Today, Xiaomi has launched the Mi TV4 in India. It is a momentous occasion for the company as India is the first market outside of China to receive its TV range.
The first TV that is making its debut in the Indian market is the 55-inch variant of the Mi TV 4. Before we delve in, a quick look at some of the highlights of Mi TV 4 are: it offers 4K, HDR10, and runs Xiaomi’s PatchWall interface that leverages AI to serve content recommendations. The TV itself is great, with a thickness of just 4.9mm, it is one of the sleekest TVs around. The best part? It costs just ₹39,999 in India.
It’s not a uniform 4.9mm thin TV, as the bottom third of it that houses the components goes up to 39mm. Still, the overall design and build quality of the Mi TV 4 is several notches above what you get in this segment. There’s brushed metal at the back of the thing, and when was the last time you looked at the back of a TV? Do you remember that? There’s nothing at the back.
The gadget is powered by a 64-bit Amlogic T968 chipset with four 1.8GHz Cortex A53 cores, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There’s also Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.0, which gives you the ability to connect your keyboard and mouse or wireless audio gear to the TV.
In terms of connectivity, you’ll get three HDMI ports (including an ARC port), one USB 3.0, and a USB 2.0 port. They’re located to the left of the unit and are clearly labeled so you can find them with ease. At the bottom of the TV, you get an Ethernet port, along with S/PDIF, and older TV antenna and RCA connectors. Again, these are also labeled so you can find the correct port without any inconvenience.
Usually when we’re talking about a Telivision, the hardware gets all the focus. But that isn’t the case with the Mi TV 4, as the amount of time and effort Xiaomi invested in customizing the interface is unheard of in the Indian market.
The home tab shows recommendations like, what’s new and trending, as well as TV inputs and apps. The VIP section is where you’ll find paid services, and there’s also dedicated tabs for movies, TV shows, sports, and kid-friendly programming too.
In India, Xiaomi is patterning with Bangalore-based Sensara to tailor recommendations. If you’re not familiar with the startup, Sensara offers a smart remote called Sensy that lets you control your TV through voice commands, a great thing right?
If you’re using a Xiaomi phone that has an IR blaster sensor, you can directly download Sensy’s smart remote app and get started.
You can even search by a particular actor, director, or category, and set up reminders for your favorite programs on the Mi TV 4. If you’re looking for the most effective way toconsume the wealth of programming available from your DTH provider or OTT service, the MiTV 4 is the best way to do it. There hasn’t been anything close to universal search inIndia, and the feature is what makes the Mi TV 4 stands out.