Samsung TV 2020: Every 8K & 4K TV explained


Samsung QLED TV: A complete guide to Samsung’s 2020 TVs

Samsung TV 2020: Samsung is the biggest manufacturer of TVs in the world, so it stands to reason they’ll have a little something for everyone in their 2020 line-up.

Samsung is the principal backer for 8K, offering a selection of models. It hasn’t forgotten about its 4K TVs either with its premium QLED range followed up by its affordable Crystal UHD range.

The help your sort your through all the models, sizes and features we’ve made this guide so you can find the Samsung TV you want.

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Samsung TV 2020 highlights

Samsung’s flagship TV is its Q950TS 8K Infinity Screen flagship TV. The Q950TS’ display occupies 99% of the screen, and at 15mm thick, it borders on OLED levels of slimness for an LED TV. Only the Q950T and Q900T 8K TVs have this super-slim design.

With very little if at all native 8K content out there, Samsung’s solution has been to develop a new AI Quantum Processor. With its 8K AI upscaling and deep-learning capabilities, it can convert sub-8K content into near-8K quality and in our reviews we’ve noted that it has a considerable improvement upon 4K content.

Every model in Samsung’s 8K QLED TV range has met the 8K Association’s Test Specifications requirements as well as the CTA 8K Ultra HD Display Definition, in case other brands were looking to pour cold water of the nature of Samsung’s 8K output.

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Other features for 2020 include Adaptive Picture, one of Samsung’s ‘Intelligent’ features on its TVs. The mode analyses light conditions of your room and adjusts the picture in accordance, so you can view the best picture regardless of whether it’s in a bright or dark room. Active Voice Amplifier detects background noises and adjusts the clarity of voices/sound so the viewer can hear what’s being said clearly.

Object Tracking Sound+ uses an AI algorithm to track objects on the screen using the speakers on top, side and bottom of the TV. Q-Symphony expands on this with a compatible soundbar (HW-Q950T, HW-Q900T, HW-Q800T, HW-Q70T and HW-Q60T). The TV’s speakers and the soundbar work in unison to track objects and produce a bigger soundstage. The Q80T QLED TV and above support the Q-Symphony feature.

Samsung’s Tizen smart platform is the most comprehensive available with a huge amount of apps. Alongside OTT apps Prime Video, Netflix, Rakuten TV and the UK catch-up apps such as BBC iPlayer, there are music apps in Deezer, Spotify and TIDAL. Apple TV joined the platform in 2019, and both Apple Music and Disney+ launched in 2020.

Subsequent additions include a number of wellness apps including Samsung’s own Smart Health, FitPlan and Barre3. With Samsung putting its eggs in the corner of HDR10+, it’s sought to expand the amount of HDR10+ content with the addition of Google Play Movies to the services that support the HDR format.

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A recent update has finally brought Google Assistant to Samsung’s TVs, joining Amazon Alexa and Samsung’s Boxy as voice assistant options. Multi-View is a feature people who frequently use other devices whilst watching TV. For example you can share from the mobile device to the TV while playing a videogame and have both on the screen at the same. Multi-View offers the choice between 14 different layout options for two windows. Tap View makes it easy connect a smartphone to a TV by touching the two devices together (only available with compatible, i.e. Galaxy, smartphones).

With next-gen gaming consoles here in the PS5 and Xbox Series X, Samsung has stepped up its gaming features. Input lag is consistently under 10ms, there’s support for 4K/120Hz, ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), to put the TV automatically into Game Mode and synchronise the TV’s refresh rate with the game respectively. eARC for passthrough of lossless audio formats such as Atmos is available across the range, from its QLEDs to the Crystal UHD 4K TVs.

Samsung announced consumer-facing MicroLED TVs available in 75-, 88-, 93-, 110- and 150-inch versions. MicroLED is made up of modular panels that connect together to create a mini-cinema that fits any living space. Samsung claims its MicroLED displays offer the best-in-class picture quality with peak brightness of 5000 nits; greater depth, better resolution, and higher clarity. Despite the consumer-facing intention, there’s been no word on prices or a release date and mini-LED is reportedly waiting in the wings for 2021.


Samsung TV 2020 8K QLED

Q950TS

Sitting at the top of the 2020 Samsung TV range is the top is the Q950TS 8K Infinity Screen TV. The Infinity Screen refers to the display, which is 15mm thick and occupies 99% of the screen area.

