Best Smart TVs In India (December 2019)

by | Dec 6, 2019

Choosing a SMART TV is by no mean feat a simple task. Choosing one out of thousands matching with your usage statistics is indeed a headache but fret not.

We’re back with this article listing the best five LED smart TVs available in the market.

This list has been prepared after extensive market research and in-depth, testing to give deliver you with the best from the rest.

Let’s begin the article without stretching this intro any further!

Best Smart LED TVs in India

1. Sony KD-55X8000GOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Q60RAK Runner Up Pick
3. LG 55UM7300PTASmart TV with Intuitive UI
4. OnePlus Q1Feature Rich Android TV
5. Motorola 65SAUHDMBest smart TV with Gaming Support
6. TCL 55P8EBest Budget Smart TVwith Stunning Display
7. Mi TV 4X ProValue for Money Android TV
8. Thomson B9 ProCheapest Android Smart TV
9. iFFALCON by TCLHonourable Mention

1. Sony Bravia KD-55X8000G

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Overall Best Pick
  • 4K UHD Trilluminous display
  • Android TV 
  • Built-in chromecast support

Sony needs no introduction. The company has been at the forefront with popular home appliances and other consumer electronics gadgets that are popular with consumers worldwide.

The Sony Bravia KD-55X8000G is a 55-inch 4K UHD Smart TV featuring proprietary technologies such as X-reality pro and Clear audio plus that enhances the viewing experience of the end-user.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony KD-55X8000G is a delight to look at. It’s more like a piece of art than just another LED smart TV.

The plain and simple, minimal bezels display with subtle stands for tabletop placement is what it is.

The components used for the construction of this television is of high quality and it shows.

The thin bezels make the front of this LED TV look like a giant slab of a display with no edges.

The elegantly designed dual steel plate legs hold the TV in place firmly and securely on a tabletop.

Display

Sony has made great strides in display technologies and is highly regarded in terms of industry-leading technologies that the company incorporates into its consumer electronics products.

This 55-inch 4K UHD panel packs in an astounding 8 million pixels to deliver you the best possible visuals with enriched details and life colour colours.

X-reality pro-technology analyses the visuals and corrects the correct amount of contrast, brightness and saturation to make the scene more vivid and pleasing to your eyes.

HDR10 support further enhances the details of the visuals and gives you a truly enjoyable viewing experience.

The brightness levels are superb on this panel. You won’t face any difficulty watching TV even in brightly lit environments.

Miscellaneous

This is a smart TV powered by Android. This means that you can download and install apps from the play store and enjoy them on this big display.

Online streaming apps like Netflix and Youtube are preinstalled and comes with a shortcut button on the remote control.

The interface is responsive and can be easily mastered, even for senior citizens.

Also, this TV features the USB plug and play that will let you connect your smartphone or tablet and browse content or mirror the screen itself.

Sony’s patented clear audio plus technology delivers excellent sound output with rich bass and crystal clear vocals, no matter what the volume levels are.

Verdict

If you’re an ardent Sony fan, you should skip the first on this list and get this instead.

Not sporting an OLED doesn’t matter for ordinary eyes and Sony has done a great job of providing excellent contrast ratio even with this LED panel.

The colours are excellent and feel more natural when compared with some of the competitor models on this list.

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Excellent build quality

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Stunning visuals

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Bass reflex speaker

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 Specifications

Screen Size55-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate50Hz
PortsHDMI – 4, USB – 3
Speaker2 x 10W

2. Samsung Q60RAK

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Bixby personal assistant
  • 4K display with HDR support
  • Four HDMI ports and 3 USB ports

Samsung Series Q is the improved model which comes as a predecessor to the series 7 lineup.

The 43-inch UHD 4K Samsung series Q delivers one of the best visuals with accurate colour reproduction in its category.

Design and Build Quality

The design and build quality of this product from Samsung is top-notch. The screen has minimal bezels on all four sides.

The rear side of this television comes with a brushed metal finish.

Unlike other televisions, the Samsung series Q has a clever method to hide the cables by having a separate connection box with all the ports.

This makes the TV look almost like a wireless device.

The Samsung Series Q TV is hands down one of the best looking smart TVs available in the Indian market at present.

Overall, a well-built device with a premium feel is what we can say about the build.

Display

The display on this television is a 43-inch 4K UHD panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels that counts to roughly 8.3 million pixels.

The more pixels, the more detailed and vibrant will be the display and oh boy, this display looks gorgeous!

With a refresh rate of 100Hz, the transitions between the frames are smooth and cause no stress to the eyes even while binge-watching for hours on a single stretch.

The Pur colour technology from Samsung helps this panel to reproduce the colours close to their natural shades and the images look vivid and bright.

HDR 10 support is present which will make you drool over the content that has been shot with HDR technology.

