Shortly after smartphone company OnePlus launched a TV, its rival Motorola has announced that it’s doing the same. OnePlus announced it will launch the OnePlus TV in September. The company’s CEO, Pete Lau, revealed the launch date in a post on the OnePlus forums. In the same post, Lau adds OnePlus plans to first release the device in India, with a North American launch to follow at a later, unspecified date. Lau says the main reason OnePlus is launching the OnePlus TV in India first is because the company has the content partnerships in place there to make the device successful.
Motorola has moved into the field with a similar strategy. Motorola and Flipkart have entered a strategic partnership for a new product category for the company, and its the Smart Televisions (Smart TVs). The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart and Motorola has launched Motorola-branded Smart TV range for the Lenovo-owned company.
The e-commerce company will manufacture and distribute Motorola-branded televisions, starting with Indian market. The company hasn’t said anything about the global release of these Smart TVs as yet.
The range of smart TVs with IPS technology will come in sizes ranging from 32 to 65 inches. The lower range sets will feature 1080p screens, while 43-inch and higher screens will pack 4K tech.
Motorola Smart TVs: Specifications and features
Motorola and Flipkart say that the 4K range of Motorola Smart TVs offer Dolby vision with HDR10, along with an IPS panel and 1.07 billion colors reproduction. These televisions also come with MEMC technology, which according to company enables seamless fluid, frame-to-frame motion and exceptional screen refresh rates. Also, it gets in-built superior 30W speaker with DTS TruSurround Sound dubbed the “Motorola’s AmphiSoundX”.
The Smart TV experience will also be accompanied with Google Assistant, Chromecast, and official Google Android Pie V9.0. In terms of specifications, the Motorola TVs come with 2.25GB RAM, 16GB internal storage for apps and Triple core Mali GPU with Quad Core Processor for gaming experience. The company has also introduced a wireless AndroidTV Gamepad along with the TVs for gamers.
It’s becoming a trend for smartphone brands to release TVs, as OnePlus, Xiaomi and now Motorola are doing it. OnePlus is due to unveil its own Smart TV this month, so Motorola effectively beat it to the punch.
Motorola India pointed out that the TVs will be particularly bright and well-adapted for Bollywood films. There’s no word yet on whether Motorola’s TVs will come to other markets, but they’ll arrive to India on Flipkart on September 29th. The sets will start at RS 13,999 ($200) for the 32-inch model, and range up to RS 39,999 ($560) for the 55-inch model and 64,999 ($910) for the 65-inch set.