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Xiaomi Announces 4K 3D-capable Mi TV 2 for Just $640

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One of the biggest trends we saw at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this past January was 4K. Unfortunately, as with all new technologies, jumping on the 4K trend isn't exactly cheap. Chances are, if you've seen any 4K TVs at the store, the price tag has been pretty scary. However, those prices won't stay high forever. Eventually, things will normalize, and 4K will become a lot more affordable. Case in point: Xiaomi today introduced a new 49-inch offering priced for all.

According to Engadget, the panel itself is manufactured by either LG or CSOT, and the TV is based on a MediaTek SoC with a quad-core CPU clocked to 1.45 GHz and Mali-450 graphics. There’s also 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of onboard storage, and support for MicroSD expansion up to 64 GB. The TV is powered by Android but has Xiaomi's own UI running on top.

Measuring in at 49 inches (resolution is 3840 x 2160), this isn't the biggest TV out there. But that's why Xiaomi can offer it to people for so little. The fact that customers can buy a 4K 3D TV for just shy of $650 is kind of amazing. The fact that it's a little on the small size compared to the TVs we saw at CES this year isn't lost on us. However, if you're living in a smaller space, you possibly don't need or have room for a larger TV anyway. 

The Mi TV 2 is going on pre-sale at the end of this month for CN¥3,999 or roughly $640 by today's exchange rate. No word on international availability or pricing just yet, but we'll keep you posted if and when Xiaomi announces anything.

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    knowom , May 15, 2014 1:47 PM
    This is cheaper than some of the 4k displays from Acer, Asus, Dell, NEC, ViewSonic, ect...but it's also bigger and is a TV with sound. It's sad how much the name brand display makers are sticking it to consumers the "price fixing" continues.
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    vmem , May 15, 2014 1:54 PM
    While I acknowledge that a level of price fixing does exist in the tech market as a whole, a lot of the 'hyped up' price for 4K isn't due to greed, but rather due to cost of development, quality control, and warranty.

    Tech products in the Chinese market generally have poor quality control and warranty, not to mention that a panel's base quality itself can come into question too (I doubt this panel from Mi can come anywhere close to the contrast ratio or color gambit that some of the $3000+ panels can).

    now you can argue that all of the above are just small difference, but at the end of the day, the difference between 4k and FHD is relatively small as well. Honestly I would rather watch a movie from a top-notch FHD panel than a cheap 4k panel that has color bleeds, poor color reproduction, or terrible contrast.

    So at the end of the day, that $650 price-tag tells us very little. I'd be interested in knowing what kind of quality XiaoMi is delivering with this TV
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    demonhorde665 , May 15, 2014 2:51 PM
    if some one complains about a 49 inch tv being too small they need to go to an eye doctor. 49 inch, 4k and 3d only 650... DAMN 3-4 years ago i paid 500 for a regular LG 42 1080p LCD that normally retailed at 750 at the time.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 15, 2014 4:05 PM
    do you want a cheap quality 4k tv or a quality 4k tv. it's like the old saying goes you get what you pay for and that holds true to just about anything you buy. if I'm going to get a 4k tv I'm going to spend the extra money to get a quality one, something that can last me 6 or 7 years, without worrying about it breaking. sure even quality products break but cheap products break a lot more.
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    CaedenV , May 15, 2014 6:00 PM
    Still waiting for a 40" 60Hz TV to use as my next computer monitor... but it looks like the price will be right whenever it comes out!
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    bloosteak , May 15, 2014 8:44 PM
    XiaoMi is China's Apple. The quality of this panel will most likely be better than it's competitors. Also... you're unlikely to be able to get one as XiaoMi likes to hype and then only have a very limited amount to sell, and then they stall and wait for manufacturing prices to come down and then increase volume.
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    hakesterman , May 15, 2014 11:05 PM
    hello
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    MANOFKRYPTONAK , May 16, 2014 9:08 AM
    I did research and Xiaomi is a very good chinese company. There stuff is supposed to be high quality. 4K for $650 @ 49" HOLY COW!!!!! That price is insane, I will buy 3 at that price.