This television comes with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports. The HDMI ports can be used to connect your set-top boxes or gaming consoles.

Miscellaneous

Along with the standard WiFi options, the device also comes with Bluetooth low energy protocol which can be used to connect similar devices with less power drain.

The Series Q LED TV comes with Samsung smart hub which is a feature-rich UI based on Tizen operating system.

All the essential apps are pre-installed and more apps are available from the Samsung app store.

This LED smart TV has two speakers rated at 20W each.

The sound from these speakers is surprisingly loud and clear. Even the lack of bass is pronounced, the clarity of the sound output negates this as a whole.

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Streamlined design
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QLED display

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Voice-controlled remote

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The app catalogue is limited compared to Android TVs

Specifications

Screen Size43-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate120Hz
PortsHDMI – 4, USB – 2
Speaker2 x 10W

3. LG 55UM7300PTA

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Smart TV with Intuitive UI
  • Intuitive and smooth WebOS UI
  • Stunning display quality
  • Feature-rich magic remote

The LG 55UM7300PTA is a premium 4K UHD smart TV loaded with features to provide you with an immersive media consumption experience.

This LG smart LED TV priced at Rs.65,000 offers rich, life-like images supplemented with smart connectivity features baked right into it.

Design and Build Quality

The LG 55UM7300PTA follows a minimal design strategy with a metallic chassis with minimal bezels around the display.

Since all the hardware powering the display is placed on the lower backside, there’s a slight bump in the lower portion.

The build quality is exquisite with silver colour around the bezels giving this product a luxury feel.

Display

The 55-inch 4K display supports HDR modes like HDR10 and HLG pro. This will allow you to stream HDR certified content from Netflix and other streaming sites.

The HDR content offers much more colour and contrast to the already stunning visuals.

HDR certification means you can also hook this monitor on to a PC or game console to enjoy HDR games in its full capacity.

LG is a pioneer in the IPS display technology. Being a very large 55-inch panel, IPS technology allows you to watch TV from any angle with no colour shift or loss of details.

The 50Hz screen causes no jitters or motion blur during the video playback and the fast-moving visuals seem to be silky smooth.

WebOS and ThinQ AI

You might have heard about WebOS, the answer to Android TV OS from LG. It is a slick, lightweight OS that runs fluidly and performs well even on low specced devices.

ThinQ AI is the new artificial intelligence technology that LG has been implementing across its products, be it smartphones or washing machines or even with refrigerators.

It offers voice-activated controls on LG devices for quick and easy operation without having to pound your fingers over the remote buttons.

Miscellaneous

WebOS allows you to multitask. If you can’t stop watching a live broadcast but want to check out your social media account at once, you can do that with this LED TV.

Also, this smart LED TV from LG features dual Bluetooth technology that offers enhanced range.

You can connect your wireless headphones or earphones to this device and enjoy the show without disturbing anyone.

DTS certified speakers inside this television offer a decent playback experience but when it comes to TVs, we always recommend an external speaker setup for the complete experience.

Verdict

The LG 55UM7300PTA is a 55-inch large screen smart LED TV that provides you with an excellent cost to feature proposition.

A stunning IPS 4K display in itself is worth the asking price and with features such as HDR support and smart connectivity, this television is one of the best value for money products in the market at present.

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Wide viewing angles

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HDR10 support

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Sleek design

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WebOS app store isn’t full-fledged

Specifications

Screen Size55-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate50Hz
PortsHDMI – 4, USB – 3
Speaker2 x 10W

4. OnePlus 55Q1

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Feature-Rich Android TV
  • 50W sound output
  • Excellent display quality
  • Google-certified Android TV

OnePlus has been gaining massive popularity around the globe with its feature-packed smartphones that gave other flagships a run for their money.

The company is at it again, this time with televisions. The OnePlus 55Q1 Pro is a 55-inch QLED smart TV which competes with the likes of Samsung and Sony televisions but priced much more competitive than the latter.

Design and Build Quality

The 55Q1 Pro follows the same minimal design language we have seen with their devices in the past.

Made from high-quality materials, the OnePlus 55Q1 Pro TV has one of the best build quality we have ever seen on a smart TV.

The rear side of the TV is tastefully covered with a carbon fibre texture which although insignificant, adds a touch of a premium feel.

The silver-coated stand blends well with the TV and the surroundings.

Display

The OnePlus 55Q1 Pro features a 55-inch Samsung QLED panel with ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

This is the same panel found on high-end Samsung televisions which are priced significantly higher.

The colours look vivid with deep blacks and excellent contrast ratio. This 60Hz refresh rate display ensures the visuals are smooth and without any artefacts.

Speakers

Sound is one area where most of the television manufacturers shy away to improve.

