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Samsung Q60R vs Samsung Q6FN – Review and Comparison

by on April 17, 2019
 



 

Samsung Q60R or Q60 is the successor of Q6FN or the entry level of Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV lineup. Just like the other models of Samsung QLED TV, quantum dot panel becomes the earmark of both Q60R and Q6FN. This makes color performance is the strong point that offered. But even so, as the entry level of QLED TVs, of course, they lack some advanced features offered by the models above them such as Q7FN, Q70R, QFN and others. In the market, they both come with many screens sizes options that certainly give you discretion to choose according to the size of your room. From the smallest, there are 43 inches (just Q60R or QN43Q60R), 49 inch (QN49Q60R vs QN49Q6FN), 55 inches (QN55Q60R vs QN55Q6FN), 65 inches (QN65Q60R vs QN65Q6FN), 75 inch (QN75Q60R vs QN75Q6FN, and the largest is 82 inch (QN82Q60R vs QN82Q6FN). So, what new technologies and features are offered by Q60R over Q6FN and which is a better choice between them?

Samsung Q60R vs Q6FN Key Specification

Technology and Features Samsung Q60R Samsung Q6FN
Screen Size Available 43 inch (QN43Q50RAFXZA), 49 Inch (QN45Q50RAFXZA), 55 inch (QN55Q50RAFXZA, 65 inch (QN65Q50RAFXZA), 75 inch (QN75Q50RAFXZA), 82 inch (QN82Q50RAFXZA) 49 inch (QN49Q6FNAFXZA), 55 inch (QN55Q6FNAFXZA), 65 inch (QN65Q6FNAFXZA), 75 inch (QN75Q6FNAFXZA), 82 Inch(QN82Q6FNAFXZA)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Edge-Lit backlight Edge-Lit Backlight
Local Dimming Technology No Yes
Dimming Technology Supreme UHD Dimming Supreme UHD Dimming
Processor Quantum Processor 4K Q Engine
HDR Enhancement Quantum HDR 4X Q HDR
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
Depth Enhancing Technology Contrast Enhancer Contrast Enhancer
Up-Scaling Engine UHD Up-Scaling UHD Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Motion Rate 240 (49”,43”: Motion Rate 120) Motion Rate 240 (49”: Motion Rate 120)
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz (49”, 43”: 60 Hz) 120 Hz (49”:60 Hz)
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant Tizen 2018 with Bixby Voice Assistant
Processor Quad Core Quad Core
Support Google Assistant Yes -
Support Amazon Alexa Yes -
Remote TM1950C TM1850A
Speaker Channel 2 2.1
Total Sound Output 20 watts 40 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 2 2
USB 3.0 No No
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

The Main Difference between Samsung Q6FN and Q60R

Image Processor

Quantum Processor 4K

If we see on comparison table above, there are some differences between the Samsung Q6FN and the predecessor Q6FN. One of their major differences is about their image processor where as we see on comparison table above, Q6FN is powered by Q engine while the Q60FR is powered by Quantum Processor 4K.  There are some improvements offered by the newer processor over the old processor. Now, the Quantum Processor 4K has been powered by Samsung’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology that claimed can deliver better picture clarity and color rendering particularly in up-scaling non 4K. Not only that, with Quantum Processor 4K, Q60R claimed can provide better gaming performance. Additionally, the Quantum processor also offer sound technology called Sound AI that can dynamically adjust the audio based on the space where the TV is placed. According to the Samsung, AI Sound will work better for a sound bar with speakers that offer more directionality.

Local Dimming Technology

The other main difference between Samsung Q6FN and Q60R is local dimming technology. Both Q6FN and Q60R may use the same backlight technology that is Edge Lit LED backlight. Additionally, they both also have the same dimming technology called Supreme UHD Dimming, virtual local dimming by Samsung. But for this case, Samsung Q6FN has local dimming technology while Q60R lacks this technology. This will have an impact on black level produced and their ability in handling ‘blooming’. And usually, local dimming technology can boost the native contrast ratio of a TV and do a better job in handling ‘blooming’ than a TV without local dimming.

Audio System

Although Samsung Q60R already comes with Samsung intelligent sound technology called AI Sound, but its Audio System precisely is not as complete as the predecessor Q6FN. If Samsung Q6FN is equipped with 2.1 speaker channels with 40 watts of sound output, Q60R only comes with standard 2.0 speaker channel with 20 watts of total sound output. This means, Q60R lacks built-in sub-woofer if compared to the Q6FN predecessor.  But since Samsung’s AI sound is addressed more for external sound bar, this technology certainly doesn’t have a big impact on the sound quality produced by the Q60R.

