Samsung Q80R 4K UHD TV review: The smart shopper’s option in top-tier TVs
Samsung’s second-tier 4K UHD TV doesn’t sport its big sibling’s design flourishes, but you just might like its image better.
By Jon L. Jacobi
TechHive Oct 2, 2019 3:00 am PDT
At a Glance
- Excellent brightness, contrast, and HDR
- Svelte remote and easy-to-use onscreen interface
- Alexa, Google Assistant, and Bixby support; Apple TV ready
- Slightly less contrast than the pricier Samsung Q90R
- Lacks the Q90R’s One Connect box and pedestal stand
The Q80R delivers a superior image, yet costs significantly less than the Samsung’s top-of-the-line 4K UHD TV, the Q90R. You won’t get Samsung’s One Connect breakout box and pedestal stand, but some viewers will prefer its picture quality. It’s a great TV for those that want the best for a little less.
The Samsung Q80R is a great TV with a picture that some might just favor over the company’s more expensive Q90R, which I reviewed last month. The Q80R (QN65Q80RAFXZA) costs less in part because it foregoes Samsung’s nifty, but non-essential One Connect breakout box and its new pedestal stand.
With all its electronics onboard, the Q80R is also slightly thicker than the Q90R (2.4 inches compared to 1.6 inches). That’s something most people can live with while saving $800. Put in new-car terms, you’re getting the performance package without the sexy wheels and trim.
The Q80R is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) TV that employs a layer of quantum dots (the “Q” in QLED) to enhance color. I tested the 65-inch class (64.5-inches diagonally) model that weighs in at around 56 pounds. As I mentioned, it doesn’t feature the Q90R’s pedestal stand, opting instead for the usual twin legs, though these snap in, foregoing the usual screws. There’s also a 400 x 300mm VESA mount point for wall mounting.
The Q80R isn’t as slim as the more-expensive Q90R, but it’s hardly a fatty.
The port array on the back of the TV includes four HDMI ports, one with ARC (Audio Return Channel for output to soundbars and such), two USB ports, an optical digital audio output, RF (for cable/satellite or over-the-air antenna), RS-232C, and ethernet. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Samsung is annoyingly vague about some specs on its website, so being the conscientious reporter that I am—I asked, The Wi-Fi is 802.1ac, the Bluetooth 4.0, the HDMI ports are 2.0a, and the USB ports remain unspecified. The last easily streamed 2160p video, so they’re fast enough whatever they are.
Remote and interface
Only last year, Samsung’s top-end remotes were clean and advertising-free. Now there are shortcuts for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. To be fair, that’s fantastic if those are the services you use. If not, c’est la capitalisme.
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Where Samsung is vague on port specifications, it’s quite specific that the included remote is model TM1950C. Other than the advertising, and a lack of dedicated transport controls, it’s one of my favorites—simple, easy, attractive, and comfortable to hold.
The configurable Samsung Smart Hub interface that appears on the bottom of the screen is nice to look at and easy to use, so I’m going to skip my usual complaints. To my mind, it’s definitely one of the top three on the market, along with LG and Roku; though the industry in general is doing quite a good job in this department these days.
As far as viewing features are concerned, there’s a channel guide, a curated internet streaming TV ecosystem, as well as all the usual standalone services and features. some of which you can see in the image below.
Samsung’s Smart Hub interface being browsed using the latest version of the company’s One Remote universal remote control. Note that instead of the transport controls (Play/FF/Rew) it needs, it now sports Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu buttons.
Ancillary features include an improved ambient mode, which allows you to upload a digital photo that matches the wall behind the TV, rendering the TV’s screen transparent. Well, sort of anyway. Alternatively, you can display digital photos or works of art as though the TV was a picture frame.
The TV supports Samsung’s own Bixby digital assistant, which I like, plus two more popular digital pseudo-slaves: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. There is an Apple TV app, plus support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 multi-room audio tech.
