Xiaomi last summer unveiled its first transparent TV, the Mi TV Lux OLED Transparent Edition, for an impressive $ 7,200. The novelty is now sold only in China, but this did not prevent the well-known blogger Linus Sebastian from the Linus Tech Tips channel from acquiring this curiosity, and of course observing it.
To begin with, let’s just remind you that TV Lux OLED Transparent Edition is equipped with a 55-inch transparent OLED screen with a thickness of 5.7 mm manufactured by LG. The panel has a 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color depth, 93% coverage of DCI-P3 color space, 1ms response time and 150,000: 1 static contrast ratio. The TV has an Always On Display function, thanks to which the necessary information can be displayed on the screen even when the device is turned off.
Externally, the Xiaomi TV looks extraordinary – although transparent displays cannot be called a novelty, they are extremely rare in the “wild”. In fact, the panel is not completely transparent, but rather tinted with a brown tint. It is created by tiny LEDs and conductive paths leading to them. They can be seen if the panel is viewed from a minimum distance.
But what looks very curious on the outside is not always practical. And just the practicality of transparent screens for home use raised serious questions even at the stage of the first prototypes of such displays. Linus also pays attention to this: in dark scenes or areas of the image, you see what is located behind the screen. That is, to fully utilize this premium and innovative TV, an additional black background or curtain is required. But then what’s the point in being transparent? The question seems to be rhetorical.
The blogger also noted that due to the fact that the pixels are made as small as possible so that the panel is transparent, the pixel grid is quite clearly visible on the screen. Again, not the most pleasant feature. Well, another huge drawback is that the TV that Linus got had three dead pixels at once. Not quite what you’d expect for over $ 7,000.
In addition, the blogger was never able to start the TV in 120 Hz mode. But in this case, we can only advise you to read the instructions carefully, since this mode works only when the MEMC function is activated, which Linus just turned off. Another plus point is that the TV supports English, but by default it works in Chinese.
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