Highlights

  • Display: QLED, A+ grade
  • Ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB
  • Sound: 50 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Oxygen (Android 9.0-based)
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: Bluetooth, Smartphone control, smart remote, Alexa & Goggle Assist enabled

Two terms trending in the TV market these days are QLED and OLED. Both are related to a TV’s video quality.

Compared to the common LED TVs, QLED TV definitely has superior visuals.

A QLED vs. OLED comparison, however, is not so simple. 

Here’s a short summary:

Do you want a TV for a brightly-lit room, that will give you lesser cause for concern, and go lighter on your pocket?

Then QLED TV is your answer.

QLED TVs have brighter displays, longer life-spans, no burn-in issues, and affordable price tags over OLED TVs.

The same applies when QLED is compared to a regular LED TV. Except for one factor— ‘price’.

Most LED TVs are cheaper than QLED TVs.

So, does that mean you must give up on QLED just because it’s expensive? No, not at all!

Launched in 2019, the OnePlus (55Q1IN-1) breaks the norm to bring you a budget-friendly QLED TV with a 55-inch large screen!

With this TV, you can now enjoy 4K Ultra HD visuals on a QLED screen.

Every feature you get with this OnePlus TV is designed to amplify your viewing experience.

A 50 W powerful audio, Android smart features, dual control from both remote and Smartphone App. All of these features make this OnePlus TV a great catch!

However, this TV does have its limitations.

It can only be wall-mounted. Or the stand must be bought separately.

(TV stand is available only in the OnePlus Pro series which is more expensive)

Since it is an Android-based smart TV, the App collection in the App Store is not as extensive as Google Play Store.

(For this, software updates are released regularly, to add popular Apps, and so on).

This OnePlus is hands-down the best budget 55-inch QLED (4K) TV in India!

 

Mi (50-inch) 4K, Android TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED, 4K HDR 10
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: PatchWall (Android 9.0-based)
  • Warranty: 1-year (+1 year on panel)
  • Other: Google voice Assist, smart remote, budget Android, Bluetooth

Since their launch in 2018, Mi TVs have consistently held the ‘bestseller’ position on India’s 2 largest e-commerce sites— Amazon and Flipkart.

In fact, during this year’s Diwali Sales, Xiaomi sold over 250,000 Mi TVs in a span of few days!

This Mi TV too offers irresistible features at an economical price.

What you get is a 50-inch wide screen, just right to enjoy 4K content on!

In addition to the 4K graphics, the TV comes with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

This basically means a high contrast ratio which helps produce detail-oriented vivid and sharp picture quality.

The TV’s ‘smart’ features, on the other hand, open up your content options to more than just broadcasted shows.

Xiaomi has developed its own Operating System (PatchWall) that is based on the latest Android 9.0 version.

What this means is you get an easy to understand user interface with a ton of content options to explore!

The App Store gives you a choice among ready-to-download trending Apps like YouTube, Hotstar, Prime video and many more.

The smart remote lets you browse, control, and navigate the TV among other things.

Or use the Google Assist (similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana) to give voice commands like ‘Open Voot’ or ask ‘Will it rain today?’

This Google Assist feature is available only in Android version 8.0 and up. (This TV’s OS is based on Android 9.0 version).

Along with these advanced smart features, you also get common features like screen casting, Bluetooth, smart remote and so on.

The TV’s 20 W audio is good enough but could have been better.

If you’re used to louder audio in your old TV, pair this Mi TV with the best 2.1 speakers in India. And complete your entertainment set-up!

Its hard to find a TV that has great features, smart design, and a budget price, all bundled together!

In fact, this particular TV from Xiaomi is the only one that offers 4K Ultra HD visuals in its TV line-up.

(The TV does not come with a wall mount bracket though. You can buy it separately during installation.)

Overall, this Mi TV is the best budget 50-inch 4K LED TV in India!

 

Kodak (55-inch) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade IPS panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android 5.1-based
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: Samsung panel, pocket-friendly, screen casting, stand & wall mount included

When it comes to fully enjoying your favourite Sport or movie at home, a bigger screen and the best in video resolution is the way to go!

This Kodak TV has both— a 55-inch large screen and 4K Ultra HD visuals (the best in the LED TV segment).

TVs have also gotten smarter these days. And open up the world of online content for you, spoiling you with choices.

