Mi TV Lux: Xiaomi's transparent OLED TV is both brilliant and pointless
Xiaomi made waves when it announced the Mi TV Lux earlier this year, its transparent OLED TV. However, hardly anyone will actually be able to purchase one, not least because it is only sold in China. The Mi TV Lux also retails for a cool US$7,200, a princely sum for a 55-inch TV. Our pockets are not that deep, but the ones of Linus Tech Tips are, which has shown just how brilliantly pointless the Mi TV Lux is.
The Mi TV Lux certainly looks futuristic with its transparent display, which almost appears to hover above its wide base. Its specifications are anything but futuristic though, with a 1080p resolution and limited connectivity. The TV can supposedly output in up to 120 Hz, but only one of its HDMI ports. Additionally, Linus Tech Tips struggled to get 120 Hz working on Windows 10, while Xiaomi restricts the TV's 'gaming mode' to a warm white balance, for some reason.
The TV that Linus Tech Tips received also contained multiple dead or stuck pixels, which is even more obvious on a transparent panel. Unsurprisingly, the transparency also proves distracting when watching TV - so the thing for which the Mi TV Lux has been designed. In the end, it seems that masking the transparency with a dark background generated the best image quality; negating the TV's party trick somewhat. Overall, we doubt transparent TVs will be making their way into households any time soon.