Realme Smart TV Review


Realme debuted as a smartphone model again in Could 2018, however it rapidly expanded its ecosystem since, launching TWS earphones, wi-fi charger, energy banks, health band, and even a smartwatch. The corporate additionally launched its first good TV, merely known as the Realme Good TV, because it goals to convey increasingly more AIoT merchandise to the market going ahead as part of its 1+4+N product technique.

The Realme Good TV runs Android TV and is available in two sizes – 32″ and 43″ – having a decision of 1366×768 and 1920×1080 pixels, respectively. Apart from the variations in display screen measurement, decision and total weight, the 2 variations are equivalent. We obtained the 43″ mannequin at present priced at INR22,999 ($315/€265) for a overview.

We obtained an opportunity to put it by means of its paces and see if it affords the identical worth proposition to the shoppers as Realme’s smartphones. So with out additional ado, let’s discover out if the Realme Good TV is value your cash.

Realme Good TV specs

  • Show (32″ mannequin): 1366×768 pixel, LED panel, 60Hz refresh price, 16.7M colours, HLG and HDR10 help, 400 nits peak brightness
  • Show (43″ mannequin): 1920×1080 pixel, LED panel, 60Hz refresh price, 16.7M colours, HLG and HDR10 help, 400 nits peak brightness
  • Sound: 24W Quad Stereo Audio system (2x full-range speaker, 2x silk dome tweeter), Dolby Audio
  • Chipset: MediaTek SoC, 4x 1.1GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali-470 MP3 GPU
  • OS: Android TV primarily based on Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 1GB @ 2,133MHz
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Connectivity: Infrared, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (2.4GHz solely), DLNA, 3x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x LAN, 1x SPDIF, 1x AV, 1x Antenna, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Distant: AAA-size battery operated, IR and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dimensions (32″ mannequin): 730 x 469 x 161 mm (with stand), 730 x 432 x 88 mm (with out stand)
  • Dimensions (43″ mannequin): 967.5 x 604 x 233 mm (with stand), 967.5 x 560 x 87 mm (with out stand)
  • Weight (32″ mannequin): 3.7kg with stand, 3.6kg with out stand
  • Weight (43″ mannequin): 6.8kg with stand, 6.7kg with out stand

Design

The Realme Good TV has a minimalistic design, with the display screen surrounded by skinny 8.7mm black bezels on the highest, left and proper sides. The underside bezel is significantly thicker, although, and it has the Realme branding.

The again of the TV is fabricated from plastic, similar to the TV’s borders and the bottom. It’s dwelling to the VESA sockets that assist you to mount the TV on a wall. Additionally, you will discover numerous ports on the again of the TV for connectivity, all of that are tough to achieve, particularly while you’ve mounted the TV on a wall.


Realme Smart TV 43
Realme Smart TV 43

Realme Good TV 43″

On the backside, proper beneath the Realme emblem, is the bodily energy button that allows you to activate/off the good TV with no distant. It is joined by an IR receiver and a pink LED mild, which activates when the TV is in standby mode or switched off.

Realme Smart TV Review

The ability button is flanked by a pair of bottom-firing symmetrical audio system with a mixed output of 24W. Every unit consists of a full-range dynamic speaker and a silk dome tweeter. Realme says the previous delivers punchy bass and clear vocals, whereas the latter extends the excessive frequency vary.

Proper subsequent to those speaker items are sockets for the outward-facing stands, which sit very near the sides of the TV and exceed the tv’s width, so ensure you have a desk that is wider than the TV in case you do not plan on mounting it on a wall. It will have been extra handy if the stands had been properly contained in the TV’s edges, or in the event that they had been center-aligned.


Realme Smart TV in Wall-mounted Mode
Realme Smart TV in Stand Mode

Realme Good TV might be mounted on a wall or positioned on a desk

That mentioned, these stands have rubber cushions beneath to stop sliding and have a textured end on them. And whereas they’re decently constructed, we recommend you mount the Realme Good TV on a wall if potential for the reason that TV wobbles simply even with a slight push. But, in case you do plan on mounting it on a wall, you may need to buy the wall mount individually from Realme, which is priced at INR399 ($5/€4) and INR499 ($7/€6) for the 32″ and 43″ mannequin, respectively.

That mentioned, the 43″ mannequin weighs simply 6.Eight kg with the stand and might be moved round simply by one particular person, whereas the 32″ variant is a featherweight Four kg.

Connectivity

The Realme Good TV comes with a complete of 10 ports – 3x HDMI (ARC solely on port 1), 2x USB, and one every for LAN, SPDIF, AV, Antenna, and three.5mm headphone jack – all positioned on the again.

