Xiaomi has started rolling out its Q2 TV series in Europe, offering consumers an affordable way to access premium home entertainment features such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.
The new Google TV-powered QLED display comes in 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch sizes, and with a pretty impressive list of features behind the pixels, Xiaomi’s latest TV could prove to be a tempting low-cost alternative. for more expensive middle class. range QLED models from the likes of TCL and Samsung, which make some of the best 4K TVs on a budget.
The catch, though, is that we don’t yet know when – or even if – the Xiaomi Q2 will hit the US and UK markets. The 50-inch model starts at €700 in Europe, which would put it somewhere in the vicinity of $690 / £620 if Xiaomi maintained comparable prices globally. Flat panelsHD (opens in new tab) also notes that a launch offer has lowered the European price in the second quarter to just €550, which could translate to around $540 / £480 in overseas markets.
Should the range expand beyond the borders of Europe and China, the Xiaomi Q2 would be a worthy competitor to Amazon’s newly announced Omni Fire TV QLED, as well as cheaper options from the major TV manufacturers.
Like the Xiaomi Q2, the Amazon Omni Fire TV QLED is positioned as an affordable QLED TV – it’s currently available to pre-order for $799 (65-inch) and $1,099 (75-inch) in the US – but Xiaomi added Dolby Atmos and DTS :X audio support to the latest offering, where Amazon hasn’t.
You also get three HDMI ports and Google TV interactivity from the Xiaomi Q2, where Amazon’s Omni Fire TV maintains the company’s Android-based Fire operating system (which is either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your penchant for its software). google).
It’s not entirely clear what kind of picture quality can be expected more generally from the Xiaomi TV Q2 – unlike its Amazon competitor, the spec sheet doesn’t mention direct backlighting and local dimming, so it could be a more basic LCD offering .
However, Xiaomi says it expects 92% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage from the TV, which will put it roughly on par with that of the Samsung Q60B for color reproduction – although behind even cheaper OLED TVs, such as the LG A2, which featured in our tests. gave a DCI-P3 color coverage of 98.8%.
Still, for what could ultimately be a $690 / £620 screen, the Xiaomi TV Q2 checks a lot of boxes in the mid-range specs department, and could be especially tempting for anyone looking to pair it with one of the best. Dolby Atmos sound bars. I hope it hits the shelves in more countries in the near future.