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Samsung S85D OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Reviewed Jun 28, 2024 at 10:41 am
Samsung S85D OLED Picture
8.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
8.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG C3 OLED
8.7
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.3
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG C2 OLED
8.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG C3 OLED
9.0
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED
9.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung S90C OLED

The Samsung S85D OLED is Samsung's entry-level OLED for 2024. It sits below the Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED, and unlike that TV, all sizes use a traditional WOLED panel instead of a QD-OLED panel. Like the other OLEDs in Samsung's 2024 TV lineup, it uses Samsung's new NQ4 AI Gen 2 processor, designed to improve performance over their previous OLEDs. It uses the 2024 version of Samsung's Tizen OS and has smart features like the ability to cast content from your phone onto the TV and voice control. It also has modern gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, 4k @ 120Hz, and VRR support. The TV has 20W 2.0 channel speakers built-in. We bought and tested the 65-inch model, and it's available in four different sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, and 83-inch.

Our Verdict

8.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung S85D is excellent for mixed usage. The TV looks remarkable in a dark room due to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, but it's also suitable for use in a bright room thanks to its good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling. It's also a fantastic choice for watching with a group due to its wide viewing angle. Fast motion has no noticeable blur behind it due to the TV's nearly instantaneous response time, and its advanced gaming features mean that it pairs well with modern gaming consoles. Unfortunately, its only decent HDR brightness limits the impact of HDR movies and video games.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Only okay pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
8.4 TV Shows

The Samsung S85D is great for watching TV shows. The built-in Tizen OS is loaded with streaming apps, so it's easy to find your favorite shows. The TV does a very good job at upscaling low-resolution content, so DVDs or lower-resolution streams don't look overly soft. Unfortunately, it only has decent low-quality content smoothing, so low bitrate content still has some noticeable artifacts. The TV has incredible reflection handling and good enough SDR brightness to overcome glare in a bright room, and its wide viewing angle means it's suitable for watching shows with a big group of friends since the image doesn't degrade much when viewed from the sides of the screen.

Pros
  • Good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
  • Very good upscaling capabilities for low-resolution content.
Cons
  • Only okay pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
8.7 Sports

The Samsung S85D is excellent for watching sports. It's a great option for watching the game with your friends due to its wide viewing angle, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides of the screen. The TV has good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling, so it's also well-suited for a well-lit room. Its great gray uniformity means you aren't distracted by the dirty screen effect when watching sports with large areas of uniform color, like hockey or football. Finally, the TV's nearly instantaneous response time delivers fast-moving players and objects with no noticeable blur behind them.

Pros
  • Great gray uniformity with no noticeable dirty screen effect.
  • Good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
  • Very good upscaling capabilities for low-resolution content.
Cons
  • Only okay pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
9.3 Video Games

The Samsung S85D is outstanding for playing video games. It has good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling, so you can game in a room with the lights on without being distracted by reflections on the screen. The TV is fully compatible with modern gaming consoles due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, 4k @ 120Hz, and VRR support. You also don't have to trade in picture quality for performance since enabling Game Mode doesn't impact the image. Fast motion in games has minimal blur behind it due to the TV's nearly instantaneous response time, and its incredibly low input lag means you get a responsive gaming experience.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports.
Cons
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
8.5 HDR Movies

The Samsung S85D is excellent for watching movies in a dark room. The TV has incredible black uniformity and remarkable contrast, so it delivers deep, inky blacks in a dark room with no blooming when bright highlights are also on screen. Colors are vibrant and lifelike in HDR movies due to the TV's wide color gamut, but unfortunately, highlights in HDR movies lack some impact due to its only decent HDR brightness. The TV removes 24p judder from any source, so movies are judder-free no matter how you watch them, and it has very good upscaling, so low-resolution content isn't too soft. Unfortunately, the TV only has decent low-quality content smoothing, so there are still some artifacts in low bitrate content, and its pre-calibration SDR accuracy is only okay, so you'll need to get the TV calibrated if you care about accurate colors.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Colors are vibrant and lifelike due to the TV's wide color gamut.
  • Very good upscaling capabilities for low-resolution content.
Cons
  • No Dolby Vision or DTS audio support.
  • Aggressive ABL can be distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Only okay pre-calibration SDR accuracy.
  • Only decent HDR brightness limits the impact of HDR content.
9.0 HDR Gaming

