Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Apr 14, 2021 at 09:46 am
Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED Picture
7.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.1
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Sony X950H
7.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.9
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8G
7.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H9G
7.8
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U8G
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED is a good overall 4k TV. It improves upon its predecessor, the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED, in a couple of ways, most notably its significantly faster response time, which delivers a smooth gaming experience. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) and has an incredibly low input lag. While it lacks local dimming, it has an exceptionally high native contrast ratio, so it produces deep blacks that look great in the dark. It gets bright enough to overcome glare in most lighting conditions, but it's best to avoid placing it in direct sunlight because it doesn't diffuse direct light very well. It's decent for HDR thanks to its wide color gamut, but it can't get bright enough to bring out the brightest highlights. Unfortunately, like most VA panels, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the side.

Our Verdict

7.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q70 is good for mixed usage. Thanks to its high contrast ratio, it's good for watching movies or gaming in the dark, but it's also suited to well-lit rooms, as it gets bright enough to overcome glare. Its fast response time delivers smooth motion in content like sports and video games, and its low input lag makes it feel response when gaming or connected to a PC. HDR looks decent, but it doesn't get bright enough to bring out the brightest highlights.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high contrast ratio.
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Impressive response time delivers smooth motion.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Image loses accuracy as you move off-center.
7.1 Movies

The Samsung Q70 is decent for watching movies. While it doesn't have a local dimming feature, its native contrast is high enough to produce deep blacks that are ideal for watching movies in a dark room. It also removes 24p judder automatically and has no issues upscaling DVDs or Blu-rays. That said, its fast response time can cause low frame rate content to stutter.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from all sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • May stutter with low frame rate content.
7.6 TV Shows

The Samsung Q70 is good for TV shows. It gets bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms, despite only having decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy from the side. That said, it has no issues upscaling cable TV and Tizen OS gives you access to most popular streaming apps.

Pros
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Apps and interface run smoothly.
Cons
  • Image loses accuracy as you move off-center.
7.6 Sports

The Samsung Q70 is good for watching sports. It has an impressive response time, so motion looks smooth in fast-moving content. It gets bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms, too. That said, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not ideal if you want to watch the game with a big group. You may also notice some dirty screen effect, which can be distracting during sports.

Pros
  • Bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Impressive response time delivers smooth motion.
Cons
  • Image loses accuracy as you move off-center.
7.9 Video Games

The Samsung Q70 is very good for playing video games. Its impressive response time delivers a clear image with minimal motion blur, and it has an incredibly low input lag. It also supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing. It can do 4k @ 120Hz without issues, but some people may be disappointed that there's only one HDMI 2.1 port.

Pros
  • Supports FreeSync VRR.
  • Impressive response time delivers smooth motion.
Cons
  • Only one HDMI 2.1 port.
7.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q70 is decent for watching movies in HDR. It's helped by its exceptionally high contrast ratio, although it lacks local dimming. It also has a wide color gamut for HDR. However, its HDR brightness is a bit lacking, so the brightest highlights don't quite pop as they should.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from all sources.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Not quite bright enough to make highlights pop.
7.8 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q70 is good for HDR gaming, mostly due to its gaming performance. The fast response time, low input lag, and VRR support deliver a smooth and a responsive gaming experience. However, its HDR brightness in 'Game Mode' is only okay, so the brightest highlights may not pop as they should. On the upside, it supports all common resolutions for advanced consoles.

Pros
  • Exceptionally high contrast ratio.
  • Supports FreeSync VRR.
  • Impressive response time delivers smooth motion.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Not quite bright enough to make highlights pop.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung Q70 is great for use as a PC monitor. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 for all resolutions except 1440p, which is important for text clarity. It also has an incredibly low input lag and fast response time. However, its narrow viewing angles can make the edges of the screen look washed out if you're sitting up close.

Pros
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4 in most resolutions.
  • Supports FreeSync VRR.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Image looks washed out at the edges when sitting close.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 doesn't work in 1440p.
  • 7.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Movies
  • 7.6 TV Shows
  • 7.6 Sports
  • 7.9 Video Games
  • 7.1 HDR Movies
  • 7.8 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Apr 14, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 08, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Q70 is the mid-range model in Samsung’s 2021 4k QLED lineup, sitting above the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and below the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED, as well as higher-end Neo QLEDs like the Samsung QN85A QLED and the Samsung QN90A QLED. It competes with models like the Sony X85J, the 2021 LG NANO80, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

Samsung’s 2021 QLEDs are all very thin and sleek-looking, and this one is no exception. It’ll look great in any living room. The stand is a new design for Samsung that's different than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. It's center-mounted, so it can also fit on smaller tables.

