Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Nov 12, 2020 at 09:18 am
Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED Picture
8.5
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.5
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.4
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG C1 OLED
8.7
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.3
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio OLED 2020
8.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.8
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung Q90T is an excellent 4k QLED TV. It's feature-rich, and it delivers stunning picture quality in nearly every type of content. Its simple and elegant design should fit easily into any room, and it performs well in both dark or bright environments. Motion handling is superb thanks to its incredibly fast response time and Black Frame Insertion feature, and gamers should be pleased with its exceptionally low input lag and FreeSync support. HDR content is delivered with vibrant colors and bright highlights, as it has an impressive color gamut and high peak brightness. Its Tizen OS interface is easy to navigate, and there are tons of apps available. There are some minor uniformity issues that may disappoint sports fans, but as a whole, it's a TV that should satisfy most people.

Our Verdict

8.5 Mixed Usage

The Samsung Q90T is an excellent TV for most uses. Nearly every type of content looks good on this TV, whether it's a low-resolution cable TV show or a 4k HDR movie. It has a fast response time and low input lag, and it also comes with FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. However, there's a bit of dirty screen effect, which can be somewhat distracting when watching sports.

Pros
  • Gets very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Exceptional reflection handling.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
8.4 Movies

The Samsung Q90T is great for watching movies. It has a high contrast ratio due to its VA panel, and it has full-array local dimming to make it even better. Black uniformity is good too, making this TV a fantastic choice for dark room viewing. The TV can remove judder from all sources, but lower frame rate content can stutter a bit.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Great local dimming feature.
  • Can remove judder from all sources.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
  • Stutters a bit in low frame rate content.
8.5 TV Shows

The Samsung Q90T is excellent for watching TV shows. It can upscale lower-resolution content from cable TV well without any obvious artifacts. The TV is well-suited for bright rooms, as it has exceptional reflection handling and gets extremely bright. Viewing angles are decent, so you should be able to walk around while watching without losing much image accuracy.

Pros
  • Gets very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Exceptional reflection handling.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
8.4 Sports

The Samsung Q90T is great for watching sports. The TV has a great response time and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature, so there's very little blur in fast-moving scenes. It can get very bright to combat glare, it has exceptional reflection handling, and its decent viewing angles are great for watching a game with friends and family. Unfortunately, there's some dirty screen effect, which is rather disappointing.

Pros
  • Gets very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Great response time.
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Exceptional reflection handling.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
8.7 Video Games

The Samsung Q90T is amazing for playing video games. It has a fast response time that results in clear images with minimal motion blur, and it has a low input lag and FreeSync support. There's also an 'Automatic Low Latency Mode', making it easier to jump right into the game without having to change picture mode each time, which can be rather tedious. The TV's VA panel can produce deep blacks, which is great for those who like to game in the dark.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag and FreeSync support.
  • High refresh rate.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
8.3 HDR Movies

The Samsung Q90T is a great TV for watching movies in HDR. The TV can produce vibrant and vivid colors, and its excellent HDR peak brightness makes highlights pop. Its VA panel has a high contrast ratio and is further enhanced by its full-array local dimming. Its response time is great and motion blur is minimal, but it can also cause lower frame rate content to stutter at times.

Pros
  • Gets very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Great local dimming feature.
  • Can remove judder from all sources.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
  • Stutters a bit in low frame rate content.
8.6 HDR Gaming

The Samsung Q90T is excellent for gaming in HDR. On top of having a fast response time and low input lag, this TV can deliver a great HDR experience with its wide color gamut and high peak brightness. It's a great choice for dark room gaming, as it has a high contrast ratio that's boosted by full-array local dimming, and its black uniformity is good too, albeit with some minor blooming here and there.

Pros
  • Gets very bright in SDR and HDR.
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag and FreeSync support.
  • Great local dimming feature.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
8.8 PC Monitor

The Samsung Q90T is excellent for use as a PC monitor. It has an amazingly low input lag to provide a responsive desktop experience, and it has a fast response time. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly, which is great for text clarity, and there's no risk of permanent burn-in with static content such as a desktop user interface.

