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Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.7
Updated Nov 16, 2022 at 08:21 am
Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
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7.2
Movies
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8.2
TV Shows
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8.0
Sports
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8.0
Video Games
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7.1
HDR Movies
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7.9
HDR Gaming
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8.7
PC Monitor
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Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED is a mid-range 4k TV in Samsung's 2022 regular QLED lineup. It replaces the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED, sitting below the Samsung QN85B QLED in the higher-end Mini LED lineup, and above the Samsung Q70/Q70B QLED. With a quantum dot layer, it displays a wider range of colors compared to traditional LCD TVs. It has gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports. It comes with the same user-friendly Tizen platform but with a few new features added, like the ability to choose between Google Assistant, Alexa, and Bixby for the voice assistant, as well as support for Google Duo, allowing you to make video calls with a compatible webcam. It's available in a few different size variants, but some don't perform like the others, as the 50 inch version has fewer features, and both the 50 inch and 85 inch models have a different panel.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q80B is good for most uses. It's great for watching shows in well-lit rooms as it has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare. It also has a wide viewing angle so that everyone sees an accurate image, even when viewing from the side. It's great for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing, and a quick response time with low input lag. It's also decent for watching SDR or HDR movies as it displays 1080p and 4k content without issues, although blacks look gray in the dark, and the local dimming causes some blooming.

Pros
  • No issues displaying lower-resolution and 4k signals.
  • Excellent SDR peak brightness.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate from the sides.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Blooming around bright objects.
  • Some uniformity issues.
7.2 Movies

The Samsung Q80B is decent for watching movies in dark rooms. Its dark room performance is alright because it has a low contrast ratio and even if the local dimming feature helps it display deeper blacks, there's some blooming around bright objects. Luckily, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, and it automatically removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

Pros
  • No issues displaying lower-resolution and 4k signals.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Blooming around bright objects.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
8.2 TV Shows

The Samsung Q80B is great for watching TV shows in a well-lit room. It has excellent SDR peak brightness, enough to fight glare in most bright environments, and it has decent reflection handling. It's also a good choice for watching shows in a wide seating area because it has a wide viewing angle, so the image looks the same from the sides. Lastly, the Tizen smart platform makes it easy to stream your favorite shows, and it upscales lower-resolution content without issues if you use a cable box instead.

Pros
  • No issues displaying lower-resolution and 4k signals.
  • Excellent SDR peak brightness.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate from the sides.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
8.0 Sports

The Samsung Q80B is great for watching sports. Fast-moving scenes look great thanks to the quick response time. It also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room, and it has a wide viewing angle if you want to watch the game with a few friends, meaning everyone sees the same accurate image from the sides. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect, which can be distracting with large areas of uniform colors, like a basketball court or football field.

Pros
  • No issues displaying lower-resolution and 4k signals.
  • Excellent SDR peak brightness.
  • Image remains accurate from the sides.
  • Quick response time.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
8.0 Video Games

The Samsung Q80B is great for gaming. It has advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support to deliver a tear-free gaming experience. It also has low input lag and a 120Hz panel with a quick response time for smooth motion handling. Sadly, it's not the best for dark room gaming because it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and there's some blooming around bright objects.

Pros
  • Quick response time.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth with VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Blooming around bright objects.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
7.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q80B is decent for watching HDR movies. It displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make them look vivid and pop. It supports HDR10+; however, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, a widely-used HDR format for streaming services, meaning you can't take full advantage of the content. Sadly, the contrast ratio is low, making blacks look gray in the dark, and although the local dimming feature isn't bad, it causes blooming around bright objects.

Pros
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
  • Good HDR brightness.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Blooming around bright objects.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
  • No Dolby Vision support.
7.9 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q80B is great for HDR gaming mainly due to its gaming features. It has a 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to play high framerate games in 4k. It also has VRR support for a tear-free gaming experience, low input lag, and a quick response time. Although it displays a wide color gamut and has good HDR peak brightness, its HDR performance still isn't the best because blacks look gray in the dark, and there's some blooming in dark scenes.

Pros
  • Quick response time.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth with VRR support.
  • Low input lag.
  • Good HDR brightness.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Blooming around bright objects.
  • Mediocre local dimming.
8.7 PC Monitor

The Samsung Q80B is excellent for use as a PC monitor. The excellent SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling make it a great choice for well-lit room as visibility won't be a problem. It also has a wide viewing angle, meaning the image remains accurate at the edges even if you sit up close. Text looks sharp thanks to its RGB subpixel layout and proper chroma 4:4:4 support. However, it has some uniformity issues that can be distracting with large areas of uniform color, like when you have a webpage open.