Six of those ports are positioned on the fitting fringe of the again panel of the TV, with the remainder positioned inside an alcove, dealing with downwards, and are not simple to entry. Moreso when you’ve gotten wall-mounted the TV as a result of you’ll be able to’t transfer it simply while you wish to entry the ports.


Connectivity ports on the right side of back of the Realme Smart TV
Connectivity ports at the bottom of the back of the Realme Smart TV

Connectivity ports on the again of the Realme Good TV

For wi-fi connectivity, you get DLNA, Infrared, Bluetooth 5.0, and a pair of.4GHz Wi-Fi. There is not any 5GHz Wi-Fi and whether or not or not that is a difficulty is determined by private preferences and the kind of utilization. However having dual-band Wi-Fi ought to be the norm in 2020.

And for the reason that TV helps Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll be able to join it to a wi-fi sport controller, speaker, or earphones. The final one ought to make it easier to get pleasure from TV reveals and films with out disturbing others. You can too switch movies by means of Bluetooth from different gadgets to the TV for offline playback.

The Realme Good TV additionally comes with Chromecast built-in, which lets you solid the supported machine’s display screen to the TV wirelessly. Apart from, you’ll be able to watch content material from supported apps in your cellphone on the TV.

Nonetheless, we aren’t impressed with the Realme Good TV’s Chromecast efficiency as a result of motion pictures performed from apps like Prime Video and Netflix usually stuttered, and the remainder of the content material that was solid to the TV was displayed in poor high quality and the lag was unacceptable. We used a number of smartphones and Web connections for this and obtained the identical outcomes, main us to consider that the difficulty is with the TV itself.

Distant

The Realme Good TV distant is fabricated from composite polymer and may be very light-weight. It has an ergonomic design which is comfy to carry with good grip. The highest is skinny and the distant will get thicker transferring beneath, since that portion of the distant homes two AAA-size batteries, which come bundled with the bundle.

The distant has a pleasant matte end, so it does not slip off your fingers usually. It comes with a D-Pad, a microphone, and a complete of 12 buttons – together with hotkeys for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Assistant – beneath which is a discreet Realme branding.


Realme Smart TV remote control
Realme Smart TV remote control

Realme Good TV distant management

The D-Pad additionally has a matte end and comes with Realme’s signature yellow accent, which seems to be cool. It is fairly clicky and we did not face any points with it. The microphone’s there so that you may give voice instructions to the Google Assistant. Realme does not say what materials is used for making the remainder of the buttons on the distant, however they’ve a rubber-like really feel.

These buttons are properly laid out, however leaving some area between the amount keys and the Google Assistant button would’ve been a greater concept since we frequently ended up urgent the Assistant key by mistake.


Realme Smart TV remote control
Realme Smart TV remote control

Realme Good TV distant management

Across the again, up prime, is the plastic casing with a shiny end that homes the infrared and Bluetooth modules. The latter lets you function the TV with out requiring a line of sight after it is turned on, which means you’ll be able to level the distant in any course and management the TV.

Realme Smart TV Review

The Bluetooth connection additionally lets you test the share of cost left within the AAA batteries by heading to the Settings > Remotes & equipment menu.


Realme Smart TV remote's battery level
Realme Smart TV remote's battery level

Realme Good TV distant’s battery degree

We have no main complaints with the Realme Good TV distant, however there’s one factor we might prefer to level out: the Settings button on the distant does not convey up the settings menu of the TV when you’re watching movies in Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Prime Video.

This can be a downer as a result of you’ll be able to’t rapidly tweak the audio and film settings when watching movies and need to go to the homescreen, then to the Settings menu, after which return to the app, which is sort of a chore. Nonetheless, the Settings button did work with some apps, just like the pre-installed Pango Browser.

{Hardware} and Software program

The Realme Good TV is powered by a MediaTek chipset, which features a Mali-470 MP3 GPU and 4 Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.1GHz. It has 1GB RAM and 8GB storage onboard, out of which 4.6GB is out there to the person.

The good TV takes about 40 seconds to activate and performs easily. However there have been a couple of instances when the TV stuttered after beginning up and responded late to the button presses, particularly the amount keys. Luckily, this did not occur usually sufficient to hamper the person expertise.

On the software program facet, the Realme Good TV runs a inventory model of Android TV that is primarily based on Android 9 Pie. The UI is fairly easy and straightforward to make use of and there aren’t too many pre-installed apps. You do get Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, although, which is one thing most customers who stream motion pictures on-line will obtain both approach.


Realme Smart TV's homescreen
Realme Smart TV's settings menu
Realme Smart TV's settings menu
Realme Smart TV's settings menu

Realme Good TV homescreen and settings menu

You additionally get an internet browser known as Pango Browser in case you wish to surf the net on an enormous display screen, and Media Participant that allows you to entry domestically saved recordsdata. Apart from that, the Realme Good TV comes pre-installed with the standard set of Google apps, which embrace YouTube, Play Films, Play Music, Play Video games and Play Retailer.