Pros
  • Great response time.
  • Low input lag and FreeSync support.
  • Decent viewing angles.
  • Exceptional reflection handling.
Cons
  • Vignetting and dirty screen effect.
  • 8.5 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 8.5 TV Shows
  • 8.4 Sports
  • 8.7 Video Games
  • 8.3 HDR Movies
  • 8.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.8 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 17, 2021: We rechecked the HDR peak brightness and local dimming on firmware v2016.
  2. Updated Jul 16, 2021: We added two videos showing how the local dimming feature performs with real content. We also retested the peak brightness in HDR in and out of Game Mode and retested the local dimming feature in Game Mode.
  3. Updated Apr 27, 2021: Retested the TV after Sony released a PS5 firmware update to confirm that HDR now works on the PS5 in 4k @ 120Hz.
  4. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  5. Updated Nov 17, 2020: We've retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source and firmware version 1402.
  6. Updated Sep 29, 2020: We've changed the status of the Auto-Calibration function from 'Untested' to 'Undetermined'.
  7. Updated Sep 18, 2020: Remeasured input lag outside of game mode.
  8. Updated Aug 19, 2020: Update to HDMI Forum VRR support.
  9. Updated May 27, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  10. Updated May 27, 2020: Review published.
  11. Updated May 20, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung Q90T is Samsung's flagship TV for their 2020 lineup of 4k QLED TVs. Since Samsung has shifted their lineup, this is a replacement of the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED and not the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED. There's a Q95T that's closer to the Q90R, as it still has the One Connect Box, but it's only available in Europe. The Q90T's main competitors are the LG BX OLED, the Sony X950H, and the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung Q90T has an exceptional design. It's clean, modern, and simple. The bezels are thin on all sides, and the stand is center-mounted, similar to the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED. The biggest change is the loss of the One Connect Box, as this TV is more of a replacement for the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. There's a Q95T model that still has the One Connect Box, but it seems to be available only in Europe at this time.

If you're in North America and you want a TV that has the One Connect Box and supports the no-gap wall-mount, check out the Samsung The Frame 2020.

Design
Stand

The stand is a heavy piece of metal that feels solid. There's a bit of wobble, mainly due to the stand being center-mounted.

Footprint of the 55 inch stand: 11.9" x 9.3"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is plastic, and it has a fine texture etched into it horizontally, giving it a brushed look. The inputs are side-facing, making it easy to access when wall-mounted, and some grooves guide all the cables towards the stand, where there are also grooves that serve as cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The bezels on the Samsung Q90T are very thin and shouldn't be distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.54" (3.9 cm)

The TV has a slightly boxier profile than the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, but it's still very thin and shouldn't stick out much when wall-mounted. Sadly, it isn't compatible with Samsung's no-gap wall mount.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is outstanding. The TV feels very well-built, and although there's a bit of wobble, it's mainly due to the stand being center-mounted. It's not as good as the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, as the right side of the back panel has some flex, and the plastic used for cable management feels cheap.

Picture Quality
8.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4,004 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
10,528 : 1

Like most VA panels, the Samsung Q90T has an excellent native contrast ratio, and it improves significantly with local dimming enabled, allowing it to produce deep blacks. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between units.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
602 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,147 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,300 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
912 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
726 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
534 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,093 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,256 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
907 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
724 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
531 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.045

The Samsung Q90T has an excellent SDR peak brightness. It's good enough to overcome glare even in very bright rooms; however, brightness varies quite a bit when displaying different content, with the 100% window being the dimmest. If you want a TV that gets brighter for outdoor use, check out the Samsung The Terrace.

We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with Backlight set to maximum, Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2', and Local Dimming set to 'High.'

