The television is an integral part of most households in India and buyers want to make the best choice when making such an important purchase. Most people typically stick with their TVs for five years or more, which makes choosing the right option even more important. At the same time, prices are falling, and features and specifications are improving, making buying a TV all the more confusing. Should you spend a little more and pick a “safe” option, or get a deal and try your luck with a smaller brand?
Hopefully, regardless of your budget, this buying guide will make your decision a little easier. Based on our ratings and experiences, we’ve listed our top deals in the smart TV segment by budget to help you choose the best TV for your home.
Does it make sense to spend more on a better TV?
As televisions and much of the technology become more affordable, it is now possible to buy a well-equipped television with top-notch features and specifications for less than Rs. 30,000. Then does it make sense to spend more and are the benefits of buying a premium TV really commensurate with the price hike? That depends entirely on you and your viewing habits.
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Best entry-level TV: Realme Smart TV 43
Priced at Rs. 12,999 for the 32-inch HD model and Rs. 21,999 for the 43-inch Full HD model, the Realme Smart TV (Review) is our first choice in the entry-level segment. You get fully functional Android TV 9 Pie, good performance with Android apps, and decent picture and sound quality. The overall experience is good and not matched by many other entry-level options today.
There are minor software bugs, the performance is not optimal with lower resolution content (the 43-inch version), and the wall mount kit is optional, so the Realme Smart TV is not without its problems. However, this is a good TV for mixed use, especially if you want to start streaming content without investing in additional equipment like a media streaming device.
Best TV under Rs. 30,000: Hisense 50A71F Android TV
Hisense recently launched its television series in India, including the Hisense A71F series. Priced at Rs. 29,999, the Hisense 50A71F TV (review) has a 50-inch 4K LED screen with HDR support up to Dolby Vision standard. There’s Dolby Atmos audio as well, and the TV runs on Android TV 9 Pie with access to the Google Play Store and all the major apps and streaming services available for the platform.
You will get good performance with high quality content, especially Dolby Vision video. The sound quality is also decent. While the black levels are not optimal and the performance is poor with SD content, this is a very good TV overall, and definitely worth considering if you want a big screen and are heavily invested in content streaming.
Best TV under Rs. 60,000: TCL 55C715 QLED Android TV
Users looking for better picture quality should consider the lower cost LED screen technology. The next best big screen technology is QLED, and the TCL 55C715 (review) is one of the better options you can buy for a reasonable premium over the cost of many LED TVs. With a 55 inch 4K QLED screen and support for the Dolby Vision HDR standard, this TV is a great option for less than Rs. 60,000.
There are a few issues with the software including the sluggishness of the user interface, the sound quality is a little subpar, and the lower resolution content doesn’t look particularly good. However, you get great performance with 4K, HDR, and Full HD content. One useful feature of this TV is hands-free access to Google Assistant. Like a smart speaker, the TV can be set to always wait for voice commands and you don’t have to use the remote control to trigger the voice assistant.
Best TV under Rs. 1,00,000: OnePlus TV Q1 Pro
With a budget of Rs. 1,00,000, our first choice is the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro (review). Introduced last year, the Q1 Pro is a 4K QLED TV with support for Dolby Vision HDR and has a unique party trick – a pull-out Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar. This ensures excellent sound with good picture quality with vivid colors, lots of details and excellent movement.
While there were a number of issues with the OnePlus TV Q1 Pro early on, most have since been fixed with software updates. You now get good performance in the Android interface too, support for all the major apps and services on Android TV 9 Pie, a new and improved remote control, and reliable performance. The OnePlus TV Q1 is also worth considering. It costs under Rs. 70,000 and doesn’t have a pull-out soundbar, but matches the Q1 Pro with all other parameters.
Best TV under Rs. 1,50,000: LG 55C9 OLED TV
Though launched at well over Rs. 2,000,000 in 2019, the LG 55C9 OLED TV retails for under Rs. 1,50,000 making this our top pick for a TV in this price range. OLED TVs tend to be expensive, so budget buyers should definitely consider this model, especially in terms of the exact colors, black levels, and contrast offered.
The LG C9 TV runs on the company’s own webOS smart TV platform, which supports most major streaming services and apps, as well as Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound. There’s also support for Apple AirPlay, which is useful if you have an Apple smartphone, tablet, or computer, as well as the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. At the price, this is a no-brainer; You just won’t find a better TV for less than Rs. 1.50,000.
Best Premium TV: Sony A9G OLED TV
Priced at Rs. 2,99,900 (although realistically available in the market for slightly less), the 55-inch Sony A9G OLED TV (review) is definitely expensive, and many buyers won’t see the value when they buy that much for output a television. However, thanks to the OLED screen, beautiful design, support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, as well as the Android TV 9 Pie, this is one of the best premium TV experiences you can buy right now.
Like all OLED TVs, the Sony A9G cannot get as bright as a good LED or QLED TV. The sound quality is only average given the price, which means you’ll likely want to buy a good surround sound system or sound bar to get the best possible experience from this TV. However, if you have the budget, this TV does most things right and gives you the kind of premium performance you would expect for this kind of buck. You can also consider the 65-inch variant if you want a bigger screen.
Is Realme TV the best TV under Rs. 15,000 in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.