However, you might end up using the smart features occasionally if not rarely. (Especially if you’re a busy professional)

So, should you even buy a smart TV or not? Well, consider this.

Buying a smart TV in today’s age is a great way to future proof your TV.

But a smart TV can also be an expensive investment (especially if it’s from a premium brand with the latest smart features).

What you can get instead is a smart TV that has all the basic smart features.

This includes a host of popular Apps in the App Store, screen mirroring, and web browsing etc.

Well, this Kodak gives you all that and more!

This Kodak TV’s Operating System is based on Android Lollipop (5.1 version).

You thus get a large screen TV with smart features at an attractive price!

The TV also uses panel from Samsung which is known for its quality and durability.

All-in-all this TV, is the most budget-friendly 55-inch 4K UHD LED TV in India!

 

Samsung (50-inch) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (4K HDR)
  • Ports: 2 HDMI, 1 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Tizen
  • Warranty: 1-year (+1 year on panel)
  • Other: screen cast, Smartphone App control, excellent visuals, premium brand

When you buy a TV, you expect it to last atleast a couple of years without glitches. Right?

That is why, which brand you buy from becomes important.

Buying TV from a premium or reputed brand increases the chances of the TV keeping you ‘happy and regret-free.

So, what makes a brand premium or reputed?

Simply being in business for a few decades is not enough.

A premium brand is known for providing quality products and services, for the entire duration that it has existed.

Samsung fits this description perfectly.

Samsung is not just an established brand but is also known for its quality products and innovative approach.

In fact, Samsung ranked 6th in the ‘Best Global Brands 2019’ list by Interbrands, a New-York based Marketing Consultancy. 

(It has been in the top 10 since 2013).

This particular TV from Samsung is one the many high-quality products designed to keep you entertained.

The 50-inch large screen comes embedded with Samsung’s A+ graded IPS panel.

This means the panel has least imperfections, wide viewing angle, and is achromatic (or colourless).

This adds to the TV’s superior 4K visuals which are ideal for watching fast-paced content like movies or gaming.

The TV, when connected to the internet lets you access hours of online content.

You can either control this through the smart remote or via the SmartThings App on your Smartphone.

Seriously, with its focus on durability and affordability, this Samsung 50-inch 4K TV is a great catch!

 

Micromax (49-inch) 4K, Certified Android LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade panel)
  • Ports: 2 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 30 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android-based
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: Google Assistant, Bluetooth, Smartphone control, smart remote

In Indian homes, living rooms are usually centred around the TV’s position.

The TV is thus the ‘entertainment hub’ of the house.

Now, that is quite a tough job.

The TV must cater to the interests of everyone in the family, from kids to adults.

This means the entertainment options need to be equally diverse.

With its smart features, this Micromax TV unlocks an endless supply of content.

But it also makes sure you can watch the online content in excellent picture quality.

And here’s, where the 4K UHD visuals strut their stuff.

The 4K visuals add a sharp edge to any action scene or game sequence.

The Google Play Store, on the other hand, provides a treasure-trove of Apps, and games ready to be downloaded and streamed!

Also, since the TV works on the latest Android version you can expect advanced features like AI personalized content suggestions and voice-activated control.

The Google Assist functions like a virtual assistant to reduce your efforts when watching TV.

Just speak your queries or commands into the remote and the TV will obey.

Alternatively, you can also control the TV from your Smartphone via an App.

The Bluetooth facilitates wireless audio connections like a Home Theatre System or soundbar.

While the screen casting feature lets you project your Smartphone, or Laptop screen onto the TV effortlessly.

To sum it up, this Micromax 4K TV will be a great feature-rich addition to your home without burning a hole in your pocket!

It is also the best value-for-money 49-inch 4K TV in India.

 

BPL (55-inch) 4K, Official Android LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android-based
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: screen mirroring, Google voice Assist, Bluetooth, Chromecast

In the LED TV segment, ‘4K Certified Android TVs’ are considered the best of the best!

This is because of their 2 main plus points— awesome visuals and unlimited content from the Google Play Store.

This Official Android TV from BPL gives you both and so much more!

The 55-inch screen creates an immersive, theatre-like experience.

Wide range of image enhancement technologies, come together to display clear, intricate, and vivid 4K UHD images– recreating reality on-screen!

But what is the point of UHD graphics if you can’t access content of your choice from say YouTube or Netflix?

That is where the TV’s smartness enters the picture– by connecting to the internet you can access infinite content with a few presses of the remote buttons.

