Buy a cheap XIAOMI TV: everything to keep in mind

Xiaomi TVs have long been available to buy in our country, but many users still do not know these models focused on low and mid-range TV. Are you interested to know more about them? Let's see all its features.

Xiaomi TVs have long since arrived in Spain ready to rob the market for low- and medium-end Smart TVs. We tell you what to look at if you want to buy a Xiaomi TV and why you should take these models into account.

Xiaomi is not a beginner in this of making TVs since 2013 markets its Smart TV line in China, India and part of Asia. However, he now starts his career in the European market with a strategy very similar to the one he already used with his smartphones, although much less aggressive.

Although he is now working on a transparent OLED TV, early models have targeted the range of more affordable TVs, so he seeks to conquer more for its price than for its performance excellence. So we find four models: Xiaomi Mi TV 4A 32 inches, Mi TV 4S 43 inches, Mi TV 4S 55 inches and Mi TV 4S 65 inches with prices that we describe in this table.

Low prices, but not groundbreaking

Xiaomi already has a long experience in introducing new products to the market and knows that however Xiaomi, 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 compared to TVs of similar characteristics of traditional brands.

When buying a new Xiaomi TV, the user will face the disjunction 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 consolidated manufacturer.

Xiaomi does not risk and bets on the most conventional sizes

Xiaomi TVs do not offer a boast of features, but they do offer enough to attack the input line of reference manufacturers such as LG, Philips, Sony or Samsung.

Xiaomi's new TVs are available in three sizes with different resolutions: 33, 43, 55 and 65 inches. A very conservative decision as this is the segment that has grown the least in sales over the past year, while large-inch models, from 55 onwards, have quadrupled their sales.

The smallest is the 32-inch (31.5-inch to be more accurate) which bets on HD resolution of 1,280 x 720pixels, while the 43,55-inch and 65-inch models do so for much more common resolutions such as 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). This difference makes sense in resolutions. As a matter of fact, yes.

Obviously, both by size and by features, the 32-inch model is not best-suited fora lounge or main TV, but it is perfect as a secondary TV to put in the kitchen or in another room where you will usually see mainly DDT TV channels that currently broadcast in HD and do not take advantage of Full HD or 4K UHD resolutions.

If you prefer a little more definition, you'd better invest a little more in larger models that already offer 4K UHD resolution and allow you to watch streaming content with better quality.

In terms of quality, Xiaomi TVs mount panels manufactured by LG, so they anticipate a behaviour similar to that 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.

Watch out for HDR

Including the HDR (High Dynamic Range) specification carries some risk to the user since not all HDR are the same.

HDR extends the range of colour tones displayed on the screen, making image quality improved by gaining more information about lighter and darker areas.

In this process of expanding the colour space, the brightness that the screen can generate becomes a determining factor in establishing the efficiency of that HDR.

Xiaomi's 32-inch TV offers 220 nits of brightness intensity, the 43-inch 250-nits and the 55-inch and 65-inch 330-nits. This figure, while sufficient to view content in SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) is entirely insufficient to display HDR content and appreciate a remarkable improvement in its quality.

The brightness intensity values of Xiaomi TVs are well below the most common mid-range values, which are around 500 or 600 nits, and far from the 900 or 1,000 nits of high-end models.

This means that, although Xiaomi TVs indeed have HDR support, activating this colour mode does not imply a substantial improvement in the colour quality that your screen can display.

Netflix approval vs. recommended for Netflix

Xiaomi says that its TVs are approved by Netflix, how does that affect the TV's image quality or its user experience?

Netflix has become a widespread service among users, so major TV manufacturers work with that company to make it's content more accessible to the user.

This collaboration between manufacturers and Netflix takes place on two levels: Netflix approval and Netflix recommended.

For Netflix to award the Netflix Recommended TV badge, the TV must go through a company test series and be able to meet several parameters in terms of image quality, colour rendering fidelity and hardware power.

The result is that the TV that has the recognition of"Recommended for Netflix" should be able to run the Netflix app in a minimum time from the off position and have a specific colour mode that shows them as set by the content creator meeting quality standards.

Instead, a Netflix-approved TV indicates that it is authorized to integrate the Netflix app into its Smart TV platform. A function that Xiaomi TVs did not include until just a month ago. That is, they were not compatible with Netflix from their official native app.

The 43-inch Mi TV 4S and 55-inch Mi TV 4S models integrate the Netflix app and will even feature a dedicated shortcut button on your remote control, but that doesn't mean these TVs belong to the select group of TVs that have the "Netflix Recommended TV" label.

Compatible with surround sound

Audio is an important aspect when choosing a TV, so features such as speaker power or support for digital sound standards should be taken into account.

Xiaomi announces that its new models are compatible with Dolby audio and DTS HD systems, indicating that they allow you to play digital sound information from platforms such as Movistar+, Amazon or Netflix that broadcast their contents under these standards.

As far as power is concerned, the new Xiaomi TVs increase their sound performance proportionally to their size, mounting a pair of 5W stereo speakers each on the Mi TV 4A 32 inches, two 8W on the Model Mi TV 4S 43 inches and a pair of 10W speakers on the Mi TV 4S 55 inches and the 65.

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.

Xiaomi bets on Android TV

We no longer conceived 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.

Connectivity for all your devices

In the connectivity section Xiaomi TVs do not stand out especially for the number of connectors, but they are indeed enough to meet the needs of most users.

Wireless connectivity, on the other hand, is secured by support for Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac connection in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and Bluetooth 4.2 to synchronize headphones, wireless sound systems or connect gaming controllers to the TV.

Transparent TVs

From Xiaomi, they wanted to celebrate the tenth anniversary with the presentation of the Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition, their transparent OLED TV.

This is an innovative and risky bet that has aroused a lot of curiosity in users by incorporating a fully transparent 55-inch OLED self-illuminating panel.

From your same announcement you already know all the features you will incorporate, such as the custom MediaTek 9650 processor with AI Master Smart Engine artificial intelligence engine to improve the contents. It will also implement the AI Master of Audio engine to automatically choose the most convenient audio profile, in addition to being compatible with Dolby Atmos.

  My TV 4A 32" (HD) My TV 4S 43" (4K) My TV 4S 55" (4K) My TV 4S 65" (4K)
Screen 31.5"
HD (1,280 x 720

px) No HDR 220 nits support
4K (3,840x2.160px)
4K (3,840x2.160px)
Design Plastic frames Metal frames and rear
Soc MediaTek quad-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad-core 1.5 GHz
Ram 1.5 GB 2GB
Internal memory 8GB
Image treatment N.d. Motion Smooth
Software Android TV 9.0
and Google Assistant PatchWall OS
Sound 2 x 5W

Dolby Audio DTS-HD
2 x 8W

Dolby Audio DTS-HD
2 x 10W

Dolby Audio DTS-HD
2 x 10W

Dolby Audio DTS-HD
Weight 3.96 kg 7.2 Kg 12.45 kg 18 kg
Connections 3 x HDMI (1
ARC) 2 x
USB 2.0 Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac

2.4/5GHz Ethernet Minijack
AV in
3 x HDMI (1
ARC) 3 x
USB 2.0 Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac

Ethernet Minijack AV
in TDT
1 x Optical
Consumption 754 85W 150W 200w

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