Xiaomi Mi TV P1: Smart TV that gives you almost everything for very little | Digital Trends Spanish
Xiaomi launched a new batch of Smart TVs that, like everything the company does, offer a very interesting quality at a competitive price. This time I had the opportunity to try the Xiaomi Mi TV P1 55-inch, a television equipped with Android TV 10, Dolby Vision, HDR10 + and Dolby Audio and DTS-HD sound processing.
Will this team have what it takes to position the firm in a good place in the TV market? We will leave doubts.
Xiaomi did a good design job on this TV, since in addition to having minimal bezels, it is quite thin, so it is perfect in any corner of the house. Of course, it does not offer support to hang it on the wall, so we must place it on a surface on its legs.
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Unlike other competitive televisions that only have to be attached to the base or legs to use, those of the new Xiaomi Mi TV P1 are screwed. This is not ideal, but it does include the screwdriver with the box and is relatively easy to assemble even without help.
The paws They are built in plastic (what is expected in a TV of its price) although at first glance they give a feeling of quality. It is important to note that they cannot be adjusted in height or inclination.
In the center of the TV, in the lower frame, is the Xiaomi logo and behind it, hidden under the base of the TV, the power button. This location may be the best in terms of aesthetic terms of the product, but when we configure it for the first time (and if we do not know where the button is) it may be difficult to find it.
Configuration and software
The initial setup of the Mi TV P1 is very simple. As we said above, the first time you plug it into the power you must press the on buttonyielded, which is placed under the Mi logo to start working.
Then, you just need to pair the remote with the TV and connect it to Wi-Fi for it to update. And yes, another advantage of this TV is that you do not need to point the control towards it, because thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity it responds from anywhere in the room.
In addition to having its own software (which I will talk about below), this TV has a Chromecast included, so it is possible to cast content from the mobile to the TV just by having both devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you link your Google account, which I highly recommend, the TV will automatically link to the devices in your Google account.
It is also compatible with Google Assistant (in fact, it has a dedicated button on the control, although the assistant can be invoked with a voice command). The TV detects your voice up to three meters away; You can ask Google Assistant to turn off the TV, change channels, or turn the volume up or down.
As well as the Chromecast option, the TV has a layer of personalization. This means that in addition to being based on Android TV as standard we find PatchWall as an operating system. It is a very clean interface that helps us easily and quickly locate applications and content in sections.
You can use or not PatchWall whenever you want, you just have to press the Mi button on the remote. In addition, from the TV settings you can configure it as a start tool if we prefer this order and design instead of Android TV.
The chip of this operating system is an MT9611 accompanied by 2 GB of RAM, which gives HDMI 2.1 connectivity to this TV.
The user experience with this TV is excellent. Unlike other brands, the operating system runs smoothly, everything opens in an agile way, it is intuitive and the transitions are seen and unseen. There is a good optimization job that, as a user, is very much appreciated.
Picture and sound quality
The panel of the television is a panoramic LED, a common one of the mid-range that in the case of this television gives a very good viewing experience. It adapts to the smoothly reproduced format, the colors look very natural and the brightness level is excellent. Although the TV arrives calibrated at the factory, making some variations in the settings helps to improve the experience.
The panel is 4K with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, and also has HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, the latter is somewhat less common in televisions in its range and it is undoubtedly noticeable both in the level of contrast and in the sense of quality. .
The sound is not the strong of this television. Although its dual 10 W speaker sounds quite loud, the audio is not entirely clean (especially when the volume is turned up), but it is something that is hardly appreciated when we play content.
This TV will be a great rival in the mid-range even against veterans like Samsung or LG. Its best card in the game will be its value for money: as you have seen, it has an excellent design, a screen that fully complies and an operating system that turns the user experience into a delight. Although it is true that it has deficiencies in some points such as sound, we must bear in mind that its price starts at 229 euros for the 32-inch model; the 55-inch one we tested costs 649 euros.