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Sony X800H vs Samsung Q60T Review – (XBR43X800H vs QN43Q60T, XBR49X800H vs QN50Q60T, XBR55X800H vs QN55Q60T, XBR65X800H vs QN65Q60T, XBR75X800H vs QN75Q60T, and XBR85X800H vs QN85Q60T)

by on April 13, 2020
 



Sony X800H vs Samsung Q60T Review

Sony X800H and Samsung Q60T are the mid-end LED TVs in 2020 from each of their manufacturer. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages to each other. In the market they both come in a lot of screen sizes option. For the Q60T, it is available on 7 screen sizes option including 43 inches (QN43Q60T), 50 inches (QN60Q60T), 55 inches (QN55Q60T), 58 inches (QN58Q60T), 65 inches (QN65Q60T), 75 inches (QN75Q60T), and 85 inches (QN85Q60T). On the other hand, for the X800H, it lacks 58 inches model and comes in 49 inches instead 50 inches.  From the smallest, the X800H is available on 43 inches (XNR43X800H), 49 inches (XNR49X800H), 55 inches (XNR55X800H), 65 inches (XNR65X800H), 75 inches (XNR75X800H), and 85 inches (XNR85X800H).

Meanwhile, with the same screen sizes (XBR43X800H vs QN43Q60T, XBR49X800H vs QN50Q60T, XBR55X800H vs QN55Q60T, XBR65X800H vs QN65Q60T, XBR75X800H vs QN75Q60T, and XBR85X800H vs QN85Q60T), their price are depending on the screen size. In certain size, their price is almost similar, but in other certain screen size, the Q60T or X800H is more expensive. So, what features and performance are offered by each and which is a better choice between them?

Short Review of Sony X800H and Samsung Q60T

Sony X800H vs Samsung Q60T Key Specs

Technology and Features Sony X800H Samsung Q60T
Screen Size Available 43 Inches (XBR43X800H), 49 Inches (XBR49X800H), 55 Inches (XBR55X800H), 65 Inches (XBR65X800H), 75 Inches (XBR75X800H), 85 Inches (XBR85X800H) 43 Inches (QN43Q60T), 50 inches (QN50Q60T), 55 inches (QN55Q60T), 58 Inches (QN58Q60T), 65 inches (QN65Q60T), 75 Inches (QN75Q60T), 85 inches (QN85Q60T)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology IPS Panel,
75” and 85” = VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight Technology 43”, 49”= Edge Lit
55”, 65”, 75”, 85” = Direct LED
Dual LED (Edge Lit LED)
Local Dimming Technology No No
Processor 4K HDR Processor X1 Quantum Processor 4K Lite
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Contrast Enhancement Object-based HDR Remaster, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer Supreme UHD Dimming
Color Enhancement TriLuminos Display, Live Color Technology Quantum Dot
Clarity Enhancement 4K X Reality Pro, Object-based HDR Remaster, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology MotionFlow XR 240 Motion Rate 120+
Native Refresh Rate Panel 60 Hz 60 Hz
Smart TV Platform Android 8.0 Oreo Tizen 2020 with Bixby Voice Assistant
Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote Sony Voice Remote TM2050A
Speaker Channel 2 2
Total Sound Output 20 watts 20 watts
HDMI Ports 4 3
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 Yes No
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

Features and Technology of Samsung Q60T and Sony X800H

Panel Technology

Just like other models of Samsung TV, the Samsung Q60T also uses VA panel technology. And we have known, a TV with VA panel usually has good native contrast ratio. However, it has poor side viewing angle. On the other hand, except its 75 inches and 85 inches models that also use VA panel, the Sony X800H uses IPS panel.  The opposite of the VA panel, a TV with IPS panel usually has good side viewing angle but otherwise, it has poor side viewing angle. Considering the X800H use different panel technology for certain scenes, this comparison refers to their model that use IPS panel.  Meanwhile, as their backlight technology, the Samsung Q60T uses direct LED while the X800H depends on the screen sizes. For its 43 inches and 49 inches model, it uses Edge Lit Led while for its 55 inches model and bigger, it uses VA panel technology.  But unfortunately, they both don’t have any local dimming technology that can improve their performance in a dark room.

Image Processor

As their processors, the Samsung Q60T is powered by Quantum 4K Processor 4K Lite. Although this processor lacks some features found on the higher series like Q70T or higher but it is powerful in mastering HDR content, optimizing native contrast ratio, and orchestrating color. On the other hand, the Sony X800H is powered by 4K HDR Processor X1, the lowest model of X1 Engine family. Just like on Q60T, this processor also lacks some features found the X1 Extreme or X1 Ultimate engine. Although not as powerful as the higher model, but this processor is also fairly powerful to process HDR images, optimize contrast and orchestrate color.

