Xiaomi has already made its name in the smartphone industry, now the company aims to target the television sets in India at an affordable price tag. Xiaomi has recently launched three Mi TVs in India in 32-inch, 43-inch, and 55-inch sizes. The Xiaomi Mi TV 4A is a 43-inch budget-friendly midrange Full HD LED TV with smart TV features priced at Rs 22,999. Here’s our first look and first impressions at the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A below.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4A Specifications
- Display: 43-inch LED Display, Full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 178-degree viewing angle, 60 Hz frequency, 6.5 ms response time
- Software: PatchWall OS (Android-based)
- CPU: Up to 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, Amlogic T962
- GPU: Mali-T450 MP3 (750 MHz)
- Memory: 1 GB RAM, DDR4
- Storage: 8 GB eMMC 5.0 onboard, no microSD card support
- Camera: N/A
- Cellular: N/A
- Connectivity: 3x USB 2.0 (Type-A), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wireless Display (Miracast), 3x HDMI (1x ARC support), 3.5 mm headphones out, S/PDIF port, RJ-45 Ethernet port
- Speakers: 20 Watts stereo speakers, DTS support
- Remote: 11-button, 2x AAA batteries
- Power: 75 Watts
- Dimensions: 970 mm x 569 mm x 86 mm, 970 mm x 613 mm x 214 mm (including base)
- Weight: 7.37 kg, 7.43 kg (with base)
- Price: Rs 22,999
Design & Display
About the design of the Mi TV 4A, it’s made out of plastic materials which makes it lighter in weight than many televisions. The bezels are thin, the large display looks attractive, the design is quite minimalistic. Unlike the higher variant Mi TV 4 which supports a 4K panel and is as slim as a coin, the Mi TV 4A uses a Full HD LED display and 86 mm thicker.
I didn’t find any physical buttons apart from the power key below the Mi logo that turns the TV On and Off. All you have is the provided remote to control the TV. At the bottom of it is the stereo speakers worth 20W (10W each) making the audio experience better.
The box accessories include two base stand, one remote and four screws along with a user manual for installation and guidelines safety. It’s easy to install, just fit the 2×2 screws at the bottom connecting the base, that’s it.
The back offers 100 mm x 200 mm wall mount which is an external accessory that needs to be purchased separately. The wall mount accessory is available at Rs 399 after 20% discount that fits for 55-inchMi TV 4 as well.
User Interface & Features
Behind the huge 43-inch panel is the PatchWall operating system based on Android that runs all the AI-based smart TV features. The PatchWall UI is simple and easy to use interface categorized into Home, VIP, Movies, TV shows, and Music it easy to browse. It contains over 500,000 hours of massive content library that’s ready to stream.
The company claims that the interface is optimized for India and partnered with several content players including Sony LIV, Hungama Play, Hotstar, Voot, YuppTV, TVF and others. While the PatchWall OS is shared among all the three TVs (32-inch, 43-inch, and 55-inch), the latter 55-inch variant comes with vast features including free subscriptions for their partnered content players.
You will get some free content that stream while some of them are paid, you will have to purchase the subscription or rent the content.
Wireless Display (Miracast-Compatible)
The Mi TV 4A can cast your Android phone screen via wireless display enabled by Miracast wireless technology. If your phone is compatible with Miracast, you can mirror your phone’s screen to the TV, all your content from phone’s screen will be displayed on the Mi TV 4A. We tried with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and it works.
The Mi TV 4A is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 64-bit processor from Amlogic paired with a 1 GB RAM and an 8 GB internal storage with no microSD support. I don’t think TVs require a microSD card due to the available USB ports, but for a smart TV, installing several apps might just take the available space. The user gets 5.25 GB free storage out of the 8 GB.
The graphics are taken care by a Mali-T450 MP3 GPU for seamless performance. The interface is fast and lag-free, thanks to the good hardware. The TV consumes 75W power eventually gives a 3-star power rating.
It offers a TV manager app that shows you the hardware info and other cleaning tools. Here, you can boost memory, clean trash, uninstall apps, and more.
The provided remote is powered two AAA batteries and comes with just 11 buttons. We didn’t really face any problems with the Mi remote, the minimal buttons interface is just okay for general users who aren’t looking any fancy buttons for each feature.
There is four-button pad used for movements with a center OK/Play/Pause button. Other keys include a Home button, Back button, Menu button, Power button and Volume control.
The Mi TV 4A offers three USB 2.0 ports, three HDMI ports with one for HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) meaning the TV is compatible with home theater systems that support HDMI ARC interface and sets you free from cable clutters. Other connectivity options include an Ethernet port, Component Video, and S/PDIF Audio ports, 3.5 mm Headphones port, Antenna input, and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The built-in Wi-Fi connects to the internet and streams the music, movies, tv shows, and other content available in the PatchWall OS. A fast connection is required to stream the content in Full HD seamlessly.
For a price of Rs 22,999, there’s no denying that the 43-inch Mi TV 4A is a great value for money, Xiaomi has taken the edge off. If you plan to get a smart TV, but on a low budget, the Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A is the perfect midranger in the Full HD TVs segment leaving most well-known brand televisions in the dust.
Xiaomi also has its high-end 4K HDR LED TV, the Mi TV 4 with 55-inch screen priced at Rs 39,999 while the 32-inch LED TV is priced at Rs 13,999 for extreme budget users.