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Reviewed on Jun 05, 2018 , Eric Bousquet, Ian Cumming, Dimitris Katsaounis, Adam Babcock, Yannick Khong

Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

Test Benches:

  • 1.3: Spring 2019
  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.1
Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
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7.8
Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
7.9
TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
7.8
Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
8.8
Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
7.9
HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
8.5
HDR Gaming
What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
8.4
PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
This tv was replaced by the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED

Type : LED
Sub-Type
What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
:
VA
Resolution : 4k

The Samsung Q6F QLED is a 4k TV with great performance for a wide range of different usages. It has very good picture quality due to the high native contrast ratio so blacks appear deep in a dark room, but the local dimming doesn't work well to improve dark scene performance further. It can get bright to overcome glare in a bright room, and also has good reflection handling. Gamers will be pleased by the excellent low input lag and support for variable refresh rates, and the TV can also interpolate low frame rate content with low input lag for a smooth gaming experience. Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle.

Note that this is a different TV to the 2017 QLED Q6F. The 2018 Q6FN is also called Q6F or Q6.

Pros
  • Blacks are deep and uniform
  • Low input lag for gamers
  • Supports FreeSync for Variable Refresh Rates
Cons
  • Image degrades when viewed at an angle

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 7.9
Motion 8.5
Inputs 9.5
Sound Quality 6.4
Smart Features 7.8
Update 2/28/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3. Learn more about our versioned test bench system here.
Update 11/16/2018: We have received confirmation that the 55" model with version FB02 has a VA-type panel. You can see a photo of the pixels here.
Update 11/15/2018: We have received a report that a variant of the 55" Q6FN (Version FB02) has an IPS panel, and performs differently to Version FA01 we tested. You can see more information here.
Update 6/5/2018: The 49" Q6FN has a 60 Hz panel, and some results will be slightly different

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9.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Design Picture
Curved : No

The design of the Samsung Q6FN is very good. Some of its features like the stand, the back, and the cable management system resemble the higher-end Q8FN. Just like the Q8FN, the Q6FN does not come with the external One Connect box, so you do not have to plan for it if you decide to wall mount it. The TV is thin with nice borders and operates at a reasonably cool temperature. The build quality is okay but lacks those finishings that premium models have. 

Stand
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Stand Picture

The stand of the Samsung Q6F is metallic, supports the TV well and look very much like the Q8FN only slightly bulkier.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 38.3" x 9.8"

Back
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Back Picture
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back of the Samsung Q6F 55 is plastic, and nearly identical to the Q8FN and the NU8000.

It has nice cable management planning. There are some grooves for guiding all of the cables either through the legs or through the bottom of the TV when wall-mounted.

Borders
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Borders Picture
Borders : 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are metallic with a silver finish. They are slightly thinner than the Q8FN.

Thickness
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.48" (6.3 cm)

The Samsung Q6 is a thin TV. Although it is slightly thicker than the Q8FN, it will still not protrude when wall mounted.

Temperature
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Temperature picture
Maximum Temperature
What it is: The peak temperature found on the TV.
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: 5°C
:
93 °F (34 °C)
Average Temperature
What it is: The average temperature measured on the TV.
When it matters: If the TV is placed in an enclosed space.
Good value: <35°C
Noticeable difference: 5°C
:
90 °F (32 °C)

The Q6FN runs fairly cool and at pretty steady temperature. The warmest area is where the LEDs are hosted, on the lower end of the screen.

7.0 Build Quality
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Build quality picture

The build quality of the Q6 is okay. It does not have any gaps and feels solid. It lacks the premium feeling that the Q8FN has.

7.9

Picture Quality

The Samsung Q6F has great picture quality. With a high contrast ratio, the TV produces deep black scenes and will perform well both in a dark room and in a bright room, although there are some issues with reflections. Both SDR and HDR content looks good and the peak brightness will keep most people happy.  Gray uniformity is good and although some dirty screen effect is visible when viewing sports, this should not be an issue for most. The narrow viewing angles are typical for a VA panel and as such the TV is not well suited for wide viewing environments.

9.2 Contrast
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
6203 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
6700 : 1

The contrast of the Samsung Q6F 55 is excellent. Just like most Samsung TVs, the contrast level is high. Even with local dimming disabled the contrast is excellent and blacks appear black in a dark room.

Note: This TV does not allow the switching off of Local Dimming from the regular menu. To take our measurements of native contrast and black uniformity we had to deactivate it through the service menu.

1.8 Local Dimming
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
Yes
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit TVs have more uniform blacks than some full-array TVs.
:
Edge

Local Dimming performance is poor, and it is very conservative. It doesn't dim areas of the screen very much, likely to reduce the amount of visible blooming. If you find that it bothers you, you can set it to low as it cannot be turned off completely from the regular menu.

8.6 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
502 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
693 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
860 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
601 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
551 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
559 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
690 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
548 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
600 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
547 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
Good value: > 300 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 30 cd/m²
:
558 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The coefficient of variation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
0.017

Superb peak brightness with SDR content. Bright highlights that stand out, and real scenes bright enough for most rooms. This is in-line with other 2018 Samsung QLEDs we have tested so far.

7.6 HDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; HDR content.
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. This scene was selected to represent a more realistic movie condition. All measurement are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming, max backlight and over HDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies or watching TV show in HDR.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
524 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
742 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
802 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
584 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
552 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
549 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
734 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent throughout a scene; especially for HDR content.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
514 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms; bright objects in HDR video.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
581 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
550 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the TV set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over HDR signal (if supported).
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Good value: > 550 cd/m²
Noticeable difference: 80 cd/m²
:
546 cd/m²
HDR ABL
What it is: The coefficient of variation of the HDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: HDR content with large bright areas, such as HDR gaming
Good value: <0.07
Noticeable difference: 0.01
:
0.019

The HDR peak brightness performance of the Q6FN is very good. Just like the rest of the 2018 Samsung QLEDs, it will display small highlights very well, and the screen remains uniformly bright throughout all the test window sizes.

7.5 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
3.029 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.189 %
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.865 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
0.085 %

Gray uniformity is decent. At 50% gray, some clouding is visible and the center of the screen is slightly brighter. Dirty screen effect is noticeable when watching sports or playing video games. However, results improve significantly at darker shades of gray and the uniformity is much better, and almost no clouding or DSE can be seen.

