Thursday, March 24, 2016

Xiaomi Mi TV 3S 63-inch Curved 4K TV and 43-inch FHD TV Announced in China

Xiaomi has introduced two really compelling smartphones last month, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 4S. The Mi 5 is Xiaomi’s long awaited flagship, while the Mi 4S is an incredibly affordable, and yet well-specced mid-range unit. Well, it’s time to take a break from smartphones, at least for a little bit, considering Xiaomi just introduced the next-gen Mi TV smart TV, a device which they have been teasing for the past couple of weeks.

Xiaomi’s second-gen Mi TV 2 has been introduced back in May 2014, while the 3rd-gen unit was unveiled in October last year. We were expecting the company to wait until Q3 or Q4 to announce the next-gen Mi TV, but Xiaomi opted to introduce the Mi TV 3S today, they company’s all-new smart TV. It is still possible that we’ll get the Mi TV 4 later this year, but who knows. Anyhow, the Mi TV 3S is a beautifully designed smart TV which comes in two size variants. The more affordable variant sports a 43-inch display, while the second one sports a 65-inch panel. The Mi TV 3S units are made out of metal, the smaller variant is 10.9mm thick, while the bigger model is only 5.9mm thick, which is staggering for such a huge TV. The 65-inch model actually sports a curved display, which makes it extremely sleek looking.

The Mi TV 3S features LG/AUO full HD (1920 x 1080) LCD display, with a self-developed edge backlight technology. Mstar’s 6A908 flagship FHD TV chip fuels this TV, and Dolby and DTS audio dual decoding is also included in this package. The 65-inch model ships with a curved display, and is fueled by Mstar’s 6A928 flagship TV processor. Dolby and DTS audio dual decoding is available here as well, and the Mi TV bar (separate unit, as you can see in the image down below) which ships with this TV consists out of 6-piece sound system. Now, the smaller variant of Mi TV 3S is considerably more affordable than the curved 65-inch model. The 43-inch Mi TV 3S costs 1,799 Yuan ($277) in China, while the 65-inch variant goes for a whopping 8,999 Yuan ($1,386).

The 43-inch Mi TV 3S seems like a watered down version of the larger Mi TV but it doesn’t essentially mean that it loses out on all the front. The 43-inch display we are talking about is sourced from LG and the attributes read 176-degree viewing angle and 8ms dynamic response. The TV is powered by a same 1.4GHz quad core SoC used on the 63-inch TV but with a 1GB of RAM. Internal memory still stands at 8GB and the audio is managed by two full range speakers (30 x 90mm). The 43-inch Mi TV is slightly thicker at 10.9mm and both the models are expected to run Android MIUI.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0LE, 3xHDMI 1.4, VGA ports, Analog TV port, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0 and Ethernet. The Xiaomi Mi TV 63-inch curved 4K TV is priced at 8,999 yuan ($1380 or Rs 92,300) and the smaller 43-inch FHD TV is priced at an impressive 1799 Yuan ($276/Rs 18,500), the new TV’s are expected to be available in China starting from end of this month.

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