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Samsung Q80R vs Q70R Review (QN55Q80R vs QN55Q70R, QN65Q80R vs QN65Q70R, QN75Q80R vs QN75Q80R, QN82Q70R vs QN82Q80R))

by on June 11, 2019
 



Samsung Q80R vs Q70R Review

Samsung Q80R and Q70R are parts of Samsung’s 2019 4K HDR QLED TV lineup. In Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV lineup, they sit between the top-model Q90R and the lowest model Q60R. In the market, Q80R replace the last year’s Q8FN while Q70R replace Q7FN. The Q80R comes in 4 screen sizes option including 55 inches (QN55Q80R), 65 Inches (QN65Q80R), 75 inches (QN75Q80R), and 82 inches (QN82Q80R). Meanwhile, the Samsung Q70R comes in more screen sizes options. From the smallest screen sizes, there are 49 inches (QN49Q70R), 55 Inches (QN55Q70R), 65 Inches (QN65Q70R), 75 Inches (QN75Q70R), 82 inches (QN82Q70R), and the largest is 85 inches (QN85Q70R. With the same screen sizes (QN55Q80R vs QN55Q70R, QN65Q80R vs QN65Q70R, QN75Q80R vs QN75Q70R, QN82Q80R vs QN82Q70R), the Q80R is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than the Q70R. Considering their difference in price can be said fairly significant, so what advantages are offered by the Q80R as a higher series than the Q70R?

Samsung Q80R vs Q70R Key Specs

Technology and Features Samsung Q80R Samsung Q70R
Screen Size Available 55 Inches (QN55Q80R), 65 Inches (QN65Q80R), 75 Inches (QN75Q80R), 82 Inches (QN82Q80R) 49 inches (QN49Q70R), 55 inches (QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q70R), 75 Inches (QN75Q70R), 82 inches (QN82Q70R), 85 Inches (QN85Q70R)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Technology Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 8x) Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 4x)
Ultra Viewing Angle Yes No
Moth Eyes Technology Ultra Black No
Dimming Technology Ultimate UHD Dimming Ultimate UHD Dimming
Processor Quantum Processor 4K Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Enhancement Quantum HDR 12X Quantum HDR 8X
HDR Supports HDR10 (Static), HLG, HDR10+ (Dynamic) HDR10 (Static), HLG, HDR10+ (Dynamic)
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
Up-Scaling Engine 4K AI Up-Scaling 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Motion Rate Motion Rate 240 (49” model (QN49Q70R): Motion Rate 120)
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz (49”: 60 Hz)
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (FreeSync) Yes (FreeSync) (49 inches: No)
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2019 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
Remote TM1950C TM1950C
Speaker Channel 4.1 2.1
Total Sound Output 40 watts 40 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 2 2
USB 3.0 No No
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

Features and Technology of Samsung Q80R and Q70R

Panel Technology

Both Samsung Q80R and Q70R use VA (Vertical Alignment) technology. As we have known, an LED TV with VA panel usually has excellent native contrast ratio but on the other hand, its side viewing angle is poor. Additionally, as their backlighting technology, they both use Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. Special for Q70R, this is an improvement considering its predecessor Q7FN use Edge Lit LED technology as its backlight technology, albeit it also has local dimming.  In addition to local dimming, they both are also powered by a software-based dimming system called Ultimate UHD Dimming which helps them to improve black level produced.

Image Processor

 

Both Samsung Q70R and Q80R is no longer powered by Q engine as their images processor we found on their predecessor like Q7FN, Q8FN, Q7F, Q9F, and others. They are now powered by Quantum Processor 4K instead Q Engine. The advantage of this new processor in comparison to the Q Engine is the algorithm of most of its features has been generated by AI (Artificial Intelligence) and it also has machine learning capability. This allows both Samsung Q80R and Q70R have Intelligence Mode with features like Adaptive Sound, Adaptive Volume, and Adaptive Brightness. Additionally, this also allows the Quantum Processor 4K is able to perform 4K-AI Up-scaling. This means, the algorithm of its up-scaling engine has been generated by AI. This allows the up-scaled image produced has more optimal detail creation, noise reduction, and edge enhancement in comparison to the predecessor. Not only that, since it has a machine learning capabilities for collecting and analyzing each image up-scaled to 4K, the more data is collected and analyzing, it has the potential to fine-tune the different up-scaling components further over time. With other words, the more image is up-scaled to 4K, the 4K-upscaled resulted is expected be more optimal.