5.2 Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Chroma Graph
Color Washout
What it is: The angle at which some colors drop to 80% of their original chroma.
When it matters: When viewing colorful content from the side.
Good value: > 45°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
21 °
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Hue Graph
Color Shift
What it is: The angle at which some colors hue shift by 3° (meaning they change color, such as becoming more blue-ish).
When it matters: When viewing colorful content from the side.
Good value: > 45°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
20 °
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Lightness Graph
Brightness Loss
What it is: The angle at which the TV's lightness drops to 75% of its original lightness.
When it matters: When viewing any content from the side.
Good value: > 45°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
30 °
Black Level Raise
What it is: The angle at which the black level doubles its lightness, leading to dark shades looking washed out.
When it matters: When viewing dark content from the side.
Good value: > 45°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
14 °
Gamma Shift
What it is: The angle at which some grayscale shades shift by 3% of their relative position between the black and white levels.
When it matters: When watching any content at an angle.
Good value: > 45°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
22 °

The Samsung Q6F has a poor viewing angle, typical for a VA panel. When looking at an angle one notices blacks turning gray and colors shifting, even at small angles. These results are in line with results from other QLEDs. This TV is not a good option if the intended usage involves wide room seating.

8.8 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.685 %
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Black Uniformity Picture with Local Dimming
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: < 1%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
0.733 %

Black uniformity is outstanding on the Q6F, surpassing the already good performance of the Q8FN. There is almost no clouding even close to the test cross.

With LD activated the results are slightly worse as we can see some clouding around the test cross area, but in general, they are still very good.

Note: This TV does not allow the switching off of Local Dimming from the regular menu. To take our measurements of native contrast and black uniformity we had to deactivate it through the service menu .

7.5 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Reflections Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Average Room Off Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Bright Room Off Picture
Screen Finish
What it is: Type of coating on the screen.
When it matters: Bright objects in the direct reflection path (for example, opposite the TV).
Good value: Glossy is good for ambient light, but not for direct reflections.
:
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
What it is: The amount of light which is reflected off the screen, in all directions.
When it matters: When watching TV in a bright room, with lamps, windows or walls which reflect directly off the screen.
Good value: 4.5 %
Noticeable difference: 0.5 %
:
5.8 %
Indirect Reflections
What it is: The amount of light reflected off the screen, ignoring direct (mirror-like) reflections
When it matters: Watching TV in a bright room, without sunlight or lamps directed at the TV
Good value: 1.0 %
Noticeable difference: 0.5 %
:
0.6 %

The overall reflection handling is good. The Semi-gloss screen of the Q6FN manages to diffuse well most indirect reflections. It fails, however, to perform as well in the total reflections, therefore you should expect some glare in bright rooms.

8.3 Pre Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy before a full calibration. The only settings that are changed are those that don't vary from unit to unit, like picture mode, color temperature and gamma.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Pre White Balance Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Pre Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.62
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.93
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.17
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color temperature use in the TV and film industry as program, film, and photography directors usually work on monitors calibrated on the 6500k color temperature and do their color correction base on what they see on those monitors.
When it matters: To get the most accurate picture when watching TV shows, movies or video games. This is particularly for skin tones.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6244 K
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode used to do the 'Pre Calibration' measurements.
:
Movie
Color Temp Setting
What it is: The best value for the TV's color temperature setting. The setting name differs between brands; for some it's "Color Temperature", for others its "White Point".
When it matters: All content on screen
:
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
What it is: The best value for the TV's gamma setting; the setting name differs between TV brands.
When it matters: Shadows, accurate grayscale performance.
:
BT.1886 +2, Brightness +2

The pre-calibration out of the box settings are pretty good for the Q6. Best results are with the picture mode set to Movie.

At low input levels, the image appears slightly dark as white is missing luminosity. Colors, however, are quite accurate, and just a little warmer due to the 6318K color temperature. The gamma is off at 2.45.

Here are the white balance and gamma pictures measured with 100% windows. These perform better, as the local dimming cannot be disabled and affects the calibration results of smaller window sizes.

Update 04/12/2019: This TV was incorrectly measured with Brightness +2, instead of at 0. This only has a small impact on the results (slightly dimmer dark scenes below about 30 IRE) and so we don't plan to retest it.

9.5 Post Calibration
What it is: TV's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All video on a TV that has been professionally calibrated. This isn't that useful, because most TVs can achieve a pretty good calibration if you spend enough time on them.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Post White Balance Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Post Color Picture
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.19
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.42
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.19
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color temperature use in the TV and film industry as program, film, and photography directors usually work on monitors calibrated on the 6500k color temperature and do their color correction base on what they see on those monitors.
When it matters: To get the most accurate picture when watching TV shows, movies or video games. This is particularly for skin tones.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6514 K
White Balance Calibration
What it is: Whether the TV's white balance can be finely calibrated.
When it matters: When calibrating the TV.
:
20 point
Color Calibration
What it is: Whether the TV's color tone mapping can be finely calibrated.
When it matters: When calibrating the TV.
:
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
What it is: Whether the TV has an auto-calibration function that can be used with a measurement device. Note that this is not used during testing, as we calibrate the TV manually.
When it matters: When calibrating the TV.
:
Yes

The post-calibration image is excellent. The color temperature is very close to our target, and gamma follows our target almost exactly.

Calibration is done with a 100% window instead of our standard 18% window, as the local dimming causes inconsistent readings of smaller windows.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0 480p Input
What it is: Quality of a 480p input.
When it matters: Standard definition TV, DVDs.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 480p Picture

Lower resolution 480p content like DVDs is upscaled well, with no obvious artifacts or quality issues.

8.0 720p Input
What it is: Quality of a 720p input.
When it matters: HD channels, some streaming videos.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 720p Picture

Upscaling of 720p content such as cable TV or older game consoles looks good.

9.0 1080p Input
What it is: Quality of a 1080p input.
When it matters: Blu-rays, streaming video, video files, video games.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 1080p Picture

Upscaling of 1080p content such as Blu-rays or game consoles looks good. The image is sharp and there are no obvious issues.

10 4k Input
What it is: Quality of a 4k UHD input.
When it matters: Streaming video, UHD Blu-rays, PC use.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 4k Picture

The Samsung Q6 displays native 4k content without any issues.

