Samsung QLED TV: A complete guide to Samsung’s 2020 TVs
Samsung TV 2019: Samsung has made great strides with its QLED range in 2019, getting closer and surpassing in some respects its fierce in OLED panel technology. Samsung is pulling out all the tricks to get you to buy a QLED panel instead of an OLED.
What follows are all the models, sizes and features you need to concern yourself with if you’re looking to bag a Samsung TV this year.
Samsung TV 2020 highlights
Samsung made a big splash at CES 2020 with its new 8K Infinity Screen flagship TV. The company says the Q950TS’ display occupies 99% of the screen and at 15mm thick, it is incredibly thin. While not all of the new TV models will boast the same ‘infinity’ proportions, Samsung has confirmed that they will be 88- and 150-inch models with ultra-slim infinity panels.
One of the issues with 8K TV is there’s not much native 8K content available. Samsung’s solution has been to create of its AI processor and 2020 sees the launch of a new AI Quantum Processor. With its 8K AI upscaling and deep-learning capabilities, it’s capable of converting sub-8K content into near-8K quality.
Every model in Samsung’s 8K QLED TV range has met the requirements of the 8K Association’s Test Specifications and the CTA 8K Ultra HD Display Definition.
Other details include ‘Adaptive picture’ mode which adjusts the picture to suit your environment. The inclusion of Object Tracking Sound uses AI to match the movement of sounds on screen and the Q-Symphony feature should improve sound quality, but you’ll need Samsung’s Q-Series soundbars for that.
Samsung took the time to announce genuine consumer-facing MicroLED TVs for 2020. These models will be available in 75-, 88-, 93-, 110- and 150-inch versions. A key feature of MicroLED is the modular panels that make up the screen can be connected together and adapted 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. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to look at them in more detail soon.
What follows is an explanation of Samsung’s 2019 TV range, which are still on sale. We’ll be updating this page as we learn more details about the new 2020 range.
Samsung TV 2019 QLED
The trend of customers purchasing bigger TV sizes informed the Korean brand’s thought process going into 2019, with the 8K QLED topping out at 98in, while the 4K QLED ranges are full of TVs 65-inches and bigger. So if you’re looking for a big TV, Samsung has plenty to choose from.
The company has implemented a raft of improvements in its top-range QLEDs. Ultra Wide Viewing Angle technology is available in its top-end panels, which sees the restructures the screen “so the backlight passes through the panel more evenly” for better viewing angles.
The Q90R, Q85R, Q80R and Q70R have Direct full array panels, while the Q60R is demoted to an edge-lit panel. Why is a Direct Full Array a positive? It creates conditions for improved control over contrast, which make for more pronounced blacks.
Samsung brought the Quantum Processor down from its 8K range to its 4K QLED. It is able to upscale content from any source to near 4K quality. Other adjustments the Quantum Processor can do is improve brightness, and optimise picture and sound through AI upscaling.
The 8K QLED TVs have received an update for HDMI 2.1 transmission at 8K/60p. If only there was any native 8K content to watch.
Auto Game mode optimises settings for faster input and quicker refresh rates. The PQ/Sound Enhancer tweaks colour, contrast and any directional or dimensional sound effects without an increase in lag. The Dynamic Black Equalizer offers better expression of blacks – especially in darker scenes – without leaving colours distorted or washed-out.
Easing relations between Apple and Samsung has also made it possible for AirPlay 2 to arrive on QLED TVs. Owners of Apple devices can stream audio and video to Samsung TVs.
Samsung TV 2019 – 8K/4K QLED
Q950R 8K QLED
- QE85Q950R – £8999
- QE75Q950R – £5999
- QE65Q950R – £4499
Available at a massive 98-inches, the Q950R is powered by Samsung’s Quantum Processor, enabling it to upscale 4K video to near 8K.
The One Connect box is compatible with the HDMI 2.1 certification for 8K content at 60fps. The panel is Direct Full Array, with peak brightness hitting a scorching 4000 nits. Ultra Wide Viewing Angle technology is supported for wider viewing angles.
It’s an improvement on the Q900R, and it’s getting cheaper by the month.
|Samsung Harman Kardon 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos Soundbar HW-Q90R with Wireless Subwoofer and Rear Speaker Kit, Adaptive Sound, Game Mode, 4K Pass-Through with HDR, Bluetooth & Alexa Compatible (HW-Q90R/ZA)||$1,697.99|
- QE75Q90R – £3999
- QE65Q90R – £2999
- QE55Q90R – £2299
The Q90R packs in a direct full array panel, with support for Ultra Wide Viewing Angle and peak brightness of 2000 nits. It uses a plinth instead of blade feet to aid soundbar placement.
