Samsung Q60T QLED – The famous Samsung QLED series returns
Last year’s Samsung Q60R will be followed by the Samsung Q60T QLED in 2020 – but is this successor worthy of the entry level device in Samsung’s renowned QLED range? On this page you can find out all about the features and characteristics that the Samsung Q60T offers – and how it stands up to its predecessor, the Samsung Q60R. On tvfindr you will find – as always – all the info you need.
The Samsung Q60T’s makes a very high quality robust impression. The screen’s frame hardly distracts from the picture itself as the edges are very thin, which looks fantastic on a wall. Compared to the Samsung Q60R, assembly is much easier because the feet don’t have to be screwed down. Unfortunately, the Q60T is completely made of plastic, which is well made, but doesn’t look as high-quality as metal. Instead, they are pushed into the frame and click into place. In addition, cables can be hidden behind the feet, giving the TV a minimalist design.
Easy to set up
High quality design
Made of plastic
Compatible with this:
TV mount swivel
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Great picture quality
The image quality is as good as with the predecessor. The Samsung Q60T uses a VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel and thus has a very even and deep black, which looks great in dark rooms.Despite a good contrast ratio, HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) content is not displayed very well because the peak brightness of 500 nitsSI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness is not high enough to make highlights of HDR content stand out. For normal use the brightness should be sufficient. In bright rooms, the peak brightness is not sufficient and the image quality is not as good anymore, which can also be due to the display’s moderate reflection behavior. Enthusiasts and fans of cinematic picture quality will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets, as the Q60T does not support local dimming, for example. Nevertheless, it is better than the Q60R in terms of picture quality thanks to the Dual LED feature.
Unfortunately, the VA panel also means that the TV’s viewing angle is significantly limited. In this case, it’s advisable to place the device just in front of the sofa, as the luminosity of the colors would otherwise noticeably decrease.
10 (8+2) Bit VA-Panel
Contrast Ratio 7000:1
Maximum brightness ~500 Nits
Wide Color Gamut
No local dimming
No Dolby Vision
Decent motion handling
In comparison to its predecessor, the Samsung Q60T has become a bit worse in terms of motion handling. The response time is still very good, at 8ms, and the dimming frequencyHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. is also 600 HzHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second., which means that flickering is not noticeable to the naked eye. In gaming mode, the dimming frequency drops to 120 Hz, which is still very high and should hardly be noticeable. Motion interpolationArtificial calculation of more frames than the source material has to offer to 60 fps works well, but Black Frame InsertionProcess that inserts black “blank images” as intermediate images. This makes movements appear finer and clearer. can cause a few problems – which aren’t too bad, though.
For content with a lower frame rate – for example movies shot at 24 fps by default – stuttering is almost non-existent, but the Samsung Q60T is not capable of removing judder. We think that’s a pity, as the Q60R had this feature.
Response time ~8ms
Reduction of motion blur
No flickering backlight
Can not remove judder
Good enough for action packed gaming
Gaming is fun with the Samsung Q60T – no question about it. Gamers who own a Playstation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X will enjoy the full gaming experience with 4K HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) games. The input lag is extremely low at 10ms and there is an Auto Low Latency Mode. The performance potential is already exhausted with that, though, because the Q60T can’t make use of the possibilities of the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X.
For example, HDMI 2.1 is missing, so 4K @ 120 fps is not possible. This is no wonder in the price range of the TV, but both Sony and Microsoft have both announced that both consoles will support this resolution.
What is surprising in this price range, however, is that the Q60T doesn’t support VRRVariable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card. Its predecessor was able to do so and could therefore be the better alternative for gamers with AMD graphics cards or an Xbox One X or S.
Input lag ~10ms
Auto Low Latency Mode
No HDMI 2.1
Average, completely sufficient sound
The sound is, simply put, nothing special. There are two speakers, each with 10 W, which are loud enough to fill the living room with sound and reproduce dialogues clearly. Only Dolby formats are supported and, as usual for Samsung, no DTSMulti-channel-sound-system (Surround Sound) competing with Dolby Digital. However, thanks to the HDMI eARC connection, there is Dolby AtmosObject-based surround sound format with 3D-Sound from any direction via Dolby True HD – which is a nice thing.
Especially because of the latter feature, it makes absolute sense to think about a soundbar. From small devices for smaller living rooms to fully-grown sound systems, there is everything on the market that the heart of the sound enthusiast desires. We have discussed the available options in another article about soundbars.
2.0 channels with 20W (RMS)
Clear sound, but hardly any bass
Dolby Atmos via Dolby True-HD
Soundbar with Dolby Atmos:
Sony HT-X9000F Soundbar
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Modern smart features on the Samsung Q60T
As usual for the 2020 Samsung QLED series, the Samsung Q60T runs on Smart OS Tizen 5.5, which enables voice control with Samsung Bixby, Amazon Alexa (third device required) or Google Assistant. Apple AirPlay 2 is also supported. There is no Twin Tuner, but PVRPersonal Video Recorder, recording TV programs to a USB-Memory Device and Time-Shift are supported.
For streaming fans there are a plethora of streaming services from which you can choose freely: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ – everything comes already pre-installed. New in the T-series of QLED TVs is support for smart home applications, for which Samsung Smart Things acts as the control center. There is also the Smart OneRemote.
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Is the Samsung Q60T better than its predecessor? We're not sure...
As an entry-level model, the Samsung Q60T is a good TV. Compared to the Samsung TU8000, the Q60T has a better picture and, above all, more contrast thanks to dual LED and Wide Color Gamut. However, we are surprised that in contrast to the Q60R, some features have been removed: e.g. there is no longer variable refresh rate. This is also missing on the Samsung RU8000. The Q60T’s picture is better for this. So you can decide freely according to your own priorities.
The Q70T is the next more expensive TV in the 2020 QLED series and it is incredibly similar to the Q60T in many categories. The picture quality of the two QLEDs is almost identical, as they have a similarly high contrast ratio and no local dimming feature – also the viewing angle is comparably small. However, the motion handling of the Q70T is much better, because its display has a native refresh rateHertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. of 120Hz. In addition it scores considerably better in the gaming category. Besides a somewhat lower input lag, it has a variable refresh rate via FreeSyncVariable Refresh Rate with AMD graphics cards or consoles and even an HDMI 2.1 interface. This means it can also be used for the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X to display 4K content with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
The Q60T can produce a great picture quality especially in dark environments due to the VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel panel. Sony’s XH80 goes a completely different way with the IPSIn-Plane Switching, type of LCD Panel panel and is much better usable in bright rooms. Its viewing angle is considerably wider and the reflection handling is also more convincing. However, it simply can not keep up with the contrast ratio and the deep blacks of the QLED. Therefore the XH80’s blacks look more like gray in dark surroundings.
This also makes the Q60T to a better choice when displaying HDR content. Both devices are positioned quite similarly in terms of gaming. The input lag is also ~10ms and an Auto Low Latency Mode is also available. Neither HDMI 2.1 nor VRR are available in both devices.
The Q60T scores a bit better in direct comparison, but it depends more on the conditions under which you want to use the TV.
The cheapest 2020 QLED, the Q60T is moving closer to the entry-level models compared to previous QLED lineups. Therefore, it is in many respects not very different to the TU8000, but in almost every category it is a little bit better than the premium UHD TV. The TU8000 does not have the Quantum Dot layer and therefore no wide color gamut. The dual LED technology has also not been integrated, which means that the Q60T’s picture quality and HDR performance are is considerably better.