The Samsung Q70R is one of the cheapest 4K QLED TVs from the South Korean technology forge. Here you get Full Array Local Dimming, high contrast ratio and uniform blacks at an entry-level price. Handy Smart TV features are also available. The Q70R is perfect for gaming and everyday use.
Build quality and Design
The name might already suggest that the Samsung Q70R is the successor of the Q7FN of 2018. Both externally and especially technically it resembles the Q8FN much more. As with all QLED TVs from Samsung, the build and feel is high quality. Although the design isn’t as classy as with the more expensive QLEDs, there’s a lot on offer for the lower price. The QLED TV is available in five different sizes: 49, 55, 65, 75 and 82 inches. The 49 inch model doesn’t quite have the same technology as the larger models.
All five televisions stand on two feet where a soundbar can be placed in between. If the QLED TV is to be mounted on the wall, the installation is of course also very easy. Connecting cables is no problem as all in- and outputs are facing sideways. Unfortunately, only the most necessary connections are available, namely HDMI, USB, digital optical, Ethernet and DVB-T. The cable management is simple and looks unobtrusive: The cables are placed in grooves on the back of the TV and can then be routed through the two hollow feet to the rear.
Like all QLED TVs of the 2019 series, the Q70R comes with the Smart TV interface Tizen 5 – but more about this later.
Picture quality of the Samsung Q70R
The Samsung Q70R has a 10 bit VA panel with very good and uniform black and a contrast of over 8000:1! The Q70R is the cheapest QLED TV with Full Array Local Dimming. Paired with a maximum brightness of 770 Nits, this allows a great displaying of HDR content. The available color space is very neat due to the wide color gamut. One of the supported dynamic formats is HDR10+. Unfortunately, Dolby Vision is not supported, as is the case with OLED TVs from LG, for example.
The viewing angle of the Samsung Q70R is unfortunately relatively small because of the VA panel. If you look at the TV from the side, you’ll notice that colors are washed out and the picture becomes paler. But it’s no problem if the couch in the living room isn’t particularly wide and stands right in front of the TV. More helpful information and recommendations can be found in our TV Findr Tool!
It is worth mentioning that the frame rate of the larger models is 120 Hz. The smallest model, 49 inch, however, only has half of this (60 Hz). The same applies for color depth. From 55 inches upwards the TV has a native 10 bit panel. At 49 inches the 10 bits are generated by an 8 bit panel with dithering.
Motion Handling and Gaming
The Samsung Q70R’s motion handling looks great. The response time is less than 4ms, which minimizes motion blur. OLED TVs, for example the LG C9, can do this even better, but 4ms is already a very good figure that is hardly noticeable to the human eye. There’s neither flickering nor judder. Due to the fast response time, however, image stutter can occur.
Thanks to the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) with FreeSync, the input lag can be reduced from a pretty good 15ms to 6ms. This provides a good gaming experience without tearing. Please note: VRR with FreeSync is only possible upwards from 55 inches with 120 Hz.
Another highlight is the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which automatically reduces the latency between the controller and playback on the screen to a minimum. These features make the Samsung Q70R a great companion for a Playstation 4 Pro or Xbox One X / S. 4K and HDR gaming are really fun.
UPDATE: Further tests have shown that the ”Game Mode” of the 2019 Samsung QLEDs leads to a loss of picture quality (except in the Samsung Q60R, as it has no local dimming). In Game Mode, local dimming is virtually deactivated, resulting in a slightly blurred picture and a reduction in contrast. If you want to switch off Game Mode while playing, you have to accept an input lag of 50 to 80ms. This is clearly too much for fast-paced games, like shooters.
Sound quality should be improved
For a flat screen TV, the sound quality is still average because of the flat design, but unfortunately this doesn’t mean much. However, manufacturers like Samsung, Sony or LG think along and offer suitable soundbars with surround sound and other features if needed. For the afternoon program, the Q70R’s sound is sufficient, as voices and background noise are reproduced clearly and comprehensibly.
Good sound only really becomes crucial with powerful movies or video games. If you want the full experience and really want to feel the bass, you won’t be able to avoid buying a soundbar or hi-fi system. The built-in 2.1 system with virtual subwoofer delivers 40W of power, but unfortunately neither Dolby Atmos nor DTS are supported. Those who want to use Dolby Atmos Soundbars need an external device to split the audio from the video signal.
Smart TV features of the Samsung QLED
Samsung’s Smart TV interface Tizen 5 leaves nothing to be desired. It works fast, without any problems and has a large selection of content and apps. Unfortunately, as on all Samsung QLEDs, there are ads that cannot be switched off or opted into. The included Smart Remote control is very convenient to use and allows access to the Bixby voice assistant through the built-in microphone. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple AirPlay 2 are also supported.
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