8.3 Color Gamut
What it is: How many colors the TV can display.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the TV has an option to enable wide color gamuts.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos and UHD Blu-rays.
:
Yes
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Color Gamut DCI-P3 Picture
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
90.27 %
DCI P3 uv
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: DCI P3 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
94.86 %
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Color Gamut Rec.2020 Picture
Rec 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
68.28 %
Rec 2020 uv
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1976 u' v'.
When it matters: Rec.2020 content. Includes HDR, UHD Blu-rays.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
77.48 %
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 EOTF

The Q6F has a wide color gamut as it covers more than 90% of the DCI P3 color space and just above 67% of the Rec.2020 color space.

It is not as wide as the Q7FN or the Q8FN and it also suffers when it comes to the representation of cyan, green and yellow.

It tracks the EOTF line well almost up to about 700 nits or 65% of the input signal, after which some compression is taking place. This will not be bothersome to most people.

The PC and Game mode EOTFs do not follow our input stimulus as well. This effectively makes shadows in dark scenes look slightly darker, but it shouldn't be an issue for most people.

7.8 Color Volume
What it is: How many colors a TV can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 P3 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
86.9 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
45.3 %
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 2020 Color Volume ITP Picture
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
68.3 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
What it is: How much of the Rec 2020 colorspace a TV can display at different luminosity levels when compared to an ideal 10,000 nit TV
When it matters: HDR content. Includes some streaming videos, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
:
35.7 %

The Samsung Q6FN has good color volume. It can produce bright colors but fails to do the same with deep, dark ones. The color volume is good, but not up to par with the 2018 Q7FN and Q8FN models, but more comparable to the NU8000.

7.6 Gradient
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like UHD Blu-ray players. Won't matter for cable TV, regular Blu-ray movies, video game consoles or content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the color differences (dE) between subsequent 10 bit red shades.
When it matters: Details in skin tones, sunsets, and other reddish objects. Matters more for HDR content.
Good value: < 0.12 dE
Noticeable difference: 0.01 dE
:
0.130 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the color differences (dE) between subsequent 10 bit green shades.
When it matters: Details in ocean shades and other greenish objects. Matters more for HDR content.
Good value: < 0.12 dE
Noticeable difference: 0.01 dE
:
0.132 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the color differences (dE) between subsequent 10 bit blue shades.
When it matters: Details in skies, water and other blueish objects. Matters more for HDR content.
Good value: < 0.12 dE
Noticeable difference: 0.01 dE
:
0.102 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the color differences (dE) between subsequent 10 bit gray shades.
When it matters: Details in dull colors, such as shadows, glow and urban scenes. Matters more for HDR content.
Good value: < 0.12 dE
Noticeable difference: 0.01 dE
:
0.119 dE

The Samsung Q6F 2018 has very good gradient performance. There is some slight banding everywhere, especially in gray and green, but hardly noticeable.

Even if you do notice a case of major banding that bothers you, you can set Digital Clean View to Auto to reduce it, but this could result in a loss of some fine details.

10 Temporary Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a TV screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When watching TV show, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing channels while watching TV, right after changing the type of content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie) or changing input.
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %

There was no temporary image retention on the 2018 Q6.

This is typical of TVs with VA panels.

10 Permanent Burn-In Risk
What it is: The risk of developing a persistent image retention, also known as burn-in, after being exposed to a static image for a prolonged time
When it matters: When watching TV shows, playing video games or when using your TV as a PC monitor where static content is present
Score components:
Permanent Burn-In Risk
What it is: If the TV faces a risk of developing permanent burn-in after being expose, for a long period of time, to static images.
When it matters: When watching TV shows with static logos or banners (news or sports channels), when playing video games with a HUD (head up display), and when using a TV as a PC monitors.
:
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Pixels
8.5

Motion

The Samsung "Q6" has great motion handling, very similar to the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs. The response time is very good and fast moving objects have very little motion blur. The backlight flickers at all brightness levels, and the flicker changes depending on the motion interpolation options enabled. The 2018 Q6 supports a variable refresh rate, which works best with 1080p content since the 4k range of 48-60 fps won't work with graphics intensive games that target 30 fps.

8.7 Response Time
What it is: Amount of blur in fast motion.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Motion Blur Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
5.1 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: Fast movement.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
12.9 ms

Excellent response time with almost no overshoot. The response time is slightly slower than the Q7FN, but still excellent. There is a very slight motion trail behind fast-moving objects, but most of the blur (as seen in the photo above) is due to persistence.

6.0 Flicker-Free
What it is: How noticeable flicker is on the screen, when all optional flicker has been disabled.
When it matters: All usages, but particularly when viewing fast motion (such as in sports and video games) or when using the TV as a PC monitor.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Backlight chart
Flicker-Free
What it is: Whether the screen will be perceived as having no flicker during normal viewing conditions.
When it matters: When flicker is especially bothersome, such as when using the TV as a PC monitor.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: The flicker frequency of the screen, when all optional flicker has been disabled.
When it matters: All usages, but particularly when viewing fast motion (such as in sports and video games) or when using the TV as a PC monitor.
Good value: 0 Hz or very high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
240 Hz

The Samsung Q6F uses PWM to dim the backlight, and there is visible flicker at all backlight levels. The flicker frequency is quite high at 240 Hz, but the flicker is still noticeable to some, especially at low backlight levels where the backlight is off for longer periods of time.

Like the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs, the backlight flicker varies quite a bit depending on the motion settings used, as shown here.

10 Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: How effective the TV's flickering capabilities are in making motion look clearer, when flicker is desired.
When it matters: When flicker is desired by the user. Flicker is especially useful to make motion look clearer when viewing 60 fps content (sports, video games) and when using motion interpolation.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 BFI Picture Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 BFI Frequency Picture
Optional BFI
What it is: Option to turn the screen black between frames.
When it matters: When flicker is desired by the user. Flicker is especially useful to make motion look clearer when viewing 60 fps content (sports, video games) and when using motion interpolation.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern when playing 60 fps content.
When it matters: When viewing fast motion such as sports and video games.
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
What it is: Whether the screen can flicker at 60 Hz when playing 60 fps content.
When it matters: When playing 60 fps content, such as sports and video games.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
What it is: Whether the screen can flicker at 120 Hz when playing 120 fps content.
When it matters: When playing 120 fps content, such as when using motion interpolation on a 120 Hz TV.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern when playing 60 fps content in Game Mode.
When it matters: When playing video games with fast motion.
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
60 Hz

The Samsung Q6 can reduce the backlight flicker as low as 60 fps, even in Game Mode. This results in some duplications, as seen in the photo above, but there will be less motion blur.

To enable the black frame insertion feature on the Samsung Q6FN, set Auto Motion Plus to Custom, and set LED Clear Motion to On.

