Redmi Smart TV:
Redmi Smart TV is neither too small nor too big and is just perfect for an average-sized room. It comes with a table stand only and can not be wall mounted. If you want, you can buy the wall mount stand separately from the market. Profiles of the unit are neither too sleek nor too thick. Considering it is a budget offering, you may want to keep your expectations low. It has a plastic body with noticeable black frames on all four sides.
At the front, the TV has an indicator light at the bottom. Behind it is the power button. You can not miss the Redmi branding as it’s right above the indicator light. Redmi Smart TV offers 2xUSB 2.0 port, one Ethernet port, one AV port, 2 HDMI (one has ARC support), a 3.5mm headphone jack and one antenna. So, you get enough connectivity options. The TV offers dual-band Wi-Fi support along with Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connections. Everytime, the Wi-Fi connection was stable and there were no unnecessary network issues with the TV.
Redmi Smart TV:
Redmi Smart TV has a 43-inch Full HD screen which offers a satisfactory viewing experience. Ofcourse, it’s not top notch, but it’s not bad either. Colour reproduction is good on the screen and is not over saturated, thanks to the Vivid Picture Engine.
What we liked most about the display of the Redmi Smart TV is the brightness. It surely does add to the viewing experience, bringing out some good details in the images. Visuals are clear, crisp and as we said full of detail.
For those late-night streaming sessions, the TV will not be a disappointment at all. Also, this is a 60Hz display panel with smooth video play. However, the screen is not glare-free, so be prepared for those distractions.
Redmi Smart TV:
The new smart TV runs on the latest Android 11 TV OS with the PatchWall 4 launcher. Patchwall already offered more streamlined content and the new updated version refines the content more vividly. For example, it groups the recently watched content together so you don’t have to search movies or shows that you left halfway through.
There is also a Live TV function on the launcher where you can watch select channels for free. But you need to download apps separately. The TV comes with access to Google Play Store. So you can download apps that you wish like Disney+ Hotstar, Sony LIV and more. However, you will feel a bit of lag here.
The new Redmi Smart TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core processor with Mali G31 MP2 GPU. It packs 8GB storage and has 1GB RAM which impacts the overall performance of the TV. The lag is more noticeable when navigating and switching between apps back and forth. At one time during the review, the TV kept shutting down the YouTube app and bringing us back to the Home menu. After numerous tries, we had to reboot the device after which we did not face the same problem. So we would say that there is room for improvement here.
The TV comes with a dedicated Kids mode that offers ‘kids-safe’ content and allows parents to control what their children watch on the TV. if necessary, they can lock the default mode with a password. With the Miracast app, you can mirror your phone’s screen on the TV. The experience was smooth and hassle free.
The smart TV packs 20watt stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Both audio levels and the sound quality are good and give no reason to complain. The added support for DTS Virtual:X and DTS-HD improves the overall audio experience of the TV.
The TV comes with a compact remote with minimal keys. It has dedicated hotkeys for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video as well along with Google Assistant and PatchWall button. It’s both functional as well as lightweight.
Redmi Smart TV checks most of the boxes that are needed for a smart TV these days and is a true value for money device at Rs 23,999. It comes with a decent display, loud and clear audio output along with a compact remote. With the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM ), the needs of the gamers are taken care of too.