Samsung TVs 2020 lineup compared

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Samsung is probably the best known and largest TV manufacturer. The Korean company uses almost exclusively VA-LCD panels for its TVs. Thus, all TVs have a good black levels and high contrast. With QLEDs, the Quantum Dot layer is added.

The 2020 Samsung televisions are richly equipped with Dolby Digital, Amazon Alexa and HDR10+. Unfortunately, you have to do without DTS sound formats, Google Assistant and Dolby Vision.

Samsung Crystal UHD TV 2020 lineup

The Samsung Crystal UHD TVs represent the lower entry segment of the manufacturer’s 2020 lineup. They are suitable as allrounders for the living room, even if they lack some features compared to the QLED series.

Samsung TU7000 (2020)

The “Crystal UHD TV” TU7000 represents the low-cost entry level model of the Samsung 2020 lineup. With its VA panel, it has a relatively high contrast, but the picture from the side appears a bit washed out. Unfortunately, the TU7000 doesn’t offer a wide color gamut and rather low brightness, which makes it more suitable for darker room environments, such as movie nights. The TU7000 has a refresh rate of only 60 Hz, but the motion handling is altogether satisfactory for its price class: The response time is low at around 5 ms, so fast moving objects hardly leave behind a veil. In addition, the backlight flickers at 600 Hz, which the human eye can hardly perceive. In gaming, it offers advantages and disadvantages: Firstly, the input lag is very low, which is still supported by the existing Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and the TV has an analog video input. But HDR gaming doesn’t work perfectly, as the input lag increases here. And also an HDMI 2.1 connection and therefore a VRR is unfortunately missing.

In terms of sound, the device clearly lacks bass. Dolby Atmos is present, but DTS and Dolby Digital are not. Furthermore, there is no Twin Tuner and thus no functions like TimeShift and PVR.

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Samsung TU7000 pro/cons

  • Deep, uniform Black
  • Contrast ratio: 5100:1
  • Short Response Time: <6 ms
  • ALLM
  • Low Input Lag: <11 ms
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 60 Hz panel
  • No wide Color Gamut
  • Maximum brightness ~270 Nits
  • Viewing Angle
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • Cannot remove judder
  • No Twin Tuner

Samsung TU8000 (2020)

The next higher model in Samsung’s 2020 lineup is the TU8000, which is almost identical to the TU7000. Both the design and the performance are close together. The TU8000 has a slightly better contrast with 6400:1 and gets a bit brighter with 300 nits. Its response time is ~5 ms, which results in less motion blur. The input lag at 4K 60Hz SDR gaming is almost identical, only at 4K 60Hz HDR the TU7000 performs considerably better. But since HDR content is not really different from SDR on both devices, this difference is not very important. The included remote control of the TU8000 is the One Remote, which is a bit more comfortable than Samsung’s standard remote. It is also used for the more expensive QLEDs. In addition, Samsung TU8000 offers a Twin Tuner and thus functions such as TimeShift and PVR.

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... compared to Samsung TU7000

  • Contrast ratio: 6400:1
  • Peak brightness: ~300 Nits
  • Kürzere Response Time: ~5 ms
  • Better remote control
  • Twin Tuner
  • HDR Input Lag

Samsung QLED 2020 lineup

The QLED TVs from Samsung have the so-called Quantum Dot layer and are all named with the letter Q. They represent the manufacturer’s mid-range segment and reach from the Q60T to the Q90T.

Samsung QLED Q60T (2020)

The Samsung Q60T may be the cheapest model in the QLED range from 2020, but it is superior to the UHD devices. It has an Edge LED backlight. The black level of the Samsung QLEDs is very good. So, unlike the lower UHD TVs, it is also suitable in bright rooms. As the first TV from the Samsung 2020 lineup, the Q60T offers a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, the response time of around 8ms is slightly longer than the TU8509. The contrast is a bit higher at 7000:1, as is the maximum brightness with 500 nits. In terms of gaming, it unfortunately doesn’t offer more than the TU series.

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  • Contrast ratio: 7000:1
  • Wide Color Gamut
  • Black level
  • Response Time: ~8ms

Samsung QLED Q70T (2020)

The Q70T is to be placed directly above the Q60T. In comparison to the latter, it has a refresh rate of 120 Hz as well as a slightly higher contrast, a higher peak brightness and a slightly shorter response time. Moreover, judder can’t be found in any resource. The Q70T is also better suited for gaming: Thanks to VRR via FreeSync and an HDMI 2.1 connection, nothing stands in the way of smooth gaming – even with the new console generation.