If you don't mind losing a bit of image accuracy, you can get a brighter image by setting the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic' and Local Dimming to 'High'. These settings allow us to reach 1652 cd/m² in the 10% window.

8.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Update 07/16/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature with real content.

The Samsung Q90T has a great local dimming feature. Samsung's new algorithm seems to activate the backlight in more zones around bright objects. This makes blooming less intense but has the side effect of making a larger section of the screen look a bit grayish. There's still blooming in some content, and highlights can appear dimmer; however, it's difficult to tell whether it's due to the implementation of the local dimming or the mastering of the content itself. Subtitles are handled well, as they're not as blinding in dark scenes and cause less blooming when compared to the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED.

7.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Full-Array

Update 07/16/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature with real content.

Update 07/16/2021: We retested the local dimming feature in Game Mode with the latest firmware. Local dimming performs better than it did before in Game Mode, with improved zone transitions and better subtitle handling. It doesn't raise the black level as much as before, but it's still a bit worse than out of Game Mode.

9.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
1,162 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,170 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,464 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,033 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
809 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
631 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
1,124 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,400 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,023 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
807 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
628 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.040

Update 09/17/2021: Multiple owners have reported a decrease in peak brightness and a strange local dimming bug since the firmware v1506 was released. We tested it on our unit with v2016, but there's no issue with our unit. Our unit has been modified a bit in the service menu, but we don't expect those changes to impact this issue.

Update 07/16/2021: We retested the peak brightness in HDR with the latest firmware and found that it's increased a bit across the board. Small highlights increased the most, with an ~100 cd/m² increase.

This TV has outstanding HDR peak brightness. The Samsung Q90T can get very bright, enough to deliver a fantastic HDR experience. However, just like in SDR, the brightness varies depending on the scene and gets dimmer as larger areas of the screen is lit.

We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode, with Local Dimming set to 'High', Contrast Enhancer disabled, and Brightness and Contrast set to max.

If you want a brighter image in HDR and don't mind losing image accuracy, set the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic HDR' and Local Dimming to 'High'. These settings allow us to reach 2173 cd/m² in the 10% window.

8.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
1,038 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
565 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,425 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
1,276 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
911 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
653 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
562 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,353 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
1,247 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
908 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
649 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.051

Update 07/16/2021: We retested the peak brightness in HDR in Game Mode with the latest firmware and found that the peak brightness behavior has changed significantly. Small highlights are significantly dimmer than before, as the local dimming feature seems to be dimming them unnecessarily. Larger window sizes are significantly brighter than before, though, with the 10% and 25% windows increasing by about 400 cd/m².

7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.839%
50% DSE
0.208%
5% Std. Dev.
0.360%
5% DSE
0.092%

Gray uniformity is decent, but this can vary between individual units. The edges of the screen appear darker, and there's some dirty screen effect throughout the screen, which can be distracting when watching sports or large areas of uniform color. However, uniformity is much better in dark scenes.

7.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.021%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
1.019%

Black uniformity is good; however, this can vary between units. Without local dimming, there's a bit of clouding throughout the screen, as well as some blooming around the test cross. With local dimming enabled, the clouding is less visible, but blooming around the test cross is more intense.

7.3
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
38°
Color Shift
50°
Brightness Loss
45°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
22°

For a VA panel, the Samsung Q90T's viewing angles are decent, suitable for a moderately large room. It has Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which greatly improves viewing angles at the expense of a lower contrast ratio.

Two separate runs were performed to take our measurements. The first run was done with local dimming disabled to measure gamma, black level, and lightness. The second was with local dimming set to 'Low', allowing us to measure color.

The TV's local dimming can't be disabled through the normal settings menu. To turn it off, you must first disable PC Mode Dimming within the TV's service menu, and then activate PC Mode.

