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Best 8K TV 2022: Three stunning ultra-high def TVs

Introduction

The best 8K TVs are increasing their presence in the TV market and are at the forefront of TV innovation, offering up the best performance money can buy as long as you’re willing to pay a premium for it.

With the price so high, knowing which 8K TV to go for can be tricky since this is a TV that will last for years to come. Our team of experts test multiple 8K TVs every year, and from this, we’ve assembled a list of the very best.

Of course, if you’d like an 8K TV, they have premium and innovative features and as such we’ve made sure to focus on the things that matter, such as their upscaling ability, picture quality, design, smarts and more besides.

To get accurate results from our testing, we’ve used each TV regularly over a period of time, using benchmark tests supported by our keen eyes. We’ve also been sure to test out their respective feature sets and how easy they are to live with.

We’ll update this article as and when more 8K TVs pass through out testing facilities. If an 8K TV is not what you’re after then have a look at our best 4K TV list. If you’re after a set that’s more affordable then our best cheap TV list is the place to go.

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Every TV we review is put through the same set of tests to gauge its picture performance, usability, and smart features.

Tests are carried out over several days and are done by eye but supported with technical measurements. Testing by eye involves an expert watching a wide range of material to understand and determine a TV’s performance in fields such as brightness, contrast, motion processing, colour handling and screen uniformity.

We’ll consider the design of the TV in terms of build quality, study the spec sheets and see if the TV’s connections are up to spec, as well as playing video and audio content to ensure that the set handles playback as it claims. We also take note whether a product’s compatible formats and features are in line with industry trends or not to gauge whether it’s relevant for you.

Comparison to other related and similarly priced products is also important, to see if it’s missing any vital features and whether it impresses as a whole. After all this, we’ll come to a judgement on how the TV performs as a whole.

If you want to learn more, please visit our detailed page about how we test televisions.

Samsung QE75QN900A

Best 8K TV
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Pros

  • Sensational HDR picture quality
  • Excellent gaming features and performance
  • Spectacular design

Cons

  • Hard on the bank balance
  • Native 8K content remains elusive
  • Aggressive dimming of very small bright objects

Samsung’s flagship 8K TV offering from 2021, the QE75QN900A, is a particular favourite of ours and represents a top tier 8K television.

It features a Mini LED backlit panel that offers unparalleled brightness compared to practically any other television we’ve tested, measuring a peak HDR brightness of over 4000 nits in some test uses. Thanks to over 2000 individual dimming zones, the contrast it offers is close to OLED screens despite the QE75QN900A being an LCD panel, producing inky blacks and a vibrant and rich palette of colours.

The 8K resolution helps make images look sharp and crystal clear, displaying a marked difference between 4K and native 8K content, the latter producing a more three-dimensional picture. The upscaling Samsung’s flagship 8K TV offers is excellent, extracting even more clarity and sharpness, as well as more depth than the previous 950TS flagship model was capable of.

The QN900A is also fantastic for gaming, more comprehensively specc’d than the LG QNED99, with its support for 4K/120Hz and HDMI 2.1, alongside VRR and ALLM making games play very smoothly and reduces input lag to very low levels.

Samsung’s 8K flagship features some good speakers with a particularly wide soundstage that goes beyond the frame of the QE75QN900A. Moreover, we found dialogue to be especially clear, however volume isn’t high, and there isn’t much in the way of deep or powerful bass. This can be alleviated with any additional soundbars or speakers, though.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: 
Samsung QE75QN900A

Samsung QE65QN900A


Best 65-inch 8K TV
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Pros

  • Irrepressible picture quality
  • Well-conceived smart features
  • Speedy gaming response
  • Superb upscaling of lower quality sources
  • Premium construction

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Speakers susceptible to bass distortion
  • No Dolby Vision

The Samsung QE65QN900A is the brand’s ‘entry level’ size in its premium 8K TV line, yet packs in the majority of features listed in the flagship 75-inch model above.