The OnePlus TV comes with an eight-speaker setup with four full-range speakers, two woofers and two tweeters, totalling around 50W RMS sound output.

This TV has a motorised sliding soundbar which automatically lowers when you turn on the TV and slides back up when the TV is switched off.

The sound quality is better than most of the other televisions in its category.

Miscellaneous

The OnePlus TV runs on stock Android OS based on Android 9.0 Pie. The interface is pretty slick and fast.

All the regular Google services come pre-installed on this TV such as Google Play Store and Google Assistant.

One of the major disadvantages with this otherwise perfect TV is that strangely, Netflix app isn’t available to download from the Playstore. You can’t even sideload the app and make it work.

OnePlus has said it’s working with Netflix for an update, but as of now – no Netflix on OnePlus TV.

Verdict

The OnePlus TV 55Q1 Pro is one of the best QLED smart TV you can lay your hands on under Rs.1 lakh.

Loaded with features, this TV ticks all the right boxes to make it to one of the top spots in our best buying list.

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Robust build quality

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Stylish, sleek design

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Chromecast Built-in

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No Netflix app for now

 Specifications

Screen Size55-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60Hz
PortsHDMI – 4 , USB – 3
Speaker50W

5. Motorola 65SAUHDM

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Smart TV with Gaming Support
  • Android 9.0 stock OS
  • Colour accurate display
  • Bundled joystick

Motorola is a prominent smartphone manufacturer in the world which had its fair share of success in the Indian market.

As more and more smartphone manufacturers are foraying into the smart TV market, the Motorola 65SAUHDM is the latest to the party priced under Rs.70,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola 65SAUHDM has a conventional form factor which we are familiarised from a lot of mainstream brands in the market.

The bezels around the display look thin and the big panel makes it look like a seamless front plate.

Even the stands that are provided in the box for tabletop installation is designed with intricate detailing.

The quality of materials used for construction is of high quality and feels very durable and sturdy.

Display

The Motorola 65SAUHDM smart LED TV has a large 65-inch 4K UHD display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

This display is a super bright panel with high luminance ensuring excellent screen dimming features and colour accuracy.

What this means to the end-users is that there will be no colour tint on the display and it will be able to project true to life colours more accurately on the screen.

Additionally, features such as Noise reduction and adaptive light control comes standard with this panel, making the viewing experience more immersive and enjoyable.

Smart Features

This LED television runs on stock Android 9.0 Pie operating system and supports most of the apps in the Play store such as Netflix and Amazon prime video out of the box.

Powering the Motorola 65SAUHDM LED TV inside is a quad-core processor with 2.25GB of RAM and 16GB of shared internal memory.

The UI of this TV is smooth and intuitive, but remember that with the limited 8GB of memory, you’re bound to run out of space after installing too many apps or games.

This smart LED TV ships with a wireless joystick in the box for gaming purposes.

Connectivity and Sound Quality

This television has the same port arrangement that we have seen on other LED TVs of the same price range.

There are 3HDMI ports and 2 USB ports that support a wide range of codecs.

Additionally, an RJ45 port is present for the wired internet connectivity if you prefer it rather than using the WiFi.

Verdict

The Motorola 65SAUHDM is the best bet for someone looking for a 4K Ultra HD stock Android TV with smart features at an affordable budget.

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Minimal yet stylish design
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Stereo speakers

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Large 65-inch 4K display

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Rare UI glitches

Specifications

Screen Size65-inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60 Hz
PortsHDMI – 3, USB – 2
Speaker2 x 15W

6. TCL 55P8E

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Best Budget Smart TV with a Stunning Display
  • Pure Android TV OS
  • Built-in chromecast
  • Google voice assistant

TCL is a Chinese electronics manufacturer that recently came to the limelight after acquiring the rights for manufacturing Android smartphones for Blackberry.

The TCL 55P82 is a 55-inch 4K LED TV running Android TV OS priced under Rs.50,000.

Design and Build Quality

TCL followed a minimalistic design approach for this product. Nothing seems out of place and too much eye-catchy.

The bezels, though not minimal doesn’t seem like too much mainly because of the larger size display compensating it.

The entire construction is of plastic which doesn’t feel premium but does just right for its price.

Display

The TCL 55P8E packs in a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD display with a refresh rate of 60Hz.

This 65-inch 3840 x 2160 pixel display features TCL’s signature direct LED backlight technology that enhances the colour gamut and contrast ratio to provide you with a better picture.

Being a true colour display, the accuracy of colours that are displayed on the screen is much better than most of the competitors in the same price segment

With the Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) technology built-in, this LED TV reduces signal interference with other electronic equipment in the vicinity and delivers detailed images and videos.

Overall, the TCL 55P8E packs in an excellent quality display panel which is worth every penny you spend on this product.

