After taking the smartphone market by storm, OnePlus is here at it again but this time with something different, can you guess what? Yes, as you heard over the internet a television. But not just a regular one it is going to be an Android powered TV. OnePlus did the unveiling of the television on the 26th of September along with OnePlus 7T, the two variants of OnePlus TV that are being sold in India are OnePlus TV Q1 and OnePlus TV Q1 Pro, so let us dive in and see what magic these TV’s hold.
First thing that caught my eye was the display as it features very minimal bezels, I feel that will help the TV in being more immersive as you will be less likely to feel that you are watching inside a box, also its stand caught my eye because it is quite different of what you have seen till now, the television sits on an oval shape stand which has a rod protruding from the side that goes all the way to the top of forming a kind of spine structure.
Frame of the stand feels sturdy let us hope it is equally stable, it will be disastrous if that thing falls off by any chance, to be on the safer side I will suggest going with the option of wall mounting the device, moving on the available ports here we get are 4 × HDMI, 2 × USB, an antennae in optical out, and a LAN port. For sound you get a 50 Watts output from 4 Speakers in OnePlus TV Q1 but in the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro you get a motorised sound bar that extends and holds a total of 8 Speakers ( 6 Front Firing and 2 Back Firing) with similar 50 Watts output.
Coming back to the display both OnePlus TV Q1 and OnePlus TV Q1 Pro feature 55 inch QLED display with resolution of 3840 × 2160 that is 4K, the TV supports HDR, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, the processing power of the TV comes from the MediaTek MT5670 with Mali-G51 GPU working with 3GB of RAM and a Gamma Color Magic processor, the User Interface is clean and navigating is quite easy as expected from Oxygen OS TV.
The remote you get along with this TV is also has an unique design, it has a D-Pad and total six buttons the top, the volume rocker is on the side of the remote, good thing about this remote is it uses Bluetooth for connecting with the OnePlus TV, and has a USB Type-C connector to charge it up, they could have used a haptic D-Pad, though it will take a bit of time in getting used to the remote on the bright side you can use your phone as a remote too with help of an app.
The TV remote features a dedicated Google Assistant key, and the TV also comes with Alexa support out of the box so you can use either of them to navigate through the content, speaking of content you get apps like Hungama Play, Eros Now, Zee 5, Amazon Prime and Youtube installed, though Netflix is missing but it will be added shortly. The pricing of the TV is ₹69,900 for OnePlus TV Q1 and ₹99,900 for OnePlus TV Q1 Pro.
Considering the price they are going to be facing a lot of competition especially in the Pro version because it is the range of high end television even though if they are not completely android based but they sure have some exclusive features based on their brand, Overall if you are considering it as an option you can go for it, there are few software related issues that will be patched up by the next update.