Its upscaling is particularly top-class with some incredibly vibrant colours alongside immensely detailed shots, with clarity beyond what any native 4K TV could manage. Alongside the brilliant upscaling comes some impressive contrast with OLED-level deep blacks, complete with very little backlight bleed or blooming, instances where the brighter parts of the image ‘leak’ into the darker parts.

The brightness on offer here is especially vibrant thanks to the Mini LED backlight. We measured around 2000 nits, which helped to make colours especially accurate and varied. The only real issue with the QE65QN900A’s panel is its handling of motion. Turn on the Auto Motion Plus feature and there’s stuttering alongside a processed, glossy look. If you don’t care for processing you can turn it off, of course.

The QN900A’s frame is a slender one with a depth of just 15.2mm thanks to the Mini LED-backlight, and there isn’t a noticeable bezel thanks to Samsung’s Infinity Screen which allows images to grace the entire screen. Tizen OS offers a simple and familiar user experience with a good range of streaming apps well-represented including Disney+, BBC iPlayer and NOW. There isn’t Freeview Play here, but Samsung’s TV Plus is a free-to-watch alternative.

Gamers out there will be particularly pleased with the QN900A’s assortment of four HDMI 2.1 ports that allow for 4K/120Hz for smoother, more responsive gameplay with compatible games. We measured input lag 10.1ms, which is super-fast and with VRR in play input lag can be close to zero with this TV.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Samsung QE65QN900A

LG 75QNED99

Best 8K LG LCD TV
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Pros

  • Often stellar picture quality
  • Groundbreaking black levels for IPS
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Some backlight issues with the darkest scenes
  • No VRR support
  • Expensive versus 4K TVs

The LG 75QNED99 sits as the flagship offering within the South Korean manufacturer’s line-up of 8K TVs.

Its contrast is spectacular thanks to its Mini LED backlight that provided an experience that compares well against OLED. On top of this, LG’s NanoCell colour tech provides some marvellous images that are wonderfully rich and vibrant, the Mini LED panel allowing higher brightness though not as bright as the Samsung models on this list as we measured it to be just shy of 1200 nits. That’s still ahead of the brightest OLED TVs, and means you’re getting some immense looking colours.

The 8K resolution wrings out outstanding fine detail from images with upscaling also particularly good, as images appear natural with no exaggeration or unwanted noise. Motion is a forte of this TV too, with the new Cinematic Motion mode alleviating the worst forms of panel judder or motion blur without causing the overall image to look too processed.

There are some useful functional improvements to the interface with webOS is perfectly usable, and the marvellous new content search feature proving comprehensive. The redesigned Magic Remote feels especially comfortable to use.

The 75QNED99 isn’t the best option for gamers compared to the Samsung QN900A. Even with support for HDMI 2.1 there’s a lack of VRR options, which is strange considering how feature-packed LG’s TVs usually are for gaming.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: LG 75QNED99

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FAQs

What is an 8K TV?

8K carries four times as many pixels as a 4K TV. That’s a jump from eight million pixels to 33 million, and a resolution bump from 3840 x 2160 to 7680 x 4320.

That makes for a sharper, more detailed and clearer image. Watching 8K is akin to peering through a window, such is the level of clarity it offers.

Is there any native 8K content to watch?

Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that 8K content can be found on YouTube – although, while it looks beautiful, it’s mostly animals and helicopter shots of cities.

No, in the sense of any broadcast, physical media or content from streaming services. The issue of 8K’s lack of content has been brought up many times, but in order for 8K to get there, the infrastructure and end-user experience needs to be in place to stimulate demand.

Do I have to sit closer to the screen?

You could. The 8K effect works best for big screen sizes, and it’s best to sit near enough so that the majority of your view is taken up by the screen.

Does 8K TV support HDMI 2.1?

Yes, it does, and that’s important as HDMI 2.1 supports higher video resolutions and frame rates, including 8K at 60fps. The specification also supports Variable Refresh Rates (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which supported by the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. eARC is bundled there too, and with the higher bitrate that HDMI 2.1 allows for,  Dolby Atmos and DTS:X can be piped through the TV to external devices from streaming services and apps.

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