Audio

Budget LED TV’s usually neglect the sound department altogether. This may be due to the fear of overshooting the expected marketing price.

Same is the case with this LED TV as well. The TCL P6 comes with two speakers rated at a total of 20W RMS output.

These speakers are sufficiently loud and while perfectly usable in small rooms, we’d suggest you buy an external Bluetooth speaker setup for much better quality sound output.

Miscellaneous

This smart TV runs on stock Android TV OS. This means that all the Google services come preloaded with the device.

You can download all your favourite apps from the integrated Play store and enjoy it on this television effortlessly.

On the connectivity front, the TCL 55P8E features 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports.

With the USB ports supporting a wide variety of multimedia formats, you can view movies and photos of different formats without converting.

Verdict

The TCL 55P8E is one of the best 4K UHD LED TV priced under Rs.50,000 delivering excellent picture quality with finer vivid details.

The only gripe we find with this product is the lack of a wider service centre network which we think might hinder the prospective buyers from making a decision.

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Sleek, slim design

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Comfortable, easy to use remote

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3 years warranty

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Only 1 USB port

Specifications

Screen Size55 -inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60 Hz
PortsHDMI – 2, USB – 1
Speaker2 x 10 W

7. Mi LED Smart TV 4X Pro

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Value for Money Android TV
  • Future proof TV
  • HDR10 display
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi support

The Mi LED Smart TV 4X Pro is the current flagship LED TV from Xiaomi which was released recently in India.

This television offers the best value for money deal in the smart TV market in India trumping ahead the well-established competitors such as Sony and Samsung in terms of hardware prowess.

Design and Build Quality

The build and design of Mi LED Smart TV 4X Pro is in one word – just fantastic. The near-zero bezels on the front resemble their Mi Mix phones.

At the back, a brushed aluminium finish has been provided to improve the aesthetics. All the electronic components are placed on the bottom chin at the back.

Display

The display on this device is a 55-inch UHD 4K panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

The screen to body ratio of this TV is an impressive 91.43%.

With a dynamic contrast ratio of about 60000:1, the colours look good and images and videos feel vibrant.

This is an HDR panel which gives further clarity to the content if the media supports HDR 10.

The display can be viewed without any colour shift up to 178 degrees.

If you are poised to buy an LED TV under Rs. 40,000 which has a screen size of 40-inch or more, the Mi smart LED TV 4X Pro would be one of the best bet.

Smart Features

The all-new Mi TV 4 Pro runs on true Android OS TV based on Android 8.1 Oreo, the stock version directly from Google.

This means you can take full advantage of the Google platform services such as Plays store and Google Play services.

It is powered by an Amlogic 64 bit Quad-core processor running at 1.8GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Xiaomi has included its patch wall UI which aggregates both the online as well as offline content on a single screen.

This television comes with three HDMI ports and 2 USB ports along with AV connectors.

The onboard WiFi on this device supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for faster data speeds.

There is also Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity on this if you wish to hook it up with a wireless headphone or Bluetooth speakers.

Miscellaneous

In terms of speakers, the Mi smart TV 4X Pro has dual speakers with a combined 20W RMS power output.

The sound quality of these speakers is decent but not overwhelmingly positive.

The motion-sensing remote control helps in navigating through the UI, a delightful experience.

Verdict

The MI LED smart TV 4X Pro is for those who love big screens.

If you’d like to experience a near-theatrical experience in your living room, this 55-inch 4K TV can provide just that.

Only if you’re ready to go that extra mile securing one in the seconds-long flash sale though!!

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Great 55-inch UHD 4K display

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Extremely modern design

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HDR 10 support

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Average sound output quality

Specifications

Screen Size55 inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60 Hz
PortsHDMI – 3, USB – 2
Speaker2 x 10 W

8. Thomson B9 Pro

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Best Budget Android TV
  • 40-inch full HD LCD
  • Android-based smart TV
  • 450 nits brightness

Thomson is one of the relatively new entrants to the competitive Indian home appliance market.

The B9 Pro from Thomson is a Full HD Smart LED TV that comes with a lot of features that was up until found only on premium budget LED TVs.

Design and build quality

The Thomson B9 Pro has the regular thin bezel bar design that is made of high-quality durable plastic.

This LED TV comes with a wall mount bracket in the box along with two table stands if you wish to keep the TV on a tabletop.

The overall design looks familiar to the models from Sony and Samsung in a similar price range.

Display

The Thomson B9 Pro has a 40-inch display panel with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
This display has a maximum brightness level of about 450 nits which is very much agreeable for a LED TV under Rs.20,000 budget.

Since this is an A+ grade LCD panel sourced from Samsung, the contrast levels are excellent, so is the colour reproduction.