The Q80R features FreeSync technology, which reduces input lag when you use the TV with a video-game console or a PC. A universal program guide remembers your content choices and recommends programs that it predicts you’ll like. That’s great, unless you’re trying to break old habits.
Like all TV vendors, Samsung likes to bandy about such as “Quantum HDR 16X,” which means the TV has high peak brightness. You should either ignore such pablum or operate on the theory that given the same invented metric, higher numbers are better.
The Samsung Q80R offers much the same picture as the Q90R, which means it has brightness for miles, renders spectacular HDR, and has extremely accurate and well-saturated color. As I mentioned up top, this is largely due to the use of a sheet of quantum dot re-emitters.
Where the two models vary the most is in their array backlighting. Samsung isn’t forthcoming about the number or zones in use, as they feel simple-minded writers and buyers (that’s me and you) might judge purely on this number and not allow for other less-quantifiable techniques. What I can tell you is that there’s considerably more than one zone in use, and that the black on the Q80R is good, but not quite as deep as the Q90R’s.
The Q80R, on the other hand, doesn’t suffer the Q90R’s defects, which include poor transitions from zone to zone, with small, moving bright objects (a zone counter). To be honest, I prefer fewer defects.
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Both models suffer greater issues with moiré or shimmer in highly detailed pans or complex area motion than the stellar 8K, Samsung Q900R I reviewed last May, but that TV’s in a class of its own. Compared to other vendors’ array-backlit TVs (side-lit TVs have far fewer rendering issues, but deliver poor black levels), the Q80R and Q90R are no worse, but no better.
Complex line rendering tests were an issue as well for both TVs—more so than most of their contemporaries; but complex fanned line patterns are not something you’re likely to run into during normal viewing.
The Q80R has a very good picture that some might prefer to the Q90R because there are fewer defects.
Screen conformity is quite good, with only slight cloudiness visible with an all-white screen at SDR brightness (around 500 nits). The effect diminishes as things get brighter—the Q80R measured nearly 1,300 nits in full-on white HDR with about 25 percent screen coverage.
Motion is handled smoothly, though I always observe and rate this with motion compensation set as high as necessary. Some Hollywood types don’t like motion compensation, which is part of the impetus for the recently announced Filmmaker mode for TVs. Personally, nothing kills my absorption in a movie quicker than stuttering on a quick pan, so the filmmakers can…. Write better scripts and stop endlessly obsessing over the visual.
That said, there is some material that will acquire an ‘80s shot-to-early-video look with compensation turned on. In that case—turn it off. Personal filmmaker mode!
Traditionally, I’ve bugged Samsung about their lack of Dolby Vision support, which is the most well-known brand of HDR. According to the company, however, a lot of content (most notably Amazon Prime’s) is also now delivered in HDR10+, which is Samsung’s own dynamic metadata format. Dynamic means that the metadata (i.e., instructions to the TV on how to adjust itself), are embedded throughout the video stream on a scene-by-scene, or even frame-by-frame basis. Standard HDR10 sends this data just once before the movie starts; hence, it’s a compromise between what’s best for bright scenes and dark scenes.
It would’ve been really nice if the industry had for once settled on a mutual standard, but HDR data is infinitesimal compared to video data, so it’s actually no strain on the bandwidth to support multiple HDR standards.
A wise choice for the frugal
The Q80R is a most excellent TV, if I may go Keanu on you for a moment. It’s a toss-up with the Q90R image-wise with ever so slightly less contrast, but less defect-prone black.
Purely from my own not-rich but not-really-poor perspective, if I were to take one home from the lab, it would be the Q90R, simply because I like the pedestal stand. If I were to buy one, it would be the Q80R, because $800 is a lot of money for a breakout box and said pedestal.
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The Samsung Q80R is potentially the breakout hit in the Samsung 2019 TV range. It may be third in line for the throne, after the inimitable Samsung Q90R and Samsung Q85R, but given that those two are virtually the same beast anyway (give or take nearly 400 backlight zones), the Q80R could be the QLED most buyers settle on.