Motion Technology

For maximizing their performance in processing fast moving image, the Samsung Q60T is powered by Motion Rate 120 Technology while the Sony X800H is powered by MotionFlow XR240. But basically, both of these technologies are based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Since they both only support 60 Hz refresh panel, this certainly makes them don’t support native 120fps content and HFR (High Frame Rate Content). Additionally, they both also don’t support any VRR Variable Refresh Rate) technology that can improve their game experience.

Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they use different system. For the Q60T, it uses PWM (Pulse Width Dimming) system with dimming frequency of 600 Hz in most picture mode. Since it uses high frequency, this certainly makes its backlight flicker is not noticeable for most people. But even so, its dimming frequency can change depending on the picture setting. If the picture mode is set to “Game”, “Standard”,  “Dynamic”, and “Natural”, its dimming frequency will change to 120 Hz. Additionally, enabling the “Picture Clarity” will also make its dimming frequency is always 120 Hz. You can also change its dimming frequency to 60 Hz by enabling its BFI mode by turning on “LED Clear Motion”. In this setting, this will make motion looks smoother, but on the hand, this will make its backlight flicker might be noticeable for some people, especially for people who sensitive to flicker.

On the other hand, the Sony X800H doesn’t use PWM dimming system. This makes its screen is almost flicker-free. But even so, to make motion smoother, the X800H also has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode. But unfortunately, its lowest possible frequency of its BFI mode is 120 Hz, not 60 Hz. This may be able to make motion smoother, but when it is playing 60 fps content, this may make some duplication.

Inputs

 As their major connectivity, Sony X800H has 4 HDMI ports while the Samsung Q60T has 3 HDMI ports only.  All of their HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, and CEC. Additionally, one of their HDMI port also support ARC (Audio Return Channel), HDMI 2 for Q60T and HDMI 3 for X800H. Their HDMI ports also support most resolution of 60 fps content including 1080p, 4K, 4K with HDR, and 4K @4:4:4 chroma. The advantage of Q60T is that it also supports 1440p while the X800H doesn’t support. Even though they both support HDR content, but the format supported by them is different, particularly for dynamic HDR content. They both support HDR10 and HLG, but for dynamic HDR, the X800H supports Dolby Vision while the Q60T supports HDR10+.

IN addition to HDMI ports, they both also have 2 USB ports. But for this case, the USB ports of the X800H are USB 3.0 while the USB ports of the Q60T are USB 2.0. Additionally, they both also have 1 Composite In, 1 RF In, 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet ports.  They both also have built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connection. Special for the X800H, it also has analog audio out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm) and IR In (IR Blaster) while the Q60T doesn’t have this port.

Smart TV Platform

Tizen 2020 vs Android 8.0

As their smart TV platform, the Sony X800H runs Android TV 9.0 Pie while the Samsung Q60T runs Tizen 2020 with reduced some features. Both of these smart TV platforms have attractive and intuitive interface but of course with different design.  Their interface is equally smooth and easy to use. But even so, in comparison, the interface of the Q60T is easier while the X800H is smoother. Talking about apps provide, they both also provided a lot of pre-installed apps like VoD Service, Web Browser, Games, Live TV, etc. They both also have apps store which have great selections of apps, Tizen OS with Samsung Apps Store and Android TVs with Google Play Store. They both also already support Home Smart Apps like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc. Their smart TV platform also already supports Voice Navigation. Samsung Q60T is supported by Samsung’s Bixby while the Q60R is supported by Google Voice Assistant.

Remote

As their major controller, the Samsung Q60T is equipped with Samsung Smart Controller TM2020A while the Sony X800H is equipped with Sony Voice Remote.  The Samsung Remote is small and only has a few buttons while the Sony Remote is large and has a lot of buttons. Nevertheless, their remotes both are equipped with built in microphone and have many features of voice control. Their voice command will only work when they are paired to the TV via Bluetooth. Both of these remote can also be used to control other devices that support HDMI CEC. And with Ambient OneRemote feature on the Remote of Q60T and IR Blaster on the Remote of the X800H, their remote can also be used to control other devices via IR. This certainly is very helpful to control other devices that don’t support CEC. But as we have known, the control via IR need direct line of sight to the devices.

