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OnePlus TV U1 55-inch Beautiful Designs, Vibrant 4K Screen makes it an Excellent

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When OnePlus launched its first television in 2019, there were mixed reactions from reviewers and enthusiasts alike. The OnePlus TV U1 series is impressive for a number of reasons. The company’s new televisions for 2020 aren’t replacements for the OnePlus TV U1 series at all; these are more affordable TVs that will appeal to more value-conscious buyers.

In India however, the smart TV segment has been dominated by the likes of Xiaomi with its affordable Mi TVs. 10 months later, OnePlus has now introduced two new series of smart TVs that come with affordable price tags as the company looks to grab a bigger piece of the Indian market. The OnePlus TV Y series 32-inch and 43-inch models and the U series 55-inch model were launched last week with prices starting at Rs. 12,999. Today we are reviewing the high-end OnePlus TV U series 55U1 model.

OnePlus is looking to go back to its roots as a brand that was known for making premium products at affordable prices. The OnePlus TV U1 has been launched at Rs 49,999, which is a much more accessible price point compared to the Q1 series that is available upwards of Rs 69,990. At a sub-Rs 50,000 price point, the OnePlus TV U1 offers a 55-inch panel with 4K UHD resolution, a slim and premium design, 30W speakers, Dolby Vision, and much more.

Apart from that, this television promises everything else that you’d get with the OnePlus TV Q1 series, along with various software tweaks and improvements that have been released since that model was first launched.

Verdict

The OnePlus TV U1 delivers a bright and vibrant 4K display and an extremely attractive design that looks even better than the Q1 series. At this price point, the OnePlus TV U1 is easily one of the best 4K TVs in the market and will deliver a rich visual experience. Invest in a good soundbar and you’re good to go.

Design

The OnePlus TV U1 model comes with a 55-inch screen, which is pretty big and definitely meant for a spacious hall rather than your bedroom. The first thing that strikes you about the TV is its slim profile. With a thickness of just 6.9mm, this is is one of the slimmest TVs that I have ever seen. It looks sleek and the ultra-thin aluminum chassis gives it a very premium finish. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-looking TV in this segment.

A majority of the back of the OnePlus TV U1 is flat and clean. The company wanted to offer a minimalistic and attractive look for the back as well, even though you won’t be looking at this part of the TV much. You can tell the company has put in a lot of thought in the presentation. There is no visible screws on the back. The bottom one-third of the rear has a curved mound with a carbon fiber finish, which is where the hardware, speakers and ports are present. The left side of this bump has a removable cover that hides the ports. You will, of course, have to remove the cover and place it somewhere if you want to use the ports. You get three HDMI ports, one AV input, two USB ports, and an ethernet port.

Now, you don’t get a wall mounting kit with the OnePlus TV U1, but you do get a stand with the box. OnePlus says that customers can request for a free wall mount kit at the time of purchase and installation will also be done for free. These are metal stands with the same gunmetal colour and slim profile as the TV’s chassis. While the legs are sharp and slim, they are extremely solid and can balance the 55-inch TV well.

Display

OnePlus TV U1 comes with a 55-inch 4K UHD LED display and tons of technologies that add up to deliver a great picture experience. The display is backed by HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support. It also touts features like 93 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, Gamma Engine, and MEMC technology. Additionally. OnePlus has included noise reduction, super-resolution, color space mapping, and dynamic contrast.

Under Picture settings, you have the option to change the modes from Standard to Vivid, Custom, Film, Cinema Home, Photo and Graphic. There’s an Eye Protection mode as well which tints the display to a warmer shade to soothe the eyes. You can also manually adjust the backlight, contrast, brightness, gamma, sharpness, color, and tint. Moreover, you can also head to Advanced Settings to set options like Global Dimming, Noise Reduction, Ultra Smooth Motion, and so on.

As long as you have a good amount of 4K content to watch, you can get the best experience from the OnePlus TV U1. Netflix, for example, has the biggest library of 4K content provided you subscribe to the Rs 799 monthly subscription plan. You’ll see titles that support 4K UHD or Dolby Vision, both of which look absolutely stunning on the OnePlus TV U1.

