Once reserved for the premium segment, QLED TVs are making their way to more budget offerings. We have seen a lot of TV makers from OnePlus, Compaq, Hisense and more launch QLED TVs in India. The latest offering in the QLED TV space is the Mi QLED TV 4K from Xiaomi. We spent quite some time with the TV and you can check out our written review of the TV here and watch our video review below.
One of the questions we were asked a lot was how does the Mi QLED TV compare to the OnePlus QLED TV? Well, you can watch our review of the OnePlus QLED TV below, and know that the TV has received some significant updates to its picture performance, and we will bring you a side-by-side comparison soon. Until then let’s take a look and see how these 2 TVs compare with each other on paper.
The price difference between the OnePlus Q1 and the Mi QLED TV is a little under Rs 10,000 so let’s take a look at the difference between the two TVs. To begin with, both the TVs support a 4K resolution along with support for all popular HDR formats including Dolby Vision, HDR 10 and HDR 10+. So, if support for HDR formats is important to you, then both the TVs check all the boxes. On Flipkart, both the TVs are listed with a peak brightness of 350 nits which isn’t a lot. However, we think the peak brightness of the OnePlus TV is higher than 350 nits. We are waiting for OnePlus to confirm the same. Peak brightness isn't the only metric for good HDR performance. You also need to look at the contrast ratio. We will touch more upon the picture performance once we place the 2 TVs side by side. As mentioned above, both the TVs have a QLED panel which should give you better colour reproduction than a traditional LED TV.
Coming to audio, this is where things get interesting. The Mi QLED TV has 30W of sound output while the OnePlus Q1 has 50W of sound output. The OnePlus we reviewed was the Q1 Pro that comes with the slide-out soundbar and an 8-speaker arrangement while the Q1 has a 4-speaker setup but with the same 50W of sound output. Both the OnePlus Q1 and Mi QLED TV can get loud and quite clear. So, if you are looking for a TV for let’s say, the bedroom and don't want a soundbar, both should suit your purpose quite well.
When it comes to connectivity, each TV has its own advantages. While the Mi QLED TV has HDMI 2.1 with eARC and ALLM, it has 3 HDMI ports. The OnePlus TV has HDMI 2.0, but it has 4 HDMI ports, one of which supports ARC. If you have a Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar, you should be able to connect it to either of the 2 TVs and get a good experience. While eARC does bring support for lossless audio thanks to its higher bandwidth, you will need a compatible audio setup to make the most of HDMI 2.1. Needless to say, for a simple budget soundbar, or home theatre in a box, both the TVs will work fine.
Both the TVs run on Android TV out of the box and provide a good Android TV experience. The Android TV UI is homogenous across TVs. How the OnePlus Q1 and Mi QLED TV distinguish themselves is with their own UI. The Mi QLED TV has Xiaomi’s PatchWall UI while OnePlus has OxygenPlay.
Both the UI’s have the same purpose, to integrate content providers into the UI. In this regard, PatchWall has good integration with support from more than 20 service providers. Where the OnePlus Q1 differentiates itself is with the app to control the TV. You can take screenshots of the TV from the phone, switch the apps on the TV and the volume of the TV automatically goes down when you get a call. So, each TV gives you the comfort of the Android TV UI and adds a little special sauce of their own. The UI is more of a personal choice so go with the one that suits your needs better.
Both TVs have an interesting design. The Mi QLED TV has an aluminium alloy frame with sandblast coating giving it a premium finish. It has two traditional feet holding the TV on a table and all the HDMI ports are facing the right. The OnePlus Q1 doesn’t come with its unique spine like tabletop stand in the box and that needs to be purchased separately. It does come with a wall mount. All the ports on the OnePlus TV are facing the side and come with a flap cover to hide them giving the TV a clean look.
Both the TVs comes with a minimalistic remote control giving you hotkeys to navigate OTT platforms. While OnePlus has changed the remote the TV originally launched with, the newer remote control has a more ergonomic feel to it. The Mi QLED TV comes with a remote control the brand has used for a really long time, and we think it gets the job done quite well.
On paper, both the TVs have their own pros and cons bringing with them a host of technology and features. The almost 10K premium for the OnePlus TV can be a deal-breaker for some. But whether the performance of the OnePlus TV justifies the higher price tag is something we will tell you when we compare the panel performance of the two TVs side by side.
|Release Date:||26 Sep 2019|
Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.