Certainly it’s enviably well equipped, with a direct full array backlight, enhanced antireflection and contrast technologies, and a smart TV platform with some novel functionality. When it comes to bang for the buck, it beats like Lars Ulrich.
The only caveats are price, which is invariably on the steep side, and a certain elephant in the room named Dolby Vision…
What about Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday?
If you need a cheap QLED TV from Samsung, Amazon Prime Day on 13-14 October could be a great time to buy – and now that the Q80R is a little older, it could see some hefty discounts. If you need a little more time to choose your next TV, Black Friday is coming up on November 27, and we’ll be here to bring you the best Black Friday TV deals we can find.
Samsung Q80R price and release date
In the UK, the Q80R is currently available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, called the QE55Q80R and the QE65Q80R, respectively, that will run you between £1,999 and £2,499, depending on which screen size you choose.
In the US, you’ll be able to find both the 55-inch QN55Q80R and 65-inch QN65Q80R that will run you $1,999 and $2,799, respectively, but in addition there’s also the choice of the 75-inch QN75Q80R and 82-inch QN82Q80R that cost an eye-watering $3,999 and $5,299 apiece.
In Australia buyers can pick from 65-, 75- and 82-inch models – the QA55Q80R, QA65Q80R and QA75Q80R – that go for AU$3,899, AU$5,299 and AU$7,699.
Like the rest of Samsung’s 2019 QLED fleet, with the exception of the Samsung Q60R, the Q80R uses FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight technology, for more precise HDR and greater contrast. This means it’s physically chunkier than edge-lit rivals. Not that we mind the heft.
Build quality is a tad less refined than its step-up stablemates, but its dress sense is still entirely respectable, with textured plastic back and tidy T-stand.
The FALD backlight translates to a panel depth of 62mm, so it lacks the sexy slimness of OLED, and it’s hefty too at 25.2kg. There’s no separate One Connect Box with the Q80R, which would’ve allowed you to keep all the cables in one spot, which means cables will need to be routed right up into the TV. This is a bit of a hassle, but we didn’t find it to be too much of a deal-breaker. Speaking of ports, there’s a standard quartet of HDMI v2.0 inputs, two USB ports, Ethernet LAN, digital optical audio out, plus dual satellite and terrestrial tuner inputs. Wi-Fi is dual-band.
The set ships with a pair of remote controls, a standard IR zapper, and a smaller, less buttony-Bluetooth wand. Call us Luddites, but we naturally gravitate toward the IR pointer, even though the Bluetooth remote feels so much nicer in the hand.
Design TL;DR: The use of a Full Array backlight means this set was never going to be wafer thin, but the slim bezel and neat T-stand ensure it looks smart enough and connectivity ticks all the right boxes.
Smart TV (Tizen)
Samsung’s Tizen platform doesn’t get too much love compared to LG’s WebOS, but here it’s well designed and intuitive to use. The two-tier layout is neat and tidy, and doesn’t dominate screen real estate. One customisable bar offers access to all the usual streaming apps, while the other features Samsung TV Plus curated content. It’s here that you can rent movies from Rakuten TV, in both UHD and HD.
There’s no Freeview Play tuner on the UK edition of the set, so that means no rollback 7-day program guide to find the programs you’ve missed. However all the key catch-up TV channels are supported, along with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. There’s also, cue table drum roll, an Apple TV app.
Currently exclusive to Samsung, this allows Apple fans to rent and buy movies and TV shows from the Apple store, and stream from Apple’s TV channel bouquet. Admittedly this only includes the Smithsonian Channel and Starz Play at the moment, but it’ll also end up as the home of Apple’s new streaming TV service, which could make the app a must-have.
Of course there’s an irony here. The Apple movie store remains one of the best sources of Dolby Vision content. But that won’t help you on this set…
Other smart niceties include Samsung’s Ambient mode, allowing your QLED to blend into garish wallpaper using the Background function, or double as a fancy clock when in standby; a Smart Things app which offers control of compatible devices via the TV, Photo Gallery and web browser.
