Realme entered the smartphone scene in 2018 as an underdog with large potential. Now, in 2021, the previous OPPO sub-brand is presently one of the top mobile brands in the Philippines and in the region after seeing exponential year-on-year development since its inception.
Potential fulfilled is an understatement. However Realme didn’t cease with providing value-for-money smartphones that gave the corporate its profitable method.
It quickly expanded its ecosystem within the nation, providing smartphone equipment resembling TWS earphones, health bands, smartwatches, and even backpacks and baggage, utilizing the identical ideas and retail methods that helped propel Realme to its stratospheric highs.
In 2020, Realme added televisions to its rising product classes, and now they’re right here: the corporate’s first sensible TV choices within the Philippines. So, is the Realme Good TV — which is available in 32- and 43-inch variants with HD and FHD resolutions, respectively, and runs Android TV — any good? And is it a really helpful buy for many who are searching for a reasonable large display for streaming content material?
Learn our evaluation of the 43-inch Realme Good TV to seek out out.
Value and availability
Within the Philippines, the Realme Good TV begins at P11,990 (round $247 transformed) for the 32-inch mannequin, whereas the 43-inch variant we examined is priced at P18,990 ($391). The primary day of sale is scheduled for the third at Realme Philippines’ official model retailer on Shopee, in time for the latter’s 3.3 Mega Procuring Sale. The TV can be supplied at Realme shops idea nationwide as properly.
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What’s within the field:
- Realme Good TV
- AV cable
- Two base stands
- 4 screws (for the bottom stands)
- Distant management
- Two AAA batteries (for the distant)
- Fast Begin information
- Instruction guide
- Guarantee card
The Realme Good TV has a minimalist design and a plastic casing with an oblong bulge on the again that homes the internals and connectivity ports. The bezels — which are available in at a reasonably spectacular (particularly for the value) 8.7mm on the highest, left, and proper sides — and detachable base stands are additionally product of plastic. The underside bezel sports activities the Realme emblem in white and is significantly thicker than the remainder of the TV’s borders.
The tv weighs 6.7kg with out the bottom stands put in, making it comparatively simple for one or two individuals to hold and place on a rack or desk. Naturally, the 32-incher is way lighter at 4kg). It may be wall-mounted, too, due to VESA sockets positioned on the rear panel. Sadly, the retail field doesn’t embody a wall-mount bracket, so that you’ll have to buy one individually if you wish to dangle the TV in your wall.
We personally didn’t need our unit to take a seat on a desk, which might take up lots of area in our workplace, so we positioned it on a VESA-compatible tripod stand as an alternative. It was not simple getting the screws to clamp down on our TV, simply to let you realize. Hopefully, your expertise can be totally different. Putting in the stands that ship with the unit, although, ought to be hassle-free.
Whether or not you dangle the TV on a wall or place it on a flat floor, this sensible TV gained’t name an excessive amount of consideration, and it’s additionally of affordable thickness to not stick out like a sore thumb in your lounge or bed room. Its design isn’t going to blow you away, however then once more, most TVs don’t — and people who do often value boatloads of cash.
For a TV at this worth level, the Realme Good TV gives built-in audio system which might be surprisingly clear and crisp. We discovered they work finest for dialogues and surround-sound listening, though you possibly can head over to the Sound menu within the Settings panel and calibrate the audio for numerous environment.
The stands bend outwards the TV and are longer than the panel’s precise size (108cm, within the case of the 43-inch mannequin). They’ve rubber cushions on the base as properly, to keep away from any sliding. Extra importantly, they give the impression of being sturdy sufficient to deal with the load of the tv with out tipping over. In our scenario, we merely needed to mount our unit on a tripod stand, which not solely saves area but in addition permits us to shortly transfer the TV round the home.
With regards to wired connectivity, the Realme Good TV has 10 rear ports. There are six ports on the right-hand aspect of the again panel: HDMI ARC, antenna, digital audio out (SPDIF), AV, USB 2.0, and three.5mm headphone jack. The remaining are downwards-facing in an alcove. There are a complete of three HDMI ports; sadly, just one is HDMI ARC and none of them help the HDMI 2.0 commonplace or increased.
If you wish to showcase HDR content material, you possibly can nonetheless accomplish that with the apps put in in your TV, because it does help HLG and HDR10 video decoding. Netflix works properly for streaming HDR video.
For wi-fi connections, you get 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, infrared, and DLNA. You possibly can join Bluetooth equipment to the TV, resembling soundbars, earphones, mice, keyboards, and even video-game controllers for cloud gaming and emulators. If you wish to use your Android machine to function the TV and simply kind in emails and passwords, you possibly can obtain Google’s Android TV Distant Management app without cost on the Play Retailer.