As a must, I checked out Our Planet on Netflix which supports Dolby Vision. The experience was fantastic with excellent sharpness and vibrant colors. Brightness levels are great and so are the viewing angles. For an LED TV, the OnePlus TV U1 also delivers deep blacks, making night scenes look visually stunning in 4K. Note that Dolby Vision content has its own preset, but you can still tweak the brightness, sharpness, and so on if you really want to.

Now, a majority of the content that you’re going to watch will be in full HD resolution and it will look good for the most part as the Gamma Engine does a pretty good job at upscaling. However, due to the size of the screen, you will occasionally spot a lack in sharpness and pixelation. I checked out Jurassic World on Netflix, which was unfortunately not in 4K or Dolby Vision, and Ford v Ferrari on Hotstar in 1080p resolution. Both movies delivered good colour reproduction and brightness levels. Brightly lit scenes were clear enough, but I did notice some pixelation in darker scenes. The picture quality will naturally take a further hit if you’re watching content in 720p or lower resolution and it would be wise to opt for a smaller screen if you don’t have access to 4K content.

By default, motion estimation, motion compensation, or MEMC is set on Medium. The feature bumps up the fps to make motion appear smoother. In the Medium setting, the smoothness is noticeable and can make movies and shows feel unnatural. I mostly used MEMC on Low setting, which offered just the right amount of motion smoothness. Higher MEMC usually works better while watching sports.

Sound

The 55-inch OnePlus TV U series model comes with four speakers to deliver a 30W output, which is great to see in this price range. The system includes two full-range speakers and two tweeters. These are bottom-firing speakers, although OnePlus says they are rotated 90 degrees to the rear and an added reflective film is able to direct the sound downward in order to provide rich audio. The speakers are also backed by Dolby Audio support and there’s a Bluetooth Stereo mode that lets you use the TV as a speaker for your smartphone.

The speakers are supposed to deliver higher levels of bass compared to other speakers in this segment, and that can be felt. Out of the box, the Standard sound preset emphasizes lower sound signatures to give a bassy response. It’s great for action movies like Jurassic Park and Ford v Ferrari. While watching the latter, I could feel the deep roar of the car engines during the races, which really made the experience immersive. However, dialogues tend to lack clarity and can sound a little muffled. You can change the preset to Surround or Clarity depending on the kind of movie or show that you’re streaming. You can also manually adjust the audio settings for even better results. I had no complaints about the loudness of the speakers, but if you’re looking for a rich and balanced surround sound experience, you may want to invest in a good soundbar.

Software and performance

The OnePlus TV U1 runs Android TV 9.0 with a very light OnePlus skin on top. The TV is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, YouTube, Zee5, Google Play Movies, Eros Now, and Hungama Play come preloaded. You can sign in using your Google account to access the Play Store from where you can download more OTT services and other third-party apps.

The general user interface looks clean and is easy enough to use. I didn’t see any lags or stutters while browsing through the UI. However, my in-app experience was quite uneven. Netflix worked smoothly for me, but I did find the Prime Video app to be quite laggy at times. For example, while watching a show on Prime Video, I tried to check the names of the actors only to find the whole process slow.

The TV comes with Oxygen Play, which curates content from various streaming services, allowing you to easily browse through them. OnePlus Connect is another feature offered by the brand. It’s an app that can be downloaded on your phone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The app lets you use the phone as a remote to control the TV. It works quite seamlessly, allowing you to control playback and switch between apps via your phone.

Connectivity options also include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Chromecast built-in. During the review period, the TV never showed issues with Wi-Fi connectivity, and was consistent and reliable. You can connect wireless headphones to the TV and the built-in Chromecast lets you cast content from your phone to the big screen.

