Like smartphones, Xiaomi has also disrupted the TV segment in India. Since February last year, the company has started hosting smart TVs in India. More importantly, it has created a niche that suits other smartphone brands.
It is a little surprising that brands like OnePlus, Nokia and even Honor have started the process of launching their smart TVs. Today we are reviewing Mi TV 4X 50 inch Smart TV. Priced at Rs 29,999, it is one of the cheapest 4K smart TVs in India. So does this make our highly recommended lists of television? See our Mi TV 4X 50 review.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4X 50 Design
The design of the Mi TV 4X 50 is the best, and it is what you expect from any budget smart TV. While there is no standout aspect to the design, there is not much to complain about either.
The front has a large screen with thin black bezels around it. A small module at the bottom houses the Mi logo, IR receiver, power indicator light and a physical power button. I understand design language is a lot of choice because it is not distracting and keeps one’s focus on the screen.
The Smart TV is built using a plastic body, which also takes into account the overall weight. At 10.7 kg, it is quite easy to move if you need to move it. With such a TV, you can choose to mount it or mount it to the table. For the latter scenario, the bundles stand in the box. However for wall mounting, you will have to call the Xiaomi technician and buy a separate mount.
At the back, you will find all the inputs and ports on the right. You have three HDMI ports, two USB ports and an antenna input on the right, AV input, S / PDIF and Ethernet port on the bottom and power cable on the left. To connect audio devices, one can choose between Bluetooth and HDMI ARC.
Performance and performance
With the Mi TV 4X 50, Xiaomi is shaking things up a bit by offering 4K HDR support in budget products. The display is a 50-inch LED screen with a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels, a 60 Hz standard refresh rate, and support for 10-bit HDR content.
Despite the support of higher resolutions, the Mi TV initially suffers from the same issues that we have seen on the previous generation of smart TVs. While most of the material looks fine, some color reproduction leaves you wanting for more. However, you can tweak the ambient light conditions and display settings to your liking. You should take it a day or two before it reaches a satisfactory level.
It has been a long time since we have cut the cord at home, and instead rely on various OTT platforms. I have been watching a lot of shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar among others. Overall high-definition content sounded good, and the TV manages to do a good job enhancing non-HD content.
I spend almost equal time gaming on my PlayStation 4 Pro. The Mi TV 4X was largely capable of handling HDR-supported games such as God of War and Spider-Man.
For audio, the Smart TV boasts two 20W down-firing speakers with support for various Dolby and DTS HD audio formats. However, the sound quality is reasonably average, and it is highly advisable to get a soundbar for a proper feel. There is no problem with loud noise, and the dialogues are largely audible.
But wanting to boost the audio, the whole scene can get up and down uncomfortably loud and you have to lower the volume immediately. You always need to keep a hold on the remote and constantly change the volume.
While the performance stops short of being just right, it is more than enough for most Indian families who only want to watch TV shows, movies and sports in their living rooms. Audio should also be satisfactory for many people, but I would still recommend getting a soundbar.
Software and features
Mi TV 4X is an Android TV with patchwall UI running on top. Xiaomi’s content partnership is one of the highlights of buying Mi TV. It also tries to give users easy access to specific content based on their viewing patterns. You get access to content from the likes of Hungama Play and Voot without actually signing in. While the idea is great, it is not for everyone. I continued to prioritize Android TV interfaces over patchwalls.