Pros
  • Excellent SDR peak brightness.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Image remains accurate from the sides.
  • Quick response time.
Cons
  • Some uniformity issues.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.2 Movies
  • 8.2 TV Shows
  • 8.0 Sports
  • 8.0 Video Games
  • 7.1 HDR Movies
  • 7.9 HDR Gaming
  • 8.7 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Oct 26, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  3. Updated Oct 13, 2022: We updated the Variable Refresh Rate section, as the 50" model is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.
  4. Updated May 24, 2022: Updated text for clarity regarding the variants.
  5. Updated May 20, 2022: Review published.
  6. Updated May 17, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch Samsung Q80B, and the results are valid for the 55 and 75 inch models. The 50 inch version has a lower refresh rate, and the 85 inch model has a different panel type, so both of those variants perform differently. The last four letters of the model code (in this case, FXZA) vary between regions and even retailers, and not all regions carry all the variants. As Samsung's European lineup is different, these results are only valid for the North American Q80A and not the European version because all sizes of that version use a VA panel.

Size US Model Panel Type Refresh Rate VRR HDMI 2.1
50" QN50Q80BAFXZA VA 60Hz No No
55" QN55Q80BAFXZA ADS 120Hz Yes Yes
65" QN65Q80BAFXZA ADS 120Hz Yes Yes
75" QN75Q80BAFXZA ADS 120Hz Yes Yes
85" QN85Q80BAFXZA VA 120Hz Yes Yes

Our unit was manufactured in March 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung Q80B is a good overall TV that performs well in bright rooms thanks to its excellent peak brightness. It's a good choice if you need the wide viewing angle for a wide seating arrangement or want to use it as a PC monitor. It also has great gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support. However, its lacking in dark room performance as blacks look gray, and there's blooming around bright objects. The Samsung QN85B QLED is a better TV that costs just a little bit more, and you can get other more budget-friendly TVs with better value.

See our recommendations for the best TVs for sports, the best TVs for bright rooms, and the best TVs to use as a PC monitor.

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

The Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED are very similar overall, but there are a few differences. The Q80A gets brighter in HDR to deliver a more impactful HDR experience, but the Q80B performs better in dark rooms because there's less blooming around bright objects, although its local dimming feature is still mediocre. However, the local dimming in Game Mode is better on the Q80B than the Q80A. Also, the Q80B has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four of its HDMI ports, as opposed to just one on the Q80A, meaning you can connect multiple HDMI 2.1 devices.

Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED are both good TVs with different strengths and weaknesses. Although the Q70A doesn't have a local dimming feature like the Q80B, it's still better for dark rooms because it displays deep blacks and has less blooming around bright objects. However, the Q80B gets brighter, especially in HDR, and it's a better choice for wide seating arrangements because it has a wider viewing angle. They each have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, but the Q80B has it on all four inputs, while it's just limited to one input on the Q70A.

Samsung QN85B QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85B QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED because it uses Mini LED backlighting, which the Q80A doesn't have. This means that the QN85B has a much better local dimming feature for improved dark room performance, and it gets brighter overall. It also has much better reflection handling, making the QN85B a better choice for well-lit rooms. However, the Q80B has better motion handling as there's less motion blur behind fast-moving objects.

Sony X85K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with different uses. The Sony is better in dark rooms as it has improved contrast and better black uniformity. Even if the Samsung TV has a local dimming feature that the Sony model doesn't have, the Sony still looks better in dark rooms. However, the Samsung is the better choice if you have a well-lit room as it gets brighter and has a wider viewing angle if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X90J is better overall than the Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED mainly due to their panels' different strengths and weaknesses. The X90J is a better choice for dark rooms because it has a much higher contrast, the local dimming is better, and there's less blooming around bright objects. On the other hand, the Q80B is better for wide seating areas because it has a wider viewing angle. Although they have many of the same gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, the Q80B is still a better choice for gaming because it has FreeSync support and lower input lag.

