Samsung 4K & 8K QLED TV Series | Q950R, Q90R, Q85R, Q80R, Q70R, Q60R key differences

If you’re looking for a brand spanking new telly and want the brightest options on the market then Samsung’s 2019 QLED range ought to cater for your needs. The black levels don’t go quite as dark as their OLED competitors – from the likes of LG, take a look at its current full line-up here – but the searing whites make for massive impact.

The 2019 range of QLED models all offer Bixby, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, so you’re not tied to any one system. There’s also Apple’s iTunes Movies and TV Shows app installed on each one from the off, along with AirPlay 2 for synching with an Apple device, to ensure wide compatibility – whatever your choice of smartphone or smart home companion.

Furthermore all models below offer a what Samsung is calling Ultra Viewing Angle technology, ensuring that no matter which set you buy that even steep viewing angles will avoid fall-off of contrast and colour – this is the main improvement over the 2018 line-up, which included the excellent Q9FN (oh, and if you’re wondering about letter designations: the ‘N’ is for 2018, the ‘R’ for 2019, while ‘F’ simply means ‘flat’ (as there was also a curved Q9 in the past).

Without further ado, here’s the Samsung 4K and 8K QLED TV line-up for 2019 and how each model differs from the next. There’s something to suit every level of cinema enthusiast – from sizes 43- to 98-inches – while hitting the right budget (which, right now, is still to be confirmed).

Samsung Q950R

  • Screen sizes: 65in, 75in, 82in, 98in
  • QLED, 8K resolution, Quantum HDR 4000
  • Prices: £TBC

The big daddy of the range is the 8K model (as depicted in three sizes in the lead image, above). That equates to a massive 7680 × 4320 pixels. Despite basically no content being available in such retina-beating resolutions, Samsung has an intelligent upscaling system that will make content from 4K look even more hyper-real.

Last year’s Q900 was mighty impressive (and the brightest TV we’ve seen to date – that HDR 4000 designation means 4000nits peak brightness, which is a bit like looking into the sun), with the Q950R taking that formula and adding the Ultra Viewing Angle tech into the mix. However, the 950R, like last year’s model, has a connection box so massive that you’ll probably need a cupboard to store it in. But, then again, if you’re buying a 98-inch telly then you’ve probably got a whole lot of space anyway (65, 75 and 82in models are also available).

Samsung Q90R

  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 75in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 2000
  • Direct back-light, 16x array
  • One Connect Box (separate to TV)
  • Prices: £TBC

The successor to the Q9FN, the Q90R is the crème de la crème of the 2019 QLED range. As you can see from the image above it’s got a centralised stand, which will be handy for those without massive furniture who want a bigger screen in their homes (this one maxes out at 75in).

The top spec of the Q90R is its direct back-light technology, which comes in its most sophisticated form with the most zones on offer. This ‘zoning’ ensures greater light control for the best offset of black to white, with pinpoint precision thanks to that back-lighting. It’s also the brightest 4K TV in the range, with a peak brightness of 2000nits.

Sure, the majority of the other models feature similar technology (bar the Q60R) – but with fewer zones and therefore less picture precision and less peak brightness when it comes to the levels. 

The Q90R also features a One Connect box, which is a separate box where all the HDMI ports and such like plug in. It’s a neat solution to help keep things tidy and will be useful for wall-mount customers. 

Samsung Q85R

  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in, 75in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1500
  • Direct back-light, 8x array
  • One Connect Box (separate to TV)
  • Prices: £TBC

A Europe-only model, the Q85R is more similar to last year’s Q9FN in terms of stand design and overall proposition. This set isn’t quite as bright as the Q90R, while its back-light zoning is halved by comparison too.

However, it offers the One Connect box option – something that lacks from the Q80R, below, which will be offered in other territories – so if you’re not ultra picky about the best of the best precision then this option (which we assume will be slightly cheaper) is an ideal fit. It still comes in sizes up to 75in too.

Samsung Q80R

  • Screen sizes: 55in, 65in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1500
  • Direct back-light, 6x array
  • Prices: £TBC

Similar to the Q85R above, but with more conventional ports to the rear of the set, rather than in a separate One Connect Box. The direct back-light is a 6x array (not 8x like the Q85R or 16x like the Q90R) so it’s not precisely a re-ported Q85R, nor does it extend to sizes quite as huge – with 65in being its maximum size.

Samsung Q70R

  • Screen sizes: 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in, 82in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR 1000
  • Direct back-light, 4x array
  • Prices: £TBC

The sweet spot for the middle ground, the Q70R comes in a wide range of sizes that’ll suit all manner of living rooms, so we suspect this will be the more consumer friendly model in terms of affordability.

As a result, however, it offers half the peak brightness of the Q90R flagship, and a quarter of the zones from its direct back-light, meaning less black-to-white precision and peak brightness potential. Still, the HDR 1000 designation of 1000nits means it’s darn bright – more than what any OLED panel will offer right now, if that’s a point of interest.

Samsung Q60R

  • Screen sizes: 43in, 49in, 55in, 65in, 75in, 82in
  • QLED, 4K resolution, Quantum HDR
  • Edge illumination (no backlight array)
  • Prices: £TBC

The ‘baby’ of the QLED range – although not in terms of size, as you can buy a Q60R up to 82in in size.

The technology here isn’t as advanced as its brothers and sisters, though, with an edge-illuminated display likely meaning some light bleed will result in darker images, while the HDR (high dynamic range) pictures aren’t punchy bright as any of the other models featured above.

Still, if you want a moderate or massive TV set in the living room for daytime viewing rather than ultimate critique of cinematography then this set should offer a fair balance of price to features.

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