The Samsung S85D is fantastic for playing video games in HDR. It's an excellent option to pair with modern consoles due to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, up to 4k @ 120Hz, and VRR support. The TV has incredibly low input lag that delivers a responsive gaming experience with no noticeable delay between your controller inputs and the action on screen, and its nearly instantaneous response time delivers fast motion with no noticeable blur behind it. Thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, the TV looks remarkable in a dark room with deep and inky blacks. Unfortunately, Game Mode isn't as bright as the other picture modes, so you have to trade in brightness if you want the best possible performance. Since the TV isn't very bright in HDR to begin with, this really lessens the impact of HDR games.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks with no blooming around bright highlights.
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Colors are vibrant and lifelike due to the TV's wide color gamut.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can be distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
  • Is noticeably dimmer when using Game Mode in HDR.
9.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung S85D is fantastic for use as a PC monitor. The TV has good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling, so it overcomes glare in a well-lit room. It provides a responsive desktop experience due to its incredibly low input lag, and there's no noticeable blur behind fast cursor movements or when quickly scrolling through pages due to its nearly instantaneous response time. It has great gray uniformity, so you aren't distracted by the dirty screen effect when looking at large areas of uniform color. Its wide viewing angle means you can sit close to the screen, and the edges remain consistent with the center. The TV properly displays chroma 4:4:4 from a PC, which is essential for clear text. Unfortunately, due to its WRGB subpixel layout, there are still minor clarity issues with text, although most people won't be bothered by it.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag for a very responsive experience.
  • Great gray uniformity with no noticeable dirty screen effect.
  • Good SDR brightness and incredible reflection handling makes it suitable for a bright room.
  • Nearly instantaneous response time for no noticeable blur behind fast motion.
  • Incredibly wide viewing angle for a consistent image from the sides.
Cons
  • Text visibility issues due to the TV's WRGB subpixel layout.
  • BFI feature only works at 60Hz.
  • 8.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 TV Shows
  • 8.7 Sports
  • 9.3 Video Games
  • 8.5 HDR Movies
  • 9.0 HDR Gaming
  • 9.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 28, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 25, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jun 11, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated May 22, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated May 09, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung S85D, but these results are also valid for the 55-inch, 77-inch, and 83-inch models. Note that the last five letters in the model number (AEXZA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance.

Size US Model Short Model Code
55" QN55S85DAEXZA QN55S85D
65" QN65S85DAEXZA QN65S85D
77" QN77S85DAEXZA QN77S85D
83" QN83S85DAEXZA QN83S85D

Our unit was manufactured in April 2024; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung S85D is an excellent TV overall, but it doesn't really have anything special about it. Unlike the QD-OLED versions of the Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED and the flagship Samsung S95D OLED, the TV uses a traditional WOLED panel, so you don't get the same color vibrancy of those TVs. It's most comparable to a TV like LG's entry-level LG B4 OLED, but it's not as bright in HDR, and it loses a lot of peak brightness in HDR while using Game Mode. On top of that, the B4 has much better pre-calibration accuracy, more effective low-quality content smoothing, better build quality, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR and DTS audio formats. Since both TVs are similarly priced, the LG B4 OLED is the better choice for almost anyone.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best gaming TVs, and the best TVs for watching movies.

LG C4 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C4 OLED is better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The LG supports up to 4k @ 144Hz, so it’s better suited for PC gamers looking to get the most out of their graphics cards. The LG supports Dolby Vision and DTS audio formats, so it’s better for those who want to take advantage of streaming services that use Dolby Vision or those who collect physical media. When it comes to HDR brightness, the LG is much better, delivering more impactful highlights in HDR content. The LG also has much better pre-calibration SDR accuracy.

