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Samsung Q80A vs Q80T Review (QN50Q80A vs QN50Q80T, QN55Q80A vs QN55Q80T, QN65Q80A vs QN65Q80T, QN75Q80A vs QN75Q80T, QN85Q80A vs QN85Q80T)

by on June 13, 2021
 



Samsung Q80A vs Q80T Review

The Samsung Q80A is part of the Samsung’s 2021 QLED TV lineup and at the same time is also the replacement of the Q80T. Both of them offer good picture quality for any usage. There is a big change brought by the Q80A over the Q80T predecessor, which is on their panel technology. As we have known, if in last year, almost all models of Samsung’s 2020 TV lineup including the Q80T uses VA panel, in this year, the Q80A as the successor of the Q80T uses ADS panel. You need to know, ADS panel has similar characteristic to IPS Panel where it has wide viewing angle coverage but on the other hand also has low native contrast ratio. However, technically, they are actually different.

Since they have use different panel technology that has difference in characteristic, which better among them is more influenced by usage and the light condition of your room. The use of ADS panel makes the QN85A has good viewing angel but its contrast ratio is low. This certainly makes it is not suitable when used in a dark room. But its wide viewing angle makes it is suitable for you who have wide seating arrangement for watching TV. On the other hand, the use of VA panel makes the Q80T has good native contrast ratio, making them as a good TV for a dark room. Typically, a TV with VA panel has narrow viewing angle coverage. But it has an anti glare optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” that significantly improve its side viewing angle. So, although not as good as the Q80A, its side viewing angle coverage is much better than regular VA TVs.

The excepting of their difference in panel technology, both of them have good performance in almost all points. They have good motion handling that lets you to watch fast moving images smoothly. They also have low input lags and combined to some gaming features, this will please you in playing games. Additionally, their wide color gamut also lets you to watch HDR images with vibrant color. And their good peak brightness ensures you will get the best viewing in a bright room.

In the market, they both come in several screen sizes variant, so you can choose according to the large of your room. They are equally available in 50 inches (QN55Q80AAFXZA vs QN50Q80TAFXZA), 55 inches (QN55Q80AAFXZA vs QN55Q80TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q80AAFXZA vs QN65Q80TAFXZA), 7

5 inches (QN75Q80AAFXZA vs QN75Q80TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q80AAFXZA vs QN85Q80TAFXZA). But even so, special for the 50 inches variant, it lacks some feature or has lower specs than the large screen. Meanwhile, with the same screen, the Q80T is precisely sold more expensive than its successor, except the 50 inch variant where it is sold cheaper. But even so, their prices are not fixed and can still change at any time. So, which is a better choice among them?

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Samsung Q80A vs Q80T Side by Side Comparison

Samsung Q80T vs Q80A Specification

Technology and Features Samsung Q80A Samsung Q80T
Screen Size Available 50” (QN55Q80AAFXZA), ), 55” (QN55Q80AAFXZA), 65” (QN65Q80AAFXZA), 75” (QN75Q80AAFXZA), 85” (QN85Q80AAFXZA) 50” (QN50Q80TAFXZA), 55” (QN55Q80TAFXZA), 65” (QN65Q80TAFXZA), 75” (QN75Q80TAFXZA), 85” (QN85Q80TAFXZA)
Resolution 4K (3840 x2160) 4K (3840 x2160)
Panel Technology ADS Panel (85 Inch model : VA Panel) VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Technology Yes (Direct Full Array 12X), 50” Direct Full Array 8X Yes (Direct Full Array 12X), 50” Direct Full Array 8X)
Micro Dimming Technology Supreme UHD Dimming Supreme UHD Dimming
Ultra Viewing Angle Yes Yes
Processor Neo Quantum Processor 4K Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ (Certified) HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ (Certified)
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
Up-Scaling Engine 4K AI Up-Scaling 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ Motion Rate 240, 50” Motion Rate 120
HDR Numerical Index Quantum HDR 12X, 50” = Quantum HDR 8X Quantum HDR 12X, 50” = Quantum HDR 8X
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz, 50”= 60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (FreeSync Premium Pro, GSync, HDMI Forum), Yes (FreeSync, GSync, HDMI Forum), 49” doesn’t support VRR
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2021 Tizen 2020
Samsung’s Bixby Yes Yes
Google Assistant Built-In Built-In
Amazon Alexa Built-In Built-In
Remote TM2180E TM2050A
Speaker Channel 2.2.2 channels, 50” = 2.2 channel 2.2.2 channels, 50” = 2.2 channel
Total Sound Output 60 Watts, 50”= 40 watts 60 Watts, 50”= 40 watts
Q Symphony Yes Yes
Object Tracking Sound OTS OTS
HDMI Ports 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 2 2
USB 3.0 No No
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth BT 4.2 BT 4.2
Cloud Service Office 365 Na

