Table of contents:
- Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 55", data sheet
- What can be seen is better than what is not
- The screen is of a good level for its range
- Let's test the games
- Sound could be greatly improved
- PatchWall seems like an excellent idea
Xiaomi is one of those brands that seeks to have a presence in all areas of technology. Well, today we are going to tell you thanks to our review how the Xiaomi Mi TV 4S of 55 inches is going, the television of the Chinese brand that brings Android TV.
Although we now know televisions on the European continent, Xiaomi has actually been in this technology sector for six years. The way in which they have entered the Asian market, with excellent value for money, is the same with which they intend to land in Europe.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 55", data sheet
Let's go first with a summary of the technical characteristics of the 55" Xiaomi Mi TV 4S:
- Dimensions: 710, 8 mm high, 1,231, 6 mm wide, 767, 3 mm high (including base), thickness including base 262, 4 mm, weight with base 12, 74 Kg and weight without base 12, 45 Kg.
- Display: IPS LCD panel with LED backlight, 16:9 aspect ratio, 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution and 60 Hz refresh rate.
- Processor: Mediatek MSD6886 Quad Core 1.5 GHz.
- Graphic: Mali 470 MP3.
- RAM memory: 2 GB.
- Internal storage: 8 GB.
- Speakers: 2 x 10 W, 6 ohms.
- Connectivity: WiFi 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2.
- Ports and Sensors: 1 x Optical, 3 x HDMI, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Satellite, 1 x AV and 1x Antenna.
- Decoders: Video: MPEG 1/2/4, VP8/VP9, H.264, H.265, etc. / Audio: Dolby Audio, DTS-HD / Image: PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP, etc.
- Operating system: Android TV 9.0.
- Price: 450 euros approximately.
What can be seen is better than what is not
The finishes of this Xiaomi television are better than we expected. The frames are very thin and the aluminum that covers the entire exterior of the TV gives it a superb look.
The fastening system, apart from being easy to place, seems to us to be a good option, since being two legs placed one on each side of the television will provide greater firmness than if it were one central base, since we are facing a 55-inch television
These feet are inconspicuous since they are black and not metallic, as is the case with other brands that integrate this type of solution to hold the television.
It's a slightly thicker TV on the back than we expected, but it's quite light since the rear panel it's made of polycarbonate, which achieves less weight, but also a much lower quality feel.
The conclusion is that the part of the television that remains in our sight has a good perceived quality, while what we only see when we clean it, lowers that quality quite a lot and you realize where they have “past the scissors”.
When mounting the television there is no problem, since the only thing we have to screw are the legs. This system is much easier to place than if they had opted for a central base, which tend to be more uncomfortable and heavy to place.
The screen is of a good level for its range
The panel that Xiaomi has placed is type LCD IPS with LED backlight, 16:9 aspect ratio, 60 Hz rate refresh rate and resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
The best thing about this screen is the color treatment We found that its colors are extremely correct and not as cold as usually happens in this type of panel, which gives us an idea of the correct integration that Xiaomi has made with the panel.
The contrast is simply correct and even a little low, especially if we are playing content that is not recorded at a high quality. The television is not capable of minimizing this damage and allows itself to be carried away too much by the origin of the video.
Something we've noticed is that in low light environments there are certain scenes where you can see bands running across the screen, as if the backlight was not able to effectively do its job.
When we send to the television some type of content lower than 4K resolution, (the maximum it can offer) the television resolves the transition of emitting a lower resolution well, but with less quality of detail than other options of the market such as LG or Sony.
Also, the inches of the TV don't help either, as it's easier to see blemishes the larger the screen. It is also true that he tries to solve these imperfections, although he does not always succeed in the most efficient way.
In films where there is a lot of camera and image movement, the transition from one to the other is performed quite correctly, without dropped frames or any type of overlapping of images as happens with some televisions of a similar price.
The sharpness of the screen we also found that is at a fairly levelcorrect, as is the brightness that is powerful enough, although a bit unstable depending on the type of scene.
