Xiaomi Mi TV 4 Review

The Mi TV is here. It would be safe to say that this is the next big category for Xiaomi in India. A 55 inch 4K HDR capable television panel for Rs. 39,999? By any measure that’s a steal but Xiaomi’s hardware is usually only part of the equation. Similar to MIUI on their phones, the company has worked hard to introduce the Patchwall interface on their television. More than just an interface, it is a paradigm shift in how television makers approach usability. So how well does the entire package work? Read on to find out.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 specifications

55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle, 8 ms, 6000: 1 contrast ratio
2GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM, 8GB internal memory (eMMC 5.1)
MIUI TV with PatchWall AI based on Android
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 / 5GHz) 2X2, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 3 x HDMI 2.0, AV, 1 x USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, Ethernet
Supports H.265 4K at 60 / 30 fps, H.265 1080P at 60 fps, H.263 1080P at 30 fps, MPEG1 / 2/4 DivX4 the VC-1 / WMV3 1080P at 60 fps, REAL 8/9/10 1080P at 30 fps
2x 8W speaker for DOLBY AUDIO, …

The Mi TV is here. It would be safe to say that this is the next big category for Xiaomi in India. A 55 inch 4K HDR capable television panel for Rs. 39,999? By any measure that's a steal but Xiaomi's hardware is usually only part of the equation. Similar to MIUI on their phones, the company has worked hard to introduce the Patchwall interface on their television. More than just an interface, it is a paradigm shift in how television makers approach usability. So how well does the entire package work? Read on to find out. Xiaomi Mi TV 4 specifications 55-inch (3840 x 2160 pixels) 4K display with 178-degree viewing angle, 8 ms, 6000: 1 contrast ratio 2GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM, 8GB internal memory (eMMC 5.1) MIUI TV with PatchWall AI based on Android WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 / 5GHz) 2X2, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 3 x HDMI 2.0, AV, 1 x USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, Ethernet Supports H.265 4K at 60 / 30 fps, H.265 1080P at 60 fps, H.263 1080P at 30 fps, MPEG1 / 2/4 DivX4 the VC-1 / WMV3 1080P at 60 fps, REAL 8/9/10 1080P at 30 fps 2x 8W speaker for DOLBY AUDIO, ...

Meze 99 Classics Headphones Review

The audio industry is by and large dominated by brands that have existed since the dawn of audiophilia itself. Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Grado and more are just a few of the brands that come to mind when you think of high-end audio. So when the guys at Headphone Zone dropped us a mail if we’d like to check out the Meze 99 Classics by boutique Romanian firm, Meze Audio, we were obviously excited. After spending almost two weeks with the headphones, I can safely admit that these are some of the best sounding headphones I’ve used. Want to know more? Check out the review below. 

Specifications

Driver Unit: 40mm Dynamic
Frequency Response: 15Hz-25KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Weight: 260 Grams

Design

Headphone design usually veers between understated, elegant and brash, loud. The 99 Classics on the other hand, these look luxurious. The aesthetics over here might be polarising but there is no denying the attention to detail.

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A hard case is provided in the box packaging itself and even that has been built to an exacting standard. The molded case is a necessity because of the physical structure and dimensions of the headphone. We weren’t too enthused by the simple …

The audio industry is by and large dominated by brands that have existed since the dawn of audiophilia itself. Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Grado and more are just a few of the brands that come to mind when you think of high-end audio. So when the guys at Headphone Zone dropped us a mail if we'd like to check out the Meze 99 Classics by boutique Romanian firm, Meze Audio, we were obviously excited. After spending almost two weeks with the headphones, I can safely admit that these are some of the best sounding headphones I've used. Want to know more? Check out the review below.  Specifications Driver Unit: 40mm Dynamic Frequency Response: 15Hz-25KHz Impedance: 32 Ohms Sensitivity: 103 dB Weight: 260 Grams Design Headphone design usually veers between understated, elegant and brash, loud. The 99 Classics on the other hand, these look luxurious. The aesthetics over here might be polarising but there is no denying the attention to detail. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="244144,244145"] A hard case is provided in the box packaging itself and even that has been built to an exacting standard. The molded case is a necessity because of the physical structure and dimensions of the headphone. We weren't too enthused by the simple ...