With a 60Hz refresh rate, the visuals appear smoother and there is no choppiness whatsoever.

Smart TV features

The Thomson B9 Pro is a smart LED TV. It runs on AOSP based software that comes with few of the popular apps such as Netflix, Hotstar and YouTube preloaded.

There is a third-party app store support on this TV that will let you download other necessary apps as well.

The My wall is a content aggregation page from Thomson that shows all your favourite shows on a single screen which makes browsing much easier.

There are three HDMI ports and 2 USB ports on this TV. You can plug in a pendrive containing media and easily playback it on a big screen.

If you are into gaming, connecting a console makes this device a gaming monitor.

Miscellaneous

The speakers on this TV are located on the sides of the display. The two 10W speakers deliver loud sound with decent bass and clarity.

It is always advisable to use a separate speaker with the TV if you want to get the real experience when it comes to audio playback.

Verdict

The Thomson B9 Pro is a great deal priced under Rs.20,000 that comes loaded with a ton of smart features supplemented by a Samsung sourced LCD panel.

If you love to watch online streaming sites such as Netflix and Hotstar on a large screen, the B9 Pro is one of the best products in the market.

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40-inch Samsung LCD

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Smart connectivity

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3 HDMI ports

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Low sound while playing media from pen drive

Specifications

Screen Size40 inch
Resolution1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate60 Hz
PortsHDMI-3, USB-2
Speaker2 x 10 W

9. iFFALCON 55K31

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Honorable Mention
  • HDR-enabled 4K UHD display
  • Pure Android OS TV
  • Rich connectivity options

TCL is a Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer that started with selling data storage products across the world.

The company later diversified its product lineup and became a major player in the LED TV market. TCL now markets budget LED TVs under the iFFALCON brand name in India.

The iFFALCON 55K31 by TCL is a 55-inch 4K HDR Smart LED television which comes at a fraction of the price that its competitors offer for their similarly specced products.

Build Quality and Design

The iFFALCON 55K31 follows a minimalistic design approach on this product. Nothing seems out of place and too much eye-catchy.

The bezels, though not minimal doesn’t seem like too much mainly because of the larger size display compensating it.

The entire construction is of plastic which doesn’t feel premium but does just right for its price.

Display

iFFALCON has done the right thing by choosing an A+ grade high-quality 4K Ultra HD HDR display that outperforms even some of the established brands in the market in terms of its visual quality.

A+ grade achromatic panels don’t have the signature colour tints which manufacturers tend to apply during the production, resulting in much better colour accuracy.

This 55-inch 3840×2160 pixel display features TCL’s signature LED backlight technology that enhances the colour gamut and contrast ratio to provide you with a better picture.

With the Dynamic Noise Reduction (DNR) technology built-in, this LED TV reduces signal interference with other electronic equipment in the vicinity and delivers detailed images and videos.

Overall, the iFFALCON 55K31 packs a bright and vivid 4K UHD panel that is worth every penny you spend on this product.

Sound

Budget LED TVs usually neglect the sound department altogether. This may be due to the fear of overshooting the expected marketing price.

With the iFFALCON 55K31, the two-channel speakers on this television offer a surround sound experience which will make your viewing experience a bit immersive but for a full-blown experience, we suggest you invest in a good home theatre/Bluetooth speaker.

Miscellaneous

This Android smart TV has its own set of preinstalled apps such as Netflix and Youtube and comes with the default Google Play Store for more apps.

This 4K smart TV television from iFFALCON 55K31 comes with a generous supply of output ports – 3 HDMI and a single USB port for connecting other devices and peripherals.

The iFFALCON 55K31 comes with an auto volume leveller feature. This will automatically adjust sudden volume fluctuations without blowing your ears off violently.

With the USB port supporting a wide variety of multimedia formats, you can view movies and photos of different formats without converting.

Verdict

The iFFALCON 55K31 is one of the best 4K LED TV under Rs.30,000 that delivers excellent picture quality with finer details, sported with a Full HD panel.

The only gripe we find with this product is the lack of a wider service centre network which we think might hinder the prospective buyers from making a decision.

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Premium design

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Deeper AI Integration

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Built-in Google assistant

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Lack of adequate service centre network

Specifications

Screen Size55 inch
Resolution3840 x 2160
Refresh Rate60 Hz
PortsHDMI-3, USB-2
Speaker2 x 10 W

This concludes our hunt for the best LED TVs in India.

We have included TVs with 4K UHD displays only here because we genuinely think that full HD displays are a story of the past.

We hope your answers for the best LED TVs will be met with this article.

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How To Buy The TV Of Your Dreams: Buying Guide For LED TV

Buying a TV requires more than having a budget in mind.

As it is a relatively long-term investment, there are certain things that you should be informed about.

In this article, we will try to focus on things that will help you make a better purchase decision.

