Today’s consumer is spoiled for choice when looking to buy a TV. Not only are there a number of brands offering products at competitive pricing, but also TV technology has evolved to the point where there are a number of options to choose from. Getting a 4K TV that checks all the right boxes when it comes to features and specs is not tough today. Technologies like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos which were considered premium TV technology are today available on a host of budget TVs. While there is still a reason one should consider a premium TV, that’s a story for another day. Today we are going to take a look at three 43-inch and 55-inch 4K TVs that you can choose from. Nokia has announced a smaller 43-inch sibling to its 55-inch TV, and Xiaomi has a 43-inch and 55-inch 4K HDR TV in the form of the Mi TV 4X lineup. Let’s take a look and see how these TVs compare to the newly launched Thomson 43-inch and 55-inch TVs.
All the three TVs boast of a 4K panel and support for HDR in both the 43-inch and 55-inch screen sizes. The Nokia TV and the Thomson TV boast of support for Dolby Vision, Dolby’s premier HDR technology. The Mi TV 4X supports HDR 10 only. Just to be clear, supporting the technology is only half the story. To take full advantage of HDR, the TV needs to have high peak brightness. This is where they differ. The Nokia 43-inch TV has a peak brightness of 300 nits whereas the Thomson 43-inch TV has a peak brightness of 500 nits. While the peak brightness of the Mi TV 4X isn’t mentioned in the spec sheet we expect it to be around the 350 nits, ballpark. The 55-inch Nokia TV has 400 nits of brightness while the Thomson 55-inch TV has 550 nits of brightness.
From the peak brightness spec alone, it is clear that the Thomson TV has an edge on paper, but things like colour accuracy, dark scene performance, etc. can only be judged once the TVs are in front of us, side by side. All three TVs have LED backlighting.
When it comes to audio, the Nokia TV has speakers powered by JBL. The other two TVs don't bring any big audio names to their TV speakers. All three TVs support Dolby Audio and DTS technology. However, all three speakers differ when it comes to sound output. The Nokia TV has 24W of sound output, Thomson TV has 30W of sound output and the Xiaomi TV has 20W of sound output. Lowder may not necessarily be better, as the tuning of the speakers is important as well.
When it comes to specifications, let's first start with connectivity options. All three TVs come with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. The Thomson and the Nokia TV don't have 3.5mm ports, the Mi TV does and that's great for connecting wired headphones or connecting it to a pair of speakers via an AUX cable. The Thomson TV and Mi TV come with 8GB built-in storage for your apps while the Nokia TV has double that storage at 16GB. All three TVs have a quad-core processor under the hood.
All three TVs run on the Android TV UI and bring with them access to the Google Assistant via the remote control and the Play Store with access to popular streaming services. All the three TVs bring support for Netflix, Prime Videos, Disney+ Hotstar and many more streaming services from the Play Store.
While the Nokia TV and the Thomson TV bring with them stock Android TV UI, it is the Mi TV that gives consumers the option between the vanilla Android TV experience and Xiaomi’s own PatchWall UI. PatchWall is a friendly experience for those that aren’t used to a Smart TV UI. It has content before the service, letting users browse a large catalogue of movies and TV shows. Xiaomi’s PatchWall also has features like data saver, which is great for those with limited data or a low FUP cap. Xiaomi actively updates PatchWall with new features and you can read more about it here.
The Thomson 43-inch TV and the Mi TV 4X 43-inch are priced at Rs 24,999 while the Nokia 43-inch 4K TV is priced at Rs 31,999. Coming to the 55-inch TV, the Thomson TV is priced at Rs 32,999, the Mi TV 4X is priced at Rs 34,999 and the 55-inch Nokia TV is priced at Rs 41,999.