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Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K review: a fine balance between premium features and reasonable price

As the number one TV brand in India for nine consecutive quarters, Xiaomi has managed to make a big impact in this segment in just a few years. The brand has been launching affordable LED TVs for a while now packed with several smart featurs. Despite having a solid line-up in the television market including the bezel-less Horizon Edition offerings, Xiaomi was missing a true flagship offering.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi TV 4A Horizon Edition review: an affordable smart TV that ticks most boxes

However, as a brand known for always pushing the envelope, Xiaomi ended the year 2020 by launching Mi QLED TV 4K in India. The premium smart TV with features like QLED panel, HDR10+ support, eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), MEMC, and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) ticks most flagship TV boxes. With the price tag set at Rs 54,999, has Xiaomi launched yet another disruptive TV? Let’s find out in this review.

Design

  • Length – 1,230.41mm
  • Height – 710.23mm
  • Height (including base) – 765.98mm
  • Width (base) – 262.58mm
  • Weight – 13.94kg
  • Weight with base – 14.2 kg

Xiaomi has launched the Mi QLED TV 4K in a single 55-inch variant. The TV features an aluminium alloy chassis with sandblasting coating, which looks premium. On the back, the TV is a mixture of plastic and carbon-fibre finish.

At 13.94kg, the TV is not lightweight by any means and it required me to take help to get it out of the packaging and place it on the table. That being said, attaching the metal legs to the TV was a breeze and the TV plants firmly on the surface thanks to the hefty weight and sturdy legs. In case you want to wall mount the TV, Xiaomi doesn’t provide the kit with it unfortunately and you will have to invest in one.

Ports and connectivity

  • Three HDMI 2.1 ports (one with eARC support)
  • Two USB ports
  • 3.5mm audio output
  • Optical audio output
  • Composite AV input
  • Ethernet
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5

As is evident from the list above, Xiaomi has left no stone unturned when it comes to ports and connectivity on the Mi QLED TV 4K. All of these ports are located on the back and are easily accessible when the TV is placed on a table. All three HDMI ports on the TV are HDMI 2.1, which means the TV is compatible with all next-gen gaming consoles and accessories, which requires fast transmission rates.

On the wireless connectivity front, the TV has dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) with 2 x 2 MIMO antennas and Bluetooth 5.0. All the TVs I’ve reviewed so far only had 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi and I had to place them pretty close to the router to get a decent connectivity speed. However, that was not the case with Mi QLED 4K TV and I never encountered buffering when streaming.

Display and audio

  • 55-inch 4K HDR QLED panel, Vivid Picture Engine, Wide Colour Gamut NTSC 100 percent, DCI-P3 95 percent, Reality Flow, MEMC
  • 4 full-range drivers, 2 tweeters, 30W output, Dolby Audio, DTS-HD, eARC-HDMI

The Xiaomi Mi QLED 4K TV is the first television from the brand with a quantum-dot LED screen. The 4K panel supports HDR 10, HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. Users can not only tweak brightness, contrast, hue, colour temperature and gamma but also choose from multiple colour profiles like DCI-P3, BT 2020, BT709, Adobe RGB and Auto. Thanks to the narrow bezels, the TV offers an impressive 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.The colours are punchy and vibrant with deep blacks, which makes movie watching an enjoyable experience on Mi QLED 4K TV.

On the audio front, the Xiaomi Mi QLED 4K TV is fitted with four full-range drivers and two tweeters offering a combined audio output of 30W. The TV was able to fill my living room with sound at around 35-40 percent. The audio leans more towards clarity than bass, which is a good thing if you watch shows and slow-paced movies like me.

Software

  • PatchWall UI 3.5
  • Android TV OS 10

The TV comes with PatchWall UI 3.5, which has universal search, a kids’ mode, smart recommendations, and live channels. It also curates content in various lists like ‘India Top 10 Today’, ‘Top 20 in 2020’, ‘Recently added’, and ‘Collections’, among others.

I personally like the integration of DTH and OTT content by the interface, should you choose to connect a set-top box. And if you are subscribed to any of OTT services, all your recommendations and next watch will be laid out on the homescreen for you, eliminating the hassle to open the app and watch. The TV comes with several pre-loaded OTT apps like Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube, among others.

The Android TV OS 10 is pretty vanilla and allows users to download a myriad of applications from the Google Play Store including stock apps like YouTube, Play Music, and Play Movies. Switching between PatchWall and Android TV OS is as easy as pressing a button on the remote.

Performance and remote

  • 64-bit quad-core MTK A55
  • Mali-G52MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage

The Bluetooth remote of the Mi QLED 4K TV is the same as other Xiaomi TVs with a minimalistic design. It features power, navigation wheel, home, back, Google Assistant, Mi button for PatchWall, home button (takes you to the Android TV interface) and volume keys. Xiaomi has also placed hotkeys for Netflix and Prime Video on the remote.

Powering the Mi QLED 4K TV  is a 64-bit quad-core MTK A55 processor with Mali-G52MP2 GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. The television operates pretty smooth with faster app opening and loading time. I particularly liked the Mi Quick Wake, which turns your TV back on in just 5 seconds.

Bottomline

The Mi QLED 4K TV is among the most affordable QLED TVs in India, and for its asking price of Rs 54,999, has a lot going for it. You get a 4K QLED panel, Android TV OS 10, interactive PatchWall UI, and a premium design.  However, there are some niggles here and there like average bass from the speakers, no local dimming, and no bundled wall mount.

The closest competitor to the Mi QLED 4K TV is the OnePlus Q1, which retails for Rs 63,000 and offers a more premium design. Additionally, you get local dimming for slightly better picture quality and louder 50W audio output. However, in my opinion, these are not worth the premium of Rs 8,000.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8 / 10

What works

  • Sturdy build quality
  • Vibrant display
  • Intuitive PatchWall UI with an option to switch to Android TV
  • Quick Wake

What doesn’t

  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • Underwhelming bass from speakers
  • No wall mount in box
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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman has over 8 years of experience in content development. He is a Senior Writer and Social Media Manager at Pricebaba. He covers technology news, feature articles, and tech reviews, apart from managing the official Facebook and Instagram handles. Despite a degree in marketing, his love for latest gadgets and technology steered him towards consumer technology coverage.