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Reviewed on May 16, 2019 , Ryan Scartozzi, Yannick Khong

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED
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
8.7
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.
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8.6
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:
8.5
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:
8.5
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.
9.2
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.
8.5
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:
8.9
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.
8.9
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:
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 Q80R is an excellent 4k LED TV with impressive picture quality. It delivers deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, excellent black uniformity, and very good local dimming support. The Q80R is a very bright TV with a wide color gamut that delivers HDR content with rich colors and highlights that pop. It has decent viewing angles, despite being a VA panel TV, thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. The TV has remarkable motion handling and produces crisp motion with minimal blur. It has a very low input lag and supports FreeSync for more consistent motion during gaming.

Test Results
Design 9.0
Picture Quality 8.4
Motion 9.1
Inputs 9.6
Sound Quality 7.3
Smart Features 8.0
Pros
  • Very low input lag and great gaming features.
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Very bright in both SDR and HDR.
Cons
  • Some gray uniformity issues at the edges.

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Market Context

What it is: This model's position in the TV market; how it compares to other TVs.

The Samsung Q80R is a high-end TV, above last year's popular Q8FN. It sits between the Samsung Q90R and the Samsung Q70R in Samsung's 2019 lineup. We expect the Q80R's chief competitors this year to be the Sony Z9F, the LG SM9500, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.

9.0

Design

Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Design Picture
Curved : No

The Samsung Q80R's design is excellent. Its body is very similar to the Q70R, except for the metallic borders and the stand, which are different. The stand provides good support for the TV and the back of the legs are hollow to provide a path for cable management. However, the Q80R wobbles significantly more than the Q70R when nudged. The Q80R is a very thin TV and it will not stick out much if you decide to wall-mount it. Unfortunately, it's not compatible with a no-gap wall mount to put it flush to the wall. The build quality is excellent, and you should have no issues with it.

Stand
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Stand Picture

The stand supports the TV well but won't prevent wobbling if you nudge the TV. It takes up a lot of space, but it's not as wide as the TV.

Footprint of the 55" stand: 34.8" x 10.0".

Back
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Back Picture
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The back of the Q80R is nearly identical to the Q70R and the Q8FN. Cable management is serviced either through the hollow legs or through the ridges at the bottom of the TV when wall-mounted.

Unfortunately, the inputs are hard to reach when the TV is wall-mounted.

Borders
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Borders Picture
Borders : 0.39" (1.0 cm)

The borders of the TV look nice and the bezel is very thin. The borders are made of metal and have a slightly lighter tint than the Q70R.

Thickness
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Thickness Picture
Max Thickness : 2.48" (6.3 cm)

The TV is just a bit thicker than last year's Q8FN. It is quite uniform and won't stick out much when wall-mounted. Unfortunately, there is no support for a no-gap wall mount like the one found on the Q90R.

Temperature
What it is: It is the average and maximum operating temperatures we measured on the TV. If there is an external device, like a One Connect box in some Samsungs, we measure the temperature of that as well.
When it matters: If the temperature of your TV is much higher, check that nothing is blocking the vents.
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
95 °F (35 °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
:
89 °F (32 °C)
8.5 Build Quality
What it is: It represents our perception of the quality of the construction of the TV, of the materials used, and how they all blend.
When it matters: Poor build quality might lessen the expected lifetime of the TV, or make it more prone to faults due to mishandling.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Build quality picture

The build quality is excellent. The Q80R is a robust TV that feels sturdy and solid, although it wobbles more than the Q70R. Overall, you should have no issues with this TV.

8.4

Picture Quality

The Q80R has an impressive picture quality. It can display deep uniform blacks that enhance dark room performance due to the high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. The TV has excellent brightness both in SDR and in HDR. It has a wide color gamut and can display HDR content with vivid colors and bright highlights. The Q80R has very good gradient performance, and although it has a VA panel, the image remains accurate at an angle thanks to the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. Finally, the gray uniformity issues are localized at the sides of the screen and won't bother sports fans.