9.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.3%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.5%

Outstanding reflection handling. It performs exactly like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, and you shouldn't have any issues using this TV in a very bright room.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.91
Color dE
1.95
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
5,920 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

Out of the box, the Samsung Q90T has decent color accuracy. Most colors are fairly accurate, but white balance is quite off, and the preset 'Warm 2' Color Temperature is much warmer than our target of 6500K, giving the image a reddish tint. Gamma doesn't follow the target all that well, with most scenes appearing darker than they should. Note that color accuracy can vary between individual units. The replacement of this TV, the Samsung QN90A QLED, has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.34
Color dE
1.08
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,529 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Update 09/29/2020: We've changed the status of the Auto-Calibration function from 'Untested' to 'Undetermined', as the Samsung Q90T still isn't listed as being compatible with CalMAN.

After calibration, color accuracy is exceptional. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable to the naked eye, and the color temperature is close to our 6500K target, although still a bit on the warm side. Gamma follows the target well, but bright scenes look slightly darker than they should.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content like DVDs is upscaled without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The Samsung Q90T upscales 720p content like cable TV well and it looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks good and there are no signs of artifacts.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly and looks almost identical to the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED and Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

The Samsung Q90T can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The pixels are a little blurry due to the TV's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' filter. It's a different implementation of the technology than what we had observed on the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, allowing us to see the pixels much more clearly. You can also see the wide viewing angle filter in this photo.

The Samsung Q90T uses a BGR sub-pixel structure. It doesn't affect picture quality, but it can affect text clarity when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
89.13%
DCI P3 uv
93.18%
Rec 2020 xy
67.24%
Rec 2020 uv
75.08%

Great HDR color gamut. Coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 is excellent, and coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is decent. In 'Movie' mode, the EOTF is a bit brighter than the input stimulus until the roll-off.

In 'Game' mode, there's a Black Equalizer feature that is set to '2' by default, causing the EOTF to be less accurate. With it set to '0', the 'Game' mode EOTF is much closer to the target, resulting in this EOTF.

If you find HDR content too dim, you can make it brighter by setting Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and set ST.2084 to maximum. These settings result in a much brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
85.2%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
51.6%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
70.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
41.9%

Good color volume. The TV can display dark and saturated colors well due to its high contrast ratio, but like most LED TVs, it can't reproduce bright blues all that well. This is slightly inferior to the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.101
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.107
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.104
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.066

Excellent gradient performance. There's still some visible banding when displaying reds and greens, and a little bit in grays as well. If banding bothers you, enabling Noise Reduction can help, but it may cause the loss of fine details in some scenes.

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

As is the case with most VA panels, the Samsung Q90T doesn't show any signs of temporary image retention. However, image retention can vary between units.

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

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

Motion
8.4
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
3.5 ms
100% Response Time
10.6 ms

The Samsung Q90T's response time is great. There's very little blur trail in fast-moving scenes; however, there's also a significant amount of overshoot in the 0-20% transition, resulting in the appearance of some artifacts.

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

The backlight isn't flicker-free, but since it flickers at such a high frequency, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. That said, the flickering drops to 120Hz when in 'Dynamic', 'Standard', 'Natural', or 'Game' mode. In addition, the flickering is also at 120Hz when Picture Clarity is enabled.

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

The Samsung Q90T has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity. To use it in 60fps content, enable LED Clear Motion in the Picture Clarity settings menu. For 120fps content, simply enable the Picture Clarity setting without adjusting any of the sliders.

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

The Samsung Q90T can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120Hz, commonly known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. Generally speaking, this feature does a fairly good job and the picture looks good. We did notice some artifacts when interpolating 60fps content up to 120fps; however, it seems to be an issue that only happens with our test pattern and is unlikely to be noticeable in real content.

To use motion interpolation, set Picture Clarity to 'Custom', and adjust the Judder Reduction slider to '10' for 30fps content, or adjust the Blur Reduction to '10' for 60fps content.

If you want to use motion interpolation when gaming, it's essentially the same steps, but within the Game Motion Plus settings menu. Start by enabling Game Motion Plus, then set the Judder Reduction slider to '10' for games that run at 30fps natively, or set the Blur Reduction slider to '10' for games that normally run at 60fps.

