With so many TV brands on the market, offering all kinds of smart TVs from budget small TVs to premium 4K or 8K wall-filling displays, you will always find the best TVs you can buy at any price in 2020.
What is a Smart TV?
Smart TVs, much like smartphones, offer internet connectivity and allow users to run various software and games provided by third-party service providers on the big screen. Users can access, manage and surf the Internet to stream videos, listening to music, game, scroll through social media and control all other smart devices connected to the TV using smart assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.
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If your television is still working fine, you don’t have to replace it right away. You can simply connect a smart TV box to your television to help you connect to the Internet and enjoy the benefits of a smart TV as well.
Best Smart TVs in 2020
Here we pick out the best smart TVs for 2020, from popular TV brands such as Hisense and TCL to the new competitors who are more known for their smartphones like Xiaomi.
Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition: World’s First Mass-produced Transparent TV
In August 11, Chinese electronics company Xiaomi released the world’s first mass-produced transparent TV – the MI TV LUX Transparent Edition, which displays images that seem to “be suspended in the air”. The new smart TV features an edge-to-edge transparent self-luminous display, leaving it looks like a glass and allowing viewers to see through to the other side. The Mi TV LUX features a 55-inch OLED screen with an ultra-thin width of around 5.7 millimeters. The screen is capable of displaying 1.07 billion color combinations, far beyond what the human eye can actually perceive. It also comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and 120Hz MEMC technology, for clearer motion and low latency gaming. The Mi TV is priced at 49,999 yuan ($7,230) available in Chinese market.
Hisense L5F: Big-screen 100-inch 4K laser TV over $4,000
As a popular Chinese TV brand, Hisense provides best quality TVs in over 200 countries from LED to 4K 8K TVs for every budget. In August Hisense has launched its laser TV 100L5F with an adjusted retail price of $4,000, which was debuted at CES 2020 in January with a price tag of $5,000. With such a hefty price tag, there’s no doubt that the L5’s performance is in top shape. If you are looking for a cinematic experience at home, go for the L5 laser TV! Designed as an ultra-short-throw projector, it can sit only 11.4-inch from the wall to fit in any room to deliver its massive 100-inch 4K imagery. The big screen immerses you into a whole new 4K UHD viewing experience, and its Texas Instruments’ DLP chip and X-Fusion Laser Light Source enable you to enjoy a more natural viewing experience.
TCL 6 Roku TV: Best 4K Smart TV under $1000
TCL’s 6-Series has been the best budget 4K TV on the market over the past two years, and the new 2020 version TCL 6 smart TV is on sale in August. For the first time, we see a mini-LED tech available in TVs under $1000. The TCL 6-Series is available in three sizes: 55 inches ($650), 65 inches ($900), and 75 inches ($1,400). It is also a Roku TV, so each size in the series comes with the Roku streaming platform built into the TV’s software. In addition to the mini-LED technology and QLED for better picture quality, the 2020 version smart TV adds 120Hz, variable refresh rate and THX game mode for a better gaming experience.
Samsung Q90T: Samsung’s best 4K flagship QLED TV
Q90T is Samsung’s best flagship 4K QLED model in 2020. It features a simplified Object Tracking Sound speaker system, as well as Ultra Viewing Angle technology to help keep colors rich and contrast high even when viewing the television display from the side. Its Quantum Processor 4K can use deep learning AI to transform everything you watch into stunning 4K. With a built-in Alexa, you can ask smart speaker Alexa to open apps, change the channel, play music and ask more from your TV. Available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch, the cheapest 55-inch Samsung Q90T is priced at $1,270.
Best Smart TVs in 2019
In the second half of 2019, Chinese smartphone manufacturers seemed to be eyeing the big screen. Xiaomi already had its Mi TV selling like hot cakes and its sub-brand, Redmi, has also launched its first Redmi TV. Other companies such as Huawei released its Honor Vision smart display and flagship smartphone maker OnePlus had also announced the launch of a OnePlus Smart TV in September.