Xiaomi Mi TV 4 55-inch 4K HDR TV First Impressions

It’s finally here. Fulfilling the hopes and dreams of a million Indians clamoring for Xiaomi’s affordable televisions, the company has delivered. Hyperbole aside, it really is true that there is a lot of hype around the company’s televisions. The product has so far been restricted to their home market so it’s going to be interested … Continue reading “Xiaomi Mi TV 4 55-inch 4K HDR TV First Impressions”

It’s finally here. Fulfilling the hopes and dreams of a million Indians clamoring for Xiaomi’s affordable televisions, the company has delivered. Hyperbole aside, it really is true that there is a lot of hype around the company’s televisions. The product has so far been restricted to their home market so it’s going to be interested … Continue reading "Xiaomi Mi TV 4 55-inch 4K HDR TV First Impressions"

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro First Impressions

Say what you will, it was the Redmi series that put Xiaomi on the map in India. Striking the perfect balance between performance, battery life and price, the Redmi series hit it out of the park and developed a massive following. Over the last few generations, Xiaomi focussed on perfecting the formula and the end … Continue reading “Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro First Impressions”

Say what you will, it was the Redmi series that put Xiaomi on the map in India. Striking the perfect balance between performance, battery life and price, the Redmi series hit it out of the park and developed a massive following. Over the last few generations, Xiaomi focussed on perfecting the formula and the end … Continue reading "Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro First Impressions"

1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphones Review

If you’ve been following recent trends, you would have observed an increased focus on improving audio quality. The likes of FiiO and 1More rank amongst the leaders here with their focus on audiophile grade hardware at relatively affordable prices. We’ve previously reviewed some of 1MORE’s entry-level hardware like the Piston and iBFree and found them to … Continue reading “1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphones Review”

If you’ve been following recent trends, you would have observed an increased focus on improving audio quality. The likes of FiiO and 1More rank amongst the leaders here with their focus on audiophile grade hardware at relatively affordable prices. We’ve previously reviewed some of 1MORE’s entry-level hardware like the Piston and iBFree and found them to … Continue reading "1MORE Triple Driver In Ear Headphones Review"

Cayin N3 Review

iPods might have gone the way of the dodo but there’s still a dedicated market for DAPs. Digital Audio Players, as the name suggests are music players optimized for higher quality playback and an emphasis on accurate reproduction, ability to drive higher impedance headphones. The Cayin N3 has emerged as one of the lowest cost entrants into the world of high quality DAPs. Priced at Rs. 11,990, the N3 brings all the regular features you’d expect in addition to some that you wouldn’t. Let’s find out more. 

Design

The Cayin N3 is a deceptively small device that packs a surprisingly large punch. We’ve had the opportunity to try out several DAPs over the years and most of them, especially those from Astell & Kern tend to be on the larger side. The N3 is the polar opposite, little larger than a pack of cards, it easily slips into the skinniest of pockets. The unit measures 10 x 5.4 x 1.3cm and weighs under 100 gram despite sporting an aluminum chassis for added ruggedness. There’s a bunch of accessories provided in the package include a silicon case, spare screen protector, and USB cable for charging.

The front of the unit sports a 2.4 inch …

iPods might have gone the way of the dodo but there's still a dedicated market for DAPs. Digital Audio Players, as the name suggests are music players optimized for higher quality playback and an emphasis on accurate reproduction, ability to drive higher impedance headphones. The Cayin N3 has emerged as one of the lowest cost entrants into the world of high quality DAPs. Priced at Rs. 11,990, the N3 brings all the regular features you'd expect in addition to some that you wouldn't. Let's find out more.  Design The Cayin N3 is a deceptively small device that packs a surprisingly large punch. We've had the opportunity to try out several DAPs over the years and most of them, especially those from Astell & Kern tend to be on the larger side. The N3 is the polar opposite, little larger than a pack of cards, it easily slips into the skinniest of pockets. The unit measures 10 x 5.4 x 1.3cm and weighs under 100 gram despite sporting an aluminum chassis for added ruggedness. There's a bunch of accessories provided in the package include a silicon case, spare screen protector, and USB cable for charging. The front of the unit sports a 2.4 inch ...

