This post might seem a bit late as we already past the Flipkart and Amazon Billion day sales. But the motivation behind this is the online sale that goes up for smart TV’s especially android certified budget TV’s like Mi TV. This post is supposed to give a truthful idea about the pros and cons of these budget smart-televisions. We’ll have a small introduction through what is smart televisions, display types, what are you going to get from the budget smart TV’s and what you are not going to get etc. These are probably you won’t find in manufacturers website but are worth noting before you buy one.

If you’re still confused about buying a smart Tv or normal TV read this post.

Display Panels

First, let’s discuss about the LCD panel that is used in smart TVs. As you might have noticed already, the boxes of these TVs have a label called “LCD LED TV”. This means it’s not completely an LED TV. It is basically an LCD panel with LED backlit. So if you have ever confused looking at LED TV written somewhere – It is not LED TV.

TFT

The cheapest TV that you get in the market is called TFT LCD. We’ wouldn’t recommend TFT panels since their viewing angles are simply not great. Also, the color reproduction and saturation are not good compared to other technologies. So if you have already shortlisted a TV which has TFT LED panel, my advice would be to stay from it.

IPS

Another type of LCD panel which comes with TVs that costs 15000 and more is the IPS LED panel. These panels are really good in terms of viewing angles. If you have a big hall and the chairs are spread around the room, unlike TFT panels the picture would be visible perfectly for even the person who sits in a wider angle. Also, color reproduction in this TV panel is very good.

VA Panels

These panels produce very good blacks and excellent contrast (Example Samsung QLED TV). This matters much when you see movies, the dark content is more on it. But the viewing angles on VA panel is not that good. Generally, if you are a couple or your house doesn’t have more people to watch tv sitting widely around it, VA panels can give you a good TV experience.

OLED Panels

These are the most expensive type of panels used. Usually these panels available at a price of 2 lakhs and more. The picture quality and viewing angles are absolutely amazing.

Local dimming

The term “local dimming” is used very much in LED LCD tv markets. The idea is that the local dimming technology of your television can dim the area of the screen that needs it while keeping the bright parts of the screen brightness. This basically improves the contrast ratio and produce better pictures.

Generally, the budget-oriented TVs don’t have any local dimming feature and the light cannot be controlled in the dark scenes. Some mid-range TVs have half local dimming which helps in producing more darker darks. Premium TVs has Full Array Backlit Dimming (FLAD) which is not generally found in budget TVs.

HDR

HDR means High Dynamic Range. This simply means more colors and more difference between peeking brightness and darkness – these TVs have to produce brighter images than non-HDR. A budget TV can go up to 250-350 nits while more premium TVs like Samsung, LG can go even up to 100 nits brightness.

Even if the budget Tv makers claiming their TVs are HDR but technically it’s not entirely true. I can explain why. Generally, the panels are mentioned in bits. The general panel is of 8 bits which you’ll see on almost every budget TVs. An 8-bit panel means you can produce up to 16.7 million colors which seems pretty good. But true HDR needs even more colors. Hence a true HDR Tv will actually have a 10-bit panel which means it can produce up to 1 billion colors. It is worth noting that 12-bit panel will come out in 2020 which will have 68 billion colors!.

So, budget TVs usually has 8-bit panels, you don’t have to worry about that too much but in a true sense be aware that you are not buying an HDR TV.

Even if the budget TVs says HDR generally omit Dolby vision. The point here to note is that the Dolby vision is not free and the manufacturers will have to take a license to support it on the TV, so you generally won’t find that in budget-oriented TVs.

It is also interesting that the Xiaomi Mi 55 inch TV has a 10-bit panel which why it has a huge price difference compared to 49 or other smaller variants.

The truth behind Android Certified TV

Nowadays you can see a lot of budget TVs touting they are android certified. This generally gives an impression that it will support all Android apps especially the streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. But this is not true. Then what you mean by android certified?

It means the TV runs on Android, it supports Google Play, you have a certified Youtube app and many TVs provide Google assistant built-in. It doesn’t mean that these TVs will have Netflix or amazon prime in it. The Mi TV does not have Netflix or Amazon prime supported. Even if you go to the Google Play store on these TVs, you won’t find Netflix/Amazon Prime apps there. The manufacturers need to pay for licensing for these apps to be available that’s why the budget TVs omit these apps.

To sum it up, you have to note that even though you are buying an android certified TV, it might not have Netflix or Amazon Prime apps in it. If the Tv comes from a brand like Samsung, LG Sony etc will have these apps but not on the cheaper ones. Keep in mind that you can use Chromecast or Amazon Fire Tv stick to actually stream content from these apps on TV.

 

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