Smart TV Platform

Actually, both Samsung Q6FN and Q60R are featuring the same smart TV platform that is Tizen. But for this case, the Q6FN comes with 2018 version while Q60R comes with 2019 version. There is an improvement offered by the newer version over old version.  In the 2019 version, its interface is far smoother and faster than the 2018 version. Additionally, now, in 2019, it already supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Not just that, the 2019 is already integrated with Samsung’s Bixby 2.0 instead of Bixby 1.0 found on the 2019 version. According to Samsung’s claim, Bixby 2.0 is more conversational and responsive than Bixby 1.0.

Remote Control

As the controller, both Samsung Q6FN and Q60R come with Samsung Smart Controller. The difference, Samsung Q60R comes with the TM1950C smart controller or the 2019 model while Q6FN comes with TM1850A or the 2018 model. At a glance, their remote actually looks same. Their remotes are equally small and only have few buttons. But the difference, in the 2019 model, there are three additional dedicated buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu below the ‘Volume’ and ‘Channel’ buttons. This allows you to access them without entering the menu.

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The Superiority of Samsung Q60R

Motion Handling

One of the superiorities of Samsung Q60R over Q6FN is about its performance in handling motion blur. Although in maximizing their performance in handling motion, they both are powered by the same technology (Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel for the 55 inches model or larger and Motion Rate 120 based on 60 Hz native refresh rate pane l for the 49 inches or smaller), but for this case, the Q60R has lower pixel response time than Q6FN. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies, motion looks clearer on the screen of Q60R than Q6FN.On the screen of Q60R, a faint trail following fast moving object looks shorter than Q6FN. But even so, the pixel response time of the Samsung Q6FN actually is already excellent. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where most people may not notice this much. Although Q60R is better, but in general, their performance in handing motion blur is equally excellent. The blur that may be visible on their screen is more caused by backlit flicker.

pixel response time

Meanwhile, the excepting of their pixel response time, their performance is almost the same. To dim their backlight, they both use PWM dimming system with varying frequency, depending on the modes. But in most modes, their backlight flickers at 240 Hz. Their dimming frequency is actually fairly high to make the backlight flicker is almost invisible for most people. Meanwhile, in ‘Movie’ of ‘Game’ mode, their backlight flickers at 120 Hz. Additionally, by setting’ Auto Motion Plus’ to custom or Auto, this will also reduce the flicker frequency at 120 Hz and when ‘LED Clear Motion’ is set to On, this will reduce the dimming frequency to 60 Hz or still at 120 Hz when they are playing 120 fps content. The essence, by reducing flicker frequency, this is very helpful to minimize blur that caused by persistence, but on the other hand, this will makes the backlight flicker is more noticeable. So, if you don’t feel comfortable with persistence blur, you can enable this feature, but otherwise, if you don’t feel comfortable with a flicker, you can disable this feature.

Input Lags

The use of the new Quantum processor 4K makes Samsung Q60R has a bit lower input lags than Q6FN. At 60 Hz, no matter with 4K or 1080p resolution, the input lags of Q6FN is around 15 ms while the input lags of Q60R is even less than 15 ms. Meanwhile, with 1080p or 1440p resolution at 120 Hz, their input lags is even more excellent, lower than 10 ms. But a bit unfortunate, they both don’t support 4K resolution at 120 Hz.  With the input lags offered by them, this certainly makes them both are as great TVs for gaming. The other advantage offered by Q60R over Q6FN, it already supports 1440 Hz at 60 Hz while Q6FN doesn’t support yet.

Smart TV Experience

As we have mentioned above, as their smart TV platform, Samsung Q6FN is featuring the 2018 version of Tizen OS while Q60R is featuring the 2019 version. In term of design and the layout, there are not many differences. But in term of performance, the 2019 version is smoother and more responsive. If in the 2018 version, there are some performance issues like the interface freezes occasionally for a few seconds, lag in animation, and dropped frames, in the 2019 version, these issues can be minimized. This certainly makes navigation in the 2019 version is more comfortable than in 2018 version. The other improvements that offered by the 2019 version, now it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Nevertheless, although the 2018 version doesn’t support Amazon Alexa and Google Home, Samsung have a plan to release a software update that makes the 2018 version also support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Not only that, coming with Samsung’s Bixby 2.0 version, the voice command of Q60R is also more responsive and conversational than Q6FN.