Redmi TV 70-inch 4K HDR
Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled its first Redmi-branded smart TV at its Redmi Note 8 launch event in Beijing. The new smart TV features a massive 70-inch 4K display with HDR support and runs on the company’s PatchWall platform. It sports a fairly simple design with bare-minimum bezels and can be wall-mounted or left to stand on a tabletop.
The device is housing a quad-core 64-bit Amlogic SoC at the core, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Additionally, the Redmi TV supports various audio technologies such as Dolby Audio and DTS HD. It is currently retailing at a very affordable price of 3,799 yuan (~$530).
Honor Vision TV 55-inch 4K
Honor Vision and Honor Vision Pro were announced on August 10 2019 under Huawei. The smart displays were also the first devices to be powered by HarmonyOS, Huawei’s alternative solution to the Android operating system. Honor Vision has a 4K UHD display, capable of lighting up to a brightness of 400 nits with a wide 178-degree viewing angle. The smart TV screen features a 55-inch screen, a 94% screen-to-body ratio and comes with an adjustable pop-up camera and six far-field microphones, which can be used for 1080p video calling at 30fps.
The TVs can also display weather updates, track packages and be controlled with a smartphone. Honor Vision begins at 3,799 yuan (~$540), while the Honor Vision Pro retails for 4,799 yuan (~$680).
OnePlus smart TV 55-inch QLED
OnePlus has been performing exceptionally well in the smartphone industry and now it wants to venture into the smart TV space with its OnePlus TV, which is going to debut in India by the end of this September.
According to OnePlus, the new Smart TV will have a 55-inch QLED panel and run on a more efficient and faster Android TV OS. QLED panels are superior to regular LEDs and provide a better picture quality. OnePlus is gearing up to compete in the premium TV market with its new TV, which will likely have a more competitive price tag than the current premium smart TVs.
Mi LED 65-inch Smart TV 4
Xiaomi, China’s smartphone giant, is also a popular brand for television. The company holds about a 40% market share of smart TVs in India. Its hot selling MI TV 4 flagship is a 65-inch 4K device with HDR and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Xiaomi claims that the device is the world’s thinnest LED TV with a mere thickness of 4.9mm.
It runs on Patchwall, a deep learning AI TV system that intelligently learns user preferences and classifies content, to deliver a more personalized user experience to its consumers. Although Patchwall is great, it could definitely still use some improvement in its algorithms.
TCL Roku TV 55-inch 4K
TCL, a Chinese multinational electronics company, now ships televisions all over the world across the US, Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia. The company has a large variety of TVs ranging from smaller 32-inch sizes to massive 90-inch sizes. Its 2019 TCL 4 series Roku TV is one of the best budget friendly smart TVs that begin at $299.99 for the 55-inch 4K TV.
The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream all your favorite contents from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and more. It is also compatible with popular AI assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.
Vizio 4K Smart TV
Vizio TVs are always popular with cost- and cord-cutting users. The Vizio M-Series Quantum smart TV is available in different sizes, ranging from 32 inches to 65 inches. With a combination of quantum dots to boost brightness, enhance color contrasts and provide a full array of local dimming for truer blacks and brighter brights, the M-Series Quantum delivers some really outstanding performance for a set that sells for less than $1,000.
It can also pair with Amazon’s Alexa products or Google Home, Google’s smart speaker, for voice control, and Apple HomeKit2 as well to control smart home devices with Siri if you’re an iOS user.
Samsung Smart TV
The Samsung RU7100 TV sports a slim design and delivers the latest 4K resolution standards with HDR image quality. The 55-inch variant has a price tag sitting around $600. The smart device can access the largest collection of 4K content through various TV apps including Apple TV, BT Sport and NOW TV apps, allowing you to catch up with your favorite shows in super high quality.
It can also used as a smart home hub through smart speaker assistants such as Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant. For Apple users, all that’s needed is to have AirPlay 2 built in to control other smart devices using Siri.