6.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
31.1 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
6.1 ms

Due to the Samsung Q90T's fast response time, lower frame rate content can appear to stutter as each frame is held on for longer. If the stuttering bothers you, enabling Picture Clarity or LED Clear Motion can help.

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

The Samsung Q90T can remove judder from all sources. It plays most content without judder even when Picture Clarity is disabled, but it isn't always perfect. Enabling Picture Clarity removes any remaining judder that may occur.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Unknown
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

Update 11/17/2020: We've retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source and the latest firmware (version 1402). HDMI 2.1 is only supported on the HDMI 4 port. It can display 4k @ 120Hz with VRR enabled, and it also works with NVIDIA's G-SYNC.

Update 08/19/2020: We changed HDMI Forum VRR to 'Unknown' because we currently don't have an accurate way to test for HDMI Forum VRR compatibility. Once we do, we'll test for it and update the review.

The Samsung Q90T supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Like other 2020 Samsung TVs that support VRR, there's no setting for it. It now turns on automatically when a game is launched from a device that has VRR enabled. Sadly, it doesn't support G-SYNC.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
90.2 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz
10.4 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
70.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
21.6 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
5.9 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
6.3 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
6.0 ms
1440p with VRR
6.4 ms
4k with VRR
6.1 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

Update 11/17/2020: We've retested the TV with an NVIDIA RTX 3080 graphics card and the latest firmware (version 1402). We've added the input lag for 4k @ 120Hz and updated the results for the other resolutions.

Update 09/18/2020: We updated the firmware of the TV to 1301 and remeasured input lag outside of Game mode. The measurements were roughly the same as before the firmware update and within manufacturing tolerances. We got 72.7ms at 4k and 90.1ms at 1080p.

The input lag on the Samsung Q90T is outstanding. It's slightly higher when playing games at 4k with VRR, but it shouldn't be noticeable for most people. To get low latency, you must be in 'Game' mode. For PC use, 'Game' must be used with 'PC' mode to get the lowest input lag. Without 'Game' mode enabled in 'PC' mode, the input lag with a 4k, 60Hz signal is 19.3ms.

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

Update 11/17/2020: We've retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source and firmware version 1402. We can confirm that 4k @ 120Hz works properly on the HDMI 4 port, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at that resolution.

The Samsung Q90T supports most common resolutions, and it can display proper chroma 4:4:4 at all resolutions except 1440p @ 120Hz. To display chroma 4:4:4, the input in use must be labelled 'PC' and Input Signal Plus must be enabled. For full-bandwidth signals like 4k @ 60Hz + HDR, Input Signal Plus also needs to be enabled.

The TV is advertised as being able to display a 4k @ 120Hz signal; however, we couldn't do so, even when using the same computer and settings that we had used for the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED.

If you're looking for a TV that displays 8k content, look into the Samsung Q800T QLED.

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

Update 04/27/2021: We retested the TV with the PS5, and it can now display 4k @ 120Hz with HDR. It appears to have been an issue with the PS5 that Sony resolved in the latest PS5 firmware update.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Update 11/17/2020: We've retested the TV with an HDMI 2.1 source and firmware version 1402. We can confirm that the HDMI 4 port supports HDMI 2.1 with full bandwidth.

If you want a similar TV that supports Dolby Vision, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The Samsung Q90T supports eARC, allowing it to pass high-quality object-based audio like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD over an HDMI connection. To use it, eARC has to be set to 'Auto' and the Digital Output Audio must be set to 'Passthrough'.

Sound Quality
6.6
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.22 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.44 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.62 dB
Max
94.3 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
7.07 dB

The Samsung Q90T's frequency response is okay. It's reasonably well-balanced, and there's a good amount of punch in the bass. However, there's not enough bass extension to produce any rumble or thump. It gets very loud, making it suitable for large rooms and noisy environments, but there's quite a bit of compression when playing at max volume.