Contrast Ratio

High vs Low Contrast

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Although the Samsung Q80T uses VA panel that typically has strong native contrast ratio, but for this case, the native contrast ratio of the Q80T is relative low, which is around 3000:1. This is caused it has an antiglare optical layer called” Ultra Viewing Angle” Fortunately, it has local dimming feature that can improve its contrast ratio, albeit not much, which is to around 4200:1. The result, black produced might be not as deep as TV with conventional VA TV, but it still deep enough to make black looks really black in a dark scene, albeit in certain scene, black may look grayish. On the other hand, the use of ADS panel makes the Q80A has low native contrast ratio, which is around 1450:1.it may be also have local dimming feature, but it cannot significantly improve contrast ratio of the Q80A, which is only to around 1550:1. This makes it cannot produce deep black, so in a dark room black produced by it tend to look grayer instead of really black.

Winner: Q80T

Local Dimming Performance

As we have discussed above, in improving contrast, Local Dimming feature of the Q80T can work better than the Q80A. Meanwhile, in minimizing blooming, the Q80T is also better than the successor. On the screen of the QN85A, when showing a dark scene, there is visible blooming around bright object and the screen doesn’t look uniform as entire horizontal zones light up at times. Additionally, its local dimming also crushes black, making bright objects lose some details. When showing subtitles in movies, there is blooming around it and blooming will get worse when you move off center. Meanwhile, local dimming feature of the Q80T can work better. Although there is still blooming around bright object, but its less noticeable than on the screen of the Q80A. It can help to make blooming less intense, but on the other hand, this causes a larger section of the screen to appear grayish. But fortunately, it is not too noticeable in real content and subtitle can be handled well overall.

Winner: Q80T

SDR Peak Brightness and Reflection Handling

The Samsung Q80A brings a bit improvement over the Q80T predecessor in SDR peak brightness. IN real content, the Q80A can show bright object at maximal peak brightness of around 650 nits, while the Q80T is around 400 nits. But even so, their peak brightness varies when displaying different content. The good point is that their peak brightness is relative consistent for long time. They hit their brightest peak brightness is equally at 10% white window where the Q80A hits around 830 nits while the Q80T hits around 680 nits. On 25% white window, they both only get a bit dimmer, which is around 780 nits for the Q80A and around 670 nits for the Q80T. Meanwhile, 2% white window, they both get much dimmer, which is around 590 nits for the Q80A and around 530 nits for the Q80T. And the larger areas get bright, their peak brightness is dimmer where on 50% and 100% white window, the Q80A hits around 580 nits and 520 nits while the Q80T hits around 460 nits and 420 nits.

This means, their peak brightness is equally more than enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms, even for the Q80T that get dimmer than the Q80A. And of course, in brighter room, the Q80 is better in handling glare.

While the Q8A has brighter SDR peak brightness, in handling reflection, the Q80T is much better. This is due to the screen of the Q80T has gloss of coating type while the Q80A uses semi gloss coating type. Although not as good as Q80T, reflection handling of the Q80T is actually also good, but put it opposite window with a direct sunlight should be avoided. On the other hand, reflection handling of the Q80T is fantastic. You will not get an issue with reflection, even if you put it opposite window with a direct sunlight. And the combination of their good SDR peak brightness and reflection handling makes them good choice when used for well-lit room.

Winner: Q80A

 HDR Peak Brightness

With HDR content, both of the Samsung Q80A and Q80T can get brighter than their SDR peak brightness, And like their SDR peak brightness, the Q80A also can get brighter than the Q80T. With real content, the Q80A can show the brightest highlight at around 870 nits while the Q80T at around 700 nits. Just like their SDR brightness, their SDR peak brightness is also relative consistent for longer time and also varies when displaying different content. On 10% white window where they get their brightest peak brightness, the Q80A can get hit around 950 nits while the Q80T hits around 720 nits. On 2% white window, their peak brightness drops a lot, which is around 520 nits for the Q80T and 570 nits for the Q80A. And on 25%, 50%, and 100% white window, the Q80A hit around 820 nits, 600 nits, and 570 nits while the Q80T hits around 600 nits, 460 nits, and 435 nits.

