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Samsung the Terrace vs Q90T (QN55LST7T vs QN55Q90T, QN65LST7T vs QN65Q90T, QN75LST7T vs QN75Q90T)

by on October 19, 2020
 



Samsung the Terrace vs Q90T

Samsung the Terrace is a great QLED TV that is specially designed for outdoor. As an outdoor TV, this TV has an exceptional brightness in order to provide good visibility in broad daylight. On the contrary, it also has good native contrast ratio that allows it can provide deep black when used in the night. One of the advantages that offered by the Terrace is its built-in quality where it has IP55 water resistant, allowing it has a durability against dust and water. On the other hand, the Samsung Q90T is the top model of the Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup. It also has excellent peak brightness, good native contrast ratio, etc. But unlike Samsung the Terrace that specially designed for outdoor, this TV is designed for indoor, albeit its peak brightness is also fairly bright to provide good visibility in broad daylight. But of course, it doesn’t have water resistant design.

In the market, Samsung the Terrace comes in 3 screen size variants including 55 inches (QN55LST7TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65LST7TAFXZA), and 75 inches (QN75LST7TAFXZA). On the other hand, in addition to 55 inches (QN55Q90TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q90TAFXZA), and 75 inches (QN75Q90TAFXZA), the Samsung Q90T also comes in 85 inches (QN85Q90TAFXZA). Meanwhile, with the same screen (QN55LST7TAFXZA vs QN55Q90TAFXZA, QN65LST7TAFXZA vs QN65Q90TAFXZA, QN75LST7TAFXZA vs QN55Q90TAFXZA), Samsung the Terrace is sold much more expensive than the Q90T. And ignoring the design of the Terrace that specially designed for outdoor, which is superior between them?

Samsung the Terrace vs Samsung Q90T Specification

Technology and Features Samsung The Terrace Samsung Q90T
Screen Size Available (QN55LST7TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65LST7TAFXZA), and 75 inches (QN75LST7TAFXZA) 55 inches (QN55Q90TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q90TAFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q90TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q90TAFXZA),
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Weather Resistant Yes (Weather Resistant IP55) N/a
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Technology Yes (Direct Full Array 16X) Yes (Direct Full Array 16X), 85 inches (Direct Full Array 20X)
Viewing Angle Technology Wide Viewing Angle with Anti Glare Ultra Viewing Angle with Anti Glare
Processor Quantum Processor 4K Quantum Processor 4K
Numerical HDR Index by Samsung Quantum HDR Quantum HDR 16X
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
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate No Yes (FreeSync, HDMI Forum)
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2020 Tizen 2020
Processor Quad Core Quad Core
Samsung’s Bixby Yes Yes
Support Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote OneRemote (Rated by IP56 Weather Resistant) TM2050C
Speaker Channel 2 4.2.2
Total Sound Output 20 watts 60 watts
HDMI Ports 3 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 1 2
USB 3.0 No No

Features and Technologies of the Samsung Q90T vs The Terrace

Design

Design is the major difference between Samsung the Terrace and Q90T. As we have mentioned above, the Terrace is specifically design for outdoor while the Q90T is designed for multiple purpose. At a glance, design of the Terrace is similar to Samsung the Frame, but it is thicker and more robust. Unlike other TVs that designed as thin as possible, the Terrace is a thick TV. It has around 6 cm of thickness and its border is around 2 cm. And since this TV is intended to be mounted on the wall, it doesn’t come with a stand. But if you want place it on the table, you can buy its stand separately. Since it has around 6 cm of thickness, this TV will stick out when it is mounted on the wall. And as we have mentioned above, the Terrace has IP55 weather resistant, making it has durability against the dust and water when it is set at outdoor. Meanwhile, back of the TV is all metal with a plastic panel for covering the inputs.

On the other hand, the Samsung Q90T also has excellent design. It is much thinner than the Terrace where its thickness is around 4 cm. Its border is also much thicker, which is around 1 cm.  While the back of the Terrace is all metal, the back of the Q90T is made from plastic. But it also has excellent cable management. This TV is not specifically designed to be mounted on the wall, so it comes with a stand.  Its stand is made from metal. But it is small and center mounted, so there is a bit wobble. But the advantage, it doesn’t need a large table when you want place it on the table.