8.4 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
3681 : 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
:
5721 : 1

The Q80R has a great native contrast ratio. It is, however, lower than most TVs with VA panels. This is because of the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves the viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio. This is very similar to the Samsung Q90R and the Q900R. The native contrast ratio of the Q80R measures slightly better than other TVs we've tested that support similar viewing angle boosting technology.

Unfortunately, just like the Q70R and the Q90R, the TV's local dimming can't be completely disabled in the normal settings menu. In order to measure the native contrast ratio, we had to disable PC Mode Dimming in the TV's service menu, and then activate PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time.

8.0 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.
:
Full-Array

The TV has a good local dimming performance. It has better performance than the Q70R and is very similar to the Q9FN. The Q80R doesn't dim small objects much. When a bright object moves across the screen, the transition from one dimming zone to the next is done smoothly without delay. It has a little more blooming than the Q9FN, but this is more noticeable at an angle and less noticeable if you sit straight in front.

Just like with all Samsung TVs that have local dimming, when subtitles appear you might notice distracting brightness changes in the scene.

Unfortunately, you can't disable local dimming through the regular TV menus.

We ran our local dimming tests with Local Dimming set to 'High.'

8.8 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
:
648 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
:
711 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
:
763 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
:
786 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
:
650 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
:
484 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
:
706 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
:
750 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
:
778 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
:
648 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
:
482 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
:
0.036

The TV has excellent peak brightness and it is suitable for a bright room as it will easily fight glare. The Q80R is not as bright as the Q90R, but it is a little brighter than last year's Q8FN in real scenes and in the larger window sizes. The Q8FN is brighter in smaller highlights.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone, with Local Dimming set to 'High' and Gamma set to '2.2'. We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. We were able to reach about 1250 nits on our 10% window, which lasted for at least 10 seconds before the ABL dimmed the image.

8.8 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
:
887 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
:
963 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
:
1096 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
:
916 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
:
732 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
:
605 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
:
944 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
:
1058 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
:
906 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
:
729 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
:
602 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
:
0.030

Excellent HDR peak brightness, better than last year's Q8FN, but not as good as the Sony X950G or the Q90R. The Q80R displays HDR content with highlights that pop.

We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone, with Local Dimming set to 'High.' We use these settings because they give the most accurate image and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. We were able to momentarily reach a brightness of about 1650 nits on the 10% window before the ABL dimmed the image.

7.3 Gray Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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%
:
4.943 %
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%
:
0.182 %
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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%
:
0.459 %
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%
:
0.083 %

Decent gray uniformity on the Q80R. The edges and the corners of the screen are a little darker, and a little dirty screen effect can be noticed in the center of the screen. This is nothing too serious, so it's unlikely to disappoint sports fans.

In darker scenes, the uniformity is very good and it's unlikely that anyone will notice any issues.

7.0 Viewing Angle
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
When it matters: Large living rooms with multiple viewing positions.
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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°
:
34 °
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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°
:
40 °
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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°
:
41 °
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°
:
70 °
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°
:
23 °

The TV has decent viewing angles. The image remains accurate at wide angles as you move off-center. This is a behavior that is mostly found on IPS panels, and not usually on VA panels like the Q80R. The Q80R, just like the Q90R, has the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves viewing angles at the expense of native contrast ratio. The 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology appears to work similarly to the 'X-Wide Angle' technology found on the Sony Z9F.

We took our color measurements after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and Local Dimming set to 'Low.' Unfortunately, the TV's local dimming can't be completely disabled using the normal settings menu. In order to take our lightness measurements, we disabled PC Mode Dimming in the TV's service menu, and then activated PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time.

We observed some weird diagonal stripes that are visible when you look at the screen from up close and from the left. This isn't noticeable from farther away. We assume that this is due to the optical layer, but it isn't noticeable on our other TVs (the Q90R, the Q900R, or the Z9F) that use this technology. This is the first 55 inch TV that we've tested that uses this optical layer, so we are not sure if the layer in this size of TV has anything to do with the stripes we noticed.

