Good colors but not value for money

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Over the past few months, we’ve seen the launch of a number of 43-inch TVs† This is also the only screen format that offers both an FHD and a 4K option in the resolution. We recently got the Redmi Smart TV 43 (review), which is a 43-inch FHD SDR TV and also reviewed the Redmi Smart TV X43 (review), a 4K TV with HDR support. Today we have with us the OnePlus Y1S Edge. OnePlus has launched a 32-inch HD ready and 43-inch FHD HDR TV in its Y1S and Y1S Edge portfolio. The difference between the Edge and “non Edge” versions of the TV is that the Edge supports TUV Rheinland certification while the others don’t, and the Edge comes with 24W sound output while the Y1S comes with 20W sound output. The 43-inch OnePlus Y1S Edge costs Rs 27,999. To put things in perspective, the Redmi Smart TV X43 costs Rs 28,999 while the Redmi Smart TV 43 (FHD SDR TV) costs Rs 23,999 as of the writing of this review. So how does the OnePlus Y1S Edge compare to the two Redmi offerings?

OnePlus Y1S Edge specs at a glance

Panel Size: 43-inch (Also available in 32-inch screen sizes)
Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080p – FHD
Panel Refresh Rate: 60Hz
HDR 10 support: Yes
HDR 10+ support: No
Dolby Vision support: No
Weight: 6.1kg
HDMI ports: 2
USB ports: 2
Bluetooth: Yes, 5.0
Wi-Fi: Yes, dual band
Ethernet: Yes
Speakers: 24W
Built-in storage: 8 GB
RAM: 1GB
Price: MRP: 27,999

OnePlus Y1S Edge Display Panel and Image Quality

The OnePlus Y1S Edge has D-LED backlighting. As for peak brightness, the TV clocked in at around 250 nits in our tests, which is pretty disappointing for HDR content. To put things in perspective, the Redmi Smart TV X43 can hit a peak brightness of around 280 nits. However, in our Colorchecker analysis, we found that the TV has an average delta error of 2.7, which is lower than the Redmi Smart TV X43 and that’s a good thing. Overall, in our Calman analysis, we found that the TV has good colors but low peak brightness for HDR. So how does this translate to real-world performance?

saturation ranges

Above: Saturation Ranges

peak brightness

Grayscale 2Pt

Color gamut coverage
Above: Color gamut coverage

Colorchecker analysis

HDR

The TV’s peak brightness is quite low to really enjoy specular highlights when consuming HDR content. On budget TVs, we’ve found that 400 nits is still somewhat acceptable for enjoying HDR content. However, the colors on the TV do a good job of making HDR content enjoyable. So, for example, while you won’t see the true specular highlights of some HDR sequences in Ready Player One, you can enjoy the colors on offer. We noticed this across the board with content on Netflix and Prime Video as well. Even in a show like Jack Ryan, we found the performance of our test series almost equal in terms of colors to that of the Redmi Smart TV X43. The downside of the OnePlus Y1S Edge is that it only supports HDR 10 without support for Dolby Vision.

OnePlus Y1S supports HDR 10

Unique to the OnePlus Y1S Edge is that you can turn the HDR on and off from the settings menu.

HDR Settings

In terms of image presets, there is no specific HDR image preset. Instead, you get the standard set of presets like Standard, Movie, AI, Game, Sports, and more. We found that the AI ​​image mode defaults to the preset image defaults, so you can avoid that. The Movie preset worked well for most of the pieces of content we consumed in HDR on this TV.

Picture presets

SDR

The SDR display on the OnePlus Y1S Edge is comparable to other budget 43-inch TVs we’ve tested and that’s a good thing. Remember that SDR content and SDR TVs have been around for much longer than HDR and the technology is at a level that even budget TVs can provide a good SDR experience and the same is true here. Whether in shows like Young Sheldon or movies like Mission Impossible or Spider-Man Far From Home, the skin tones and colors looked punchy. You can see some haloing and blooming on the TV, but that’s nothing a little biased lighting can’t fix.

OnePlus Y1S is an FHD TV

Gaming

We had the same issue with the OnePlus Y1S Edge that we encountered on the Redmi Smart TV X43 – HDR Calibration. When using a PS5 (review) to the TV for the first time, you will be prompted to calibrate the brightness. After calibration we have Dirt 5 (review) and found the contents to look quite burnt. We had to go into the game’s settings and lower all HDR settings to get the best output. Again, we’ve seen this on many budget HDR TVs. The OnePlus TV produced good colors in a game like Spider-Man Miles Morales with decent detail visible on Spider-Man’s suit.

Gaming

OnePlus Y1S TV Details

The only thing to note is that when you connect an external device, such as a PS5 or a streaming stick to the TV, you get access to a quick-dial menu on the left. This menu helps you navigate through settings such as input, brightness, picture mode, sound mode and signal format. I wish this shortcut menu was present when navigating the native streaming apps, as changing image presets and audio settings would be a breeze.

Quick menu

Audio Performance

The only place where the TV works well and better than the Redmi Smart TV X43 is with its sound output. On paper it has 6W less than the Redmi Smart TV X43, but in practice the speakers sound good. There’s a lack of channel separation and you’ll miss the thump in an action movie, but the overall sound is quite acceptable. The dialogues are clear and there is a good separation between background score and vocals in high octave action scenes.

sound modes

Where there are a lot of audio presets available on the TV, I recommend leaving the TV’s sound mode set to Dolby Audio as that generally gives the best output. There is also an option to enhance the dialogues if you need to.

user interface

The OnePlus Y1S Edge runs on Android TV 11 and also comes with OnePlus’ own OnePlus OxygenPlay UI. Like Xiaomi TVs, it allows you to switch between the 2 user interfaces with dedicated buttons on the remote control. OnePlus OxygenPlay’s user interface is similar to PatchWall in its content-first approach. However, OnePlus has added the ability to seamlessly link your OnePlus Buds to the TV, just like you would on the phone. There’s also a companion app that lets you navigate the pass on the TV, take screenshots, and do more. Needless to say, the ones in the OnePlus ecosystem have a decent array of features to tap into on the TV.

OnePlus User Interface

Android TV User Interface

Remote control

While the ergonomics of the remote are the same as those we saw on the OnePlus U1S (review), the placement of the buttons has been slightly changed. The mute button has been replaced by the menu button and the menu button has been replaced by the special Disney+ Hotstar button. The remote is generally well built and ergonomic. Just like on the U1S, you have to long-press the menu button to open the settings.

OnePlus Y1S Edge Remote Control

Build and design

The build and design of the OnePlus Y1S Edge is also inspired by the U1S. The OnePlus Y1S Edge has a metal finish on the bottom edge which gives it a premium look. The legs also have a sharp angular design and keep the TV fairly well in place.

OnePlus Y1S design

For connectivity, we have 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, an optical port, mini AV input and an ethernet port along with an antenna port. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi.

OnePlus Y1S connectivity options.

Bottom Line

Overall, the OnePlus Y1S Edge produces some good colors for SDR and HDR content and has good sound reproduction. It has a Full HD resolution and the user interface is easy to navigate with minimal lag and stuttering. The design is nice too. Those in the OnePlus ecosystem can also take advantage of some features, such as easy pairing with OnePlus buttons. The companion smartphone app is also feature-rich. However, for just Rs 1,000 more you get the Redmi Smart TV X43 with an additional HDMI port, Dolby Vision support and 4K resolution, making the OnePlus Y1S Edge somewhat hard to recommend.

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