Design
Stand

The stand looks a little cheap, but it supports the TV well for the most part, and it's center-mounted, so you can place it on a smaller table if you like.

Footprint of the stand: 11.9" x 9.8"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

There are tracks along the back of the TV and the stand for cable management. The back is plastic with fine horizontal etchings to give it a brushed aluminum look.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.47" (1.2 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.10" (2.8 cm)

The TV is very thin. It should sit flush against the wall when wall-mounted, and the inputs are side-facing for easy access.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

It feels well-built overall, despite some wobble due to the thin profile and narrow stand. There’s a bit of a gap around the border. Our unit arrived with some slight damage, as the bottom-left part of the border pops out a bit in a way it shouldn't, making it feel less solidly put together. This is just a defect with our unit alone, though, so it doesn't affect scoring and shouldn't be present on other units. The stand feels somewhat cheap, but it has a plastic cover that slides in to cover the two feet.

Picture Quality
9.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
7,398 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung Q70 has a fantastic contrast ratio, but this can vary a little between units. It’s among the highest native contrast ratios we’ve tested on an LED TV, which is a good thing considering it doesn’t have a local dimming feature.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
544 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
557 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
565 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
564 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
564 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
564 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
556 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
564 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
563 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
563 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
562 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

It gets very bright overall. It’s not as bright as the brightest LED TVs, like the Samsung QN90A QLED, but it’s better than average, so it’s able to overcome glare in most lighting conditions.

We measured SDR brightness after calibration, using the ‘Movie’ Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max, and Color Tone set to ‘Warm2’.

To get an ever brighter image, you can try setting the Picture Mode to ‘Dynamic’, Contrast Enhancer to ‘High’, Color Tone to ‘Standard’ and have Brightness and Contrast at max. We hit 631 nits using those settings, although you may lose image accuracy.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This TV doesn't have local dimming. The videos are for reference only, so you can see how backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming. If you want a large TV with a full-array local dimming feature, check out the TCL R745 QLED.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The videos are for reference only, so you can see how backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

7.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
552 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
539 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
551 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
553 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
553 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
553 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
538 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
552 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
551 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
551 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.019

The Samsung Q70 has decent HDR brightness. It’s quite consistent across various scenes, and the overall brightness of scenes is as it should be, as you can see the EOTF follows the line closely. However, the brightest highlights may be lost.

We measured HDR brightness before calibration, using the ‘Movie HDR’ Picture Mode, with Brightness and Contrast set to max, Color Tone set to ‘Warm2’, and all additional picture processing settings disabled.

If you find HDR too dim, you can make it brighter by setting Contrast Enhancer to ‘High’ and ST.2084 to max. These settings result in this EOTF.

6.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
560 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
587 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
585 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
584 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
584 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
252 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
584 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
582 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
582 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
582 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053

With Game Mode enabled, HDR peaks slightly brighter than with Game Mode disabled. The overall brightness of scenes is slightly below the target brightness, though. However, we didn’t notice a difference with actual content. Scenes with small highlights are dimmed because of the frame dimming.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.372%
50% DSE
0.195%
5% Std. Dev.
1.163%
5% DSE
0.133%

Gray uniformity is okay, although this can vary between units. The edges and corners of the screen are noticeably darker, although it should be less noticeable with actual content. The uniformity is a bit better in near-dark scenes, but you may still notice some slight clouding or unevenness, depending on the content.