8.7 Black Uniformity
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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.
:
0.650 %
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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.
:
0.915 %

The Q80R has excellent black uniformity. It's very hard to spot any backlight bleed in our overexposed native black uniformity image, and even harder to notice in normal content. The black uniformity with local dimming remains good, although a little blooming is noticeable around the test cross. This is an improvement over last year's Q8FN and is in the same ballpark as this year's Q90R.

Unfortunately, just like the Q90R, the TV's local dimming can't be completely disabled using the normal settings menu. In order to measure the native black uniformity, we had to disable PC Mode Dimming in the TV's service menu, and then activate PC Mode and Game Mode at the same time, which allowed us to turn local dimming off.

9.0 Reflections
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components:
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Reflections Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Average Room Off Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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.
:
Glossy
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 %
:
1.2 %
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 %
:
1.0 %

The TV has excellent reflection handling, better than the Q70R but not as good as last year's Q8FN. You can easily place this TV in a bright room with a lot of windows and not worry about distracting reflections.

The glossy finish diminishes reflections significantly, but the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer has the downside of scattering light across the screen. This produces rainbow reflections across the screen. We have seen this before on other TVs that use this technology, like the Q90R or the Sony Z9F. It's not noticeable in normal use.

7.8 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 Q80/Q80R QLED Pre White Balance Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Pre Gamma Curve Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
3.40
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.17
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
:
2.25
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
:
6182 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.
:
2.2

The accuracy of the Q80R with our pre-calibration settings is good. Shades of gray are a little inaccurate and some people might notice this. Colors are more accurate, but most enthusiasts will be able to spot the errors in the cyan and light blue. Overall, the gamma follows the curve well, although most scenes are slightly darker than they should be. The color temperature is warm and the image has a reddish-yellow tint.

9.6 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 Q80/Q80R QLED Post White Balance Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Post Gamma Curve Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
0.31
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.01
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
:
2.21
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
:
6470 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

Excellent accuracy after calibration for the Q80R. The white balance dE is almost perfect, and the color dE is so low that most will only spot the remaining inaccuracies with the aid of a colorimeter. The gamma tracks the curve well, and the color temperature is very close to the target of 6500K.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED 480p Picture

Older, 480p digital content looks good, with no obvious upscaling artifacts or oversharpening.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED 720p Picture

720p, like cable TV, is upscaled well. There is no obvious over-softening or upscaling artifacts.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 4k Picture

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly and looks great.

8.2 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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%
:
89.95 %
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%
:
94.02 %
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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%
:
67.44 %
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%
:
75.72 %
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED EOTF

The Samsung Q80R can display a wide color gamut, but it isn't as good as last year's Q8FN and only a little better than the Q70R.

The 'Movie' EOTF (shown above) is a little brighter at higher stimulus levels until it starts to roll off near the TV's peak brightness. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is very similar to the 'Movie' mode as we can see here.

If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommendations here. With these settings, the Q80R is noticeably brighter in HDR, as shown in this EOTF.

7.6 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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%
:
85.0 %
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.
:
50.2 %
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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 %
:
66.5 %
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.
:
39.2 %

The color volume is good, but not as good as last year's Q8FN. The coverage of the DCI P3 color space is excellent, but the coverage of the wider Rec 2020 color space is just decent. Like most LED TVs, the Q80R can't produce very bright blues, but otherwise, it can produce bright and dark colors across most of its gamut.

7.9 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
0.103 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
:
0.131 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
:
0.093 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
:
0.125 dE

The gradient of the Q80R is good. Some fine banding is noticeable in all dark shades, especially in the dark greens and grays. It is, however, hard to notice in normal content. If banding is bothering you, set Digital Clean View to 'Auto' and it will remove most of it. Unfortunately, it can also cause some loss of some fine details in certain scenes.

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.

Note that this is different to permanent burn-in, learn more about permanent burn-in here.

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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 is no temporary image retention on the Samsung Q80R.