There's a room correction feature that tunes the sound according to your room's acoustics, and it's performed automatically when the Adaptive Sound+ setting is enabled within the Intelligent Mode Settings menu.

7.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.152
Weighted THD @ Max
0.788
IMD @ 80
0.85%
IMD @ Max
3.72%

Decent distortion performance. At a medium volume level, it should sound fairly clean, but it does distort a fair amount when playing near max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2020
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

Samsung's Tizen OS is a great platform that's easy to use and runs very smoothly. We didn't notice any overscan bug like we did with other Samsung QLED TVs, likely due to the TV being set to 16:9 aspect ratio by default.

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

There are ads and suggested content on the home screen and within the apps store. Unfortunately, they can't be disabled.

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

Samsung's app store has a large number of streaming apps available and they run smoothly for the most part, albeit with the occasional hiccup here and there.

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

The Samsung Q90T's remote control is the same as every other QLED TV. There are shortcuts to Netflix, Prime Videos, and Samsung TV Plus, as well as an Ambient mode button that lets you display a piece of art. There's a built-in microphone for voice control through Bixby, which you can use to change some TV settings and search for content; however, the latter doesn't work in all apps. For example, we could perform a search on YouTube, but it didn't work on Netflix. You can also ask for general info like the time and current weather conditions.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are located at the center of the TV below the Samsung branding. It's the only 2020 Samsung QLED TV that retains the 5-button layout, making it much easier to navigate the on-screen menu. You can also turn the TV On/Off, change the channel, change the input source, and adjust the volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • 2 x AAA batteries
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 63 W
Power Consumption (Max) 207 W
Firmware 1113

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55" (QN55Q90T) variant, and for the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 65" (QN65Q90T), the 75" (QN75Q90T), and the 85" variant (QN85Q90T). There's a Q95T model that's only available in Europe. It has mostly the same features, except that it has the One Connect Box that was featured on the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung Q90T doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size US Canada UK Italy Germany
55"  QN55Q90TAFXZA  QN55Q90TAFXZC QN55Q90TATXXU QE55Q90TATXZT GQ55Q90TGTXZG 
65"  QN65Q90TAFXZA QN65Q90TAFXZC  QN65Q90TATXXU  QE65Q90TATXZT   GQ65Q90TGTXZG
75"  QN75Q90TAFXZA QN75Q90TAFXZC  QN75Q90TATXXU  QE75Q90TATXZT  GQ75Q90TGTXZG
85"  QN85Q90TAFXZA QN85Q90TAFXZC  QN85Q90TATXXU  -

Our unit of the QN55Q90T was manufactured in February 2020; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: LG CX (CX OLED). Bottom left: Sony X950G (XBR55X950G). Middle: Samsung Q90T (QN55Q90T). Top right: Samsung Q90R (QN55Q90R). Bottom right: Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 (PX65-G1).

The Samsung Q90T is an excellent TV suitable for every type of content. Compared to 2019's Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, it performs almost identically, but it loses some features like the One Connect Box, and it no longer supports Samsung's no-gap wall mount. However, it's one of the best LED TVs on the market in 2020, and most people should be happy with it. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k HDR TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

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

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the LG C1 OLED are excellent TVs, but they use different panel types. The LG has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast because it can turn off individual pixels, and there's no blooming around bright objects. It also has wider viewing angles and a quicker response time than the Samsung. On the other side, the Samsung gets much brighter because it has an LED panel, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms. Also, LED TVs appear to be immune to burn-in, unlike OLEDs.

LG CX OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG CX OLED is a better TV for most uses than the Samsung Q90T QLED, though the Q90Tstill performs excellent overall. The LG has perfect blacks thanks to its OLED panel and has excellent viewing angles and better motion handling. It also has much better gray uniformity and has a wider color gamut with more accurate colors out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the Samsung can get quite a bit brighter and has lower input lag. The Samsung also doesn't run the risk of permanent image retention or burn-in, like the OLED panel on the LG does. This likely won't be an issue for most OLED owners who watch normal, varied content, but can be a concern if you watch a ton of static images.