This means, the Q80A can show HDR images brighter and makes small highlight more pop than on the screen of the Q80T. But even so, although not as bright as the Q80A, peak brightness of the Q80T is actually also bright enough to show HDR images little brighter than they should be, which means good. In general, their HDR peak brightness is good enough to make HDR content looks well, especially when you use them in a dark to moderate-lit room. But even so, since their peak brightness on 2% white window is much dimmer, very small highlight might not be able to pop. But even so, since their HDR peak brightness is still below 1000 nits, they cannot show true cinematic HDR experience as intended.

Winner: Q80A

Color Gamut and Volume

QLED vs LED TV COlor Volume Illustration

Both of them have good color gamut. But for this case, the Q80T can deliver a bit wider color gamut than the Q80T. In DCI P3 xy and uv color space where it is commonly used by most HDR contents like HDR10 and HDR10+, their color coverage is excellent where the Q80T can cover around 89% and 92% while the Q80A cover around 87% and 92%. And since HDR formats supported by them are mastered in DCI P3, this certainly is very good. Additionally, although not so good, their color coverage in Rec.2020 is also not so bad. In Rec.2020 xy and uv, the Q80T can cover around 66% and 74% while the Q80A cover around 6% and 70%. But even since, they don’t support HDR that mastered in Rec.2020 like Dolby Vision, this will be not a problem. In addition has better color gamut, the Q80T also has better color volume. This is due the Q80T has wider color gamut. And since it has better contrast ratio, this makes it can also produce much better dark shades of colors. Meanwhile, in bright colors, the Q80A is better in producing bright saturated color.

The result, almost all colors of HDR images can be shown accurately on their screen. However, the Q80T can produce more accurate color, particularly in dark colors.

Winner: Q80T

Color Gradient

10 bit color gradient

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While the Samsung Q80T has better color gamut and color volume, the Q80A has better color gradient, especially in greens and blues. But basically, their color gradient is really great overall. When playing 10 bit content like HDR images, color gradient of images displayed on their screen look very smooth. In almost all colors, there might be some little banding, but this should not be noticeable in actual content. But even so, if you feel that banding still bother you, enabling Noise Reduction can help remove most of it. But just like on other TV, this can cause some scenes will lose fine details.

Winner: Q80A

Uniformity

As expected from a TV with VA panel, the Samsung Q80T has excellent black uniformity. When displaying full-black screen with white cross line at the center, with local dimming disabled, there is a bit clouding at entire screen, making the screen looks a bit grayish. On the other hand, on the screen of the Q80A, the screen even looks blue due to clouding is more intense. Meanwhile, with local dimming enabled, the screen of the Q80T looks much blacker and uniformity is also much better. Around white center cross, there might be still some little blooming, but it is not too intense. On the other hand, with local dimming enabled, the screen also looks blacker. But even so, entire horizontal zones are still lit up around the white center cross, making their screen looks less uniform.

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In addition has better black uniformity, the Q80T also has better gray uniformity than the Q80A. With full-gray scene, the corners of the screen look darker than the rest. However on the screen of Q80A, the entire screen looks darker than Q80T. Additionally, throughout the screen, there might be a bit dirty effect on both, but it looks a bit more intense on the screen of the Q80A than on the Q80T. Fortunately, the darker the screen, their uniformity is much better.

Winner: Q80T

Side Viewing Angle

The use of ADS panel makes the Samsung Q80A has good side viewing angle. On the other hand, although not as good as the Q80T, the use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer makes side viewing angle of the Q80T is much better than regular VA TVs. In maintaining black level, their performance is not much different where they both can maintain black of images up to around 70 degrees off center and front. In maintain brightness level, the Q80T might be better where its brightness will drop started at around 45 degrees,   while on the screen of the Q80A, at 40 degrees off center, its peak brightness already start to drop. Meanwhile, in maintaining color accuracy, the Q80A is much better. On their screen, color might start to looks washed out at the same degrees, which is around 40 degrees. But in maintain color and gamma from shifting, the Q80A is much better. On its screen color start to shift at around 60 degrees and gamma start to shift at around 50 degrees. Meanwhile on the screen of Q80T, color start shift at around 45 degrees and gamma start to shift at much narrower angle, which is around 20 degrees.