1. Price

We know that your first priority is the budget. We are all in for that as well.

In fact, for every Indian consumer no matter rich or poor, the price is the primary concern in making a purchase.

The speed of technology innovation in the case of television sets moves forward at a staggering pace.

Unlike products like speakers or headphones, the feature set is continuously updated.

This creates a rapid fluctuation in the pricing.

The prices of TVs will come down faster than we expect. So you must keep an eye on price history.

There’s is no need to go for the latest model in the market in case of a television.

There will be previous models that might have all the desired features you are looking for.

In a nutshell, If you know the right feature set you want, the purchase will be economical. In case of a TV, never ignore a previous model as it is just old. Similarly never purchase a new model, just because it is new.

2. Display

Good televisions require good displays. Simple as that.

But there are a lot of display types out there and choosing a particular one is not a cakewalk.

Let’s guide you through the technical jargons associated with these displays. Fret not, this won’t make you dizzy, we promise.

Here are the most common type of displays found on television sets:

a) LCD
b) LED
c) OLED
d) Plasma displays

a) Liquid Crystal Displays ( LCD )

LCD’s are the least expensive type of display in the list.

These displays are suitable for simple use such as causal media watching at home.

Not only do these displays are cheap, they’re energy efficient as well.

The main downside of these displays is its limited viewing angles.

b) Light Emitting Diode displays ( LED )

LED displays are Liquid crystal displays with LED back lighting.

These displays constitute the major chunk of televisions available in the market.

Let’s discuss these displays in detail.

Back lighting in an LED display itself can be categorized into three different types

i) CCFL back lighting
ii) Full array LED back lighting
iii) Edge lighting

i) CCFL backlighting

The Liquid crystal displays that come with a cold-cathode fluorescent lamp are called CCFL displays.

A series of fluorescent lamps that sits behind the LCD illuminates the panel evenly.

These displays are the cheapest type of LED displays around.

As the televisions became slimmer, these displays were phased out.

Also, keep in mind the fact that these lamps consumed a lot of energy.

ii) Full array LED back lighting

Full array LED back lighting is the most widely used back lighting technology currently in the television industry.

Most of the television sets you see today, use this kind of display.

An array of LED’s is lined up behind the display to light up the pixels according to the signal it receives.

This technology involves a feature called local dimming, which lets the LED array to sequentially switch off individual segments of the array.

This enhances the contrast ratio of the display as well as reduces energy consumption.

iii) Edge lighting

In this form of LED back lighting technology, the LED’s are placed along the edges of the display.

Unlike an entire array spanning the backside of the display, this technology enables the manufacturers to develop further slim profile televisions.

Local dimming might be a problem in this type of back lighting.

The companies like Sony and Samsung have their own iterations of this technology with improved local dimming capabilities.

LED displays are much more power efficient than Liquid crystal displays.

These displays can be incorporated with IPS ( in-plane switching ) technology to improve the viewing angles.

As the LED needs to be powered in order to illuminate the pixels, these displays are also power hungry.

c) OLED displays

These displays use colored LEDs to illuminate the image on the screen.

Instead of local dimming, the LEDs in these displays shuts down completely.

This gives it a much higher contrast ratio compared to the conventional LED displays.

Also, these displays are power efficient too.

The main downside of this kind of display is that they are expensive to manufacture.

d) Plasma displays

If you want to convert your home cinema setup into a mini theater, plasma displays are the way to go.

These are usually large displays that often finds its way into mini home theaters.

These displays have excellent colour quality and high contrast ratio.

What’s this contrast ratio thing, you might ask?

Well, we’ll explain it to you in detail, a little later.

What about the cost?

As you may have rightly guessed, these displays are expensive.

Summarizing, If you are looking to purchase a budget television, go for one with an LED display. Full array LED TV might be the one for lower end spectrum of the budget.

If you want a television with stunning visuals, no matter the budget, we would recommend buying a television with an OLED panel.

Interested in a home theater setup?

The plasma display will greatly enhance the theatrical experience that you want right in your home.

3. Resolution

The resolution, in layman terms, is the number of pixels or dots that a panel is capable of displaying.

The displays these days commonly comes in various resolutions such as :

1. HD ready ( 1366*768 Pixels )
2. Full HD ( 1920* 1080 Pixels )
3. 4K ( 3840*2160 Pixels )

In reality, the more the number of pixels doesn’t necessarily mean that the clarity of the panel will be higher.

It is the pixel per inch ( ppi ) measure that determines the clarity.

A 48-inch 4K display will have the same pixel density as a 24-inch full HD panel.

Or simply said, the 4K display here on a 48″ panel can only output the same number of ppi as a 24″ full HD panel.

4K displays cost a lot more than the full HD displays.

