Xiaomi TV P1E 55 review: what is the value of Xiaomi’s most affordable Ultra HD TV?

The sub-pixel structure confirms the presence of a VA-type LCD panel.

This TV uses a VA (Vertical Alignment) type LCD panel. This screen technology achieves good contrast by effectively blocking backlight; in return, the viewing angles are narrower than those of an IPS LCD or Oled TV. This Xiaomi TV still shows a 75% drop in brightness at 45°, slightly more than other VA TVs, which typically show a drop of around 70%. Only very high-end models equipped with an optical filter (Samsung QE65QN95A Where Sony XR-75Z9J) manage to improve the viewing angles of a VA panel. In any case, it is a long way from what OLED technology offers and its 25% variation at 45°.

The Xiaomi P1E shows an average image. In film mode, colors cannot be considered accurate, but drift remains contained nonetheless (average delta E measured at 3.7). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the color temperature, which, with an average higher than 11,000 K – far from the reference 6,500 K – results in a very cold image that pulls a lot towards blue. The gamma curve also lacks stability with obstructed dark grays and overexposed light grays.

The scaling engine allows you to resize SD, HD, and Full HD content to display properly on this Ultra HD panel. This engine is quite basic and produces a very blurry and very smooth image. Fortunately, it doesn’t distort the original source and limits artifacts. On the motion compensation side, the motor does its best to limit jerk, but, in the absence of a 100Hz panel, it can’t improve sharpness. The 50 Hz prevents the insertion of black images through backlight scanning. The different modes of motion compensation (called “motion smoothing”) are not really effective. Also, the slightest change in settings causes the TV to switch to “custom” mode, losing the near-accurate colors of Movie mode in the process.

The Xiaomi P1E 55 is compatible with HDR10 and HLG signals. It ignores formats that support dynamic metadata (HDR10+ and Dolby Vision) which are nonetheless very useful on entry-level TVs.

As with all entry-level TVs, picture quality in HDR is very average; the blame for a peak brightness limited to 320 cd/m² which is translated in the image by a weak dynamic between the areas that are supposed to be very bright and the darkest areas. This TV also takes some liberties with respect to following the reference EOTF curve (in yellow) as it displays a consistently less bright picture than requested. When the signal requires a brightness of 100 cd/m², the TV settles for a brightness of 60 cd/m². So we lose a lot of detail and everything is generally underexposed, which is a shame for an HDR image. That’s a shame, because with an average Delta E of 4.2, colors are pretty respectable, which is pretty rare for entry-level HDR TVs.

In terms of colorimetric coverage, again, it is far from the high-end models and even from its direct mid-range competitors. The Xiaomi P1E is content to cover 51% of the Rec.2020 color space and 69% of the DCI-P3, the space mostly used by cinema and series. By comparison, the TCL 55C725 displays 69% of the hues of the Rec.2020 space and 86% of those of the DCI-P3.

The remanence time measured at 19 ms is far from that of the best LCDs on the market, such as the Samsung QE65Q85R Y sony kd-75xg9505 which are reduced to 11 ms. This very high afterglow time is reflected in the image by trailing behind moving objects. ghosting).

Display lag is no better. Its 53ms translates to just over three frames behind the source (at 60Hz), making the TV incompatible with competing network video games. Solo play is still playable.

Color Matching: Game Mode

Color Matching: Game Mode

Color Matching: Game Mode

By setting the color temperature to “Warm”, the TV displays almost accurate colors in Game mode (average Delta E of 4.2). However, the gamma is still capricious and the color temperature is still too high (over 11,000 K).

In the end, this TV is not a good playmate.

The Xiaomi TV P1E 55 TV.

The Xiaomi TV P1E 55 TV.

This TV has a fairly classic, matte design with no false note. The outline is made of fairly well-finished black plastic, while the feet are made of plastic.

The screen frame.

The bezel around the screen isn’t particularly slim, but it’s far from clunky. More interesting still, the finishes are good for a TV in this price range and the assembly is well done.

Television from the front and in profile.

Television from the front and in profile.

With its Direct-Led backlight system, the Xiaomi TV P1E 55 is not exactly slim. The size of the TV cabinet is linked to that of the feet. You should expect a depth of 26.7 cm. Therefore, this TV fits perfectly into our reference TV cabinet (160 x 40 cm).

The black plastic back with the connectors on the right and the power supply on the left.

The black plastic back with the connectors on the right and the power supply on the left.

The back is very classic. Black plastic is basic. There’s the power supply on the left and the connectors on the right, looking down and to the side. The TV is compatible with 300 x 300 mm VESA wall mounts.

The connection.

The connection consists of three HDMI 2.0b inputs (HDCP 2.2 and HDR), three USB 2.0 ports, one optical digital audio output, one composite input, one Ethernet port, one headphone output, one PCMCIA (Common Interface CI+) port, as well as the TNT/cable and satellite antenna sockets. This model has a DVB-T/T2/C/S/S2 tuner, in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Android TV interface.

The Android TV interface.

The Xiaomi TV P1E 55 uses Android TV in its version 9.0, but uses the new interface of Android 11 with an aggregation of personalized content and recommendations. The Android TV system is one of the most complete on the market and, above all, the one that offers the most applications. Plus, Chromecast built-in makes it possible to receive and display a video stream sent from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Surprisingly, the system is smooth on this entry-level TV, which is far from the case for all products in this price range. Now it remains to be seen whether the smoothness will remain true over time, especially with just 8GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

Xiaomi's PatchWall app.

Xiaomi’s PatchWall app.

The Xiaomi P1E also has an internal overlay that is supposed to make it easier to use. This interface can be accessed via the button located at the bottom left of the directional pad, which is not necessarily practical, as this location is usually reserved for the “Back” button. Driving errors are common and often painful. PatchWall’s interface highlights the different sources (a good point) and some applications.

As with all Android TVs, the first start-up takes longer. Here it takes about 43 s. Fortunately, the TV wakes up in 6 seconds and consumes less than 1 W in standby mode. Either way, that’s a lot longer than Samsung’s Tizen or LG’s WebOS systems, which boot up in less than 5 seconds. Finally, as always, standby is instant.

The remote control with microphone.

The remote control with microphone.

Despite its affordable price, this television is supplied with a complete remote control that incorporates a microphone. It is very pleasant to use with its very quiet rubber buttons and, above all, with its integrated microphone, essential to make the most of connected functions, especially for searching YouTube or using Google Assistant. Its weak point lies in the location of the “Back” button, replaced by a shortcut to the PatchWall interface which leads to some handling errors.

point strengths

  • native contrast.

  • Pretty smooth Android TV for a TV in this price range.

  • Remote control with microphone.

  • Refinement.

  • Complete connection.

  • Consumption.

Weak points

  • Non-competitive factory calibration.

  • High input lag.

  • Very long afterglow time.

  • Useless HDR (low peak brightness, perfectible calibration).

How does the rating work?

The Xiaomi P1E 55″ TV is clearly disappointing. While the capabilities and fluidity of Android TV are appreciable, as is the presence of a microphone on the remote control and the reduced power consumption, the image quality is really poor. compared to the competition, and it is even more unfortunate that it is often the most important criterion in choosing a television Xiaomi does not even catch up on the price level, as some competitors offer well-equipped models taking care of the quality of the image, and this at an equivalent price.

secondary notes

  • Image quality

  • HDR

  • Video game

  • cloudiness

  • reflectance

  • Ergonomics

  • Audio

  • Consumption

  • reparability

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