Xiaomi has started rolling out its Q2 TV series in Europe, offering consumers an affordable way to access premium home entertainment features such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.
Google TV’s new QLED screen is available in 50, 55, and 65-inch sizes, and with a pretty impressive list of features behind its pixels, Xiaomi’s latest TV could be a tempting, inexpensive alternative to more expensive models. . QLED models from brands like TCL and Samsung, which make some of the best 4K TVs for those on a budget.
The problem, though, is that we still don’t know when – or even if – the Xiaomi Q2 is hitting the market in the US and UK. The 50-inch model starts at €700 in Europe, which would put it close to the $690/£620 mark if Xiaomi kept similar pricing globally. FlatpanelsHD (opens in new tab) also notes that a launch offer dropped the European Q2 price to just €550, which could translate to around $540/£480 in overseas markets.
Should the range be expanded beyond the borders of Europe and China, the Xiaomi Q2 would serve as a worthy competitor to Amazon’s recently announced Omni Fire QLED TV, as well as cheaper options from major TV manufacturers.
Like the Xiaomi Q2, the Amazon Omni Fire TV QLED is positioned as an affordable QLED TV – it’s currently available to pre-order for $799 (65-inch) and $1,099 (75-inch) in the US – but Xiaomi has added Dolby Atmos and DTS :X audio support for their latest offering, where Amazon doesn’t.
You’ll also get three HDMI ports and Google TV interactivity from the Xiaomi Q2, where Amazon’s Omni Fire TV retains the company’s Android-based Fire operating system (which is a benefit or a disadvantage depending on your taste for Google’s software). .
It’s not entirely clear what kind of picture quality to expect more generally from the Xiaomi TV Q2 – unlike its Amazon competitor, its spec sheet doesn’t mention direct backlighting and local dimming, so it could be a more basic LCD offering .
However, Xiaomi says it expects 92% coverage of the TV’s DCI-P3 color gamut, which will put it at roughly the same level as the Samsung Q60B for color reproduction – albeit behind even cheaper OLED TVs like the LG A2. , which provided 98.8% DCI-P3 color coverage in our tests.
Still, for what could end up being a $690/£620 display, the Xiaomi TV Q2 checks plenty of boxes in the mid-range spec department and could be especially tempting for those looking to pair it with one of the best Dolby Atmos. sound bars. We hope it hits shelves in more countries in the near future.