The Super4 X50 television’s minimalist design will fit in with most living rooms. The light shade of silver aluminium looks sophisticated. The bezel around the screen isn’t the thinnest, but that is something that can be overlooked.
The 50-inch panel (3,840x2,160 resolution) makes a fine impression. It is bright with deep black colours (this is an advantage over most mid-range TVs from Samsung and LG), and the sharpness is excellent. Initially, the colours look understated—tweak the settings, however, and they become vibrant. The picture settings options are quite restrictive though, as there are no finer controls for noise reduction, colour accuracy and contrast, for example.
It’s the same limitation with audio too. While the TV has high-quality Harman Kardon speakers, lack of detailed settings means you cannot improve aspects such as bass. We have seen these excellent Harman Kardon speakers in action in some of LG’s 2016 TVs. LeEco could solve this with a software update.
The Super4 X50 Pro runs a quad-core processor, paired with 3 GB RAM. This hardware works well to upscale Full HD, 720p and standard definition (SD) content. The TV has the HDR10 feature, which means that high dynamic range (HDR) content such as Iron Fist and Jessica Jones TV shows on Netflix look nothing less than superb. The TV also does limited HDR upscaling—simply put, the image processor adds the HDR-effect for standard content, which improves vibrancy and detailing. At certain times, however, the HDR kicks in abruptly, and the display illumination change can be a bit jarring.
LeEco has used Android for the smart TV features, but you wouldn’t know this—there is a complex UI wrapped around Android. You don’t, however, get access to the Google Play Store, unlike Sony’s Bravia Android TVs. And for some reason, Netflix or Amazon Video apps are not available just yet—this is a big miss.
Future software updates can take care of most of these shortcomings. What cannot be ignored is that this TV has one of the most impressive display panels in sets priced under Rs1 lakh. Additionally, if you already have a media player such as the Apple TV or the Google Chromecast, the handicapped smart TV features won’t be a deal-breaker anyway.