Like the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs, the backlight flicker varies quite a bit depending on the motion settings used, as shown here.

10 Motion Interpolation
What it is: Also known as 'Soap Opera Effect'. It is an optional feature that increases the frame rate of the video, smoothing movement.
When it matters: If you like the look of smoothed video. Not everyone does.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Motion Interpolation (30 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 30 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 60 fps.
When it matters: 30 fps or lower videos. Includes movies, TV shows, some video games.
:
Yes
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Motion Interpolation (60 fps) Picture
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
What it is: Whether the TV can take a 60 fps input and heighten the frame rate to at least 100 fps.
When it matters: 60 fps videos. Includes some video games, some sports channels.
:
Yes

The Samsung Q6 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 fps. Performance is similar to the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs. There are some visible artifacts in scenes with fast motion, and in some scenes when the motion gets too intense the Q6FN stops interpolating.

Interpolation is activated by setting 'Auto Motion Plus' to 'Custom'. The 'Judder Reduction' can be adjusted for low frame rate content, and the 'Blur Reduction' slider can be adjusted to help clear up motion on 60 fps content.

Like the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs, the backlight flicker varies quite a bit depending on the motion settings used, as shown here.

Update 06/05/2018: The 49" model has a 60 Hz panel, as such it can only interpolate as high as 60 fps.

7.3 Stutter
What it is: Jarring effect caused by static frame time during motion sequences
When it matters: When watching content with long panning shots and other smooth movement
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
What it is: Time that frame is static during 24Hz videos such as movies
When it matters: When watching movies and other low frame rate content which contain panning shots
Good value: < 24 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
28.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
What it is: Time that frame is static during 60 fps content such as TV shows
When it matters: When watching 60 fps content containing slow panning shots (such as field sports)
Good value: < 24 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
3.8 ms

Low frame rate content like 24p Blu-rays stutters a bit, this is mostly noticeable in wide spanning landscape scenes. If stutter bothers you, it can be reduced by enabling motion interpolation or the optional black frame insertion feature.

10 24p Judder
What it is: Whether 24p content can play without any judder.
When it matters: Only 24p content (mostly just movies).
Judder-Free 24p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 24p signal.
When it matters: Blu-ray and DVD movies; 24 hz PC signal.
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60p signal.
When it matters: Movies from streaming devices (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.); 60 hz PC signal.
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
What it is: Judder-free movies over 60i signal.
When it matters: Movies from cable/satellite boxes.
:
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
What it is: Judder-free movies when playing from native apps.
When it matters: Movies from streaming native apps (Netflix, Amazon TV, etc.).
:
Yes

The Samsung Q6F 55 is effective at removing Judder from 24p content from all sources, including when sent in a 60 fps signal from a cable box. This is different from the other Samsung QLED TVs we have reviewed this year like the Q7FN and Q9FN.

To enable the Judder reduction feature, set Auto Motion Plus to Custom, with both sliders set to 0 as shown here.

Like the other 2018 Samsung QLEDs, the backlight flicker varies quite a bit depending on the motion settings used, as shown here.

8.2 Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: How frequently the TV can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like HDMI Forum's Variable Refresh Rate.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native Refresh Rate
What it is: The out-of-the-box maximum refresh rate; how frequently the TV can refresh and show new frames.
When it matters: When playing content with a frame rate that matches the TV's refresh rate (ex. 60 fps on a 60 Hz TV, 120 fps on a 120 Hz TV), or when using the TV's motion interpolation feature (soap opera effect).
Good value: 60 Hz
:
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the TV to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable when gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync
4k VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the TV when the input signal is 4k.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled and 4k is sent.
Good value: Matches maximum refresh rate at 4k.
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the TV's Variable Refresh Rate feature when the input signal is 4k.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the TV at lower frame rates when sending a 4k signal.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the TV when the input signal is 1080p.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled and 1080p is sent.
Good value: Matches maximum refresh rate at 1080p.
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the TV's Variable Refresh Rate feature when the input signal is 1080p.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the TV at lower frame rates when sending a 1080p signal.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
What it is: The inputs which support a variable refresh rate (eg. HDMI, DisplayPort)
When it matters: When gaming with different consoles or graphics cards.
:
HDMI

The Samsung Q6F supports FreeSync from our Xbox One S and Radeon RX 580 GPU, at 4k, 1440p and 1080p resolutions. At 1080p its range is wide enough to support Low Frequency Compensation, thus extending its lower limit below 20 Hz; unfortunately its 4k range is a much smaller 60-48 Hz, but good enough for Xbox One games that target 60 fps.

On the TV, Freesync is enabled by turning on Game Mode and setting FreeSync to On. Game mode must be on for VRR to work. Even when set to 'Auto', the TV will stay in game mode as long as Freesync is enabled. The auto function will not turn off game mode when watching a movie on an Xbox One for example.

Update 11/05/2018: The 49" model has a 60 Hz panel and does not support FreeSync.

9.5

Inputs

Score components:

The Samsung Q6FN QLED TV has excellent low input lag. It supports a variable refresh rate when connected to a compatible source (some PCs, Xbox One S or X), and has extremely low 1080p input lag when VRR is enabled. It supports most common resolutions including the relatively new 1440p @ 120 Hz, but does not support 1440p @ 60 Hz. Chroma 4:4:4 works perfectly as long as the input label is set to PC, great for use as a PC monitor.