The excepting of we have discussed above, the 2018 and 2019 version are almost the same. They both provided many attractive and useful preinstalled apps YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Web Browser, Games, Live TVs, and many more. Additionally, Tizen OS also has an apps store called Samsung Apps Store that provided tons of apps, contents, games, and others you can directly download from your Samsung TV.

The Superiority of Samsung Q6FN

Contrast and Black Level

High vs Low Contrast

Samsung Q60FN and Q60R actually have almost similar native contrast ratio and their native contrast ratio is excellent. But the advantage of Q60FN, although this is not too significant, its local dimming is able to boost its contrast ratio that certainly makes it is able to produce a bit deeper black level than Q60FR. Additionally, Samsung Q6FN also has much better black uniformity than Q60R. The result, when they are set in a dark room or when showing dark scene, performance of Q6FN is a bit better than Q60R. But even so, most people actually don’t feel a significant impact caused by the superiority of Q6FN over Q60R in producing black. Despite their difference, they both actually are good performer when used in a dark room.  Black produced by them is fairly dark to makes black looks really black in a dark room. Additionally, their black level is also dark enough to reveal details of images in dark scene of HDR images, makes shadow details of HDR images looks excellent like what intended by movie creator.

Brightness Level

There is no brightness level improvement offered by Samsung Q60R over the Q6FN predecessor. Instead of same, peak brightness of Q60FR is even worse than Q6FN. With real SDR content, peak brightness reached by Q6FN is around 500 nits.  Meanwhile, with test pattern, the brightest peak brightness is reached by Q6FN when it is showing very small bright area. But just like other TVs with Local Dimming, its peak brightness is reduced along with the expansion of bright areas. And the lowest black level is reached when it is showing thorough area is bright that is around 550 nits. On the other hand, with real SDR content, the peak brightness reached by the Samsung Q60R is only around 350 nits, much dimmer than Q6FN. With test pattern, since it doesn’t have local dimming, its peak brightness is almost similar at any windows size, which is between 350 – 400 nits.  But when it is showing very small bright area, its peak brightness is reduced to 200 nits by its frame dimming feature. Meanwhile with HDR content, their peak brightness is not boosted significantly or even tends to similar to with SDR content.

Although peak brightness of the Q60R is not as bright as Q6FN, but its peak brightness actually is fairly bright to fight the glare when it is used in most bright room. And combine to its good reflection handling, this certainly makes the picture produced will look remain good when it is used in a bright room.  On the other hand, since its peak brightness is brighter than Q60R, bright room performance of the Samsung Q6FN certainly is also better. Meanwhile, with HDR content, peak brightness of Q60R is still far from what required. So, although it already supports HDR, but you will not get a lot the benefit offered by HDR content over SDR. On the other hand, although peak brightness of Q6FN is still less than 1000 nits like what recommended by movies creator for showing HDR content fully like the intended, but its peak brightness actually is still fairly good for HDR.

Color Reproduction

Although the Samsung Q60R is the successor of Q6FN, but in term of color reproduction, the Samsung Q6FN is still better. It has wider color gamut and better color volume than the Q60FR successor. In DCI P3 color space, the color gamut coverage of Q6FN is around 95 % while Q60R is only around 92%. The result, although they both are able to show colors of HDR images accurately, but in some certain colors, Q6FN can show them more accurate than Q60R. On the other hand, Samsung Q6FN also has better color volume thanQ60R. But even so, this is more due by its wider color gamut than other factors. Despite their difference in color gamut, the Samsung Q60R and Q6FN both can produce most of their color gamut at entire their brightness range. This means, they both can produce deep colors and bright color fairly well. Despite the excellence of Q6FN over Q60R, color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate.

Color Gamut and Color Volume

While color gamut and volume of Q6FN is better than Q60R, their color gradient is almost similar. The both are able to show color gradient of 10 bit content like HDR content fairly smooth without any color banding. Some slight color banding may be still visible in certainly colors, particularly in dark green or dark grey, buts this should not be problem for most people. But even so, if you still feel bothered, some color banding that may visible can be minimized by setting ‘Digital Clean View’ to ‘Auto’. But on the other hand, this will makes the image loss some fine details in certain scenes.