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... compared to Samsung QLED Q60T

  • Contrast ratio: 7140:1
  • Peak brightness ~500 Nits
  • FreeSync VRR & HDMI Forum VRR
  • 120 Hz VA-Panel
  • HDR10+
  • HDMI 2.1
  • No judder

Samsung QLED Q80T (2020)

The viewing angle and also the reflection handling of the Q80T are significantly better than that of its less expensive sister models: Samsung has used the Ultra Viewing Angle layer to compensate for the blurred image of the VA panel from the side. Unfortunately, contrast and brightness suffer a bit from this. The rates are still relatively high, but the contrast ratio is clearly below the one of the the Q70T, while the peak brightness is higher.

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  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • Contrast ratio: 4220:1
  • Peak brightness: ~700 Nits
  • Viewing angle
  • Reflection handling
  • Shorter Response Time <3 ms

Samsung Q90T QLED (2020)

The Q90T is the highest ranking QLED from Samsung’s 2020 lineup. The Ultra Viewing Angle coating is also used here. Thanks to Full Array Local Dimming and 96 dimming zones, it achieves an excellent contrast ratio of 10500:1, and the peak brightness of around 1150 nits is also significantly higher than the Q80T.

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  • Better Full Array Local Dimming (96 Dimming Zones)
  • Contrast: 10500:1
  • Peak brightness: ~1400 Nits

Samsung Q800T (2020)

The Q800T is the most affordable of two 8K models from Samsung’s QLED series. Except for the higher resolution and a more powerful processor, it is very similar to the Q90T in terms of performance. However, the Q90T can get a little brighter, which the Q800T compensates with a better full array local dimming with 480 zones.

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... compared to Samsung Q90T QLED

  • 8K resolution
  • 480 Dimming Zones
  • Quantum Processor 8K

Samsung Lifestyle TVs 2020 lineup

Samsung’s lifestyle TVs are characterised by their special look and are supposed to function as design elements in the room.

Samsung The Frame 2020 (2020)

“The Frame” and its sales variant “The Serif” represent the lifestyle models from Samsung, whose focus is on additional design features. They do not belong to the QLED series, but can be compared with it. Overall, The Frame and Q70T perform relatively similar. Like the Q70T, The Frame also doesn’t have local dimming. The maximum brightness and contrast are somewhat better than on the Q70T. The Q70T’s response time is also slightly worse and it produces judder. It’s a pity that The Frame also lacks a layer to improve the viewing angle. This is only reserved for the better QLED models. Unfortunately The Frame also doesn’t have a twin tuner and therefore doesn’t allow PVR and TimeShift.

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... compared to Samsung QLED Q70T

  • Basically similar to the Q70T
  • contrast: 8130:1
  • Peak brightness: ~570 Nits
  • Response time: ~4 ms
  • No Judder
  • No Twin Tuner

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More about TV manufacturer Samsung

Samsung is on of the market leader among TV manufacturers and was for example the first to release a complete 3D lineup in 2010. The South Korean company relies on key features, such as the Quantum Dot technology (QLED) developed specifically for the display sector and the Quantum Processor 8K in combination with artificial intelligence (AI). Another characteristic feature of Samsung is the almost exclusively installed VA panel. The company advertises its “Anti-Glare” development on the QLED models, which is supposed to produce a strong brightness and high contrast. Another keyword is “Dual-LED“, Samsung’s patented backlight technology, which uses two different types of LEDs with different color temperatures to provide high native contrast. Only the high-end models also feature full array local dimming.

In the area of sound, the manufacturer is focusing on three special features: Object Tracking Sound (OTS), Active Voice Amplifier (AVA), an adjustment of the sound to the respective ambient noise and Q-Symphony, which is used to expand the audio range of the internal speakers with a soundbar.

Unfortunately, the Dolby Vision and DTS formats are not available on Samsung TVs. The fact that the DTS audio format isn’t supported by the TV isn’t that bad, as it’s easy to find a solution to solve the problem. But the fact that the high-end models in particular don’t support Dolby Vision is really annoying, as Dolby Vision will almost certainly prevail among the dynamic HDR formats and the better Samsung TVs would actually have the necessary test values to display Dolby Vision content effectively.