9.6 Input Lag
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: Video games; when TV is used as PC monitor.
1080p @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1080p @ 60 Hz input signal.
When it matters: Gaming and PC use.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.2 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1080p @ 60 Hz input signal when in a fully featured picture mode.
When it matters: For gaming and PC use, while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
71.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1440p @ 60Hz input signal.
When it matters: Gaming and PC use.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k @ 60 Hz input signal.
When it matters: Gaming and PC use.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k @ 60 Hz + HDR input signal.
When it matters: Gaming and PC use in HDR.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.2 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible when displaying 4k @ 60 Hz with proper 4:4:4 chroma subsampling. For this test a 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 signal is usually used, but a 4k @ 60 Hz @ Full RGB signal may be used if it's required for the TV to show proper 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.
When it matters: PC use and gaming where fine text display (ClearType) is needed.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.3 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k @ 60 Hz input signal when in a fully featured picture mode.
When it matters: For gaming and PC use, while retaining access to all features of the TV.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
54.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k @ 60 Hz input signal, when motion interpolation is turned on.
When it matters: When you want to play video games with motion interpolation (Soap Opera Effect) enabled.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
21.3 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for an 8k @ 60Hz input signal.
When it matters: PC use.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1080p @ 120 Hz input signal.
When it matters: Console gaming and PC gaming.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
9.4 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1440p @ 120 Hz input signal.
When it matters: Console gaming and PC gaming.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
9.3 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k @ 120 Hz input signal.
When it matters: Console gaming and PC gaming.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1080p input signal when using Variable Refresh Rate (FreeSync, etc).
When it matters: When gaming with a device that supports Variable Refresh Rate, such as the Xbox One X or a PC.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
6.6 ms
1440p with VRR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 1440p input signal when using Variable Refresh Rate (FreeSync, etc).
When it matters: When gaming with a device that supports Variable Refresh Rate, such as the Xbox One X or a PC.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
6.4 ms
4k with VRR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for a 4k input signal when using Variable Refresh Rate (FreeSync, etc).
When it matters: When gaming with a device that supports Variable Refresh Rate, such as the Xbox One X or a PC.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
15.8 ms
8k with VRR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible for an 8k input signal when using Variable Refresh Rate (FreeSync, etc).
When it matters: When using a PC that supports Variable Refresh Rate.
Good value: < 40 ms
Noticeable difference: 15 ms
:
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
What it is: Whether a source (such as a game console) can request the TV switch into a low latency mode (such as game mode).
When it matters: Console gaming; both PS4 and Xbox One S/X support ALLM.
:
Yes

1440p @ 120 Hz: 9.3 ms

The Samsung Q6F has excellent low input lag when in PC or Game mode. The Q6 supports a variable refresh rate, and the 1080p input lag is extremely low with VRR enabled, which is great for Xbox One gaming.

Like the other 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q6FN can interpolate lower frame rate games up to 60 or 120 Hz. When interpolating up to 60Hz (Judder Reduction -> 10, Blue Reduction -> 0), there is 21.3 ms of input lag. When interpolating up to 120 Hz (Judder Reduction -> 10, Blur Reduction -> 10), there is 27.6 ms of input. Both of these are still low enough for most gamers and can be enabled to help motion appear smoother.

When the input label is set to 'PC' and Game mode is enabled, Game Motion Plus becomes available and the Q6FN supports a variable refresh rate when connected to a compatible PC.

8.8 Supported Resolutions
What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 17% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 8% 1080p @ 120Hz
  • 8% 1440p @ 60Hz
  • 4% 1440p @ 120 Hz
  • 34% 4k @ 60Hz
  • 25% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 4% 8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: ClearType text display for PC productivity and gaming with fine text.
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 1080p @ 120 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: Console gaming and PC gaming.
:
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 1440p @ 60 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: Gaming and PC use.
:
No
1440p @ 120 Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 1440p @ 120 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: Console gaming and PC gaming.
:
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 4k @ 60 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: 4k Blu-rays, gaming, PC use, etc.
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: ClearType text display for PC productivity and gaming with fine text.
:
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display a 4k @ 120 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: PC gaming.
:
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display an 8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: PC use.
:
No
8k @ 60 Hz
What it is: Whether the TV can properly display an 8k @ 60 Hz signal sent from a physical input (HDMI, etc).
When it matters: PC use.
:
No

The Samsung Q6FN supports most of the common resolutions without issue. Strangely, it supports 1440p @ 120 Hz without issue as long as Chroma 4:4:4 is not used, but 1440p @ 60 Hz is not supported.

4k @ 60 Hz with Chroma 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 require HDMI UHD Color enabled for the port used. For all resolutions Chroma 4:4:4 requires the input label to be set to PC

Update 06/05/2018: The 49" model has a 60 Hz panel, and does not support 120 Hz input.

Input Photos
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Like the other Samsung QLED TVs there is no component and no composite input.

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
What it is: Standard HDR format.
When it matters: Most common format. All UHD Blu-ray discs are required to have it.
:
Yes
HDR10+
What it is: Enhanced version of HDR10, adds dynamic metadata like that found in Dolby Vision.
When it matters: When playing HDR10+ content, such as from Amazon Video and some Blu-ray disks.
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
What it is: Better format, due to its dynamic nature.
When it matters: Dolby Vision mastered content. Current available from streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Video), some Blu-Ray players, the Apple TV 4k and ChromeCast Ultra.
:
No
HLG
What it is: HLG or Hybrid Log Gamma is a broadcast HDR format.
When it matters: HLG capable sources such as Youtube or OTA broadcasts in specific regions. Backwards compatible with SDR TVs.
:
Yes
3D
What it is: Optional 3D video capability on TV.
When it matters: 3D movies & videos.
:
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
What it is: HDMI 2.0 is the main used HDMI standard and supports a range of video resolutions and refresh rates up to 4k@60Hz, with a total maximum bandwidth up to 18Gbps.
:
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
What it is: Whether the manufacturer advertises HDMI 2.1 support.
When it matters: When using an HDMI 2.1 source that takes advantage of its new features.
:
No
CEC : Yes
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
What it is: USB 3.0 is the latest USB standard which can transfer data up to 5 Gbit/s, and is easily recognizable due to its blue color-coding of the connector.
:
No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

CEC must be enabled and the sound output must be set to 'Receiver (HDMI)' for the audio return channel to work. Like other 2018 Samsung TVs, there is no DTS passthrough. If you are using an external speaker system (receiver), it is better to connect your player directly to the receiver.

Audio Passthrough
What it is: Whether the specific audio format (ex. Dolby Digital) can be sent by the source, pass through the TV, and be re-sent to an audio sink (such as a receiver) with all its functionality intact.
When it matters: When playing surround sound using a receiver or soundbar, from a source that is connected to the TV.
ARC
What it is: Audio Return Channel (ARC) enables a TV to transmit, via an HDMI cable, audio data to an A/V receiver, without the need for any extra audio cables.
When it matters: When connecting your audio/video receiver directly to your TV via an HDMI cable.
:
Yes (HDMI 4)
eARC support
What it is: Whether the TV supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC).
When it matters: Passthrough of Dolby Atmos/TrueHD and DTS-HD MA / DTS:X .
:
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a Dolby Atmos signal to a receiver via HDMI eARC, when Dolby TrueHD is used as the carrier signal.
When it matters: Blu-rays and video games with Dolby Atmos audio.
:
No
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a DTS:X signal to a receiver via HDMI eARC, when DTS-HD MA is used as the carrier signal.
When it matters: Blu-rays and video games with DTS:X audio.
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to a receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a DTS 5.1 signal to a receiver via HDMI ARC.
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
:
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to a receiver via digital optical (Toslink).
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
:
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
What it is: Whether the TV can receive and pass a DTS 5.1 signal to a receiver via digital optical (Toslink).
When it matters: 5.1 audio on DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
:
No
6.4

Sound Quality

What it is: How well and accurately the audio is reproduced.
When it matters: When a good and accurate sound reproduction is needed.
Score components:

The sound is mediocre. This TV doesn't get very loud, and doesn't have any thump or rumble in its bass either. However, it produces a decent amount of punch and relatively clear dialogs. For a better sound, dedicated speakers or soundbars are recommended.