OnePlus TV U1 remote

The OnePlus TV U1 remote comes with a new design compared to the remote that shipped with the Q1 series. Simply put, it is much better and actually usable. It’s longer and doesn’t look like a ripoff of the Apple TV remote, which is good. There’s a D-pad on the top for navigation and dedicated buttons for Netflix, Prime Video, and Google Assistant. The volume buttons have been moved to the front of the remote instead of the side as seen on OnePlus TV Q1 series remote. Tapping the OnePlus button lets you switch on the TV and long pressing it will let you choose between standby, switching it off completely or resetting it. Unlike the previous remote that could be recharged over a Type-C port, the new remote requires AAA batteries.

Final verdict

The OnePlus TV U1 has all the makings of a great 4K TV under Rs 50,000. The company has managed to deliver on all fronts, from a sleek and minimalistic design to an attractive display. The OnePlus TV U1 offers one of the best LED displays in its segment with plenty of features such as Dolby Vision support, HDR10+ and Gamma Engine to give it an edge over rival 4K TVs from Xiaomi, VU, and some others, if you’re willing to spend a little extra.

You also get a clean software experience with most popular OTT platforms out of the box, which means you won’t need an additional streaming player. The speakers are fine, but if you’re spending Rs 50,000 on a 4K TV, you should stretch your budget a little more and get a better sounding soundbar.

The OnePlus TV U1 holds up really well against the likes of the Mi TV 4X 55 and the VU Premium Android TV. These TVs are available at lower prices compared to the OnePlus TV U1 and are good 4K options if you’re on a tight budget. You also get some good options from TCL under 50K that are worth checking out as well such as the TCL 55C715 and 55P8E models. Overall though, I feel the OnePlus TV delivers better picture quality and a decent set of speakers, making it an option you can’t ignore if you’re looking to add a capable, big-screen TV to your home.

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Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale; Google Pixel 4a goes on sale in India

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Key Highlights

  • The Pixel 4A has gone on sale in India via Flipkart. Here’s what makes it special.
  • Google Pixel 4a is available for Rs 29,999 in India.
  • The Pixel 4a brings a Snapdragon 730G SoC under the hood.
  • The phone gets a single camera set-up at the back.

Google Pixel 4a is now on sale in India. The Google phone was launched in the country last week as the latest Pixel model. The Pixel 4a comes as the successor to the Pixel 3a and comes in a new design that includes a hole-punch display as well as a square-shaped camera module. Additionally, the smartphone comes preloaded with features including HDR+ Portrait Mode, and Top Shot among others to deliver an enhanced photography experience.

Google Pixel 4a price in India, sale offers

Google Pixel 4a price in India is set at Rs. 31,999 for the lone 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone comes in a single, Just Black colour option and is available for purchase through Flipkart. Sale offers on the Pixel 4a include a Rs. 2,000 discount for a limited period that brings down its price to Rs. 29,999 as well as a 10 percent additional instant discount specifically for SBI customers.

Pixel 4a: What’s under the hood?

As for the hardware, the Pixel 4a is set to bring the same configuration as the international variant. As such, at the core of the phone will be a strictly mid-range Snapdragon 730G chipset that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and for the display, the phone will use a 5.81-inch Full-HD+ punch-hole OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display is HDR+ compliant and should be great for watching movies and TV shows on the go. Being an OLED screen, the panel will support Always On Display and Now Playing features, and also bring support for Titan M Security Module.

Like the previous Pixel phones, the Pixel 4a will also focus heavily on the cameras. However, it will do so by keeping the hardware to the minimum. The phone gets a square camera module on the back, but only with a single lens fitted inside it, The module features a 12.2-megapixel dual pixel phase detection rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and a 77-degree field of view. This has been sat next to an LED flash.

On the front, the display’s punch-hole houses an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 84-degree field of view. Camera features are tipped to include 4K 30fps video recording and 1080p 120fps recording. For battery, the phone has been announced to get a 3,140mAh battery pack for keeping the lights on. All this hardware is wrapped inside a body measures 144×69.4×8.2mm and weighs about 143 grams only.