8.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.771%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Samsung Q70 has excellent black uniformity, but this may vary. There’s very little noticeable clouding throughout, and blooming around bright objects is fairly minimal. While it's quite uniform, the entire screen has more of a blue-ish hue in the photo.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
28°
Color Shift
34°
Brightness Loss
33°
Black Level Raise
17°
Gamma Shift
17°

The Samsung Q70 has narrow viewing angles, despite being advertised by Samsung as having a wide viewing angle. The image quickly starts to look washed out as you move off-center.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.7%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.1%

The Samsung Q70 has decent reflection handling. It does well with ambient light, but we don't recommend setting it directly opposite a window or light source because it's not as good at diffusing direct light.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.89
Color dE
1.92
Gamma
2.01
Color Temperature
6,438 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung Q70 has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy. Most colors and white balance are quite accurate, but gamma doesn't really follow the target. Most scenes, and very bright scenes especially, are over brightened. The color temperature, however, is very close to the target.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.53
Color dE
1.07
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,508 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the accuracy is incredible. Remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye. Gamma and color temperature are almost perfect.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

DVDs and other 480p content are upscaled without issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content looks fine with no upscaling issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks good.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung Q70 displays native 4k content perfectly.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Samsung Q70 can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Samsung Q70 uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect image quality, but it can affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about that here.

7.9
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
86.46%
DCI P3 uv
92.87%
Rec 2020 xy
63.34%
Rec 2020 uv
71.50%

The Samsung Q70 has a very good color gamut. It's wide enough for HDR content, with excellent coverage of the common DCI P3 color space and fair coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

6.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
78.5%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
38.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
59.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
28.9%

Color volume is okay. It handles dark, saturated colors pretty well thanks to its high contrast ratio, but it struggles with bright blues like most LED TVs.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.113
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.135
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.105
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.235

The Samsung Q70 has decent gradient performance, although it's worse than the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED. There's visible banding in the grays and greens, although it should be a little less noticeable in real content. If you notice banding, you can enable Noise Reduction to help smooth out gradients, though you may lose fine details in some scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

The Samsung Q70 shows no signs of temporary image retention, but this can vary between units.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

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

Motion
8.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.5 ms
100% Response Time
9.5 ms

The TV has an impressive response time, though there's a bit of overshoot in the 0-20% transition, meaning there may be some smearing in dark scenes.

9.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
960 Hz

The Samsung Q70 uses Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, which some people may be sensitive to. That said, in 'Movie' mode, it flickers at such a high frequency that it shouldn't be noticeable. In the 'Dynamic', 'Standard', 'Natural', and 'Filmmaker' Picture Modes, or with Picture Clarity or Game Mode enabled, the flicker drops down to 120Hz.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

This TV has an optional Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature, also known as backlight strobing, that can help reduce motion blur. To enable it to flicker the backlight at 60Hz, turn on LED Clear Motion in the Picture Clarity settings menu, or in the Game Motion Plus menu when Game Mode is enabled. For 120Hz, enable Picture Clarity settings but leave the Blur Reduction and Judder Reduction sliders at '0'. In Game Mode it always flickers at 120Hz, so no additional settings are needed. Note that the BFI score is based on how many frequencies the feature can flicker at, and not how well it performs.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Samsung Q70 can interpolate motion up to 120 fps. This is also called the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It doesn't look particularly good on this TV, resulting in a lot of duplications and artifacts, especially during busy scenes. To enable it, set Picture Clarity to 'Custom' and set Blur Reduction to '10' for 60 fps content and higher or Judder Reduction to '10' for 30 fps content.

6.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
32.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
7.1 ms

Due to the TV's quick response time, low frame rate content may appear to stutter because each frame is held on longer. If you notice stuttering, you can try enabling motion interpolation.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The TV removes 24p judder from any source without having to enable additional settings.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The Samsung Q70 supports FreeSync VRR, which is automatically enabled in Game Mode. It's not officially compatible with G-SYNC, but as with the Samsung QN85A QLED and the Samsung QN90A QLED, we were able to get G-SYNC to work while playing Destiny 2, but it kept tearing during our test demo. We're still looking into the issue.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
11.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
83.3 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
70.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
20.9 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
5.6 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.6 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

Input lag is low, as long as you enable Game Mode. As with the other 2021 Samsungs we've tested, we couldn't get accurate input lag measurements with VRR enabled, but we're looking into the issue, and we don't expect VRR to significantly affect input lag.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The TV supports most common resolutions, including native 4k @ 120Hz with no issues. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 as well, which is important for text clarity, but 4:4:4 doesn't work properly in 1440p at either 60 or 120Hz. For 4:4:4 to work in other resolutions, the TV must be in 'PC' mode with Input Signal Plus enabled. Input Signal Plus is required for full bandwidth signals.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
PS5 can't do VRR yet
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The Samsung Q70 supports all resolutions for the latest consoles. It also has an Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) that automatically switches the TV to Game Mode for the lowest latency. It can be enabled by setting Game Mode to 'Auto' or 'On' and having Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) enabled.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
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
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

To enable ARC/eARC, set HDMI e-ARC to 'Auto' and Digital Output Audio to 'Passthrough'.