Panel Technology

Just like other models of the Samsung’s QLED TV lineup, both of Samsung the Terrace and Q90T use VA panel that powered by Quantum Dot panel. The difference is that the panel of the Samsung Q90T has an anti glare optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” while the panel of the Terrace also has an anti glare optical layer called “Wide Viewing Angle”. As we have known, the TV with VA panel usually has poor side viewing angle coverage. But with this anti glare optical layer, their side viewing angle can be improved.  On the other hand, the Quantum Dot technologies allow them can deliver wide color gamut, wider than conventional VA panel technology.

Direct Full Array Backlight

Meanwhile, as their backlight technology, they both use Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. For this case, except the 80 inches variant of the Q90T that has powered by Direct Full Array 20x, their local dimming technology is called Direct Full Array 16x. Although their dimming technology has the same name, but we did not dare to make sure that the number of their dimming zones is same. From the unofficially sites, The Q90T has around 90 dimming zones while the terrace has 90 – 120 dimming zones, depending on the screen sizes.

Images Processor

Both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace are powered by the same images processor, which is Quantum Processor 4K. In addition it can process 4K images excellently, it is also able to provide some AI-based features like Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, and Adaptive Volume. Additionally, it also has a machine learning that will improve their performance in up-scaling lower resolution content to 4K. Based on the correlation of low resolution/quality samples with their corresponding high resolution/quality version (of the same content), its machine learning will collect and analyze the data that has been processed. The result, the noise reduction, detail correction, and edge enhancements of up-scaled image produced will be more optimized. And as more data is collected and analyzed, their picture engine has the potential to fine-tune the different up-scaling components further over time. This image processor also can process HDR images fairly well. Not only HDR10 format, but also HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and HDR10+ that already use dynamic metadata. But unfortunately, unlike their competitor from other manufacturers, both of them don’t support Dolby Vision.

Motion Technology

Both of the Samsung the Terrace and Q90T have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel.  This allows them can support any content with frame rate up to 120 Hz. Additionally, this allows them can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. Meanwhile, the difference is that the Q90T already support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate Technology while the Terrace doesn’t support.  When the input signal is 1080p or 1440p, the frequency in the VRR of the Q90T range between 20 Hz – 120 Hz while when the input signal is 4K, its frequency ranges between 48 Hz – 120 Hz. Additionally, the VRR technology of the Q90T is also compatible with FreeSync. This will improve its gaming experience, allowing you to play any game with a compatible console with screen tearing-free. But unfortunately, its VRR technology doesn’t support NVidia GSync and HDMI Forum VRR.

Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, the both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. However, although the highest possible of their dimming frequency is same, which is 960 Hz, but it is reached in different mode. On the Samsung Q90T, it flickers at 960 Hz when its picture mode is set to “Movie” while on the Terrace, it flickers at 960 Hz when its picture mode is set to “Movie” and “Game” mode. In this condition, since their backlight flickers at very high frequency, this makes their backlight’s flicker is not noticeable. Meanwhile, On the Q90T, when it is set in “Dynamic”, “Standard”, “Natural”, or “Game” mode, its dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz. Additionally, when “Picture Clarity” is enabled, this will makes its flickering is also always 120 Hz, even when it is set in “Movie”. On the other hand, on the Terrace, its dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz when it is set to “Natural”, “FilmMaker”, or “Dynamic” mode. Additionally, in Game Mode, it also will flicker at 120 Hz when “Game Motion Plus” is enabled.

Additionally, they both also have an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode called “LED Clear Motion”. Enabling this feature will make their backlight flicker at 60 Hz and it is very helpful to make motion smoother, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But even so, the location of their “LED Clear Motion” menu is different. On the Q90T, you will find this feature in “Picture Clarity” menu while on the Terrace, this feature is located in “Game Motion Plus Setting” menu.

Connectivity

As their major connectivity, the Samsung Q90T is equipped with 4 HDMI ports while Samsung the Terrace is equipped with 3 HDMI ports only. The other difference is about the support of HDMI 2.1. All of their HDMI ports may support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2. ARC and eARC (Q90T is on HDMI 3 while the Terrace is on HDMI 2), and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). Meanwhile, although not full bandwidth, one of HDMI ports of the Q90T (HDMI 4) also already support HDMI 2.1.  On the other hand, none of HDMI ports of the Terrace that supports HDMI 2.1. Additionally, the Q90T also has more number of USB ports, which are 2 ports while the Terrace only has 1 USB port. But even so, all of their USB ports are USB 2.0 and none of their USB ports is USB 3.0.

In addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1 RF In (Antenna In), 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), and 1 Ethernet port. A bit difference is about Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm) where Samsung the Terrace has this connectivity while the Q90T doesn’t have. And for wireless connectivity, they both are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. They both don’t have Composite and Component In, so if you still have old devices that have Component and Composite Out as their major connectivity, you need an adapter.

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Samsung the Terrace vs Q90T Performance

Contrast and Black Level

Since both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace use VA panel, they both have excellent native contrast ratio. But even so, compare among them, Samsung the Terrace has much higher native contrast ratio than the Q90T. If the native contrast ratio of the Samsung Q90T is around 4000:1, the Terrace has around 6500:1 of native contrast ratio. The use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical layer on the Q90T makes its native contrast ratio is not as strong as other model of Samsung TV, but its native contras ratio is still good. On the other hand, although the Terrace also uses an anti glare optical layer called “Wide Viewing Angle”, it doesn’t have a significant impact on its native contrast ratio.

As we have mentioned above, both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace have Full Array Local dimming and in improving their contrast ratio, the local dimming of the Q90T is better than the Terrace. With local dimming enabled, the contrast ratio of the Q90T is improved to around 10000:1 while the contrast ratio of Samsung the Terrace is improved to around 8000:1. While the contrast ratio of the Q90T is stronger that makes it can produce deeper black than the Terrace, black uniformity of the Terrace is better than the Q90T. And ignoring their difference in contrast ratio, their contrast ratio is equally good and strong enough to produce deep black. So, even though they are set in a pitch dark room, black of images displayed on their screen will still look really black. And combination to their good black uniformity, dark scene of images will look excellent on their screen, even in a dark room.

Winner: the Terrace

Local Dimming Performance

As we have mentioned above, both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace have Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local dimming. But even so, even though they both have similar number of dimming zones, in improving contrast ratio, the local dimming of the Q90T is better than the Terrace. However, in handling blooming, their performance is not much different. Their local dimming is able to make blooming around bright object less intense that means it is good. Additionally, subtitle also can be handled, makes subtitle look focus. And it is very useful when you watch a movie with a subtitle.

Winner: Q90T

SDR Peak Brightness

Samsung the Terrace has much brighter peak brightness than the Q90T. With real content, the Q90T hit around 610 nits while the Terrace can hit around 1200 nits. Just like other models of LED TV with local dimming, their peak brightness also varies depending on the content, but the variation of the Terrace is fewer than Q90T. Samsung the Terrace hit their highest peak brightness on 25% and 50% window where it hit around 1800 nits. Meanwhile, on 2%, 10%, and 100% window, it hit around 1650 nits. This mean, no matter bright area is small or large, it can show them with brightness level that is not much different, that means it is good. And with its brightness level, Samsung the Terrace will not have a problem when set in on outdoor even when direct sunlight fall on its screen.

On the other hand, although not as bright as Samsung the Terrace, the Samsung Q90T also has excellent SDR peak brightness. With real content, it can get 610 nits, bright enough to fight the glare in a bright room. Just like the Terrace, peak brightness of the Q90T also varies depending on the content, but its variation is more intense. It hits its highest peak brightness on 10 % window, which is around 1350 nits. But on 2% window, its peak brightness drop to around 1100 nits. And the larger bright area, their peak brightness drops, down to around 550 nits on 100% window.  With this characteristic, Peak brightness of the Q90T is also bright enough to fight the glare in a very bright room, but on outdoor with direct sunlight fall on its screen, it may be not bright enough.

Winner: The Terrace

HDR Peak Brightness

The HDR peak brightness of the Samsung the Terrace is also much brighter than the Q90T and they both can get brighter than their SDR peak brightness. With real content, the Q90T can hit around 1150 nits while the Terrace hits around 1750 nits. Their peak brightness also varies depends on the content, but their characteristic is different. The large area increase peak brightness of the Terrace also increase, while peak brightness of the Q90T decrease.  Samsung the Terrace hits its highest peak brightness is even on 50% and 100% window where it can get brighter than 1800 nits. And the dimmest peak brightness of the Terrace is even on 2% window where it hit around 1550 nits. On the other hand, Samsung the Q90T hits its peak brightness at 10% window where it hit around 1350 nits and on 2% window, it hits around 100 nits. When the large area is bright, its peak brightness will drop, down to around 600 nits on 100% window. Ignoring their difference, they both can show HDR images as bright they should be, even at range of 1000 – 4000 nits intended by content creator. Overall, Samsung the Terrace has brighter HDR peak brightness. On the other hand, although not as bright as the Terrace, its peak brightness is also excellent.

