Back in 2015, I walked into a Xiaomi service center to get a busted Mi 4 fixed. That was my first run-in with the Mi TV. It was a brand-new Mi TV 2 that the service center imported from China to showcase Xiaomi’s portfolio. When asked if it would launch in India, all I got in return was a noncommittal, “Soon.”
I wasn’t alone in my enthusiasm for the Mi TV. Xiaomi fans in the country have been clamoring for the TV range to make its debut for a few years now, going as far as to create a petition addressed to Xiaomi co-founder and head of its TV business Chuan Wang to bring the products to India.
Two and a half years later, Xiaomi has formally launched the Mi TV in India. It is a momentous occasion for the brand as India is the first market outside of China to receive its TV range.
The first TV that is making its debut in the country is the 55-inch variant of the Mi TV 4. Before we delve in, a quick look at some of the highlights of Mi TV 4: it offers 4K, HDR10, and runs Xiaomi’s PatchWall interface that leverages AI to serve content recommendations. The TV itself isn’t all that bad to look at either — with a thickness of just 4.9mm, it is one of the sleekest TVs around. The best part? It costs just ₹39,999 in the country.
It’s not a uniform 4.9mm thin, as the bottom third of the TV that houses the components goes up to 39mm. Still, the overall design and build quality of the Mi TV 4 is several notches above what you get in this segment. Heck, there’s brushed metal at the back of the thing, and when was the last time you looked