Thomson made a comeback in the Indian TV market back in 2018. The company entered into an exclusive brand licensing agreement with Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd to sell its TVs in the country. From debuting in the Indian market at a time when brands like Xiaomi were at the peak, to launching affordable Android TV range, Thomson has been making some aggressive decisions since its arrival.
Now, as OnePlus is creating hype around its entry-level and mid-range TVs set to launch on July 2nd, Thomson has announced its own debut in the premium 4K bezel-less segment of certified Android TVs. The brand has launched its new OATH Pro series in India with 4K displays and Android 9 Pie. I received the 55-inch variant ahead of the launch, and here are my initial impressions of the latest TV from the brand.
Thomson has launched the OATH Pro series in three display sizes starting from the base 43-inch model, mid-tier 55-inch variant and the top-end 65-inch version. I received the middle tier option, which comes with a 55-inch LED panel. Starting with the build quality, the Thomson OATH Pro series TVs come clad in plastic with metal feet. The TV feels sturdy, and if used with the stand, sits firmly on the surface with only a slight wobble when you shake it. The good news is that the wobble doesn’t travel to the legs and they stay firmly planted, which means the TV won’t topple over with a slight push or nudge.
As for the other elements, the Thomson OATH Pro has three HDMI ports. two USB-A ports, digital audio output, Ethernet port, and RF input/output, all on one side. The TV only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and if you have a dual-band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi router, you will need to connect to the lower frequency connectivity.
Coming to the front of the TV, the 55-inch LED panel has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels with features like MEMC (60Hz), Dolby digital plus, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. The minimal bezels on three sides, UHD resolution and premium display features contribute to an immersive viewing experience. In my short stint, I watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer on Netflix, which is Dolby Vision supported and the picture quality was good. However, I will touch upon the display quality in more depth in my review. As for the audio, the TV is equipped with two speakers putting out 30W audio output. The audio is further tuned by DTS TruSurround and Dolby Digital Plus technologies.
At the core of the Thomson OATH Pro 55-inch TV is a quad-core CA53 processor backed by a Mali 450 GPU, 1.75GB RAM and 8GB storage. The TV boots Android 9 Pie out of the box with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. Out of the box, the TV comes with YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video apps pre-installed. You can download other apps like Hotstar, Zee5 and more from the Play Store, however, you will need to set up your Google account first. Once done, you will have access to over 5,000 apps on the store.
The TV is snappy in the sense that installed apps load up pretty fast and installing from Play Store is a breeze. I installed Disney+ Hotstar from the Play Store and the app downloaded as well as loaded up almost instantly.
The remote control provided with the Thomson OATH Pro is the conventional full-sized remote with dedicated hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play and Google Assistant. The remote control takes two AAA batteries and is Bluetooth-enabled. However, it’s quite bulky and there are dozens of keys, which makes using it unnecessarily complicated.
The Thomson OATH Pro series starts from Rs 24,999 in India for the base variant and goes up to Rs 52,999 for the 65-inch model. The 55-inch version that I have with me will retail at Rs 32,999 and for the price, it brings a whole lot of goodness to the table. You get a 55-inch bezel-less 4K display, MEMC, Android 9 TV, and premium design at a mid-range price. The TV will go on sale in India from July 5th and will be available on Flipkart.