13 November 2019
OnePlus is a brand well-known for making smartphones but now, it has now expanded beyond with the launch of the OnePlus TV. It is the first-ever smart TV from OnePlus and is aimed at the premium segment. There are two models named OnePlus TV 55 Q1 and OnePlus TV 55 Q1 Pro but there is only one major difference. It is that the Pro model comes with an in-built soundbar.
It offers a 55-inch QLED 4K TV but as per the announcement, it makes use of a custom-built QLED TV panel. The OnePlus TV offers 96% DCI-P3 color space support and a world's first 120% NTSC color space support. Under the hood, it comes with a custom-made Gamma Color Magic processor and is capable of making a 30fps video look like a 60fps video through MEMC processing. It further supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision for a premium TV viewing experience.
OnePlus has packed the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro with a total of eight speakers, six of them are on the front and two on the back. It is capable of offering 50W sound output and as we mentioned before, it offers Dolby Atmos for an even better sound experience. It should be noted that the eight-speaker system is available within the soundbar. The soundbar is not detachable but can be hidden behind the TV if you don't want to see it. As for the standard model, the sound output is 50W but features a total of only four speakers.
As for the remote control, OnePlus TV comes with a Bluetooth-powered remote control. It is a minimalist remote with not many buttons like you find on many other smart TV remotes. While the remote gets powered by traditional batteries, it also has a USB Type-C port for charging. It also has a dedicated Google Assistant button and a button to take you to OxygenPlay. The latter is similar to Xiaomi's PatchWall UI which aggregates content from all the supported digital content partners at a single place.
OnePlus is also launching a companion app for its smart TV called OnePlus Connect. The app can be installed on one's smartphone and paired with the TV for more convenient user experience. It will allow users to switch between apps, play content, and control content playback among other things. One of the interesting features is Smart Volume Controls that automatically reduces the TV volume when you receive a phone call. The app can also be used for capturing a screenshot content visible on the TV display that can be shared with others.
It will be running Android TV platform and as announced by OnePlus, there will be Android TV updates for at least three years. While everything sounds intriguing, there is one little thing that many would not appreciate. It is that OnePlus TV does not have Netflix support at launch and will be coming "later this year". Other features include Chromecast support, Bluetooth, WiFi, four HDMI ports, and an Optical Audio port.
The OnePlus TV 55 Q1 and OnePlus TV 55 Q1 Pro are priced at Rs. 69,900 and Rs. 99,900 respectively starting September 28th. If interested, you will be able to purchase them via Amazon India and OnePlus' online store.