Winner: The Terrace

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace have wide color gamut and their color gamut is almost similar. The difference may be a panel variance. In DCI P3 xy color space, they both can cover around 89% while in DCI P3 uv color space, they both can cover around 94 %. Although not as wide as OLED TV, their color gamut is wide enough to show HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 colorfully. In Rec.2020 color space, their color gamut coverage is also good where they can cover around 67 % of Rec.2020 xy and around 75% of Rec.2020 uv color space. But unfortunately, although they both have good color coverage in Rec.2020, but they don’t support Dolby Vision, a HDR format that mastered in Rec.2020.

Quantum Dot Technology

In addition they have similar color gamut, they both also have similar color volume and their color volume is good. They both can show their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range. Deep, dark shades of colors can be produced as well as bright colors. But just like most LED TVs, they both struggle to show bright blues. But overall, combined to their wide color gamut, this makes them can show most colors of HDR images accurately and vibrantly, makes HDR images look colorful they way they should in HDR.

Winner: Draw

Color Gradient

If their color gamut and color volume is almost similar, the Samsung Q90T has better color gradient than the Terrace. On their screen, there may be still some little banding in certain colors, especially in greens, reds, and grays, but on the screen of the Terrace, the banding is more intense than on the screen of the Q90T. Although there may be still banding in certain colors, in normal content, this should not be noticeable. However, if you feel banding still bother you, they both have a feature called “Noise Reduction” that can help to remove banding. But keep in mind, enabling this feature may be able to remove banding, but on the other hand, this can cause the image loses some fine details in certain scenes.

Winner: Q90T

Side Viewing Angle

Ultra Vieiwng Angle

The use of an anti glare optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” makes the Samsung Q90T has better side viewing angle coverage than Samsung the Terrace. On the other hand, even though the Terrace also has an anti glare optical layer called “Wide Viewing Angle”, but in improving side viewing angle coverage, it is not as good as on the Q90T. On the screen of the Q90T, black level can be maintained up to around 70 degrees off center and front. On the other hand, black level of the Terrace will rise quickly started at around 20 degrees off center and front. Additionally, in maintaining brightness level, the Q90T is also better where its brightness level will start to decrease at around 45 degrees while brightness level of the Terrace will start to decrease at around 30 degrees. In maintaining color accuracy, the Q90T is also better than the Terrace. On the screen of the Q90t, color will start to look washed out at around 40 while on the screen of the Terrace, color will look washed out started at around 25 degrees off  center and front.  So, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of the Q90T will look much better than on the screen of Samsung the Terrace.

Winner: Q90T

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q90T has a bit faster pixel response time than the Terrace. If pixel response time of Samsung the Terrace is around 14 ms, response time of the Q90T is around 10 ms.  But even so, even though pixel response time of the Q90T is faster than the Terrace, but the impact is not noticeable. SO, when they are showing fast moving images like fast sports, the picture produced looks very clear with almost no motion blur visible. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail that should not be noticeable in normal content. And as we have mentioned above, both of them also have an optional 60 Hz BFI mode that can help to improve their motion appearance, especially when they are playing 60 fps content. But keep in mind, their BFI mode has a bit difference in characteristic. The Q90T can flicker at 60 Hz when playing 60 fps content at any mode, while the Terrace is able to flicker 60 Hz when playing 60 fps content if it is set in “Game Mode” only.

Additionally, when playing 24p movies, they both also can do a great job. No matter the source type of the movie, they both can show them with judder free. This means, whether the source is native 24p content like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, 24p movies via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or 24p movies via native streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, all of them will be shown clearly with judder-free on their screen.

