Samsung Q70T vs Q70R Review (QN55Q70T vs QN55Q70R, QN65Q70T vs QN65Q70R, QN75Q70T vs QN75Q70R, QN82Q70T vs QN82Q70R, QN85Q70T vs QN85Q70R)
Samsung Q70T is the mid-end model of the Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup. On the other hand, the Samsung Q70R is the predecessor, also the mid-end model of the Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV lineup. In the market, they both come in almost the same screen sizes option. They both come in 55 inches (QN55Q70T vs QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q70T vs QN65Q70R), 75 inches (QN75Q70T vs QN75Q70R), 82 inches (QN82Q70T vs QN82Q70R), and the largest is 85 inches (QN85Q70T vs QN85Q70R). Their difference is only on the 49 inches model where the Q70R has this size (QN49Q70R), while the Q70T doesn’t have.
Even though the Samsung Q70T is the successor of the Q70R, but it seems its performance is not as good as the Q70R predecessor. The Q70T even lacks some features and technology found on the Q70R like local dimming features and others. The performance of the Q70T even tends to be more similar to the Q60R. Or with other words, in term of picture quality and performance, the Samsung Q70T is more worthy to be a successor of the Q60R than the Q60T, albeit if we see their the series number, the Q70T is the successor of the Q70R. So, how the Q70T’s performance is compared to the Q70R?
Samsung Q70T vs Q70R Key Specification
|Technology and Features||Samsung Q70T||Samsung Q70R|
|Screen Size Available||55 inches (QN55Q70TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q70TAFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q70TAFXZA), 82 inches (QN55Q82TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q70TAFXZA),||49 inches (QN49Q70RAFXZA), 55 inches (QN55Q70RAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q70RAFXZA), 75 Inches (QN75Q70RAFXZA), 82 inches (QN82Q70RAFXZA)|
|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||Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 4x)|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming||Ultimate UHD Dimming|
|Processor||Quantum Processor 4K||Quantum Processor 4K|
|HDR Enhancement||Quantum HDR||Quantum HDR 8X|
|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||Motion Rate 240 (49” model (QN49Q70R): Motion Rate 120)|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||120 Hz||120 Hz (49”: 60 Hz)|
|Smart TV Platform||Tizen 2020 with Bixby Voice Assistant||Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Support Google Assistant||Yes||Yes|
|Support Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Total Sound Output||20 watts||40 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 Technology of Samsung Q70R and Q70T
Just like most model of Samsung TV lineup, both of the Samsung Q70T and Q70R also use VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. And as is typical of a LED TV with VA panel, the Samsung Q70R and Q70T also has excellent native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black. But just we have known, the major shortcoming of a TV with VA panel is on their side viewing angle coverage where their side viewing angle is bad.
About their backlight technology, this might be a major difference between the Samsung Q70T and Q70R. As we see on comparison table above, the Samsung Q70R is powered by Direct Full Array 4X technology. But basically, this technology is based on direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. On the other hand, the Q70T uses edge-lit LED as its backlight technology. But unlike the predecessor that has been powered by local dimming, it lacks local dimming technology that might be very useful when it is used in a dark room.
Both of the Samsung Q70R and Q70T are powered by the same processor, which is Quantum Processor 4K. In addition to it is very powerful in processing images, this processor also allows them have some AI-related features such as 4K AI Up-scaling, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, and Adaptive Volume.
The Samsung Q70T and Q70R both support the same HDR format. In addition they both support HDR 10 (most standard HDR format), they both also already support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), a HDR format that developed for broadcasting purpose. Additionally, they both also support HDR10+, a dynamic HDR format based on the HDR10. But unfortunately, they both don’t support Dolby Vision, the other dynamic HDR format developed by Dolby Laboratories.
For maximizing their performance in handling motion, except the 4 inches model of the Q70R (QN49Q70R), both Samsung Q70R and Q70T are powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Special for the 49 inches model of the Q70R (QN49Q70R), it is powered by Motion Rate 120 technology and has native 60 HZ refresh rate panel. The excellence, they both also support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology that can improve their game experience. With 1080p and 1440p content, their refresh rate can change between 20-120 Hz, while with 4K content, their refresh rate can change between 48 – 60 Hz. Their VRR supports FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR but don’t still support G-Sync.
Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. But even so, they use different dimming frequency. Except in BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode, the dimming frequency of the Q70T is 600 Hz. On the other hand, when “Auto Motion Plus” is disabled or it is set in “Movie” mode, the dimming frequency of the Q70R is 960 Hz. Both Samsung Q70T and Q70R also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode where when this feature is enabled, this will make their dimming frequency change to 120 Hz or 60 Hz depending on the setting. This is very helpful to make motion smoother, particularly when playing 60 fps content like sports or video games.
The Samsung Q70T and Q70R are equipped with almost the same inputs/outputs. They both have 4 HDMI ports as their major input and their HDMI ports also have almost the same capability. They both support HDCP 2.2, CEC, HDMI 2.0, and ARC (Audio Return Channel). Additionally, they both also support most resolutions such as 1080p @ 60Hz, 1440p @ 60 Hz, 4K @ 60 Hz, 1080p @120 Hz, 1440p @ 120 Hz and others. But unfortunately, they both don’t support HFR (High Frame Rate) content like 4K @120 Hz. However, there is a bit improvement in features offered by the Q70T as a newer model. One of HDMI ports of the Q70T (HDMI 4) already supports HDMI 2.1. Additionally, the Q70T also already support eARC (HDMI 3). Meanwhile, the Q70R doesn’t support HDMI 2.1 and eARC.
In addition they both have the same number of HDMI ports, they both also have the same numbers of USB ports, which are 2 ports. But just like other models of Samsung TVs, none of USB ports is USB 3.0. IN addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1 RF IN (Antenna In), 1 Ethernet port, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). They both don’t have Composite and Component In.
Smart TV Platform
As their smart TV platform, both of Samsung Q70T and Q70R run Tizen OS, but of course with different version. The Samsung Q70R comes with the 2019 version while the Q70T comes with the 2018 version. There are not many changes brought by the 2020 version over the 2019 version. They both have intuitive user interface with simple and easy to use layout. Meanwhile, they both also have a lot of interesting pre-installed apps. One of the most interesting things offered by Tizen OS is about their apps store called Samsung Apps Store where it provides a large selection of apps. Additionally, they both also already support some Home smart apps like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Smart Things, and others. Their smart TV platform also already supports voice navigation that works with Samsung Bixby.
As their controller, the Samsung Q70T comes with 2020 model of Samsung Smart Remote (TM2050C) while the Q70R comes with 2019 model (TM2019C). At a glance, they look similar. They are small and have only few buttons. But even so, they both have 2 dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime. There is a bit change brought by the 2020 model. If on the 2019 model, there is a shortcut to Hulu, in 2019 version, this function of this button is changed for Samsung TV Plus. Additionally, they both have built-in microphone for voice navigation where they have many features of voice control. They both also can act as universal remote that means can be used to control other devices. And the good thing, not only HDMI CEC devices that can be controlled by Samsung Remote, but also other devices that only support IR.
Samsung Q70T vs Q70R Performance
Contrast and Black Level
Both Samsung Q70R and Q70T have excellent native contrast ratio and their native contrast ratio is almost similar, which is around 7000:1. The result, black produced by them is very deep. Even in a dark room, black produced by them still look really black. This certainly makes them have no problem when displayed dark scene. Additionally, shadow details of HDR images also can be shown as detail they should be. Until here, their performance seems similar. But unfortunately, as a newer model, the Samsung Q70T precisely lacks local dimming features found on the Q70R. As we have known, local dimming features can improve a TV’s performance in a dark room. On the other hand, the Samsung Q70R has a local dimming feature that can improve its performance in a dark room. In addition to its local dimming can improve its contrast ratio to around 8000:1, it also can minimize “blooming” that may be visible, particularly when displaying small highlight like subtitle in movies.
The Samsung Q70T and Q70R have good SDR peak brightness and their peak brightness is almost similar. With real SDR content, they are able to hit around 450 nits, bright enough to fight the glare in a most bright room. But even so, since they use different dimming system, peak brightness produced by them have different characteristic. On the screen of the Q70T, its peak brightness is relatively consistent at any window size that means it is good. But a bit unfortunately, on 2% window test, its peak brightness is significantly darker, which is around 250 nits. This is intended in order to minimize blooming when it shows small highlight. On the other hand, the SDR peak brightness of the Samsung Q70R is depending on the window sizes. On 2% and 10 % window, it can hit around 700 nits, which means small highlight can be shown very bright on its screen. Meanwhile, the darkest peak brightness reached by Q70R is on 100% windows where it hit around 430 nits. With their peak brightness characteristic, the Q70T and Q70R don’t have serious problem when used in bright room.
