Review on Realme Smart TV 4K 43
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Realme entered the television segment in India with the Realme Smart TV range in 2020 and judiciously launched 32-inch HD and 43-inch Full HD televisions to cater to the volume-driven budget smart TV segment. This was followed by the high-end Realme SLED 55-inch Ultra-HD TV, but the company isn’t quite ready to stop just yet. The brand’s latest launch is the Realme Smart TV 4K range, with Ultra-HD televisions available in two sizes: 43-inch and 50-inch.
Entering an overcrowded budget Ultra-HD TV segment filled with competition from brands such as Redmi, TCL and AmazonBasics, the Realme Smart TV 4K hopes to make an impact using Realme’s established reputation as a top smartphone manufacturer. With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the Rs. 27,999 Realme Smart TV 4K 43 is promising on paper, but how good is this television in practice? Find out in our review of Realme’s latest 43-inch Ultra-HD HDR TV.
Realme Smart TV 4K 43 design and specifications
The Realme Smart TV 43 from 2020 is a fairly everyday-looking television, but the slim bezels around the screen and the black plastic body ensure that all the attention is focused on the content you are watching. The same can be said of the Realme Smart TV 4K 43; it’s not much to look at, but it’s not too shabby either. Apart from the 43-inch model reviewed here, Realme is also offering this television in a 50-inch model, which costs Rs. 39,999 in India.
An important point in favor of the Realme Smart TV 4K 43 is its size. It is not a large television, so it also fits in small spaces and is suitable for shorter viewing distances. While most 43-inch televisions have a full-HD (1920×1080-pixel) resolution, the Realme Smart TV 4K 43 is an Ultra-HD (3840×2160-pixel) television, with support for several HDR formats, including HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
This TV isn’t very slim or too fat, and there’s one notable difference between the 4K range and their full-HD equivalents: there’s a long strip below the Realme logo at the bottom with indicator lights on these new models. Aside from the main status light for the TV, there are also four bright white LEDs that light up when the main TV microphone is turned off and stay on all the time. This is a bit of a nuisance as these are bright and can be annoying in a dark room, and can only be turned off by turning on the microphones or turning off the TV from the mains. A switch on the back of the TV near the main power button can turn on the microphones to activate the always listening microphone for voice commands; I’ll talk more about this later in the review.
Included in the sales package are stands to mount the Realme Smart TV 4K on the table, which were easy to mount yourself, but you don’t get a wall mounting kit. The television supports standard VESA wall mounts, so you can set it up up to your wall with an aftermarket kit. Realme takes care of the installation of the television, but the wall mounting kit is an optional extra that you have to purchase yourself or from the installation technician. This 43 inch TV weighs about 6.5 kg.
For sound, the Realme Smart TV 4K has a 24W system with four speakers with support for DTS HD, Dolby Audio and Dolby Atmos formats. This TV is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor and also supports Chroma Boost for non-HDR picture content. The TV has three HDMI ports (one of which supports HDMI ARMC), two USB ports, Bluetooth 5 and dual-band Wi-Fi.
Other connectivity options include a digital optical audio output, an Ethernet port, an antenna jack and a single AV input for use with a three-pin adapter. There is 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage for apps and app data, while the Realme Smart TV 4K runs on Android TV 10.
Realme Smart TV 4K 43 remote control and features
The similarities in design between the Realme Smart TV and the Realme Smart TV 4K also apply to their remotes – the 4K TV has the exact same remote as the one on the 2020 full-HD model. It’s a small, lightweight remote control with little buttons. It has a microphone and is powered by two AAA batteries that are included in the box.
This is a Bluetooth remote and can be used for most functions without even being pointed at the TV (once paired), although the power control will continue to use the IR emitter even after pairing. The remote can also be used to invoke Google Assistant on the television and there are shortcuts for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. Others buttons including controls for volume, source selection and Android TV navigation, and a D-pad to navigate the interface.
The settings button on the remote control up the image, sound and various hardware settings for the Realme Smart TV 4K from any screen, including within content. As with most devices running Android TV, this television has Google Chromecast functionality built in, which can be used to wirelessly cast content from compatible devices and apps.
A rather useful one feature on the Realme Smart TV 4K is hands-free access to Google Assistant, made possible by four microphones on the television itself. When turned on, the TV always listens for voice commands called by the “Hey Google” or “OK Google” wake words. Google Assistant on the TV can respond to questions, provide information and control the functions of the TV itself, such as opening apps, playing and controlling content, adjusting the volume and turning off the TV.
All of this worked well for me, although the response time was a bit slow compared to similar functionality with Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd generation). I found it especially useful to be able to jump back a few seconds when streaming content, in case I missed something important or wanted to rewatch a scene.
Realme Smart TV 4K 43 software and interface
Realme has gone with Android TV 10 for the Smart TV 4K series, with the television running the stock Android TV launcher. Unlike Xiaomi’s televisions, which have the PatchWall UI in addition to the standard Android TV, Realme sticks to the basics with just a single launcher. This keeps it simple, with all the major apps and streaming services supported and downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android TV.
Some apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, are pre-installed on the Realme Smart TV 4K. We’ve already talked in detail about how Android TV compares to other platforms, and the Realme Smart TV 4K offers all these benefits through its familiar user interface and software.
As mentioned in the previous section, the Settings button brings up detailed settings for picture, sound and more throughout the TV interface, including during content playback. While not very detailed, there is plenty of room to adjust and set the image up to your liking. This is a big improvement over previous Realme TVs, without any major drawbacks or shortcomings.
It’s also worth pointing out that Dolby Atmos audio must be enabled manually via the sound settings and is not enabled automatically when you’re playing supported content, as is the case on most other televisions that support the format. While this wasn’t a huge inconvenience, I did realize that Dolby Atmos was implemented by the TV’s own software, rather than reading the encoding directly from the content. Dolby Vision and other HDR content were read directly from the apps and activated automatically, so this issue only affected the audio. Realme Smart TV 4K 43 Performance
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