Super Plastronics Private Limited (SPPL), the official brand licensee of Thomson Smart TVs in India, has recently launched the range of QLED Smart TVs based on the Google TV platform. The 55-inch model in the series features a frameless design, a QLED screen with support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range formats, 40W stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS Trusurround, and dual-band WiFi connectivity . Priced at Rs 40,999, the Thomson QLED Google TV 55 inch is among the cheapest QLED smart TVs currently available in India. It is good? Let’s find out:
The Thomson QLED Google TV 55 inch has a frameless design with the screen covering almost the entire front. The TV looks premium from a distance, but look up close and you’ll notice cost-cutting measures. This isn’t the fault of the plastic frame and legs, but rather the uneven spacing between the screen and bezels, as well as excess adhesive that’s visible at several joints. That said, the TV comes with wall mount accessories in the box alongside legs for table mounting. For a 55-inch screen Smart TV, the Thomson QLED Google TV is reasonably built without being overpowering. It’s not the thinnest of smart TVs, but the affordable price makes up for it.
display and sound
The Thomson QLED Google TV 55 inch shines when it comes to audiovisual performance. Starting with the screen, the TV features a 55-inch 4K resolution QLED panel stretched in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ – two common HDR (high dynamic range) formats used by over-the-top platforms like Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video. Details aside, the screen is bright (550 nits) and vibrant (10-bit panel). It supports multiple picture profiles including Vivid for saturated colors, Sport for bright colors, and Film for warm colors. There are also different color profiles for HDR content such as “HDR10+ Dark” and “HDR10+ Bright”. These color profiles help users to adjust the color profile based on personal preferences. The contrast of the screen is good, if not outstanding. Overall, the picture quality of the QLED panel is good. It doesn’t compare to the high quality QLED screens available in premium LG and Samsung TVs, but certainly better than LED panels typically seen in smart TVs in this segment.
In terms of audio, the Thomson QLED Google TV 55-inch impresses with its 40W stereo speakers. The speakers are loud and clear. These support Dolby Atmos and DTS Trusurround audio formats to provide an immersive audio experience.
Powered by a MediaTek MT9062 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, the Thomson QLED Smart TV has decent specs on paper. However, the specs don’t translate to a smooth experience. The default Google TV interface is rich in content recommendations from supported apps, but scrolling through content is slow and sluggish. Performance degrades further when you add multiple user profiles. The user interface is slow, but the TV handles apps well. The in-app experience is smooth and the TV even keeps up with 4K HDR content. There is nothing to complain about in terms of performance, but everything looks good from the price-performance point of view.
The Thomson QLED Google TV 55 inch isn’t perfect, but its affordable price of Rs 40,999 makes up for its limitations. In itself, the TV impresses with premium design, good audiovisual experience and modest performance. Rounding out the package is all-around connectivity, including two-way Bluetooth for Google Assistant-powered voice remote and other Bluetooth-enabled accessories, dual-band WiFi, 3 x HDMI with support for CEC and ARC, 2 x USB-A and optical for digital audio output.