Samsung Q70R vs Q60R Review – (QN49Q70R vs QN49Q60R, QN55Q70R vs QN55Q60R, QN65Q70R vs QN65Q60R, QN75Q70R vs QN75Q60R, QN82Q70R vs QN82Q60R)
Samsung Q60R are the lowest model of Samsung’s 2019 4K HDR QLED TVs lineup, while the Samsung Q70R sits one level above it. In the market, the Q60R replaces the Q6FN while the Q70R replaces the Q7FN. As parts of Samsung’s QLED TVs, Quantum dot panel technology become the one of their major technologies. In the market, they both come in a lot of screen sizes options. Except the 43 inch model where the Q60R comes in this screen sizes while Q70R doesn’t, they both come in the same variety of screen sizes. Form the smallest, there is 49 inches (QN49Q60R vs QN49Q70R), 55 Inches (QN55Q60R vs QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q60R vs QN65Q70R), 75 inches (QN75Q60R vs QN75Q70R) and the largest is 82 inches (QN82Q60R vs QN82Q70R). Meanwhile, with the same screen, the Samsung Q70R is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than the Samsung Q60R, depends on the screen size. So, what are the advantages of the Q70R as a higher model than the Q60R?
Samsung Q70R vs Q60R Key Specs
|Technology and Features||Samsung Q70R||Samsung Q60R|
|Screen Size Available||49 inches (QN49Q70R), 55 inches (QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q70R), 75 Inches (QN75Q70R), 82 inches (QN82Q70R)||43 Inches (QN43Q60R), 49 inches (QN49Q60R), 55 inches (QN55Q60R), 65 inches (QN65Q60R), 75 Inches (QN75Q60R), 82 inches (QN82Q60R)|
|Resolution||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlight Technology||Direct LED||Edge-Lit LED|
|Local Dimming Technology||Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 4x)||No|
|Dimming Technology||Ultimate UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Processor||Quantum Processor 4K||Quantum Processor 4K|
|HDR Enhancement||Quantum HDR 8X||Quantum HDR 4X|
|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” model (QN49Q70R): Motion Rate 120)||Motion Rate 240 / (49” and 43” model (QN43Q60R and QN49Q60R): Motion Rate 120)|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||120 Hz (49”: 60 Hz)||120 Hz (49” and 49” : 60 Hz)|
|Smart TV Platform||Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant||Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Support Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Total Sound Output||40 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 Q70R
One of the major highlights brought by the Samsung’s 2019 4K HDR QLED TV including Q 70R and Q60R is about the images processor where they come with a new processor called Quantum 4K processor. The advantages offered by this quantum processor to the older processor called Q Engine is now it has AI-generated algorithms and machine learning capabilities. This makes the 2019 QLED TVs including Q60R and Q70R has Intelligent Mode with some features like Adaptive Sound, Adaptive Volume, and Adaptive Brightness. This allows both Samsung Q60R and Q70R can automatically adjust the brightness, volume, or sound based on some aspects which have been specified for each features.
Additionally, now, the Up-scaling engine of the Samsung Q70R and Q60 has been also based on the AI (artificial Intelligence). Based on the correlation of low resolution/quality samples with their corresponding high resolution/quality version (of the same content), their up-scaling engine is able to apply optimal edge enhancement, noise reduction, and detail creation, so the up-scaled 4K image that is resulted looks clearer and smoother. And thanks to their machine learning, as more data is collected and analyzed, their up-scaling engine has the potential to fine-tune the different up-scaling components further over time.
Just like all models of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV, the Samsung Q60R and Q70R also supports most of HDR formats. In addition to HDR10 (a HDR format by UHD Alliance) and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma, a HDR format by NHK and BBC for broadcasting), they both also support HDR10+. This format is an improvement of standard HDR10 particularly how the metadata is sent. If HDR10 use static metadata, the HDR10+ uses dynamic metadata like Dolby Vision format. But unfortunately, they both don’t support Dolby Vision.
Both Samsung Q70R and Q60R use VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. As we know, the TVs which used VA panel usually have excellent native contrast ratio and can produce deep black. But on the other hand, this makes their side viewing angle coverage is poor. The result, although when viewed from the center the picture displayed on their screen looks excellent, but when viewed from the side, the picture will looks worse. Additionally, as the hallmark of QLED TVs, they both also use Quantum Dot layer technology. This makes them can deliver wide color gamut and good color volume, better than most TVs.
