Samsung Q800T QLED

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Q800T QLED - The Budget 8K TV from Samsung

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Our conclusion

The Samsung Q800T is the most affordable TV of the Korean manufacturer’s 2020 8K QLED lineup. But is it still too early for this resolution or can it establish itself on the market? We will answer the question if it makes sense to buy this future-proof TV now, or if it would be better to wait a little bit longer and buy a 4K UHD TV at this time – which would certainly save your wallet.

Design and build quality of the Q800T

The Q800T’s design is first class and is very similar to the Q90T. It makes a good impression due to its excellent build quality and the glossy display is framed by an impressively thin frame. The centrally positioned stand is made of metal and supports the TV quite well; however, it wobbles a bit when pushed. Due to the small sized foot, the Q800T can easily be placed on small TV tables and there is also enough room for a soundbar.

The TV cuts a fine figure when mounted on the wall due to the narrow frame and shallow depth. The interfaces, which are aligned to the left side of the screen, are also easy to reach at any time. To enable clean cable management, there are cut-outs on the back of the TV and the stand, so the setup makes a clean impression.

Unfortunately, Samsung has saved the One Connect Box on the Q800T, which was included in last years 8K TVs.

verarbeitung Samsung Q800T QLED
Design
  • First class design
  • Build quality
  • Front and stand made of metal
  • Stands a little wobbly.
  • Clean cable management
  • No One Connect Box
Almost frameless with small stand
Almost frameless with small stand

8K Resolution - Revelation, or rather marketing?

That the Q800T has a native 8K resolution sounds really impressive at first glance. However, before buying it, you have to be aware that there is hardly any 8K content that the TV can display at the moment. This means that neither streaming services nor TV broadcasters support this resolution. There are some videos on Youtube, but even here the range is quite limited. During 2020, two significant sources of 8K content will be added, namely the next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and Playstation 5, which will deliver games with 8K resolution. But of course the frame rate suffers enormously because of this, so that fast games, such as shooters, will probably not be played in 8K.

Content with a lower resolution can be upscaled without loss of picture quality. Dithering can only occur with 4K content. So the picture quality of 4K content is better on 4K TVs, which means that the Q90T, which has a very similar performance, can produce a better picture with this content.

Also, the four times greater amount of pixels compared to 4K TVa does not really make the huge difference. In a double-blind study, human perception of 8K content was compared with 4K content – and the result is really disillusioning. According to the study, most people can not see any difference between 4K and 8K images, and a quarter of the subjects even claimed that the image would look better in 4K resolution.

However, the higher resolution also has its reason for existence. Especially with very large TVs of more than 80 inches, the higher resolution and thus the higher pixel density makes sense – but rather when you sit relatively close to the TV. If you want to use an 80 inch TV on your desk as a computer screen, 8K is a must have.

sonstiges Samsung Q800T QLED
Miscellaneous
  • Picture quality under normal conditions
  • Sharp Image on very large TVs & short distance
  • High surcharge

Impressive picture quality - especially in bright rooms

The Q800T uses a 10 bit VA panel and therefore has a deep and even black. A bit untypical for VA panels is the low contrast ratio of ~1700:1, but due to the well implemented Full Array Local Dimming with 480 zones it can be increased to 9200:1. This is a very good value that even many VA panels do not reach. In combination with the high peak brightness of 1400 Nits and the wide color gamut, HDR content is displayed impressively and highlights are presented in a great way without blooming being clearly visible. The high brightness is even more impressive as the Q800T is equipped with Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle layer to significantly improve the viewing angle and reflection handling. Normally this layer greatly reduces brightness. As a result, the TV’s LEDs have to be made brighter, which of course has a negative impact on power consumption – especially since the 8K resolution requires four times as many LEDs. The high brightness and reflection handling also results in great picture quality especially in bright rooms.