LG B4 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77"

The LG B4 OLED is better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The LG is brighter in HDR, and it maintains its brightness much better while using 'Game Mode,' leading to a more impactful HDR experience. The LG is also more accurate in HDR, and its SDR accuracy is significantly better without needing calibration. Additionally, the LG has the edge with low-quality content smoothing, and it supports Dolby Vision and DTS audio formats.

Samsung S90C OLED
55" 65" 77" 83"

The Samsung S90C OLED is better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The S90C has a wider color gamut and much better color volume, so it displays more vibrant and lifelike colors with less banding. The S90C has much better pre-calibration SDR accuracy, so you don’t need to get it calibrated if you care about accurate colors in SDR. Highlights in HDR content pop out more on the S90C due to its better HDR brightness, and it maintains that brightness while using 'Game Mode.' If you’re a PC gamer with a higher-end graphics card, the S90C supports 4k @ 144Hz, so you can play in a higher frame rate.

LG C3 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C3 OLED is better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The LG is the brighter TV overall, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room while watching SDR content, and highlights stand out more in HDR content. The LG is more accurate in SDR due to its better pre-calibration accuracy, and it does a better job smoothing out low-quality content. If you collect physical media, the LG is the better option due to its DTS audio support, and it supports the Dolby Vision HDR format used by many streaming services and 4k Blu-rays.

Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED (QD-OLED)
42" (WOLED) 48" (WOLED) 55" (QD-OLED) 65" (QD-OLED) 77" (QD-OLED) 83" (WOLED)

The QD-OLED version of the Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED is better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The S90D is a lot brighter in HDR, and it maintains its brightness much better while using 'Game Mode'. The S90D also supports up to 4k @ 144Hz for PC gamers with high-end graphics cards. The biggest advantage of the S90D is its ability to display more vibrant and lifelike colors with almost no banding due to its QD-OLED panel. The S90D is also the more accurate TV in SDR pre-calibration.

Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED
55" 65" 77"

The Sony BRAVIA 8 OLED is a bit better than the Samsung S85D OLED. The Sony gets a bit brighter overall, so highlights stand out more in HDR content, and it overcomes a bit more glare in a well-lit room while watching SDR content. Unlike the Samsung, the Sony’s HDR brightness isn’t any dimmer while using 'Game Mode,' so you don’t have to trade in brightness for performance while gaming. The Sony also has better image processing, so it does a better job smoothing out low-quality content, and a slightly better job upscaling low-resolution content. Finally, the Sony supports the popular Dolby Vision HDR format used by many streaming services and 4k Blu-rays, and it supports DTS audio formats.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung S85D has a very basic design that looks good overall. It's a thin TV, but its bezels are a bit thicker than most other OLEDs.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures N/A
Design
Stand

The TV uses two plastic feet that can be adjusted to a wide position (pictured above) or a narrow position. The feet lift the TV about 3.35 inches, so most soundbars fit underneath without blocking the screen.

Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the narrow position: 12.2" x 10.39".

Footprint of the 65-inch stand in the wide position: 37.56" x 10.39".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the TV is made entirely of plastic. It feels a bit loose against the panel, and the entire back of the TV flexes when pressed on. The inputs are located in two recessed cutouts on the bottom right of the TV when facing the front, which makes them hard to access if you have the TV mounted flush to the wall. The comes with two clips that can be attached to the TV's feet for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.26" (3.2 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung S85D has good build quality overall. The TV is light, and the two plastic feet don't help much with weighing it down, so there's some wobble when the TV is pushed on. It's mostly made of cheap-feeling plastic, but outside of one dead pixel on the top left of our unit, there are no big concerns with the overall build quality.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
Inf : 1
Native Contrast
Inf : 1

The Samsung S85D has remarkable contrast and a nearly infinite contrast ratio. Due to OLED's self-lit pixels, the TV displays bright highlights next to perfect inky blacks, making it very impressive in a dark room.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Since OLEDs don't use local dimming and instead have individual pixels that can be lit up to their maximum brightness next to pixels that are turned off, there's no blooming when bright elements are surrounded by deep blacks.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
8,294,400

The TV is an OLED and has no backlight, so its self-lit pixels give it the same performance as a TV with perfect local dimming and no zone transitions. We still film the zone transition video on the TV, so you can see how it compares to a TV with local dimming.

