Mi TV Reviews -All you need to know before getting one!

Not sure whether to buy a Mi TV or not? Check out these Mi TV reviews, including a guide on features that make Mi TVs different. Both will help you make an informed choice.

Xiaomi has taken over the TV industry by a storm with their budget and quality TVs.

Ever since the first line-up was launched in India in 2018, Mi TVs have climbed up in popularity to grab the ‘#1 bestseller’ rank across many categories (especially Android smart TVs).

Mi TVs were one of the first affordable Android TVs with voice control, launched in India.

Hence it comes as no surprise that Xiaomi has sold more than 2 million TVs in less than 2 years in India! 

What this means is people are not just buying Mi TVs but also loving it!

To see what makes Mi TVs so different, check out the detailed guide below. Or you can jump to the Mi TV reviews for each screen size.

What is different about Mi TVs?

Patchwall (Android based) Operating system

  • What is Patchwall OS in LED TVs?

Patchwall is a user interface exclusive to Mi (Xiaomi) TVs. (A user interface is what you see when using the TV and how it interacts with you). It is based on the Android Operating system.

What this means for you, is a glitch-free navigation and viewing experience.

With this you get a large collection of popular Apps in the App Store, ready to be downloaded.

Additionally, you also get other features like screen casting, voice search, and AI based recommendations on ‘you may also like’. (depending on the Android version the Patchwall is based on).

As Mi TVs have soared in popularity since their launch, Patchwall OS has become one the most trending user interfaces in the TV industry.

  • What is the best feature about the Patchwall OS on Mi (Xiaomi) TVs?

Following a ‘content first’ approach, the Patchwall OS gathers content under different categories to make search and selection easier.

For example, from the ‘top row’ you can filter content based on a mix of all categories (i.e. Home), VIP (or paid content), Movies, Sports, TV shows, Originals, and music.

This way you don’t need to enter and exit Apps continuously to find content to watch.

You can find the most relevant suggestions (a mixture of trending shows and your watch history) in each of the categories found in the top row.

The entire interface is built in this manner to help you find new stuff to watch easily.

  • Is the Patchwall ‘homepage’ of Mi TVs user-friendly?

The homepage of Mi TVs gives you an ‘overall look and access’ to everything possible with the Patchwall Android OS. And it is one of the most user-friendly interfaces out there.

Here’s why.

The top row lets you switch between the different content categories (among Home, Movies, VIP, TV shows etc.).

The spotlight banners below the top row, show you the trending content.

This is followed by the ‘input row’ which gives you access to all your multi-media input devices. You can select the input source based on the input ports like TV, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, AV and so on.

To continue watching the TV shows or movies you were watching in the recent past, check out the ‘Recent’ section.

Next, is a row of ‘Apps’ that includes both system Apps (preloaded in to the TV) and the Apps that you have installed in it.

Then you see ‘On Air’ section which picks the trending content from your set top box.

This clean & organized way to search & filter ‘what to watch next?’ makes the Patchwall and its homepage very user-friendly.

Bluetooth-enabled

At first glance, Bluetooth might seem like a very useless feature or a feature with limited use.

Here’s how you can make the most of it.

  • Use Bluetooth to connect the Mi smart remote

The smart remote you get with the Mi TV can only be connected via Bluetooth. This way Bluetooth becomes essential for controlling and navigating the Mi TV.

Use Bluetooth to connect a Soundbar

If you own a sound system that supports Bluetooth then you can cut one more wire to give your TV a clean look.

Bluetooth Soundbar or channel systems with Bluetooth, help you enhance your TV’s sound quality while connecting wirelessly to your Mi TV.

  • Use Bluetooth to connect your Smartphone

Are you hosting a party at home or just want to go through with your morning routine?

Why not connect your Smartphone to the TV for a louder, energizing experience? This way you won’t need to invest in a separate Bluetooth speaker.

Built-in Chromecast

While watching a movie on your Smartphone’s small screen, have you ever thought, ‘I wish the screen would be bigger’.

Although you found the movie in some App on your Smartphone, how great it would be if you could watch it on your TV’s large screen instead?

Well, you can do exactly that!

Either with a wired or wireless connection you can connect your Smartphone to the TV.

Wired connection, however, is the old way to connect your Tablet or Smartphone to the TV.

Screen mirroring and screen casting are the wireless ways to do the same.

Screen mirroring, however, drains the phone battery and ties up your phone for the duration of the movie.

This is because your phone’s screen is mirrored or copied on the TV screen. So everything you do like pausing the movie to send a message, will be copied on the TV screen.

Screen casting, on the other hand, allows wireless connection. And it frees your phone to do other tasks like attending a call or sending a message without affecting the movie playing on your TV.

Screen casting can be done in a variety of ways— via third-party Apps, display dongles (like AnyCast) or with built-in Chromecast.

Screen casting via the first two methods can be a ‘hit or miss’ experience with issues like lags and unreliable connectivity.

Built-in Chromecast however, gives you simple and effortless way to connect to the TV.

Built-in Chromecast works like sending a link on Whatsapp.

You scroll for videos to watch on Chromecast compatible sites like YouTube, Netflix etc.

(Any App that gives you the Chromecast symbol in the video’s taskbar is compatible)

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Once you find a video you like, simply click on the Chromecast symbol in the video’s menu or settings.

The TV will search for nearby devices to cast to and will give you a list.

Select your Mi TV from that list. The TV will receive the video link and start playing the video.