Ultra Vieiwng Angle

This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of the Q80A will look more consistent than Q80T, especially on colors accuracy. Meanwhile, although not as good as the Q80A, as long as you don’t watch TV from extremely wide angle, the picture displayed on its screen is also look remains accurate.

Winner: Q80A

Motion Handling

Both of the Samsung Q80T and Q80A also have good pixel response time overall. But even so, compare among them, the Q80T has a bit lower response time where its response time is around 10 ms while response time of the Q80A is around 10 ms. Ignoring their difference, their response time is equally low enough to make motions looks very smooth. Although in certain scenes, there might be noticeable motion blur in dark transition, but in most part, motion looks very smooth with only a short faint trail behind fast moving object. Meanwhile, their low pixel response time may make stuttering, especially when they are playing low frame rate content like 24p movies. But even so, this should not be noticeable for most people. Nevertheless, if you still notice images stuttering, you can interpolate it to higher frequency. And since they both have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, you can interpolate it to 60 HZ or 120 Hz to remove image stuttering.  Additionally, they both can also do a great job in removing 24p judder from any sources.

pixel response time

And to dim their backlight, both of them use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. And their highest possible of their dimming frequency is equally 960 Hz where when their picture mode is set to “Movie”. In this condition, their backlight flicker should not be noticeable since they flicker at such high frequency. But even so, if their picture mode is changed to “Dynamic”, “Natural”, “Standard”, and “Game Mode”, their dimming frequency will significantly drop to 120 Hz. Additionally, enabling their 120 Hz BFI mode by enabling their Picture Clarity” also makes their backlight always flicker at 120 Hz, even if they are set in “Movie” mode. Furthermore, if you enabling their 60 Hz BFI mode by enabling “LED Clear Motion” in “Picture Clarity” setting, their dimming frequency will drop to 60 Hz. You need to know, enabling their BFI mode can help motion look smoother, particularly when the frame rate of the contents match to their dimming frequency.

Except the 50 inches variant of the Q80T (QN50Q80T), both of the Samsung Q80A and Q80T have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Combine to their HDMI 2.1, this allows you to play HFR content like 4K HDR @ 120 Hz. Additionally, they both also support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. At 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolution, their refresh rate range between 20 Hz to 120 Hz.  That is not only that, their VRR technology also can work well with some gaming features like FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum VRR. As we have known, this can help improve your gaming experience by reducing screen tearing.

Winner: Q80T

Inputs

Samsung Q80T and Q80A both have 4 HDMI ports as their major connectivity.  All of their HDMI ports support common formats like HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, CEC, and ALLM. Additionally, although only 1 port, it also has HDMI 2.1, which is on their HDMI 4. But even so, their HDMI 2.1 is not full bandwidth. Its HDMI 2.1 can cover is not full bandwidth. Their HDMI 2.1 can cover 40 Gbps of bandwidth instead of 48 Gbps required by HDMI 2.1 full bandwidth. But even so, it is still wide enough to cover high resolution content that cannot be covered by HDMI 2.0, allowing you to play high resolution games supported by modern game console. Additionally, their HDMI ports also support most of resolutions at both 60 Hz and 120 Hz including 4K@ 120 Hz, 1440p @ 120Hz, also with chroma 4:4:4.

They also have 2 USB ports where all of them are USB 2.0. They may not have USB 3.0, but the bandwidth of USB 2.0 is also still wide enough to cover HFR content supported by them. And since their USB ports support USB Drive Playback, it allows you to play any content via USB ports. Additionally, they also have 1 RF In (Tuner In), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet port. They also have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity.

In Game Mode, the Samsung Q80A has a bit lower input lags than the Q80T, especially with 60 fps games at all resolution. With 60 fps games, regardless the resolution, input lags of the Q80A is around 9 ms while input lags of the Q80T is around 10 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, their input lags are equally lower than when with 60. But even so, with 120 fps contents, their input lags are almost similar, which are around 5 ms. This of course makes them very responsive for any games. Meanwhile, the superiority of the Q80A is actually doesn’t have a significant impact. And combine to some of their features which are indeed designed to maximize their gaming performance like VRR, GSync, FreeSync, ALLM, etc, their performance when used for playing games is equally great.

