Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi launched its first TV in Beijing, China, alongside the Redmi Note 8 series and the RedmiBook 14 Pro. The TV is called Redmi TV 70 because this one comes only in one size-variant, which is 70-inches. Here’s everything you wanted to know about it.
Display & Audio
The Redmi TV 70 flaunts a 70-inch (diagonal) 4K LED-backlit IPS panel with a resolution of 3480×2160 pixels. The display is HDR 10 compatible, has a 178 degrees wide field of view, and has very thin bezels around the panel.
For audio, the TV has support for Dolby Audio and DTS HD for the audio. Redmi also claimed to have special audio enhancements for the device’s audio system.
The Redmi TV is powered by the 6th gen 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit Amologic Cortex A53 SoC alongside the Mali 450MP3 GPU clocked at 750MHz. This is paired with 2 Gigs of RAM and 16 Gigs of internal storage.
Software On The Redmi TV
The Redmi TV runs on Xiaomi’s own TV OS called Patchwall OS, which Xiaom’s smart TVs (like the Mi TV 4) run on. Patchwall OS has Xiaomi’s virtual assistant called XiaoAI, that helps users navigate the software and find interesting stuff to watch with the help of the voice-enabled remote control. The TV supports media formats like H.264, Real, MPEG 1/2/4 and other popular ones.
The smart TV comes loaded with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. I/O ports include three HDMI and two USB ports. The TV also comes with a Bluetooth remote control with support for voice-controls. Xiaomi smartphone and notebook users can also wirelessly cast to the TV via Wi-Fi and Xiaomi’s proprietary app present in Patchwall OS.
Pricing & Availability
This is the part which raised the eyebrows of people all over the world. The Redmi TV is priced at CNY 3,799 (~ USD 530 / INR 38,000). That is very impressive, especially considering Xiaom’s own TVs shall not match up to the VFM provided by the Redmi TV. The TV goes on sale in China starting on September 10.
The TV shall most likely not hit any markets other than China and India. Redmi GM Lu Weibing says the Redmi TV shall most probably make its way to India, but there is no estimate for the launch date. We can expect the TV to launch in India towards the end of the year.
We shall update the post as and when we have more details.