Quantum Processor 4K

Motion Technology

By default, both Samsung Q70R and Q80R has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel and powered by Motion Rate 240 technology. But special for the 49 Inches model of Q70R (QN49Q70R), it is powered by Motion Rate 120 and has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Nevertheless, they also support FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) that allows their refresh rate can change to synchronize with input devices’ output. With 60 Hz content, their refresh range can change between 20 Hz – 120 Hz while with 120 Hz content, their refresh rate can change between 48 Hz – 60 Hz. This feature is very helpful to remove screen tearing and stuttering particularly when you play games with compatible game console like Xbox One or other devices with AMD card. But keep in mind, the 49 inches model of Q70R (QN49Q70R) doesn’t have this feature.

Furthermore, both Samsung Q80R and Q70R also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode called “LED Clear Motion”.  Once you enable this feature, their backlight flickers will change to 60 Hz. This is very helpful to remove the blur that caused by persistence or backlight flicker, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games.

Inputs

As their major connectivity, both Samsung Q80R and Q70R are equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDCP 2.2, CEC, and HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth. Additionally, one of their HDMI ports (HDM 4) also already supports ARC (Audio Return Channel). But unlike the series above them Q90R and Q900R, none of their HDMI Ports which support HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth. Furthermore, their HDMI ports also support most resolution. With 60 fps content, they are support 1080p, 1080p @4:4:4, 1440p, 4K, and 4K @4:4:4. While with 120 fps, they support 1080p and 1440p resolution only. They both don’t support 4K HFR (4K @ 120 Hz) due to lack of HDMI 2.1 feature.  But even so, to display proper Chroma 4:4:4, the TV must be on PC Mode.

In addition to HDMI ports, they both are also equipped with 2 USB ports. But even so, all of their USB ports are USB 2.0 and none of them is USB 3.0. Additionally, there are also 1 Tuner In, 1 Digital Output (Optical) and 1 Ethernet ports. They both don’t have Composite In (AV In) and Component In. And for their wireless connection, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Smart TV and Remote

As their Smart TV platform, Samsung Q70R and Q80R both run Tizen 2019 that powered by a quad core processor. In comparison with the 2018 version, there are not many changes on their layout and user interface. But even so, the 2019 version brings some improvements in performance where it is now faster and more responsive than last year version. If the 2018 version has issue with dropped frames, lags in animation, and the interface freezes occasionally for a few seconds, in 2019 version, these issues can be minimized. Additionally, by default, the 2019 version also can work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But for this case, they don’t have them built in, so to get the benefit offered by them, you need another device like Google Home Smart Speaker or Amazon Echo Smart speaker that sold separately.

The other improvement offered by the 2019 version over the 2018 version is the algorithm of its Universal Guide now has been generated by AI based on your viewing habit for both TV broadcast and streaming content. This allows its Universal Guide is able to provide more accurate recommendation according to your viewing habits. And just like the 2018 version, its voice navigation is powered by Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. This allows you to do a lot of voice command that certainly makes the navigations is more comfortable and easier. And as we know, there are a lot of apps and smart features offered by Tizen OS. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Videos, and others, web Browser, Live TVs, Games, and many more. It also has an app store called “Samsung Apps Store” which provides tons of contents, apps, games, and others. Even though what provides by its apps store is not as many as what provided by Google Play Store, but what provided by Samsung app Store is still more complete than the app store of other platform like LG apps store or others.

TM1950C

As their controller, both Samsung Q70R andQ80R are also equipped with the same remote, which is Samsung Smart Controller TM 1950C series. In comparison with the last year model TM1850A, there are not many changes. At a glance, they look similar. Additionally, their button layout is also same. Nevertheless, in the TM1950C or 2019 model, it has 3 additional dedicated buttons for Amazon Videos, Netflix, and Hulu. Additionally, the other improvement, even though it still has microphone button, the TM1950C also has a far-field capability. This allows you to make a voice command without pressing and holding the microphone button. As we know, to make a voice command on last year model, you must press and hold the microphone button. And just like last year model, it also support Samsung’s One Remote, allows to act as the universal remote for controlling other devices connected on your Samsung TV, albeit they don’t support HDMI CEC.

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The Differences

The Number of Dimming Zones

Samsung Q80R and Q70R both may have Direct LED Backlight with Full Array Local Dimming (FALD), but the number of their dimming zones is not same. The local dimming of Samsung Q80R has 48 dimming zones while the local dimming of Q80R has 96 dimming zones. But keep in mind, different screen sizes may have slightly different dimming zones count. Typically, the more dimming zones will result in more significant improvement in black level and contrast ratio. Furthermore, the more dimming zones also result in better performance in minimizing blooming and extending the color gamut.