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 permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Pixels
What it is: The smallest element a screen can display is called a pixel. In color TVs, this consists of three (or more) subpixels. This is a picture of the TV's pixel structure.
When it matters: It can help explain some display behaviors and can provide an indication of whether two panels are the same or not.
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Pixels Picture

Unfortunately the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' optical layer makes the pixels hard to see clearly. We had the same issue on the Q90R pixel photo. You can also compare this photo to the photo of the 'X-Wide Angle' layer of the Sony Z9F.

9.1

Motion

The motion handling of the Q80R is excellent. It has a very fast response time and produces very crisp motion which, unfortunately, due to the lack of motion blur appears to have some stutter in movies. The flicker frequency of the TVs PWM dimming is very high at 960Hz, but only when in 'Movie' mode, and without any image processing enabled. All other times the flicker frequency drops to 120Hz or down to 60Hz if you enable the optional Black Frame Insertion. The TV can interpolate content up to 120 fps, can remove 24p judder from any source, and supports FreeSync just like all premium Samsung models since 2018.

9.1 Response Time
What it is: Amount of blur in fast motion.
When it matters: Sports, video games.
Score components:
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Motion Blur Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
4.0 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
:
11.8 ms

The TV has a very fast response time, just a bit faster than last year's Q8FN. This leaves only a very small blur trail behind fast-moving objects. The only transition with a little overshoot is the 0-20% transition, which corresponds to very dark shades.

In order to get a consistent reading, we had to turn off Local Dimming through the service menu as described here. This does not affect the measurement of the response time as the backlight doesn't play a role in determining this.

9.9 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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.
:
960 Hz

The Q80R uses PWM dimming to dim the backlight. The flicker frequency is at 960Hz only when the TV is in 'Movie' mode and Auto Motion Plus is disabled. The flicker frequency changes to 120Hz as soon as you set Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' or 'Auto,' even if you remain in 'Movie' mode. In 'Standard,' 'Dynamic,' 'PC,' 'Game,' or in 'Natural' modes the flicker is always at 120Hz, similar to the Q70R and the Q90R.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED BFI Picture Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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 TV has an excellent black frame insertion feature. It can lower the flicker frequency as low as 60Hz to help make the image crisper. This decreases the picture brightness, and 60Hz flicker can be bothersome to some people.

Just enabling Auto Motion Plus automatically sets the flicker to 120Hz. Setting LED Clear Motion to 'On' further reduces the flicker frequency to 60Hz.

When you are in 'Game' mode, the flicker frequency is always 120Hz. If you enable LED Clear Motion in Game Motion Plus, it will change the flicker frequency to 60Hz and will make the image even crisper.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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 Q80R can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps. To enable motion interpolation, you must enable Auto Motion Plus and adjust the available sliders.

See here for more information regarding the settings that control the Q80R's motion interpolation feature.

Note that, like many Samsung TVs, simply setting Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' changes the backlight flicker to 120Hz.

7.1 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
:
29.9 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
:
4.9 ms

Due to the Q80R's very fast response time, each frame of any low frame rate content, like movies, is held on screen for longer periods of time. This causes the image to appear to stutter. If it bothers you, motion interpolation or optional black frame insertion feature can help.

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 Q80R can remove judder from any source.

See our recommended settings on how to remove judder 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 TV has a native refresh rate of 120Hz, and like all premium Samsung TVs since 2018 it supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. FreeSync VRR can offer you a nearly tear-free gaming experience, provided you have a compatible AMD card or an Xbox One. 1440p and 1080p have the same excellent VRR range. At 4k, however, the range is narrower at 4k, as the TV only supports up to 4k @ 60Hz.

Unfortunately, NVIDIA's current Adaptive Sync drivers are not currently compatible with this TV, as FreeSync from NVIDIA graphics cards will only work over DisplayPort at the moment, and the Q80R lacks such a port.

We tested the TV on 'Game' mode, without interpolation or any other gaming processing setting, and we set FreeSync to 'Ultimate' to obtain the widest possible range.

If FreeSync is enabled on a connected device, auto game mode doesn't work at all; it will always stay in game mode.