The Realme Good TV has Chromecast built-in, too, permitting you to stream nearly any film or present or music in your telephone that you really want as long as you employ a appropriate platform. We tried casting YouTube movies from our telephone to the TV, and it labored flawlessly.
As one would anticipate at this worth vary, the Realme Good TV distant is product of plastic however can also be ergonomic and light-weight. It likewise sports activities a matte end and mushy buttons, including to the consolation issue of utilizing the distant. We want it have been somewhat bit larger, although, and the dearth of buttons — you solely get a complete of 12 right here — gained’t enchantment to customers who surf channels repeatedly on cable TV.
The distant has a built-in microphone for voice management, in addition to shortcuts to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Google Assistant and a D-Pad with a clickable heart button. It additionally contains Again, House, and Settings buttons, although the latter doesn’t deliver up the Settings display if you are streaming a video. It’s essential return to the house display first to regulate the image and audio settings; you possibly can’t do it on the fly.
Conveniently, you possibly can long-press the distant’s House button to shortly entry apps absolutely appropriate with the native OS. We discovered this to be probably the most handy strategy to multitask on the Realme Good TV.
The panel is available in two sizes: 32 and 43 inches. Apart from the dimensions distinction, the decision additionally varies per mannequin. The smaller unit runs at 1,366 x 768, whereas the 43-incher boasts a decision of 1,920 x 1,080. No matter its dimension, the Realme Good TV makes use of a VA or Vertically Aligned-type show. In comparison with their IPS counterparts, VA screens are sometimes extra suited to watching in darkish rooms, due to their increased distinction ratios.
Realme quotes a viewing angle of about 178 levels, which is respectable, whereas the marketed peak brightness of 400 nits, courtesy of the corporate’s Chroma Increase image engine, seems to be spectacular on paper. Chroma Increase, which can also be current on Realme telephones, is claimed to boost the general image high quality of the sensible TV, with enhancements to brightness, colour, distinction, and readability.
True sufficient, viewing the TV with the lights turned off is an actual pleasure. The black ranges are actually darkish and superior to Coocaa and Devant items we’ve.
It’s nice for informal gaming and reveals, however motion pictures deliver out the perfect within the Realme Good TV. In well-lit areas, the panel may be fairly reflective, particularly of brilliant objects in your room. You’ve got the choice to tweak the show’s brightness to make issues higher in the course of the daytime, in fact. We personally tinkered with the settings to swimsuit our preferences and the room the place the TV is positioned.
The Realme Good TV is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset with ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and Mali-470 MP3 graphics. The processor is mated to 1GB RAM and 8GB of native storage, of which round 4.5GB is accessible to customers. It takes some time to energy on — somewhat over 30 seconds, often, though it does really feel like an extended wait typically. And our unit stutters in the course of the first couple of minutes after booting typically, reacting late to button presses.
Bear with it; the person expertise will get drastically higher the longer the TV stays on. As soon as the Realme Good TV is warmed up and primed for viewing, the expertise is usually fluid and responsive. We extremely suggest utilizing a keyboard and mouse when shopping the net or any app retailer together with Android TV’s Play Retailer.
Now, on to its software program. This tv runs vanilla Android TV primarily based on Android 9 Pie. The person interface is straightforward and intuitive to make use of, and also you gained’t discover loads of bloatware preinstalled, in contrast to on different Android TVs. Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video can be found out of the field, which is okay since you’ll most likely obtain at the least one or two of them anyway, as most sensible TV homeowners do.
Apart from YouTube and Play Retailer, the bundle of Google apps preinstalled on the Realme Good TV embody Play Motion pictures, Play Music, and Play Video games. You possibly can set up third-party apps from different app shops like Aptoide, and sideloading unverified apps is feasible however tough. To not point out, the restricted inside storage isn’t a lot for each apps and media.
At a video convention with native media final month, Realme Philippines mentioned it might be trying on the gross sales of its newest ecosystem merchandise to resolve whether or not or to not develop its present product classes right here. That call may finally fall on the Realme Good TV, which we predict is an efficient purchase.
For a primary attempt, Realme did an admirable job. The Realme Good TV will get a variety of issues proper — the distant; the contrasty panel coupled with HDR video decoding; typically easy efficiency (at the least as soon as warmed up) on inventory Android TV — at a quantity cut price hunters will most likely discover agreeable. It’s not the most affordable amongst equally sized Android TVs on the native market, no query, however you’re undoubtedly getting your cash’s price.