Ultra Viewing Angle

“Ultra Viewing Angle” is the optical layer technology that developed by Samsung for minimizing black level raise and color saturation loss that usually occur on VA type of panel during off-axis viewing. With other words, the “Ultra Viewing Angle” is designed to improve the viewing angle coverage of Samsung TV. This technology is similar to “X-Wide Angle” we found on some models of Sony TV like Z9F or X950G. And for this case, the Samsung Q80R has this technology while the Q70R doesn’t have. Can be ascertained, with “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer, the Samsung Q80R has better viewing angle coverage than the Q70R. But on the other hand, the use of this technology will slightly reduce native contrast ratio and color gamut produced.

Moth Eyes Technology

Samsung ULtra Black

Samsung has moth eyes technology called Ultra Black. This technology actually is not a new feature considering all models of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV (Q6FN, Q7FN, Q78FN, and Q9FN) already has this feature. This feature is very effective to improve the Samsung TV performance in handling reflection. Although in last year, all models of Samsung LQED TVs have this feature, in this year, not all models of Samsung’s QED TVs have this feature. For this case, the Q80R has Ultra Black technology while Q70R doesn’t have. And with this technology, expected, the Q80R can do a better job in handling reflection than Q70R.

Direct Full Array Numerical Index

As we see on the comparison table above, the Samsung Q80R has Direct Full Array Numerical Index 8x while Q70R has Direct Full Array 4x. This actually is a parameter that used by Samsung to measure their TV’s performance based in anti reflection, contrast enhancement, and backlighting technology. And the Direct Full Array Numerical Index of a Samsung TV, typically, their performance is better. And this of course also has to do with the number of their local dimming zones.

Quantum HDR Numerical Index

This actually is a parameter that used by Samsung to measure the HDR Output of its TV lineup based its internal testing standard. Typically, the higher Quantum HDR numerical index of a Samsung TV, the HDR output resulted is better. And for this case, Samsung Q80R has Quantum HDR 12X while the Q70R has Quantum HDR 8X. Since the Q80R has higher Quantum HDR Numerical index, can be ascertained, its HDR output is also better than the Samsung Q70R.

Audio System

For delivering sound, the Samsung Q70R is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output. Meanwhile, the Q80R is equipped with 4.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output. For improving low frequency or bass, they both have built-in woofer. With more speaker channel, expected, the Q80R can deliver better sound performance than the Q70R.

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The Superiority of Samsung Q70R

Contrast and Black Level

As we have mentioned above, the use of Ultra Viewing Angle may makes the Samsung Q80R has better viewing angle coverage than the Q70R, but on the other hand, this will reduce its native contrast ratio that certainly also has an impact on black level produced. With this technology, the native contrast ratio of Q80R is around 3500:1, relative low for LED TVs with VA panel. On the other hand, without Ultra Viewing Angle, the Samsung Q70R has excellent native contrast ratio, which is around 7000:1 or twice as the native contrast ratio of Q80R. The Samsung Q80R may have excellent local dimming that can boost its native contrast ratio to around 6000:1, but its contrast ratio is still lower than the native contrast ratio of the Q70R. Let alone, the Q70R also has a local dimming that can boost its contrast ratio to around 8000:1. So, although the local dimming of Q80R can performs better than Q70R in boosting their contrast ratio, in final result, the Q70R still has stronger contrast ratio than Q80R. The result, the Samsung Q70R can produce deeper black level than the Q80R.

High vs Low Contrast

But even so, ignoring the superiority of Q70R, black level produced by them actually is equally excellent and fairly deep to make blacks looks really black in a pitch dark room, makes their performance in a dark room is also excellent. Additionally, with around 0.017 nits for Q80R and around 0.012 nits for Q70R, their black level is also deep enough to reveal details in dark scene of HDR images, allows them to show shadow details of HDR images excellently like what intended by the content creator.  As we have known, the maximum black level recommendation for displaying HDR images fully is 0.05 nits.

The Superiority of Samsung Q80R

Local Dimming Performance

As we have mentioned above, typically, the more dimming zones of local dimming, the lighting of the backlight will be more precision, result in more significant black level improvement and better blooming handling.  And since Q80R has more dimming zones thanQ80R, the improvement in black level on Q80R is more significant than Q70R, which is from around 3000:1 to 6000:1 while on Q70R is from around 7000:1 to 8000:1. Additionally, blooming also can be more minimized on the screen of Q80R than Q70R and this will be more noticeable when they are showing small highlight like movies with subtitle.

