ONEPLUS TV U1S 65 INCH 4K LED TV: The panel on the OnePlus U1S is very attractive to me. It’s easy to use and produces great colours. It is difficult to give it an absolute recommendation.
While some content sounds great, others sound flat. The UI is sluggish. OnePlus has released an update to fix a lot of UI problems, but audio performance is still a mess.
OnePlus has added a plethora features to the OnePlus ecosystem, including seamless pairing with the OnePlus buds and controls via the OnePlus Watch app and smartphone app.
Although the TV doesn’t support Dolby Vision you can connect a Dolby Audiobar via eARC. It also has a good gaming performance.
ONEPLUS TV U1S 65 INCH 4K LED TV DETAIL REVIEW
OnePlus has recently launched the U1S series smart TVs in five sizes: 55, 55, and 65 inches. Prices range from Rs 39,999 to Rs 47,999 to Rs 62,999.
Redmi Smart TVs were launched by Xiaomi in March 2021 at the same prices as Redmi Smart TVs: Rs 34,999; Rs 40,999; and Rs 58999.
We have the 65-inch OnePlus U1S for review, which is Rs 4,000 less than the Redmi Smart TV X65 (review). Is Rs 4,000 worth it? Or are you better off looking for something else?
ONEPLUS U1S – DISPLAY PANEL AND PICTURE PERFORMANCE
The OnePlus U1S displays an IPS panel. The panel supports HDR 10 and HDR 10+, but does not support Dolby vision. It has a resolution of 4K.
It has direct LED backlighting, and no dimming zones. The panel’s peak brightness was measured at 300 nits. However, OnePlus says that the “typical brightness level” is at 330 nits.
The TV covers approximately 95% of the UHDA-3 colour space. UHDA-P3 uses a slightly different red parameter to DCI-P3.
There are many picture presets available for the TV, including Standard, Vivid and AI. We will be discussing their performance in the next section.
ONEPLUS U1S 4K AND HDR PERFORMANCE
The TV was capable of playing both 4K and HDR content. The TV doesn’t support Dolby Vision, but it does support HDR 10 and HDR10+. Our Dolby Vision content was presented in HDR. This is great.
The HDR performance was impressive. We watched shows such as Our Planet, Grand Tour and Jack Ryan on TV. The content was entertaining, from the colour reproduction to the skin tones in certain sequences.
This TV is not very bright, which is acceptable considering its price. There are many conversations in dark scenes on a show such as Jack Ryan. These are easily visible.
Although the performance is better than that of the Redmi Smart TV, it’s not as good as the Philips PUT8215 50-inch (review), which we reviewed earlier. The Philips 65-inch TV is priced at Rs 80,000.
The Grand Tour Season 1 Episode 1 sequence with cars driving through the desert was a good choice.
Although there was a slight green tint, it wasn’t as obvious as the Mi QLED 55 (review). The TV performed well with HDR content from Netflix such as Our Planet and Altered Carbon.
We’d love to discuss the picture presets. You can choose from Movie, AI Standard, HDR 10+, HDR 10+, and many more. It doesn’t produce the desired result if you leave it on AI. It is better to manually select a picture preset.
Although most TVs have an HDR picture preset, this one doesn’t. The TV doesn’t automatically switch to HDR 10+, even when it is consuming HDR10+ content. When I was watching SDR content, such as Young Sheldon, the picture preset on Prime Video was Movie.
However, when I switched to HDR10+ content on Prime Video (like Jack Ryan or Grand Tour), the movie preset was still Movie. I had to manually change it from HDR 10+. As a consumer, it is important to monitor the changes in picture presets.
This is fine for normal content. However, HDR 10+ content should be switched automatically. Movie is the best option if you don’t want to change the TV’s preset and then forget about it.
The HDR 10+ preset produced good results when it came to consuming HDR content. However, the Calman HDR Toolskit Analysis revealed that the HDR10+ picture preset has a cool bias towards all colours.
According to the Colour Checker analysis, there is an average Delta error of 3. However, HDR has an average error of 7 which is quite high.
Considering the TV’s price and the performance, however, it is obvious that only those who are skilled in colour and detail will be able to see the difference.
