Samsung Q60T vs Q60R Review (QN43Q60T vs QN43Q60R, QN50Q60T vs QN49Q60R, QN55Q60T vs QN55Q60R, QN65Q60T vs QN65Q60R, QN75Q60T vs QN75Q60R)
Samsung Q60T is the entry level of the Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup and at the same time, it is also a successor of the Samsung Q60R, the entry level model of Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV lineup. Although their picture quality and performance is not as good as the series above them, but they actually good 4K TVs for their price range. In the market, they both come with plenty of screen sizes option. For the Q60R, there are 6 screen sizes available. From the smallest, there are 43 Inches (UN43Q60R), 49 Inches (QN49Q60R), 55 inches (QN55Q60R), 65 Inches (QN65Q60R), 75 inches (QN75Q60R), and the largest is 82 inches (QN82Q60R). Meanwhile, for the Q60T, it comes with a bit more option. There are 43 inches (QN43Q60T), 50 inches (QN50Q60T), 55 inches (QN55Q60T), 58 inches (QN58Q60T), 65 Inches (QN65Q60T), 75 inches (QN75Q60T), and 85 inches (QN85Q60T).
Meanwhile, with the same screen sizes (QN43Q60T vs QN43Q60R, QN55Q60T vs QN55Q60R, QN65Q60T vs QN65Q60R, QN75Q60T vs QN75Q60R), the Q60T is priced more expensive than the Q60R. But this is more caused that the Q60T is recently launched while the Q60R is launched in last year. So, what new features and improvement are offered by the Q60T over the Q60R?
Samsung Q60T vs Q60R Key Specification
|Technology and Features||Samsung Q60R||Samsung Q60T|
|Screen Size Available||43 Inches (QN43Q60R), 49 inches (QN49Q60R), 55 inches (QN55Q60R), 65 inches (QN65Q60R), 75 Inches (QN75Q60R), 82 inches (QN82Q60R)||43 Inches (QN43Q60T), 50 inches (QN50Q60T), 55 inches (QN55Q60T), 58 Inches (QN58Q60T), 65 inches (QN65Q60T), 75 Inches (QN75Q60T), 85 inches (QN85Q60T)|
|Resolution||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlight Technology||Edge-Lit LED||Direct LED|
|Local Dimming Technology||No||No|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Processor||Quantum Processor 4K||Quantum Processor 4K Lite|
|HDR Enhancement||Quantum HDR 4X||Quantum HDR|
|HDR Supports||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot||Quantum Dot|
|Up-Scaling Engine||4K AI Up-Scaling||4K AI Up-Scaling|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240 / (49” and 43” model (QN43Q60R and QN49Q60R): Motion Rate 120)||Motion Rate 120+|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||120 Hz (49” and 49” : 60 Hz)||60 Hz|
|Smart TV Platform||Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant||Tizen 2020 with Bixby Voice Assistant|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Support Google Assistant||Yes||Yes|
|Support Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Total Sound Output||20 watts||20 watts|
|HDMI Supports||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Features and Technologies of Samsung Q60R and Q60T
There are not many changes ob their technology offered by the Samsung Q60T over the Q60R predecessor. Just like other models of Samsung TVs, they both use VA panel technology. This makes them has excellent native contrast ratio. But on the other hand, the use of this panel technology makes their side viewing angle coverage is poor. Additionally, they both also use the same backlight technology, which is Edge Lit LED. But unfortunately, they both don’t have local dimming technology that can improve their performance in a dark room. Instead, they are powered by Supreme UHD Dimming, software-based dimming technology by Samsung.
As we see on comparison table above, the Samsung Q60R is powered by Quantum Processor $K while the Q60T is powered by Quantum Processor 4K Lite. We don’t know for sure, what the difference between these images processors. I think this is just about market name. But certainly, these processors make possible them have some AI-related features like 4K AI Up-scaling, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, Adaptive Volume, etc.
For maximizing their performance in handling motion, the Samsung Q60R is powered by Motion Rate 240 technology and has native 120 HZ (except the 43 inches and 49 inches model that powered by Motion Rate 120 and have 60 Hz refresh rate only). On the other hand, as a newer model, the Samsung Q60T only has 60 Hz native refresh rate panel and powered by Motion Rate 120+ technology. Additionally, the Q60T also lacks FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology found on the Q60R (except 43” 43 and 49”). As we have known, the VRR technology can improve game experience with almost no screen tearing effect.