Peak Brightness

The Samsung Q80R has brighter peak brightness than the Q70R with both SDR and HDR Content. With real SDR content, the Q80R can reach around 650 nits of peak brightness, fairly bright to fight the glare in most bright rooms. Its local dimming is even able to brighten the small highlight to around 750 nits, makes highlight looks standout on their screen.  The brightest peak brightness of Q80R is around 780 nits where it is reached when it shows bright area around 25% of screen. Meanwhile, the dimmest peak brightness is around 500 nits where it is reached when it shows throughout screen is bright. This of course is still bright enough to fight the glare. The result, no matter the light condition of a room it is used, the picture displayed on its screen looks fairly bright.

On the other hand, even though not as bright as Q80R, with real SDR content, the Samsung Q70R can also get fairly bright. With around 400 nits, it still easily overcomes the glare in most bright rooms.  Additionally, its local dimming is also able to brighten the small highlight. The brightest peak brightness is reached when it shows 25% window is bright where it can reach around 500 nits. Meanwhile, the dimmed peak brightness is reached when it shows the entire screen is bright, which is around 350 nits.

With HDR content, they even can get brighter. With real HDR content, peak brightness reached by the Samsung Q80R is around 900 nits. Its local dimming can even brighten small bright area. The brightest peak brightness is reached when it shows 10% window is around 1050 nits, while the dimmest peak brightness is reached when it shows the entire screen is bright, which is around 600 nits. Samsung Q80R may not be as bright as Q90R or Sony X950G, but it can show HDR images with popped highlight. Although not always, in some certain scene, it even can show the highlight brighter than 1000 nits like the intended by the content creator.

On the other hand, with HDR content, even though not as bright as Q80R, the Samsung Q70R can also get very bright. With real scene, its peak brightness is around 750 nits. Just like the Q80R, the brightest peak brightness is reached when it show 10% window is bright, which is around 750 nits. Meanwhile, the dimmest peak brightness is occurred when it shows the entire screen is bright, which is around 400 nits. HDR images may not be shown as excellent as on the screen of Q80R or it is not able show HDR images at 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness range intended by the content creator, but highlights still looks standout the way they should in HDR.

Keep in mind, peak brightness of them above are reached by setting the TV in “Movie” mode,  Color Tone to “Warm 2”, Local dimming to “High”, and Gamma to”2.2”. The different setting may get the different result.

Reflection Handling

As we have mentioned, the use of “Ultra Black” optical layer makes the Samsung Q80R has better reflection handling than the Q70R. On the screen of the Q80R, the reflections can be diminished significantly. This allows you easily to place the TV in most bright rooms without feeling worried about distracting reflection, even in a room with a lot of windows. Just like the Q80R, the Samsung Q70R actually also has good reflection handling. Its semi-gloss finish is very effective to reduce reflection, allow you to place it in most bright rooms without any issues. But even so, if you place this TV in a room with a lot of windows, the reflections will be a little annoying.

Color Reproduction

The Samsung Q70R and Q80R might be already powered by Quantum Dot Panel, but in producing color gamut, the Samsung Q80R can do a bit better job than Q70R. In DCI P3 xy color space, color gamut of Q80R can cover around 90% while the Q70R can cover around 88%. In DCI P3 uv, Q80R’s color gamut coverage is a bit more than 94% while the Q70R is a bit less than 94%. But even so, even though the Q80R is superior to Q70R, but their difference doesn’t have a significant impact on the normal usage. Furthermore, the Q80R also has better color volume than Q70R. But even so, the superiority of Q80R to Q70R is more due to it has wider color gamut and wider brightness range. In general, they both can produce dark and bright colors across most of their color gamut. But like most LED TVs, they cannot also produce very bright blues. Although not the best and their performance are still worse than the predecessor Q7FN or Q8FN, overall, the color reproduction of both is great. Some certain colors may be not shown properly, but overall, most colors of HDR images can be shown fairly accurate, makes HDR images looks very natural.

QLED vs LED TV COlor Volume Illustration

In term of color gradient, even though the Samsung Q80R is also a bit better than Q70R, but in general, their color gradient is good. There might some little imperfections in all dark shades, particularly in dark greens and dark grays, but most people should not notice this much. But even so, if you feel the bandings still bothersome, you can set the “Digital Clean View” to “Auto”. This will be very effective to makes color gradient looks smoother, but on the other hand, in some certain scene, this will makes the picture lose some fine details.

