Televisions have come a long way since the time CRTs became a history. TVs today are getting thinner and smarter. With advancing technology, cable is no longer the only medium to nake the most of your TV in India. New Smart TVs are capable of connecting to the high-speed internet, allowing you to enjoy your favourite web content on the larger screens. With so many options available, it is difficult to find a TV perfect one for your requirement. We've compiled a list of the best Smart TVs available in India in 2018 based on ratings by experts and users alike. We will refresh this list with the latest entrants and update the prices and pictures as the list evolves.
Xiaomi forayed into the TV segment this year and launched three new sets in India. The company's flagship TV comes in the form of the Mi LED Smart TV 4 which features a 55-inch Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 display and has been priced competitively at Rs 39,999. For the price, the TV offers excellent value for money and comes with support for HDR out-of-the-box. The Smart TV runs PatchWall UI and is powered by a quad-core 64-bit processor which makes multitasking between different apps a breeze. With its frame-less design and extensive connectivity options, the Mi LED Smart TV 4 is currently the best TV under Rs 50,000.
Vu is consistently delivering top-notch products in the mid-price segment. The Vu Android 109 cm (43 inch) Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV is again packed with some high-end features that deliver powerful performance. With a 43-inch Full HD LED display and a 60Hz refresh rate, the picture quality is crystal clear. You also get built-in Wi-Fi along with a range of apps. The screen mirroring technology is also available for screen sharing via mobile or tablets. The product comes with a one year warranty.
The Sony BRAVIA KLV-40W562D is decent mid-range smart TV. The design of the TV is ordinary with a decent quality of the plastic used as well. The display with the 16:9 aspect ratio and 178 degree horizontal as well as vertical viewing is well suited for gaming too. Equipped with the Dolby Digital and Dolby Pulse, the sound quality is remarkable. It runs on the native Sony OS and has sufficient inbuilt apps. For those of you who don’t intend to spend much, but still want the trust of Sony, the Sony BRAVIA KLV-40W562D is a perfect product.
The Micromax Canvas Smart TV, also known as S-40 is one with the lowest price on this list. The company offers the best it can at the given price point. The display is Full HD (1920 x 1080p) and has a refresh rate of 170 hertz. The sound quality is slightly below par with its 16W output. The number of supported formats is limited as compared to other Smart TVs. If you are not sure about the life of the product, Micromax offers three years of warranty on the product. Not bad, for the price.
Well, the LG UH850T is a smart TV in the true sense of the word. The design is not bezel-less as there is a thin aluminium frame around the screen. As expected, the picture quality is crisp with its 4k display. The audio quality is on par with the display quality, and the combination will leave you awestruck. The webOS 3.0 will make your experience incredibly seamless. The LG UH850T also provides several inbuilt apps such as Netflix, YouTube etc. The air remote is capable of even operating your set-top-box. If the price is not a concern, this is one of the best options available in the market.
The Samsung 48J6300 is a Full HD and Curved Smart Led TV which is a unique combination. The TV uses a specially developed technology called PurColour to enhance the display. The Quad Core processor offers a better speed and enhanced performance. The Samsung 48J6300 is packed with several dynamic games and instant switch back features. There are seven connectivity ports available, but that does not include USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0.
The TCL55P1US offers an Ultra HD display with 3840 x 2160 resolution. The high resolution coupled with the 55 inches screen size results in an unbelievable viewing experience. The MEMC and sports mode result in an immersive viewing experience, especially while watching sports. Apart from the display quality, the sound quality and connectivity options are decent. The design is a bit uncanny and may not go down well with some users.
With so many options available at your disposal, it is easy to get overwhelmed and end up buying the wrong product. The primary rule of buying a television is ignoring the abundant information provided in the specifications. Most of that information is aimed at baiting the buyer to step-up and buy an expensive product.
You need to think about your particular requirements. What is the primary use? Will you use it for gaming? How many movies will you watch? What is average weekly usage of TV? After answering this questions and considering your budget, you can start narrowing down your options.
If, budget is not a constraint, the 4K TV options are worth the money. You do need to consider the availability of corresponding content to avail the maximum benefit of any technology, be it 4K or 3D. Also, remember bigger is not always better, go for a TV size that will be complimentary to the room size. If you have not finalised by now, you can consider the connectivity, styling factors, and in-built apps.
|Mi Led Smart TV 4||NA||9||8||7||7||9||8.2|
|Vu Android 109 cm (43 inch) Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV||36,999||9||8||7||7||9||8|
|Sony Bravia KLV-40W562D||43,240||7||8||7||9||9||8|
|Micromax Canvas Full HD LED Smart TV 101cm (40 inch)||33,900||7||8||7||7||9||7.7|
|LG UH850T 4k Ultra HD LED IPS Smart TV||NA||9||9||9||8||8||8.7|
|Samsung 48J6300 Full HD Curved Smart LED TV||104,900||7||9||9||7||7||7.9|
|TCL L55P1US 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV||NA||5||8||7||6||7||6.8|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Mouthshut, Amazon, Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites CNET, Reviewed, Rtings, The Review Index, and TV nama.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Micromax Canvas Full HD LED Smart TV – One with the lowest price had an score spilt of:
Expert review: 7.6/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 4.8/10 (TVNama and The Review Index)
User reviews: 6.4/10 (Mouthshut)
Overall expert score: 7/10 (rounded off)
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