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Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 review: Value for money FHD HDR TV under Rs 30,000

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Xiaomi has piqued consumer interest in the smart TV segment by offering features that ensure great value in their budget televisions. Its latest Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49, for instance, has a solid feature set, Full HD and HDR, and PatchWall support. And the television runs on Android TV giving users to apps on Google Play store, Google Cast compatibility and voice search for content.
But what are the things you should know before buying one? Here’s my review after using the TV for little over a week.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 specifications: 49-inch IPS FHD (1920×1080) display | HDR10 | 60Hz panel refresh rate | 10.9Kgs weight (with stand) | 2 USB ports | 3 HDMI ports | Bluetooth v4.2 | Wi-Fi | Ethernet |2 x 10W speakers | Amlogic 64-bit Quad-core chip | Mali-450 GPU | 2GB RAM | 8GB ROM | Android TV (Android 8.1 Oreo 8.1 |PatchWall
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 price in India: Rs 29,999
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Design and build quality
TV 4A Pro 49 availability, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 features Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 looks good, though it doesn’t come close to Mi LED Smart TV 4 in terms of design.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 looks good, though it doesn’t come close to Mi LED Smart TV 4 in terms of design. The frame around the TV is narrow, but not narrow enough to be called bezel-less.
But the build quality is better than what you would expect for the price. You can either wall mount the TV or put it on a table top. I used the plastic stand to prop it up on a table. Mi LED TV 4A PRO 49 remote control may not be attractive, but it works as advertised. The built-in microphone and voice button offer Google Assistant support.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Ports and connectivity
Just on the back of the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49, you will find three HDMI ports (including one with ARC), two USB ports, a coaxial connection for antenna or cable and S/PDIF for audio. In my opinion, three HDMI ports is enough for connecting a cable or satellite box, a game console, and a Blu-ray player.
Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, but you can always connect the standard Bluetooth-enabled headphones with the Mi TV.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Picture quality and Audio
The 49-inch display ticks all the expected boxes for a budget-friendly TV: Full HD resolution, HDR 10 support and a native refresh rate of 60Hz. No, this is not a 4K Ultra HD TV. In our testing, I found colour accuracy to be accurate. This is pretty much identical to the results from any smart TV priced under Rs 40,000.
When it comes to contrast, it fared really well. I got the best results at default brightness settings. But I want to make one thing very clear: don’t expect the same level of colors and contrasts as in an OLED TV. Most LED-backlit displays do not show fine details like shadows and nighttime scenes really well. This is a common problem with LED-backlit displays.
The TV also offers HDR10 support, but other HDR formats like Dolby Vision aren’t supported. In our tests, the HDR performance was average at best. This TV set has a built-in set of 20W speakers. Fortunately, they offer room-filling volume with no noticeable distortion.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49: Android TV and PatchWall support
TV 4A Pro 49 availability, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 features PatchWall offers a wide selection of content in English, Hindi and regional languages.
This is the first TV from Xiaomi to run Google’s Android TV OS (Android 8.1 Oreo) along with Xiaomi’s custom PatchWall UI, apparently customised for Indian users. The user interface is easy to use and there is no learning curve, which is always a good thing. I don’t want to get into PatchWall UI again, as the interface has been used across all Mi TV smartphones in India.
Xiaomi has inked partnerships with a number of local OTT players (AltBalaji, Eros Now, SonyLiv, HotStar, Hungama, etc). PatchWall offers a wide selection of content in Hindi and regional languages. However, it is a shame that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are still not supported, though the company did mention that the latter will soon come to Mi TV soon.
Since it is powered by Google’s Android TV platform, you can download various apps from the Play Store such as YouTube, Plex, among others. What I really liked about the Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 is the way you can search for content using the voice feature on the remote control.
With a built-in Google Assistant support, you can search and access content from movies, TV shows to thousands of apps, with just voice commands. This feature was missing from the Mi LED Smart TV 4.
Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 review: Should you buy it?
Yes. For most consumers looking for an affordable smart TV under Rs 30,000, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49 fits the bill perfectly. Of course, there are other smart TVs available in the market with top-of-the-line features and specifications, but they cost a lot.
If you’re a TV buyer who wants to buy a value for money smart TV with acceptable colour quality and HDR support, I will strongly encourage to buy Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49.