Side Viewing Angle

As we have mentioned, the use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” may reduce black level and color gamut produced by Q80R, but on the other hand, this will makes the picture displayed on its screen will looks remain accurate when viewed from the side. On the other hand, since the Samsung Q70R doesn’t has “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer, just like most LED TVs with VA panel, when viewed from the side, the picture will look less accurate. As the comparison, on the screen of Q70R, black level will rise started at around 15 degrees and brightness will be reduced at around 30 degrees off center and front. Meanwhile, on the screen of Q80R, brightness may be also reduced started at around 40 degrees, but it is able to maintain black level up to 70 degrees off the center and front. As well as the color, on the screen of Q70R, color will start to shift at around 25 degrees, while on the screen of Q80R, the color just start to shift at around 40 degrees. The result, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of Q80R will look more accurate than on the screen of Q70R.

Similar Performance

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q80R may have a bit lower pixel response time than Q70R, but their difference is not too significant that certainly also doesn’t has a significant impact. But ignoring their difference, their pixel response time is equally great, which is lower than 15 ms. As the result, when they are playing fast paced contents like sports, fast games, or fast movies, the picture produced looks very smooth and only leave a very short faint trail behind the fast moving object. Blur that may be visible is more due to the persistence of backlight flicker.

pixel response time

Meanwhile, for dimming their backlight, both Samsung Q70R and Q80R use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. However, their dimming frequency is depending on the setting. In “Movies” mode with “Auto Motion Plus” disabled, their dimming frequency is 960 Hz, fairly high to make the backlight flicker is not noticeable. But even so, once the “Auto Motion Plus” set to “Auto” or “Custom”, their dimming frequency will change to 120 Hz. When the TV is set in “Standard”, “PC”, “Game”, “Dynamic”, “Natural”, their dimming frequency is always at 120 Hz. Even though this actually is still high, some people may be bothered with the backlight flicker that resulting.

As we have mentioned, both the Samsung Q80R and Q70R has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode called “LED Clear Motion”. Regardless the setting, if this feature is enabled, this will change their backlight flicker to 60 Hz. This feature is very helpful to make the picture looks crisper, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like video games or sports. But on the other hand, this will decrease picture brightness and the backlight flicker that resulting can bothersome some people. If you are bothered with the backlight flicker resulted, you can disable this feature.

Additionally, since they both have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, they are able to interpolate the lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. This will very helpful to minimize the stuttering particularly when you are playing low frame rate content. For enabling this feature, you just need to enable “Auto Motion Plus” and adjust the available sliders.  But keep in mind, since the 49 inches model of Q70R only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, it can only interpolate the lower frame rate content to 60 Hz.

Furthermore, they both can also do a great job when playing 24p movies. Regardless the frame rate of the sources, whether it is native 24p videos like DVD or Blu-Ray movies, via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or 24p movies via streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, and others, they both can show them clearly and smoothly with judder-free. To remove the judder without motion interpolation or soap opera effect, you just need set the “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and set both “Judder Reduction” and “Blur Reduction” to “0”.

Input Lags

Both Samsung Q70R and Q80R also have great input lags in “PC” and “Game” mode. With 60 Fps content, regardless the resolution,  whether at 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K with HDR, 4K @4:4:4, their input lags is around 15 ms. With 120 Fps content, their input lags are depending on the resolution. With 1080p resolution, their input lags is around 20 ms while with 1440p resolution, their input lags is around 15 ms. Keep in mind, they both don’t support 4K HDR or  4K @120 Hz. With VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), their input lags are even greater, which are around 6 ms with 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 15 ms with 4K resolution. Meanwhile, outside game mode, with 60 fps, their input lags is around 70 ms with 1080p resolution and around 55 ms with 4K resolution. With interpolation, their input lag at 4K @60 Hz is around 40 ms. This means, regardless the source, both Samsung Q80R and Q70R are very responsive for any games, whether for fast paced games that need fast reflexes.

