OnePlus TV 55 Q1 Pro review: It's got all the right moves
The Android TV 9.0 offers smooth visuals with super life-like content, multiple view modes and an Atmos-powered soundbar.
The Q1 Pro has a 55-inch 4K-resolution QLED screen that excels in terms of colour reproduction and offers good contrast levels when watching different kinds of content including 4K resolution, HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision.
The TV also manages to deliver smooth visuals with super life-like content using MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation). You get 12 view modes such as film, sports, animation to choose from to tweak the display settings best suited to your needs.
The Q1 Pro produces fine audio output thanks to its dedicated soundbar that effortlessly glides from the bottom of the screen and lights up when you turn on the TV. This Dolby Atmos-powered soundbar that houses eight speaker units with 50-watt output including four full-range speakers, two tweeters, and two woofers — can be used as an independent Bluetooth speaker system. The woofer system manages to deliver some good bass and the tweeters come in handy for the surround sound effect.
The Q1 Pro runs on Android TV 9.0 that gives access to built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast. But OnePlus has added its own OxygenPlay service that gives cumulative content from apps like Zee5, Hungama Play and Eros Now. HotStar and Prime Video too come pre-installed (but no Netflix for now).
OnePlus has also launched Connect app (available only to Android users presently) for easier interaction with the TV. The app allows you to use your smartphone as a remote for functions like switching between apps and typing on the TV screen using your phone’s keyboard.
OnePlus has packed in a remote that doesn’t require batteries. One can use a USB Type-C cable for charging. Just like the TV, the remote too has a slim and minimalistic design. You also get volume controls on the side — like you see on your smartphones — which may take some time getting used to.
Overall, OnePlus has got a lot of things right in its first attempt in competing in the premium smart TV segment. But the price tag of the TV is a breakaway from the company’s strategy of offering flagship specifications at comparatively lower prices. As with a price tag of Rs 99,900, it may not be easy to make TV buyers ditch established brands such as Sony and Samsung. But all in all, it’s a bold bet.