Xiaomi is the first brand to market a television with a transparent panel. Technological innovation and design, the Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition has made the trip to Paris. The perfect opportunity to get to know this exceptional product and give you our first impressions.
Today, we were invited by Xiaomi to discover “in real life” a product that we had already spoken about in our columns, but that we had never had the opportunity to see. This is the Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition . It is the first commercial television with a completely transparent screen . This means that there is no chassis on the back and you can see through it.
It is a product that Xiaomi announced in August 2020. It is only sold in China . And it will remain the case. We were therefore not invited to attend the launch of this television on the French market, but only to savor the technical prowess with our eyes. Note that you too can see the transparency of the product, since the Mi TV Lux is being demonstrated at two points of sale in France. And more precisely in Paris. At the Mi Store on Boulevard Sébastopol and at Fnac des Ternes .
It is a product that is sold very expensive, since its selling price in China is 49,999 yuan , or a little over 6,000 dollars. It would be difficult to transcribe this price on the French market, since the taxes are not the same. It is obviously not recommended to try to import it from China. Especially since the customs rules on Chinese imports have changed this week.
The Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition is a statutory product. It is a product aimed at lovers of beautiful designs and new technologies. This television therefore does not target the general public… at least those who are looking for a television to fully enjoy films and series. And this even if they have a budget of several thousand euros. And we’ll explain why throughout this getting started.
The design of the Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition is obviously its great strength. This is noticeable as soon as you lay eyes on it. Usually a television is black when it is turned off. Here the color is off-white. This is obviously due to the transparency of the screen, but also to the absence of a frame at the rear.
The product is divided into two parts. A screen part and a base part. Let’s start by observing the screen part. This is a 55 inch slab . It is transparent: it means that you can see through it. There are borders at the top and on the sides. They measure only a few millimeters. The lower border is thicker: its width corresponds to the insertion depth of the screen in the base.
You can see in transparency the frame of the light-emitting diodes. This is why the screen is not completely transparent. However, these elements are not very noticeable. So much so that it is possible to see through it. We will see in a few moments the technical attributes of the panel.
As we reported earlier, this TV does not benefit from any back cover. Besides the transparency that this brings, there are two other consequences for television. The first is the extreme thinness of the screen. It only measures 5.77 mm . And this over its entire surface. It is very impressive. The second consequence is the apparent fragility of the product.
Let’s move on to the second part: the base. It is a large, circular, flat block. It measures about fifteen centimeters in height. The screen is inserted in it, at the level of the diameter. So that there is as much volume of plinth in front of as behind. The advantage of the base compared to feet is the possibility of placing the television anywhere, even on a TV cabinet that is narrower than the width of the screen.
Now let’s talk about the screen. And more precisely the technology of the slab. This is an OLED panel , as you might have guessed. Each microscopic diode generates its own light when it receives energy. The frame is therefore used to convey this energy so as to excite a diode on the right frequency and obtain a color. Thus, there is no need for a rear lighting system (like a Full LED screen, for example).