The Thomson Oath Pro 55 smart TV seems to offer good value for money. But does it? Let's find out, says Khalid Anzar.
The Thomson Oath Pro is one of the three Android-certified smart TVs launched by Super Plastronics, the brand licensee for Thomson in India.
It comes with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, a combination rarely seen in budget TVs.
The Thomson Oath Pro is available in 43-, 55- and 65-inch screen variants.
I reviewed the 55-inch, which has thin screen bezels with a rose-gold strip at the bottom.
Its I/O ports are easy to access even if the TV is wall-mounted. A minimal, functional design.
The TV has a 10-bit LED panel of a UHD 4K resolution.
The panel supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG.
It has a rated brightness of 550 nits and contrast ratio of 500000:1.
The panel is glossy and has 178-degree viewing angles.
But the display suffers from backlight bleeding and image ghosting issues.
And there is no option for auto brightness or auto dimming.
The speakers -- bottom-facing dual 30W stereo speakers with DTS TruSurround and Dolby Digital Plus audio support -- are loud, with decent treble and bass.
Suitable for casual viewing, but inadequate for documentaries or music videos.
A quad-core processor, paired with 1.75GB RAM and 8GB built-in storage, powers the TV.
The performance is nothing spectacular.
The set does not support quick boot and there is a software glitch.
Some OTT apps automatically shut down as the TV enters standby mode.
Also, the 2.4GHz WiFi limits its overall utility, especially if you have IoT devices connected to a dual-band WiFi router and want them to connect with the television.
Priced at Rs 32,999, the Thomson Oath Pro 55-inch is a barebones smart Android TV.
It's a hard one to recommend.
You might instead like to try the Vu Premium Android TV 55, which costs less and performs better.
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