At the CES 2017, Xiaomi launched the Android TV based setup-box called Mi Box in the U.S. However, the company hasn’t launched the Mi Box in India, its largest market outside of its home country. Interestingly, the company now launched the 55-inch premium Mi LED Smart TV 4 alongside the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones. The Mi TV 4 measures just 4.9mm thick, and the company claims it to be the world’s thinnest LED TV.
Unlike the Mi Box, the Mi TV comes with the newly launched in-house PatchWall UI. However, the company has made certain tweaks to suit the Indian audience and is offering few premium services for free for a certain period. The Mi Remote which comes with Mi TV 4 lacks the voice input but comes with other advanced features. The two 8W speakers with Dolby+ DTS quality onboard the Mi TV 4 are reasonably louder for watching TV.
The Mi TV 4 comes with a 55-inch 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) panel that also supports HDR playback. It offers 60Hz refresh rate and 178-degree clear view. It is powered by 64-bit Amlogic T968 quad-core processor with Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and Mali T830 MP2 GPU. There is 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. On the connectivity front, the Mi TV 4 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 3 HDMI 2.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, and 1 USB 3.0 port.
Xiaomi has collaborated with Hotstar, SunNxt, ZEE5, Voot, Sony LIV, Hungama and others to offer 500K+ hours of content. The Mi TV 4 also supports all major set-top boxes to seamlessly integrating content into their PatchWall UI. Coming to the pricing, the Mi Smart LED TV 4 is priced at Rs. 39,999 and is sold via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home Stores starting February 22nd. The company is offering 3 months of Sony LIV and Hungama subscription for free.
The users will also get free Mi IR cable and on-site installation. On the warranty part, Xiaomi is offering one year warranty on the product and an additional one year for the panel. Unlike smartphones, specifications don’t matter much while purchasing TVs. While the major brands like Sony and Samsung still rule the premium TV market, the online brands like VU and TCL are offering decent products at much lower cost.