The shock that Samsung deviates from the usual VAVertical Alignment, type of LCD Panel 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. BloomingAdding a brighter area around bright objects on a dark background 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 HDRHigh Dynamic Range – image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) 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 HDR10HDR10 Media Profile – HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace+ as the dynamic HDR format this year; Dolby VisionDynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits 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.