Unfortunately, the Q800T’s grey levels are not really even, which means that the colors are not displayed as uniformly in the middle of the display. This is called the Dirty Screen effect. However, this is not as significant as the lack of Dolby Vision to dynamically optimize HDR content; HDR10+ is supported, but it is not used as often as Dolby Vision. But even without Dolby Vision IQ, the TV can adjust the display brightness to the ambient brightness.

bildqualitaet Samsung Q800T QLED
Picture Quality
  • 10 Bit VA Panel
  • Contrast ratio 1700:1, with FALD 9200:1
  • Full Array Local Dimming (480 zones)
  • Viewing angle
  • Reflection handling
  • Higher energy consumption
  • Dirty Screen Effect
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Adaptive Picture

Outstanding motion handling

The motion handling of the Q800T is one of the best among conventional LED TVs. The 120Hz panel has a response time of incredible ~2ms. This value can hardly be achieved by any other TV – apart of OLEDs, of course, whose response time is <1ms. Due to this short time the LEDs need for the color change, hardly any motion blur is visible. This blur can be further reduced by the well implemented Black Frame Insertion feature – even at 120Hz. Nevertheless, the low response time can cause slow camera pans to be displayed stuttering. To correct this, the motion interpolation feature can be used.

The backlight flickers with a frequency of 960Hz. Therefore it should be perceived by the human eye as continuous illumination.

motionhandling Samsung Q800T QLED
Motion Handling
  • 120 Hz Display
  • Response time ~2ms
  • Reduction of motion blur
  • 960 Hz Backlight frequency

Gaming without restrictions

For a first class gaming experience, the Q800T QLED is the perfect choice. Its input lag is one of the lowest we have seen so far. With a 4K resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz, it is only 10ms, which makes it feel extremely responsive while gaming – at 1080p and 1440p it is even better at 6ms. So in combination with the great response time there is hardly any delay or blurring, which is excellent for gaming. You should note, however, that the Q800T is only available from 65 inches, but 1080p or 1440p is a bit low to produce a nice sharp picture. But especially in fast shooters you would have a not inconsiderable advantage by using this lower resolution – but only on a high skill level. To keep the input lag automatically as low as possible, an Auto Low latency Mode is also available.

Apart from that the QLED has all the features you need for gaming. A variable refresh rate is supported via AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-Sync and HDMI Forum VRR. This means that all new graphics cards are supported. Of course an HDMI 2.1 interface is also included.

gaming Samsung Q800T QLED
Gaming
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • Input Lag ~10ms ([email protected])
  • HDMI 2.1
  • FreeSync / G-Sync / HDMI Forum's VRR

Disappointing sound system

For the price of the Q800T, the sound system is really disappointing. The integrated 4.2.2 channel 70W speakers are loud enough for normal rooms and the trebles and mid-ranges are well balanced so that dialogues are reproduced in very clear way. Unfortunately, the basses are comparatively weak, so there’s not really any atmosphere. This is especially noticeable in action movies and gaming! If you spend so much money on a TV, you’ll most likely not be satisfied with the integrated sound system and therefore extend the setup with an external sound system. To enable a rich, ambient sound, the Q800T is equipped with HDMI eARC, which supports uncompressed Dolby Atmos via Dolby True HD.

sound Samsung Q800T QLED
Sound
  • 4.2.2 Channel with 60W RMS
  • Well balanced treble and mid-ranges
  • Missing basses
  • No DTS
  • Dolby Atmos via TrueHD

Great Smart Features with Tizen 5.5

Just like the 4K QLED series, the Q800T uses Tizen 5.5 as its smart operating system. This means that it is equipped with some great features so that the Q800T can be seamlessly integrated into a smart home environment.

The handling is very intuitive and smooth thanks to Samsung’s One Remote.If using the remote is too cumbersome, you can either use the somewhat outdated Samsung Bixby as a voice assistant, or use alternatives like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

For data transfer between the QLED and Apple devices, the TV supports Airplay 2, so that videos, photos or music can be streamed to the TV in no time.

In addition, the selection of apps is huge and all major streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are pre-installed.

With Samsung Smart Things, other smart home applications can be easily controlled from the Q800T using the One Remote.

