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Samsung Q80A QLED – Just as good as the Neo QLEDs?

Published 06/04/21
Update 08/10/21

The Samsung Q80A QLED is more or less the top of the 2021 QLED series. The next most expensive model in Samsung’s lineup is the QN85A Neo QLED, which, unlike the Q80A, is equipped with a mini LED backlight.

Otherwise, the two models have a lot in common, since both have an ADS panel with quite similar properties. This is at least true for the 55, 65 and 75 inch variants. The 50 & 85 inch variants use a VA panel, whereby it is still unclear whether the 85 inch variant will appear in Europe.

Therefore, the question arises whether you should really buy a more expensive NEO QLED or whether the Q80A could be a cheaper alternative.

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Minimalist design with a risk of confusion

The Samsung Q80A QLED has a slim, quite minimalistic design, but it looks pretty high-end. It has a very narrow, plastic frame that does not distract from the image, so you get an immersive TV experience.

When using the center stand, the Q80A stands slightly wobbly, but it can be placed on smaller TV furniture – which is usually normal for center stands. The design of the TV is also convincing on the wall, even if it protrudes a bit due to the not so small device depth.

When wall-mounted, you’ll be pleased to find that the interfaces are aligned towards the right side of the screen and there are recesses in the back that allow for neat cable routing.

Furthermore, the cables can be bundled through the stand – so nothing stands in the way of clean cable management.

In short: The design is confusingly similar to that of the 2020 Q80T.

verarbeitung Samsung Q80A QLED
Design
  • Minimalist design
  • Narrow frame
  • Average device depth
  • Elegant stand
  • Slightly wobbly stand
  • Neat cable management

Samsung Q80A - Can the ADS panel keep up with VA variants?

The shock that Samsung deviates from the usual VA panel in its QLED models was not quite as big after the QN85A Neo QLED. However, this step is not quite comprehensible. It uses a 10-bit (8bit + FRC) panel with a contrast of around 1600:1 and a not very deep black, which can look a bit grayish in some circumstances.

Its contrast ratio is improved by the Full Array Local Dimming feature, but this has been anything but well implemented. Blooming around bright objects can therefore not be avoided and it is also too slow, so fast movements do not show up well.

In this area, the difference to Samsung’s Mini LED series is clearly visible, which has a considerably better local dimming – but that’s not too hard either. The 2020 Q80T also does better here than its successor.

With a peak brightness of around 960Nits, the Q80A QLED gets quite bright, so bright highlights in HDR content can be displayed well. However, the ADS panel does not handle HDR content very well, which is again due to the low contrast. Nevertheless, the colors appear extremely vivid, which is due to the very large color space.

One advantage of the ADS panel is the wide viewing angle, which allows the Q80A to present a decent picture even at oblique viewing angles. Its reflection handling is good enough for most rooms, but reflections and glare cannot be avoided in sunlit rooms, since it does not have an anti-reflective coating, unlike the Q80T.

Samsung also relies on HDR10+ as the dynamic HDR format this year; Dolby Vision is still not available from Samsung.

The 50 and 85 inch variants of the Samsung Q80A most likely use a VA panel with considerably higher contrast and a deep and even black, which makes their picture quality clearly superior. In return, the viewing angle is quite limited.

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Picture Quality
  • 10 (8 + FRC) bit ADS panel
  • Contrast Ratio 1600:1
  • Poor black levels
  • Full Array local Dimming
  • Blooming
  • Peak Brightness ~960Nits
  • Viewing Angle
  • Wide color gamut
  • Reflection Handling
  • No Dolby Vision

Clear movements with little motion blur

The Q80A can display movements really well. Its 120Hz panel has a response time of about 4ms, which means very little motion blur is noticeable during very fast movements. Motion blur can be reduced even further with the Black Frame Insertion feature, but this setting reduces the average brightness, which will make this mode attractive to fewer users.

Slight stutter can occur with low frame rate content, which is due to the low response time. However, these jerks can be reliably eliminated by the motion interpolation feature.