There’s also voice control, using Samsung’s Bixby AI, and compatibility with Apple Airplay 2.
Smart TV TL;DR: With all the streaming apps you actually care about (plus a few you don’t) and some innovative smart functionality, Samsung’s Tizen platform excels when it comes to everyday usability.
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SDR picture modes comprise Standard, Dynamic, Natural and Movie, though our recommended options are Standard and Natural, the latter distinguished by a more contrasty approach that tends to crush some black level detail.
An Intelligent Mode, with adaptive brightness and adaptive sound, can be left to manage screen settings and insular an optimum performance without having to delve into menus. For this review, local dimming was left on Standard and Contrast Enhancer Low.
Samsung’s Image interpolation is powerful, but if you have an aversion to the dreaded ‘soap opera’ effect, you might want to tread carefully. The Auto Motion Plus settings can be manually configured, via adjustable blur and judder reduction, or simply left on Auto.
Our tip? For sports and studio content, the Auto setting is fine. It’s not particularly cinematic though. For a compromise that controls judder without looking overly processed, keep blur reduction on 0 and judder reduction around 3-4. There’s also an LED clear motion option, however this black frame insertion process adversely darkens the image.
Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle technology trickles down from the models above, and does an excellent job of maintaining colour and contrast when viewed from the side. In the average living room, this is certain to be appreciated when it comes times to have friends over to watch the big match.
The set proves a good option for gamers, provided you master Samsung’s convoluted Game settings. We measured input lag at a paltry 13.7ms, but to achieve this delicious low figure you’ll need to ensure that Game mode is on, but Game Motion Plus is switched off.
HD/SDR Performance TL;DR: The Q80R has a top-notch HD performance. This pleasingly bright panel offers a good level of colour pop and contrast with Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content.
As we’ve seen on the Q90R and Q85R, this QLED delivers a premium HDR performance. Reflecting its official designation of HDR 1500, by Samsung, we measured its peak brightness performance at an impressive 1200 cd/m (aka nits), using a 10 per cent HDR window.
This is more than bright enough to provide a sparkle with real world HDR content, and we found this a very rewarding HDR screen to watch.
Support covers vanilla HDR10, plus broadcast friendly HLG and dynamic metadata enabled HDR10+, which is widely used by Amazon Prime Video, and finding its way onto Blu-ray. Significantly though, there’s no compatibility with Dolby Vision.
Samsung’s stubborn refusal to back that particular Dolby horse is a frustration, not least because the relatively lower brightness of the Q80R would benefit from Dolby Vision’s superior dynamic HDR handling.
On a lighter note, the set’s fine detail performance is first class. Adding to the sheer snap of the image is extremely good screen linearity and consistent black level performance, courtesy of the VA panel used here. Colour fidelity is superb, with convincing primaries and naturalistic skin tones.
Black level performance is above average. Letterbox bars are solid and ebon, without any wandering greyness. There’s no obvious issues with blooming or haloing either.
4K/HDR Performance TL;DR: While not in the same league as the Q90R or Q85R, the ability to deliver solid, consistent black, with minimal blooming, superlative detail and rich colour make this a luscious screen for movies, TV shows and sports alike.
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While the TV has downward facing speakers, its performance is surprisingly robust, there’s enough volume for typical living room living and the wider cabinet that accommodates the FALD backlight allows for drivers that offer a decent mid- and upper range performance.
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Other panels to ponder…
There’s no shortage of rivals to the Q80R. Most tempting is arguably the Panasonic GX800 LED-LCD range. Another 4K HDR offering, the GX800 combines superb image processing with a wide colour gamut panel, and, it’s HDR support covers all the bases, from HDR10 through to HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
Alternatively, consider the 65-inch Sony KD-65XG8505 (XBR-65X850G in the US), which offers both the brand’s outstanding X1 image processor and highly effective Acoustic Multi-Audio sound system. It also offers Dolby Vision HDR, but not HDR10+.