If you are not going to televisions with larger display sizes, full HD will suffice.

HD ready tag on a television generally means that the resolution is 720p.

Don’t get confused with an HD ready television and a full HD television.

For the most part, at least in India, a full HD television should be sufficient. Unless you want to watch movies and sports in full glory, spending money on 4K isn’t worth it, not at present. The availability of 4K movies are still in infancy so does the 4K broadcast.

For budget-constrained buyers, 720p would help with the regular set-top box cable connections.

4. Screen size

Most people do make a mistake when it comes to choosing a screen size for the television.

People think larger the display, more the content we can watch.

This isn’t right.

You should first make up your mind where the TV is going to be placed.

And then according to the space available should decide on the size.

The large display on a small room won’t do any justice to the viewing experience.

So does a small screen on a large room.

The sweet spot for the best possible size can be found out by using simple calculations.

THX, a motion picture industry leader suggests that the person watching a television should be seated about X feet away from the display for the optimal viewing experience.

X ( in feet ) = diagonal width ( in inches ) of the television / 0.84.

This rough approximation was given for the western audience, but we Indians could use reverse calculation and estimate the size of the display we need from this equation.

Take the room/hall where the TV is going to be placed and measure the placement of chairs/sofa set from the wall/table in inches. Multiply that with 0.84, get the optimal size and go with that measure.

Instead of blindly purchasing a television set, just because it looks bigger would only blow a hole in your pocket. Spend wisely.

Remember: A 48″ 4K display will have the same pixel density as a 24″ full HD panel. Or simply said, the 4K display on a 48″ panel can output the same display clarity as a 24″ full HD panel.

5. Contrast ratio

We have been using this word a lot in this article. Might be of something important right?

Yes, it is.

The contrast ratio is one of the most important parameters that define the quality of a television.

What is contrast ratio?

The difference in brightness between the darkest black and the brightest white on a display is called contrast ratio.

On an LED display with local dimming, the contrast ratio will be higher than on a conventional display.

On an OLED screen, the contrast ratio is theoretically infinite. Why?

The LEDs shuts downs completely on an OLED screen.

Therefore the darkest dark is absolutely infinite. Bigger the contrast ratio, better will be the display.

Always look for the contrast ratio of the television you’re purchasing.

If you don’t find any information, ask the salesman in the local store or search on the web. Never let it go as a trivial thing.

Keep an eye on contrast ratio information. Give attention whether the advertised contrast ratio is true or native. The true/native measures give the accurate idea, not the one that says dynamic. Higher the contrast ratio, better the display.

6. Refresh rate

To simply put, the refresh rate is the number of times an image on the screen is refreshed per second.

Why is refresh rate important?

It helps in the smoother transitions between the frames.

A television with frame rate less than 60, would give jittery visuals, especially in fast-moving scenes such as sports.

Make sure the television you are purchasing does offer at least 60 fps refresh rate.

Some companies offer refresh rate interpolation as well.

This means a static image is inserted between the frames to reduce the motion blur.

Not as good as native refresh rate increase, still it does offer some form of improvement.

Higher the refresh rate, lesser will be the motion blur. This will enhance the viewing experience significantly. If you wish to hook up the TV with your gaming console, you should be double sure about this magic number.

7. High Dynamic Range ( HDR )

HDR is the new buzzword in the display industry.

It offers enhanced contrast ratio and colour accuracy to the content displayed on the screen. Being a relatively new technology, HDR is still on its baby steps.

At present, there are only a few high-end televisions supporting the HDR.

Also, only a few HDR ready content ( but rapidly growing ) is available for you to watch. But for what it is, taking a shot in the hand for buying an expensive TV with HDR is well worth it.

HDR enhances the brightest whites on the screen further and coupled with Wide Colour Gamut ( WCG ) improves the colour accuracy, bringing it one step closer to the natural colour palette.

If you are a true image/video quality connoisseur and would like to watch the movies and visuals as close to what they had looked in the shooting sets, HDR is the way to go.

The industry-backed version of HDR, the HDR10 is supported by many mainstream companies like Sony, Samsung and LG. Those who don’t mind the budget, shouldn’t miss out on this one feature.

8. Aspect ratio

What is Aspect ratio?

Aspect ratio is defined as the width to height ratio of the television.

Commonly, the televisions come with 16:9 aspect ratio. In fact, they should come with 16:9 aspect ratio.

The industry moved away from the 4:3 aspect ratio long before as it introduced a letterbox effect.

Letterbox??

You might have seen the two black bars at the top and bottom of the screen while watching old movies.

These bars reduces the screen real estate significantly.

The motion picture industry moved from the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 from the early 2000’s.

Every movie, application, games adopted the 16:9 ratio making 4:3 obsolete.

