In the second half of 2019, Chinese smartphone manufacturers seem to be eyeing the big screen. Xiaomi already has 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 has also announced the launch of a OnePlus Smart TV in September.
With that said, we’re going to compare some of the very best smart TVs from popular TV brands such as Samsung, LG, Vivoz and TCL to the new competitors who are more known for their smartphones like Huawei, Xiaomi and more.
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.
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 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.