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Sony X800H vs Samsung Q60T Performance

Contrast and Black Level

High vs Low Contrast

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As we have discussed above, the use of the VA panel make the Samsung Q60T has excellent native contrast ratio. With around 7000:1 of contrast ratio, the Q60T can produce very deep black. And combined to its excellent black uniformity, makes black of images appear excellently on its screen, even if it is set in a dark room. Additionally, deep black produced by the Q60T is also deep enough to show shadow details of HDR images excellently the way they should in HDR. On the other hand, the native contrast ratio of the Sony X800H is very poor. With around 1000:1, the deepest black produced by the X800H is only around 0.1 nits. This certainly is deep enough to show inky black. Additionally, its black level is not also dark enough to show shadow details of HDR image they should be. In a dark room, instead of really black, black of images even looks tend to gray than really black. But even so, once it is set in a bright room where the impact of native contrast ratio is not too sensitive, the picture displayed on the screen of the X800H will look much better.

Winner:  Q60T

Peak Brightness

Both Samsung Q60T and Sony X800H have good SDR peak brightness. Even though the X800H actually has a bit brighter peak brightness than the Q60T, but their difference is not too significant. With around 400-450 nits, their peak brightness is bright enough to fight the glare in most bright room. The upside, their peak brightness is relatively consistent in almost all windows sizes. This means, they both can show different types of content with the same brightness level, which is great.  Special for the Q60T, its peak brightness in 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black) is darker than the rest, which is around 250 nits. This means, small highlight will looks dimmer on the screen of the Q60T. But even so, overall, their SDR pea brightness is equally good.

Meanwhile, with HDR contents, the peak brightness of the Samsung Q60T is relatively same. For SDR content, peak brightness of the Q60T might be bright enough to fight the glare, but it is not bright enough to show HDR images they should be. And just like with SDR content, its peak brightness in 2% window is darker that makes small highlight cannot pop the way they should in HDR. On the other hand, with HDR content, the Sony X800H can hit brighter peak brightness than with HDR content. And just like with SDR content, their peak brightness is relatively consistent at any window sizes.  With around 500 nits, HDR images displayed on their screen actually is fairly bright. But even so, its peak brightness is not still bright enough to make HDR images standout like content creator intended. Additionally, its peak brightness in small window is also not bright enough to make small highlight pop. But even so, with all of their shortcomings, for their price range, their HDR peak brightness is still good.

Winner: X800H

Color Performance

Wide color gamut

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The Sony X800H and Samsung Q60T have good color gamut and their color gamut is also almost similar. In DCI P3 uv, the X800H can cover around 93% of color space while the Q60T can cover around 92% of color space. Meanwhile, in Rec.2020uv, the Q60T and X800H can cover around 72%. This means, their color gamut is wide enough to show HDR images colorfully the way they should in HDR. While they both have almost similar color gamut, the Q60T has better color volume than the X800H. The advantage of the Q60T is that it can produce deep dark colors. On the other hand, since the X800H has low native contrast ratio, it cannot produce deep dark color fairly well. But even so, except dark colors, they both can well show their wide color gamut at entire their brightness well. However, as is typical of LED TVs, they both cannot also produce very bright blues.

Meanwhile, in term of color gradient, the Sony X800H has much smoother color gradient than the Samsung Q60T. On the screen of the Q60T, there is banding in almost all colors. It may have “Noise Reduction” feature that can be used to remove banding. But set this feature to “Auto” can only helps a bit and cannot remove the banding completely. On the other hand, color gradient of HDR images displayed on the screen of the X800H looks much smoother. In certain shades of colors like dark green or dark red, there may be still some banding. However, this should be hard to notice for most people.

Winner: X800H

Side Viewing Angle

Side Viewing Angle

Just we have discussed above, the use of VA panel may make the Q60T has good native contras ratio, but on the other hand, this makes its side viewing angle coverage is poor. On the other hand, the use of IPS panel makes the X800H low native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, it has good side viewing angle. On the screen of the Q^0T, black level will degrade started at around 15 degrees off center and front and is worse as the angle is increase. On the other hand, the X800H is able to maintain its black level up to extremely wide angle. Additionally, if the Q60T can only maintain its brightness at around 32 degrees, the X800H can maintain its peak brightness up to around 45 degrees. Meanwhile, in maintain color accuracy, the X800H is also much better than the Q60T. If on the screen of the Q60T, the color will start to lose its accuracy at around 25 degrees, on the screen of the X800H, the color accuracy can be maintained up to around 45 degrees.

Winner: X800H

Motion Handling

The Sony X800H also has faster pixel response time than the Samsung Q60T. If the pixel response time of the X800H is around 15 ms, the Q60T is around 18 ms. But even so, considering their value, their difference is not too significant. Separated from their difference, their pixel response time is equally good. Fast moving scenes look very smooth on their screen. Although there is actually a short ghosting trail following fast moving object, this should not be noticeable to most people.