9.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

There's no difference in dark scene behavior between the calibrated picture modes and when the TV is set in Game Mode.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
620 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
359 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
226 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
643 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
643 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
472 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
144 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
631 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
627 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
467 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
142 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.095

The Samsung S85D has decent HDR brightness. In combination with its remarkable contrast, it gets bright enough for some highlights to stand out, but it's not bright enough to properly display very bright highlights. Unfortunately, large bright scenes are significantly dimmer than smaller specular highlights due to the TV's aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL).

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Filmmaker
  • Brightness: 50 (Max)
  • Contrast: 50 (Max)
  • Contrast Enhancer: Off
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static
  • Color Tone: Warm2
  • Color Space Settings: Auto
  • Peak Brightness: High

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
463 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
392 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
162 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
581 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
595 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
442 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
263 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
139 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
569 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
582 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
437 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
262 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
138 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.091

The Samsung S85D is noticeably dimmer while in Game Mode compared to the TV's other picture modes. This leads to a less impactful HDR experience while gaming.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game Mode
  • Game HDR: Basic
  • Brightness: 50 (Max)
  • Contrast: 50 (Max)
  • Contrast Enhancer: Off
  • HDR Tone Mapping: Static
  • Color Tone: Warm2
  • Color Space Settings: Auto
  • Peak Brightness: High

9.5
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0037
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0034
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0033

The Samsung S85D has fantastic PQ EOTF tracking. Shadows are displayed a little bit darker than intended, but outside of that, the TV follows the curve very closely. With content mastered in 600 or 1000 nits, there's a gradual roll-off to preserve details in highlights that are brighter than the TV. With content mastered in 4000 nits, the roll-off is even more gradual to help preserve details in very bright specular highlights.

7.6
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
402 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
425 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
434 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
431 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
338 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
180 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
422 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
428 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
426 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
336 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
179 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.056

The Samsung S85D has good SDR peak brightness and overcomes glare in bright rooms. Its Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL) is aggressive when bright highlights take up most of the screen or if the entire image is bright, like when watching hockey. Outside of that, there isn't much variation in the TV's SDR peak brightness.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: 50 (Max)
  • Peak Brightness: High
  • Color Tone: Warm2
  • Color Space: Auto

8.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
97.56%
DCI P3 uv
98.69%
Rec 2020 xy
71.55%
Rec 2020 uv
75.08%

The TV has an excellent color gamut. It covers nearly the entire range of colors in the DCI-P3 color space, but all colors are undersaturated and/or off the mark, with magentas faring the worst. Its coverage of the Rec.2020 color space used mostly in some nature documentaries and animated films is satisfactory, but all colors are undersaturated and inaccurate, with greens and cyans performing the worst.

7.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
73.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
33.2%
White Luminance
678 cd/m²
Red Luminance
100 cd/m²
Green Luminance
349 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
36 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
377 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
138 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
440 cd/m²

The TV has very good color volume. Thanks to its high contrast ratio, it can display dark, saturated colors well. On the other hand, it struggles with colors displayed at higher luminance levels since the TV is limited by its relatively low peak brightness.

