With its first-ever SmartTV, Realme hasn’t tried to pull off any fancy stunt and has kept things simple — and that’s good. The Realme 43-inch Smart TV is a reasonably slim tv with narrow bezels. The TV measures 8 cm from sides and weighs about 6.7kgs (excluding stand). The build is certainly not premium but the plastic used doesn’t feel flimsy either.
The bezels on three sides are extremely narrow and there’s a recessed lip housing official branding, IR receiver, and a power button and indicator. There is a narrow gap between the display panel and bottom bezel where lint and dirt accumulated over time.
A standard tabletop stand comes bundled with the TV, while the wall mount is sold separately. You may buy one from the TV installation team or buy a standard mount from any local store.
The back panel has air vents at the bottom to disperse heat generated by TV’s internal. There are bottom-firing speakers on either side along with a tweeter for crisp vocals. The TV is rated to deliver 24W audio output.
Realme TV includes a decent set of input and output ports. On this, 43-inch Smart TV you get:
- 3x HDMI ports out
- HDMI ARC support on HDMI 1 port
- CEC is supported on HDMI 1 and HDMI 3 only
- two USB 2.0 ports
- a SPDIF port for digital audio out
- one Antenna port
- one LAN port
- a headphone jack
Realme fixed an HDMI port, headphone jack, Digital Audio port, and the two USB ports on the left side, while all other reaming ports including two HDMI ports are stacked at the bottom and face downwards. Accessing all these ports takes extra effort on a wall-mounted TV. Surprisingly, the TV comes with a fixed power cord.
As for connectivity, the 43-inch Realme TV includes a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth 5.0. A dual-band Wi-Fi would have been ideal. Anyhow, our first love will always be LAN port which thankfully Realme includes on this TV.
It also comes with built-in Chromecast and Miracast as well as wireless display support for Windows. We didn’t face any issues with the built-in Chromecast.
The TV is competently specced when compared to other available options in the same budget. It is driven by a quad-core MediaTek MSD6683 chipset featuring four ARM Cortex A53 cores and Mali-470 MP3 GPU onboard. It comes with a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Following the industry trend, Realme has also dished out its Android TV-based UI here. The TV runs on Android Pie and comes with most of the popular OTT apps pre-installed.
Realme has tried to keep things simple by keeping the interface close to stock. There’s Google Playstore TV edition on board so that one can download apps on the TV. There’s Google Assistant onboard too but it’s not as agile and takes a couple of seconds to kick in. The TV has some software-based enhancements like DNR for smoothing of visual noise, adaptive luma control, etc.
Now, let’s discuss out the single biggest thing on this TV — display. It’s a 43-inch LED-backlit VA LCD panel that delivers full HD resolution pictures. The panel is bright and manages to deliver better contrast levels than IPS panels offered by the competition in the same segment.
Sound has been one of the biggest pain points in TVs over the years more so in the budget segment. Well, Realme does get it right. It has deployed a four-speaker system including two full-range speakers and two tweeters for crisp vocals. It delivers a combined output of 24W which is loud both and crisp. It also has Dolby Audio support but expecting a Dolby Atmos experience from TV will be too much to ask.