Winner: Q80A

Sound Performance

Except their 50 inches variant (QN50Q80A and QN50Q80T) that come with 2.2 setup and total power output of 40 watts , both of them have built-in speaker system  with 2.2.2 setup and 60 watts of total power output. Meanwhile, to maximize their sound performance, they both have some features that can help improve their sound performance like Q Symphony, Object Tracking Sound, Digital Room correction Called Space Fit, etc.

Meanwhile, talking about their sound performance, they both have decent frequency response. At max volume, they both can get very loud, which is around 90dB SPL where it is loud enough for large room or noise environment. But even so, at their max volume, there is still a bit pumping but this should not be noticeable for most people. Additionally, they both also have almost similar low-extension frequency, which is around 70 Hz. Both of them have good bass but cannot still produce rumble and thump bass. But even so, they both have well-balanced sound profile overall, allowing them can produce clear dialogue. Compare among them, the Q80T is a bit better.

In addition they have decent frequency response, both of them also have decent distortion performance. But for this time, the Q80A is a bit better. At normal listening volume, sound produced by them is heard fairly clean. Although there is still harmonic distortion, but this should not be noticeable for most people. At max volume, distortion is worse, but it is still hard to notice by everyone.

Winner: Q80A

Smart TV Platform

As their smart TV platform, the Samsung Q80A runs Tizen 2021 while the Q80T runs Tizen 2020. There is no major change brought by the 2021 version over the 2020 version. However, the 2021 version feels smoother than the previous version. They have similar user interface that’s easy to use. Additionally, their built in are not much different and they have good selection of built-in apps overall. Almost all streaming services are supported and can run smoothly on them. You can also download tons of apps provide by Samsung apps store from your Samsung TV. That is not only that, in addition you can play movies from your USB drive, you can also cast any content from your mobile devices. Regardless the 2020 version or 2021 version, they both also supports voice navigation. To support their voice navigation, they both have Samsung’s Bixby as their own platform or built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Additionally, they also support SmartThing, allowing you to control your compatible devices with a single hub.  Overall, Tizen OS is great Smart TV features with a lot of smart features.

Samsung Tizen OS

And as the controller, the Samsung Q80A comes with Samsung smart control 2021 that also found on most models of Samsung’s 2021 TV lineup with type number is TM2180E. On the other hand, the Q80T also comes with the remote that also found on most models of Samsung’s 2020 TV, which is Samsung Smart Remote with type number is TM2050A. In this year, the 2021 model comes with new design. But even so, it is still small and only has few buttons, like the predecessor. They have 3 shortcut buttons for Prime Video, Netflix, and Samsung TV Plus. They both also have built-in microphone for voice command. Both of them also can act as a universal remote, allowing you to control other compatible devices connected on your Samsung TVs with these remote. A bit difference between them is about their power source. If the 2020 model still use reusable battery, the 2021 model use rechargeable battery you can charge directly from USB C Type or with solar panel on the back.

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Samsung Q80A vs Q80T Performance

For Watching Movies

Since the Q80T has much better contrast ratio, when used for watching movies in a dark room, it is better than Q80A. This is caused it can produce deeper black than the Q80A. Additionally, the Q80T is also has much better black uniformity than the Q80A. So, in a dark room, dark scene looks much better on its screen than on the screen of the Q80A. Additionally, it’s better in handling blooming also makes subtitle looks better on its screen than on the screen of the Q80A. But even so, when set in a bright room, performance of the Q80A is much better than its performance in a dark room, might be even better than the Q80T. But even so, ignoring their performance that influenced by light condition, their performance is equally good.

They both can do a great job in handling 24p judder, so regardless the source of the movie, you will watch them with judder-free. Additionally, they also have good motion handling that lets you to watch fast action movies with minimal blur. That is not only has, if you still have non 4K movies, you can even enjoy them in 4K quality without a lot of artifact.

Winner: Q80T

For Watching TV Shows

When used for watching TV Shows in normal light condition, both of them has great performance overall. Combination of their good SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling allows you to watch TV Shows in most bright rooms obviously without distracting glare and reflection. Additionally, they both also have good side viewing angle, so when you watch TV Shows with your family who sit together in wide seating, all of you will enjoy the same accurate picture quality. That is not only that, their well balanced sound profile also allows you to enjoy podcast or TV Shows with clean dialogue. Meanwhile, compare among them, the Q80T is a bit better than the Q80A overall. The Samsung Q80A might have brighter SDR peak brightness. Additionally, it also has wider viewing angle coverage. But even so, the Q80T has better reflection handling, so when you place them opposite window with direct sun or light, its performance is much better than the Q80A.