While up against tough competition, the Q90R boast some of the “most all-round spectacular HDR pictures” around.
- QE75Q85R – £3999
- QE65Q85R – £2499
- QE55Q85R – £1499
The Direct Full Array panel is less potent than the Q90R, with fewer dimming zones and brightness dropping to 1500 nits.
The Q85 has many of the same great features seen in the Q90R for a cheaper price.
|Samsung Harman Kardon 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar HW-Q80R with Wireless Subwoofer, Adaptive Sound, Game Mode, 4K Pass-Through with HDR, Bluetooth & Alexa Compatible||$1,049.99|
- QE65Q80R – £1999
- QE55Q80R – £1499
The Q80R has fewer dimming zones than the Q85R, but brightness is the same at 1500 nits. The Q80R doesn’t have the One Invisible Cable.
The Q80R scored full marks in our review and its current price is similar to the Q85R. If we had to choose between the Q80R and Q85R, we’d opt for the Q85R’s stronger backlight performance.
|Samsung Harman Kardon 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos Soundbar HW-Q70R with Wireless Subwoofer, Samsung Acoustic Beam Technology, Adaptive Sound, Game Mode, 4K Pass-Through with HDR, Bluetooth & Alexa Compatible||$697.99|
- QE82Q70R – £3999
- QE75Q70R – £2999
- QE65Q70R – £1799
- QE55Q70R – £1249
- QE49Q70R – £1099
the Q70R is the first model in the range to not support Ultra Wide Viewing Angle tech.
The Q70R is available in a bigger variety of sizes. In terms of physical connections, four HDMI and three USB ports is your lot.
|Samsung HW-Q60R 360W Virtual 5.1-Channel Soundbar System + Rear Speakers Bundle Includes, SWA-8500S/ZA Wireless Rear Speakers Kit, 6ft HDMI Cable & 6ft Optical Toslink 5.0mm OD Audio Cable||$570.98|
- QE82Q60R − £3999
- QE75Q60R − £1999
- QE65Q60R − £1299
- QE55Q60R − £913
- QE49Q60R − £849
- QE43Q60R − £699
The entry-level 4K QLED range, with peak brightness around 540 nits. It doesn’t have a full array panel, choosing an edge-lit version instead.
We made a point of noting in our review that while it lacks the full array backlit panel and brightness of its QLED brethren, it puts in an impressive performance with its colourful picture, slick interface and array of features.
Samsung TV 2019 − UHD 4K TVs
- UE49RU8000 − £1099
- UE55RU8000 − £849
- UE65RU8000 − £799
There’s no Quantum processor here with Samsung’s UHD Processor and the WCG Dynamic Crystal Colour engine. The DCC engine works in tandem with HDR10+ for better contrast and more lifelike images.
- UE50RU7410 – £799
- UE43RU7410 – £649
The UHD Processor, Dynamic Crystal Colour engine and HDR10+ are retained, the RU7410 loses the Wide Viewing Angle feature and Real Game Enhancer.
Connections add up to three HDMI ports, two USB and a digital audio out. Component connections and an LAN port are also available.
- UE65RU7400 – £849
- UE55RU7400 – £649
- UE50RU7400 – £549
- UE43RU7400 – £449
The RU7400 has all the same features as the RU7410. It’s available in bigger sizes and comes in a black finish (or Titan Gray), not white.
- UE75RU7100 – £1999
- UE65RU7100 – £1099
- UE58RU7100 – £899
- UE55RU7100 – £799
- UE50RU7100 – £649
- UE43RU7100 – £549
The RU7100 has a 4K UHD Processor and uses Samsung’s PurColor for a naturalistic-looking picture. The set is also HDR10+ compatible.
The RU7100 sheds the Bixby virtual assistant. Connections tally at two HDMI, two USB and a digital optical out, along with a LAN, component and Common Interface slot.
Samsung TV 2019 − 4K Lifestyle TVs
Samsung The Frame
When The Frame isn’t used to watch film or TV, it switches into Art mode, where it displays digital pieces of artwork with access to over 1000 pieces. The TV also carries a Luminance Sensor, which adjusts on-screen colours to fit a room’s ambient brightness.
Like the other 4K QLED TVs, The Frame’s panel is capable of 100% colour volume. If you’re not a fan of the stand, the set can sit flush to the wall thanks to the No Gap Wall Mount.
|Samsung QN55LS01RAFXZA Serif 55-Inch QLED 4K LS01 Series Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR and Alexa Compatibility (2019 Model)|
The Serif now boasts a QLED screen. Ambient mode has been added, so the viewer can see the latest news and weather.
Having been sold mainly through furniture and department stores, the Serif is now more readily available through consumer electronic retailers.