Meanwhile, as we have discussed above, to help make motion smoother, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode.  But the Q60T is better due its lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern is 60 Hz while the X800H is 120 Hz. Since the X800H have 60 Hz native refresh rate, with 120 Hz flickering, this will cause some duplication that may bother some people. But keep in mind, enabling their BFI mode may make motion is smoother, but on the other hand, this will makes their backlight flicker is more noticeable.

In processing 24p movies, the Sony X800H is a bit better than the Q60T. Regardless, the source, the Samsung Q60T cannot remove the judder, even if the source is native 24p content like DVD or Blu Ray movies. On the other hand, although the X800H cannot also remove the judder in 24p content via 60p signal like movies from satellite TV, via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or  movies from native apps like Netflix, YouTube, etc, but at least, it can still remove the judder from native 24p source. Fortunately, most people don’t sensitive to judder, so this should not be a serious problem for them.

Winner: X800H

Input Lags

Both Sony X800H and Samsung Q60T have excellent input lags in Game Mode. And their input lags are almost the same in most resolution which supported by them. Except in 4K with 10 Bit HDR, their input lags are around 10 ms, which is excellent. But on 4K resolution with 10 bit HDR, the input lags of the Q60T is higher than the X800H. If the input lag of the X800H is around 13 ms, the input lag of the Q60T is around 28 ms. On the contrary, in 4K with interpolation, the input lag of the Q60T is much faster than the X800H where input lag of the Q60T is around 26 ms while X800H is around 128 ms. But even so, separated from their difference, in general, their input lags are low enough to make them very responsive for any games, even for fast games that require fast reflexes.

Winner: Draw

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

When used for watching movies in a dark room, the Samsung Q60T is better than the Sony X800H. This is due to it has excellent native contrast ratio and can produce deep dark. On the other, performance of the Sony X800H when used in a dark room is not so good due to its low native contrast ratio. As we have discussed above, the X800H cannot produce deep dark. In a dark room, black of images displayed on its screen even tend to look gray than really black. This certainly makes the picture displayed on its screen looks less natural. But as we have mentioned, as long as it s not used in a dark room, performance of the X800H is much better even when used for watching movies.

Winner: Samsung Q60T

For Watching Sports

Both of the Sony X800H and Samsung Q60T are good TVs for watching sports. They both have good SDR peak brightness, makes the picture displayed on their screen look clearly in most bright rooms. Additionally, they both also have excellent pixel response time, make sports with fast moving scene look smooth on their screen. The advantage of the X800H is that it has good viewing angle, ensure all of you get the best viewing when watching big games with a group of your family and friend. On the other hand, the side viewing angle of the Q60T is poor. And this certainly is not suitable when used for watching big games with wide seating arrangement.

Winner: Sony X800H

Video Games

Since they both have excellent input lags, they are equally very responsive for any games, even for games that require fast reflexes. Additionally, their excellent pixel response time also makes games with fast moving scene looks very smooth on their screen. But unfortunately, they both don’t support any VRR technology that can improve their game experience. Nevertheless, although they both are equally great TVs for games, but the X800H is a bit better than the Q60T. This is due to it has a bit lower pixel response time and better side viewing angle. This is very useful when you are playing a game with a group of your friend or family.

Winner: X800H

HDR Experience

In general, their HDR performance is actually only decent. The Samsung Q60T may have deep black level and great black uniformity that make shadow details can be shown excellently. Additionally, it also already supports wide color gamut, allows it is able to show colorful HDR images. But unfortunately, it doesn’t have excellent color gradient and bright enough HDR peak brightness, so HDR images cannot be shown they should be. The HDR performance of the X800H is even worse. Even though it has brighter HDR peak brightness than the Q60T, but its peak brightness is not still bright enough to show HDR images as bright they should be. Additionally, its poor black level also makes it is not able to show shadow details of HDR images excellently. The upside, it has wide color gamut and great color gradient. And this is the only factor of the X800H that meet the minimum recommendation for HDR.  Overall, the Q60T has better HDR performance than the X800H.

Winner: Q60T

Summary

Performance Sony X800H Samsung Q60T
Movies (3.1/5) (3.5/5)
Sports (4/5) (3.8/5)
Video Games (4.3/5) (4.2/5)
TV Shows (4/5) (3.9/5)
HDR Experience (3.6/5) (3.8/5)
Smart TV Experience (4.1/5) (4/5)

As we have mentioned above, the main superiority of the Samsung Q60T to the X800H is about its black level. This means, the Q60T is superior in a dark room and all things that have to do to dark scene. On the other hand, the Sony X800H is superior in HDR peak brightness and side viewing angle. So, which is a better choice between them? The decision certainly comes back to you according to your preferences. If you often watch movies in a dark room or HDR performance is your main consideration, the Q60T certainly is better. But on the contrary, except for those purpose, the X800H is better.

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