Xiaomi has announced two new editions of the company’s popular Mi TV 3S today, which is powered by a new artificial intelligence framework called PatchWall. These new TVs also support HDR playback – a first for Xiaomi smart TVs.
While the Mi TV 3S product name stays the same, these new TVs are fundamentally different from the ones announced six months ago. Inside, the TVs run on a new Amlogic T966 quad-core 64-bit processor paired with a Mali T-830 GPU. 2GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC storage are also present, alongside a/c WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The new introduction here is significant both in the inside and out. Xiaomi included a new H.265 hardare decoder for 60p 4K playback, while OpenGL 3.1 support allows for HDR video playback.
Where the previous 65-inch Mi TV 3S used a curved display from Samsung, this new one uses a flat 4K panel (also from Samsung). Meanwhile, the smaller 55-inch Mi TV 3S announced today uses an LG 4K IPS panel.
The new TVs themselves are pleasantly designed, with an ultra thin frame that is made from anodised aluminium, and is only 9.9mm at its thinnest point.
The PatchWall framework powers a new software called Mi Brain, an artificially intelligent software feature that learns your viewing habits and recommends movies based on them. With over 440,000 films in the Mi TV’s content library sourced from partnerships in the Chinese market, the AI behind Mi Brain will also be able to distinguish between different family members, and identify their personal tastes over time.
In addition to the new TVs, Xiaomi also introduced two new accessories for the Mi TV 3S. First is the Lei Shi KTV wireless microphone designed for karaoke sessions with the Mi TV 3S which has over 250,00 songs in its library, while the second is the more appealing one: a wireless surround sound system for the new smart TVs.
Available as part of the Home Theatre Set that includes the 65-inch Mi TV 3S, the system comprises of a sound bar, a subwoofer, and two wireless satellite speakers.
As with all Xiaomi products, the final highlight is always in the retail price. The 55-inch Mi TV 3S will retail for 3,499 Yuan (about RM2,160) while the 65-inch model will go for 4,999 Yuan (about RM3,090). The Home Theatre set with 65-inch Mi TV 3S is only 1,000 Yuan more at 5,999 Yuan (about RM3,700).
But with its massive content library that’s only available in China, these new TVs will likely not be available officially out of China.
(Source: MIUI Forums)