The Xiaomi Mi TV 3 is here and it sports a 60 inch 4K UHD display and a price tag of less than $800
Stephan Jukic – October 21, 2015
Out of several new products unveiled by Xiaomi this past Monday, the most interesting as far as we’re concerned I the company’s new Mi TV 3 4K ultra HD TV model.
The new Mi TV 3 UHD 60 inch model sports a very decent LG-built 4K ultra HD display panel which should be a reasonable guarantee of high quality picture rendering and at the same time, the new TV comes packed together with a superb audio system that Xiaomi itself describes as a “world-class independent sound system”.
Furthermore, the TV’s wonderfully light design features a main display boy that’s just 11.6 mm thick and comes with IPS-level 178 degree viewing angles along with a reasonably decent 1200:1 contrast ratio at a 60Hz refresh rate for very smooth rendering and motion in 4K UHD graphics.
Smart TV features on the new Mi TV 3 include access to web apps, online HD and 4K content and a 4K upscaling engine that’s aimed at making Full HD content look crisper and clearer than normal.
On top of these, connectivity aspects of the Mi TV 3 include 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz/5HGz WiFi access along with Bluetooth 4.1 a powerful quad-core processor for rendering graphics and smart TV controls smoothly and a 2GB RAM/8GB local storage package. The Mi TV 3 also features three HDMI 2.0 ports, about the same number of such ports as found in any of LG’s smaller OLED 4K TVs.
What’s most interesting about the Mi TV 3 is its price tag of just $786 or about 5,000 Yuan on the Chinese market where the TV will first be released.
Another very interesting feature of the Mi TV 3 is that Xiaomi gives you its central processing brain, with the above RAM and memory specs as a separate unit built into the TV’s independent sound box, called the “Mi TV Bar”. This whole unit connects to the Mi TV 3 itself and opens up the model’s MIUI TV, Xiaomi’s Android-based smart TV platform, but the Mi TV Bar can also be attached to other televisions and display devices. In other words, the Mi TV 3 comes with a detachable external brain.
For North American customers, we doubt that there will also be a Mi TV 3 launch at any point in the near future at least. However, this latest affordable high tech 4K TV model further cements China’s status as the largest single market for 4K TV technology. In part, this is the result of a production market in which a large number of domestic and foreign 4K TV manufacturers compete to create some truly rock bottom pricing details for their assorted UHD television models, even if these models sometimes come with specs that put them well behin the quality and features of much more recognized 4K UHD TVs from brands like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic or LG.
Here in the North American market, comparable budget 4K TVs with superb specs and some great smart TV and connectivity features would be the Vizio M-Series or the Vizio P-Series 4K TV models.
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