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The prices remain the same as last year's. Again, there isn't an 85" model at launch, most probably it will be available later in the year just like it happened in It comprises five models but only the three biggest ones are available for purchase at the moment of writing this news. Their Asian counterparts are already priced and available for purchase in their corresponding markets. This year's models are in most ways a carry over from the Q60A series.
Again, for the USA market there are eight models. For Asia and Europe, Samsung omits the 70" and 60" class sizes. Except for the two smallest sizes, the prices are up with USD depending on the model. There are discounts, at the moment, for the 85", 75", and This monitor has a inch VA The TVs support dual-band Wi-Fi There are no signs of temporary image retention.
This may vary between units, but it's rarely an issue on modern TVs. Although some IPS-like panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in the long-term test. The Samsung Q80A has a great response time. For the most part, motion looks smooth, but there's some motion blur in dark transitions due to overshoot. It's likely a bug that may be fixed in a firmware update, and it flickers at Hz with Game Motion Plus enabled.
The Samsung Q80A has an optional backlight strobing feature to try to reduce motion blur, known as black frame insertion. It flickers at Hz or 60Hz, depending on the setting you're using. Unfortunately, it creates image duplication that can get distracting. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on its flickering abilities and not its actual performance. There's a motion interpolation feature known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It doesn't look that good overall as there are artifacts in fast-moving scenes, which is distracting.
Due to the quick response time, lower-frame rate content can appear to stutter as each frame is held on longer. You can try enabling the motion interpolation feature if it bothers you. The Samsung Q80A automatically removes judder from all sources, and there aren't any settings you need to enable.
It automatically works with a compatible device when in Game Mode. Note: The 50 inch model is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it has a narrow VRR range, and you won't be able to play high-frame-rate games. The Samsung Q80A's input lag is incredibly low. It stays low no matter the resolution and refresh rate you're gaming at, which is great.
It increases with Game Motion Plus enabled, but it's still low enough for most people. We couldn't properly measure the input lag with VRR enabled, which we experienced with other TVs, and we're looking into the issue.
That said, we don't expect the input lag to significantly increase with VRR enabled. The Samsung Q80A displays all common resolutions up to 4k Hz. If you're using it as a monitor, it displays chroma at p and 4k, but it can't with p content. This helps it display clear and legible text while you're using it as a PC monitor. It supports Auto Low Latency Mode, which means it automatically switches into Game Mode to provide the lowest input lag possible when a game from a compatible device is launched.
You can see what it looks like here. This is disappointing if you need to connect more than one HDMI 2. You'll need to ensure your content's audio is Dolby for the best sound experience possible. The Samsung Q80A has a decent frequency response. It has a fairly well-balanced sound profile and gets pretty loud.
It has better bass than some other TVs, but it doesn't deliver the true rumbling sound a dedicated subwoofer would. The distortion performance is decent. The total harmonic distortion is a bit audible when playing at its max volume, but it depends on the content, and not everyone will hear it. The updated Tizen OS interface is easy-to-use and feels smoother than previous versions. The TV didn't provide any bugs during testing.
There are ads on the home page and app store, and there's no way to disable them. They're not always present, so it's difficult to get a photo of them. Samsung's QLED models have a redesigned remote compared to the one from It has a different physical design with new brushed plastic, but the layout and quick-access buttons remain the same.
It also doesn't require disposable batteries as you can either charge it through a USB-C cable, which isn't included, or with its solar panel on the back. The built-in voice control allows you to open apps, change inputs and settings, but you can't search for specific content in apps.
We tested the 55 inch Samsung Q80A variant, and for the most part, the results are also valid for the 65 inch and the 75 inch models in North America. The 50 inch and 85 inch variants have VA panels, so they perform differently. There are similar models available outside the United States that aren't exactly like this one, and because Samsung's European lineup is slightly different, the results only apply to the North American Q80A.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Samsung Q80A doesn't correspond to the review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units. Our unit of the Q80A was manufactured in February ; you can see the label here. If you aren't going to take advantage of its gaming features, there are cheaper or similarly-priced options with better dark room performance, like the Sony X90J or Hisense U8G.
It also gets significantly brighter in HDR, so highlights stand out the way they should. However, the Q70A has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio and improved black uniformity. Even though the Q80A has a full-array local dimming feature, which the Q70A doesn't have, the Q70A is better for dark room viewing due to its higher contrast.
The Sony uses a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio, making it better suited for dark rooms, and the Samsung uses an IPS-like panel with much wider viewing angles. They both have a full-array local dimming feature, but the Sony's performs better because it doesn't cause uniformity issues like the Samsung's.
On the flip side, the Samsung has a wider color gamut and gets brighter overall. It also has lower input lag and it supports FreeSync, which the Sony doesn't. On the other, the Q80T has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio and better local dimming for an improved dark room experience. The Q80T also has much better reflection handling. Even though they each use the same ADS panel type, the QN85A is better for dark room viewing because it has a better local dimming feature that improves the contrast.
The QN85A also gets much brighter, especially in HDR, and it has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for use in a well-lit room. The Sony is only available in an 85 inch size and has a VA panel, while the Samsung is available from 55 to 85 inches. The 55 inch model we tested has an IPS panel, but the 85 inch variant has a VA panel and performs differently.
The VA panel on the Sony provides better contrast and the local dimming feature results in less blooming, but the IPS panel on the Samsung has wider viewing angles. The Samsung gets brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms.
The LG's OLED panel produces much deeper blacks because it has a near-infinite contrast, and there's no blooming around bright objects. The Samsung has an LED panel that gets much brighter, and it's immune to burn-in. Even though the Samsung has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles, the viewing angles are still better on the LG.
They have the same gaming features with VRR support, but motion looks better on the LG due to the quick response time. The Sony's VA panel has a higher contrast ratio that lets it display deep blacks, and the local dimming feature is also better. However, the Samsung has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. It also gets brighter, especially in HDR, and it has a few more gaming features like FreeSync support. They each have IPS-like panels with wide viewing angles coming at the cost of low contrast.
The Samsung is a better choice for use in well-lit rooms because it gets much brighter, but the LG has better reflection handling. They each have similar panel types, and the Samsung TV delivers better picture quality. It gets significantly brighter and has better reflection handling. Even though the dark room performance on either TV isn't good, the Samsung has a full-array local dimming feature, while the LG is edge-lit, so the local dimming is less distracting on the Samsung.
They have the same gaming features, but the Samsung TV has lower input lag for a more responsive feel. The Q90T has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio. It also delivers better HDR performance because it has improved local dimming and gets brighter in HDR to make highlights pop. The Samsung gets significantly brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms or watching HDR content. It also has wider viewing angles, and it's better for gaming because it has a near-instant response time.
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See our Sports Recommendations. See our Video Games Recommendations. See our PC Monitor Recommendations. Test Results. Market Context. Curved No. Footprint of the 55 inch stand: Borders 0. Max Thickness 2. Picture Quality. Native Contrast. Contrast with local dimming. Real Scene Peak Brightness. Local Dimming. Real Scene Highlight. Native Std. Color Washout.
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