In general terms we are facing a screen that is better than its range and above all its price indicates, not in vain we are facing a LG Display.
Let's test the games
We have also tested the image quality with games and for this we have placed the signal from a PC directly to an HDMI input.
Current games are important to be able to see what a television screen is like, especially on issues such as latency, panel response time or color and definition quality.
For that we have played the latest edition of the official game of “Formula One”, but before we comment on our impressions we must be clear that this television is high-end media and, as usual, it lacks in terms of technologies that would help a lot to have a better experience.
Does not support HDR10+, does not support Dolby Vision and does not have VRR (variable refresh rate).
The behavior with games is the same that we experience on a daily basis with movies. The problem comes with its refresh rate which is 60 Hz and which becomes a bit shortfor some of the latest games.
Specifically in "F1 2019" we have moments in which we would appreciate a higher refresh rate, especially when there is a lot of movement in the image and many attention points.
In this type of situation some less natural sequences are noticeable than if we had a higher refresh rate, but even so the majority of potential buyers of the Xiaomi Mi 4S 55” will not be a problem.
If we are going to use the television for a next-generation fighting game it is very advisable to activate the game mode (which all televisions current ones have), since in this type of games adjusting the latency well is essential and with this mode a better experience is achieved, with the shortcomings that we have explained previously.
Sound could be greatly improved
The sound can be greatly improved, since the body of the audio is simply sufficient and the bass level leaves much to be desired, leaving far from having a truly satisfactory experience.
As for the volume, it's better not to demand too much of it, because when we turn it up too much, distortion appears that makes the sound so much worse.
We understand that the best option is to mount a sound bar, in order to enjoy higher quality sound, something that Xiaomi also sells by the way.
PatchWall seems like an excellent idea
Within the Xiaomi Mi TV 55” we have the Mediatek MSD6886 Quad Core at 1.5 GHz processor with a graphicsMali 470 MP3 , all managed by Android TV 9.0.
One of the most important capabilities of this television is the fact that it incorporates Google Assistant and thus be able to control all the parameters of the television with our voice. We know that all televisions with Android TV have this feature, but even so, it is still very interesting.
Android TV we already know it from other televisions and we don't have any particular complaints, since it works in the same way as in the rest.
Android TV still has that point of simplicity in its navigation, but with too much accumulated information that worsens the user experience.
The television moves Android TV and the apps that we can use sufficiently, without the slightest problem and without any lag, not even in the loading phase, nor in the execution of the applications. But the great differentiating fact of this television with respect to others that also have Android TV is PatchWall.
PatchWall is a Xiaomi's own software that modifies the appearance of Android TV, in addition to allowing us to access applications with content from the brand and recommendations that the television will show us as it analyzes our television tastes.
At first PatchWall seems like an excellent idea, since its interface is a touch simpler than Android TV itself. In addition, we see how he does not advise us series coming from the Far East, but rather everything he advises is from Spain.
Of course, for it to really understand what we see on television, more than the 15 days that we have been able to use it have to pass, because we do notice that it begins to send us things that we really see, but even so there are recommendations still too “standard type”
Now is the moment in which we can include everything we have counted along with the price to be even more certain if we are dealing with a product that is worth it. The 55" Xiaomi Mi TV 4S can be purchased for 450 euros, which leaves us with an even better taste after having done this review.
This Xiaomi Mi TV 55” offers us many interesting things, even some that could go perfectly on a higher-end television, leaving the Smart TV at a highly competitive price as usual in the Chinese brand.
Strengths of the Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 55” in our review
- Quality-cost ratio.
- The screen is good, especially in relation to the price.
- PatchWall seems like a very interesting addition to us.
- The price is something to take into account.
Weak points of the Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 55” in our review
- The sound can be greatly improved.
- Does not support HDR10+ or Dolby Vision and does not have VRR.
- In some scenes bands are noticeable on the screen.
- Design: 8
- Image quality: 8, 5
- Sound: 5
- Software: 9
- Price: 8, 5
- Overall score: 7, 8