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The new series of Android TVs launched by Vu Televisions are called Vu ActiVoice. Having taken an early cue from the competitive prices that Xiaomi has presented, the Android TVs have three variants touching three price points. The 43-inch variant costs Rs 36,999, while the 49-inch and 55-inch variants costs Rs 46,999 and Rs 55,999 respectively.
All three sizes have a 4K panel and will go on sale on March 16, exclusively via Flipkart.
Vu ActiVoice TVs feature Android Nougat and natively run on Android without any custom user interfaces (UIs) layered on top like Patchwall on Xiaomi TVs. Thus, these televisions have access to the complete Google ecosystem with the Play Store, Google Assistant, Chromecast support, and OS-wide voice control.
While all of this is fascinating, there is one issue that maybe seen as a problem for a lot of users. ActiVoice doesn’t have operator integration on its platform, so cable content probably won’t sync with the smart interface of the TV.
On the flipside, the Vu ActiVoice TVs does come pre-loaded with specific content providers, such as Hotstar, Netflix, and ALTBalaji among others.
Speaking of ActiVoice, it gives the user the ability to search, browse and select content in 88 different languages. The search intelligence of the feature collates data from within different apps to curate a ‘recommended list’.
Aside from this, the new Vu TVs have 16GB of storage and 2.5GB RAM. In comparison, the Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 only has 8GB of storage and 2GB RAM. The Vu televisions also feature 20W built-in sound bars that support DTS TruSound and Dolby Digital.
The Mi LED TV 4 has an edge over the Vu ActiVoice when it comes to supporting HDR content. Both TVs may be 4K, but the Xiaomi TV will produce better colors and contrast when streaming high-definition content.
On the other hand, the Vu TV is lighter than the Mi LED TV 4 by 3kgs with it’s 55-inch variant weighing around 14kgs.
Both companies essentially offer two very different viewing experiences and the user’s choice between them will depend largely on their own preferences.
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