While their SDR peak brightness is similar, HDR peak brightness of the Samsung Q70T is not as bright as the Q70R predecessor. HDR peak brightness of the Q70T is relatively similar to its SDR peak brightness. This means, there is not significant improvement on its brightness when it is playing HDR content. For SDR content, peak brightness of the Q70T might be bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms, but it is still not bright not enough to show HDR images they should be. Let alone its peak brightness on 2% window is only around 250 nits, of course small highlight of HDR content cannot be shown the way they should in HDR.
On the other hand, with HDR content, the Samsung Q70R can hit much brighter peak brightness than with SDR content, which is around 750 nits. With its HDR peak brightness, the Q70T can show bright HDR content with highlight that pop. Nevertheless, its peak brightness is still below 1000 nits, which means it cannot show highlight of HDR images like intended by the content creator. But even so, overall, HRD peak brightness of the Q70R is good, better than the Q70T successor.
Color Gamut and Volume
Both of the Samsung Q70R and Q70T have good color gamut. But even so, the color gamut of the Q70T is a bit worse than the Q70R. In DCI P3 uv, color gamut of the Q70R can cover around 94% while the Q70R cover around 92% only. Meanwhile, in DCI P3 xy, the Q70R can cover around 88% while the Q70T cover around 85 % only. But even so, this difference actually doesn’t have significant impact on the color of the picture that displayed. Additionally, color volume of the Samsung Q70R is also slightly better than the Q70T. Nevertheless, this is more due to the Q70R has slightly wider color gamut than the Q70T. But in general, their color volume is decent. They both can produce deep black fairly well. Additionally, they both can also produce bright colors across most of their color gamut. But just like other TVs with LED panel, they both cannot produce very bright blues.
While the Q70R has slightly better color gamut and color volume, the color gradient of the Samsung Q70T is a bit better. But even so, in general, their color gradient is equally excellent. There may be still some fine banding in dark shades, but most people should be hard to notice. But if you feel the banding still bother you, on the Q70T, you can minimize banding by enabling Noise Reduction, while on the Q70R, you can set “Digital Clean View” to “Auto”. But keep in mind, make this setting may help reduce banding, but on the other hand, this can cause a loss of some fine details in some scenes.
Winner: Q70R has a bit better color gradient and volume, the Q70T has better color gradient.
Side Viewing Angle
As we have mentioned above, the use of VA panel may make them have excellent native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this make both of the Samsung Q70T and Q70R have poor side viewing angle coverage. When viewed from the side, image displayed on their screen look washed out. This is due to started at around 17 degrees off center and front, black level produce by them will rise. Additionally, they both also will start to lose their brightness at around 30 degrees off center and front. And finally, at around 25 degrees, color of the picture displayed on their screen will start faded. This means, when you are watching big game with a group of your family or friends, some of you may not get the best viewing.
Just like other aspects, the pixel response time of the Samsung Q70T is not also as low as the Q70R. But even so, their difference is not too significant and their response time is around 15 ms. The result when they are used for watching TV with fast moving scenes like fast sports or fast games, the picture produced look very smooth. Following fast moving object, there is only a small blur that is hard to notice. Blur that may be visible is more due to persistence than their pixel response time. Meanwhile, the superiority of the Q70R to Q70T doesn’t have a significant impact in result.
As we have mentioned, both Samsung Q70T and Q70R have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode. This will help make motion smoother, particularly that caused by backlight flicker or persistence. But keep in mind, enabling BFI mode will change their backlight flicker to 60 Hz or 120 Hz (depend on setting). This will cause backlight flicker may be noticeable for some people, particularly for them who sensitive to flicker.
Meanwhile, they both do a great job when playing 24p movies from any source. No matter the source is native 24p movie like DVD or Blu Ray movies, via 60 is signal like movies from satellite TV, via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or movies from native apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, YouTube, all of them can be displayed clearly with judder free. To remove the judder, on the Q70T, “Picture Clarity” must be set to “Custom” and both “Blur” and “Judder” slider to “0”. Meanwhile, on the Q70R, “Auto Motion Plus” must be set to “Custom” and both sliders to “0”.