In fact, with the Google voice Assistant you don’t even have to do that. Just press the mic button to speak your query or command.

No more struggling to remember channel numbers or pressing buttons endlessly to find the right content to watch.

Also, since 4K content providers are limited in India, an Android smart TV makes it easier to access 4K content via YouTube, HotStar and other Apps.

The Bluetooth eliminates the need for messy wires in case you want to connect a sound system or soundbar.

The screen cast feature and the built-in Chromecast both help you mirror content from your external media devices on to the TV screen.

To sum it up, this BPL TV is worth every Rupee and deserves your attention!

 

Kevin (49-inches) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 30 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android 7.0-based
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: screen mirroring, web touch remote, Smartphone App control

Kevin brings you a cost-effective alternative to the pricier 4K Android TVs.

The TV’s 49-inch wide screen, sleek design, and slim bezel keep your focus on screen.

To manage its video quality Kevin uses 4K visuals in combination with High Dynamic Range (HDR 10).

These are responsible for accurate color reproduction and a vivid contrast, no matter what you’re watching on the TV.

This superior video quality when paired with Kevin’s loud and high-fidelity box speakers, ensures an engaging viewing experience. 

On connecting the TV to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi, you gain access to tons of content from the preloaded Apps.

(You get built-in Apps like Netflix, HotStar, YouTube, Prime video, Browser and so on).

Or you can download the App of your choice from the Play Store.

Kevin’s unique web touch remote makes navigation easier.

The remote, functions as an air mouse and a QWERTY keyboard, and has an eye-catching design.

The Dual-core processor backed high performance is ideal for gamers and Sports fans.

Like other smart TVs, this one too supports screen mirroring, wherein you can cast your Smartphone screen onto the TV. 

Considering its budget price, you get a good deal in terms of 4K visuals, powerful audio, and smart content.

 

CloudWalker (55-inches) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: CloudTV (Android 7.0-based)
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: smart remote, screen cast

This CloudWalker TV gives you 1 more pocket-friendly option in the 55-inch 4K TV category.

For a price below 40000, you get a 55-inch big screen TV with Android Nougat smart features.

A high refresh rate, high dynamic range 10, and Ultra HD resolution comes together to produce excellent image quality.

This is matched by the TV’s high-fidelity box speakers having a 20 W sound output.

If you’re used to a louder sound with powerful bass then pair the TV with a soundbar or multimedia sound system.

The TV’s smart features let you access loads of online content, in addition to the broadcasted shows.

What this means is you can catch up on your favourite TV shows via their dedicated Apps (e.g. HotStar, zee5 etc.) either preloaded in the TV. Or available in the Play Store.

The Android based Operating System is easy to get used to and very responsive.

Add to that a continuous stream of suggestions (Content Discovery Engine) and a quick search menu.

And you’ll never be short on what to watch next, ever again.

The air mouse function in the TV’s smart remote makes it easier to go up or down, right or left.

Or you can download the CShare App on your Smartphone to use it as a secondary remote control.

Whether its checking emails, doing web search, playing games or watching movies, the CloudWalker TV reduces your efforts and maximizes the entertainment factor.

So, you can concentrate on what you settled in to do— relax and unwind after a tiring day!

 

TCL (65-inches) 4K, Certified Android LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android 9.0-based
  • Warranty: 1.5-years
  • Other: Bluetooth, screen mirroring, Google voice Assistant

This TCL TV is a ‘TV that talks to you and keeps you glued to it’.

The HDR 10 technology helps the TV produce striking contrasts to make blacks look blacker and whites whiter.

This, combined with the micro dimming technology produce a hue of colours with numerous shades and levels of brightness.

Both these technologies when applied to a whopping 82,94,400 pixels in the TV panel give you an eye-catching video quality!

(82,94,400 is the pixel count of a 4K TV also denoted as 3840 x 2160p or simply called Ultra HD).

And when you own a TV that’s capable of reproducing an image in its most natural colours, anything on such a TV is a delight to watch!

Although movies and TV shows these days are being recorded in 4K format, most of the broadcasted content is in 1080p or Full HD resolution.

4K TVs however, do come with 4K upscaling technology that enhances lower quality videos to match 4K as much as possible.

But having a smart TV bypasses this problem altogether.

This TCL TV comes with Android’s latest 9.0 version based Operating system.