The set still manages to tuck inside its slim frame OTS+ (Object Tracking Sound) speakers, which use AI technology for accurate placement of sounds on screen. We’ve reviewed the Q950TS and said it was hands down the “most attractive LCD TV” we’ve tested.

Q900T

  • QE75Q900T – £6999
  • QE65Q900T – £4999

The step-down model from the Q950T is the Q900T. The 75-inch can pump out 4000 nits of brightness (the 65-inch can do 3000 nits). Like the Q950T, it has the Infinity Screen and 8K Quantum AI processor and OTS+ sound. The difference between it and the Q950T is that the Q900T doesn’t support the No Gap wall mount/One Connect box, but does support the Q Symphony speaker set-up.

Q800T

The Q800T is the first set in the 8K range that doesn’t support the Infinity Screen. Instead you get the ‘Boundless design’, which still has bezels on the side, but they’re kept to a minimum.

And thanks to a recent price cut and a mostly excellent picture performance that sells the advantages of 8K on a 65-inch screen, the QE65Q800T brings the 8K future into something at least approaching the mainstream.

Q700T

The Q700T is the entry-level effort and you get a direct full array screen as well as the benefits of Samsung’s Quantum Processor 8K for upscaling to 8K resolution.

The Q700T includes Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+) found in the more expensive 8K sets, as well as including Adaptive Sound+ and Active Voice Amplifier. The Q700T is the cheapest 8K TV so far.

  • QE55Q700T – £1999
  • QE65800T – £2499

Samsung TV 2020 4K QLED

Q95T

Although the QE65Q95T isn’t a direct successor to the Q90R and (still) doesn’t support Dolby Vision, its stellar performance quickly soon wins you over. In fact, it’s hard to imagine it picture quality being bettered by any other 4K LCD TV in 2020.

Q90T

Aside from the One Connect box, the Q90T includes everything the Q95T does. Picture quality is excellent, features are extensive and the price is more affordable for what is effectively Samsung’s flagship 4K TV

Q85T

  • QE49Q85T – £1599
  • QE55Q85T – £1799
  • QE65Q85T – £2499
  • QE75Q85T – £3499

If you’re after a higher-end 4K QLED but are rather dismayed by the large sizes, the Q85T is the first to have a 49-inch model in its ranks.

The video/audio features present on the Q95T/Q90T appear here, but HDR performance drops to 1500/1000 nits. The Q85T is exclusive to the Dixons Group (Currys PC World).

Q80T

Samsung continues its trend of slightly downgrading its TVs by omitting some features off the list compared to the model above it. The Q80T does get an 85-inch model to fill out its ranks, and HDR brightness remains the same as the Q85T. The screen doesn’t support Samsung’s Anti-Reflection, so it’s better to keep this one facing away from any bright lights.

Q70T

The Q70T is where the features start to fall away. There’s no info on peak HDR brightness, suggesting it’s less than 1000 nits.

The panel is not a direct full-array one, so it doesn’t have local dimming which suggests it’s an edge-lit model. You also miss out on the OTS tracking speakers, Q Symphony compatibility and the design is different. The Q75T has Samsung’s 3-sided Boundless design that offers a minimalist look and near-bezeless panel for fewer distractions when watching your favourite programmes/films.

And if you’re wondering what the difference is between the Q75T and the Q70T? The latter has an 85-inch model, and the former is only available from Currys PC World.

Q65T

  • QE43Q65T – £799
  • QE50Q65T – £899
  • QE55Q65T – £1199
  • QE65Q65T – £1499
  • QE75Q65T – £1799

The Q65T is the first model to have a 43-inch version, and features what Samsung has called the Quantum Processor Lite, which we believe refers to the set’s less thorough upscaling skills. The Q65T also misses out on the Adaptive Picture feature, so this set doesn’t adjust its picture in accordance with ambient light levels.

Q60T

Again, the differences between the Q65T and Q60T appear to be fairly cosmetic. The bottom-range QLED TV has a 85-inch model and that’s about it.

Samsung TV 2020 4K Crystal UHD

Samsung TU8500

  • UE43TU8500 − £599
  • UE49TU8500 − £649
  • UE55TU8500 − £799
  • UE65TU8500 − £1099

The first model in Samsung’s Crystal UHD range is the TU8500. Inevitably some features drop off from the QLED, such as the 4K Quantum processor. But you still get HDR10+ (available across the whole range), a huge amount of smart apps and the benefit of Samsung’s upscaling expertise. Alexa and Samsung’s Tizen are available for voice control, while Google Assistant will be coming in a future update.