ONEPLUS U1S – SDR PLAYBACK
SDR playback is excellent from streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and YouTube. We were able to see the standard assortment of content, including Spider-Man: Homecoming and Mission:Impossible.
Young Sheldon was also shown. It looks clean and enjoyable. Although the colours aren’t as vibrant as the Philips 50PUT8215, we reviewed earlier they are still better than the Redmi TV.
Let’s start with the picture presets. I would recommend that you remove the Movies preset from OTT content consumption. It does the job well. You can turn off motion smoothing to make the content appear unnaturally smooth.
Some content looked burnt by the Vivid preset, while the Standard preset gave movies a cool bias. The Movie preset was perfect for Tom Cruise and Mission:Impossible.
Same for Young Sheldon. The characters’ skin tones were natural and not unnaturally yellow.
We used the Movie preset to run Calman software with VideoForge Pro’s pattern generator and SpectraCal C6 Colorimeter, and analysed the TV’s SDR performance.
The analysis again shows that the TV exhibits a cool bias, but not very clearly. This is a good thing.
We can see that even in the color gamut coverage, the marks don’t differ by much. This is a good result, but it’s not what we would expect from a TV’s SDR color performance.
As we have already mentioned, the average Delta error in colour saturation is 3.33. This is acceptable for consumption of SDR content.
ONEPLUS U1S – PS5 GAMING PERFORMANCE
The OnePlus U1S supports HDMI 2.1 only, just like the Redmi TV. The display refreshes at 60Hz, and the HDMI input recognizes the PlayStation 5 when it is plugged in.
The TV automatically switched to Game mode when the PS5 was plugged into the outlet (review). The PS5 was capable of playing a variety of games, including Spider-Man Miles Morales (review), Dirt5 (review), Returnal and Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart (review).
This TV offers excellent black levels and particle effects, making gaming a pleasure. The hint of grey in black was not as evident in Returnal than what we saw on the Redmi TV, which is a nice touch.
Dirt 5 is a great game that benefits from HDR TVs. The performance of the HDR TV was excellent. It’s okay if the bright highlights of driving in the sun don’t hit you.
The game’s overall visual appeal is excellent when it comes down to the colour palette. We enjoyed Ratchet and Clank, Rift Apart on our OLED TV. The movie-like presentation is an absolute treat.
This TV was able to display the amazing particle effects, including the explosions and vivid colours of the characters and enemies.
Some scenes that were dark looked a little dull. When Spider-Man was examining his suit, Miles Morales’ performance was even better than that of the Redmi TV. It’s not as grey-ish as the Redmi TV.
The TV’s panel is excellent for gaming and content consumption. We will now explore areas where there may be some problems that could impact your purchase decision.
ONEPLUS U1S – AUDIO PERFORMANCE
The TV’s audio performance is mixed. The TV can sound great at times and bad at others. The TV was almost as good as an entry-level soundbar in Dirt 5. The TV’s ability to reproduce the grunts that cars make during races made it feel like a high-end soundbar.
This led to an immersive experience of 60 to 70% volume. However, Mission Impossible, a Netflix movie, had a completely different experience.
The sound effects and crashes were great, but the dialogue was almost inaudible, even though the dialogue enhancer was set to the highest setting. This was evident in the movie trailers that we watched on YouTube.
However, Young Sheldon’s dialogue-heavy series was easy to hear. Returnal had audio logs that were barely audible, but other effects felt punchy. OnePlus has released an update to address the problem.
Although the TV’s sound quality has improved, there are still audio issues with some content. The fact that an update has been released gives us hope that audio performance will improve with future updates.
Our Planet is a documentary-style series, and the voices are crystal clear. The Apple TV app was downloaded on the TV. We played Ready Player One on TV, and the audio was barely audible at 100% volume.
The same results were obtained with the Apple TV app on the Fire TV Stick as well as the PS5; they both worked. The results were consistent across content played on different devices, such as the streaming stick or the gaming console.
Even after the update, this problem persists. The TV’s speakers can be used to play music from our smartphones. This is where the TV really shines. Hot Chip’s Over and Over was a great choice for music listening parties.