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Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Goes Official With 5G Support, Smaller Battery, and 40W Fast Charging

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Huawei Mate 20 X 5G – the 5G ready variant of the Huawei Mate 20 X – has finally gone official. After an alleged render and retail packaging of the phone surfaced online last month, Huawei has officially launched the phone and has also detailed its availability and pricing for the UK market. The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is identical to the Huawei Mate 20 X, except the fact that the former is 5G compatible and packs a smaller battery with support for faster 40W charging.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G price, availability
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has been priced at GBP 999 (roughly Rs. 89,500) in the UK. The phone will reportedly hit the shelves in June and will be available from leading operators like Vodafone, Three, EE, and O2. Three and O2 have individually confirmed that they will offer the 5G-ready Huawei phone in summer. Additionally, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G will be up for grabs from retail partners likes SKY, MPD, and A1 in the UK. There is no word from Huawei regarding the phone’s availability in other markets, including India. Huawei is also bringing the Huawei Mate X foldable phone to the UK market, but there is no official information regarding its pricing and availability as of now.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G specifications
As mentioned above the main difference between the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G and the standard Huawei Mate 20 X is 5G support, which comes courtesy of the Balong 5000 modem inside the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. But it has a smaller 4,200mAh battery with support for 40W charging, compared to the 5,000mAh battery inside the Huawei Mate 20 X that only supports 22.5W fast charging standard, just as a recent leak had indicated.
The rest of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G specifications include a 7.2-inch OLED full-HD+ (1080×2240 pixels) display and the in-house Kirin 980 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. The phone features a 40-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens on the back, accompanied by a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle-lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The Huawei Mate X packs a 24-megapixel front camera and comes with IP53 water and dust resistance rating.

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Sony HT-X8500 2.1 Channel Dolby Atmos Soundbar Launched in India

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Sony is steadily expanding its Dolby Atmos soundbar range in India, as its just added a new budget option called the HT-X8500. This soundbar supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and connects to a Bravia TV wirelessly, over Bluetooth. The HT-X8500 is on sale in India now for a price of Rs. 29,990 and is available online and through all of Sony’s stores and authorised retail partners.
Up until now, Sony had just one Dolby Atmos soundbar in the market called the HT-ST5000, which came at a steep premium of Rs. 1,39,990. The new HT-X8500 is a lot more accessible in that respect, which is part of Sony’s strategy to bring Dolby Atmos to a lot more living rooms. One of the reasons for this price gulf between the two models is that the HT-X8500 doesn’t come with a stand-alone sub-woofer and has fewer drivers in the soundbar.
Instead, there are two sub-woofers placed at the centre of the soundbar, which is supposed to deliver good bass. At either end of the soundbar are two full-range drivers, which together with the sub-woofers, simulate a 7.1.2 channel audio experience. Sony claims its Vertical Surround Sound technology is what makes getting a Dolby Atmos sound experience possible, without dedicated speakers for each channel. It also says that it can take stereo audio and simulate a surround effect too, with a dedicated mode on the remote.
The HT-X8500 soundbar measures 890x64x96mm and weighs around 3.1kg. It supports Bluetooth 5, HDMI ARC input, HDMI eARC output, is HDCP 2.2 compliant, and is compatible with HDR and DolbyVision. The soundbar can be placed on your TV stand or it can also be wall mounted.
“[The] Sony HT-X8500 soundbar is designed to enhance the audio to complement the TV viewing experience, said Hidenori Hino, Business Head, Audio, Sony India. “With Dolby Atmos and built-in subwoofer, cinema and music lovers will see, hear and feel their favourite shows, movies, and music like never-before,” he added.

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I like challenges thrown at me: Shreyas Talpade

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Shreyas Talpade says there have been times when he was written of as an actor but he always managed to prove his talent.
In his 19-year-old career, Shreyas has had a mix bag of hits and flops but every film has been a learning for him, says the actor.
“Coming from a non-film background, all you need is an opportunity to show your work, show your versatility. And I am grateful for all the work that I have done and reached this far and still doing work I think it is great. Every film has taught me something. The journey is not over yet,” he told PTI in an interview.
Best known for his critically-acclaimed turns in Dor and Iqbal, the actor says he has learnt to balance praise and brickbats that are a part of being a performer.
“If everything is going in your favour or is good, then you will become complacent. I like challenges thrown at me, I don’t mind when I am not called a star, or when people say I am finished or think I am a non-actor. I know what I am capable of. I believe in myself.”
Shreyas says it is tough to sustain in this industry and he is aware that everyone goes through highs and lows.
“Even the biggest of stars including Amitabh Bachchan sir had to go through a weak phase, he had to struggle. It is part of your professional journey. One who has the hunger and passion for cinema will do whatever it takes to do good work.
“One thing that the industry has taught me is that it is never too late to start or restart at any point. Like how Bachchan sir reinvented himself,” he says.

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