Samsung Q70R vs Samsung Q80R TV Comparison 2019/12

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The Samsung Q70R and Samsung Q80R are two TVs that are both found in the QLED series. With the Q80R being more expensive, many people raise the question if the surcharge is worth it.

We explain exactly where the differences lie and what the more expensive Samsung Q80R can do better.

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Samsung Q70R and Samsung Q80R compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung QLED Q70R
Affordable QLED
  • Deep blacks
  • Full Array Local Dimming 4x
  • Low input lag
  • VRR FreeSync
  • HDR10+
  • 48 dimming zones
  • No DTS
  • Limited viewing angle
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Samsung QLED Q80R
Sophisticated QLED
  • Deep blacks
  • Full Array Local Dimming 6x
  • Low input lag
  • VRR FreeSync
  • HDR10+
  • 50 dimming zones
  • No DTS
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Detailed comparison: Samsung Q70R or Samsung Q80R

The Samsung Q70R is the most affordable "real" QLED. It has a VA panel that uses Full Array Local Dimming for deep black tones. In addition, contrast and brightness are sufficient to display HDR content. It's a fantastic choice for gaming, however, its big brother Q80R is better suited for wide viewing angles and bright rooms.

The Samsung Q80R is better than the Q70R for almost any application. Although the contrast is lower, this is due to a special layer that increases the viewing angle. It is suitable for both dark and bright rooms alike. Full Array Local Dimming is also better. Therefore it provides very good results for HDR, gaming, sports and movies.

Panel typeVA PanelVA Panel
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast ratio8100 :15700 :1
Local DimmingFull Array Local DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Frequency120 Hz120 Hz
VRRFreeSyncFreeSync
Input Lag< 15 ms< 15 ms
Motion Handling
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Reflections
Operating systemTizen 5.0Tizen 5.0
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
DTS
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
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Our conclusion: Affordable or sophisticated QLED?

A comparison between Samsung Q80R and Samsung Q70R is not easy. Despite the fact that the Samsung Q70R is a very good TV in almost all disciplines, the larger Q80R is a little better everywhere.

Both have Full Array Local Dimming, but the higher peak brightness means it can reproduce HDR content more impressively. In addition, the Q80R’s performance is better in bright rooms, as it is well received against a lot of ambient light. When it comes to gaming, both deliver a comparable, very good performance, which is due to the input lag and VRR through FreeSync.

In addition, the viewing angle is a bit wider, as the Samsung Q80R has an extra layer that allows this.

We compared the following televisions:
Samsung QLED Q70R Samsung QLED Q80R
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