Winner: Q90T

Input Lags

Samsung the Terrace has a bit lower input lags than the Q90T in “Game mode”. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, input lag of the Terrace is around 9 ms while the Q90T is around 10 ms. With 120 fps content, their input lags at both 1080p and 1440p resolution are even lower, which is around 5 ms for the Terrace and around 6 ms for the Q90T. Meanwhile, with VRR enabled, the input lags of the Q90T are around 6 ms for both 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 15 ms for 4K resolution. Just we have mentioned above, Samsung the Terrace doesn’t support any VRR technology. With these statistics, we can see although the input lags of the Terrace are a bit lower than the Q90T, but their difference is not too significant and doesn’t have a significant impact. And with their low input lags, this certainly makes them are very responsive when used for playing games. This will please most gamers, no matter the type of game they are playing.

Winner: the Terrace

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both of Samsung the Terrace and Q90T are great TVs for watching movies. Although the Terrace is an outdoor TV but it also has excellent native contrast ratio. So, even though in the night, black of images displayed on its screen still look really black. On the other hand, the Q90T can produce deep dark, so there will be not a problem when it is used to watch movies in a dark room. Both of them also can upscale lower resolution movies to 4K fairly well, so no matter the resolution of your movies, you can enjoy them in 4K resolution with detail preserved well. And their great performance in handling 24p judder allows you to watch any movies with judder-free.  Overall, compare between them, the Terrace is a bit better since it has better black uniformity than the Q90T. But their difference doesn’t have a significant impact.

Winner: the Terrace

For Watching Sports

Both of the Samsung Q90T and the Terrace are also great TV for watching sports. They both have excellent SDR peak brightness and combined to their good reflection handling makes sports displayed on their screen look obvious without disturbed by glare in bright room, even with a lot of light. Additionally, they both also have good motion handling. Combination of low pixel response time and Black Frame Insertion technology makes fast sports look very clear and smooth on their screen. But unfortunately, special for the Terrace, its 60 Hz BFI mode works on Game mode only. Meanwhile, the other advantage of the Q90T is its side viewing angle coverage. As we have discussed above, the Q90T has better side viewing angle coverage than the Terrace. This is very useful particularly when you are watching a big game with a group of your friend or family.

Winner: Q90T

Video Games

When used for playing video games, the Samsung Q90T is better than the Terrace. They both may have good motion handling, making fast games look very smooth and clear on their screen.  Additionally, they both also have excellent input lags, allowing you to play any games responsively. Their HDMI ports also support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), making them can automatically switch to Game Mode once the signal from a compatible console is detected. But as we have discussed above, Samsung the Terrace doesn’t support any VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. On the other hand, the Q90T support VRR technology that is compatible with FreeSync. As we have known, VRR technology can improve gaming experience, allowing you to play game without screen tearing. Overall, they both are great TVs for playing Video Games, but with VRR technology, the Q90T is a bit better.

Winner: Q90T

HDR Performance

Both of Samsung the Terrace and Q90T also have great HDR experience. They both can produce deep black, making shadow details of HDR images can be shown like what expected in HDR. Combination of their wide color gamut and color volume also makes most colors of HDR images can be shown vibrantly and accurately, making HDR image look colorful on their screen. Not only that, they both also can do a good job when handling 10 bit signal, making color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen look very smooth without much banding. And that’s excellent is about their HDR peak brightness where there are not many TV can match their HDR peak brightness.  With HDR peak brightness above 1000 nits, not only highlights can pop even in bright room, but HDR images can also be shown as bright as what intended by the content creator. Overall, their HDR performance is great but the Terrace is better because it has much brighter HDR peak brightness than the Q90T

Winner: The Terrace

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, both of Samsung the Terrace and Q90T are great TV for multiple usages. Regardless you use them for watching movies, TV shows, Sports, HDR contents, or playing games, their performance is equally great. But of course, they each have advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung Q90T is better in local dimming performance, side viewing angle, and supports VRR Technology, making it is better when used for watching sports with a group of your family and friend and also better when used for plying games. On the other hand, Samsung the Terrace has higher native contrast ratio and much brighter SDR and HDR peak brightness, making it has better HDR performance and when used in a very bright room. Additionally, the Terrace is also an outdoor TV that specifically design with IP555 weather resistant standardization, so you don’t need to worry it will be damaged by water or dust when you set in an outdoor. Which is a better choice? The decision certainly comes back to you according to your purpose. But as we have mentioned, with the same screen sizes, Samsung the Terrace is priced much more expensive than the Samsung Q90T.

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