In addition, a Twin Tuner has been integrated, which supports functions such as Time Shift or the USB recording function.

smarttv Samsung Q800T QLED
Smart TV
  • Intuitive Tizen 5.5 OS
  • Voice control
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • All current streaming services
  • Samsung Smart Things
  • Twin Tuner
  • PVR & Time Shift

Great picture quality and all-round ambitions - but at a not negligible price

The 8K entry-level model from Samsung offers excellent picture quality in both bright and dark environments; due to the high brightness and outstanding reflection handling, the performance in bright environments is particularly impressive! HDR content is impressively displayed and also highlights are shown razor sharp and with vivid colours. Unfortunately, Samsung has decided to skip Dolby Vision, which would really make a significant difference on the Q800T.

The Q800T compensates for the usual weakness of VA panels, that the viewing angle is quite limited, with an additional display layer, which considerably improves the viewing angle. The motion handling is also impressive and the gaming performance is simply stunning. With the HDMI 2.1 interface, VRR and ALLM, which is purely obligatory in this price class, it has everything you need for gaming – in addition to the very low input lag.

Nevertheless, not everything is superb about the Samsung QLED. Due to the Dirty Screen effect, areas which should have the same color are not displayed in the same color and also the sound system is a real disappointment.

All in all, the Q800T is an excellent TV for almost any kind of content, but the ability to display 8K content makes it more expensive than most high-end 4K models with comparable picture quality. At the moment, the higher resolution is not really worth it, as there’s hardly any 8K content to be found – but maybe that will change with the upcoming consoles.

Excellent TVs for practically all types of content
PROS
  • Picture quality in dark and bright rooms
  • HDR performance
  • Viewing angle
  • Gaming Performance
CONS
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Sound

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Alternatives to the Samsung Q800T QLED

Samsung Q90T QLED
4K Flagship vs 8K Budget Model

Except for the fact that the Q800T is an 8K TV, it is incredibly similar to the Q90T. Even the design of the two TVs is almost identical. However, the 4K QLED scores a little bit better in direct comparison. Due to its higher contrast ratio of 10500:1, its picture quality is slightly better in dark environments, even though it only has 96 dimming zones instead of 480. The Q90T also performs a little bit better in brighter surroundings, which is due to its somewhat more advanced reflection handling and the higher average brightness of ~1100 Nits. Due to the wider color gamut, it displays HDR content in more vivid colors – even though the Q800T’s color gamut is comparatively large. These differences may sound enormous in this comparison, but as our comparison chart also shows, they are not so serious under real conditions. In the end, the picture quality is very similar, even if the Q90T is slightly ahead. The two TVs are pretty much the same in terms of motion handling and input lag, which can also be said of the gaming performance. Beside AMD FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, Nvidia G-Sync is supported as a Variable Refresh Rate, which the Q90T does not support.

Of course, the Q800T has the advantage of the 8K resolution. But since there is hardly any content available at the moment, this is not that important.

Samsung 65Q90T

LG SM9970 8K
QLED or NanoCell?

The SM9970 is also a television with 8K resolution. However, LG’s NanoCell TV uses an IPS panel instead of the VA panel of the Q800T. Naturally, the picture quality in dark environments is not really convincing with IPS panels – the SM9970 is no exception. Its black is not deep and the contrast ratio is only 2600:1, despite full array local dimming.
Even in bright surroundings, which is the strength of IPS panels, the NanoCell TV can not really outperform the Q800T. Due to the higher brightness of the QLED and the similarly good reflection handling, the picture quality in bright surroundings is equally convincing. In addition, the higher peak brightness also means that HDR content can be displayed better, whereby the wider color gamut ensures more vivid and natural colors.

Thanks to the Ultra Viewing Angle layer, the Q800T has an even wider viewing angle than the SM9970, which is actually a paradigm of IPS technology. Motion handling and gaming performance are almost identical, but the QLED supports FreeSync as a variable refresh rate.

Both TVs are affected by the dirty screen effect, which is not as noticeable on the LG SM9970.

So you can see that the Q800T is clearly the better 8K TV and the SM9970 can hold its own in only a few disciplines.