9.6

Inputs

Score components:

The input lag of the Q80R is remarkably low in almost all of the supported modes. The TV supports the most common resolutions and refresh rates and can display proper chroma 4:4:4 as long as you enable 'PC mode.' It has a good selection of inputs, but doesn't support eARC or DTS passthrough just like the rest of the 2019 QLEDs.

9.7 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
:
14.3 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
:
70.1 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
:
14.2 ms
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
:
14.3 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
:
14.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
What it is: Lowest input lag possible when displaying 4k @ 60 Hz with proper full 4:4:4 chroma, without 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
:
14.0 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
:
54.4 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
:
37.7 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
:
20.5 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
:
15.2 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
:
6.4 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
:
6.6 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
:
14.5 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

The Q80R has an excellent low input lag. The input lag is very similar to the input lag of both the Q90R and the Q70R, and lower than last year's Q8FN. This is great news for gamers. To get the lowest input lag, you need to set the TV to 'Game Mode.' However, when in 'PC Mode,' you get the same low input lag without the need to set the TV to 'Game' mode. To display proper chroma 4:4:4 you must set the TV to 'PC mode.'

Note: When the TV was set to 'PC mode' or 'Game Mode' and we sent a 120Hz signal, the TV skipped every second frame, just like the Q70R. So in order to measure the input lag of a proper 120Hz video, like in the case of the 1080p @ 120Hz and the 1440p @ 120Hz, we set the TV to 'Movie' mode. However, when a true VRR 120Hz signal was sent in fullscreen exclusive mode, there was no frame skipping and the video displayed properly, so we measured the VRR input lag using 'Game Mode' as normal.

When motion interpolation is enabled in 'Game Mode' through the Game Motion Plus menu, the input lag is 37.7ms when you interpolate to 60fps and 43.3ms for 120fps.

To find out more about what settings to use to obtain those numbers, and about the Auto Low Latency Mode, see our recommended settings for Gaming.

9.6 Supported Resolutions
What it is: Different resolutions supported by TV.
When it matters: PC monitor usage.
Score components:
  • 17% 1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 8% 1080p @ 120 Hz
  • 8% 1440p @ 60 Hz
  • 4% 1440p @ 120 Hz
  • 34% 4k @ 60 Hz
  • 25% 4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
  • 4% 8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 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 @ 120 Hz
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 @ 60 Hz
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.
:
Yes (native support)
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 @ 60 Hz
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 @ 60 Hz @ 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 @ 120 Hz
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 Q80R, just like the Q70R and the Q90R, supports most common resolutions. You must set the TV to 'PC Mode' to display proper chroma 4:4:4. Unfortunately, the TV, just like other 2019 Samsungs, skips frames when sent 120Hz in 'PC Mode' or 'Game Mode,' so you cannot have proper 120Hz and proper 4:4:4 simultaneously.

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
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)
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

Just like the Q90R, the Q70R, and 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q80R does not support DTS passthrough, nor does it support eARC. It likely does support lossy Atmos passthrough from Dolby Digital Plus sources, like the native Netflix app, because there is an Atmos option in its settings.

7.3

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 quality of the Samsung Q80R is decent. The TV can get loud enough for most environments. It has decent punch and body to its bass and will deliver well-balanced, clear, and intelligible dialog. However, the TV won't be able to produce any thump or rumble in the sub-bass region. For a better sound, a dedicated sound system is recommended.

7.2 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
67.27 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
:
3.39 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
:
3.73 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
:
5.33 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
:
87.3 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
:
3.76 dB

The frequency response is decent. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at about 67Hz, which is okay. This means that the TV has a decent amount of punch and body to its bass but won't produce any thump or rumble. The response above the TV's LFE is well-balanced, resulting in clear dialog. The TV can get reasonably loud, but maybe not loud enough for crowded environments.

We tested the Q80R with the Adaptive Sound feature enabled, but left Adaptive Volume disabled, as it drastically limited the max volume. This feature could be useful if you find that commercials play at a higher volume than the content you are watching.