Your phone is then free to look for more videos to cast or do other stuff.

Mi Smart Remote

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With all Mi TVs you get a stylish smart remote to control the TV and its smart features.

The remote has a minimalistic design with just a few buttons that do all the work.

Since this is a Bluetooth remote, you cannot turn on a newly unboxed and installed Mi TV.

In the first use, you need to turn on the TV directly from the button provided on the TV unit (right below the Mi logo).

Then pair the remote via Bluetooth, to start using its functions.

The benefit of a Bluetooth remote is that you don’t need to stand in front of the TV or point it towards the TV for it to work.

The Mi Bluetooth remote works fine even when you’re away from the TV. Or when the remote is pointing in a different direction.

Out of the typical functions of a remote control, the most important is the ‘how to search’ part. (especially when you’re trying to navigate a smart TV).

This is because searching content requires going through a series of steps like typing, using the arrow keys etc.

The efforts you have to put in thus determines how user-friendly the remote is.

Initially Mi TV gave you an on-screen keyboard.

To type any word, could use the remote as an air mouse and select one letter at a time. However, this can be tedious if you keep looking for videos every few minutes.

But with the new Google assisted voice function, you can skip the tedious typing and use your voice to search!

With the press of a single button, you can give search queries like ‘action movies’, ‘crime shows’ or commands like ‘open YouTube’.

With multiple options to search for content, Mi remote can be considered very user-friendly!

Smartphone control (via App)

Do you and your Smartphone always stick together?

Do you carry your Smartphone wherever you go?

If yes, then why juggle between the TV remote and the Smartphone when can use your Smartphone as a remote control?

Here’s how.

Many third-party Apps let you use your Smartphone as a secondary remote control among other functions.

Most of these downloaded Apps require the TV and the phone to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. (Some even connect via Bluetooth)

Depending on whether you use an Android or iOS Smartphone, the Apps may differ.

For example, for Android phone users, the ‘Mi Remote ControllerApp gives you control over the TVs basic functions and other settings.

This App lets you connect to the TV wither through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You can then control your TV with you Smartphone.

If you use a Mi Smartphone (with a built-in IR sensor), then you can directly control your TV via IR (infra-red) instead of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Highlights

Screen size: 32-inches

Resolution: HD Ready (720p)

Sound output: 20 W

Connectivity: 3 HDMI, 2 USB

Operating system: Patchwall (Android-based)

Other: screen casting, smart remote, Bluetooth

Warranty: 1-year

During the whole year of 2019, Mi TVs have been among the bestsellers on e-commerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart.

Pros

  • Android smart TV at affordable price
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Google voice search
  • Great video and audio quality
  • Additional 1-year warranty on panel

Cons

  • Some Apps like PrimeVideo not available

Mi 43-inch, Full HD Android LED TV

Highlights

Screen size: 43-inches

Resolution: Full HD (1080p)

Sound output: 20 W

Connectivity: 3 HDMI, 3 USB

Operating system: Patchwall (Android-based)

Other: screen casting, smart remote, Bluetooth

Warranty: 1-year

Pros

  • Full HD high-quality visuals
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Google assisted voice search
  • Ample connectivity ports
  • Built-in chromecast
  • Worth every Rupee
  • Additional 1-year warranty on panel

Cons

  • None

Mi 50-inch, 4K Ultra HD Android LED TV

Highlights

Screen size: 50-inches

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (2160p)

Sound output: 20 W

Connectivity: 3 HDMI, 2 USB

Operating system: Patchwall (Android-based)

Other: screen casting, smart remote, Bluetooth

Warranty: 1-year

Pros

  • Superior 4K visuals
  • Value for money TV
  • Android smart features with voice search
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Dolby, DTS support
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Extra 1-year warranty on panel

Cons

  • None

Mi 55-inch, 4K Ultra HD Android LED TV

Highlights

Screen size: 55-inch

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (2160p)

Sound output: W

Connectivity: HDMI, USB

Operating system: Patchwall (Android-based)

Other: screen casting, smart remote, Bluetooth

Warranty: 1-year

Pros

  • Budget large screen TV
  • Excellent 4K visuals with HDR 10
  • Android smart TV with voice search
  • Dolby, DTS support
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Dedicated buttons for Netflix & Primevideo on remote
  • Extra 1-year warranty on panel

 

Cons

  • None

Conclusion

Currently Mi TVs are selling like candies in the TV market.

This is because Xiaomi gives you all the latest TV features at a cost-effective price, without compromising on the quality.

If you compare with similar priced TVs from other brands like Kodak, Kevin, Shinco, Micromax etc. you will find Mi TVs are way better.

Xiaomi has somehow perfected the combination of giving a smooth experience while keeping prices down.

You get high end features like built-in Chromecast for screen casting videos from your Smartphone to TV.

You also get a Bluetooth remote that takes voice commands.

For controlling the TV from Smartphone, you can download the Mi Remote Controller App.

You can connect external speakers via Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

And you can expect better than average video quality thanks to the 4K resolution complete with HDR (High Dynamic Range).

However, the TV is not without faults.

If you previously owned a premium branded TV like Sony or LG, then you will certainly notice the difference in audio-visual quality.

Even the performance of the smart features is slightly below the official Android TVs.

But if budget is your biggest concern, then go buy a Mi TV without hesitation! Without stretching your budget, you can get home a future-ready Android TV that’s worth every Rupee!

 

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