Update 09/25/2018: The Q65FN has a 4.1 sound system rather than the 2.1 system found on the Q6FN.

6.5 Frequency Response
What it is: How accurately the sound level of each frequency is being produced.
When it matters: For a balanced and neutral sound.
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Movies, Gaming. Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: < 60Hz
Noticeable difference: 10Hz
:
75.51 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 70dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at quiet listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
4.02 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured at 80dB SPL, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at moderate listening levels
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5 dB
:
4.35 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard deviation) in frequency response measured with the TV at maximum volume, as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: Shows the TV's frequency response at under maximum load
Good value: < 4 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
6.66 dB
Max
What it is: Maximum volume reached by the TV at their optimum viewing distance (size dependent)
When it matters: For listening to loud audio.
Good value: > 88 dB
Noticeable difference: 2 dB
:
85.6 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
What it is: The amount of difference between the TVs frequency response performance at 70dB SPL and Max dB SPL. Too much compression will result in pumping in the sound.
When it matters: When an accurate and free-of-pumping performance is required at higher volumes
Good value: < 3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
3.59 dB

The frequency response is about average. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 76Hz, which is decent. It means that this TV will produce a decent amount of punch, but no thump or rumble. The response above the LFE point is also decent, but may lack a little bit of clarity and presence for dialogs. Additionally, this TV doesn't get very loud, and doesn't have a room correction system either. That's why it wasn't able to remove the modes of our test room around 200Hz.

6.0 Distortion
What it is: Deformation of an output signal compared to its input, usually clipping, harmonic distortion, or inter-modulation distortion caused by non-linear behavior of the sound system.
When it matters: When a clean, pure and transparent reproduction is desired.
Score components:
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 80dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
0.781
Weighted THD @ Max
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at the TV's maximum SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: < 0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.100
:
1.156
IMD @ 80
What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
:
8.35 %
IMD @ Max
What it is: The average amount of inter-modulation distortion produced by the TV under maximum load. The percentage shown here is the average result of 3 separate test signals/standards: SMPTE, DIN, & CCIF
When it matters: When a clean and free of aliasing reproduction is desired
Good value: < 5%
Noticeable difference: 2
:
13.73 %

The distortion performance is mediocre. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated, even at moderate volumes.

7.8

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 42% Interface
  • 2% Ad-Free
  • 37% Apps and Features
  • 16% Remote
  • 3% Remote App
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2018

The Samsung Q6FN runs Samsung's 2018 Tizen smart platform, also called Smart Hub. It has a modern design and is easy to use, but some options can be long to get to. The interface has a lot of animations and is very polished, but the animations lag frequently and can be choppy at times. The voice control features work well and most basic TV functions can be accessed, but they are not supported by most apps. 

7.5 Interface
What it is: The usability, features and performance of the main interface of the TV, not including the interfaces of the apps themselves.
When it matters: Anytime when using the TV, but especially when changing settings and using apps.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Ease of Use
What it is: How easy the interface is to navigate, affected by the organization of its layout, placing frequently accessed elements in areas that are faster to access, etc.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Easy
Smoothness
What it is: How smooth the interface is to navigate, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
What it is: How long it takes to select YouTube for launch, starting from HDMI 1 input, when YouTube is placed first on the list of apps or added as a shortcut. This does not include app launch time, and does not use a fixed YouTube button on a remote. This serves as an indication of the time needed to select any app.
When it matters: When launching any app.
:
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
What it is: The time it takes to navigate to the 'Backlight' setting ('Brightness' on Sony TVs). This serves as an indication of how long it takes to navigate to basic TV settings.
When it matters: When changing TV settings.
:
7 s
Advanced Options
What it is: Whether advanced options and settings are available, such as color calibration.
When it matters: When customizing the TV and using the smart features.
:
Many

The Samsung Q6F has an easy to use, polished interface, but the large number of animations causes some performance issues. Like the other 2018 Samsung TVs, there are dropped frames and lag in the animations, and the interface freezes occasionally for a few seconds.

0 Ad-Free
What it is: Whether or not ads can be found on the TV's smart platform.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
Score components:
Ads
What it is: Whether the TV's main interface has ads. This does take into account ads in third-party apps.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
Yes
Opt-out
What it is: Whether or not you can opt out of all ads. A TV only passes this test if it allows you to remove them completely, not just disable the personalized advertising.
When it matters: When using the smart features.
:
No
Suggested Content in Home
What it is: Whether suggested content appears in the TV's home menu or main menu. Suggested content can include recommended movies, TV shows, YouTube videos etc.
:
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
What it is: Whether the suggested content feed in the home menu can be removed or hidden
:
No

Like all Samsung TVs, there are intermittent ads in the main interface and they can't be disabled.

The ads are not always present and during testing we were not able to photograph them, but they appear similar to the Q8FN ad photo.

8.5 Apps and Features
What it is: The usability, features and performance of apps and other smart features.
When it matters: Only when using smart features such as apps, casting and USB playback.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Apps Picture
App Selection
What it is: The number and variety of apps available to download for the smart platform.
When it matters: When downloading new apps.
:
Many
App Smoothness
What it is: How smooth it feels to navigate the interfaces of apps, affected by lag and frame drops.
When it matters: When using apps.
:
Average
Cast Capable
What it is: Whether apps on a phone or tablet can cast content to the TV.
:
Yes
USB Drive Playback
What it is: Whether the TV can play content from a drive connected to one of the TV's USB ports.
:
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
What it is: Whether HDR files played from a USB drive can be displayed properly.
:
Yes
HDR in Netflix
What it is: Whether HDR content on Netflix can be played back in HDR using the native Netflix app.
:
Yes
HDR in YouTube
What it is: Whether HDR content on YouTube can be played in HDR using the native YouTube app.
:
Yes

Samsung has one of the widest assortment of apps available. Apps are fast and smooth and the built-in apps can play most of the more common audio and video formats.