LG QNED80
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The Samsung Q80/Q80B QLED is better overall than the LG QNED80. Although they both have the same panel type with low native contrast, the Samsung has a much better local dimming feature that helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes, and it has less blooming than the LG. The Samsung also gets brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms and making highlights pop more in HDR.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung Q80B is a simple-looking TV with a center-mounted stand and thin bezels. It doesn't look as premium as some higher-end models, but it's still nice enough that it'll look good in any room.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures
Design
Stand

The center-mounted stand doesn't take up much space, but with a large TV like this 65 inch model, there's wobble front to back and side to side, so it's not the most stable. It raises the screen enough off the table that placing most soundbars in front won't block the screen, but thicker ones might.

Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 15.4" W x 9.4" D x 2.95" H to the bottom bezel

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back panel is textured plastic with horizontal lines, giving it a bit of a pattern. You can route all your cables through the stand for cable management if you keep it on a table. However, the inputs are on the back, meaning they're hard to access if you wall-mount it.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.43" (1.1 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.13" (5.4 cm)

The Samsung Q80B is thicker than some other TVs, but the back is flat and will sit flush if you wall-mount it.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung Q80B has decent quality, but it's worse than other Samsung TVs because our unit came with some issues. The back panel doesn't connect properly to the borders on the upper left-hand side, exposing the internal electronics. Even putting glue doesn't solve the issue because it melts with the TV on. This is the biggest concern with our unit, so if you experience the same thing, let us know. The back panel is solid with only a bit of flex, but the stand wobbles noticeably.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,152 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
1,529 : 1

The Samsung Q80 QLED TV has a mediocre native contrast ratio, even with the local dimming enabled. Blacks look gray in the dark, and it has visibly worse contrast in real content than the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. Keep in mind that the 50 and 85 inch models have VA panels with much better contrast. Also, note that you can't easily disable the local dimming on Samsung TVs, as you need to do it through the service menu.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
677 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
851 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
898 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
722 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
569 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
506 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
783 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
880 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
719 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
568 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
504 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.031

The SDR peak brightness is excellent. It gets bright enough to fight glare in most well-lit rooms, and it gets brighter with real content than the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. It doesn't have frame dimming with small highlights, but larger areas of bright colors get dimmer due to the Automatic Brightness Limiter. This is noticeable when watching sports with large areas of bright colors, like hockey or basketball.

These results are from after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Local Dimming on 'High' and Color Tone set to 'Warm2'. If you want a brighter image, change the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic', with Brightness and Contrast at their max, and Contrast Enhancer on 'High'. This results in a brightness of 915 cd/m² in the 10% window, but the image is less accurate.

6.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

The Samsung Q80B has a mediocre local dimming feature. As it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, it's much worse than the Samsung QN85B QLED, and it's similar to the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. It already has a low contrast ratio, meaning blacks look gray in the dark, and it doesn't do a good job at displaying small details on dark backgrounds like a starfield. There's a bit of black crush that results in a loss of detail in these dark scenes too. It also has some uniformity issues, particularly along the bottom. Sadly, there's a ton of blooming around bright objects, causing horizontal sections to light up, and there's some blooming around subtitles too, though slightly less than the Q80A. The algorithm doesn't keep up with fast-moving objects either, as it's obvious when a bright object transitions between zones, and it takes some time for the zones to turn on and off. Overall, while it's not the worst local dimming around and isn't too distracting, it doesn't improve the picture quality in dark scenes.

The Samsung Q80B has a 4 x 12 array for 48 total zones, and the videos above are with Local Dimming on 'High'. Keep in mind that the 50 and 85 inch models have different panel types with higher contrast, so their dark room performance is better.

6.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Unlike many Samsung TVs, the local dimming in Game Mode looks nearly the same as outside of it. It's very similar overall, and it's hard to tell any differences. Fast-moving objects transition between zones just a bit slower, especially in brighter scenes, but it's not that much of a difference. Overall, the local dimming is still mediocre, but at least you won't have worse picture quality in Game Mode.

7.4
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
439 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
400 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
169 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
724 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
839 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
642 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
526 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
512 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
716 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
828 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
640 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
524 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
511 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.028

The Samsung Q80B has good HDR peak brightness. Small highlights really stand out, but it doesn't get as bright in real content as the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED. You can see the difference between the Q80B (top) and the Q80A (bottom) in this photo.

It displays scenes at their correct brightness until the slow roll-off, so there isn't a loss of fine details with bright scenes. The EOTF in 'Filmmaker Mode' looks similar to 'Movie' mode, and unlike the Samsung S95B OLED, the EOTF doesn't change depending on the window size.