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Samsung Q70R vs Q80R Performance

For Watching Movies

Refer to the most people habits where to bring a feel like in cinema, they prefer watch movies in a dark room. For this case, this requires a TV that has good black level. And since they both can produce deep black, they become a good option for watching movies in a dark room. Additionally, they both can also do a great job in handling 24 movies. When used for watching fast movies, they both also have great performance in handling blur. But even so, compare between them, Q70R is a bit better than Q80R. The Samsung Q70R may have higher contrast ratio that make it can produce deeper black level than Q80R. Until here, the Q70R may be superior. But keep in mind, the Samsung Q80R have better local dimming performance and better color reproduction than Q70R. So, even though dark area of a dark scene look deeper on the screen of Q70R, but highlight in dark screen looks more standout on the screen of Q80R.

Winner: Q80R

For Watching Sports

Unlike when watching movies, most people prefer watch sports in a bright room and even with a group of friend or family. They are actually equally great TVs for watching sports. In addition to they have excellent motion handling, they both also have also have an optional BFI mode that makes the picture produced looks crisper. Additionally, their peak brightness is also fairly bright to fight the glare, make them easily to place in most bright rooms. But even so, when they are set in a room with a lot of windows, the Q80R is better than Q70R. With Q80R, you don’t need to worry about distracting reflection, while with Q70R, some reflections may still bothersome you.  The other advantage that offered by Q80R, it has better viewing angle than Q70R. When you watch sports with a group of your family of friends who sit on wide seating, with Q70R, some of you may not get the best viewing, but with Q80R, all of you may still get the best viewing.

Winner: Q80R

For Playing Games

In addition to they have excellent motion handling, Samsung Q80R and Q70R also have great input lags. Combination of excellent pixel response time and input lags allow them can well perform when used for playing games. When you are playing fast games, their excellent pixel response time makes the picture displayed looks very smooth while their low input lags makes them very responsive. Additionally, an optional BFI mode also makes the picture looks crisper, particularly when you are playing 60fps games. Not only that, they both also already supports FreeSync VRR, allow them to offer nearly tear-free gaming experience, particularly when you play a game with a compatible game console like Xbox One or others. In VRR mode, their input lags are even lower. Until now, its performance is almost similar. But if you play game with a group of your family or friend, of course, Q80R is better than Q70R due it has wider viewing angle coverage than Q70R.

Winner: Q80R

HDR Experience

Both Samsung Q70R and Q80R offer remarkable HDR experience. The both have very deep black and excellent black uniformity that result in excellent shadow details. Additionally, they both also have wide color gamut that makes colors of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very accurate. Their peak brightness is also bright enough to make highlight of HDR images looks standout the way they should in HDR. But a bit unfortunate, since with real scene HDR, their peak brightness is still less than 1000 nits, they both can show HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range intended by the movies creator. Meanwhile, compare among them, the Samsung Q80R is better than Q70R. In showing shadow details, its black level might be not as deep as Q70R, but it has better local dimming performance. Additionally, the Q80R also have wider color gamut and better color volume and also can get brighter than the Q70R. This certainly makes HDR images looks more remarkable on the screen of the Q80R than the Q70R.

Winner: Q80R

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Summary

Performance Samsung Q80R Samsung Q70R
Movies (4.4/5) (4.4/5)
Sports (4.3/5) (4/5)
Video Games (4.6/5) (4.6/5)
TV Shows (4.3/5) (4/5)
HDR Experience (4.3/5) (4.3/5)
Smart TV Experience (4/5) (4/5)

Conclusion

As we have discussed a lot above, overall, the Samsung Q80R is better than the Q70R. Almost in all aspects, it is superior to the Q70R.  The only superiority of the Samsung Q70R is it can produce deep black and has better black uniformity. But even so, this is more caused by the use “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer on the screen of the Q80R. However, in other aspects like color reproductions, peak brightness, side viewing angle, and others, the Q80R is superior. This makes the Q80R is better than the Q70R for any usage, whether for watching movies, sports, TV shows, playing games, and HDR experience. Nevertheless, although not as good as the Q80R, performance and picture quality of Samsung Q70R is also not far behind the Q80R.

So, which is a better choice between them? If you have extra budget, Samsung Q80R certainly is better. In addition to its overall performance is better than Q70R, it also has good viewing angle coverage, that certainly give a benefit for you who often watch TV with a group of your family. But keep in mind, with the same screen sizes, the Samsung Q80R is priced hundreds dollar cheaper than Q70R. Meanwhile, if your budget is limited, the Samsung Q70R is also not a bad choice.  Even though its performance is not as good as Q80R, but it can save hundred dollars of your money while its picture quality and performance is not far behind the Q80R. The major shortcoming is it has poor side viewing angle that certainly makes it is not suitable for you who often watch TV with a group of your family. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your budget and own preferences.

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