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

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED are very much alike, as they offer identical features. The biggest difference is in terms of performance, where the Q90T performs slightly better than the Q80T. The Q90T has a higher contrast ratio and peak brightness, and it has much better gradient performance, resulting in less banding. However, the Q80T has better color accuracy and black uniformity, although these could be due to panel variance.

Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED
65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q90T QLED and the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED have similar performance overall. The Q90T is the Q90R's replacement in name only, as it doesn't have the One Connect Box and its feature set is closer to the Q80R. The Q90T has better viewing angles due to the new implementation of the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, and it has a lower input lag. The Q90T gains eARC support, but its black uniformity is noticeably worse compared to the Q90R.

LG C9 OLED
55" 65" 77"

Overall, the LG C9 OLED is better than the Samsung Q90T QLED. Due to OLED's emissive technology, the LG can produce perfect blacks. The LG also has better uniformity, faster response time, and it supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing when gaming. However, the Samsung can get much brighter, it has lower input lag, and there's no risk of permanent burn-in.

Samsung QN90A QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90A QLED is a slight improvement over its predecessor, the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED, mainly because it uses Mini LED as its backlighting. This allows more control over its local dimming feature, causing deeper blacks and higher brightness. The QN90A also doesn't have issues with local dimming in 'Game' mode the way that the Q90T does. Overall, they're very similar TVs with many of the same features.

Samsung QN85A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN85A QLED and the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED are both great TVs overall, but they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The 55 inch QN85A uses an IPS panel, so it has a low native contrast ratio but has wider viewing angles. While local dimming helps improve the contrast in actual content, there's still some noticeable blooming and IPS glow, so it may not be the best choice if you watch a lot of movies in the dark. The Q90T, on the other hand, is more consistent across different uses. It has a VA panel with a high contrast ratio and good black uniformity, and thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, it has decent viewing angles. It also has a slightly faster response time than the QN85A. While it doesn't get as bright as the QN85A, its high contrast gives it a slight edge with HDR content.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

For the most part, the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is better than the Sony X90J. The Samsung has a lower native contrast ratio due to its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, but its local dimming improves the contrast significantly. It also gets a lot brighter in both SDR and HDR, reaching well above 1000 cd/m² for a much better HDR experience. The Samsung has a wider color gamut, lower input lag, and supports VRR, whereas the Sony's advertised VRR isn't available yet. Also, it can display a 1440p @ 120Hz signal on the Xbox Series X, which the Sony can't.

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

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is better overall than the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED, but they have different panel types. The Q90T has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio. It also delivers better HDR performance because it has improved local dimming and gets brighter in HDR to make highlights pop. They each have many of the same gaming features and performance, but the Q90T is G-SYNC compatible, which the Q80A isn't. On the other hand, the Q80A has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles.

Sony X95J
65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is better than the Sony X95J. The Samsung has better contrast, better reflection handling, and better viewing angles. The Samsung is better for gaming as it already supports many advanced gaming features, including variable refresh rates, but this has been promised for the Sony too. The Sony has a better local dimming feature, and many people prefer Sony's picture processing system, but we don't currently test this.

Hisense U8G
55" 65"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is slightly better than the Hisense U8G for most uses. The Hisense has higher native contrast, but the local dimming feature on the Samsung is more effective at boosting contrast. The Samsung is a lot brighter in HDR, and it has better viewing angles.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the Sony X900H are two great TVs, although the Samsung is better for most uses. The Samsung gets much brighter, especially in HDR, and combined with its better local dimming feature, it offers a superior HDR viewing experience. It also has wider viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle', but that also means the Sony has a better native contrast ratio.