7.5 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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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
:
0.201
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
:
0.478
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
:
1.12 %
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
:
2.98 %

Decent distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion produced is within low limits. Also, there is not a big jump in THD under heavier loads either, which is good.

8.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 42% Interface
  • 2% Ad-Free
  • 37% Apps and Features
  • 16% Remote
  • 3% Remote App
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Smart TV Picture
Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2019

The Samsung Q80R has very good smart features. It runs the latest version of Samsung's Tizen smart interface which is very simple and easy to use. At the Samsung app store, you can find one of the widest collections of smart apps and you can be sure that you will find what you need. The remote control is the same as the one found in all North American QLEDs and integrates well with Bixby, Samsung's smart voice assistant. Unfortunately, the TV has ads and the Samsung SmartThings remote app has not evolved since the last version. The TV has a nice ambient mode that many people enjoy. When in this mode, the TV loops through various pieces of artwork, creating a nice ambiance.

8.0 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.
:
Very 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.
:
6 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 Q80R has a very simple interface which is easy to use. It is as smooth as the Q70R and much smoother than last year's Q8FN. It has a polished and modern design.

Although we had no serious issues during our testing, we did encounter the same bug found on the 2019 QLEDs. When you switch the input icon from PC to any other input, the Fit-to-Screen setting doesn't always work. To fix this, you just have to navigate into picture size settings, but you don't need to change anything.

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:
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Ads Picture
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

Just like all Samsung TVs we've tested so far, the Q80R has ads in a few places. They appear in both in the app store and on Samsung's Smart Hub and can't be disabled.

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 Q80/Q80R QLED 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's app store has a very large selection of apps to choose from. The apps on the Samsung Q80R run well, although they are not always very smooth.

8.5 Remote
What it is: The usability and features of the TV's physical remote.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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 control is identical to the Q60R, the Q70R, and the North American Q90R. It has three new quick access buttons for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It does not require line-of-sight and it integrates well with Bixby (Samsung's voice assistant). You can control most of the TV functions with your voice, including launching apps and changing settings. You can even ask the TV to answer basic questions, for example, 'How's the weather in Montreal?'. Unfortunately, it's not clear which apps support voice search. 'Search Netflix for Marco Polo' did not work, but we were able to search within YouTube.

The remote can also act as a universal remote for other devices, even if they don't support HDMI CEC, using Samsung's One Remote feature.

6.0 Remote App
What it is: The features of the official phone and tablet app for the TV.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED 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 very basic. It can connect to a lot of Samsung smart devices, but unfortunately, it has limited features when used with a TV. Also, it has a long delay and hangs quite often.

TV Controls
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Controls Picture

Just like the Q70R and the Q90R, the TV controls are located right under the Samsung logo. The keypad has five buttons that serve as a D-pad and allows you to do pretty much anything. You can open the input list, change channels and volume, access the settings, and even launch the Home menu.

If you need to launch the Home menu while you are in an app, press and hold the center button. To close the Home menu, do the same; press and hold the center button.

In The Box
Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED In The Box Picture

  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Batteries
  • VESA Spacers
  • Remote
  • User Manual
  • Power Cable (not shown)

Misc
Power Consumption : 52 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 163 W
Firmware : 1065

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 55" (QN55Q80RA) version, AA01/QRQ80. For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" version (QN65Q80RA) and the 75" version (QN75Q80RA).

There is also an EU only variant of the TV, the Q85R. The Q85R is advertised as having more local dimming zones and comes along with a One Connect box, but otherwise seems identical to the Q80R. We have not tested this unit so we can not be sure.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Q80R doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model Model Short US Canada UK Europe
55" QN55Q80RA QN55Q80 QN55Q80RAFXZA QN55Q80RAFXZC QE55Q80RATXXU QE55Q80RATXXC
65" QN65Q80RA QN65Q80 QN65Q80RAFXZA QN65Q80RAFXZC QE65Q80RATXXU QE65Q80RATXXC
75" QN75Q80RA QN75Q80 QN75Q80RAFXZA QN75Q80RAFXZC N/A N/A
 

The 55" Q80R we tested was manufactured in Feb. 2019.