The background illumination flickers with a frequency of 960Hz, which is so fast that it is perceived as continuous illumination by the eye. Thus, even sensitive users should not have any problems with the Q80A in this regard. Judder can be eliminated from all sources.

motionhandling Samsung Q80A QLED
Motion Handling
  • 120Hz Panel
  • Response Time <4 ms
  • Reduction of motion blur
  • 960 Hz backlight frequency
  • Judder can be removed
  • 50 inch: Only 60Hz panel!

Q80A QLED - Almost everything gamers could wish for

In terms of gaming features, the Q80A can hold a candle to even the high-end models. Input lag is impressively low at under 10ms at [email protected] with HDR, so gaming on the Q80A feels incredibly responsive.

With the HMDI 2.1 interface, it has some features that make it really interesting for next gen gaming. As such, it supports 4K with a refresh rate of 120Hz and an input lag of around 5ms.

To keep the input lag as low as possible, it has an Auto Low Latency Mode, which automatically detects a switched-on console and switches the TV to gaming mode. The TV also supports a Variable Refresh Rate via FreeSync or HDMI Forum VRR, so screen tearing is a thing of the past.

For multiplayer gaming, the Samsung Q80A QLED is also extremely well-suited, as the ADS panel has a wide viewing angle and therefore no gamer has a disadvantage of fading colors when he or she looks at the display at an angle.

gaming Samsung Q80A QLED
Gaming
  • Input lag <10 ms
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • VRR via FreeSync / HDMI Forum's VRR
  • Viewing Angle

Good sound with great features!

The integrated 2.2.2 channel sound system has an output power of 60W (RMS). The sound profile is quite well balanced, especially in the treble- and mid-ranges, allowing dialogs to be reproduced clearly.

Surprisingly, the basses are good for this price range. However, you should also keep in mind that a flat-screen TV doesn’t have the necessary volume to produce deep basses. Therefore, most TVs can’t really compete with good sound systems and soundbars with external subwoofers.

If you want to expand your home theater system with an AV receiver or soundbar, you can create a really enveloping and immersive sound, as the Q80A supports uncompressed Dolby Atmos via Dolby TrueHD through the HDMI eARC – but you have to do without DTS.

sound Samsung Q80A QLED
Sound
  • 2.2.2 channels with 60W (RMS)
  • Good sound profile
  • Lack of deep bass
  • HDMI eARC
  • Dolby Atmos via Dolby TrueHD
  • No DTS

Samsung Q80A QLED - even smarter with new Tizen OS!

With the new iteration of the Tizen operating system, Samsung TVs are even more intuitive to use and navigation has become even smoother. It includes many features and the selection of apps is huge, so you do not have to miss any popular streaming services.

Unfortunately, it is not completely free of ads, but that is normal nowadays – even for other manufacturers.

The excellently designed remote control has also become smarter. It is no longer necessary to replace batteries, since the remote is equipped with a solar cell that charges the integrated batteries – but if there is no light available to charge the remote, it can also be charged via the USB C interface.

Those who find the Smart Remote too cumbersome can also use one of the three voice assistants Amazon Alexa, Samsung Bixby or Google Assistant. But beware, the Samsung Q80A requires a third-party device to use Google Assistant, while the other voice assistants are already integrated.

Apple users will be pleased to note that the Samsung Q80A supports Airplay 2, so exchanging data to Apple devices is dead simple and fast.

Through Samsung Smart Things, the QLED becomes a control center of a smart home. Other applications that are compatible can then be controlled from the TV via remote control.

The Samsung Q80A QLED also has a built-in twin tuner, which allows it to use the USB recording function and the Time Shift function.

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Smart TV
  • Intuitive Tizen 6.0 OS
  • All current streaming services
  • Voice assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Samsung Smart Things
  • Twin Tuner
  • PVR & Time Shift
  • Ads

Good gaming performance and good in bright rooms - unfortunately not so much in dark rooms.

On the whole, the Samsung Q80A is a good mid-range TV, but it also has some weaknesses. Thanks to the ADS panel, it has a good performance in bright surroundings and a wide viewing angle.

However, this is unfortunately at the expense of the contrast and the less deep black level despite full array local dimming – its predecessor, the Samsung Q80T, did much better here.