For handling motion, both Samsung Q70R and Q60R are powered by the Motion Rate 240 Hz technology. They both also have the same native refresh rate panel that is 120 Hz. But even so, for 49 inches model or smaller model, they are powered by Motion Rate 120 based on the native 60 H refresh rate panel. In addition to native refresh rate panel, they both also support FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). This allows them can synchronize their refresh rate with the input device’s output. This will help to minimize the stuttering and screen tearing. But just like on their native refresh rate, their 49 inches model or smaller don’t support VRR.
Smart TV Platform
Both Samsung Q60R and Q70R run the same smart TV platform, that is 2019 version of Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor. Compared to the 2018 version, there are not many changes on their layout. Additionally, their user interface is also very smooth and easy to navigate. But even so, in term of performance the 2019 version is much faster and responsive. As we know, on the 2018 version, there are some issue which makes us feel a bit uncomfortable like the interface freezes occasionally for few seconds, there are dropped frames and lag in the animations, and others. In the 2019 version, these issues can be minimized and of course makes it is more responsive and smoother than the previous version.
Talking about apps, the preinstalled apps provided are a lot and very complete. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, Live TV, Cloud Games, Web Browser, and many others. Additionally, its apps store called Samsung Apps Store also provides an abundance of downloadable apps, allow you to directly download from your Samsung TV. A bit enhancement offered over the previous version, it is now already works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, despite they don’t have them built-in. This means, to get the benefit offered by Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you must buy the compatible devices separately like Amazon Echo, Google Home Smart Speaker, and others.
In addition to image processor, its smart TV is also AI-integrated, especially for its universal guide. The AI algorithm works based on the users viewing habit for both TV broadcast and Streaming Content, so the recommendations which provided will be more accurate.
As the controller, both Samsung Q70R and Q60R are equipped with Samsung Smart Controller TM1950C series. At a glance, their remote is similar to that found on the some model of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs including Q8FN, Q7FN, Q6FM, or even NU8000. The layout of the buttons is also similar to last year model. But e bit difference, the remote of QN60R and QN70R (TM1950C) has some additional new buttons for Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix. Just like the older model, this remote also has a dedicated microphone button that give you access to Samsung’s Bixby. As we know, started at last year, the voice navigation of Samsung TVs has been integrated Bixby, the Samsung’s own voice assistant. But even so, the advantage of TM1950C than the older model, it now has a far-field voice capability. This means, if on 1850A, you need to press and hold the microphone buttons to make a voice command, with this remote, you don’t need to do that. In addition to Voice Navigation, this remote also has some features like Samsung OneRemote, Universal Ability, and others which make the navigation is easier.
Backlight and Local Dimming
As we see on comparison table above, Samsung Q70R and Q60R might use the same panel technology, but they use different backlight technology. For this case, the Samsung Q70R comes with Direct LED backlight while the Samsung Q60R comes with Edge-Lit LED backlight. Additionally, the Q70R also has a FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) with a market name is Direct Full Array 4X, while the Samsung Q60R doesn’t has local dimming. On the Q70R, this has an improvement over the Q7FN predecessor since in last year, the Q7FN uses Edge Lit LED backlight with local dimming. On the other hand, compared to the predecessor, the Q60R lacks local dimming since the Q6FN predecessor has local dimming technology.
This is not about the local dimming, but about their software based dimming system. As we see on comparison table above, Samsung Q70R is powered by Ultimate UHD Dimming while the Q60R is powered by the Supreme UHD Dimming. You need to know, the supreme UHD dimming was introduced several years ago while the Ultimate UHD Dimming is just introduced in last year. We don’t sure, what is their difference in algorithm, but surely, the level of Ultimate UHD Dimming is higher than the supreme UHD Dimming. And in maximizing black produced, Ultimate UHD Dimming certainly can work better than the Supreme UHD Dimming.
The other difference between Samsung Q60R and Q70R is about their audio system. Samsung Q70R is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output whereas the Q60R only has 2.0 channel speaker configurations with 20 watts of total sound output. This means, the Q60R lacks built-in subwoofer that the Q70R have. And this certainly will have an impact on their performance when producing low frequency or bass. The bass produced by two speaker of Q60R will not be able to match amount of bass produced by the Q70R which has built-in subwoofer.
The Superiority of Samsung Q70R
Contrast and Black Level
Both Samsung Q60R and Q70R actually have excellent native contrast ratio that make them can produce deep black. But compared among them, the native contrast ratio of the Samsung Q70R is a bit higher than the Q60R. Let alone, the Q70R has local dimming which able to boost its contrast ratio. The deepest black level reached by the Q60R is around 0.016 nits while with its local dimming, the deepest black level reached by the Q70R is around 0.012 nits. In addition to its local dimming can boost its native contrast ratio, it also can reduce ‘blooming’ when it is showing a small highlight in a dark scene. Not only that, the Samsung Q70R also has better black uniformity than the Q60R. Combining all, this makes performance of Q70R in a dark room is better than Q60R, particularly when producing dark scene.