Despite the fact that the issue of sound and dialogue with some content was fixed in an update, some content still has the problem like Ready Player One.
Those who are interested should know that OnePlus has confirmed that the TV can play Dolby Atmos if an Atmos-enabled soundbar connected via HDMI eARC is connected to it. We didn’t have a Dolby-Atmos soundbar at the time of our review so this feature is not available to us.
ONEPLUS U1S – UI
The TV, just like the U1, brings you the best of Android TV as well as OxygenPlay. OxygenPlay is similar to the Mi TVs and Redmi TVs that Xiaomi has on their Redmi TVs. A dedicated button on the remote control brings up OxygenPlay UI and Android TV UI.
There are many UI features that the TV offers. The data saver mode is available in the event that you are tethering to your smartphone or have a data limit. You can also activate kids’ mode remotely via the smartphone companion app.
If you have OnePlus Watch, you can control the volume and other functions from your OnePlus Watch.
When you receive a call, the volume of your TV will also decrease. The app allows you to navigate the UI of your TV via the OnePlus Connect app. You can also change apps or navigate content on the TV directly from your phone.
OnePlus also offers the ability to cast two devices simultaneously to the TV, but we haven’t tried it.
These features are great for people who want to add extra capabilities to their TVs, but I had a problem with the basic navigation.
As you can see, Netflix has a slow loading speed. OnePlus released an update. We tried it out on June 25, and it showed significant improvements in how Netflix navigates.
Although there are some hiccups, the overall experience is far better than that we showed you in our video review. The TV’s interface was similar to the Fire TV Stick when connected to an external device.
ONEPLUS U1S REMOTE CONTROL
OnePlus has redesigned its remote control for the U1S TV. Although the U1S remote control is ergonomic and well-built, the buttons feel a bit scattered.
The OnePlus button doubles as the power button. Long-pressing the button brings up options to power off, restart, or go to sleep..
To access the settings options, you must long-press on the menu button. While the OTT hotkeys are located next to one another, the Oxygen Play UI and Android TV UI buttons are far apart.
The back button is very useful because it has a slight indent. This allows you to know where you are when you move your thumb around the remote.
Personally, I don’t like long-pressing the buttons on the remote controller for basic actions. It feels counterintuitive to me. But it’s your choice.
BUILDING AND DESIGN
It feels very well built and designed. We sat the TV on its feet for the duration of our review. The feet are very stable and hold the TV in its place with little wobble.
Given the size of this display, the wobble is not too bad. The feet are made of metal and feel premium. These feet are very wide so it is important to check if your tabletop stand will accommodate them.
The TV is very slim with thin bezels around. At the bottom are LED lights that turn on when you call the Assistant. The bottom button can be used to mut the microphone, but it leaves a yellow light on which can become annoying when you are watching dark movies.
This is similar to the Realme 43-inch 4K TV review. You can turn the TV on if it is in sleep mode. If it is not, you can switch it off by speaking into the remote.
It works just as well on the Realme TV, which is a great thing. The TV offers connectivity with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. Dual-band Wi-Fi is supported.
It also supports Bluetooth 5.0. It features an RF port as well as a minimum AV port and an optic port.
ONEPLUS U1S – BOTTOM LINE
The panel on the OnePlus U1S is very attractive to me. It’s easy to use and produces great colours. It is difficult to give it an absolute recommendation.
While some content is excellent, the speakers are not as good as others. It is a bit slow and sometimes it didn’t respond to remote commands when you were watching Netflix content.
Although OnePlus has released an update to address a lot of issues, audio performance is still a problem.
OnePlus has enhanced the OnePlus ecosystem with a variety of new features, including seamless pairing with the OnePlus buds and control via the OnePlus Watch app and smartphone app.
Although the TV doesn’t support Dolby Vision you can connect a Dolby Audiobar via eARC. It also has a good gaming performance.
- Excellent panel performance for HDR and SDR content.
- The speakers sound great when they work but the performance is inconsistent.
- Excellent build quality.
- HDMI 2.1 features such as ALLM and eARC are supported
- Dolby Vision does not receive any support.
- Some content is not well-recorded through the speakers’ audio.
- Sometimes, UI can be slow.