In the Smart TV category, the key features are the Tizen OS software and the Smart Remote control. Since 2019 the models also bring Apple TV and AirPlay 2 with them.

In general, Samsung represents a minimalist design in which the lifestyle models “The Frame”, “The Serif” and “The Sero” stand out. The new Samsung models feature an Infinity Screen with a 99 percent screen to body ratio.

For your orientation: Samsung’s model designations consist of letters and numbers. The letters used stand for the year of release (from K=2016 to T=2020), while the number says something about the quality of the TV model. Roughly speaking, the higher it is, the better the TV. The letter Q indicates that this is a QLED model.

QLED refers to TVs or monitors that use an LCD panel and have a Quantum-Dot layer in front of the LED backlight. This Quantum-Dot layer enables greater color space coverage and color accuracy through more precise basic colors. There are similar technologies from other manufacturers, which are then called either QLED (TCL), NanoCell (LG) or Triluminos (Sony).

The so-called Quantum Dot layer of Samsung’s QLED models is added to the various layers of the LCD panel. It ensures that the light of the (possibly different colored) backlight is split into the monochromatic wavelengths of either red, green or blue. The color depends on the size of the quantum dot. With this technique, higher brightness and a larger color space coverage can be achieved.

Dual LED is the name of a new backlighting technology and as a result is a Samsung word mark. Two types of LEDs are used here. They produce different color temperatures: about 5,000 Kelvin for warm light and about 20,000 Kelvin for rather cold light. They change between these depending on the content of the picture. Samsung expects this to result in a higher contrast value and better color accuracy. This technology can be found in the mid-range QLEDS Q60T and Q70T, the TU8509 and the lifestyle model The Frame.

Micro LED is a development of self-luminous LEDs, which form the individual pixels of the display. It has not yet been used in any marketable Samsung TV, but is constantly being developed further. It is reminiscent of OLED technology, but is supposed to work without its disadvantages. Inorganic LEDs are used for this purpose, which can be much brighter than OLEDs but, unlike OLEDs, do not overheat and consume significantly less energy. To achieve this, only red, yellow and blue subpixels are used. The Micro LED technology is supposed to combine perfect black and an almost infinite contrast with good brightness and color accuracy.

QD-OLED combines, as the name suggests, QLED and OLED technology. Unlike LG’s OLEDs, QD-OLEDs do not use an RGB OLED layer that glows white and is then colored by color filters. Instead, only blue OLEDs are used together with a yellow reflective film and quantum dots (QD) to create red and green subpixels. The goal is to combine the natural and saturated colors of a QLED with the advantages of an OLED, such as deep black and very high contrast. The QD-OLED panels from Samsung Display use only two emitting LCD layers for this purpose.

An “8K” resolution describes a resolution of 7680 x 4320p, which in comparison to 4K as UHD, should actually be called UHD-2. It is important to note that such a high resolution of the device is only useful if the content played was produced in this resolution. Otherwise it comes to “upscaling“, i.e. the picture is enlarged so that it fits on the TV. Unfortunately, this can partly even worsen the image quality.

With the Object Tracking Sound (OTS) feature, Samsung is trying to enhance the home cinema feeling. It is designed to track moving objects in the picture and then play the corresponding sound from the appropriate speaker at the right position. For example, on Samsung models with a 4.2.2 sound format, the speakers are located at the bottom, sides and top of the TV. However, object tracking sound is rather difficult on televisions with a screen size of less than 49 inches, as the speakers are too close together to create a really noticeable effect. Unfortunately, this feature also doesn’t work with film material with stereo sound.

Samsung’s Active Voice Amplifier (or “AVA” for short) is designed to provide “clear dialogues in all environments”. This feature allows the TV to recognise the (disturbing) ambient noise and adjust the volume of the voices in the scene accordingly.

In Samsung’s QLEDs, Q-Symphony refers to a 2.2.2 channel sound system designed to expand the audio range of the TV’s internal speakers when connected to a soundbar. This means: If you use a suitable Samsung soundbar, the treble channels of the TV remain active, which then extends the soundbar by 2 treble channels or improves the surround sound sound stage.

FreeSync is the name of the variable refresh rate for LCD displays and for AMD graphics cards. It is used in Samsung televisions and is interesting for gamers. FreeSync helps to avoid screen tearing and judder by synchronizing the signal of the graphics card and the refresh rate of the TV. The advantage of FreeSync is that the refresh rate of the TV is constantly adapted to the performance of the graphics card.

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