Meanwhile, to make motion smoother, both Samsung Q60T and Q60R have an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode. You need to know, to dim their backlight, both the Samsung Q60R and Q60T use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. But for this case, they use different dimming frequency. In most modes, the Q60R uses 240 Hz dimming frequency while the Q60T use 60 Hz. But even so, their dimming frequency can change depending on the mode. On the Q60T, if the picture mode is set to Natural, Standard, Game, and Dynamic, its dimming frequency will change to 120 Hz. As well as on the Q60R, if the picture mode is set to Game or Movies, its dimming frequency also changes to 120 Hz. Additionally, enabling Picture Clarity on the Q60T or set Auto Motion Plus to Custom or Auto on the Q60R will also automatically change their dimming frequency to 120 Hz. Meanwhile, to enable their 60 Hz BFI mode, you can set on the LED Clear Motion and this will automatically change their dimming frequency to 60 Hz.
Although the Samsung Q60T is a newer mode, it precisely comes has less number of HDMI ports. As we see on comparison table above, the Q60R has 4 HDMI ports while the Q60T only has 3 HDMI ports only. But even so, their HDMI ports have the same features. They both support HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, CEC, and ARC. Additionally, they both also support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). At 60 Hz, both of them also support most common resolution such as 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 1080p @ 4:4:4, and 4K @ 4:4:4. But even so, since the Q60T only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, it only supports 60 fps content. On the other hand, the Q60R (except the 43” and 49”) also support most resolution at 120 Hz.
In addition to HDMI ports, they both also have 2 USB ports. But even so, they both only support USB 2.0 and none of them are USB 3.0. Additionally, they both also have 1 RF in (Tuner IN), 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), built in Wi-Fi and built in Bluetooth. A bit difference between them is about Composite In (AV In) where the Q60T has 1 AV in while the Q60R doesn’t have.
Smart TV Platform
As their smart TV platform, both of them run Samsung’s Tizen OS. But the difference, the Q60T comes with 2020 version while the Q60R comes with 2019 version. Nevertheless, compared to the Tizen found on the higher series, the Q60T comes with reduced features. Apart of all, they both have clean, easy to use, and modern design. A bit improvement on the 2020 version, it also has a “Dark Mode” instead of normal mode with white background.
In addition they both have easy to use and simple interface, they both also have great apps selection. In addition to pre installed apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Games, Web Browser, Live TV, and others, they both also have a large number of apps available on their apps store called “Samsung Apps Store”. Additionally, using the built-in apps, both of them also can play most common audio and audio formats. And with Samsung Bixby, they both also already support voice navigation. Meanwhile, for smart home entertainment, they both also support Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Smart Thing, etc.
As their main controller, the Samsung Q60T comes with the 2020 model of Samsung smart control or TM2050A while the Q60R comes with 2019 model or TM1950C. At a glance, they both are same design and also has same button layout with only few buttons. They both also have built in microphone and quick access button for voice command. Work with Samsung Bixby, they both have many features of voice control. Both of these remote also have OneRemote feature that allow them can act as universal remote. That is excellent, not only CEC Compatible devices that can be controlled by these remotes but also other device that doesn’t support CEC. Nevertheless, although at a glance they look similar, but there is a bit difference between them. If on the 2019 model, it has quick access button for Hulu, on the 2020 model, the function of this button has been replaced for quick access to Samsung’s TV Plus.
Samsung Q60T vs Q60R Performance
Samsung Q60T brings a bit improvement on contrast ratio over the Q60R predecessor. If the Q60R has native contrast ratio around 6000:1, the contrast ratio of the Q60T is around 7000:1. Nevertheless, apart of their difference, their native contrast ratio is excellent, as is expected of VA panel. The result, they both can produce inky black, makes dark scene looks excellent on their screen, even when viewed in a dark room. But unfortunately, they both don’t have any local dimming features that can improve their performance in a dark room. So, even though black of images looks really black, but around small highlight, there is blooming that may bother you. Special for the Q60T, it may come with Samsung’s new Dual LED technology that can adjust the backlight’s color according to the content, so its contrast ratio can be improved. But it cannot overcome blooming that may be visible.
