OnePlus TV U Series Looks Fantastic

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When OnePlus launched its first TVs in 2019, critics and enthusiasts received mixed reactions. The OnePlus TV Q1 series is impressive for several reasons, but with prices starting is still way too expensive for many to consider it at all. The company’s new TVs for 2020 do not replace the OnePlus TV Q1 series at all; they are affordable TVs that will appeal to more value-conscious buyers.

The company has now launched the OnePlus TV U and Y series, the latter being the most affordable for budget-conscious smart TV buyers. The first we check today. There is for now only one 55-Inch Model in this Series, the OnePlus TV 55U1 4K LED Android TV. This is by no means a budget option, but due to the LED backlight LCD screen affordable than the OnePlus TV 55q1.

Apart from that, this TV promises everything you will get with the OnePlus TV Q1 series, as well as various optimizations and software improvements released since the initial launch of this model. Is the new OnePlus TV U series (55u1) a good option if you are looking for a not so expensive large-screen 4K HDR TV? Find out in our Test.

OnePlus TV-U Series (55u1) design and specifications

The OnePlus TV Q1 series is quite radical in terms of Design, with its carbon fiber texture on the back and its somewhat debatable stand. With the OnePlus TV 55U1 things have changed somewhat. The TV is only 6.9 mm thick on top and sides and has an aluminum housing. The edges around the screen are thin, with a small OnePlus logo just below the screen that’s barely noticeable unless you’re right in front. The screen-to-body ratio is an impressive 95%, which makes the TV look amazing from every angle.

It is also quite heavy for a 55-inch TV due to the high-end materials used. From the front, the 55u1 looks like the OnePlus TV Q1 and has speakers positioned on the back, while the power button is at the bottom in the lower right corner.

The slightly thicker lower part has a familiar carbon fiber texture, with the wall sockets in the center and all connections to the right, with a removable coating. If you install the TV on the table, you should leave it on after connecting external devices in order to maintain the uniformity of the back of the TV.

The TV has a decent range of connectors, including three HDMI inputs (one of which supports HDMI ARC), two USB ports, an AV-In jack that can be used with an adapter, an RF jack for an Antenna, an optical audio output and an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection. A notable omission here is a 3.5 mm audio jack, but there is Bluetooth for wireless speakers or headphones.

If you want to mount the OnePlus TV U series (55u1) on the table, it is a little easier to install and more stable than the OnePlus TV Q1 series. The brackets are securely fixed near the corners of the TV, so you need a table wide enough to place the TV. It has Standard VESA sockets on the back for wall mounting and can accommodate just about any VESA supported wall mounting kit for size.

Wall mounting was a bit difficult for me, because OnePlus does not contain a Kit in the sales pack. I used a Standard VESA Kit, but due to the tilted back of the TV, it tilted slightly upwards. It wasn’t a serious issue for me because of the height and positioning of the TV in my home, but it might be a problem for some and looked really uncomfortable on my wall.

OnePlus says that an official wall mount kit is brought by the company’s installation technicians, can be mounted for free and solves the tilt problem. However, the company was unable to provide further details on this at the time of this review, including the design of the wall mount kit. Nevertheless, the fact that users may experience this problem with something other than the official wall mount kit is a bit inconvenient.

The OnePlus TV U series (55u1) has a 55-inch Ultra HD panel (3840×2160 pixels) with LED backlight and support for HDR Up to Dolby Vision format. There is also MEMC for motion interpolation. The TV has a nominal sound power of 30W with a configuration with four speakers at the bottom. Audio formats up to Dolby Atmos and DTS:HD are supported, and a Bluetooth stereo mode allows the TV to be used as a Bluetooth speaker with source devices such as Smartphones or tablets.

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