Price: Rs 23,999/-
Available on: www.oneplus.in/tv-y-series
OnePlus’ Y Series TVs distil the best of the brand’s premium
offerings into an affordable package
Almost a year ago, when OnePlus announced its foray into
the TV space with the Q1 Series, it brought in the very best that it could
offer. The result was a TV filled to the brim with the latest and greatest that
OnePlus had. Everything from premium materials, a screen-to-body ratio of over
95 percent, a 50W sliding sound bar that added a sense of occasion, a 4K QLED
panel with support for HDR 10+, to even a plethora of software improvements
over and above Android TV, the Q1 delivered everything that consumers wanted in
a TV and some more.
There was just one problem though, it was simply out of
reach for most Indian buyers and at a time when HD Smart TVs are flooding the
market for a fraction of the price, most buyers decided that they didn’t need
all that the flagship OnePlus TV offered.
That said, if there is one thing that OnePlus does really
well, it is listening to its consumers. Within a few months, OnePlus announced
the far more affordable Y Series of TVs. We have got our hands on a 43-inch
specimen and after some time testing it, here are our thoughts.
The Y Series sits below the Q1 and U Series of
televisions from OnePlus. And the drop in price means that the Y Series gets a
lower resolution Full HD panel instead of the 4K one in the Q1 and U Series
models. But that is not a criticism at all and is expected from the segment.
When it comes to the panel itself it has good viewing angles, great picture
clarity, sharp colours and a certain crispness that you’d often find only in
far more expensive TVs. With 93% DCI-P3 and 83% NTSC Colour Gamut for both the
32-inch as well as the 43-inch models, colour reproduction is good. The 32-inch
variant however, only gets a 720p resolution – par for the course considering
the Rs. 13,999 price tag.
The Y Series TV feels sturdy and well put together and
has a good screen-to-body ratio of over 90 per cent. Materials used, although
plastic for the most part, are of good quality and you would find very few
people complaining. The bulkier stand in the Q1 gives way to a smaller, more
elegant design and on the whole the Y Series will be a great addition to your
The 20W speakers with Dolby Atmos can get really loud and
most users would be more than satisfied with the audio quality. However, if I
were to pick a bone with it, there is a discernible loss of clarity at high
volumes. But that is something most users will possibly never notice.
Coming to the connected tech on offer, the Y Series has
all its bases covered with Google Chromecast built-in, Android TV and OnePlus’
OxygenPlay. OnePlus has been steadily pushing OTA updates to the Y Series and
we expect the software experience to get even better.
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