What Is a Super Blue Blood Moon and How to Watch It

A once in a 150-year phenomenon, the Super Blue Blood Moon is here. As the name suggests, the moon is going to look super-sized and much brighter than usual. Blue and bloody? Not so much. We explore why it is named Super Blue Blood Moon and how you can watch it on your television, computer or even your phone. 

A Super Blue Blood Moon is simply put a fancy lunar eclipse. If you go back to high school science class, you’ll remember that a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is perfectly positioned between the sun and the moon. Perfect positioning would result in the Earth throwing its shadow on the moon. Occurring only on full moon nights, a lunar eclipse lasts for a much longer duration than a solar eclipse and is usually visible from anywhere on Earth. Well, anywhere where the moon is visible at that hour!

Scientifically speaking, there is no such thing as a Blood Moon. The term has come into pop culture due to the way the moon adopts a reddish hue. The reddish hue is of course due to the phenomenon of Rayleigh scattering. Rayleigh scattering is once again, a throwback to high school physics. Think of …

A once in a 150-year phenomenon, the Super Blue Blood Moon is here. As the name suggests, the moon is going to look super-sized and much brighter than usual. Blue and bloody? Not so much. We explore why it is named Super Blue Blood Moon and how you can watch it on your television, computer or even your phone.  A Super Blue Blood Moon is simply put a fancy lunar eclipse. If you go back to high school science class, you'll remember that a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is perfectly positioned between the sun and the moon. Perfect positioning would result in the Earth throwing its shadow on the moon. Occurring only on full moon nights, a lunar eclipse lasts for a much longer duration than a solar eclipse and is usually visible from anywhere on Earth. Well, anywhere where the moon is visible at that hour! Scientifically speaking, there is no such thing as a Blood Moon. The term has come into pop culture due to the way the moon adopts a reddish hue. The reddish hue is of course due to the phenomenon of Rayleigh scattering. Rayleigh scattering is once again, a throwback to high school physics. Think of ...

OPPO A83 Review

OPPO has built a large following for itself using a combination of extensive offline marketing, television ads and most importantly, devices that seemingly cater to exactly what the consumers want. Through focussed marketing and a slew of products, the company has been trying to take on Xiaomi and others, head on. The A83 competes with the likes of the Moto G5S and the Xiaomi Mi A1. With OPPO’s big offline play, it is bound to get a lot of eyeballs from customers, but is it worth your consideration? Let’s find out.

OPPO A83 specifications

5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display
2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 7.1 (Nougat) with ColorOS 3.2
Dual SIM
13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture
8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
Dimensions:150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7mm; Weight: 143g
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
3180mAh (typical) / 3090mAh (minimum) battery

Design

Minimalism is the key design element here. The front is absolutely clean and bereft of physical controls. The bezels are tiny …

OPPO has built a large following for itself using a combination of extensive offline marketing, television ads and most importantly, devices that seemingly cater to exactly what the consumers want. Through focussed marketing and a slew of products, the company has been trying to take on Xiaomi and others, head on. The A83 competes with the likes of the Moto G5S and the Xiaomi Mi A1. With OPPO's big offline play, it is bound to get a lot of eyeballs from customers, but is it worth your consideration? Let's find out. OPPO A83 specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) 18:9 HD+ full-screen 2.5D curved glass display 2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with 800MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.1 (Nougat) with ColorOS 3.2 Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture Dimensions:150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7mm; Weight: 143g 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS 3180mAh (typical) / 3090mAh (minimum) battery Design Minimalism is the key design element here. The front is absolutely clean and bereft of physical controls. The bezels are tiny ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On

Its just been a few days since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 internationally and it has already made its way here to India. At a press event in Delhi, the company introduced its new flagship level handset. Hands On Video Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) (518ppi) Super AMOLED curved dual … Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On”

Its just been a few days since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 internationally and it has already made its way here to India. At a press event in Delhi, the company introduced its new flagship level handset. Hands On Video Samsung Galaxy Note7 specifications 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) (518ppi) Super AMOLED curved dual … Continue reading "Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Hands On"