The Samsung Q80R is a quality QLED. It comes close to the extreme HDR performance of the range-topping Q90R, offering pictures with inky blacks, vibrant colour fidelity and outstanding clean detail. We also like the accommodating nature of the Tizen smart platform.
The only caveats are price, which is invariably on the steep side, and a certain elephant in the room named Dolby Vision.
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The Samsung Q80A TV series is the continuation of the 2020 Q80T TV series. But it has slightly different functional parameters, since it uses the ADS panel. This is a very decent TV. The only thing really missing from the Q80A series is Dolby Vision support. TVs of the series are suitable for watching movies, as well as for sports broadcasts and games.
A good Tizen system with lots of built-in apps and a few extra smart features is also a plus. In the review of Samsung QE55Q80A offered below as a representative of the series, we will discuss in more detail all the pros and cons of the new model.
Samsung Q80A review
The Samsung QE55Q80A TV has thin metal frames with a minimalistic Samsung logo at the bottom and a slightly domed black textured plastic back panel. At its thickest point, its thickness is just over 5 centimeters. Samsung Q80A stands on a central stand, which looks nice. However, the screen may wobble slightly if the furniture under the TV is not optimally stable.
The leg is a bit difficult to install, only eight screws need to be tightened. All connections are side by side in a row on the left side of the rear wall. There are tracks for laying cables, which can then be led out through the leg. The only thing that limits the Q80A’s snug fit to the wall with this installation option is the protruding power cable. The frames are thin, no more than 1 cm. In general, excellent build quality.
QLED is Samsung’s brand for quantum dot LCD panels. As a rule, they correspond to a high class in terms of color gamut and color reproduction. Typically, the company uses VA panels that provide good contrast, although this largely depends on the type of backlight. But in the Q80A model, the ADS matrix (ADSDS) is used. It should be noted that Q80A 50″ and 85″ have a VA matrix.
The name means advanced PLS matrix. And it, in turn, is a branded variety of IPS matrices. So this type of panel works similar to IPS panels. Therefore, unlike VA matrices, it has wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. Blacks appear gray when viewed in the dark.
Combined with mediocre local dimming, this is not the best choice for viewing in dark rooms or HDR content. However, the Ku 80 A is an excellent choice for working in well-lit rooms, as its good brightness makes it easy to deal with reflections. The typical contrast ratio does not exceed 1500:1.
The Samsung Q80A 55 shows good screen brightness values in both SDR and HDR modes. In general, the performance has improved compared to the TV Q80T. For normal content, the brightness of the real scene reaches 650 nits, and for HDR content, more than 850 nits. Small bright areas are displayed correctly, but large areas are less bright due to the automatic brightness limiter (ABL).
Straight out of the box, the Samsung Q80 A has unremarkable color accuracy. The white balance and many colors are inaccurate, but this is generally hard for most people to notice. The color temperature is cold, resulting in a blue tint to the picture. After calibration, everything falls into place. You can find the recommended Samsung TV settings on the Ultrahd.su website.
The Samsung Q 80 A has a very good color range and decent color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio, it does not display dark colors very well. But with bright colors there is no problem thanks to the high peak brightness. The panel is 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) and does a great job with gradient transitions.
A slight banding is noticeable only on dark gray and green shades, and not everyone can notice it. Setting the noise reduction to “Auto” removes all the bands well, although this comes at the cost of losing detail.
The Q80A uses direct illumination. But the local dimming feature is pretty mediocre. It suppresses blacks, causing loss of detail in bright subjects. Blooming is visible around them, and the screen does not look uniform, as entire horizontal zones can sometimes glow. There is noticeable watering around the subtitles, which gets worse when viewed from an angle.
Dimming zones turn off slowly when there are fast moving objects on the screen. But the TV turns on the zones in advance, so in general, moving objects do not look very good. This is a little disappointing for a high-end model. The uniformity of the gray color is normal, which the black color cannot boast of at all.