8.5 Remote
What it is: The usability and features of the TV's physical remote.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Remote Picture
Size
What it is: How big the remote is
:
Small
Voice Control
What it is: The capabilities of the TV's voice control feature
:
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
What it is: Whether the remote can act as a universal remote for HDMI CEC enabled devices. This was tested on our Samsung UBD-K8500 4K Blu-ray player, and may not be valid for other CEC devices as implementations vary by manufacturer.
:
Yes
Other Smart Features
What it is: Whether the remote has any other smart features, such as a pointer, universal remote support for non HDMI CEC devices, etc.
:
Yes

The remote is the same as the one included in all high-end Samsung TVs, including the other QLEDs and the NU8000. There are very few buttons, most of them open other menus on the TV.

The remote is also used for the TV's voice control. It can control most of the TV's settings and answer basic questions, like looking up weather. Unlike LG's voice control, Samsung's voice control can't search within apps.

6.0 Remote App
What it is: The features of the official phone and tablet app for the TV.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Remote App Picture
Acts as the Remote
What it is: Whether the remote app can emulate all the buttons of the physical remote.
:
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
What it is: Whether the remote app can directly launch the TV's apps and change between its inputs, without requiring any interaction with menus on the TV.
:
No
Inputs Text in YouTube
What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for YouTube searches.
:
No
Inputs Text in Netflix
What it is: Whether the remote app can enter text for Netflix searches.
:
No
Streams Device Files
What it is: Whether the remote app can stream files from the phone or tablet to the TV, files such as pictures, music and video.
:
No
Controls TV Settings
What it is: Whether the app can change all or some of the settings on the TV, such as the backlight.
:
No
Voice Control
What it is: Whether the remote can send voice commands to the TV.
:
Yes

The Samsung SmartThings app is quite basic, but has been updated with some more advanced features including the ability to cast content from the TV to your phone. The app can work as a replacement remote. It is also used to control the new QLED Ambient Mode.

The remote app can also be used to send voice commands to the TV, but only in the main interface. If an app that doesn't support voice commands is open, the remote function and voice commands don't work.

TV Controls
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Controls Picture

The controls are more similar to the NU8000 than to the other QLEDs. There is a single button that brings up a menu that can power toggle the TV, control the volume and change channels and inputs.

In The Box
Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 In The Box Picture

  • Batteries
  • VESA Spacers
  • Remote
  • Quick Setup Guide
Not Shown:
  • 62" Power Cable

Misc
Power Consumption : 41 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 114 W
Firmware : 1103

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (QN55Q6FN) version FA01. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" version (QN65Q6FN), 75" version (QN75Q6FN) and 82" version (QN82Q6FN). Note that larger TVs are typically more prone to uniformity issues.

The 49" model (QN49Q6FN) is not yet available but likely has a 60 Hz panel as documented by the Samsung Support Page, as such some results may be slightly different including the motion interpolation. We have also received confirmation from a reader that the 49" Q6FN does not support FreeSync. For the most part, we still expect our review to be valid.

The warehouse variant of the 2018 Q6F is known as the Q65FN. The stand is black instead of chrome, and depending on the specific warehouse model it might have a simpler remote. We don't expect any other differences and our review should still be valid.

Update 09/25/2018: The Q65FN has a 4.1 sound system rather than the 2.1 system found on the Q6FN.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Q6FN doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model Model Short US Warehouse Model Canada UK
49" QN49Q6FN QN49Q6 QN49Q6FNAFXZA N/A QN49Q6FNAFXZC QE49Q6FNATXXU
55" QN55Q6FN QN55Q6 QN55Q6FNAFXZA QN55Q65FNFXZA QN55Q6FNAFXZC QE55Q6FNATXXU
65" QN65Q6FN QN65Q6 QN65Q6FNAFXZA QN65Q65FNFXZA QN65Q6FNAFXZC QE65Q6FNATXXU
75" QN75Q6FN QN75Q6 QN75Q6FNAFXZA QN75Q65FNFXZA QN75Q6FNAFXZC QE75Q6FNATXXU
82" QN82Q6FN QN82Q6 QN82Q6FNAFXZA N/A QN82Q6FNAFXZC QE82Q6FNATXXU

Update 11/15/2018: We've been contacted by a reader who bought a 55" Q6FN with version FB02 that has an IPS panel. We expect this to have a much lower contrast ratio and worse dark room performance, but a more accurate image when viewed at an angle.

Update 11/16/2018: We have received confirmation that the 55" Q6FN with version FB02 has a VA type panel. We expect performance in the same ballpark as the version VA01 we reviewed. You can see a photo of the pixels here.

Compared to other TVs

Samsung Q6FN/Q6/Q6F QLED 2018 Group Shot Picture
Top left: Samsung Q8FN (QN55Q8FNBFXZA). Bottom left: Samsung NU8000 (UN55NU8000). Middle: Samsung Q6FN (QN55Q6FNAFXZA). Top right: TCL R617 (55R617). Bottom right: Sony X900F (XBR55X900F ).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

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Samsung NU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The overall performance of the Samsung Q6FN and the Samsung NU8000 is very similar, but the Q6FN is slightly better across the board. The differences are marginal, though.

Sony X900F
49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X900F is better than the Samsung Q6FN. The X900F has a faster response time, so motion is clearer and has less blur. The X900F has a more advanced full array local dimming feature, great for dark room viewing, and better reflection handling. The Samsung Q6FN has less input lag and supports more advanced features for gamers, including VRR and automatic low latency mode.

Samsung Q7FN/Q7/Q7F QLED 2018
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q7FN is a bit better than the Samsung Q6FN for most people. While overall performance is similar, the Samsung Q7FN has a better anti-reflective coating that is better for overcoming glare in a bright room. The Q7FN uses the external One Connect box for all of its input. If space is a concern, some people may prefer the simpler installation of the Q6FN with all of the inputs on the TV.

Sony X850F
65" 75" 85"

Although these are two different types of TVs, most people will agree that the Samsung Q6FN is better than the Sony X850F overall. The Samsung Q6FN has a VA panel and can offer a much better dark room performance if you are seated straight in front, while the X850F has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel. The Sony X850F can handle reflections a little better and has no visible flicker, whereas the Q6FN supports FreeSync and has a lower input lag.