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

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is higher in the Samsung lineup than the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED, so it has much better performance. The Q90T has a local dimming feature, which the Q70T doesn't, allowing it to display deeper blacks. The Q90T gets brighter and has wider viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer as well. In terms of gaming, they each have a 120Hz panel and VRR support, but the Q90T has a much quicker response time.

Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED
55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q90T QLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED are nearly identical in terms of feature set and overall performance, as the Q90T is a replacement of the Q80R. Other than the added eARC support, the Q90T has a higher HDR peak brightness and a significantly faster response time, resulting in less motion blur. Input lag is also lower on the Q90T, but the Q80R has better black uniformity and out-of-the-box color accuracy.

Samsung Q800T 8k QLED
65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q90T QLED is better than the Samsung Q800T 8k QLED. The Q90T is a 4k TV that has a better contrast ratio, slightly better uniformity, much better reflection handling, better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and a quicker response time. Both TVs have one HDMI 2.1 input, so they're both future-proof, but the Q800T can display 8k content.

Samsung Q900TS 8k QLED
65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q900TS 8k QLED and the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED are both high-end QLED TVs with a lot of great features and performance in the same ballpark. That said, the Q90T offers better value for the price. It has a higher native contrast ratio and much better viewing angles than the Q900TS. While both have fast response times and FreeSync VRR support, the Q90T is also compatible with G-SYNC. The biggest difference is that the Q90T is a 4k TV and the Q900TS is 8k, but since there's still very little 8k content, the value of 8k at this point is questionable.

Samsung QN900A 8k QLED
65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the Samsung QN900A 8k QLED are great TVs with similar features. While the Q90T can't display 8k like the QN900A, there still isn't enough 8k content to make it worth the upgrade. The Q90T also has a better contrast ratio and better local dimming, so it can deliver deeper blacks. The QN900A does offer a bit more gaming features, though, with a faster response time and more HDMI 2.1 ports. 

Samsung QN800A 8k QLED
65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED is better overall than the Samsung QN800A 8k QLED. The main difference between the two is that the Q90T has a much better native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming feature, so it displays deeper blacks. The QN800A uses Mini LED backlighting, but there's too much blooming. The Q90T also has a quicker response time for smoother motion. The QN800A supports 8k signals, which the Q90T doesn't, but there's not much native 8k content available in 2021 anyways.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED and the LG GX OLED are both excellent premium TVs with different panel types. The LG uses an OLED panel that has an infinite contrast ratio, resulting in perfect blacks. It also has wider viewing angles than the Samsung and the response time is much quicker, resulting in smooth motion. On the other hand, the Samsung is a better choice for use in well-lit rooms or HDR content because it gets much brighter in both SDR and HDR. Also, the Samsung doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in like the LG.

Sony A8H OLED
55" 65"

The Sony A8H OLED is a bit better than the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED. Since the Sony is an OLED, it has an infinite contrast ratio that the Samsung just can't match. Screen uniformity is much better on the Sony, and so are the viewing angles. Also, the Sony has a much faster response time. However, the Samsung gets brighter, it has a significantly lower input lag, and it supports variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing when gaming.

Sony A8G OLED
55" 65"

Overall, the Samsung Q90T QLED performs about the same as the Sony A8G OLED. That said, these two TVs are wildly different, as the Sony is an OLED that can produce perfect blacks, while the Samsung is an LED TV that uses backlighting, causing blacks to appear a bit grayish in some scenes. The Samsung can get brighter to deliver a better HDR experience, and it has low input lag as well as FreeSync support. On the other hand, the Sony has much wider viewing angles, and its black and gray uniformity are significantly better.

Samsung The Terrace
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung Q90T QLED and the Samsung The Terrace score similarly overall, but they each have their pros and cons. The Q90T has much wider viewing angles, its local dimming performs better, and it has variable refresh rate support. The Terrace is an outdoor TV that can get significantly brighter in SDR and HDR, and it has a higher native contrast ratio since it doesn't have Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer.

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