Sony X85J vs Samsung Q70A TV comparison 2021/10

The Sony X85J and the Samsung Q70A are very similar TVs at first glance, but they have different strengths on closer inspection. You can find out where these strengths and weaknesses lie in this VS article. It’s Sony X85J vs Samsung Q70A!

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Sony X85J and Samsung Q70A compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
47%
Sony X85J 55"
49%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
39%
Sony X85J 55"
39%
Samsung Q70A 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
76%
Sony X85J 55"
76%
Samsung Q70A 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
65%
Sony X85J 55"
64%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
77%
Sony X85J 55"
72%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
83%
Sony X85J 55"
94%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
66%
Sony X85J 55"
62%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
78%
Sony X85J 55"
80%
Samsung Q70A 55"
Sony X85J 55"
Samsung Q70A 55"
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Sony X85J 2021

Mid-range TV with natural image processing

Direct LED
Direct LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
Sony is known for their natural image processing and the X85J can also shine here. In addition, the VA panel provides good contrast, which really makes movies and series stand out. The TV does not yet have VRR and ALLM, but an update has been promised. However, the Playstation 5 can still be fully exploited, since the PS5 does not yet have VRR.
43" (108cm)
KD-43X85J
50" (125,7cm)
KD-50X85J
55" (138,8cm)
KD-55X85J
65" (163,9cm)
KD-65X85J
75" (189,3cm)
KD-75X85J
85" (214cm)
KD-85X85J

Samsung Q70A 2021

Mid-priced TV that shines with gaming features

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
The Samsung Q70A wants to convince with its gaming features. It has HDMI 2.1, VRR and ALLM. So if you are looking for a gaming TV, you should take a closer look! Due to the VA panel, it also has a high contrast, which makes not only games, but also movies and series look good.
55" (138cm)
QN55Q70AAFXZA
65" (163cm)
QN65Q70AAFXZA
75" (189cm)
QN75Q70AAFXZA
85" (214cm)
QN85Q70AAFXZA

Detailed comparison: Sony X85J or Samsung Q70A

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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Average brightness

Both TVs score relatively similarly in terms of reflection behavior. They do well against common lighting conditions, but reflections can be visible on very sunny days. However, there should not be any real problems here and the curtain was invented in case the reflections become too strong after all.

47%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
6300 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
Video technologies
49%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

Common for VA panels

The fact that both TVs use a VA panel also means that the viewing angle, at which the picture quality remains stable, is only very narrow. Thus, both are unsuitable if you regularly want to watch the TV with several people, such as at sporting events, but it could also be noticeable during gaming evenings with several people.

39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
narrow
VA Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
narrow
VA Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison

Sony X85J vs Samsung Q70A: equally high contrast

Although both have narrow viewing angles, they have a high contrast ratio in return. The differences are only marginal in contrast, brightness, and color space coverage, and there is no visible difference in SDR content.

76%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
6300 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
Energy consumption SDR
102 kWh / 1.000 Hours
76%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
Energy consumption SDR
77 kWh / 1.000 Hours
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison

Dolby Vision vs HDR10+

Both also perform very similarly in the HDR image comparison. The biggest difference is in the supported HDR formats — the X85J supports Dolby Vision but not HDR10+, and with the Q70A it is the exactl opposite.

65%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
6300 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
DCI-P3
81%
REC 2020
61%
Energy consumption HDR
154 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
64%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
REC 2020
59%
Energy consumption HDR
150 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series Comparison

Sony's strength

In the Movies & Series category, it becomes apparent that the X85J has the better image processing. Although the picture quality of SDR and HDR content is not very different, Sony’s picture processing makes the difference. If you want a natural picture, you are better off with the X85J.

77%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
72%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison

Clear winner

When it comes to gaming features, one is clearly ahead: the Samsung Q70A. It has a variable refresh rate and an ALLM is also available. If you are looking for a gaming TV for the PlayStation 5, you cannot go wrong with the X85J. It doesn’t have VRR, but this was promised via a later update and the PS5 itself doesn’t have this feature yet. The X85J does not have an ALLM, but it does have an Auto Picture Mode, which is the equivalent of the ALLM, but only for the PS5.

83%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 15ms
ca. 6ms
94%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
1x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 11ms
ca. 6ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison

Sony X85J vs Samsung Q70A

Both TVs have a 120Hz panel and a low response time, which makes them equally suitable for watching sports shows. However, the X85J once again has the edge here due to the better and more natural image processing. This is especially noticeable in sports like ice hockey, where the picture is filled with one color over a large area, because then you might also notice the better handling of color gradients.

66%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4ms
62%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
Equipment Icon
Equipment Comparison

Different, but equally good

Since both TVs come from different manufacturers, the operating system is also different. However, both offer a smooth and intuitive navigation between the apps, and the app selection itself is huge. The biggest difference apart from the operating system is the HDMI 2.1 ports – the X85J has two, the Q70A only one.

78%
Operating System
Google TV
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
USB 2.0
2
USB 3.0
1
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
80%
Operating System
Tizen 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
3
HDMI 2.1
1
USB 2.0
2
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
kompatibel
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
Natural vs colorful picture

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The two TVs are really very similar. That means, which one is really better is often a matter of taste.

Even in terms of gaming, the differences are small. The variable refresh rate will still come with the Sony X85J. In the meantime, you can also say that with more certainty, since the XH90 from last year now already has the beta update for VRR and since Sony has also confirmed on request that the X85J will also get more features for Playstation 5, such as “Auto HDR Tone Mapping”, in addition to the Bravia XR models, starting with the X90J.

On the other hand, the Q70A doesn’t have Dolby Vision, which you would have with the Xbox Series X, for example, but you have to be fair enough to say that the HDR performance of both TVs is limited anyway. 

The differences in color space coverage or contrast will hardly be noticed by anyone without a direct comparison. This means that you should ultimately decide whether you prefer a natural or a bright, colorful picture.

Sony X85J 2021
67%
Sony X85J
More about the Sony X85J
  • 120Hz VA Panel
  • Contrast Ratio 6300:1
  • Wide color gamut
  • HDMI 2.1 with [email protected]
  • Android 10.0
  • No VRR & ALLM yet
  • Viewing angle
43" (108cm)
KD-43X85J
50" (125,7cm)
KD-50X85J
55" (138,8cm)
KD-55X85J
65" (163,9cm)
KD-65X85J
75" (189,3cm)
KD-75X85J
85" (214cm)
KD-85X85J
Samsung Q70A 2021
67%
Samsung Q70A
More about the Samsung Q70A QLED
  • 120 Hz VA-Panel
  • Deep Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: 7400:1
  • FreeSync VRR
  • HDR10+
  • Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Viewing Angle
  • No DTS
  • No Local Dimming
  • No Dolby Vision
55" (138cm)
QN55Q70AAFXZA
65" (163cm)
QN65Q70AAFXZA
75" (189cm)
QN75Q70AAFXZA
85" (214cm)
QN85Q70AAFXZA
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