Samsung TU8000

  • UE43RU7410 – £499
  • UE50RU7410 – £499
  • UE55TU7100 – £699
  • UE65TU7100 – £999
  • UE75TU7100 – £1099
  • UE82TU7100 – £2499

The step down from the TU8500 is the TU8000. Visually there are cosmetic differences with the central pedestal is swapped out for feet towards the edges. The TU8000 also comes in more sizes, starting at 43-inches and ending at a mammoth 82-inches. Any who purchase this set also miss out on Samsung’s Dual LED technology, which helps enhance the set’s contrast levels.

Another thing to mention is that all the TU8000 sizes support Samsung’s clean cable solution apart from the 43-inch model.

Samsung TU7100

  • UE43TU7100 – £399
  • UE50TU7100 – £499
  • UE55TU7100 – £549
  • UE58TU7100 – £699
  • UE65TU7100 – £849
  • UE70TU7100 – £1099
  • UE75TU7100 – £999

As far as we can tell, the TU7100 is almost identical to the TU8000 with a few slight differences. It has fewer HDMI connections (two compared to the TU8000’s three), and comes in more sizes with a 58- and 70-inch version.


Samsung Q-Series soundbar 2020

Samsung’s latest top-end soundbars are designed with synergy in its TVs. Options range from the top-of-the-range Q950T, Q900T Q800T, Q70T and Q60T.

The Q950T is a 9.1.4 Atmos/DTS:X system with upfiring and rear speakers. The Q900T is practically the same without the rear speakers. The Q800T brings the number of speakers down to 3.1.2, with the features tailing off as you go further down the line. The Q800T and Q70T support Atmos and DTS:X, while the Q60T only comes with DTS Virtual: X.

A number of the non-object based audio soundbars feature Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology. It enhances the spread of sound to produce a wider and taller soundstage. Just to add to the exhaustive list of features there’s Game Mode Pro, which activates automatically when it senses a game console is connected to produce a more immersive sound.

Samsung has also released lifestyle soundbars in the S Series. Made up of the S60T and S40T, the S Series bars are compact and designed to blend in with any environment. Samsung says it’s been made with music lovers in mind who appreciate premium design. Having reviewed the S60T, it does indeed look great and has engaging music performance.

Samsung TV 2020 − 4K Lifestyle TVs

Sero

One that’s very much for the cool kid crowd, the Sero is a new lifestyle QLED TV with a unique feature. It can rotate between horizontal and vertical orientations like a smartphone can, so viewers can enjoy a whole range of content that are vertical in scope, as well as catering for normal, landscape content. It’s only available in 43-inch size, but comes with 60W of sound for a 4.1 channel presentation.

The Frame 2020

The Frame 2020 edition comes in new sizes with a 32-inch and massive 75-inch version. The Frame is like any other TV when switched on, but when you’re not watching content it’ll can show pieces of framed art via Art Mode. If this is of no interest, the screensavers/wallpapers can be customised to show your own pictures.

The Serif 2020

The 2020 edition of the Serif TV comes in 43, 49 and 55-inch flavours, and will be available in Cloud White and Cotton Blue colour options.

The Serif TV is more for design purists, although it does have a 4K QLED screen. It’s won a few awards including one at the International Forum (iF) Design Awards.

The Terrace

  • QE55LST7TA – £3999
  • QE65LST7TA – £4999
  • QE75LST7TA – £6499

The Terrace is Samsung’s latest addition, and it’s one built for the outdoors, just in case you’re bored on sitting inside the whole day. It is, however, not what you’d call affordable though.

It offers IP55 water and dust resistance and a peak brightness of 2000 nits  in order to remove some of that shine that comes from sunlight. There’s wide viewing angle tech, which is great if there’s more than one person watching and frame made out of metal, adding to the set’s durability.

Other features you’d expect from a QLED TV are included, such as Tizen smart features, HDR10+. There’s also a HDBaseT receiver for long distance audio, video and power transmission through a single cable. Fancy a soundbar to go with it? Samsung has also made the Terrace soundbar, which comes with water resistant features too.

 

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