6.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.97
Color dE
2.24
Gamma
2.12
Color Temperature
6,817 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung S85D has okay pre-calibration accuracy. Its white balance is disappointing, with greens very overrepresented in most grays, blues overrepresented in mid-grays, and reds underrepresented in brighter grays. The color temperature is excellent, but it's noticeably cooler than our target of 6500K. The color accuracy is very good, but whites lean towards cyans, and there are noticeable inaccuracies with yellows, lighter cyans, lighter blues, and lighter magentas. Gamma is close to our target of 2.2, but almost the entire image is brighter than intended.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.37
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,590 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The TV has fantastic accuracy after calibration. The white balance and color temperature are close to perfect. Gamma is now closer to our target of 2.2, with only very dark scenes being slightly too dark. Color accuracy is better than before, but there are still some minor inaccuracies with all colors.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.665%
50% DSE
0.134%
5% Std. Dev.
0.500%
5% DSE
0.114%

The Samsung S85D has great gray uniformity. If you look closely, there are some very faint vertical lines on the panel, but these are very hard to see from a normal viewing distance.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.163%

Because OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, the TV has incredible black uniformity with no blooming or halo effect around bright objects.

9.4
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
68°
Color Shift
37°
Brightness Loss
70°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The Samsung S85D has an outstanding viewing angle. There's some color shifting when the TV is viewed from an aggressive angle, but it's not too bad, and the image remains mostly consistent. It's a fantastic TV for watching content in a group setting.

9.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.6%
Indirect Reflections
0.1%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.5%

The TV has incredible reflection handling. Its glossy screen finish significantly reduces the intensity of indirect reflections, like when you have glare from a ceiling light that isn't directly facing the screen. It also does an outstanding job of reducing the intensity of direct reflections, like a lamp positioned in front of the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
8.0
50% Gray to 100% White
10
100% Black to 50% Red
8.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
6.0
50% Green to 100% Green
8.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
6.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The TV has very good HDR native gradient handling. There's some noticeable banding in dark greens and dark blues, but all other colors have minimal banding or no banding at all.

7.3
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
7.0
Detail Preservation
8.0

The TV's low-quality content smoothing is decent. It does a very good job of preserving detail, but there is still noticeable macro blocking in dark scenes.

8.0
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

The Samsung S85D does a very good job at upscaling low-resolution content like DVDs or lower-resolution streams. Details are clear enough, but fine details and small hard-coded text are hard to make out.

Sharpness processing was calibrated with no over-sharpening for low-resolution content, with the following settings:

  • Sharpness: 5

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
RWBG
Type OLED
Sub-Type
WOLED

The Samsung S85D uses a WOLED panel with a WRGB pixel structure where all four pixels are never lit at the same time. Due to its subpixel layout, it has minor issues with displaying text on Windows since ClearType isn't well optimized to non-RGB subpixel layouts, but most users won't be bothered by this.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.2 ms
100% Response Time
3.0 ms

The Samsung S85D has a nearly instantaneous response time, resulting in incredibly clear motion with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. Due to the sample-and-hold nature of OLED technology, there's still some persistence blur when gaming at 60Hz, but it's not noticeable at higher refresh rates.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

This TV doesn't have a traditional backlight and doesn't use pulse-width modulation (PWM) to dim each pixel, but it's not completely flicker-free. There's a slight dip in brightness that corresponds to the TV's refresh rate. This differs from the PWM flicker on TVs with LED backlights and occurs on every OLED we've tested. It's not noticeable, and most people won't be bothered by this, but it can still bother people who are extra sensitive to flicker.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The TV has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature that reduces the appearance of persistence blur caused by the TV's nearly instantaneous response time. It can only insert black frames at a 60Hz refresh rate.

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

This TV has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the clarity of motion. It does a good job of smoothing out slower scenes, with only some minor artifacts present. In faster-moving scenes, it can't keep up, and there are distracting artifacts and haloing.

5.2
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
38.7 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
13.7 ms

Unfortunately, due to the TV's nearly instantaneous pixel response time, there's stutter with low frame rate content, which is most noticeable during slow panning shots.

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

The TV automatically removes judder from all sources when watching movies or shows that are in 24p, even if they're in a 60Hz signal, like from a cable box.

Unfortunately, if you're using the BFI feature, you have to enable 'Judder Reduction,' which introduces motion interpolation.