But even so, ignoring the superiority of the Q70R, performance of Q60R in a dark room actually can be also said excellently. Even though it doesn’t have local dimming, but it already has excellent native contrast ratio, allow it can produce deep black. So, even though it is set in a dark room, black produced by the Q60R looks really black on its screen. But a bit unfortunately, lacks of local dimming makes blooming cannot be reduced. This means, when it is showing a small highlight like a scene a subtitle, blooming will be noticeable around it.
Overall, both Samsung Q60R and Q70R have good performance in a dark room, but performance of the Samsung Q70R is better than Q60R.
With SDR content, Samsung Q70R has a bit brighter peak brightness than Q60R.And the peak brightness of Q70R is depending on the large of the bright area. With SDR real content, peak brightness reached by the Q70R is around 400 nits, bright enough to overcome the glare in most bright room. Meanwhile, the brightest peak brightness reached when it is showing 25% area of screen is bright where the peak brightness reached us around 500 nits. Otherwise, the dimmest peak brightness is reached when it showing thorough area of screen is bright, that is around 350 nits. On other hand, since the Samsung Q60R doesn’t have local dimming, its peak brightness is almost similar in almost all bright area size. But even so, when it showing 2% area of screen is bright, its peak brightness is dimmed significantly to around 200 nits. The impact, a very small highlight in dark scene cannot be shown very bright. Although peak brightness of the Samsung Q60R is not as bright as the Q70R, but overall, they peak brightness is bright enough to overcome the glare, make them as good TVs for most of bright rooms.
Meanwhile, with HDR content, peak brightness of Samsung Q70R is far better than the Q60R. With real content, peak brightness reached by the Q70R is around 750 nits while Q60R is around 350 nits. Meanwhile, with test window, the brightest peak brightness reached by Q70R is when it is showing around 10% area of screen is bright that is around 750 nits. Otherwise, the dimmest peak brightness reached is reached when it is showing thorough area of screen is bright, that is around 450 nits. The result, although it cannot show HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range like the intended, but highlight of HDR images still looks very bright on its screen.
On the other hand, just like with SDR content, since the Samsung Q60R doesn’t has local dimming, its peak brightness is almost similar in almost all windows sizes, except 2% area of screen where its peak brightness is dimmed significantly. This means, no matter the size of bright area, its peak brightness is similar that is around 350 nits. For SDR contents, peak brightness of Q60R might be bright enough for overcoming the glare, but for HDR contents, it is not bright enough to make the highlight is standout the way they should in HDR. In some certain scenes, small, bright highlights even look too dim. This means, even though you can enjoy HDR contents with the Q60R, but you will not get a lot of benefit offered by HDR over SDR, particularly in highlight, bright scene.
Even though Samsung Q60R and Q70R both have quantum dot panel technology, but Q70R as the higher model can deliver a bit wider color gamut than Q60R. The color coverage of Q70R in DCI P3 is around 94% while the Q60R is around 93%. But even so, their difference actually is not too significant and don’t has a significant impact on the color of images produced. Ignore their difference and although not as good as last year’s Q7FN, but both Samsung Q70R and Q60R actually still has excellent color gamut. Their color gamut coverage in DCI P3 is above 90% that means it is still great for HDR content that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+. The result, although some certain colors might be not too saturated, but overall, almost all colors of HDR images can be shown fairly accurate.
Meanwhile, in term of color volume, the Samsung Q70R also has a bit better color volume than the Q60R. But even so, this is more due the Q70R has a bit wider color gamut than Q60R. Ignoring their differences, they both can produce dark and bright colors across most of their gamut. But unfortunately, just like most TVs, the both cannot well produce very bright blues. Overall, combination of color gamut and color volume produced by them makes colors of HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly accurate, no matter they are showing dark or bright scene.
While in term of color gamut and color volume, the Samsung Q70R is superior, in term of color gradient, their performance is similar. Although not including the bests, overall, their color gradient is good. Overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Some fine banding may still be visible in almost all dark shades, but in person, they are hard to notice. But even so, if you feel the banding still bother you, set the “Digital Clean View’ to ‘Auto’ will help to eliminate most of bandings. But on the other hand, this will make a loss of some fine details in some scenes.