There is no significant improvement on the peak brightness offered by the Samsung Q60T over the Q60R. With SDR content, their peak brightness is around 400 nits in almost all windows sizes, except 2 % window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black). On 2% window, their peak brightness is dimmed significantly down to around 200 nits by TV Dimming features. This means, very small highlight will look dimmer than larger white. But even so, for SDR content, their peak brightness is already great, bright enough to fight the glare in a bright room.
Meanwhile, with HDR content, their no changes on their peak brightness. With other words, their HDR Peak brightness is similar to their SDR peak brightness. For SDR content, their peak brightness may bright enough to make the picture look fairly bright in bright room. But for HDR content, it is not bright enough to show HDR images they should be. Additionally, with around 200 nits on 2% window, the small highlight will not look standout the way they should in HDR. This means, if you are searching TV for HDR, both of them may be not an impressive TV for you.
As is expected of Samsung’s QLED TV family, both of them already support wide color gamut. In DCI P3uv, their color gamut can cover more than 92% of color space while in DCI P3xy, their color gamut can cover around 86% of color space. Color gamut delivered by them may be not as wide as the series above them like Q70R or Q70T, but their color gamut is still better than most TVs in their class. But a bit unfortunate, since they both are not very bright, their color volume is only decent. Since they both can produce inky black, they both can produce dark, saturated colors fairly well. But they lose color volume in bright colors. Additionally, they both cannot also produce bright blues, albeit this actually is typical of LED TVs. And with their color performance, this means, color of HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+ can be shown fairly accurate on their screen, makes HDR images looks colorful on their screen.
In addition they both have good color gamut, they both also have good color gradient. Their color gradient may be not as good as Sony’s TVs in their class. There is banding in almost all colors, particularly in dark blue, dark green and dark grey. But in general, color gradient of HDR Images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Nevertheless, if you feel banding still bother you, on the Q60R, you can set “Digital Clean View” to “Auto” and on the Q60T, you can set “Noise Reduction” in “Picture Clarity” setting to “Auto”. Make this setting can help to eliminate banding but on the other hand, this may make the picture lose some fine details.
Side Viewing Angle
As we have known, the main weakness of LED TV with VA panel is their poor side viewing angle coverage. Some top models like Samsung Q90R or Q80R may have “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer that can improve their side viewing angle coverage, but they both don’t have. And as is typical of LED TVs with VA panel, they both also have poor side viewing angle coverage. If viewed from the side, black level will rise started at around 15 degrees off center and front. Additionally, their brightness also will decrease started at around 30 degrees and colors will lose its accuracy started at around 23 degrees off center and front. This means, if you have a room with wide seating setting, these TVS are not suitable for you and go to TVs with IPS panel may be better.
As the newer model, the pixel response time of the Samsung Q60T precisely is not as low as the Q60R predecessor. The pixel response time of the Q60R is excellent that is around 10 ms. The result, when it is playing fast moving images like fast sports or fast movies, the picture looks very smooth with almost no motion blurs visible. Following fast moving object, there is only very short faint trail that is hard to notice. On the other hand, the pixel response time of the Samsung 60T is higher, that is around 18 ms. This causes some blur trails may be visible for some people. But even so, even though not as smooth as on the screen Q60R, fast moving scene still looks smooth and clear on the screen Q60T. Meanwhile, blur that may be visible on their screen is more caused by duplications due to their backlight flicker. Fortunately, they both have an optional 60 Hz BFI mode that can help to eliminate blur that caused by backlight flicker or persistence, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sport or video games.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, performance of the Samsung Q60T is not also as good as the Q60R predecessor. No matter the source, whether it is native 24p content like DVD or Blu Ray movies, 24p content via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, 24p content via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, or movies from native apps like Netflix, YouTube, and others, the Q60R can show them with judder-free. But even so, to remove judder on Q60R, you must set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and both sliders to “0”. On the other hand, the Samsung Q60T cannot remove judder from any source, even if the source is native 24p movies.
