Samsung TU6980 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Nov 12, 2020 at 08:04 am
Samsung TU6980 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.5
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
7.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG UP7000
7.2
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.0
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
6.9
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio V5 Series 2021
7.7
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense A6G
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung TU6980 is a decent entry-level 4k TV. It's a variant of the Samsung TU7000, and the 70 inch model we tested is one of two options in Samsung's 6 Series lineup, with the other being an 82 inch model. It has a VA panel with a good contrast ratio, but it's lower than most other VA panel TVs, and there's no local dimming to improve it. It has incredibly low input lag and a quick response time for gaming, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Sadly, HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content because it fails to display a wide color gamut and has disappointing peak brightness. Fortunately, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, such as from cable boxes or Blu-ray players. Also, the built-in Tizen OS is easy-to-use and there are a ton of apps available to download.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Samsung 6 Series is a decent TV for most uses. It's good for gaming as it has a quick response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and incredibly low input lag. It performs well in dark environments because of its good contrast, but it has only decent black uniformity and lacks local dimming. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements when watching TV or sports with a large group of people.

Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough to combat a ton of glare.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
6.5 Movies

The Samsung 6 Series is okay for watching movies. It has a good contrast ratio, but it's not as good as some other TVs with a VA panel. Black uniformity is only decent, and there's no local dimming feature. Luckily, it removes judder from native 24p sources, such as Blu-ray players or native apps.

Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from native 24p sources.
Cons
  • Only decent black uniformity.
  • No local dimming feature.
7.2 TV Shows

The Samsung 6 Series is decent for watching TV shows. Its peak brightness isn't bad and it has decent reflection handling, but it's best to avoid using it in bright rooms. It upscales lower-resolution content, such as from cable TV, without any issues. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing off-center.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough to combat a ton of glare.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
7.2 Sports

The Samsung 6 Series is decent for sports. It has a good response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion. It handles reflections fairly well and its peak brightness isn't bad, but it's not good enough to combat a lot of glare. Also, it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements because it has narrow viewing angles.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
  • Good response time.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough to combat a ton of glare.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Dirty screen effect in the center.
7.0 Video Games

The Samsung 6 Series is good for video games. It has incredibly low input lag, a quick response time, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to clear up motion blur. It's good for dark-room gaming because of its good contrast ratio. Sadly, it doesn't have variable refresh rate support and lacks local dimming.

Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Only decent black uniformity.
  • No variable refresh rate support.
6.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung 6 Series is mediocre for watching HDR movies. It fails to display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights stand out. It has a good contrast ratio, but the black uniformity is just decent and there's no local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Disappointing HDR peak brightness.
6.9 HDR Gaming

The Samsung 6 Series is decent for HDR gaming, mainly due to its good gaming performance. It has low input lag and a good response time to deliver a responsive gaming experience. It has a good contrast ratio, but HDR content doesn't look good because it can't display a wide color gamut, has disappointing peak brightness, and there's no local dimming feature.

Pros
  • Good contrast ratio.
  • Good response time.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • No local dimming feature.
  • Can't display wide color gamut for HDR content.
  • Disappointing HDR peak brightness.
7.7 PC Monitor

The Samsung 6 Series is a good choice for use as a PC monitor. It displays chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution, which is important for reading fine text. It also has incredibly low input lag and a quick response time. It has decent reflection handling and performs well in a moderately-lit room. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the edges look washed out if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Doesn't get bright enough to combat a ton of glare.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 7.2 Sports
  • 7.0 Video Games
  • 6.1 HDR Movies
  • 6.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.7 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  2. Updated Nov 12, 2020: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 09, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung 6 Series is an entry-level 4k TV that Samsung is releasing for Black Friday in 2020. It replaces 2018's Samsung NU6900 and is a variant of the Samsung TU7000. Its main competitors are other large, budget-friendly TVs such as the LG UN8500, Hisense H6570G, and the Vizio V Series 2020.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung 6 Series has an excellent design. It looks a lot like the Samsung TU7000 with thin borders and a textured finish on the back panel. It has different feet and it's thinner than other entry-level Samsung models in 2020, but sadly, there's no cable management.

Design
Stand

The Samsung 6 Series has wide-set feet that support the TV well. The feet are placed more at an angle compared to the Samsung TU7000, and there's enough room to place a soundbar without obstructing the screen. You can't place the feet in a reverse position or move them to accommodate smaller tables.

Footprint of the 70" TV: 49.5" x 13.5"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of this TV is plastic with a brushed textured finish. There are tracks at the bottom, but without any clips on the legs, they don't help with cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.43" (1.1 cm)

The borders are thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.13" (5.4 cm)

The Samsung 6 Series is even thinner than the Samsung TU8000 and doesn't stick out when wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung 6 Series has a decent build quality, much like the Samsung TU7000 and Samsung TU8000. It's made entirely out of plastic and there aren't any obvious issues, but at the same time, there's nothing premium about it.

