Xiaomi OLED Vision 55-inch TV review: OLED for everyone?

Xiaomi Known for disrupting the technology industry with its ‘value-for-money’ products. The company’s strategy has always been to provide the best specifications on paper at a slightly lower cost. Xiaomi is taking this strategy forward with its ‘Smart TV’ segment. It has introduced a new OLED TV in the market, whose starting price is Rs 89,999. Of course, looking at the price, you’d say it’s not cheap. This is an expensive TV, no doubt about it. Except that it’s an OLED, and probably one of the most affordable on the market.

OLED TVs are often considered the pinnacle of what the industry has to offer. OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screens are supposed to be brighter, richer, and deliver a very true color experience. The ‘black’ LEDs on OLED TVs in particular tend to be much more authentic than LCD or QLED displays. But all this beauty comes at a high price. LG and . Most OLED TVs from brands like Sony On an average, it will cost more than Rs 1,50,000 lakh. In fact, the cheapest OLED TV I could find was the LG A1 4K OLED in 48-inch size, at a starting price of Rs.69,999. And that’s only because it’s at a discount.

Clearly, Xiaomi hopes to offer its OLED vision as an alternative to those who want the best TV display technology, but without paying the high price. But is the Xiaomi OLED Vision worth it? Here is our review.

Xiaomi OLED Vision 55-inch review: Display and audio

Xiaomi’s OLED Vision is a 55-inch 4K display. It comes with support for formats like Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ and 10, HLG and IMAX Enhanced. The ultimate is certification by IMAX to ensure theater-like visual and audio experience on certified equipment. However, the content also needs to be recompiled to support this format, so unless this is the case for some Disney+ Marvel movies, you’re unlikely to experience this. The Disney+Hotstar app does not yet show IMAX Enhanced as a label for any content.

Xiaomi OLED Vision provides the best viewing experience. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

Since this is an OLED, you expect a visual treat, and the TV performs well at it. i watched the last episodes of netflix strange things Season 4 on this TV, along with some episodes of love, death + robot, I . also watch some episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Modern FamilyAnd scam on sony liv

The visual experience is unmatched with rich and vivid colors. This is definitely the best of all the Xiaomi TVs I’ve reviewed so far, including their previous QLED ones. I especially enjoyed Volume 2 of Stranger Things, especially where some scenes in the Upside Down get really dark. But Xiaomi OLED handles these well and makes sure that you don’t miss any action as you are trying to figure out how to increase the brightness.

The OLED Vision handles dark scenes very well. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola/Indian Express ,

Xiaomi OLED performs well if you consume high quality content from Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, etc. This is a premium panel, and it shows. And what about non-4K content? Uplift isn’t bad at all. Sure, . some old episodes of Friend and also big bang theory Look a little pixelated when you’re sitting near the TV. But when I looked from afar, I could hardly see the difference.

This is also a Xiaomi TV where I have found the audio quality to be more acceptable. It’s still not the best. But at least I didn’t feel the need to crank the audio up full to hear some dialogue, something I’ve had to do with Xiaomi’s TVs before. The Xiaomi OLED Vision comes with eight speakers with 30W output, and has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X certification. Audio quality remains balanced no matter what type of show you are watching.

Xiaomi OLED Vision 55-inch review: Software, design and everything else

The Xiaomi OLED Vision comes with a wall-mount or regular stand. The TV has a premium metal body and stand. It comes with what Xiaomi calls an almost bezel-less design. The bezels are there, but hardly noticeable. The TV has a sleek profile considering that the frame is only 4.6mm thick. As for connectivity, Xiaomi has packed it with a lot of options. It has Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 – 2.4GHz/5GHz support. The TV comes with three HDMI 2.1 ports, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, an AV port, a 3.5mm port, and an optical port. The TV’s remote comes with dedicated hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, and Hotstar, but Xiaomi clearly thinks adding a mute button is still too much. So yes, to mute the TV you must continue to press the Volume Down option for two consecutive times. This is something that I absolutely hate.

Xiaomi’s biggest problem is still the software, which has some issues. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

Xiaomi comes with OLED Vision Android TV11 and of course Xiaomi’s own PatchWall 4. Xiaomi has also packed it with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

But despite the great display and good audio, you are left disappointed when it comes to the software experience. Initially, when the TV was being used in my home, there were some glitches where content randomly paused for a second while streaming. It didn’t help that an impatient child (my son) was watching to see when it happened. Later, when I returned to see modern FamilyThe matter happened again. All I saw was a 1GB update, which fixed the problem. The reason I point this out is that such errors can cause problems if and when they happen to a consumer. Not everyone will think, ‘Maybe my TV’s software needs an update and check for one.’ If the content stops randomly or gets messed up suddenly, then they can blame the device itself, which is what happened in this case.

There is also no denying that TVs can be very slow to respond at times. For example, if I lightly press the power button, it goes into ‘screen off’ mode, which means the TV is on, but the screen is off. But when you press it again to take it out of this mode, it takes a few seconds for the TV to come back on, which is annoying considering the price. Even when you turn it back on, it takes a few seconds for the screen to light up. You’re never sure whether you need to press the power-on button again.

The remote control that comes with Xiaomi OLED Vision. (Image credit: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

Of course, there is Patchwall. It’s a very curated experience and will appeal to those who constantly want to see what’s new. I’m more set in my liking and prefer the Android TV format, which is a little less in your face.

Xiaomi OLED Vision 55-inch TV review: Verdict

If you’ve been looking for a premium TV and have long wanted an OLED in 55-inch size, then the Xiaomi OLED Vision is your best bet on the market right now. The discounted LG OLED is priced at Rs 69,999 on Amazon right now, which is cheap considering the display panel, but then there’s the 48-inch option. Most of the LG and Sony options in this size start from above Rs 1,50,000 lakhs.

The advantage of Xiaomi is that it is the most affordable OLED option on the list. The display and audio quality of this TV is excellent, but the software experience sometimes falls short. But the premium market doesn’t just work on price. One looking to spend Rs 90,000 or more on a TV can stretch their budget a bit more to get a more established brand. To be honest, convincing users that they should choose their premium TV may not be an easy battle for Xiaomi.