This makes it less convincing in a dark home theater environment than competitors with a VA or OLED panel. However, it has extremely convincing gaming features and an HDMI 2.1 interface that enables all the functions of the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 – including [email protected], VRR and ALLM.

However, it lacks Dolby Vision, which is a real downer for a TV in this price range.

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PROS
  • Performance bright surroundings
  • Viewing angle
  • Gaming features
CONS
  • No Dolby Vision
  • Low contrast ratio
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Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
58%
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Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
64%
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SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
61%
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HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
57%
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Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
68%
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Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
95%
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65%
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Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
80%
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Data sheets Samsung Q80A QLED

Samsung 50Q80A technical specifications

Samsung Q80A QLED
Dimensions
Screen diagonal50 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1114.2 x 644.6 x 53.9 mm
Weight without stand13.7 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1114.2 x 723.0 x 239.8 mm
Weight with stand18.1 kg
Footprint (WxD)510.0 x 239.8 mm
VESA Norm200 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio7000 :1
Color space coverage77 %
REC 202064 %
Average brightness850 Nits
Maximum brightness960 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRR
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby VisionN/A
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 6.0
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 Channels2.2
Power (W)40 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
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Samsung 55Q80A technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal55 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1227.6 x 706.7 x 54.7 mm
Weight without stand17.9 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1227.6 x 783.4 x 255.8 mm
Weight with stand21.0 kg
Footprint (WxD)390.0 x 255.8 mm
VESA Norm200 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeADS Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio1600 :1
Color space coverage77 %
REC 202064 %
Average brightness850 Nits
Maximum brightness960 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRR
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby VisionN/A
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 6.0
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 Channels2.2.2
Power (W)60 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
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Samsung 65Q80A technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal65 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1446.5 x 829.8 x 54.7 mm
Weight without stand24.1 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1446.5 x 905.7 x 289.1 mm
Weight with stand27.8 kg
Footprint (WxD)390.0 x 289.1 mm
VESA Norm400 x 300 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeADS Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio1600 :1
Color space coverage77 %
REC 202064 %
Average brightness850 Nits
Maximum brightness960 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRR
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby VisionN/A
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 6.0
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 Channels2.2.2
Power (W)60 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
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Samsung 75Q80A technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal75 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1670,6 x 958,7 x 54,7 mm
Weight without stand34,4 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1670,6 x 1036,2 x 316,8 mm
Weight with stand40,3 kg
Footprint (WxD)420,0 x 316,8 mm
VESA Norm400 x 400 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeADS Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio1600 :1
Color space coverage77 %
REC 202064 %
Average brightness850 Nits
Maximum brightness960 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRR
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby VisionN/A
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 6.0
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 Channels2.2.2
Power (W)60 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
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Samsung 85Q80A technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal85 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1892.8 x 1083.2 x 54.9 mm
Weight without stand43.3 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1892.8 x 1163.1 x 338.8 mm
Weight with stand50.1 kg
Footprint (WxD)420.0 x 338.8 mm
VESA Norm600 x 400 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeVA Panel
Panel ManufacturerSamsung
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratio7000 :1
Color space coverage77 %
REC 202064 %
Average brightness850 Nits
Maximum brightness960 Nits
BacklightingDirect LED
Local dimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Dimming ZonesN/A
CurvedN/A
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 4 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency120 Hz
VRR
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+
Dolby VisionN/A
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemTizen 6.0
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)60 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.11
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna3
Ci+ 1.41
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Frequently asked questions about Samsung Q80A QLED

The Samsung QN55Q80AAFXZA 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. and just a Single Tuner.
The Samsung Q80A QLED is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
  • 50 Inch: 1114.2 x 644.6 x 53.9 mm
  • 55 Inch: 1227.6 x 706.7 x 54.7 mm
  • 65 Inch: 1446.5 x 829.8 x 54.7 mm
  • 75 Inch: 1670,6 x 958,7 x 54,7 mm
  • 85 Inch: 1892.8 x 1083.2 x 54.9 mm
The Samsung Q80A QLED is compatible with the following wall mounts:
  • 50 Inch: 200 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 55 Inch: 200 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 65 Inch: 400 x 300 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 75 Inch: 400 x 400 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 85 Inch: 600 x 400 mm
    Flat Pivotable
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