Xiaomi shook the television space when it unveiled the Mi TV 4 in India back in February of this year. The TV not only offered users a 4K resolution TV at an affordable price, but it also brought forth a great user experience with its PatchWall UI. However, the UI wasn’t perfect and there were some aspects that left more to be desired. One such need was the ability to delete watch history from the various on-demand streaming services. The other was the redundant character limit in the UI’s Universal Search feature.
PatchWall UI version 1.0.19: What’s New!
Xiaomi has started to roll out a new update that fixes these two grievances users have had with PatchWall UI on both the Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A. Xiaomi India product manager, Sudeep Sahu recently posted a status on Facebook detailing the latest release noted for PatchWall UI build 1.0.19. He addresses the issue where people might want to have their watch history erased for privacy concerns. The feature has now been implemented and also comes with a decent amount of flexibility where users can either delete individual watch histories or erase everything altogether.
The next main feature implemented was based on a twitter conversation Sahu had with a customer who was complaining of the counterintuitive 13 character limitation imposed on the Universal Search feature of PatchWall UI. This is especially an issue for Indian shows and movies where the names easily exceed this limit. Xiaomi haw fixed this problem by having the character limit in the search removed entirely.
Mi TV 4, Mi TV 4A: Price in India
Xiaomi released the Mi TV 4 in India on 14 February 2018 with a price tag of Rs. 39,999. The company followed up with releasing two different sized variants of the Mi TV 4A a few weeks later. The 43-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4A comes priced at Rs. 22,999 while the 32-inch model costs just Rs. 13,999.
Mi TV 4: Specifications, Features
The Mi TV 4 from Xiaomi offers a 55-inch 4K HDR capable IPS LCD panel. The entire unit itself in incredibly thin and measures 4.9mm at its thinnest point. The panel also has a viewing angle of 178-degrees and a response time of 8ms. The TV employs a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex-A53 SoC which has been clocked at 1.8GHz. This is coupled with a Mali-T830 graphics chip. The TV even uses 2GB of RAM and has 8GB of internal storage to ensure unhampered use of its PatchWall UI. For connectivity, the Mi TV 4 has everything covered with the inclusion of three HDMI 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, an S/PDIF port, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Multimedia support on the MI TV 4 includes Dolby+DTS Cinema Audio Quality coupled with two 8W duct inverted speakers.
Mi TV 4A: Specifications, Features
As mentioned earlier, there are two sized variants of the Mi TV 4A — one measuring 32-inches and the other 43-inches. Everything internally is the same with these two TVs apart from their resolutions. The 43-inch modeloffers a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) screen while the 32-inch variant comes with an HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) display. Both use the same Amlogic T962 processor with 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU, and Mali-450 MP5 GPU clocked at 750MHz. The storage capacity on two is also the same with a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. In terms of connectivity, these TVs support 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and come with three HDMI, three USB, one ethernet, an S/PDIF port, one AV and audio output ports. They also feature two powerful 10W stereo speakers with DTS support.