Similar Performance

Side Vieiwng Angle

VA-Panel-vs-IPS-Panel

As is typical of a TV with VA panel, Samsung Q60R and Q6FN both also have poor side viewing angle. This means when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will looks degraded.  Deep black level produced will degrade started at around 15 degrees off center and front. And the wider angle you watch from, black will tend to look grey. Additionally, color of images also will looks washed out started at about 25 degrees off center. This performance certainly is worse than a TV with IPS panel and much worse than OLED TV. Lately, some manufacturers including Samsung has developed a technology that can improve the side viewing angle coverage of VA TVs like ‘X-Wide Angle’ by Sony or ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’, but for a while, this is just for their high-end models.

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Samsung Q60R vs Q6FN Performance

For Watching Movies

Samsung Q6FN is better than Q60R when used for watching movies in a dark room. This is just about it can produce deeper black level than Q60R, but this is more due about its local dimming technology and black uniformity. Although Q6FN can produce deeper black than Q60R, but their difference is not significant, so this should not have significant impact. But with local dimming technology, on its screen, blooming can be better minimized than Q60R, particularly when they are showing highlights in dark scene like movies with subtitle. Additionally, since Q6FN has better black uniformity, when it is showing dark scene, blacks produced looks more evenly in any area. On other hand, on the screen of Q60R, when it is showing dark scene, lack of local dimming makes some clouding are visible in some areas.

Winner: Q6FN

For Watching Sports

Unlike when watching movies where most people prefer in a dark room, when watching sport, most people prefer in a bright room. This means, black level is no longer too crucial. Now, peak brightness and reflection handling is more crucial. Additionally, since most of sports have a lot of fast moving images, motion handling performance of a TV is also very important. And for this case, Samsung Q60R may have a bit better motion handling than Q60R, but its peak brightness is not as bright as Q60FR. On the other hand, the motion handling of Q6FN is already great. Nevertheless, overall, considering all aspects that have a big impact on their performance, Q6FN is still better than Q60R.

Winner: Q6FN

For Gaming

Despite the superiority of Q6FN in picture quality, both Samsung Q60R and Q6FN are great TVs for gaming due their excellent motion handling and input lags.  Additionally, they don’t also have temporary image retention and permanent burn in, so you don’t need to worry even though you play the same game for over long time.  Special for their models above 50 inch, they both support Auto Low Latency and FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) that reduces their input lags significantly, makes them are more responsive for gaming. Keep in mind, at this now, there are not many TVs that already support FreeSync, particularly for the manufacturer outside the Samsung.  Overall, both Samsung Q6FN and Q60R are great TVs for games. In term of the smoothness of motion and responsively, Q60R is superior but in term of picture quality, Q6FN is superior.

Winner: Q60R

HDR Experience

As we have known, to show HDR images fully like the intended, an HDR TV must meet some criteria that recommended. In term of black level, they both are able to show dark scene of HDR images excellently even though some blooming still visible in certainly areas.  Additionally, although not all colors in DCI P3 can be shown fairly saturated, but at least, they already support wide color gamut, make most of colors of HDR can be shown accurately. In these factors, Q6FN is a bit superior to Q60R due it has local dimming technology and has wider color gamut and better color volume. Meanwhile, in term of peak brightness, this is a major issue for Q60R due it cannot get very bright. On the other hand, although Q6FN cannot show HDR images at 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness level intended by the content creator, but at least, HDR images can be shown fairly bright on its screen. Overall, for HDR experience, Q6FN is superior to Q60R due it has local dimming technology, better color reproduction, and brighter peak brightness.

Winner: Q6FN

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Summary

Performance Samsung Q60R Samsung Q6FN
Movies (3.6/5) (3.9/5)
Sports (3.8/5) (3.9/5)
Video Games (4.5/5) (4.4/5)
TV Shows (3.9/5) (4/5)
HDR Experience (3.6/5) (3.9/5)
Smart TV Experience (4/5) (3.9/5)

Conclusion

As we have discussed a lot above, although the Samsung Q60R is the successor of Q6FN, but it is not better than the predecessor. In almost all aspects of picture quality like contrast ratio, color gamut, and others, its performance is worse than the predecessor. Meanwhile, the some improvements are outside the picture quality like motion handling, input lags, and smart TV performance. But keep in mind, although performance of Q60R is not as good as Q6FN, considering their price when they were first released, Q60R is actually priced cheaper than Q6FN. But at this now, since Q60R still has a full price due it was recently launched and on the other hand, the price of Q6FN has dropped a lot, in the market, the price of the Samsung Q60R is almost similar or even more expensive than the Samsung Q6FN in certain screen size. Now, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences.

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