These results are in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Contrast and Brightness at their max, Local Dimming on 'High', and Color Tone set to 'Warm2'. If you find the image too dim, you can set Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and ST.2084 to its max. It results in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF, but it doesn't change the peak brightness.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
387 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
367 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
162 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
362 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
826 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
814 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
578 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
494 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
334 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
809 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
806 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
578 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
493 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.052

The Samsung Q80B's HDR brightness in Game Mode is good. It's similar to outside of Game Mode with real content, but small highlights are dimmer due to frame dimming. The EOTF doesn't follow the target as well, meaning all scenes are brighter than they should be. If that bothers you, you can set ST.2084 to '-3' to get a more realistic image, as you can see in this EOTF.

The results are with the same settings as outside of Game Mode, but with the Game Mode setting enabled and Color Gamut set to 'Auto'.

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.459%
50% DSE
0.207%
5% Std. Dev.
0.558%
5% DSE
0.064%

The Samsung Q80B has decent gray uniformity, but there are some issues. The edges are noticeably darker throughout, and there's dirty screen effect in the center. This is distracting when watching sports with large areas of uniform colors, or when using the TV as a PC monitor.

5.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.955%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
3.561%

The Samsung Q80B has disappointing black uniformity. Blacks look blue due to the low contrast, and there's a ton of blooming around bright objects with local dimming enabled. Keep in mind that the 50 and 85 inch versions have a different panel and should have better black uniformity. Also, note that you can't easily disable the local dimming on Samsung TVs, as you need to do it through the service menu.

7.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
33°
Color Shift
67°
Brightness Loss
34°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
44°

The Samsung Q80B has a good viewing angle. The image remains accurate from the sides, so it's a good choice for watching content in a wide seating area.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.9%

The Samsung Q80B has decent reflection handling. Reflections from strong light sources like windows are a bit more distracting, but the TV gets bright enough to fight glare.

8.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
2.74
Color dE
2.40
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,409 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung Q80B has great out-of-the-box accuracy. Most colors are accurate, the color temperature is close to the 6500K target, and gamma follows the 2.2 target well, so the image looks accurate and life-like. However, the white balance is a bit off, meaning brighter colors close to white are a bit off.

The 'Filmmaker' Picture Mode looks very similar to 'Movie', with nearly identical accuracy:

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.25
Color dE
1.17
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,594 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. You won't be able to spot any inaccuracies to the white balance and colors.

You can see the recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content like DVDs is upscaled without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The Samsung Q80B upscales 720p content like cable TV well.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

The Samsung Q80B displays 1080p content almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung Q80B displays native 4k content perfectly and without any issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Samsung Q80 QLED is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RGB
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS

Like the Samsung QN85B QLED, the Samsung Q80B has an ADS panel, which is a type of IPS panel that shares many of the same characteristics. It uses an RGB subpixel layout that provides better text clarity than TVs with a BGR subpixel layout when using it as a PC monitor.

8.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
89.65%
DCI P3 uv
92.87%
Rec 2020 xy
65.15%
Rec 2020 uv
70.38%

The Samsung Q80B has a great HDR color gamut as it displays a wide range of colors thanks to its quantum dot layer. It has amazing coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it has more limited coverage of the Rec. 2020 color space. This means it's not future-proof because more content will start to use that color space. Unlike the Samsung S95B OLED, setting Color Space to 'Auto' works as intended and uses the correct color space.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
83.4%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
45.8%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
63.7%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
34.8%

The Samsung Q80B has decent color volume. It displays colors as bright as pure white, and it displays dark colors well too, but it's limited by the incomplete color gamut.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.113
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.081
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.089
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.068

The Samsung Q80B has excellent gradient handling. There's some banding in darker grays and greens, but otherwise, it looks great. There's a Noise Reduction setting that reduces banding with real content, but it also causes a loss of fine details with high-quality content.

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%

There aren't any signs of temporary image retention after displaying a high-contrast static image.

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

Although some IPS-like panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in the long-term test.

Motion
8.5
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.8 ms
100% Response Time
10.1 ms

The Samsung Q80B has an excellent response time. There's very little ghosting behind fast-moving objects, but because there's significant overshoot in dark transitions, it has some inverse ghosting in dark scenes.