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali edition Pre-order Started

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Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has officially launched in India. This special edition by Oppo flaunts a Matte Gold finish and is up for pre-orders on Amazon India. The Oppo F17 series was launched on September 2 in India as a contender in the mid-range smartphone segment, going up against the likes of the OnePlus Nord.

Oppo F17 Pro is one of the sleekest Android phones available in the market today measuring 7.4 millimeters in thickness and features quad cameras on the back. Let’s take a look pricing, specifications and availability of the F17 Pro Diwali Edition.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Pricing and Availability

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition is priced at Rs 23,999 in India and is available to pre-order from Amazon India starting October 19. There’s also a special gift box that Oppo is offering with the F17 Pro. Do note, however, this special edition is priced Rs 1,000 more than the regular variant.

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition Specifications

Oppo F17 Pro Diwali Edition has a matte finish on the back with gold and aqua gradient. As for the hardware, the F17 Pro Diwali Edition is the same as the regular variant that’s offered in three colors– Matte Black, Magic Blue and Metallic White.

Oppo F17 Pro has a plastic built that measures 7.4 millimeters in thickness and weighs 164 grams. The F17 Pro features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel. The screen has a dual punch-hole cutout for the front-facing cameras that gives it a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3+ for protection against regular drops.

The F17 Pro is powered by MediaTek Helio P95 processor with an octa-core CPU and Power VR GPU. This is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and the phone runs on Color OS 7.2 which is based on Android 10. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage further.

The phone comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 48MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP primary selfie camera followed by a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can do 4K UHD videos at 30FPS.

The F17 Pro comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, under-display fingerprint sensor and more. It is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. Oppo claims that the phone can go from 0-100% in 53 minutes courtesy of VOOC 4.0.

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Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro lunched in India with 6.7-inch 144Hz Display, Price starts at 39,999

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Key Highlights

  • Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro launched in India.
  • New Mi 10 T with 5G connectivity.

 

Xiaomi has launched the Mi 10T series of smartphones in India. This includes the Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro.

Mi 10 Price and Offers

The Mi 10 is available in two variants. The 6/128GB is priced at INR 35,999 and the 8/128GB variant is priced at INR 37,999. The Mi 10T Pro is only available in a single 8/128GB version for INR 39,999.

Xiaomi is also offering additional offers, including an INR 3,000 cashback, up to INR 2,000 off on exchange, up to 12 months no-cost EMI, and up to INR 500 off using Flipkart Super coins. Both phones will be available on Flipkart, Mi.com, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores, along with other retail outlets. Both phones will be up for pre-order starting October 15, 11:59PM IST.

The Mi 10T and the Mi 10T Pro are nearly identical phones. The main and only difference between the two is that the Mi 10T has a 64MP Sony IMX682 main camera while the Mi 10T Pro has a 108MP Samsung HMX camera. You can read our review of the Mi 10T Pro.

Xiaomi also launched a pair of affordable wireless earbuds. The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2C are priced at INR 2,499 and are available starting today.

The Mi 10T vs Mi 10T Pro

One of the biggest differences between the two phones is the camera module. While both phones feature a triple-camera setup, the Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP primary unit compared to a 64MP unit on the Mi 10T.

Mi 10, Mi 10 T Pro Specifications

Both Mi 10T and Mi 10T pro feature a 6.67-inch display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The phone comes with an adaptive frequency which ranges from 30Hz to 144Hz. The display is also covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

The devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which also makes it a 5G phone. The phones use LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 fast storage. Both versions get a 5000mAh battery unit and support fast charging of up to 33W. The company claims the battery supports dual-split fast charge.

In terms of optics, the Mi 10T gets a 64MP Sony IMX Sensor with f/1.89 aperture, a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree field of vision (FOV) and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm

The Mi 10T Pro gets a 108MP HMX Sensor with OIS, f/1.69 aperture paired with a 13MP Ultra-wide Angle Camera with up to 123-degree FOV and a 5MP Macro Lens with a focus range of 2cm – 10cm.

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