Picture Quality
7.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,982 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung 6 Series has a good contrast ratio. It's much lower than most VA panel TVs we've tested, but this may vary between units. You may notice some blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark.

6.4
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
286 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
167 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
297 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
296 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
296 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
166 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
296 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
296 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.040

The SDR peak brightness isn't bad and it's much better than the Samsung TU7000. It gets bright enough to combat some glare, but it's best to avoid placing it in well-lit rooms. It maintains its brightness consistent for the most part, but small highlights aren't as bright due to the frame dimming.

We measured peak brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with Gamma set to '2.2', Contrast at its default setting, and Brightness at its max.

If you don't care about image accuracy and want the brightest image possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Movie', Contrast Enhancer to 'High', Color Tone to 'Cool', and Contrast at its max. We achieved 311 cd/m² in the 10% window using these settings.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
5.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
294 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
176 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
175 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.040

The Samsung TU6900 has disappointing HDR peak brightness. It only gets a bit brighter than in SDR, and it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights. Once again, small highlights aren't as bright due to the frame dimming.

We measured HDR peak brightness in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with Contrast and Brightness at their max. If you want an even brighter image and don't mind losing accuracy, use these settings with Contrast Enhancer on 'High' and ST.2084 set to '+3'. We achieved 320 cd/m² in the 10% window.

5.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
299 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
145 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
144 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053
7.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.570%
50% DSE
0.198%
5% Std. Dev.
0.918%
5% DSE
0.114%

Our unit of the Samsung 6 Series has decent gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. The edges of the screen are visibly darker and there's dirty screen effect in the center. The uniformity is much better in near-dark scenes, but there's still some slight backlight bleed along the edges.

7.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.164%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is only decent, but this may vary between units. There's clouding throughout the screen and a bit of blooming around the center cross.

5.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
29°
Color Shift
25°
Brightness Loss
42°
Black Level Raise
12°
Gamma Shift
19°

This TV has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. You quickly lose image accuracy when viewing off-center, so it's not suggested for wide seating arrangements.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.7%
Indirect Reflections
0.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.0%

The reflection handling is decent, much like the Samsung TU8000. It performs best in moderately-lit rooms, but the reflections may be too distracting if it's placed opposite a window with direct sunlight.

7.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.06
Color dE
2.57
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,452 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung 6 Series has very good out-of-the-box accuracy. Most colors and white balance are only slightly inaccurate, and most people shouldn't notice it. Color temperature is almost exactly spot on our 6500K target. Gamma follows the target curve fairly well overall, but dark scenes are too dark and other scenes are too bright.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.23
Color dE
1.57
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,527 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibration, the color accuracy is remarkable. Any remaining inaccuracies with colors and white balance can't be spotted by the naked eye. The color temperature became slightly cooler from before calibration, but it's still extremely close to the target. Gamma follows the target curve almost perfectly, except really dark scenes are still too dark.

See our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Samsung 6 Series upscales 480p content, such as from DVDs, without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, like from cable boxes, is displayed well and there aren't any artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

This TV displays 1080p content almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung 6 Series displays native 4k content perfectly and there aren't any obvious issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that doesn't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using it as a PC monitor. You can read about it here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.26%
DCI P3 uv
81.39%
Rec 2020 xy
55.02%
Rec 2020 uv
60.38%

The Samsung TU6900 has an okay color gamut, but it's not considered a wide color gamut needed for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF follows the target PQ curve fairly well, but all scenes are darker than they should be. The image in 'Game' mode is brighter, as you can see in this EOTF.

If you find HDR too dim and want a brighter image, set the Contrast Enhancer to 'High', ST.2084 to '+3', Tone Color to 'Cool', and Brightness and Contrast at their max in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode. This results in a brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF. You can also adjust Shadow Detail to '+5', as seen in this EOTF, but this results in blacks that look gray and we don't recommend it.

5.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
66.0%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
21.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
47.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
15.5%

The Samsung 6 Series has a disappointing color volume. It's mainly limited by its lack of a wide color gamut, and it can't display colors at a wide range of luminance levels.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.110
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.178
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.128
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.186

This TV has okay gradient handling. There's banding in all colors, and it's most noticeable with green and gray. The Noise Reduction setting doesn't improve the gradients at all. If gradient handling is important to you, look into the LG NANO80.

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%

Our unit of the Samsung 6 Series has no signs of image retention, but this may 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
7.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.5 ms
100% Response Time
14.1 ms

The Samsung 6 Series has a good response time. There's overshoot in dark transitions, so you may notice motion artifacts in dark scenes. Also, there's visible image duplication due to the backlight's flicker.

4.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
120 Hz

This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight. It flickers at 120Hz at all times unless it's in the 'Game' or 'Movie' Picture Mode with Brightness set to max; only then it becomes flicker-free.