To dim their backlight, both Samsung Q60R and Q70R use PWM Dimming System. The highest dimming frequency is reached by them when they set in movie mode with ‘Auto Motion Plus’ is disabled. But even so, the highest dimming frequency of Q70R is far higher than Q60R where the dimming frequency of Q70R is 940 Hz while Q60R is 240 Hz. Since the dimming frequency of Q70R is far higher, this makes backlight flicker is less visible than the flicker on the screen of Q60R, or even almost unnoticeable. Meanwhile, on the screen of Q60R, the flicker will be noticed by the people who sensitive to flicker, while for most people, they might not notice this much.
The Superiority of Samsung Q60R
Pixel Response Time
The pixel response time of Samsung Q70R and Q60R actually is equally great where their pixel response time is far lower than 20 ms. This certainly is low enough to makes motion looks smooth and clear without a lot of blur. Following fat moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where most people may be not notice this much. Meanwhile, compare among them, the pixel response time of the Samsung Q60R is a bit lower than Q70R. Technically, this will make a ghosting trail following fast moving object looks shorter on its screen than on the screen of the Q70R. However, since their difference in pixel response time is not too significant, most people might not notice their difference.
The inputs lags of Samsung Q70R and Q60R in ‘Game Mode’ and ‘PC Mode’ may be equally excellent, but in comparison, the input lags of Samsung Q60R is a bit better than the Q70R. No matter the resolution, the input lags of Q60R at 60 Hz are around 14 ms. On the other hand, with the same frame rate and resolution, the input lags of Q70R is a bit higher, which is around 16 ms. At 120 Hz, the input lags of Q70R in 1080p and 1440p resolution is lower, which around 10 ms, while with the same resolution and frame rate, the input lags of Q70R is even higher, which is around 18 ms. Meanwhile, with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), the input lags of Q70R and Q60R is almost similar, which is around 6 ms on 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 14 ms on 4K resolution. But keep in mind, their models which support VRR are only the 55 inches models or bigger while the 49 inches model or smaller doesn’t support. Overall, the Q60R may have a bit better input lag that certainly makes it is more responsive than the Q70R. But even so, ignoring their difference, their input lags are actually low enough to make both are very responsive for any games.
Side Viewing Angle
As is typical of LED TVs with VA panel technology, both Samsung Q70R and Q60R also has poor side viewing angle. This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. You need to know, started at around 23 degrees off center and front, their color will start to fade. The degradation of their black level is even worse where there black level will raise started at around 15 degrees. In this year, actually, Samsung has launched a new technology called “Ultra Viewing Angle” that can improve the side viewing angle coverage of their lineup. But fortunately, for a while, this technology is just for the Q80R or above. But even so, as long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, this issue should not be a problem for you.
Black Frame Insertion
As we have discussed above, in most mode, the dimming frequency of Q70R is 920 Hz while Q60R is 240 Hz. With high dimming frequency, this will make backlight flicker is less visible. As we know, the higher dimming frequency of a TV, the backlight flicker is less visible. But even so, this will makes some duplications or persistence blur, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports of Video Games. To minimize the blur that caused by persistence, both Samsung Q60R and Q70R has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode called LED Clear Motion. By setting the TV in “Game Mode’ or setting the “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” or enabling this feature, this will make their dimming frequency change to 120 Hz. But for 60 fps content, this doesn’t help much to reduce blur that caused by persistence. By Setting “On” the “LED Clear Motion”, their dimming frequency will change to 60 Hz and this is very helpful to make motion looks clearer, particularly for 60 fps content like games or sports. But even so, since their dimming frequency change to lower, on the other hand, this will makes the backlight flickers is more visible.
24p Content Handling
Both Samsung Q70R and Q60R can do a great job when playing 24p movies. Regardless the frame rate of the content, whether it is native 24p content like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices, via 60i signals like movies from satellite TV, or movies from streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, or others, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. But even so, to remove judder without adding soap opera effect, you must set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and leave both Judder and Blur Reduction to “0”.
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
Except the 49 inches models or lower, both Samsung Q60R and Q70R has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. But even so, they both also already support FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). This means, once their inputs detect the signal from the compatible devices, they will synchronize their refresh rate with the input device’s output. In 4K resolution, their refresh rate can change to between 48 Hz 60 Hz, while in 1080p resolution, their refresh rate can change to between 20 Hz – 120 Hz. This feature is very helpful to reduce screen tearing and stuttering, particularly when you are playing a game with a console like Xbox One or a device with AMD video card.