Compared to other TVs

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED Group Shot Picture
Top left: LG SM8600 (55SM8600). Bottom left: Samsung Q70R (QN55Q70R). Middle: Samsung Q80R (QN55Q80R). Top right: Sony Z9F (XBR 65Z9F). Bottom right: Vizio P Series Quantum (PQ65-F1). Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Samsung Q80R is an excellent TV that delivers an excellent performance in any usage. See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best HDR gaming TVs.

Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED
49" 55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q80R is better than the Samsung Q70R. The Samsung Q80R can handle reflections slightly better and has a wider viewing angle thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. Its local dimming is better than the Q70R and significantly helps improve dark room performance. The Samsung Q70R, on the other hand, has a higher native contrast ratio and can deliver deeper and more uniform blacks, even though its local dimming is not as effective.

Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED
65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q90R and the Samsung Q80R have very similar performance. The Samsung Q90R has a slightly faster response time, which some enthusiasts might notice when watching sports. Also, the Q90R has more effective local dimming thanks to the greater number of local dimming zones than the Q80R. Although our Q90R test unit was a larger variant, we expect this to be true for the same size variants of the Q80R. All of the other differences are mainly in the design. The Q90R has a One Connect box, supports a no-gap wall mount, and its stand has a smaller footprint.

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

The Samsung Q80R is somewhat better than the Samsung Q8FN. The Samsung Q80R has wider viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. The Samsung Q8FN, on the other hand, has better reflection handling, which is great if you place it in a room with many light sources. The Samsung Q80R has slightly better local dimming performance, which is great when you watch movies, and a slightly lower input lag, great for playing video games.

Sony X950G
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is better than the Sony X950G. The Samsung Q80R has slightly better black uniformity, which is important in a dark room. The Q80R can also get handle reflections better and is loaded with gaming goodies like FreeSync Support and low input lag with motion interpolation. Both TVs have a technology that improves Viewing angles, but in the Samsung Q80R, this technology is available in all models whereas for the Sony X950G it is only available in the larger models.

LG C8 OLED
55" 65" 77"

These are two different types of TVs, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The LG C8 is an OLED TV with perfect blacks, outstanding dark room performance, and wider viewing angles. The C8 has a slightly better response time and better gray uniformity that help to deliver a better sports performance. The Samsung Q80R doesn't have a permanent burn-in risk and can get brighter in SDR, so it is more suitable for a brighter room. Finally, the Q80R is packed with gaming features, like FreeSync support, that are an attraction to serious gamers.

LG B8 OLED
55" 65"

These are two different types of TVs, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG B8 is an OLED TV with perfect blacks and outstanding dark room performance, which is great for movies and HDR movies. The LG also has marginally wider viewing angles, which is great if you often watch TV from the side. As an OLED, the LG has an almost instantaneous response time that delivers very crisp motion. The Samsung Q80R is a QLED TV that can get brighter. It has a wider color gamut and better color volume, and is packed with gaming features like low input lag with motion interpolation and FreeSync support.

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

The Samsung Q80R is better than the Sony X900F. The Samsung Q80R has wider viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. The local dimming support is better on the Q80R, so is the overall darkroom performance thanks to the deep uniform blacks. The Samsung Q80R is a better choice for gamers also, as it has a lower input lag and is packed with gaming features like FreeSync support. The Sony X900F has slightly crisper motion thanks to the faster response time.

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

The Samsung Q80R is marginally better than the Samsung Q9FN. The Samsung Q80R encompasses the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that improves viewing angles at the expense of lower contrast ratio. The contrast ratio on the Q9FN is better, but the overall dark room performance between the two TVs is almost on par. The Q80R has marginally better gray uniformity, which is essential when watching sports, and a somewhat lower input lag, which is great for serious gamers. The Samsung Q9FN handles reflections marginally better thanks to the lack of viewing angle layer.