Sound Quality
4.7
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
151.02 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.18 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
6.09 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.56 dB
Max
83.4 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.96 dB

The TV has a poor frequency response. It's worse than other Samsung models, including the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED. The bass is especially bad, and it doesn't get very loud. We hardly noticed a difference in volume between 60 and 100. There's a room correction feature called Adaptive Sound+, and we tested the frequency response with it on and off, and there wasn't a significant difference. If you want a similar TV with better built-in speakers, check out the Samsung The Frame 2021.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.866
Weighted THD @ Max
1.125
IMD @ 80
5.39%
IMD @ Max
5.01%

Distortion performance is passable, but there's some distortion at moderate listening levels, and it gets worse at max volume. However, distortion depends on the content, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2021
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Tizen OS interface is smooth and easy to use. In 2021, it performs even more smoothly than in previous years, and we didn't experience bugs or issues.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

We weren't able to get a photo of ads, but as with other Samsung TVs, ads appear on the home page and in the app store with no way to disable them.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

There are a ton of apps built-in and available to download, and they run smoothly.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The remote is Samsung's new 'Solar Cell' remote, which eschews batteries for a solar panel on the back. It can also be charged through USB-C, though no cable is provided. It includes shortcut buttons to popular streaming apps and to access voice control, with which you can adjust settings, change inputs, and perform searches but not within apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are located under the Samsung logo on the bottom right side of the TV. There's a single button that lets you power On/Off and change channels, inputs, and volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Power cable (not pictured)
  • Remote control
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 45 W
Power Consumption (Max) 149 W
Firmware 1054

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch Samsung Q70 (QN55Q70AAFXZA), which also comes in 65, 75, and 85 inch sizes, and we expect our results to be valid for those as well. There's a variant sold at Costco and Sam's Club as the Samsung Q7 Series, which only comes in 65 and 75 inch options. Costco advertises that it has four HDMI 2.1 ports, but as we didn't test that variant we can't confirm if that's accurate. Also, Samsung's European lineup tends to be a little bit different than in North America, but we expect the European models to perform similarly, though we can't be certain.

Size Panel US Model Canada Model UK Model Costco Variant
55" VA QN55Q70AAFXZA QN55Q70AAFXZC QE55Q70AATXXU -
65" VA QN65Q70AAFXZA QN65Q70AAFXZC QE65Q70AATXXU -
75" VA QN75Q70AAFXZA QN75Q70AAFXZC QE75Q70AATXXU QN65Q7DAAFXZA
85" VA QN85Q70AAFXZA QN85Q70AAFXZC QE85Q70AATXXU QN75Q7DAAFXZA

If you come across a Samsung Q70 with a different panel or that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update it. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, can vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in February 2021. You can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung Q70 is a good mid-range 4k TV. While it lacks certain features that you get with higher-end models, like full-array backlighting and local dimming, it has an exceptionally high contrast ratio. While there are better TVs for less, it comes with a lot of advanced features like eARC, HDMI 2.1, and VRR support. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 4k TVs, the best 4k gaming TVs, and the best QLEDs.

Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED and the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED are good TVs with different panel types. The Q80A has an ADS panel, which has much wider viewing angles. It also gets significantly brighter in HDR, so highlights stand out the way they should. However, the Q70A has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio and improved black uniformity. Even though the Q80A has a full-array local dimming feature, which the Q70A doesn't have, the Q70A is better for dark room viewing due to its higher contrast.

Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. The Q70A offers better performance and more features. While they're both VA panels, the Q70A has a higher contrast ratio and similar viewing angles. It also has a faster response time, a 120Hz panel, and extra gaming features like VRR and ALLM, as well as an HDMI 2.1 port for advanced consoles. Meanwhile, the Q60A is limited to 60Hz and lacks most extra features. However, it's available in smaller sizes than the Q70A.

Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED
55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED is the successor to the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED, and while it offers a couple of improvements, it's not as big of a step up as you might expect. The biggest improvement is its response time. The Q70T has an okay response time but likely not good enough for more competitive gamers, whereas the Q70A is significantly faster, resulting in less motion blur. The Q70A also gets a bit brighter in HDR, resulting in a better overall HDR experience, and its backlight flickers at a much higher frequency than the Q70T's, which is good news for those who are sensitive to flicker. 

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the Sony X85J are nearly identical. The Sony that we tested has better gray uniformity, but this can vary between units. The Samsung is a bit better for gaming, as it supports the latest gaming features, including variable refresh rate technology (VRR). Those features are advertised for the Sony as well, but they're not yet available and will be added in an upcoming firmware update.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X90J and the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED are very similar. The main differences are that the Samsung doesn't have local dimming and doesn't get as bright in HDR. Its gradient handling isn't as good as the Sony's, which means you might see more banding in some content. However, if you plan on gaming, the Samsung is a better choice because it has lower input lag and supports VRR, whereas the Sony's advertised VRR support isn't available yet. Also, the Sony can't display a 1440p @ 120Hz signal on the Xbox Series X or a 4k @ 120Hz signal in Dolby Vision.

Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
49" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is a bit better overall than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED. While it has a lower contrast ratio as a result of its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, it also has a local dimming feature to improve black levels, while the Q70A doesn't. Unfortunately, the Q80T suffers a bit when in 'Game Mode', as the local dimming and HDR brightness perform worse. Still, it has a slightly quicker response time, so motion looks clear. It also delivers a better HDR experience overall since it gets brighter than the Q70A in HDR.

Samsung QN85A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85A QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED, but they have different panel types with advantages and disadvantages. It has an IPS-like panel with wide viewing angles, and the Q70A has a VA panel with better native contrast. However, the QN85A has a local dimming feature, which the Q70A doesn't have, to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. The QN85A also has better reflection handling, and it gets brighter, especially in HDR, making it the better choice for watching HDR content.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is much better overall than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED. The LG has an OLED panel with a much higher contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and it also has wider viewing angles and a quicker response time. However, the LED panel on the Samsung gets brighter in SDR, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms, and it won't burn-in like an OLED.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X900H and the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED both perform well, although the Sony delivers better picture quality. While the Samsung has a higher native contrast ratio, the Sony's is still high, and it has a full-array local dimming feature to improve black levels. The Samsung has a lower input lag and comes with a wider VRR range.

LG NANO90 2021
55" 65" 75" 86"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the LG NANO90 2021 are both good TVs that use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio, and even though it doesn't have local dimming like the LG, it's still a better choice for use in dark rooms. The LG doesn't get as bright as the Samsung, but it has much better reflection handling. The LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so it's a better choice for wide seating arrangements. They're both very good for gaming as they each have a 120Hz panel and VRR support, but the LG is G-SYNC compatible, which the Samsung isn't.

Samsung The Frame 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung The Frame 2021 and the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED perform very similarly overall. The Q70A edges out the Frame slightly because it has a better contrast ratio and higher peak brightness. That said, the Frame might be a better choice if you want a clean setup because it has the One Connect Box, and it comes with a no-gap wall mount.

Hisense U7G
55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U7G is much better than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED. The Hisense has a full array local dimming system, it's brighter, and it's a bit more versatile, with two HDMI 2.1 ports instead of just one on the Samsung. The Hisense also has a composite input, great if you have older video game console. Despite these advantages, some people might prefer the Samsung, as it has better black uniformity, better contrast, and it's more accurate out of the box.

TCL R745 QLED
85"

The TCL R745 QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED. The TCL gets much brighter, making highlights pop in HDR, and it does a better job at fighting glare. The TCL has a local dimming feature, which the Samsung doesn't, but the local dimming makes the picture quality worse because there's a ton of blooming. The Samsung has more gaming features because it has lower input lag and an HDMI 2.1 input, which the TCL doesn't have, meaning that you can play 4k games up to 120fps on the Samsung.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG GX OLED is better than the Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED, but they're very different TVs. The LG is a high-end OLED, while the Samsung is a lower mid-range LED TV. The Samsung uses a VA panel, so it has a fantastic contrast ratio, but it still doesn't quite compare with the near-infinite contrast of the LG. The LG also has wider viewing angles, a faster response time, and feels more premium, but the Samsung doesn't have any risk of burn-in.

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