With this you get a user-friendly interface, Google Play Store, Google voice Assistant and built-in Chromecast.

This ensures you have an endless supply of content and gaming options to keep you entertained all year long!

If you’re looking for a large-screen and value-packed 4K TV, look no more. This TCL TV is the perfect entertainment solution for your home!

 

Shinco (65-inches) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (A+ grade panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts (built-in Soundbar)
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Uniwall (Android 7.0-based)
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: smart remote with air mouse, EShare App control

If a 4K or Ultra HD video quality comes first on your list of requirements when buying a TV, what comes next?

If it’s ‘budget’ then you better check out the other smaller screen size TVs like a 43” or 49” 4K TV.

But if its screen size that ranks 2nd in your list along with budget at a close 3rd position, then you should really consider buying this 4K TV from Shinco.

This Shinco TV has a 65-inch large screen that becomes the centre of attention in your living room with its wide screen and stylish design.

It is also a 4K TV with an affordable price tag.

Most 65-inch TVs cost somewhere around 1,00,000 Rupees which can be a big turn-off for aspirational buyers.

Addressing this, Shinco offers you a sweet and cost-effective deal, with Android smart features to complete the home entertainment package.

Although Shinco’s Operating system is based on Android, it does lack a few smart features like voice command and a super smart remote control.

(You do get a smart remote with air mouse and other convenient features for navigation).

You also get a range of trending Apps built in to the TV’s system (e.g. YouTube, Eros Now, zee5, SonyLiv etc.) many of which offer both paid and free content.

You can also download more Apps from the Play Store.

This Shinco TV is however, designed for busy individuals to wind down after a hectic day.

In its affordable price, you get just enough smart features to humor you when you’re bored of the broadcasted content.

Alternatively, you can always play music or movies from an external media device like pen-drive, Smartphone or Laptop.

If you’re looking for an affordable and functional, large-screen TV with superior image quality then consider buying this Shinco 4K TV.

It is in fact, the best budget 65-inch 4K UHD TV in India.

 

LG (43-inches) 4K, Smart LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (IPS panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Web OS
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: magic remote, premium brand, Bluetooth

This LG TV listens to you, understands you, and then does what you say thanks to its ThinqAI technology.

The ThinQ AI uses Natural Language Processing to facilitate intelligent voice-activated control.

Have a special request? Just speak in to the magic remote.

Play top Bollywood romantic playlist and turn off the screen’.

How about– ‘How will the weather be today?’, ‘Shah Rukh movies’, ‘Biryani recipes’ and anything else you can think of.

This ThinQ AI technology, is supported by LG’s powerful graphics in 4K Ultra HD resolution, recreating reality on your 43” of awesomeness!

But the greatest advantage this LG TV brings to the table is the ‘LG brand value’.

LG is counted amongst India’s premium and elite brands in the consumer electronics segment.

LG products including its TVs are a trendsetter in the industry and known for their reliability.

LG also has one of the largest service center networks across India.

In most tier-I, tier-II, and tier-III cities LG either owns a service centre or has an authorized 3rd party service center for prompt inspection and repairs.

Hence, it comes as no surprise that LG ranks 25th out of Top 100 Companies globally in the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Rankings. 

This LG TV offers the best video quality in the 43” size segment. The add-on features (e.g. Bluetooth, screen cast etc.), and AI responsiveness, are like extra cherries on the cake!

 

Sanyo (43-inches) 4K, Certified Android LED TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED (IPS panel)
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Android 9.0-based
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: edgeless design, Google voice Assist, Bluetooth, screen cast, Chromecast

Backed by Panasonic, Sanyo has quickly made its way in to the bestsellers list on e-commerce sites like Amazon.

Launched in 2019, the Sanyo Kaizen TV series offers the latest in TV technology at a budget price.

The 4K resolution brings out the best in video quality while the Android smart features provide fresh content to watch on your 4K screen.

43-inch is the minimum recommended screen size to enjoy 4K content.

Anything lower and our eyes are unable to notice the difference in 4K and non-4K video quality.

However, you still might not be able to fully appreciate the impressive and intricate details of a 4K video on a 43-inch screen size.

Go for a larger screen size if you can expand your budget.

If you can’t, no worries, the TV’s economical price more than makes up for it.

The 20 W sound output of this Sanyo TV may seem inadequate if your old TV was louder.