Samsung Q8FN/Q8/Q8F QLED 2018
55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q8FN is better than the Samsung Q6FN. The Q8FN has better local dimming and can produce better blacks, which is great for movies in a dark room. It also has better reflection handling, so you can place it in a bright room with no issues. The Samsung Q8FN handles fast action and sports slightly better as it has a better response time.

LG SK9000
55" 65"

The Samsung Q6FN and the LG SK9000 have different types of panels. The Samsung Q6FN has a VA panel and better dark room performance if you sit straight in front, whereas the LG has an IPS panel and thus wider viewing angles suitable for situations where people will be watching from the side. The Samsung Q6FN has more gaming goodies, including FreeSync support, whereas the LG SK9000 can handle reflections better.

LG SK8000
49" 55" 65"

These are two different types of TV, but most people will agree that the Samsung Q6FN is better than the LG SK8000 overall. The Samsung Q6FN has better gaming features, including FreeSync support and better dark room performance, thanks to its VA panel. This is provided you sit right in front. The LG SK8000 is more suitable for wider seating arrangements due to its IPS panel, and it has a slightly faster response time, which is great for sports.

Samsung Q9FN/Q9/Q9F QLED 2018
65" 75"

The Samsung Q9FN is much better than the Samsung Q6FN. The Samsung Q9FN has more uniform blacks and full array local dimming that deliver a better dark room performance. The Q9FN has better reflection handling and can get brighter both in SDR and in HDR, delivering a better HDR movie watching experience. The Samsung Q6FN has a lower input lag, which is good if you play video games.

Samsung Q7F/Q7 QLED 2017
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q6FN is somewhat better than the Samsung Q7F. The Q6FN has better black uniformity, which is great for movies, and can get significantly brighter to fight bright room glare. On the other hand, the Q7F can handle reflections better, thus minimizing distractions, and can display a slightly crisper image due to the faster response time.

Sony X900E
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X900E is better than the Samsung Q6FN. The Sony X900E has better local dimming performance and can display dark scenes better in a dark environment. When placed in the same bright room, the Sony X900E handles reflections better than the Q6FN. The X900E has a faster response time, and thus there is less blur in fast content. The Samsung Q6FN, on the other hand, is slightly better for gaming as it incorporates FreeSync VRR support and has a lower input lag that makes it very responsive.

Samsung NU7100
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q6FN is significantly better than the Samsung NU7100. The Samsung Q6FN can display a wider color gamut, which is great for HDR, and has a faster response time, thus displaying a crisper image with less blur in fast motion. Finally, the Samsung Q6FN supports FreeSync VRR, which is great for gaming.

LG B8 OLED
55" 65"

The LG B8 is much better than the Samsung Q6FN for most people, unless you are too concerned about burn-in. The LG B8 has perfect blacks and is amazing for dark room viewing. The LG B8 has better reflection handling and better viewing angles, so if you have a large room with many small light sources, then it is a better choice. The Samsung Q6FN, on the other hand, can fight better bright room glare, has a lower input lag and supports FreeSync, which is great for gaming.

Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The 2018 Samsung Q6FN is a bit better than the 2019 Samsung Q60R. The Q6FN is much brighter, especially in HDR, and can produce a wider color gamut. The Q6FN also has a local dimming feature, although it isn't very effective. The Q60R, on the other hand, has a faster response time, and the smart interface is somewhat smoother.

Vizio P Series 2018
55" 65" 75"

The Vizio P Series 2018 is a bit better than the Samsung Q6FN. The Vizio P Series 2018 has full array local dimming and better dark room performance. The Vizio can also handle reflections better, and the image looks a little crisper due to the faster response time. The Samsung Q6FN has better gaming features, including lower input lag (even with motion interpolation) and supports FreeSync VRR for tear-free gaming.

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q6FN is marginally better than the TCL R617. The Samsung Q6FN is packed with gaming features like lower input lag, even with motion interpolation, and FreeSync support. The TCL R617, on the other hand, can get brighter both in SDR and HDR and has better local dimming, which is great when watching movies in a dark room.

LG C8 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG C8 is significantly better than the Samsung Q6FN. The LG C8 is an OLED TV with perfect blacks which has remarkable picture quality that looks amazing in a dark room. The LG C8 has better reflection handling and wider viewing angles, and is more suitable for a wide room with many light sources. On the other hand, the VA panel of the Samsung Q6FN does not have a permanent burn-in risk, like the OLEDs, and the TV incorporates the FreeSync variable refresh rate and a low input lag, which is great you are a fan of video games.

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8.1Mixed Usage
What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
Very good TV for mixed usage. The Samsung Q6F has good picture quality and looks good in most room types. It has some great features for use as a PC monitor and for gaming. Dark room performance is good and it has good HDR capabilities.
7.8Movies
What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
Good TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has good picture quality, and the native contrast ratio is high, so blacks appear black in a dark room. Unfortunately, the bad local dimming feature isn't very effective at dimming areas of the screen and letterbox bars aren't completely black.
7.9TV Shows
What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
Decent TV for watching TV in a bright room. It has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, but it has a poor viewing angle and the picture degrades when viewed at an angle.
7.8Sports
What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Good TV for watching sports. The Samsung Q6 is able to overcome most glare in a bright room but has limited reflection handling due to the lack of an anti-reflective coating. Fast-paced movement appears fluid with little motion blur thanks to the high response time, but there is some dirty screen effect and the center of the screen is a bit brighter than the rest.
8.8Video Games
What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
Excellent TV for video games. It has extremely low input lag for 4k and for 1080p content as long as Game mode is on. It supports a variable refresh rate when used with compatible hardware. Motion is fluid with very little trail thanks to the fast response time.
7.9HDR Movies
What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
Score components:
Good TV for HDR movies. The contrast is excellent, so blacks appear black, and it is bright enough for small highlights to pop in HDR. The local dimming feature is bad and can't effectively dim dark areas of the screen. It supports a wide color gamut and there is only slight gradation in scenery.
8.5HDR Gaming
What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Great TV for HDR gaming. The input lag is extremely low and it supports a variable refresh rate. Dark room performance is great thanks to the high native contrast ratio but the local dimming feature is bad and can't be disabled.
8.4PC Monitor
What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
Score components:
Great TV for use as a PC Monitor. The response time is fast and the input lag is extremely low, so the screen feels responsive. Chroma 4:4:4 is properly supported with most resolutions, and it supports a variable refresh rate, great for PC gaming.

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