Xiaomi TV P1E 55 review: What is Xiaomi’s cheapest Ultra HD TV worth?

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

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



The Xiaomi P1E shows an average picture. The colors cannot be described as exact in film mode, but the drift remains within limits (average Delta E measured at 3.7). Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for color temperature, which averaging over 11,000K – a far cry from the 6,500K reference – results in a very cold image that leans heavily towards blue. The gamma curve also lacks stability with added dark gray tones and overexposed light gray tones.

The scaling engine allows you to scale SD, HD and Full HD content to display correctly on this Ultra HD panel. This engine is pretty simple and produces a pretty blurry and very smooth image. Luckily it doesn’t distort the original source and limits artifacts. On the motion compensation side, the engine does its best to limit stuttering, but without a 100Hz panel it can’t improve sharpness. The 50 Hz prevent the insertion of black images by backlight scanning. The various motion compensation modes (referred to as “motion smoothing”) are not really effective. Additionally, the slightest change in setting will cause the TV to go into “custom” mode, losing the near-accurate colors of film 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 very useful on entry-level TVs.



As with all entry-level TVs, picture quality in HDR is very average; This is due to a brightness peak limited to 320 cd/m², which is caused by weak dynamics between the supposedly very bright and darker zones in the image. This TV also takes some liberties in terms of tracking the EOTF reference curve (in yellow), as it displays a picture that is systematically less bright than that requested. If the signal demands a brightness of 100 cd/m², the television is satisfied with a brightness of 60 cd/m². We lose a lot of detail as a result and the whole thing is generally underexposed, which is a shame for an HDR image. It’s a shame, because with an average Delta E of 4.2, the colors are respected quite well, which is rather rare for entry-level HDR TVs.

In terms of colorimetric coverage, it is again very far from high-end models and even 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 color space, which is mainly used by cinema and series. In comparison, the TCL 55C725 shows 69% of the nuances of the Rec.2020 Space and 86% of the DCI-P3.

The persistence measured at 19ms is a far cry from that of the best LCDs on the market like the Samsung QE65Q85R and Sony KD-75XG9505, which go down to 11ms. This very long afterglow time is reflected in the image by a trail behind moving objects (effect ghosting).

The display lag is no better. Its 53ms is just over three frames behind the source (at 60Hz), making the TV incompatible with competing network video games. The solo video game remains workable.

Color Matching - Game Mode

Color Matching – Game Mode

Color Matching – Game Mode

By setting the color temperature to “Warm”, the TV displays nearly accurate colors (average Delta E of 4.2) in gaming mode. However, the gamma remains whimsical 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 design, matte without any false touch. The outline is made of fairly well-made black plastic, while the feet are plastic.

The frame of the screen.

The bezel around the screen isn’t particularly thin, but it’s anything but coarse. Interestingly, for a TV in this price range, the finishes are good and the assembly is well done.

The TV from the front and in profile.

The TV from the front and in profile.

With its Direct Led backlight system, the Xiaomi TV P1E 55 is not exactly thin. The size of the TV cabinet is linked to that of the feet. You should expect a depth of 26.7 cm. Therefore, this television finds the best place on 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. The black plastic is plain. On the left is the power supply and on the right are the connectors, which face down and to the side. The TV is compatible with VESA 300 x 300mm wall mounts.

The connection.

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

The Android TV interface.

The Android TV interface.

The Xiaomi TV P1E 55 uses Android TV in its version 9.0, but it uses the new Android 11 interface 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. In addition, the integrated Chromecast allows you to receive and view 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 with all products in this price range. It now remains to be seen whether the fluidity is still real in the long run, especially with only 8 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM.

Xiaomi's PatchWall app.

Xiaomi’s PatchWall app.

The Xiaomi P1E also has an in-house overlay that is supposed to make it easier to use. This interface is accessible via the button on the bottom left of the d-pad, which isn’t necessarily practical since that spot is usually reserved for the back button. Handling errors are common and often painful. The PatchWall interface highlights the various sources – a good point – and some applications.

As with all Android TVs, the first start takes longer. Here it takes around 43s. Luckily, the TV wakes up in 6 seconds and consumes less than 1W in standby mode. In any case, that’s a lot longer than Samsung’s Tizen or LG’s WebOS systems, which take less than 5 seconds boot up. Finally, as is so often the case, the standby mode is immediately available.

The remote control with microphone.

The remote control with microphone.

Despite its low price, this TV comes with a complete remote control with a built-in microphone. It is very pleasant to use with its very quiet rubber keys and above all its integrated microphone, essential for making the best use of the connected functions, especially when searching on YouTube or via Google Assistant. Its weak point is the location of the “Back” button, which has been replaced with a shortcut to the PatchWall interface, leading to some handling bugs.

strong points

  • native contrast.

  • Android TV is quite smooth for a TV in this price range.

  • Remote control with microphone.

  • Completion.

  • Complete connection.

  • Consumption.

weak points

  • Factory calibration not competitive.

  • High input lag.

  • Very long afterglow time.

  • HDR useless (low peak brightness, calibration that can be perfected).

How does the classification work?

The 55-inch Xiaomi P1E TV is clearly disappointing. While the capabilities and fluidity of Android TV are remarkable, as is the presence of a microphone on the remote control and the reduced power consumption, the picture quality is really poor compared to the competition, making it all the more unfortunate that it is often the most important criterion when choosing a TV , Xiaomi doesn’t even catch up in terms of price, since some competitors offer models that are just as well equipped, paying attention to the image quality, and at an equivalent price.

subnotes

  • picture quality

  • HDR

  • video games

  • turbidity

  • Consideration

  • ergonomics

  • Audio

  • consumption

  • repairability

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