Xiaomi TV P1E 55 review: how much is the most affordable Xiaomi 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 display technology provides good contrast by effectively blocking backlight light; in turn, the viewing angles are narrower than those of IPS or Oled LCD TVs. This Xiaomi TV still shows a 75% drop in brightness at 45°, which is slightly more than other VA TVs that often show a drop of around 70%. Only very high-end models with an optical filter (Samsung QE65QN95A or Sony XR-75Z9J) can improve the viewing angles of the VA panel. In any case, this is very far from what OLED technology offers and its 25% variation at 45°.



Xiaomi P1E displays an average image. In film mode, the colors cannot be considered accurate, but the drift is still preserved (average delta E measured at 3.7). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the color temperature, which, with an average value above 11,000 K, which is very far from the 6,500 K reference, results in a very cold image that strongly gravitates towards blue. The gamma curve also lacks stability with clogged dark grays and overexposed light grays.

The scaling mechanism allows SD, HD, and Full HD content to be resized to display properly on this Ultra HD panel. This engine is quite simple and creates a rather blurry and very smooth image. Fortunately, this does not distort the original source and limits the number of artifacts. As for motion compensation, the engine limits jerks as much as possible, but in the absence of a 100-Hz panel, it cannot improve sharpness. 50Hz prevents black images from being inserted when scanning with backlight. Various motion compensation modes (called “motion smoothing”) are not very effective. In addition, the slightest change in settings causes the TV to switch to “User” mode, losing almost the exact colors of “Film” mode.

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



As with all entry-level TVs, HDR picture quality is very average; the lack of peak brightness is limited to 320 cd/m², resulting in poor image dynamics between areas that should be very bright and darker areas. This TV also takes some liberties with respect to following the EOTF (yellow) reference curve as it displays an image that is systematically less bright than requested. When the signal requires 100 cd/m² brightness, 60 cd/m² brightness is sufficient for the TV. Therefore, we lose a lot of detail, and the whole thing tends to be underexposed, which is a shame for an HDR image. It’s a shame because at an average Delta E of 4.2, colors are fairly well respected, which is pretty rare on entry-level HDR TVs.

In terms of colorimetric coverage, again, it is very far from top models and even from direct mid-range competitors. Xiaomi P1E covers 51% of the Rec.2020 color space and 69% of the DCI-P3 space, which is mainly used in movies and TV series. By comparison, the TCL 55C725 displays 69% Rec.2020 nuance and 86% DCI-P3 nuance.

The afterglow time, measured at 19ms, is very far from the best LCDs on the market, such as the Samsung QE65Q85R and Sony KD-75XG9505, which reach 11ms. This very long afterglow time is reflected in the image following moving objects (the effect ghost).

Display lag is no better. Its 53ms translates to just over three frames behind the source (at 60Hz), making the TV incompatible with competitive online video games. The single player video game remains available.

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 is 4.2). However, the gamma remains bizarre, and the color temperature is still too high (over 11,000 K).

After all, this TV is not the best companion for gaming.

TV Xiaomi TV P1E 55.

TV Xiaomi TV P1E 55.

This TV has a fairly classic design, matte, without falsity. The outline is made of fairly high-quality black plastic, and the legs are made of plastic.

Screen frame.

The frame around the screen is not particularly thin, but far from rough. More interestingly, the finish is good for a TV in this price range and the build is well done.

TV front and profile.

TV front and profile.

Xiaomi TV P1E 55 with Direct-Led backlight system is not exactly thin. The size of the TV cabinet depends on the size of the legs. A depth of 26.7 cm should be calculated. This TV therefore fits perfectly on our reference TV cabinet (160 x 40 cm).

Black plastic back panel with connectors on the right and power supply on the left.

Black plastic back panel with connectors on the right and power supply on the left.

The back is very classic. Black plastic is basic. The power supply is on the left and the connectors are on the right, facing down and out of the way. The TV is compatible with VESA 300 x 300mm wall mounts.

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+) port, as well as TNT/cable and satellite dishes. This model is equipped with a DVB-T/T2/C/S/S2 tuner, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Android TV interface.

Android TV interface.

Xiaomi TV P1E 55 uses Android TV in version 9.0 but uses the new Android 11 interface with personalized content and recommendations aggregation. The Android TV system is one of the most complete on the market and, above all, offers the most applications. In addition, the built-in Chromecast allows you to receive and display a video stream sent from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Surprisingly, the system on this entry-level TV is smooth, which isn’t common with products in this price range. Now it remains to be seen if fluidity will still be real over time, especially with 8GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.

PatchWall app from Xiaomi.

PatchWall app from Xiaomi.

The Xiaomi P1E also has a built-in pad that should make it easier to use. This interface is accessed via a button located in the lower left corner of the navigation bar, which is not necessarily practical since that space is usually reserved for the back button. Processing errors are common and often painful. The PatchWall interface highlights various sources – a good point – and some applications.

As with all Android TVs, the first launch takes longer. Here it takes about 43 s. Fortunately, the TV wakes up in 6 seconds while consuming less than 1W in standby mode. Either way, it’s much longer than Samsung’s Tizen or LG’s webOS systems, which boot up in less than 5 seconds. Finally, as often happens, the transition to standby mode is instantaneous.

Remote control with microphone.

Remote control with microphone.

Despite the affordable 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 buttons and, above all, with the built-in microphone, necessary to use most of the connected functions, in particular to search YouTube or via Google Assistant. Its weak point lies in the location of the back button being replaced with a PatchWall interface shortcut, which leads to some processing errors.

Significant Arguments

  • native contrast.

  • Android TV is pretty smooth for a TV at this price point.

  • Remote control with microphone.

  • Finishing.

  • Full connection.

  • Consumption.

Weak points

  • Factory calibration is not competitive.

  • High input lag.

  • Very long afterglow time.

  • HDR is useless (low peak brightness, perfect calibration).

How does assessment work?

The 55-inch Xiaomi P1E TV is clearly disappointing. While the features and smoothness of Android TV are noteworthy, as well as the presence of a microphone on the remote control and reduced power consumption, the image quality is really lower than that of the competition, and all the more annoying that this is often the most important criterion when choosing a TV, Xiaomi does not even catch up price level, since some competitors offer models that are also well equipped, while caring about image quality, and this is at an equivalent price.

Additional Notes

  • Image quality

  • HDR

  • video games

  • turbidity

  • reflection

  • Ergonomics

  • Audio

  • Consumption

  • maintainability

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