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OnePlus a Flagship Killer in the TV market too?

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OnePlus has positioned itself as a “flagship killer” in the Indian smartphone market and within a short period, it has managed to give tough competition to established brands. Now, the Chinese phone maker has chosen India as a grandstand for global audiences by leaping into a new product category by launching of smart TV.

OnePlus has launched two smart TVs — OnePlus TV Q1 Pro and OnePlus TV Q1 — but they differ only in terms of the sliding soundbar. While the former is priced at Rs  99,900, the latter is priced at Rs 69,900. Barring a critical feature or two, both the TVs are practically the same. Following is a brief review of the Pro model.

The Q1 Pro has a 55-inch 4K-resolution QLED screen that excels in terms of colour reproduction and offers good contrast levels when watching different kinds of content including 4K resolution, HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision.

The TV also manages to deliver smooth visuals with super life-like content using MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation). You get 12 view modes such as film, sports, animation to choose from to tweak the display settings best suited to your needs.

The Q1 Pro has a stylish and contemporary design. The television itself is very minimal with very thin bezels – barely noticeable in fact. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker and also houses the subtle OnePlus logo in the middle. A single physical button is found under the bottom edge on the right side of the TV, which simply turns the TV on or off.

The smart TV runs on Android TV 9.0 that gives access to built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast. But OnePlus has added its OxygenPlay service that gives cumulative content from apps like Zee5, Hungama Play and Eros Now. HotStar and Prime Video too come pre-installed (but no Netflix for now).

In the acoustics department, Q1 Pro produces fine audio output thanks to its dedicated soundbar that effortlessly glides from the bottom of the screen and lights up when you turn on the TV. This Dolby Atmos-powered soundbar that houses eight-speaker units with 50-watt output including four full-range speakers, two tweeters, and two woofers — can be used as an independent Bluetooth speaker system. The woofer system manages to deliver some good bass and the tweeters come in handy for the surround sound effect.

Among its apps, OnePlus provides a file manager for accessing local as well as files off a USB drive. The TV also has a feature, where you can use the TV as a Bluetooth speaker. If you have a OnePlus phone, the TV shows up directly as a notification to pair, similar to the Bullets Wireless. It’s a neat feature to have if you don’t have anything better sounding in the room.

The device comes with a smart remote with only eight keys and can be charged with a USB Type-C charger. One can also convert their phone into a TV remote with the OnePlus Connect app.

Overall in Q1 pro, you are getting a television with good design, good SDR performance, and good audio. The mobile app is also handy and offers a few more features than what we normally see in these apps. OnePlus TV Q1 Pro ticks off almost all the right boxes with its fantastic screen, good sound quality, and attractive design. But in this review of the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro, we also find that the price is a tad higher than what we expect from “flagship killer” and image quality does have its quirkiness.

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