The Samsung Q70T and Q70R both actually have excellent input lags in PC and Game Mode. And for this time the Q70T brings a bit improvement over the Q70R predecessor, particularly with 60 fps content. At 60 Hz, regardless the resolution, the input lags of the Q70T is around 10 ms, except on 4K HDR signal where its input lags is a bit high, which is around 15 ms. Meanwhile, with 60 fps content, the input lags is around 15 ms, regardless the resolution. This means there is a bit improvement offered by the Q70T that certainly makes it is a bit more responsive when used for playing 60 fps games. This will be more noticeable particularly when they are used for playing fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, their input lags are almost same. On 1080p and 1440p, their input lags are around 6 ms. Keep in mind, they both don’t support 4K @120 Hz. Additionally, their input lags in VRR mode are also similar. On 1080p and 1440p resolution, their input lags are around 6 ms while on 4K resolution, their input lag is around 15 ms. In general, separated from their differences, their input lags are equally excellent and low enough to make them are very responsive for any games.
For Watching Movies
Both of the Samsung Q70R and Q70T are good TVs for watching movies in a dark room. Their deep black level makes them can produce good image quality in a dark room, even when they are showing dark scene. Additionally, they both also can do a great job when handling judder from 24p movies, regardless the source. They both also have good motion handling, allows them to show movies with a lot of fast scene smoothly. Until here, their performance is almost similar. Meanwhile, the advantage of the Q70R to the Q70T is about local dimming feature. As we have discussed above, the Q70R has local dimming feature that can improve its performance in a dark room, while the Q70R lacks this feature.
Winner: Samsung Q70R
For Watching Sports
Both Samsung Q7T and Q70R are good TVs for watching sports. They both have good pixel response time, allow you to watch fast sports with smooth picture quality. Additionally, they both also have an optional BFI mode that can help motion smoother. They both also have good SDR peak brightness, allow you to watch sport in most bright rooms with clear picture quality. Samsung Q70R may be a bit better than the Q70T, but in general, their performance when used for watching sports is almost similar. Their shortcoming is that their side viewing angle coverage is poor. The impact, when you are watching a big game with a group of your family or friend, some of you may not get the best viewing.
Just like for watching sports, both Samsung Q70R and Q70T is also great mid-end TVs for playing games. In addition they have good pixel response time that allows you to play fast games with smooth picture, they both also have excellent input lags in Game mode. Their input lags are low enough to make them very responsive for any games, even for fast games that require fast reflexes. Not only that, they both also support VRR technology, which are FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR. This allows you to play games with almost no screen tearing. Overall, their performance when used for gaming is almost similar.
Since they both have deep black level, they both have almost no problem when showing shadow details of HDR. Their black level is dark enough to reveal details in dark scene, so shadow details can be shown the way they should in HDR. Additionally, they both also already support wide color gamut, allows them to show HDR images colorfully. They both are also able to show HDR images with smooth color gradient. Until here, their performance is almost similar. Meanwhile, the Q70R is superior in local dimming features and HDR peak brightness. Since the Q70T doesn’t have local dimming feature, it doesn’t have a feature that can improve its performance in a dark room. On the other hand, the Q70R has a local dimming feature that can improve its performance in a dark room. Additionally, HDR peak brightness of the Q70T is only bright enough to fight the glare, but not bright enough to show HDR images as bright as they should be. Small highlight even looks darker, so small highlight cannot pop. Meanwhile, although the Q70R is not also able to show HDR images like the content creator intended, but at least it is able to show bright HDR images with highlight that pop.
As we have discussed above, even though the Q70T is the successor of the Q70R, but its performance is not as good as the predecessor. It even lacks some features found on the Q70R like local dimming feature. Look the Samsung’s 2019 lineup, its performance even tends to be similar to the Q60R, the series below the Q70R. So, which is a better choice between them? Considering features and performance that offered, of course the Samsung Q70R is a bit better than the Q70T. But keep in mind, the Q70R is last year model and it has been discontinued. But even so, in some merchants, it might be still available. On the other hand, for its class, performance and picture quality offered by the Samsung Q70T is also good, even can still be said great in its price range. Now, the decision certainly comes back to you according your own preferences.