LG C9 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The two TVs are of a different type, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The LG C9 is an OLED TV that delivers an outstanding dark room performance thanks to its perfect blacks. The C9 has wider viewing angles and delivers motion with almost no blur thanks to the nearly instantaneous response time. The Samsung Q80R does not have the burn-in risk of the OLEDs and can get brighter, which is great for a bright room. Finally, the Samsung Q80R has low input lag with motion interpolation.

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

The Samsung Q80R is better than the Samsung Q7FN. The Q80R has a full array local dimming that significantly boosts dark room performance, and thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology the image remains accurate for wider angles. The Q80R can display judder-free movies from any source and also has lower input lag, which is great for playing video games. The Samsung Q7FN can handle reflections a little better, and this is great if your room has many lights. It also has a wider color gamut.

Vizio P Series Quantum
65"

The Samsung Q80R is marginally better than the Vizio P Series Quantum. The Vizio has a faster response time, which produces crisper motion, and a higher native contrast ratio, which is great for movies. The Samsung Q80R has wider viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer and can remove 24p judder from any source.

LG SM9500
65"

The two TVs have different panels, but the Samsung Q80R has the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology that allows it to display wider viewing angles than typical VA panel TVs at the expense of lower contrast ratio. For most uses, the Samsung Q80R is a much better TV than the LG SM9500. The Q80R has excellent dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to its effective local dimming support. Also, the image on the Q80R remains accurate for fairly large angles. The LG SM9500 still has wider viewing angles, so it's more suitable if viewing angles are the main concern. In most other cases, the Q80R is the better choice.

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8.7Mixed 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:
The Samsung Q80R is an excellent TV for mixed usage. It performs just as well in a dark room, for movies and HDR content, and in a bright room for sports or TV shows. It has a fast response time, a low input lag, and supports some advanced gaming features that will please gamers, no matter if you're gaming on a console or a PC.
8.6Movies
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:
The Q80R is an excellent TV for watching movies. It produces deep, uniform blacks that enhance the picture quality in a dark room. It can remove 24p judder from any source, and has an optional motion interpolation feature for soap opera effect fans, which also comes in handy if you wish to remove stutter in movies.
8.5TV 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:
The Samsung Q80R is an excellent TV for watching TV shows. It has excellent reflection handling and can get very bright, so you can easily place it in any bright room without issue. The 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer keeps the image accurate for wider angles when watching from the side, so you can walk around doing house chores while watching your favorite TV show.
8.5Sports
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.
The Q80R is excellent for watching sports. It is a very bright TV with remarkable reflection handling, so you can place it in a bright room with many lights or windows and still enjoy a great picture. It has a very fast response time, so fast action looks crisp and the image remains accurate for wider viewing angles. This is great for watching the big game with a group of friends. Finally, the TV has decent great uniformity that won't spoil your sports watching experience.
9.2Video 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.
Outstanding TV for playing video games. The input lag is remarkably low and the TV responds almost immediately to your actions. The fast response time delivers crisp motion and the TV is packed with gaming goodies. It supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming, low input lag with motion interpolation, and a convenient Auto Low Latency Mode.
8.5HDR 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:
The Q80R delivers an excellent HDR movie watching experience. The high contrast ratio, excellent black uniformity, and good local dimming support produce deep blacks in a dark room where HDR is meant to be seen. The wide color gamut and high HDR peak brightness deliver HDR content with rich and vivid colors and highlights that stand out.
8.9HDR 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.
The Samsung Q80R is a remarkable TV for playing HDR games. It has a very low input lag in HDR and responds immediately to your actions. HDR games are displayed remarkably well, full of vivid colors and bright highlights, thanks to the wide color gamut and excellent HDR peak brightness.
8.9PC 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:
The Q80R is an excellent TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a very low input lag and it reacts instantly to your actions. The response time is very fast and thus only a small blur trail follows fast-moving content. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 and has decent viewing angles that deliver a uniform image at the edges when you sit up close. As a VA panel, the Q80R appears to be immune to temporary image retention or permanent burn-in.

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