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

The Samsung S85D supports all three types of variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. It works well across a wide refresh rate range and supports sources with Low-Frame-Compensation (LFC), which ensures your games remain nearly tear-free even when your framerate drops very low.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
98.3 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
5.3 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.2 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
71.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
31.3 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.3 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has incredibly low input lag when set into Game Mode, which ensures a very responsive gaming experience with very little delay between your actions with your controller or mouse and the action on-screen.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung S85D supports most common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. Chroma 4:4:4 signals are displayed properly with all supported resolutions when the TV's input label is set to 'PC,' which is important for text clarity. Note that for 1440p to work properly from NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, you must select 1440p @ 120Hz through the advanced Windows display settings. If you select 1440p any other way on your PC, the TV sends a 4k signal with a 1440p window in it.

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

The TV is fully compatible with everything the PS5 offers, like 1440p @ 120Hz and 4K @ 120Hz, as well as HDMI Forum VRR. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to worry about manually switching to Game Mode to get the lowest input lag.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

The TV is fully compatible with almost everything the Xbox Series X|S offers, including 1440p @ 120Hz, 4k @ 120Hz, HDMI Forum VRR, and FreeSync Premium Pro. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to manually switch to Game Mode to get the lowest input lag. Unfortunately, Dolby Vision isn't supported on the TV, so gaming in Dolby Vision isn't possible.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The Samsung S85D supports the full 48Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 on all four HDMI ports. This allows you to take full advantage of multiple high-bandwidth devices, like if you own both current-gen consoles and a high-end gaming PC. Unfortunately, Samsung still doesn't support Dolby Vision and supports HDR10+ instead, which is similar but not as widely supported. The TV also has variable analog audio out, so you can change the volume of any plugged-in analog devices, like headphones, using the remote.

Unlike Samsung's OLEDs from 2023, the S85D doesn't support ATSC 3.0 for 4k over-the-air, as Samsung has dropped that feature on their 2024 4k models.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
No
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
No
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
No
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
No

This Samsung S85D supports many audio formats, including all Dolby Digital options. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS formats, which is disappointing, as many Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.

Sound Quality
7.1
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
89.80 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.56 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.37 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.62 dB
Max
86.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.29 dB

The TV has a decent frequency response. The sound profile is well-balanced enough at moderate listening levels that dialogue is clear, but the sound becomes more unbalanced near and at maximum volume. This is disappointing since the TV doesn't get very loud. Its speakers also don't produce meaningful bass, so you'll want to pair it with a good soundbar or surround sound system.

5.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.930
Weighted THD @ Max
1.810
IMD @ 80
5.80%
IMD @ Max
25.51%

Unfortunately, the TV's distortion performance is disappointing. There's some audible distortion at lower levels, which worsens as you raise the volume.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2024
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
3 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung S85D runs the 2024 version of the Tizen OS, which is fast and easy to use. Unfortunately, a reoccurring bug affects the TV's brightness. At times, adjusting the brightness doesn't do anything, and the only way to fix the issue is to reboot the TV.

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

Like most TVs on the market, it has ads throughout its interface, and although you can disable targeted ads, there's no option to disable them completely.

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

The Samsung S85D has a great selection of apps, so it's easy to find your favorite content. You can also cast content from your phone onto the TV or play videos from a USB stick.

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

The remote is identical to the one included with the Samsung S90D/S90DD OLED and the Samsung S95D OLED. It's slim, compact, has quick access buttons for the most popular streaming apps, and is easy to use. The remote has a built-in rechargeable battery with a solar panel on the back of the remote. You can also recharge it via USB-C if it dies unexpectedly.

The TV is compatible with the Bixby and Alexa voice assistants, and its remote has an integrated microphone for voice commands. You can use your voice to launch apps, switch inputs, ask for the weather and time, and adjust certain settings like the TV's brightness.

Smart Features
TV Controls

A single button is at the bottom right of the TV. You can use it to power the TV on/off, change channels, adjust the volume, and switch inputs. You can control the TV hands-free with your voice using the built-in microphone, but you can also turn the microphone off using a small switch on the bottom right of the TV.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • Cable management clips
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 104 W
Power Consumption (Max) 176 W
Firmware 1106