OnePlus TV is official, and shows why OnePlus probably shouldn’t have gotten into TVs

OnePlus not only announced the OnePlus 7T today, but they also took the wraps off of the highly anticipated OnePlus TV. It’s pretty much a standard high-end TV set, but with attention to just the weirdest details.

It looks like it’ll be a small launch at first, so it might just be a way for OnePlus to test what works and what doesn’t.

Okay, so you’ll have the option for two different TVs; there’s a standard model, the OnePlus TV Q1, and the better OnePlus TV Q1 Pro. There’s about a $500 difference between the two.

Both models feature a highly machined and polished rear panel (why?), a 4K HDR QLED panel with support for both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, four HDMI ports, Bluetooth 5.0, and Android TV with support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. At $1000 for a 55″ TV, yeah, that’s decent. It’s not crazy, and isn’t really undercutting some of Sony and Vizio’s equivalent models.

These sets do feature 50W soundbars, though, which is pretty nifty; the Pro model has an eight-speaker configuration that slides down from the TV, which is pretty cool, while the standard TV just uses a four-speaker array that’s attached to the bottom of the TV. You won’t be getting a stand for the Pro model, however, because OnePlus probably expects you to mount the TV and hide that pretty back.

There are some cool things here, honestly. When your phone is paired with the OnePlus TV, it can automatically lower the volume when you get a phone call, and you can easily switch apps and sling your content up onto the TV. The Android TV software side of things is easily the most exciting part of this TV, but it’s hard to get too worked up over it when the pricing is pretty standard for the industry, and most enthusiasts will probably be using their own NVIDIA Shield or equivalent box, and hooking it up to their own sets of audio equipment. OnePlus is trying to build an all-in-one solution in an industry that doesn’t really lend itself to those kinds of things.

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo’s Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

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