The South Korean manufacturer Samsung will of course be bringing new devices onto the market again in 2020, which need not hide from other brands. One of them is the Q70T, a low-priced 4K QLED TV, which is officially considered the successor of the Q70R, but is more similar to the Q60R in its features. However, Samsung’s eye seems to be on the new generation of consoles, which could make the Q70T shine in comparison to its namesake. But does this perhaps leave some other important aspects by the wayside that are essential for a good movie and streaming experience? Has anything changed compared to last year, or has everything remained the same? On tvfindr you can find all the information you need to decide whether the Q70T is an upgrade or not.
The Q70T has an almost identical look as the Q60R, which also makes a high-quality impression. The minimalist design is underlined by the screen’s narrow feet and very thin frame, and generally looks classy and modern. What’s also positive is that the TV sits very close to the wall due to its shallow depth when a suitable mount is used. Unfortunately, the TV is made entirely of plastic, which is well made but gives a less valuable impression than metal.
When using the feet, they are easy to mount, as no screws are needed and the feet snap into a bracket on the bottom. Even without screws, the TV stands firmly and only wobbles a little when pushed.
The interfaces point to the side of the back, so that the cables do not interfere even when using a wall mount and all interfaces are easily accessible. There are also cut-outs on the back for cable management and clips are included to keep the cables neatly in place on the feet – simple but effective for good cable management.
Stands a little wobblier than its predecessor
High quality minimalist design
Completely made of plastic
Clips for cable management included
Compatible with this:
TV mount swivel
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Good picture quality despite the lack of Local Dimming
By using a VA type panel, a deep and even black is produced, which is especially effective in dark rooms. However, due to the VA type panel, the viewing angle is quite narrow. The picture therefore looks blurred and not very attractive when viewed from the side. The wide color gamut provides rich colors and is very beneficial for HDR. Although there is no Local Dimming, the use of Dual LED Technology produces good contrast and image quality. Although the Q70T can not provide cinema-like picture quality, the result is quite good. Reflections on the display are somewhat dispersed by a semi-gloss layer. But in a brightly lit room or in sunlight, strong reflections are unavoidable with this method, which is typical in this price category. However, the device can also be used well in brighter rooms due to a sufficiently high maximum brightness.
In summary, the picture is quite convincing and the brightness of the colours makes a good impression when the device is placed just in front of the couch and in a room that is not too bright.
10 (8+2) Bit VA-Panel
Deep and even black
Contrast Ratio 7100:1
Wide color Gamut
Maximum brightness ~500 Nits
No local dimming
Poor viewing angle
No Dolby Vision
Convincing motion handling
The Q70T’s motion handling is good with its Refresh Rate of 120 Hz. It scores very well in terms of Response Time, so the color change of an LED only takes 7 ms, which only leads to minimal motion blur with fast moving objects. But this will hardly be visible in bright scenes. The backlighting flickers at a frequency of 600 Hz, which is perceived by the human eye as a continuous fluid illumination and therefore isn’t disturbing. In Game Mode Plus, this frequency is reduced to 120 Hz, which should not be noticeable either. This mode is intended to minimize motion blur and judder in games with fast frame changes. Motion interpolation is available, but it can lead to many artifacts in intense scenes and also to doubling in fast scenes.
Fast response time ~7 ms
Motion Interpolation (but with minor flaws)
No flickering backlight (600 Hz)
The entry level device for the upcoming consoles?
For gamers with a Playstation 4 Pro or Xbox One X, the TV has all the features you need for a great gaming experience with 4K HDR games. The incredibly low Input Lag of 9 ms in combination with the Auto Low Latency Mode ensures that the TV feels extremely responsive immediately after switching on your gaming console. Therefore it is perfect for very fast or hectic games. It is also equipped with VRR via FreeSync and can thus avoid Screen Tearing. That Samsung TV is also aiming for new consoles becomes clear when you consider that this mid-range TV is equipped with an HDMI 2.1 port. The HDMI 2.1 standard supports a 4K resolution with 120 fps. Both Microsoft and Sony have announced that their new consoles will have a 4K resolution with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. So with the Q70T, all the tracks are laid for the Playstation 5 or the Xbox Series X.
However, it must be mentioned that it is more likely to be played alone or online. The low viewing angle due to the VA type panel in combination with the problem of delivering a good picture result in bright rooms limits the gaming experience when several people want to play together at the same time. Playing the latest FIFA in the afternoon with the whole team will be difficult as long as not everyone is sitting straight in front of the Q70T and the afternoon sun does not light up the room too much.