The Realme Good TV additionally comes with AI Level, which is the place you discover the put in apps, and long-pressing the house button on the distant permits you to open the apps rapidly by means of the Android TV’s app drawer.


AI Point
Android TV App Drawer

AI Level • Android TV App Drawer

Efficiency

The Realme Good TV is available in two sizes – 32″ and 43″ – having a decision of 1366×768 and 1920×1080 pixels, respectively, and a viewing angle of 178°.

Realme says the panel has a peak brightness of 400 nits and the corporate additionally used the Chroma Increase expertise – seen on its smartphones – to boost the general image high quality and enhance the brightness, shade accuracy, distinction, purity, and readability.

Realme has used a VA (Vertically Aligned) kind panel on the 43″ mannequin, which in comparison with the IPS (In-Aircraft Switching) panels, has the next distinction ratio and is healthier suited for individuals who are going to make use of the TV in a darkish setting and do not want wider viewing angles.

Realme Smart TV Review

The display screen itself is not HDR licensed, however the Realme Good TV does help HLG and HDR10 video decoding and permits us to look at HDR content material on Netflix. However since HDR10 makes use of static metadata, the expertise is not the identical as you’d get from an HDR licensed panel, or possibly with an HDR10+ codec that makes use of dynamic metadata.

The show has first rate shade replica and distinction, however it’s not one of the best round. We observed a number of noise in darkish scenes, and it was extra evident in SDR regardless of the kind of scene.

The colours appeared oversaturated at instances and we observed movement blur as properly. There was additionally some shade shifting at wider angles, however this should not be a difficulty in case you aren’t going to look at the TV from excessive angles.

Watching the TV in a darkish room was largely a superb expertise, however with the lights on, the panel mirrored the objects and individuals – even in the course of the scenes that weren’t too darkish. You possibly can enhance the issues significantly by growing the display screen’s brightness although.

You even have the choice to tinker with the opposite features of the image to attempt to get the very best outcomes by heading to the Settings > Machine Preferences > Image menu. You possibly can take a look at the screenshots beneath to get a greater concept.


Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings
Realme Smart TV Picture Settings

Realme Good TV Image Settings

On the audio entrance, the Realme Good TV is Dolby Audio licensed and has a few bottom-firing symmetrical audio system onboard having a mixed output of 24W. Every unit includes a full-range dynamic speaker and a silk dome tweeter. Realme says the previous delivers punchy bass and clear vocals, whereas the latter absolutely extends the excessive frequency vary.

The audio system had been loud sufficient and we by no means needed to bump up the amount past 60%, however your mileage could differ relying on the scale of your room, and if the loudness does not suffice, you’ll be able to connect an extra speaker set to the TV or possibly attempt Realme’s 100W Sound Bar that shall be launched subsequent week.

Realme 100W Sound BarRealme 100W Sound Bar

Speaking in regards to the high quality, we discovered the audio system to be missing in bass and that left us wanting extra, particularly when watching motion motion pictures. Nonetheless, dialogues had been clear and the audio system produced the encompass sound results very properly.

To eke out one of the best audio efficiency, you’ll be able to head over to the Settings > Machine Preferences > Sound menu and tune the audio to your liking.


Realme Smart TV Audio Settings
Realme Smart TV Audio Settings
Realme Smart TV Audio Settings
Realme Smart TV Audio Settings
Realme Smart TV Audio Settings
Realme Smart TV Audio Settings

Realme Good TV Audio Settings

Verdict

The Realme Good TV is not the best choice in its phase and that was anticipated since it is a first-gen product. Nonetheless, the corporate has performed a good job with it by offering minimalist design, light-weight comfy distant with all essential buttons, inventory Android, easy efficiency, and HDR10 help.

Realme Smart TV Review

In fact, the audio system lack bass and we had some points with the show as properly, however in case you can look past that and are out there for a TV that allows you to stream content material in FullHD decision, or plan on investing in Realme’s ecosystem sooner or later, then you definately could not actually go incorrect with the Realme Good TV. However in case you do not wish to compromise with the audio and film high quality in any respect, then you’ll have to look elsewhere, and possibly even shell out extra money.

Professionals

  • Minimalist design and slim bezels
  • Light-weight and ergonomic distant
  • Easy efficiency
  • Inventory Android with clear and easy UI
  • HDR10

Cons

  • Audio system lack bass
  • Laborious to achieve ports
  • Settings button on the distant does not convey up the image settings in OTT apps
  • Stands aren’t confidence-inspiring because the TV wobbles simply

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