It can be easily rectified by pairing the TV with the best budget 2.1 speakers (under 5000) in India

You can even pair your new sound system with the TV via Bluetooth for a clean (no wires) look.

The Google Assistant lets you control, and change the TV settings as well as browse channels and online Apps. 

Owing to its budget price, latest Android features, and impressive 4K visuals, this Sanyo TV is the best 43-inch 4K UHD TV in India.

 

Samsung (43-inches) 4K, Smart TV

Highlights

  • Display: LED
  • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB
  • Sound: 20 Watts
  • Smart TV: Yes
  • OS: Tizen
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Other: SmartThings App control, screen cast, smart remote

Samsung brand is quite a sensation in India, popular for its innovative products and consistently high-quality service.

Owning this Samsung TV will remind you of why users are so smitten with Samsung!

This Samsung 4K TV comes in a slim body with narrow frame and a strong, durable stand.

The TV’s panel is made in-house by Samsung.

In fact, many other TV makers use Samsung panels in their TVs due to its superior quality.

Samsung is again a frontrunner when it comes to video clarity and colour reproduction.

It merges a horde of technologies like the HDR (for sharpness), Dynamic crystal colour (for a wide colour palette) and UHD dimming (for contrast) to produce moving images.

The 4K Ultra HD panel comes with 4 times the number of pixels in a Full HD (1080p) TV.

What you see on-screen is thus a combination of Samsung’s image enhancement technologies and 3840 x 2160 pixels.

The TV’s Operating system is based on Tizen OS which is easy to set-up and use.

You get a few Apps preloaded in the TV while others can be downloaded from the App Store.

You can either use the smart remote (complete with an air mouse) or the SmartThings App for control and navigation.

Overall, this Samsung TV is a great buy in the 43-inch 4K TV category.

4K Ultra HD TVs— Buying Guide

  • What exactly are 4K TVs?

Have you heard of Resolution before? 

Not the futile resolutions we make every New Year, but the pixel one? 

If you haven’t, then keep reading. Or skip the next paragraph.

The images we see on TV are made up of lakhs of tiny dots crammed together called pixels. 

These pixels make up the different colours and contrasts we see on the screen. 

And 'resolution', is the total number of pixels a TV screen can show. 

More the number of pixels, the higher is the TV’s resolution which translates into stunning video quality.

The Resolution of a screen is specified in the following format– (total number of pixels aligned horizontally) x (total number of pixels aligned vertically). 

So, a screen with 3840x2160p Resolution contains a total of 8,294,400 pixels. 

Such a screen is commonly referred to as 4K (as it is 4 times the preceding Resolution of 1080p) or Ultra High Definition– 2 notches above the start of High Definition (720p). 

Most commonly available Resolutions are as follows:

1280x768p or simply 720p = High Definition (HD) or HD Ready

1920x1080p or just 1080p = Full HD

3840x2160p = 4K = Ultra HD or UHD

4K TVs aren’t just numerically superior to other Resolutions, the colour reproduction, contrast, and clarity are also greater and better. 

In simple terms, it helps TV in serving its purpose– replicating natural colours, shades, and images; better than other lower Resolutions.

This rtings article aptly covers the 4K vs. full HD debate. 

How smart are 4K TVs?

Even the world of TVs is unclear about what a smart TV really is— and that is where the problem lies! 

Essentially any TV which can be connected to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi is a smart TV.

But every smart TV differs in its level of smartness.

(The TV industry, however, doesn’t specify any such levels).

Some TVs offer very few ‘smart’ features while some are loaded with ‘smartness.’

Since most 4K TVs are smart, it becomes necessary to understand the different levels of smartness in a TV to make an informed decision.

To make things simple I’ve made two categories to understand ‘how smart’ a TV really is.

Basic smart TV

Most of the smart TVs falling in the lower price range are basic smart. 

In addition to offering all the features of a standard TV, basic smart TVs can be connected to the internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi. Basic smart TVs are characterized by two main smart features:

  • More Content:

On connecting to the internet, basic smart TVs let you access a bunch of inbuilt Apps and games. 

The number and type of Apps depend on the TV’s brand and Operating system but usually include all the trending Apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar, Facebook, Twitter and so on.

Some TVs even come with browsers for web surfing. 

For more content options, you also get an AppStore which gives you select choices to download and watch. 

And here lies the catch. 

If you are expecting a range of options like the Google PlayStore, then go for an Android smart TV. 