Input Lag (9 ms)
Auto Low Latency Mode
VRR via FreeSync
Surprisingly decent sound
Of course, the built-in speakers in this price category are no mere revelation, but they do deliver quite reasonable sound quality. The bass is naturally a bit weak with built-in speakers, but still better than in most other TVs. The two speakers with a total of 20 W (RMS) are sufficient for a normal sized living room to be able to clearly understand dialogues and create a good atmosphere. For the cinema feeling, however, you should consider an upgrade with a soundbar. These are available for small living rooms or as a huge sound system, which will improve the sound experience significantly. If you want to know more about the purchase and the right soundbar for you, we have collected everything you need to know about soundbars in another article.
The Q70T supports Dolby formats, but not DTS – as always with Samsung devices. However, thanks to the HDMI eARC interface, Dolby Atmos is available via Dolby True HD.
2.0 channels with 20W
Missing basses, but still quite loud
Dolby Atmos via Dolby True-HD
For a dynamic sound:
Samsung HW-T450 Soundbar
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Modern Smart Features with Tizen 5.5
Just like all other QLED TVs from Samsung and all devices that came out in 2020, the Q70T uses the Smart Os Tizen 5.5 The operating system has some useful features integrated, such as Apple AirPlay 2 and Samsung Bixby. For Amazons Alexa an additional device is required, but it is otherwise also compatible with the Q70T. Unlike the EU model of the Q70T the US model has also the ability to use Google Assistant. A Twin Tuner is also integrated and also functions like PVR and Time Shift.
A number of streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Disney+ are also pre-installed. A smart home application is also integrated for all QLED models from Samsung. With Samsung Smart Things, the TV becomes the control centre for all smart home applications, which can then also be controlled with the supplied remote control, the Smart OneRemote.
Intuitive Tizen 5.5 OS
Apple AirPlay 2
Voice control (Bixby, Alexa)
Wide selection of apps
All current streaming services
Samsung Smart Things
PVR & Time Shift
Great for gaming, with some weaknesses
The Q70T is a 4K television that performs well in almost all categories. Compared to last year’s Q70R, however, the lack of Full Array Local Dimming makes it more of a downgrade. The picture quality is nevertheless convincing, although the picture looks blurred in bright rooms or when viewed at an oblique angle. Especially in the gaming category, the Q70T can unfold its full potential and is excellently equipped for current and upcoming consoles with its low input lag, VRR via FreeSync and the HDMI 2.1 connection. So for gamers a solid entry-level device to play games with 4K and 120 fps!
These two televisions are relatively similar. The Samsung Q70T’s picture quality is slightly better than last year’s Q60R. It has better contrast and the maximum brightness is a bit higher. The black is also more even than in its predecessor. However, the Q60R’s motion handling is outstanding due to its good response time and the Q70T can hardly keep up with this. An advantage that the Q70T has is the HDMI 2.1 interface, which is interesting for gaming with new consoles to play games with a resolution of 4K at 120 fps.
Samsung’s Q80T was also released in 2020 and performs much better in comparison to the Q70T. Picture quality is superior due to Full Array Local Dimming, although the Q70T has the better contrast ratio. The poorer contrast is caused by the Ultra Viewing Angle layer. This layer significantly increases the viewing angle of the TV, which allows it to compensate one of the Q70T’s biggest deficits. It is also more suitable for bright rooms due to the good Reflection Handling and the higher maximum brightness. So the Q80T is better suited for afternoon gaming or watching daytime TV. Both devices are very well positioned in the area of gaming, the Q80T’s input lag and response time are slightly better, but the difference is not really noticeable. However, several people can play at the same time with the Q80T due to the extended viewing angle, which is a factor that should not be neglected especially for sports games like FIFA or NHL.
All in all, it is quite clear that the Q80T is in a different league. Just the Full Array Local Dimming and the Ultra Viewing Angle layer are worth their extra cost.
The Q70T is slightly better than the NANO86 from LG. The biggest difference between the two devices is the type of panel that is used. Due to the VA panel built into the Q70T, it has a much better contrast ratio and a uniform black compared to the NANO86, which has an IPS panel. The VA Panel has a very limited viewing angle. This is especially annoying when several people want to watch TV at the same time, or when it is used in a setup where the viewer is not in front of the screen. Gaming to several people is therefore rather difficult with the Q70T. The IPS panel has a much better viewing angle, which speaks for a better gaming experience with more people, especially with the superior Reflection Handling and faster response time. The NANO86 does have Edge Lit Local Dimming, but this only allows vertical dimming, which is not a really advantage.
So, if you’re looking for a gaming monitor or have a oblique viewing angle, you should rather choose the NANO86. Otherwise, the Q70T performs a bit better due to its better picture characteristics.