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Thomson OATH Pro 55-inch review: a mixed bag

On: July 28, 2020

The affordable TV segment in India recently received a boost, thanks to the launch of the OnePlus TV U and TV Y series in the country. However, ahead of the OnePlus TV launch, Thomson Thomson OATH Pro series TVs with up to 65-inch 4K display launched in India: price, specifications with 4K displays and Android 9 Pie. The series comprises three variants in 43-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch sizes.

Also readOnePlus TV U and TV Y series launched in India: price, specifications

All three models have 60Hz LED displays with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. I received the 55-inch variant of the smart TV ahead of the launch, and have been using the TV for a while now. Here’s my review of the new Thomson PATH Pro 55-inch 4K Android TV.

Design

The 55-inch model is not overly heavy and I was able to assemble the legs and place it on the table myself. The TV has enough heft to be planted firmly on a surface and doesn’t wobble much.

While the legs are metal, the TV is completely clad in plastic with the bottom bezel painted in same rose-gold hue as the metal legs. The TV can also be wall-mounted, but this would make it harder to reach behind and access the ports.

Ports and connectivity

Speaking of the ports, the Thomson OATH Pro 55 -inch has been equipped with three HDMI ports, two USB-A ports, a digital audio output, Ethernet port, and RF input/output.

Additionally, the TV only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, which means that if you have a dual-band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi router, you will need to connect to the lower frequency connectivity.

I had the TV set-up in my home office, which is a fair distance away from the router, and the TV struggled while buffering the online content quite often. Some days, the Thomson OATH Pro 55-inch simply refused to connect to the Wi-Fi.

I would advise having the Wi-Fi router close to the TV for seamless streaming of online content, or using a Wi-Fi signal booster in the room where the TV is installed.

Display and audio

Coming to the display, the Thomson OATH Pro 55 features 10-bit LED panel with 4K resolution. The screen features Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, a rated brightness of 550 nits, 178-degrees viewing angle and MEMC tech for on-screen content frame rate upscaling. However, during my time with the TV, I was left desiring a lot more from the screen.

The first surprise for me was the absence of any sort of display setting. In fact, there are no settings at all except for the video modes, audio modes, source selection and Android settings.

This means I couldn’t tweak the display to customise it as per my viewing preference. This was particularly annoying because the brightness levels are static on the TV and there’s no way to adjust or set it to auto, therefore you are stuck with the stock brightness out of the box.

The HDR10 and Dolby Vision kick in when supported content is being played, like Lucifer, Money Heist, Narcos, etc on Netflix. However, in my experience, I didn’t find the panel dynamically adjusting the contrast and sharpness, and instead, the display seemed to be tweaking the brightness. Since you can’t adjust display settings, you’ll have to choose between various modes with different colour temperature settings like movie, sports, game, etc.

Coming to the audio, the TV is equipped with two speakers putting out 30W audio output tuned by DTS TruSurround and Dolby Digital Plus technologies. The speakers are bottom-firing and when place on a table they get amplified and are loud enough.

Performance, software and remote

Speaking of the performance, the TV is powered by a quad-core CA53 processor backed by a Mali 450 GPU, 1.75GB RAM and 8GB storage. The whole interface is very snappy as apps load fast and are installed quickly from the Play Store. However, I did notice that the TV shuts down the app if it goes to sleep, and you will have to open the app again, look for the show you were watching and resume playback to continue, which is an annoyance.

The Thomson OATH Pro 55-inch boots Android 9 Pie TV OS out of the box. The interface is a stock Android TV UI, with apps laid out in front and recommended videos from each app listed in various rows on the homescreen. The TV comes with YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video pre-installed. Users can download other apps like Zee5, Hotstar, and more from the Play Store. The Google Play Store provides access to over 5,000 apps to users.

Coming to the remote control, the one provided with the Thomson OATH Pro 55 is a far cry from the minimalist remote controls of today. The remote is bulky and comes with dozens of buttons, including irrelevant ones like a complete number pad, further confusing the user. There are dedicated buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and Google Play, as well as a button for Google Assistant.

The remote is Bluetooth-enabled and operated on two AAA batteries. However, despite being Bluetooth-enabled remote, it takes a few seconds to connect and operate the TV. Simply put, if you happen to turn off the TV by mistake while watching a show, you will have to wait for a couple of minutes before you can turn on the TV.

Bottomline

The Thomson OATH Pro TV has been priced at Rs 32,999 and for the price tag, what works in its favour is the 55-inch bezel-less display with 4K resolution, along with access to all the major OTT apps. However, the lack of display settings and the sketchy Wi-Fi connectivity are an issue, and for that reason, I suggest taking a look at the Mi TV 4X.

The Xiaomi offering is slightly pricier at Rs 34,999, but offers a similar build-quality, 55-inch bezel-less display, 10-bit 4K HDR support, PatchWall with Android TV and dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi.

Pricebaba’s rating: 6.5 / 10

What works:

  • Large display
  • HDR10 and Dolby Vision support
  • Pre-installed apps for Netflix, Prime Video and Youtube
  • Play Store lets you download additional apps

What doesn’t:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity is sketchy
  • No display settings
  • Apps shut down if TV goes to sleep
  • Bulky, confusing remote
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Abhiman Biswas

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