In 2015, Sony launched its first smart TV range in the country, with the 43-inch smart TV variant costing nearly Rs. 70,000. Smart TVs, at least back then, were considered to be a luxury, with only the upper-middle-class and the rich being interested in owning a smart television.
However, all that changed when Xiaomi entered the smart TV market in 2018. Over the next two years, the brand sold more than 5 million smart TV units in the country. It was also reported last year that at least one in three smart TVs sold belonged to the Chinese brand.
Xiaomi’s 32-inch smart LED TV has been its most popular offering, while Mi also offers 40-inch, 43-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch variants. For consumers wanting to set up their own entertainment system at home, Mi’s 55-inch smart TVs have become the go-to option.
This is because the 55-inch TVs offered by Xiaomi are affordable, and come with best-in-class features. Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4X and Mi TV 4X Pro offer 55-inch LED TV models, and while the brand has been known to deliver exceptional features and specifications, there are a few things that haven’t gone down too well with the consumers.
If you are planning on purchasing a 55-inch TV to set up your own home theatre system, here are a few pros and cons of the Mi TV (55-inch) you should be aware of.
Why should you purchase a Mi 55-inch TV?
The primary reason why consumers gravitate towards Mi products is because of their affordable price tags. Similar to the brand’s impact on the smartphone industry, Xiaomi changed the smart TV landscape when it entered the market a couple of years ago. Today, consumers, while purchasing a new TV opt for a smart TV, and the increase in smart TV penetration can be attributed to Xiaomi’s efforts.
A Mi TV (55-inch) model is available for around Rs. 40,000. In comparison, 55-inch smart TVs, back in 2017, were priced at around Rs. 80,000 – Rs. 90,000.
This 55-inch LED TV from Mi comes with Ultra HD (4K) resolution, which is the highest pixel resolution for which content is readily available. You can watch 4K content on this LED TV with impeccable clarity, vivid colours, and striking brightness and contrast. The display also supports HDR 10 content, which is extremely impressive given the TV’s price tag.
Xiaomi has amassed a legion of loyal fanbase, as the brand makes a conscious effort to deliver best-in-class features. From a bouquet of smart TV features to its 20W sound output, the LED TV offers a host of impressive attributes.
The 55-inch LED TV from Mi packs 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports, providing ample connectivity options for you to connect external devices to the unit. This is an aspect that consumers tend to ignore, but is extremely important. Whether you want to connect a gaming console, Blu-ray device, set-top box, or even plug in a USB stick or two, it is imperative that the smart TV comes with multiple connectivity options. Additionally, the LED TV also comes with an ethernet port for you to plug in the ethernet cable. With so many connectivity options, this Mi TV model offers greater convenience.
Reasons why you might want to look at other models
The TV’s build quality
Brands like LG and Sony take great pride in the aesthetics of their products. The key difference here is that the aforementioned brands are premium brands, while Xiaomi has built its reputation as the average man’s brand. The 55-inch TV from Mi falls short when it comes to the materials used, and the stand the TV comes with is feeble and frail. Understandably, you cannot expect a stylish and chic display, especially given the LED TV’s price.
While the 55-inch Mi TV does offer a 20W sound output, it does not come with a dedicated subwoofer, which implies that one cannot hear the bass. This can be rectified by either pairing the TV with an external home theatre system or by purchasing a Mi soundbar separately.
By weighing the pros and cons, one can understand that in the sub-40,000 INR category, Mi offers one of the best 55-inch smart TV models, with impressive features. While there are a few loose ends, with compromises made on the subwoofer and the TV’s build quality, the pros significantly outweigh the cons.
You can now purchase the 55-inch Mi LED TV by visiting the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. The EMI Store is India’s first EMI-only platform and lets you purchase products on easy EMIs. You can pay for the LED TV in monthly installments, and choose the repayment terms that are convenient for you. Additionally, by using the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, you can purchase the TV at no-cost EMIs, without having to pay any amount upfront.