Samsung Q70R vs Q60R Performance
For Watching Movies
As we have discussed a lot above, Samsung Q60R and Q70R may have excellent contrast ratio that makes them can produced deep black, but the Samsung Q70R comes with Direct LED backlight will Full Array Local Dimming while the Samsung Q70R comes with edge-lit LED and doesn’t has local dimming. The result, although black produced by them look really black in a dark room, but the direct Led backlight with FALD makes Q70R has better black uniformity than Q60R. Additionally, the FALD of Q70R also can reduce unwanted adjacent light or blooming around highlight. The result, dark scene looks excellent on the screen of Q70R and Q60R. Since most people prefer to watch movies in a dark room and they both have similar performance when handling 24p movies, of course, with its superiority in a dark room, Samsung Q70R is much better than Q60R when used for watching movies. But even so, this doesn’t mean performance of Q60R when used for watching movies in a dark room is poor. Although not as good as Q70R, performance of the Samsung Q60R when used for watching movies in a dark room is also great for its price range.
For Watching Sports
Since most people prefer watch sports in a bright room with a group of their family or friend, black level is not as important as when it is used for watching movies in a dark room. On other hand, the peak brightness and reflections handling also become involved in here. The Samsung Q60R may have a bit better pixel response time that makes blur less visible on its screen than on the screen of Q70R, but its peak brightness and reflection handling is not as good as Q70R. So, although the performance of Q60R in handling blur is a bit better, but its performance in handling reflection and overcoming the glare is not as good as the Q70R. Nevertheless, overall, the Samsung Q70R is still bit better than Q60R when used for watching sports, even though they actually are equally good TVs for watching sports. However, unfortunately, they both have poor side viewing angle, so if you watch sports with your friends or family, some of you may lose the best viewing.
For Playing Games
As we have discussed above, Samsung Q60R has a bit lower input lags than Q70R, but basically, their input lags are equally excellent. Additionally, they both also have excellent pixel response time. Not only that, they both also has no risk with temporary images retention and permanent burn-in. The advantages to other TVs from other manufactures, they both already support FreeSync VRR. Combine all of these certainly makes them as a good TVs for video games. In addition to they are equally very responsive, motion displayed on their screen also looks equally clear. This means, no matter you are playing casual games or fast games, 1080p or 4K games, with HDR or not, their performance is very satisfactory. Let alone, they both also support VRR that certainly makes you will feel more comfortable when playing a game with a compatible console. And since they have a risk-free from permanent burn-in, you don’t need to worry when you are playing the same game for over longtime. Overall, they are equally great TV for games. But by considering some factors, in comparison, the Q70R is a bit better than Q60R, even though its response time and input lags is a bit worse than Q60R.
In addition to deep black level, wide color gamut, and smooth color gradient, the other most important component of HDR is peak brightness. In term of black level, Samsung Q70R may have a bit deeper black level than Q60R, but it has local dimming that makes its performance is much better in producing dark scene. Additionally, in producing colors, the performance of the Samsung Q60R is also not as good as the Q70R, whether it is about color gamut or color volume. Meanwhile, in term of peak brightness, Samsung Q70R is much brighter than Q60R, particularly when they are playing HDR. The result, the Q70R is better than the Q60R when playing HDR content. On the screen of Q70R, HDR images looks fairly good with standout highlight and excellent shadow details. But a bit unfortunately, it still cannot show highlight of HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range like the intended. On the other hand, since its peak brightness in HDR is limited, the Q60R has an issue in showing highlight the way they should in HDR.
|Performance||Samsung Q70R||Samsung Q60R|
|Smart TV Experience|
As we have discussed a lot above, as the higher model, Samsung Q70R is superior to Q60R in almost aspects. In addition to it has a bit higher native contrast ratio that makes it can produce deeper black, its local dimming is also able to boost its contrast ratio, makes black produced is deepened. Additionally, its local dimming also makes it has a better black uniformity and better performance in handling blooming. The Samsung Q70R also has better color reproduction and can get brighter than Q60R. Overall, in aspects that have an impact on picture quality, the Samsung Q70R is better than Q60R. On the other hand, Samsung Q60R is a bit better than Q70R in pixel response time and input lags. But even so, the superiority of Q60R over Q70R is not significant and doesn’t have a significant impact on the normal usage.
So, which is a better choice between them? Of course, if you have more money, Samsung Q70R is better. In almost all usage, whether it is for watching movies in a dark room, Sports, TV shows, playing Games, or HDR experience, the Q70R is better than Q60R. But of course, to get Q70R, you must spend more money. On the other hand, although its performance is not as good as the Q70R, performance of Samsung Q60R is also not too disappointing, or even can be said excellent for its price range. But even so, if you buy Q60R for HDR experience, you might be a little disappointed since it cannot show the highlight or bright scene the way they should in HDR.