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LG 75SM9900

LG CX OLED
4K OLED

The LG CX OLED is the better TV for most content, even though it cannot provide 8K resolution. Due to the OLED construction it produces perfect blacks and a theoretically infinite contrast ratio. Therefore, its picture quality in dark environments is much better than that of the QLED. On the other hand, the Q800T can produce a more appealing image in bright environments due to its higher brightness and equally good reflection handling. In addition, the conventional LED TV does not need the possibly annoying Automatic Brightness Limiter, which is needed to protect the organic diodes from burn-in. HDR content is displayed in a similarly outstanding manner on both devices, but the CX can further optimize a lot of HDR content through Dolby Vision IQ, which Samsung saved on the Q800T.

However, the OLED is more convincing in terms of motion handling, as OLEDs have an almost instantaneous response time. In terms of gaming performance, however, the two TVs are on the same level with ALLM, VRR and HDMI 2.1.

LG OLED65CX9LA

Data sheets Samsung Q800T QLED

Samsung 65Q800T technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal65 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1447.9 x 830.9 x 25.2 mm
Weight without stand24 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1447.9 x 921.1 x 285.3 mm
Weight with stand31 kg
Footprint (WxD)340.0 x 285.3 mm
VESA Norm400x300 mm
Removable stand
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
Contrast ratio9200 :1
Color space coverage83 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness1000 Nits
Maximum brightness1400 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones480
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 2 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRFreeSync
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)408 W
Energy consumption per year (kWh)566 kWh
Energy efficiency classC
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 5.5
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
Audio Channels4.2.2
Power (W)70 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.00
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack0
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
All information without guarantee.

Samsung 75Q800T technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal75 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1672.5 x 958.0 x 25.4 mm
Weight without stand34,3 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1672.5 x 1054.3 x 317.5 mm
Weight with stand43.8 kg
Footprint (WxD)390.0 x 317.5 mm
VESA Norm400x400 mm
Removable stand
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
Contrast ratio9200 :1
Color space coverage83 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness1000 Nits
Maximum brightness1400 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones480
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 2 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRFreeSync
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)404 W
Energy consumption per year (kWh)560 kWh
Energy efficiency classD
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 5.5
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-pictureJA
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
Audio Channels4.2.2
Power (W)70 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.00
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack0
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
All information without guarantee.

Samsung 82Q800T technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal82 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1830.2 x 1049.5 x 25.7 mm
Weight without stand41.5 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1830.2 x 1144.0 x 365.1 mm
Weight with stand54.2 kg
Footprint (WxD)430.0 x 365.1 mm
VESA Norm600x400 mm
Removable stand
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution7680 x 4320 pixels Ultra HD 2 (UHD-2) / 8K / 4320p
Contrast ratio9200 :1
Color space coverage83 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness1000 Nits
Maximum brightness1400 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming Zones480
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 2 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRRFreeSync
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)481 W
Energy consumption per year (kWh)667 kWh
Energy efficiency classC
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 5.5
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
Audio Channels4.2.2
Power (W)70 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.00
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack0
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
All information without guarantee.

Frequently asked questions about Samsung Q800T QLED

The Samsung QN65Q800TAFXZA has one HDMI 2.1 input and 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs, an HDMI eARC, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a digital optical TOSLINK output and a Twin Tuner.
The Samsung Q800T QLED is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
  • 65 Inch: 1447.9 x 830.9 x 25.2 mm
  • 75 Inch: 1672.5 x 958.0 x 25.4 mm
  • 82 Inch: 1830.2 x 1049.5 x 25.7 mm
The Samsung Q800T QLED is compatible with the following wall mounts:
  • 65 Inch: 400x300 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 75 Inch: 400x400 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 82 Inch: 600x400 mm
    Flat Pivotable
The Samsung Q800T QLED costs as follows:
* All prices are in USD incl. VAT, if necessary plus shipping. Interim changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs are possible. Last update 2020-09-26 12:49:16