We’ve already talked about Xiaomi’s breakthrough into the premium QLED segment. The time is right for an affordable QLED TV from Xiaomi’s factories to disrupt the QLED TV market. Introducing Mi TV Q1 QLED 4K TV!
Without further ado, let’s just move on to what we think of this new TV.
Screen quality Mi TV Q1
The K1 has a 55-inch QLED panel on the front with 4K resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. By the way, this is a VA panel, which means you can expect deeper levels of black. However, as is the case with most VA panels, the viewing angles are not great. So, even if you or your guests are sitting a little outside the center, the color change becomes immediately visible. In fact, Xiaomi can’t do much to avoid this because this is a feature of VA boards. To get some (deep blacks), you have to lose some (viewing angles).
Now let’s break down the image quality one by one.
- Unfortunately, the highest brightness level of this TV is not known yet. This specification is vital for achieving good HDR performance. Speaking of HDR, the TV supports every single format you can think of – HDR, HDR 10+, HLG and Dolby Vision. And, in case you were wondering, the TV doesn’t support Full Array Local Dimming and sticks to Global Dimming. For those who don’t know, it essentially means that the TV cannot assign individual dark areas to become dark and keep the light parts bright. And you guessed it, it’s not the best kind of blackout. OnePlus TV Q1 Pro offers local dimming
- The more expensive OnePlus TV offers you a dynamic range with better control over lights and shadows. But the performance of the Mi TV Q1 dynamic range does not lag far behind. Only it’s not as exciting as the OnePlus TV Q1. We’ve consistently noticed that the Q1 Pro has managed to bring more detail out of the shadows. This was seen while watching Queen’s Gambit or Dark. Otherwise, when you play Dolby Vision content, you get the ability to switch between Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark. We prefer to turn off all the lights and actually watch Netflix in Dolby Vision Dark. Also, we tried to play a Dolby Vision video recorded on an iPhone 12 and it was fine.
- As for the HDR 10+ performance in the Amazon Prime app, it was pretty decent Overall, the HDR performance is good in price and certainly better than Realme’s SLED technology.
- But one area where Mi TV Q1 just shocked us was the reproduction of deep black. No no. It’s no better than OLED or even Samsung QLED. But it’s much better than the glowing edge clutter that bleeds, and that’s the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro. We were genuinely taken aback.
- As for color reproduction, the Mi TV Q1 definitely has a red bias, but is far more obvious especially in fleshy tones. Yes, you can control body tones for non-HDR content, but that doesn’t help much. We compared the colors with the OnePlus Q1 Pro and, although it had a green bias, it looked far more natural in comparison. For your information, both TVs can reach the BT.2020 color range, and the Mi TV Q1 definitely offers a host of detailed settings. This is definitely the first for the Mi TV Q1.
- Now, there is also support for MEMC or Motion Smoothing. This is essentially when the TV’s software algorithm increases the regular content from 24 frames per second or 30 frames per second to 60 frames per second to make it look smoother. It works well for sports coverage, but for anything else, we hate it. Creates a soap opera effect and takes the life of a cinematic experience. But many people like it and honestly, of all the MEMC applications, we also find Xiaomi to be far less boring and cleaner.
- One test that we couldn’t do because it’s been a while since we cut the cable, and that’s testing the increase in Cable / Dish standard definition content. However, we checked out 1080p and 720p YouTube videos and it was pretty good. No problem.
- Finally, we want to talk about games. Including three HDMI 2.1 ports, Xiaomi gets the advantage of ALLM or Auto Low Latency Mode for games. With our PS4, the TV automatically switches to a very small delay of 5 ms. It was a sweet, sweet experience of playing on TV at 60 fps. But if you want to enjoy playing at 120 frames per second on the next-generation console, a refresh rate of 60 Hz will be a limiting factor anyway.
Overall, we honestly believe that Xiaomi has maintained the right balance of colors, dynamic range performance and features due to the asking price. That is definitely the value for money.
Sound quality Mi TV Q1
We generally cover up the speaker segment in our TV reviews because they are mostly bad, especially with budget TVs. Fortunately, the new engineering of the Mi TV Q1 speakers is not even half bad. This TV has four full-range speakers and 2 tweeters in a much, much larger cavity. This means you will get a louder and fuller sound. We thought that the bass was enough, and the voice reproduction was also good. As long as you don’t expect a crazy surround sound experience, these speakers won’t disappoint.
Design Mi TV Q1
We said a lot about design in our first impressions, but here’s a brief gist:
- The stands are too wide apart, so if you place it on a table, you will need a wider stand.
- The base and the frame made of sandblasted aluminum alloy look good and feel extremely solid.
- The back is made of regulating plastic and we were a bit disappointed with the lack of attention to detail. For example, a circular cutout in a plastic metal tube housing for your 3.5 mm connector was misaligned on our TV.
- Xiaomi was supposed to add a USB 3.0 port.
In addition to these small split ends, the design of the Mi TV Q1 is quite good and extremely functional.
Mi TV Q1 dalјinski
The remote control has the same design. There is no change here. But there are a few new settings here. For example, you can now double-tap the mute button to mute the TV. However, at the moment, it is not very seamless and there are moments when it is constantly failing. But it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Another new addition is Quick Wake, which, as the name suggests, allows you to quickly wake up the screen by pressing the power button. This certainly comes in handy. But our favorite new feature is the Mi Quick Setting option. All you have to do is press the Mi button for a long time and go ahead!
Performance Mi TV Q1
The new Mediatek 9611 TV SoC combined with 2GB of RAM and a huge 32GB of internal space makes it the fastest and most responsible Mi TV ever made. The UI just flies and responds to the remote control command very quickly. In fact, despite offering only 2GB of RAM, the Mi TV Q1 actually kept apps open in memory compared to the OnePus TV Q1.
You can also play occasional games on the TV, if you wish. So, performance is definitely a strength of Q1.
Software We TV Q1
Mi TV Q1 is one of the few TVs that comes with Android 10 in the package. I mean, the new version doesn’t really matter, Android TV is still a very average TV user interface. And, in fact, we preferred Xiaomi’s home user interface Patchwall over Android TV Q1. Yes, it’s not perfect, but at least it does the job of curator better and shows you content you might actually be watching.
Almost every single streaming service is integrated into its basic user interface, except Netflix, of course. So, you get 4K HDR and Dolby Vision content directly from the app. The Universal app allows you to easily search for any movie / TV show you want to watch. Kids mode is quite useful.
Yes, you still can’t navigate the apps in the app queue to set them up to your liking. But that’s okay. Things should improve soon given the pace of development and community contribution that the Mi team is constantly receiving.
Do you need to buy a Mi TV Q1?
So yes, among his peers, the Mi TV Q1 shines outstanding value which it offers. No, it does not offer the best picture quality or the best sound or the best design. Only the sum of his (very good) parts makes him a winner. Xiaomi’s TV product team has apparently mastered the art of balancing the relationship between price and specification.
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