Winner: Q80T

For Watching Sports

Meanwhile, for watching sports, performance of the Samsung Q80T is also better than the Q80A. Just like for TV Shows, the combination of their SDR peak brightness and reflection handling allows you to watch sports in most bright rooms without issue with glare or reflection. Additionally, their wide viewing angle also ensures you to watch a big game with accurate picture quality even if you move off center and front. Both of them also have good response time and combined to their BFI mode, this allows you to watch fast sports with minimal blur. Meanwhile, compare among them, the Q80T is better than the Q80A overall. In addition it has much better reflection handling, the Q80T also has better gray uniformity, and making large field of sports has less artifact and dirty screen effect than Q80A. Additionally, the Q80T also has a bit better response time, even though it doesn’t have significant impact on the smoothness of fast object produced. Both of them are great TVs for watching sports overall, but with its advantages in certain aspects, the Q80T is better.

Winner: Q80T

Video Games

When used for video games, the Samsung Q80T is also better then the Q80A. Nevertheless, this is more caused by what influence their picture quality like reflection handling, local dimming performance, black uniformity, contrast ratio, gray uniformity, etc. But even so, ignoring these aspects, their performance is not much different. Their input lags are equally low in 60 fps and 120 fps games, allowing you to play any games responsively. They both also have a lot of features that improve their gaming experience like ALLM, VRR technology, FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum.  That is not only that, the support of HDMI 2.1 lets you to play high resolution games supported by modern games console like PS 5 or Xbox X Series. Overall, both of the Samsung Q80T and Q80A are great TVs for playing games, but the Q80T is better due what have discussed a lot above.

Winner: Q80T

HDR Performance

Although they cannot present true cinematic HDR experience like the intended, they have good HDR performance overall. Just like we have discussed above, in showing shadow details of HDR images, the Q80T is much better. In addition the Q80T can produce deeper black, it also has much better black uniformity. Additionally, local dimming performance of the Samsung Q80T is also better. The result, shadow details of HDR images can be shown much better with details preserved better and less artifact than the Q80T. On the other hand, performance of the Q80A in showing shadow details of HDR images is really disappointing, as expected from ADS panel. On the contrary, although it is not still able to show HDR images brighter than 1000 nits as the intended, but HDR peak brightness of the Q80A is still bright enough to bring out HDR images in most bright room. Peak brightness of the Q80T might be still able to bring out highlight in HDR and still a bit brighter than they should be, but it is only for dark to moderate-lit room.

In term of color reproduction, they both can also deliver wide color gamut and their color coverage in DCI P3 is nearly perfect. The result, color of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very vibrant. Additionally, their great performance in handling banding also makes color gradient of 10 bit HDR images can be shown fairly smooth. Nevertheless, the Q80T is better than the Q80A overall. The Samsung Q80A may have a bit better color gradient, but the Q80T can deliver a bit better color gamut and has much better color volume, especially in producing dark shades of colors.

Winner: Q80T

Conclusion

As the replacement of the Q80T, the Samsung Q80A may bring a significant improvement in peak brightness. It can produce much brighter peak brightness in both SDR and HDR than its predecessor. Additionally, the change to ADS panel from VA panel also makes the Q80A has wider viewing angle coverage than the Q80T. On the other hand, with “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer technology, the Q80T actually also already has wide viewing angle coverage, albeit not as good as the Q80A. However, this change sacrifices many aspects, especially that influence its performance in a dark room and displaying dark scene such as contrast ratio, local dimming performance, black uniformity, etc. So, in a dark room, performance is much worse than its predecessor.

Fortunately, in a room with normal light condition where some certain aspects like contrast ratio, black uniformity, etc no longer have significant impact, its performance is much better and not much different to the predecessor.  So, even though they are used for watching movies, TV Shows, sports, playing games, in HDR or not, their performance is not much different. The Q80A even can show highlight of HDR images much brighter than the Q80T. So, which TV is better choice? This certainly comes back to your habit in watching TV. As long as you don’t use it in a dark room or place it opposite window with direct light when used in a bright room, the Q80A is better for you. But even so, the Samsung Q80T offer more consistent picture quality in any condition, where you use it in a dark room, bright room, when you move off center, etc, although in certain conditions, it is not as good as the Samsung Q80A.

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