Non-Android (basic smart) TVs have limited downloadable options.

  • Screen Mirroring

Screen mirroring lets you display your phone, Laptop, or tablet screen on the TV, wirelessly. 

You can thus play your ‘workout playlist’ as you do Yoga or stream your wedding photos for a little trip down memory lane. 

You can also access various supported Apps and games to enjoy content on the big screen. 

Or you can mirror your laptop and use the TV as your laptop screen to work without straining your eyes.

Advanced smart TV

These TVs are a class apart. They truly are premium products.

These, offer everything basic smart ones offer and so much more!

Notable features of advanced smart TVs include:

  • Even More Content

The new Android-based and Certified (Official) Android TVs, offer content options similar to those of your Android Smartphones. However, there is a significant difference between Android-based and Google-certified Android TVs.

Android-based TVs are cheaper.

This is because the Operating Systems of these TVs are based on Android OS.

So, it may look and work in a similar way to Android but is not the Official version we see in Android Smartphones or Android TVs.

The Apps you get are also limited.

And Artificial intelligence algorithms (for personalized suggestions etc.) are also not as efficient as Google Android.

This makes Google-certified Android TVs truly excellent products and a must-buy if want the best smart features.

  • Smart Remote

The smartness of a TV remote also varies like the smartness of a TV. 

Basic smart remotes come with dedicated buttons to popular Apps like Netflix and YouTube.

A smarter remote comes with an IR blaster, which lets you control the TV, set-top box, and speakers. 

It may also come with a QWERTY keyboard (for ease of typing) or a scroll button (working as an air mouse).

The most advanced smart remotes are those that receive voice commands to control and navigate the TV.

  • Bluetooth

Bluetooth is another feature found in advanced smart TVs or some basic smart ones. 

With it, you can connect an external sound system or soundbar wirelessly to the TV or even a set of headphones. 

This reduces the number of messy cables around the TV and also simplifies audio connectivity.

  • Voice-activated control

Developments in Artificial intelligence are disrupting various industries including the Television industry. And everyone is loving it! 

With advanced smart TVs backed by Google-certified Android (Sanyo) and ThinQ AI (LG) technology, a new era in the TV industry has begun— of voice commands and search!

You can now speak into the remote instructions like, ‘Open browser’, ‘go to StarPlus’ or search queries like ‘Suggest me some romantic comedy movies’ and the TV will obey.

Such TVs initially came with a hefty price tag (from premium brands like Sony, Samsung, and LG). 

But not anymore.

Brands like Sanyo, TCL, Xaiomi, Micromax, and so on, have made Android TVs, especially the Certified ones, more affordable.

If you’re looking for the latest and the best TV then these are worth every Rupee!

Due to the lack of an official distinction between the smartness of a TV, you may find some advanced smart features (like smart remote, Bluetooth) available in basic smart TVs. 

However, the really advanced features like voice commands, air mouse smart remote, etc. are exclusive to advanced smart TVs.

Note the term 'basic smart' and 'advanced smart' is something I came up with to better understand and explain the levels of smartness. (These are not official terms).

What do you need for the best 4K experience?

Simply getting a 4K TV isn’t enough. To unleash its full potential, 4K TV needs a few sidekicks of its own:

  1. 4K content

The majority of the TV serials and shows in India, are available in full HD (1080p) Resolution.

(This is lower than 4K resolution of 2160p).

What do you think will happen if you play lower resolution movies (1080p) on a higher resolution TV (4K)?

The Upscaler technology in 4K TVs improves the lower resolution videos to bring them closer to 4K quality.

In the absence of an upscaler, you will see the movie in the resolution it was shot in. 

But when you’re paying for a 2160p resolution TV why should you settle for anything lower? 

Instead, make sure you get a set-top box that has UHD channels e.g. TataSky 4K DTH, Airtel 4K DTH, or Videocon 4K DTH. 

Currently, in India the number of 4K channels offered by these providers is limited. But the numbers will only go up with time.

Alternatively, you can access 4K content on Netflix, YouTube, and other similar online content providers. 

This is why 4K TVs are usually smart ones so that you can access 4K content without having to pay for an extra set-top box.

But for seamless streaming, you need the next 4K requirement below.

  1. Internet Speed

Fast internet speed is the lifeline for uninterrupted 4K experience and thus a must-have if you’re looking to buy one. 

Netflix recommends a minimum internet speed of 25mbps to enjoy lag-free 4K content.

