies, tv shows, and other content available in the PatchWall OS. A fast connection is required to stream the content in Full HD seamlessly.
For a price of Rs 22,999, there’s no denying that the 43-inch Mi TV 4A is a great value for money, Xiaomi has taken the edge off. If you plan to get a smart TV, but on a low budget, the Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A is the perfect midrange in the Full HD TVs segment leaving most well-known brand televisions in the dust.
Xiaomi also has its high-end 4K HDR LED TV, the Mi TV 4 with 55-inch screen priced at Rs 39,999 while the 32-inch LED TV is priced at Rs 13,999 for extreme budget users.