Both of them have excellent input lags in Game Mode. But for this time, the Q60T bring slightly improvement over the Q60R. In Game mode, with 60 fps content, the input lags of the Q60T is around 10 ms in almost all resolution except 4K with 10 bit HDR where it input lags is around 30 ms. Keep in mind, the Q60T only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel that means it doesn’t support 120 fps content. Additionally, it also lacks VRR technology found on the Q60R. But even so, apart of all, with its input lag, this makes the Q60T is very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that requires fast reflexes.
On the other hand, the input lags of the Samsung Q60R may be not as low as the Q60T, but its input lags in Game mode are still great. At 60 Hz, in almost all resolution, including 4K with 10 bit HD, its input lags are around 15 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content in both 1080p and 1440p resolution, its input lags is even more excellent, that is around 7 ms. With VRR, its input lags is are also excellent, that is around 7 ms in 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 14 ms in 4K resolution. This means, although it is not as responsive as the Q60T, the Samsung Q60R is also very responsive for any games, no matter the resolution and the frame rate of the content or with VRR or not.
For Watching Movies
Both of Samsung Q60T and Q60R may have excellent native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity that makes them can deliver deep black. This certainly makes them as a good TV for a dark room and most of people prefer watch movies in a dark room. But unfortunately, they both don’t have any local dimming features, so they cannot eliminate blooming around highlight. Until here, their performance is almost similar. The advantage of the Q60R is that it has better performance when handling 24p judder. As we have discussed above, the Q60R can remove judder no matter the source while the Q60T cannot remove judder, even when the source is native 24p movies. Overall, their performance for watching movies is decent, but the Q60R is a bit better due it can do better job in removing judder.
For Watching Sports
Both of Samsung Q60R and Q60T are good TVs for watching sports. They both have excellent pixel response time that allows them to show fast sports with almost no motion blur. Additionally, they both also have a 60Hz BFI mode that can help to make motion smoother. They both also have good SDR peak brightness that makes them can show bright enough picture in a bright room. However, their SDR peak brightness may be not bright enough to fight glare in a very bright room. Nevertheless, although they both are good TVs for watching sports, but they both have poor side viewing angle. This means, when you are watching a big game with a group of your family or friend, some of you may not get the best viewing. Meanwhile, compare between them, the Q60R is better, particularly when used for watching fast sports due it has lower pixel response time than the Q60T.
For Playing Games
The Samsung Q60T may have a bit lower input lags at 60 fps content that certainly make it is more responsive than the Q60R when used for playing games. But on the other hand, the Q60R has better pixel response time that makes fast games looks smoother on its screen. Additionally, the Q60R also has native 120 HZ refresh rate panel that make it is able to play 120 Hz games. The other better thing that offered by the Q60R, it supports Free Synch VRR Technology (except 43” and 49”) that allows you to play games with almost no screen tearing. Overall, they both are great TVS for Video Games. But since the 60R has better pixel response time and VRR technology, it is better than the Q60T.
Overall, HDR Performance of the Samsung Q60R and Q60T are decent. They both have deep black level and excellent black uniformity that allows them can show shadow details of HDR images excellently. But just we have mentioned, they both don’t have any local dimming feature that can further improve their dark room performance. Additionally, they both also have wide color gamut that allow them to show most colors of HDR images accurately. Their color gradient is also good, allow them to show color gradient of 10 bit content smoothly. Until here, their HDR performance actually is great. But unfortunately, their HDR peak brightness is not bright enough to show HDR images they should be. Additionally, their low peak brightness on 2% window also makes them unable to make small highlight stand out they should in HDR.
As a newer model, Samsung Q60T is not better than the Q60R. It is even slightly worse than its predecessor. There is no significant improvement offered by the Q60T over the Q60R. On other hand, it even lacks some features found on the Q60T like VRR technology and native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Although in some aspects, the Q60T brings a bit improvement like on input lags, but on the other aspects, its performance is slightly worse than the Q60R. In general, the Samsung Q60R may a bit better than the Q60T successor. But even so, except VRR technology and refresh rate panel, their difference is not too significant.