The OnePlus TV Q1 and the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro were launched last month. The dust has settled, the reviews are out, sales have begun and the OnePlus TVs are now reaching consumers. The pox populi so far indicates that the picture quality of the 55-inch screen and the speed of the TV software are helping the OnePlus Q1 Pro and the OnePlus Q1 stand out, something that we also highlighted in our review.
This does not come as a surprise. OnePlus always tends to get the basics right and aims to deliver solid premium experience. We have witnessed that with OnePlus phones again and again, and the same is seemingly happening with the OnePlus TVs.
“Traditional TV experience is slow. The TVs are slow, often their picture quality is not good, the remotes are ugly. They lack one thing or other,” said Pete Lau, the OnePlus CEO, earlier this year in an interview to India Today Tech. He said this was something OnePlus wanted to address and the OnePlus TV would try to offer a refreshing smart TV segment.
Now, the initial response to the OnePlus TV models was mixed, likely because of their premium pricing. The regular OnePlus TV Q1 came in at a starting price of Rs 69,899, and the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro, which comes with all the bells and whistles, had a price tag of Rs 99,900.
However, right from the beginning, Lau made it clear that OnePlus wanted to focus on offering the polished user experience – and experience that is good by OnePlus standards, irrespective of the price. OnePlus phones have always stuck religiously to the idea of offering the smoothest and polished user experience, and it was natural that fans would expect the same from a OnePlus TV.
And after playing around with the OnePlus TV for a while, it quite evident that OnePlus achieved what it intended to.
In TVs, what matters the most is the viewing experience, and OnePlus has definitely got that part right. Most smart TVs priced around Rs 70,000 mark come with IPS LCD panels with LED backlighting. OnePlus did the unconventional and went straight for a QLED panel sourced from Samsung.
This panel also supports technologies like HDR+ and Dolby Vision that we found very impressive, and Gamma Image Processor, which we didn’t. But overall, the panel quality of the OnePlus TV Q1 is top class. And as we saw in the review, it does make for a very immersive viewing experience with its rich colours and deep contrasts. In the review, here is what we wrote:
The TV has VA panel, so colours, contrast and brightness — even in a room full of daylight — are impressive. Viewing angles and black levels are not as good as what OLED panels can show but for a QLED panel, they too are impressive. This is a high-quality screen on the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro.
So far, the OnePlus TV has a rating of slightly more than 4 points on Amazon India, where it is exclusively sold as far as online sales are concerned. And most of the verified purchasers praise the image quality that the OnePlus Q1 and the OnePlus Q1 Pro offer.
Then there is the smoothness of software and interface, another key area where most of the TVs struggle but the OnePlus TV doesn’t. OnePlus apparently worked with Google to optimise the Android TV OS in a bid to make the user experience as smooth and fluid as OnePlus smartphones. Aiding that with 3GB RAM and a powerful processor aims to keep the OnePlus TV fast over the course of time.
Talking of software, OnePlus is promising three years of Android OS updates for the Q1 and the Q1 Pro that means these two TVs should only get better with age.
While consumers are loving the OnePlus TVs — and this is based on what they are saying about it online — some parts of it could have been better. As we highlighted in the review, the design of the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro stand, while attractive, could have been more stable. OnePlus also needs to work on the upscaling of full HD or low-quality content because we found that the gorgeous screen of the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro works best when you play high-quality 4K videos on it.
We have seen it again and again that gadgets are never perfect. The OnePlus TV Q1 Pro and the OnePlus TV Q1, also, are not. But OnePlus’s focus on their image quality, sound quality — they are certified for Dolby Sound and the Q1 Pro even has an integrated soundbar — and interface speed means they are two of the best TVs you can buy for less than Rs 1.5 lakhs in India.