Having established itself as a leading player in the premium smartphone segment in countries such as India, OnePlus is set to dip its toes in the TV space. Its first wave of products include Q1 and Q1 Pro TVs. Both of these models feature 55-inch QLED panels with incredibly thin-bezels. OnePlus has also invested plenty of time to get the aesthetics at the back of the TV right. For starters, it has a nice textured finish. To get rid of the clutter, all the ports and connectors are concealed by a flap. The Pro variant features a swanky slide-out mechanism that releases a soundbar when you switch on the TV. OnePlus claims that these TVs are the result of two years of product development. With that out of the way, let us run through its features and specs.
OnePlus TV Q1 and Q1 Pro Specifications
As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus Q1 TV line-up features a 55-inch 4K QLED display. For those not in the know, QLED is LCD on steroids. It can’t hold a candle OLED but is the best LCD tech has to offer. OLED screens are emissive by design, which means they can directly produce their own light and colors. On the other hand, LCD screens are transmissive. As a result, these panels rely on the LED backlight to twist liquid crystal molecules in order to produce an image. Due to its reliance on the backlight, LCD screens inherently struggle to deliver vibrant colors, inky blacks, uniform brightness, and high contrast. QLED tech fixes many of these issues to a certain extent with the help of a layer of quantum dots between the screen and LED backlights. The displays can drive 4K content but probably for zippy performance, OnePlus has capped the user interface resolution to Full HD.
The Q1 series has features such as noise cancellation, Dynamic Contrast, and MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation). The last one adds filler frames to smoothen out the video playback. It is known for causing the soap opera effect, which most people find extremely annoying. Both the TVs are HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision compatible. These enhancements dynamically adjust the panel brightness and alter the brightness and contrast on the fly to deliver punchy picture quality. Of course, you need compatible content for that.
The company claims that the slide-out soundbar in the Q1 Pro model delivers 50 W sound. The Q1’s output also peaks at 50 W, but it has a less number of active drivers. Like every modern TV, the OnePlus Q1 series comes with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. It has 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB connectors including one Type-C. These TVs are based on Android TV 9.0 with OnePlus’ OxygenPlay on top. Similar to Xiaomi’s PatchWall, it aggregates content from Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Hotstar, ErosNow, Zee5, Hungama, and SonyLiv. Using the OnePlus Connect app, you can use your smartphone to control the TV. Don’t worry, the company also ships a dedicated remote. It quite minimalistic and comes with a few buttons. According to OnePlus, “gone are the days of conventional TV remotes with unnecessary buttons”. I guess that explains why it lacks a mute button. Surprisingly though, there’s a dedicated button for Prime Video.
OnePlus TV Q1, Q1 Pro Price and Availability
The OnePlus TV Q1 series will hit the stores from September 28. The OnePlus Q1 model is pegged at Rs 69,900. In the standard package, you only get the wall mount. If you are planning to place it on the table, you will have to purchase the OnePlus Dock separately. The OnePlus Q1 Pro, which comes with the fancy slide-out soundbar, is priced at Rs 99,900. The initial batch of OnePlus TVs will be manufactured in China. The company has plans to move the production to India soon. During the press interaction, OnePlus excecutives revealed that the company is also considering larger panels for other markets in the future. At this point, OnePlus hasn’t finalised its refresh cycle.