After making its debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last year, Xiaomi is kicking off 2017 with its Consumer Exhibition Show (CES) debut. Ahead of its CES 2017 press conference, Xiaomi has been teasing to offer ‘a glimpse into the future’ and keeping its promise, the company has unveiled the its modular TV – the Mi TV 4. It has an incredibly sleek profile and with thickness of just 4.9mm. With a frameless design and metal back cover, Xiaomi has also included a transparent stand to give an illusion of the TV being hung from the wall, rather than resting on the stand. Also Read - Redmi Smart TV 32-inch, 43-inch with Android 11 launched in India, price starts at Rs 15,999
Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Specifications and Features
One of the key highlights of the Mi TV 4 is the modular functionality. The usual TVs come with a display that has an integrated motherboard, and sound bar and speakers can be purchased as an add-on. In case of the Mi TV 4, you get the TV display, whereas the motherboard, connectivity ports and buttons are integrated into the sound bar. The TV has just one port – the Mi Port – which connects with the sound bar with just one single cable to carry all the audio and video signals, similar to what an HDMI cable does. Also Read - Best smartphone deals on Amazon, Flipkart today: Xiaomi Mi 11X, Poco X3 Pro, Moto G40 Fusion, more
The rest of the connectivity ports are found at the back of the sound bar, which makes them easier to access than having them on the TV unit. The sound bar has one HDMI ARC (audio return channel) port, two HDMI ports, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, one Mi port, an Ethernet port (RJ 45), analogue audio/ video ports, antenna port and S/PDIF out port. Having the ports on the sound bar also means less clutter and wires running at the back of the TV. Considering all the smarts are inside the sound bar, users will be able to just replace this to get the latest hardware next year rather than replacing the entire display, which accounts for a major chunk of the TV’s cost.
Talking about the sound bar, it comes with 10 integrated speakers, out of which two speakers are firing upwards and others facing to the front to offer an immersive audio experience. You also get two wireless satellite speakers and one subwoofer. The top part of the sound bar has buttons for power, volume, channel and menu.
Another key highlight of the Mi TV 4 is the ‘PatchWall’ deep learning AI system. Running on Android OS, the deep learning system can offer smart recommendations on content you would be interested in watching. The library includes 44 million movies, 1.52 million comments and 600,000 in-depth reviews. The dimension of these content tiles showing information changes based on how whether you are reading the movie description, comment or review.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Pricing and Availability
The Mi TV 4 will be offered in three different sizes – 49-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch. The 65-inch variant with Dolby Atmos 3D spherical surround sound speakers will be priced “well under” $2,000 (approximately Rs 138,000), whereas the 65-inch variant without Dolby Atmos speakers will be priced under $1,500 (approximately Rs 103,500), when they go on sale later this year. There is no word on the pricing of the 55-inch and 49-inch models or any word whether Xiaomi would launch it anywhere outside China.
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