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Xiaomi Mi TV P1 Review: A very attractive and competitive TV

For Xiaomi, TVs are not the only and main product. A large number of this Chinese brand unites hundreds of products, many of which have original technological solutions. Xiaomi is 100% responsible only for the design and manufacture of smartphones, routers and TVs. The new series of TVs Xiaomi Mi TV P1 is a clear confirmation of this.

As we remember, at the beginning of April 2020, Xiaomi had a model with an excellent OLED panel Mi TV Lux , which became a clear demonstration of the technological capabilities of this brand. After that, in 2021, we got acquainted with the Mi TV Q1 series , which Xiaomi exhibited as a competitor in the high-end segment of models among the world’s 4K TV manufacturers. This time, let’s take a look at the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 inch LED UHD 4K Dolby Vision HDR10 + model with intriguing specifications.

Xiaomi Mi TV P1 review

The TV model Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 ″, which we are considering in this review, shows that Xiaomi’s ambitions in the TV market rival that of the smartphone sector. The two models mentioned above compete in the High and Premium ranges, and the Mi TV P1 series in question is in the mid-range, trying to attract the attention of the buyer with a moderate price point.

Moreover, Xiaomi Mi TV P1 TVs come with Android TV 10, Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, Dolby Audio and DTS-HD, and the implementation of HDMI 2.1 is partial. The Xiaomi Mi TV P1 series is available in four different sizes – 32, 43, 50 and 55 inches. The Xiaomi Mi TV P1 32 ″ model is HD (720p), so we will not consider it.

The largest is the Mi TV P1 55 ″ and is equipped with a TCL VA panel. An interesting fact is that for models 50 and 43 inches, matrices are produced by POS. The TV Xiaomi Mi TV P1 43 ″ has an IPS version of the matrix, not a VA panel.

Unfortunately, while in the specifications the manufacturer does not indicate what is the native contrast ratio of the VA panel in the considered Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 ″ model. But on the surface, the Mi P1 55 has a remarkable contrast for the VA screen. However, it should be noted that Mi TV P1 55 ″ is a “middling” with a color depth of 8 bits + FRC, and not “pure” 10 bits.

This technology allows the TV to generate a wider color space using adjacent pixels of different colors, giving the feeling that we are looking at a third color that is not actually part of the panel’s 8-bit color space. And it works because, according to Xiaomi, this model covers 94% of the DCI-P3 color space.

Design

As for the design of the TV Mi TV P1 55, at first glance from the front, this model is very attractive. The design has thin frames, the largest case thickness is about 9 mm, which is considered the norm for a mid-range model. The legs of the stand are located on the sides of the screen, but shifted slightly towards the center. If you just look at the Mi TV P1 55, then it can pass for a high-end LCD TV.

Of course, upon closer inspection, it is felt that Xiaomi has decided to save on materials used in its production of the Mi TV P1 series, but on the other hand, this constrains the final price of the product. The fact is that plastic is abundant. The bezel of the screen is made of dark plastic with a gray tint. The back of the TV and the legs of the stand are made of the same material.

The body is not even low quality polycarbonate, so the Mi TV P1 series TVs do not have the ability to come close to high-end products. There is no doubt that if these decorative elements were metal and retained the processing of Dolby Vision content (and Xiaomi paid Dolby a license to implement this technology), then the 55-inch Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 would hardly cost slightly more than 600 euros.

Attach the stand feet to the TV base with two supplied screws. The legs are really thin, it looks good. Despite the fact that they are made of plastic, the stand is quite sturdy, 55 the panel is stable even if you accidentally push it slightly.

An interesting note: the TV power button is completely hidden in the base of the case, just below the logo, which says the abbreviation “Mi”. The interface section is located on the left side of the TV. There are ports that face to the side and there are outlets downward. This part of the body is slightly recessed. Wall-mounted access to I / O ports is retained.

Xiaomi Mi TV P1 design

Android TV 10 and PatchWall

The operating system that is installed in the series of TVs Xiaomi Mi TV P1 is Android TV 10. Aesthetically, not everyone likes this platform than the latest versions of Tizen or webOS (Samsung and LG). But in this case, Android runs flawlessly smoothly. The chip that is responsible for the operation of this software is MediaTek MT9611, a quad-core SoC, a Mali G52 MP2 GPU, only 2 GB of RAM. The same Mali G52 is responsible for the partial implementation of the HDMI 2.1 interface on the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55.

The peculiarity of the TV Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55, which allows it to stand out from the majority of competitors (on Android TV), is that in addition to this OS there is PatchWall. This software is an interface designed by Xiaomi that allows you to access your favorite apps and content. This works through personalized recommendations that the shell generates based on the analysis of the content that the user reproduces.

The Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 is reasonably well calibrated at the factory, but the color reproduction is not flawless right out of the box. Many users do not see the need to spend time adjusting the color in order to tweak the picture a little more and achieve more accurate tone reproduction. But anyone who wants to get the most out of this model and doesn’t mind going through the settings will pay special attention to gamma correction and color temperature.

The Bluetooth remote control that Xiaomi comes with the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 is similar to the remotes of other products from this brand. It contains buttons that allow you to access the most important functions of the TV. The main drawback, like most competitors’ remotes, is only two buttons for direct access to Netflix and Prime Video.

Xiaomi Mi TV P1 remote

Picture

Let’s return to the VA matrix , which is equipped with the TV Mi TV P1 55. When considering the macro shooting of the screen, you can clearly assess the distribution of RGB subpixels. Let’s say this: the clarity of the image of the matrix reflects how we will see the picture. The average viewing angles of the VA panel is a regularity.

One of the main strengths of VA panels is their excellent natural contrast. In this area, they tend to clearly outperform TVs using IPS matrices. Therefore, the Mi TV P1 has a very convincing contrast, but only the VA models. Blacks are deep, although the ability to display detail in shadow areas is limited. This is due to the Edge LED backlighting.

As for the brightness, the Mi TV P1 55 has “moderate”, so the HDR content does not acquire the effect that can be observed from Samsung or Sony. It is worth recalling, of course, that “correct” HDR playback can be seen on TVs with peak brightness of 1000 nits or more. But such models do not fall into the middle price category. In any case, if you watch this series of TVs from Xiaomi with very low ambient light or without it, then the HDR content will look good, but not premium.

What else can please the Mi TV P1 55 TV is motion processing. Of course, action scenes aren’t as expertly handled as Sony’s mid to high end. By the way, there is an opinion that Sony has one of the best motion processing algorithms. But Mi TV P1 is able to compete with more expensive models. This is a clear plus for Xiaomi.

Unfortunately, objects in the room are reflected on the TV screen of the Xiaomi Mi TV P1, which indicates a weak anti-reflective coating. Xiaomi developers should consider improving this aspect. Finally, with regard to the uniformity of the panel, there is nothing to argue. Do not forget that TCL produces panels of very good quality.

Connections

To evaluate the performance of the Mi TV P1 55 in game mode, the Xbox Series X console was used . Xiaomi guarantees that the HDMI 2 port implements eARC technology and all others are ALLM. But there is no VRR support, so a “partial” implementation of HDMI 2.1 is proposed.

When plugging in the game console, she correctly determined that this TV was Dolby Vision compatible , but did not realize its ability to work with the HDR10 standard, nor the presence of an automatic mode with low latency. On the other hand, one cannot ignore the fact that the VA panel, which is installed in the 55 diagonal of the Mi TV P1, operates at a native refresh rate of 60 Hz. Therefore, taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy games at 120 Hz will not work.

As for the delay, the last word belongs to the TVs of this series (we take into account the moderate price of the device). After a little gaming experience, it becomes clear that the input lag is in the range from 25 to 30 ms. Therefore, the dubious recommendation to use this series of TVs as a large monitor remains valid. The response time of the VA panel is also not a reference, this figure is at around 15 ms.

So, we have dealt with one pseudo HDMI 2.1 with eARC port. In addition, there is a pair of HDMI 2.0, AV input, a pair of USB 2.0, headphone output, optical digital output, antenna input. Ethernet connector, CI slot, Wi-Fi available in dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz options. There is Bluetooth 5.0 from the wireless connection.

Xiaomi Mi TV P1 interfaces

Sound

Sound is usually one of the weak points of entry-level and mid-range TVs. Unfortunately, the 55 model of the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 is no exception. Sound quality is acceptable if the level is not too high. But if used at maximum power, distortion will be noticeable. This is annoying and exhausting.

On the other hand, one can call the advantage of the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 ″ the ability to process content with Dolby Audio and DTS-HD sound, which is especially appreciated at a time when some brands stopped offering the ability to decode DTS.

The Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55 model in question has two tweeters and two woofers. Sound scheme 2.0CH power 2 × 10 watts. Note that the TV Xiaomi Mi TV P1 32 only has a pair of broadband emitters.

Conclusion

The mid-range is probably the most competitive in the 4K TV market. High-end models are attractive because of the best features, but their price often makes them unaffordable for many users. In short, this is the golden mean in which the models from the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 series are located.

Thus, the most obvious advantage of the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 is its attractive price-performance ratio. This allows the series to stand out from many other mid-range models. It’s worth adding the ability to handle Dolby Vision and HDR10 + content.

The design is stylish, but the materials used are too simple. When it comes to software, the Android TV 10 and PatchWall tandem is great. Of course, a potential buyer should understand that there is a lot of plastic in the construction, that its maximum brightness is limited and true HDR is not available. Sound – although extended, but there are some comments. No 10-bit panel and no full HDMI 2.1 implementation.

What do you think?

4.2 / 5. 163

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