Motion processing and game mode
Like most Samsung TVs, the Q80A has a good response time of just over 11ms. Most of the movement looks smooth, but you can see some blurring in dark transitions due to overshoot. It is very similar to the Samsung QN85A QLED. The backlight of the Q80A flickers at a high frequency of 960 Hz, in principle this should not be noticeable.
The Samsung Q80A has a black frame insertion (BFI) feature to reduce motion blur. Due to the fast response time, lower frame rate content can “stutter” as each frame lingers longer on the screen. The Samsung Q80 automatically removes the judder effect (judder) for all sources without having to turn on any settings.
Note that the input lag (delay in displaying an image relative to the input) of Q80A TVs is incredibly small at 9ms for 1080p/60Hz. It increases when Game Motion Plus is enabled, but is still low for most people. If you are using your TV as a PC monitor and want to set the lowest output lag, just turn on Game Mode.
It supports FreeSync Premium Pro for Xbox One and AMD graphics cards, but does not support G-Sync for Nvidia. Thanks to HDMI 2.1, it’s well-prepared for both new consoles and other new options like eARC for audio redirection. In most cases, the TV automatically detects whether we are connecting to a console or a PC.
The Q80A has three auto sound settings that optimize sound based on ambient noise and room acoustics. Their downside is a bit more background noise. But in some cases, they pay off handsomely. Especially a feature called Active Voice Enhancement (AVA) that temporarily maximizes the vocal range if the room is noisy so you don’t miss out on important dialogue in the movie.
The sound is really good, with six speakers in total, two of which are positioned upwards for an extra surround sound effect. This is a clean, detailed and rich enough sound suitable for music as well as for games and movies. Of course, the subwoofer is a bit lacking, but then you should already think about the soundbar.
The total sound power of the audio system 2.2.2 is 60 watts. The Q-Symphony option is supported, which simultaneously reproduces the sound of the soundbar and TV speakers, improving surround sound. Also included is the OTS function – tracking objects on the screen. The sound seems to move around the screen in accordance with the movement of the object.
Samsung’s Smart TV system is, as usual, its own Tizen OS. Version 6.0. It is a neat and easy to use system. By default, there is a small but good collection of installed apps such as Netflix, Youtube, Prime Video, and now Apple TV. In the app store we also find music services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.
Samsung recently announced that Disney+ is also under development as an app. The system has some other smart features such as vertical mirroring split screen from your phone and automatic pairing if you have a Samsung smartphone.
All of this is controlled by a small remote control. In 2021, it is powered by a built-in battery charged by solar cells on the back or via USB. The layout of the buttons remains the same. You can use the Samsung SmartThings mobile app instead of the remote.
Q80A can be controlled by voice. In 2021, several voice assistants are involved – Samsung Bixby, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. With their help, it is easy to change channels, play music, control smart home devices, etc.
The Samsung Q80A’s connectivity list includes four HDMI connectors, all with HDCP 2.2, one of which is HDMI 2.1. USB ports – 2, both version 2.0. There is a digital optical output and a LAN port. Wireless communication is represented by WiFi5 and Bluetooth v.4.2.
At the moment (April 2021), the Samsung QE55Q80A TV can be ordered in foreign online stores at a price of $ 1,300. Samsung QE65Q80A is $1700, QE75Q80A is $2600 and QE85Q80A is $3700. The availability of the Samsung QE50Q8A TV will be announced at a later date.
Q80A review summary
Samsung’s Q80A review concludes with a few final words. In general, the Samsung Q80A is a good TV. Even though it’s a step backwards from its predecessor, the Q80T. Its ADS panel has a low contrast ratio, poor black uniformity, and mediocre local dimming.
If you’re not into gaming, there are cheaper options with better darkroom performance, such as the Sony XH90. But for viewing in well-lit rooms, this is a very, very suitable option.
SemenSamsung TVsThe Samsung Q80A TV series is a continuation of the Q80T 20 line 20 years. But it has slightly different functional parameters, since it uses the ADS panel. This is a very decent TV. The only thing really missing from the Q80A series is Dolby Vision support. TVs of the series are suitable for both watching movies and sports broadcasts .