It doesn’t mean that anything slower and the videos won’t work. You can still watch upscaled full HD videos on your 4K TV with a slower connection. 

But to get your full money’s worth, good internet speed is critical.

  1. Larger screen size

You’ve gathered everything– the 4K TV, 4K content and an internet speed that’s ready for a marathon, but there’s still something missing.

A smaller TV screen size won’t do justice to the 4K visuals.

Not because of any fault in the TV but because our eyes cannot detect the improvement in image quality in smaller screen sizes.

Although 43-inch is a good start to buy 4K TVs, the higher you go, the more immersive your experience will be! 

This is also why you will find many 4K advocates recommending 55” and 65” as the ideal screen size to watch 4K content on.

Check out this awesome article for more questions & answers related to 4K TVs. 

Do you really need a 4K TV?

If you’re renovating the house for a new and different look, then no, you don’t need a 4K TV or any TV. 

But if it’s your old TV you want to replace or you’re already looking to buy a new TV then 4K is the way to go.

Why? You ask?

Well, we buy consumer electronics like Television hoping they would last us a lifetime. 

Hence, we search for feature-rich TVs and reliable brands that won’t abandon us after we’re done paying. 

4K TVs offer the best resolution and also future-proof your TV! 

So why not buy the best while you’re at it?

Also, you don’t want to be stuck with a lower resolution TV while all your friends and neighbours show-off their 4K TVs within a few years. Now, isn’t that a good enough excuse?

Buying online vs. offline

Unlike buying stationery or books, TV is a significant and costly purchase.

And as consumers, we all want the best deal in terms of price and exchange offer. 

So WHERE should you buy your new TV from, to ensure you get the best price, better variety and not feel cheated after making the purchase? — online or offline? 

For this, you need to consider just three things:

  1. Delivery
  2. After-sales service (i.e. installation and future repairs)
  3. And Exchange of your old TV

 

  1. Delivery

Many consumers misunderstand the seller’s role. 

The job of any seller whether online or offline is only to SELL and DELIVER the new TV. 

Installation and repairs are NOT the seller’s responsibilities.

Keeping this in mind, if you want your new TV to be delivered within the next 24 hours, going to your nearest electronics store is a better option.

However, if you’re willing to wait, then buying online will give you so many more options and deals to choose from!

When buying from Amazon, you can also select your preferred delivery slot, so your TV reaches you when you’re free to receive it. 

You can also return or replace the TV if you find any issues with the delivered one.

  1. After-sales service

Once the TV is delivered, the seller’s job ends. 

To get the TV installed, you have to contact the customer care center of the TV Company.

You can schedule a suitable time to get your TV installed by contacting customer care. (When you buy offline, generally the retail store executives make that call for you).

Similarly, for repairs, it is the customer care you need to call and not the seller. 

This is why the brand of the TV becomes important, as the quality of the after-sales service depends on it.

  1. Exchange of old TV

Buying a new TV almost always means discarding an old one. 

But wouldn’t it be better if you could scrape some value out of it?

Both online and offline sellers, let you get rid of your old TV with a small discount on the price of the new one.

When buying on Amazon, you’re asked for the brand, screen size, and condition of your old TV. 

You’re then given a discount that you can avail of on your new TV.

The exchange procedure is simple. 

If you’ve opted for the exchange, the old TV gets picked up during the delivery of the new one. Convenient and transparent.

Another point to note is that salesmen in retail electronics stores get a high commission on certain products.

And hence they may aggressively ‘push’ those products on you. Don’t fall for it!

In conclusion, if you’re in a hurry then buying a TV from your nearest electronics store is the best option.

But if you want more variety, more offers and a good exchange rate for your old TV, buying online is the way to go. 

All from the comfort of your home!

  • Bank offers and No cost EMI

Many Banks give discounts or cashback offers on their debit and credit cards that you can avail to get your new 4K Smart TV for an even lower price! 

The discount or cashback is usually a small percentage of the TV’s cost and is a good way to get your TV at a sweet price.

But if your budget is limited and you want to expand your choices, then you can opt for the ‘No cost EMI’ option.

With 'No cost EMI', you won’t have to pay the TV’s price upfront.

You can instead pay in small monthly installments. 

The advantage of this facility is, instead of settling for a smaller or cheaper TV, you can buy the TV of your choice without spending a lump-sum amount at one go. 

How awesome is that!

 

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