Some modern Hollywood movies come with 2:4:1 aspect ratio for better detailing on given screen real estate. If your TV supports this, its good. Otherwise, 16:9 should be the standard.

9. Connectivity

Connectivity is another important aspect to consider when purchasing a television.

The more the connectivity options, better it is.

Speaking of connectivity, here are a few things that’d be useful to keep in mind :

a. HDMI
b. Wi-Fi
c. USB
d. Bluetooth

High-Definition Multimedia Interface is an interface for transmitting audio/video data to other HDMI compliant devices.

This is a digital data transfer gateway with greatly enhanced data transfer speeds.

What to look for?

HDMI has undergone various iterations and improvements over time.

First, make sure your TV has HDMI ports, at least two of them.

Most TVs will have them. This will let you connect your TV with devices such as set-top boxes and gaming consoles.

Next, try to know the version of HDMI present. Verify whether it is v1.4 or v2.0.

A normal user wouldn’t have to go through these pains.

But an advanced user who would like to have greater data speeds and much better picture quality with his newly brought Blu-ray player should definitely care.

HDMI v1.4HDMI v2.0
Data transfer speeds up to 10.2GbpsSpeeds up to 18Gbps
Streams 4K at 24 fpsStreams 4K at 60 fps
8-bit colour 4K12-bit colour 4K
Single video streamDual video streams
Up to 8 channel audio32 channel audio

If you wish to enjoy the content on the Blu-Ray disk as the producers intended it to be watched, HDMI v2.0 supports 4K videos up to 60 fps to be streamed from the player to the television.

Or better, if you are a gamer and want to play the games in 4K ultra settings, having an HDMI v2.0 ports helps significantly.

10. Wi-Fi

Smart TVs come with Wi-Fi connectivity as standard.

This will let you browse the internet or watch your favourite video on YouTube directly on the television.

11. USB

USB ports can be used for a variety of things.

Primarily being a source for portable media content, USB with media in it can be plugged into the port and you can enjoy the content inside, whether it be music or movies on the big screen.

Make sure that the TV comes with at least two USB ports.

12. Bluetooth

Bluetooth enables you to connect devices wirelessly to the television.

For example, a Bluetooth speaker or a headphone can be connected without having to bother about the cables/wires.

Having Bluetooth connectivity in the television is an added advantage.

13. Speakers

One of the most neglected aspects when buying a television is its audio.

Most people channel their attention towards the picture quality, leaving the audio quality unnoticed.

A good television, not only should have a great picture quality, but also good audio output that supports the visuals on screen with full glory.

Most brands quote the speaker power in watts, which is just a gimmick if we would say.

Always look for the number of speakers. The more the better, at least in most cases.

Having a 2.1 speaker configuration is always preferable over a high watts dual speaker.

Why?

A dedicated sub woofer does wonders to the overall listening experience. TV speakers almost neglect the lower end of the sound spectrum.

Make sure your next television comes with one and don’t compromise on audio quality.

Miscellaneous Questions

1) A curved TV or a flat one?

Form factor selection is highly subjective in case of a television.

If you intend to watch the TV close to the screen, a curved display would provide an immersive experience.

For those who would like to watch from a distance, a flat screen would suffice.

Curved TVs are more of a recent entrant to the market and cost more than the flat-screen televisions.

Also, the limited viewing angles of these curved displays might cause eye fatigue if watched from acute angles.

2) Are Smart TVs really smart?

Manufacturers have started the trend of branding everything as smart. Even dumb or outright stupid devices are labelled as smart.

You should make sure that the television you are purchasing is indeed a smart one.

This concerns those who want to purchase a smart TV. There are mainly three types of Smart TVs available in the market.

a. Smart TVs with Android TV OS
b. Smart TVs with proprietary OS
c. Smart TVs that are dumb

3) Smart TVs with Android TV OS

These TVs comes with Google services pre-installed.

It features a full-fledged play store from which you can download officials apps and games that are well optimized to work with your TV.

4) Smart TVs with proprietary OS

Industry giants like Samsung and LG have their own smart OS namely Tizen and WebOS.

These operating systems are well supported with major official apps available for the platform.

5) Smart TVs that are dumb

These are mostly low-cost TVs labelled as smart and comes with the third-party app store that has curated low-quality apps in them.

If you ever wish to buy a smart TV, never choose these televisions unless you want to pull out your hair out of frustration.

However, you can enhance the functionality of these dumb televisions with devices like Amazon fire stick or Apple TV box.

This will let you add a brain to these headless TVs to behave smartly as a true native smart TV.

Conclusion

This article represents a general idea of what you should look into before buying a television.

As it is a general guide, this article applies to televisions of all budget ranges.

We have tried hard to give you an idea of technical aspects involved in televisions and hope it would prove useful for you in the long run.

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