Xiaomi’s Redmi brand launched its first set of Redmi Smart TV X Series in India yesterday in X50, X55 and X65 models. Here we have the first impressions of the X55 which lies in the middle and is also competitively priced for the features it offers.
The TV feature a 55-inch 4K panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Since it comes with Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ as well as Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) that enables the TV to display high-quality visuals and an extended colour gamut with a high-dynamic range. It has 92% DCPI-3 color gamut, Reality Flow, Auto Low Latency Mode and 5ms response time. In the price range this offers a stunning picture quality.
Since it has a dedicated MEMC chip (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) the TV is ideal for watching sports and action-packed content since MEMC reduces motion blur, stuttering, and ghosting for unmatched clarity.
The TV has bezels around the screen compared to ultra-narrow bezels in the Mi QLED TV model. It comes with a stand in the box, and the wall mount has to be purchased separately. The TV is powered by Quad-core MediaTek MT9611 (A55) processor with Mali G52 MP2 GPU. It is shipped with Android 10 with PatchWall. Right now, the company has partnered with seveal content providers for its PatchWall UI. The UI is neat and offers a dedicated tab for movies, TV shows, kids, sports, and the Discover tab. Dolby Vision works in streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video shows HDR.
There is a Redmi branding in the bottom bezel and a small LED light that lights up when the TV switches on. There is a small power button underneath the TV which needs to be used to turn the TV on for the first time.
The TV has a 30 watt ( 15w x 2) speaker set-up with Dolby Audio and support for DTS Virtual:X, a technology that enhances and promises a full immersive surround sound experience. It offers features such as bass clarity, surround virtualizer and dialog clarity which can be toggled on and off across any content. It also supports Dolby Atmos via HDMI eARC passthrough to external Atmos soundbars/AV receivers. Audio quality is good, and it doesn’t distort even in high volume, but the 6-speaker set up in the Mi QLED TV model offers more bass.
The back of the TV has a large Redmi branding.
Two USB ports and three HDMI ports are on the sides to access them easily. All these are HDMI 2.1 compatible ports. It comes with e-ARC support that acts as a great booster for bandwidth and audio speed. You can also see the 3.5mm audio jack that lets you connect to external speakers or soundbars that doesn’t have HDMI ARC or optical support.
In addition, it has Ethernet port, optical port and AV port and the to cater to all needs without any compromises. It has dual-band Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0.
The remote looks the same as the Mi TV remote, but this has a Redmi branding and the Mi button next to the back button is replaced by the patchwall button. The remote offers Quick Mute (Double tap volume down key to mute), Quick Setting (Long press Patchwall button to access picture, sound and more settings) and Quick Wake (Turn on TV in less than 5 sec) features.
The Mi QLED 4K TV supports various video codecs including AV1, H.265, H.264, H.263, VP8/VP9, MPEG1/2, and audio codecs like Audio codec, Dolby, DTS-HD, FLAC, AAC, OGG, and ADPCM.
The Redmi Smart TV X55 that we have costs Rs. 38,999, the Redmi Smart TV X50 model is priced at Rs. 32,999, and the top-end X65 model is priced at Rs. 57,999. It will be available from Amazon.in, mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio starting from March 26th and will be available from other offline stores soon.