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Mi QLED TV 75 quick review: Lot of strengths but few weaknesses too

Mi QLED TV 75 is a 75-inch 4K smart TV with HDR 10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. I have been using the Mi QLED TV 75 for the last three days and while we will bring you a detailed review soon, here is what I think of this gigantic display as of now.

twitter-logoManas Tiwari | April 23, 2021 | Updated 13:37 IST
Mi QLED TV 75
Mi QLED TV 75 is Xiaomi's most premium in India.

Highlights

  • Mi QLED TV 75 is company's most premium smart TV.
  • It has good picture quality.
  • The TV is massive and on heavier side too.

Xiaomi is seriously pushing the limits across categories. It has just introduced its first truly flagship and most expensive smartphone in India the Mi 11 Ultra. At the same event, it also launched its largest and most premium smart TV in the country Mi QLED TV 75. Yes, that's a 75-inch 4K smart TV with HDR 10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. There is also Dolby Vision, 30W stereo speaker system and a built-in microphone. All of this costs you Rs 1,19,999 in India.

Xiaomi had entered the television category in India about three years ago and has dominated the segment just like smartphones. Most of its smart TVs under the Mi branding are aggressively priced. In 2021, it has set on a mission to enter newer markets. The first step was the introduction of Redmi TV which focuses on basics while the Mi QLED TV 75 promises a no compromise experience.

I have been using the Mi QLED TV 75 for the last three days and while we will bring you a detailed review soon, here is what I think of this gigantic display as of now.

Mi QLED TV 75 features and specifications

-- Before we deep dive into the performance and picture quality, here is a quick overview on what's on offer.

-- As the name suggests, the QLED TV 75 features a 75-inch QLED 4K UHD panel. The display has a resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels and a 178-degree viewing angle for wide visibility.

-- The television supports 192 zones of full array dynamic local dimming, Dolby Vision, HDR 10+ and 120Hz of refresh rate.

-- The television makes use of a 30W stereo speaker system which includes two tweeters and four woofers. It has Dolby Audio but supports Dolby Atmos on compatible audio devices through HDMI.

-- The smart TV is powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT9611 processor which is paired with Mali G52 P2 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB native storage.

-- The Mi QLED TV 75 runs Android 10 OS and bundles Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube apps. It also has a built-in microphone for hands-free control on Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.

-- The connectivity options of the Mi QLED TV 4K include Bluetooth 5.0, an HDMI 2.1 port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also built-in Chromecast.

Mi QLED TV 75 quick review: All that's good

The Mi QLED TV 75 is designed to give you a theatre like experience at home, and it achieves to do that, partially. I say this because a theatre is not just about the screen size but yeah, a bigger display certainly makes the experience better. Xiaomi has kept the bezels on the Mi QLED TV 75 really thin which is a good thing. The massive 75-inch panel is surrounded by a slim aluminium frame which gets broader at the bottom but gives the television n clean look.

The TV is easy to set up. It comes with a central table stand in the same aluminium finish. It's better than the separated stands found on previous Xiaomi TVs. The wall-mount is not included in the retail package, and you will have to buy it separately.

A TV is as good as its panel. This where Xiaomi has hit the ball out of the park. As the name suggests, the Mi QLED TV 75 uses a QLED panel, made popular by Samsung and LG. For those unversed, the QLED panel makes use of a quantum dot layer between the LCD panel and LED backlighting layers. It results in improved contrast levels and overall brightness.

Xiaomi has done a decent job for the price and visuals are a treat on Mi QLED TV 75. I watched the latest episode of 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier', 'Master' on Prime video and a lot of videos on YouTube. To see Falcon, Captain America and Bucky on the big screen was a fun experience. The higher refresh rate is something that will take time to get used to but definitely enhances the viewing experience.

I also played the airport scene from 'Captain America: Civil War' and the details were stunning. The moment where Spider-Man breaks the window while chasing Falcon and Winter Soldier, felt smoother than before.

The support for Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ put the Mi QLED TV 4K at par with other premium 4K televisions. The audio is great as well. The background music for Vijay Sethupathi in Master had a powerful impact, dialogues were largely clear but, I look forward to listening to more music and see if the new Mi TV finds the correct balance between audio profiles.

The remote is familiar for anyone who has used a Xiaomi TV or smart box before. It comes with a dedicated button for Google Assistant and Patchwall. The latter was introduced with the Redmi TV remote. There are also dedicated hotkeys for Netflix and Prime video.

A new addition to the Mi QLED TV 4K is the built-in far field microphone which allows you to access Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant without using the remote from up to 3 metres. We will be using its effectiveness over the next few days. Xiaomi has also integrated the Mi Home App with the TV another feature we will have a closer look.

The best part about the Mi QLED TV 75 is the price it comes at. The television prices have been going up in India. They tend to take exponential jump as you move towards bigger screen sizes. That's where Xiaomi has done a good job by pricing its 75-inch smart TV more aggressively than others.

Mi QLED TV 75 quick review: All that could have been better

Given the tight price, I was expecting Xiaomi to cut few corners in terms of quality. And, it has few. Xiaomi may have positioned the Mi QLED TV 75 as its most premium television but the quality of plastic and aluminium frame used could have better. There is a gap of few millimetres between the panel and the frame which is clearly visible on the edges.

The USP of this TV is its large size. That will also isolate few buyers. The new Mi TV is genuinely huge and most households will find it difficult to accommodate it. In fact, even the 65-inch TVs have a niche audience in India right now. The metal body also makes the Mi QLED TV 75 really heavy.

While the panel is bright and sharp but tuned slightly towards the saturated side. Something Xiaomi can look it.

Lastly, Xiaomi is marketing this as a 4K 120Hz television but has used an on-board display controller that uses MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) which restricts gaming to 60Hz. In simple words, the users will have to choose between 1080p with 120Hz or 4K with 60Hz refresh rate. Xiaomi executives have confirmed this to India Today Tech, explaining that most games run 1080p with 60hz, and it will take few years for gaming ecosystem to take advantage of the latest tech.

I played a bit of FIFA 21 on my PlayStation 4 Slim. The gameplay was fine, but I did notice few lags on Mi QLED TV 75. I will be watching the gaming performance more closely before giving a final verdict on this.

Mi QLED TV 75: First impression

The 75-inch television category has a limited market in India. The segment is so small that no agency tracks it and there is no data available. Xiaomi believes that it is largely because of lack of options and hopes that Mi QLED TV 75 will fill address that issue. It has done well by pricing the TV very aggressively. The panel used, audio quality and overall performance seems promising. But, I have doubts about the build quality and gaming experience. So stay tuned for India Today Tech's full review where we will talk about these in detail.

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