Smartphone maker OnePlus has unveiled its first smart TV – or to be more exact, two TVs. We now have a better idea of what the OnePlus TV will offer.
OnePlus TV release date
The OnePlus TV will go on sale in India first on September 28th.
OnePlus TV price
OnePlus built its success on so-called “flagship-killer” smartphones, which offer high-end specs and features at a significantly lower price. With its TVs, OnePlus has designs on achieving a similar result.
The OnePlus TV Q1 will sell for ₹69,900, which is just under £800. The OnePlus TV Q1 Pro retails for ₹99,900, which would translate to £1100 or so. Q1 will retail at 69,900 INR, which is around £800/US$985. Q1 Pro will retail at 99,900 INR, which is around £1140/$1405. This is not necessarily an indication of their prices when they arrive in the UK. The OnePlus TV Q1 will sell for ₹69,900, which is just under £800. The OnePlus TV Q1 Pro retails for ₹99,900, which would translate to £1100 or so.
That price puts the OnePlus Q1 above Panasonic’s mid-range GX800 LED, and around Samsung’s entry-level Q60R range. It’s not the cheapest QLED that we’ve seen in the UK though. The Cello C55SFS4K QLED TV can be found for around £500 if you look around.
OnePlus TV design
The OnePlus TVs will come in one size – 55-inch.
Other connections include a composite, Optical out, 3 x USB (1 x USB-C) and Ethernet.
Wireless transmission extends to Bluetooth 5, 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi bands and built-in Chromecast for streaming content.
OnePlus TV interface
Which operating system is the OnePlus using? Similar to their smartphones, it’s Android TV in tandem with Oxygen OS.
That brings with it OnePlus Connect, a means of controlling the TV’s interface through a OnePlus smartphone. Using the interface and scrolling through apps on the phone appeared swift and smooth.
The Smart Volume Control feature turns the volume down on the TV during phone calls. Quick App Switch means you can switch between apps on the phone instead of scrolling on a TV screen.
In an August blog post, Pete Lau wrote that the OnePlus TV will “offer our users Android TV updates for at least 3 years”, and that Android TV is the platform of choice because it “can interact and seamlessly connect with your Android phone”. OxygenPlay will function as OnePlus’ own Google Play Store, acting as a one-stop shop for entertainment.
OnePlus TV Features
Brace yourself for a deluge of buzzwords. We’ll hold your hand as we guide you through what they mean.
The OnePlus TV has what the Chinese brand has termed as Super Resolution. If we’re being honest, we have no idea what it means. We assume it has a 3840 x 2160 resolution like every other 4K TV.
Powering the show is a Gamma Color Magic processor. This chip enables wider colour gamut (WCG) for, as OnePlus claims is “best-in-class” image quality on its customised QLED panel. In what way the QLED panel is customised, OnePlus did not elaborate on.
Noise reduction reduces picture artifacts on non-4K sources. Colour Enhancement and Colour Brightening are two features we’d guess have to do with converting SDR images into HDR. Or it could just be boosting colour volume or brightness.
Then there’s MEMC – Motion Estimate Motion Compensation – which has the word ‘motion’ in it one too many times. De-contour will remove any hints of banding (solid strips of colour) from the image.
OnePlus TV Sound
Many people find that their flatscreen TV’s don’t have the sonic capabilities that older, bigger TVs use to. So to circumvent this issue, TV manufacturers have started adding integrated soundbars to their TVs. The OnePlus Q1 Pro opts for an integrated soundbar, while the standard Q1 omits it.
Inside are eight speakers – six of them forward facing drivers and two back facing units – made up of four full range drivers, two tweeters and two woofers. The standard Q1 only has four speaker units.
Both TVs support Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD audio formats, which covers the bases.