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

The Samsung Q80B uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, and the flicker frequency changes depending on the picture modes and settings you use. The flicker-free modes and those with a 960Hz flicker are good if you're sensitive to flicker because a 120Hz flicker can be noticeable, and it also causes image duplication.

Picture ModeBrightness LevelFlicker FrequencyOther Settings Enabled
MovieAny960HzNone
Game30 and below960HzVRR
Game31 and above120HzNone
GameAny120HzGame Motion Plus
Dynamic47 and below120HzNone
Dynamic48 and above0HzNone
Standard47 and below120HzNone
Dynamic48 and above0HzNone
FilmmakerAny120HzNone
AnyAny120HzPicture Clarity

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

The Samsung Q80B has an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, commonly known as black frame insertion. You can make it flicker at either 60Hz or 120Hz, depending on the frame rate of your content, but it creates image duplication. Keep in mind that the BFI score is based on its flicker frequency, not its performance.

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

The Samsung Q80B has a motion interpolation feature to interpolate low framerate content. Like most TVs, it looks fine during dialogue and slow scenes, but there are artifacts with busier scenes. It doesn't stop interpolating when there's a lot of action on the screen, meaning the artifacts are always present in busy scenes.

6.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
31.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
6.6 ms

Due to the quick response time, lower framerate content appears to stutter as each frame is held longer. Try enabling the motion interpolation feature if it bothers you.

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 Samsung Q80B automatically removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz (except 50")
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
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 Q80B works with all of the common variable refresh rate formats without any issue, and it has Low Framerate Compensation to continue providing a tear-free gaming experience when the frame rate drops below 40 fps. Keep in mind that the 50 inch model doesn't support VRR and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
88.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.5 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
79.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
23.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The Samsung Q80B has an incredibly low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming. You need to be in Game Mode for the lowest input lag possible, and you can still enable the motion interpolation feature and get low enough input lag for casual gaming.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
Resolution 4k
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung Q80B supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. It also displays clear text with proper chroma 4:4:4 in all supported resolutions, except for 1440p @ 120Hz.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The Samsung Q80B works without issue with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you play a game from either console, with no additional settings required. However, because it doesn't support Dolby Vision, you can't play HDR games in that format from the Xbox.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes
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 1,2,3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

All four HDMI ports support the full 48Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1. It doesn't support Dolby Vision, a common HDR format for streaming services, so you'll be limited to HDR10 instead. However, keep in mind that the 50 inch model is limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. The tuner supports only ATSC 1.0, not 3.0, meaning you can't use it to watch over-the-air 4k channels in the US.

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

The Samsung Q80B has eARC support, allowing you to pass lossless Dolby Atmos audio to a compatible receiver. However, because it doesn't support any DTS or DTS:X signals, audio formats that many Blu-rays use, you'll need to connect your Blu-ray directly to your receiver to get the best sound experience.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
59.93 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.44 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.12 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.51 dB
Max
88.7 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.36 dB

The Samsung Q80B has a decent frequency response. It actually produces much more bass than most TVs, but it still isn't as good as a dedicated subwoofer. It also gets loud, but there are some artifacts at max volume.

7.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.112
Weighted THD @ Max
0.261
IMD @ 80
1.23%
IMD @ Max
2.44%

The Samsung Q80B has good distortion handling. Although there's a bit more distortion at max volume, it's not that noticeable with most content.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2022
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung Q80 comes with the easy-to-use Tizen interface, which has a full-page menu instead of the banner seen on past versions. It works well, but it feels slower for a bit after a full shutdown.

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

Unfortunately, there are ads throughout the interface, and there's no way to disable them.

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

The Samsung app store has a ton of apps you can download. The Samsung Q80B supports Google Duo to make video calls with a compatible webcam. You can also use the SmartThings feature to control other compatible devices in your household.

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

The Samsung Q80 TV's included remote is the same as other Samsung TVs in 2022. It has an extra quick-access button to open popular streaming apps. The built-in mic is compatible with Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant, and you can ask it to open apps, switch inputs, and change certain settings like brightness. You can recharge the remote via the solar panel on the back or the USB-C port, but it doesn't come with a USB-C cable.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV that allows you to change channels, adjust the volume, switch inputs, or turn the TV On/Off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • Power cable
  • User guides and manuals

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 76 W
Power Consumption (Max) 181 W
Firmware 1098

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