9.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. It's called LED Clear Motion, and it flickers at 60Hz outside of 'Game' mode and 120Hz in 'Game' mode.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Samsung 6 Series has a motion interpolation feature to interpolate lower-frame rate content up to 60fps. It works great on our test pattern, but there are a few artifacts with real content. However, it isn't bad and depends on the content.

See here for the settings that control the feature.

7.5
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
27.6 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
2.6 ms

Despite having a quick response time, there's not much stutter with lower-frame rate content. Enabling the motion interpolation feature can help reduce stutter if you notice it.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Samsung 6 Series automatically removes judder from native 24p sources as long as Picture Clarity is disabled.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

This TV doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
51.1 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
9.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
17.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
34.2 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Samsung 6 Series has an incredibly low input lag as long as you're in 'Game' mode, and it stays about the same whether you're gaming in 1080p or 4k. You can use the motion interpolation feature in 'Game' mode, but it significantly increases the input lag.

There's an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' that automatically switches the TV into 'Game' mode when a game from a compatible device is launched. For it to work, enable Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) and set Game Mode to 'Auto'. If you're using this TV as a PC monitor and want the lowest input lag, set the input you're using to 'PC' and enable Game Mode.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most common resolutions at 60Hz, including 1440p, which is great for Xbox One gamers or PC users. It also displays chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution, which is important for reading text. Set the icon for the input you're using to 'PC' for it to display chroma 4:4:4. For signals that require full bandwidth, enable Input Signal Plus.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1, 2)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

We had issues with HDR10+ during testing, as it didn't work with Amazon Prime Video, but worked with a Blu-ray.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 2
USB 1
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 2)
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

Like the Samsung TU7000, the Samsung 6 Series has eARC support, allowing it to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection. For it work, set HDMI eARC Mode to 'Auto' and Digital Output Audio to 'Passthrough' or 'Auto'.

Sound Quality
6.4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.95 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
2.74 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
3.88 dB
Max
83.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.58 dB

The frequency response is unremarkable. It has a well-balanced sound profile to produce clear dialogue, but it doesn't produce much bass. Also, it doesn't get loud, so it's best to avoid using it in a noisy environment.

5.6
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.177
Weighted THD @ Max
0.575
IMD @ 80
12.19%
IMD @ Max
66.89%

The Samsung 6 Series has disappointing distortion performance. It's noticeable even at moderate listening levels, and the distortion increases as the TV gets louder. However, this depends on the content and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2020 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
8 s
Advanced Options
Many

Like all other Samsung TVs, the Samsung 6 Series comes with Tizen OS. It's a version with reduced features, but it's still easy to navigate and runs fairly smoothly.

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 page and app store, and there's no way to opt out of them.

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

The Samsung app store has most popular streaming services available and they run smoothly for the most part.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
No
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The Samsung 6 Series comes with the same basic remote as the Samsung TU7000. There are a few shortcut buttons to popular streaming devices, but there's no voice control.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the Samsung branding at the center of the TV. You can use it to power the TV On/Off, change channels, inputs, or increase the volume.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with batteries)
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 75 W
Power Consumption (Max) 199 W
Firmware 1401

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 70 inch Samsung 6 Series, which is only sold at Best Buy for Black Friday. There's an 82 inch variant that's sold at other retailers, and we expect our review to be valid for that model as well. This TV is a variant of the Samsung TU7000, but it performs closer to the Samsung TU8000. We aren't aware of any variants of the 6 Series outside the United States.

Size  Model VESA Mount Notes
70" UN70TU6980FXZA 400x300 Best Buy exclusive
82"  UN82TU6950FXZA 600x400 -

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung TU6900 Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in September 2020 and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung 6 Series is a decent entry-level TV, especially for its price. It performs better than the Samsung TU7000 and is closer to the Samsung TU8000. Although it has a lower contrast ratio than other TVs with VA panels, it gets brighter and has a quicker response time than other options in its price range. Also see our recommendations for the best 70-75-77 inch TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best Samsung TVs.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82"

The Samsung TU6980 and the Samsung TU7000 perform quite similarly overall, but they come in different sizes. The TU6890 is only available in 70 and 82 inch sizes, so it's better if you prefer a large TV. The TU7000 comes in a wider range of sizes and it has a better contrast ratio and better gradient handling, but it also has a significantly worse response time. 

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU8000 is slightly better than the Samsung TU6980, but the two TVs are very similar. The TU8000 has a much better contrast ratio and better black uniformity, but these may vary between units. However, the TU6980 has a quicker response time and it gets a bit brighter.

Vizio V Series 2020
40" 43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung TU6980 is slightly better than the Vizio V Series 2020. The Samsung gets brighter, does a better job at upscaling 480p and 720p content, and has a much quicker response time. However, the Vizio has a better contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and better reflection handling.

LG NANO80 2020
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU6980 is better than the LG NANO80 2020, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel and displays much deeper blacks. It also gets brighter, has a quicker response time, and a  Black Frame Insertion feature. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, it displays a wide color gamut, and has better gradient handling.

Hisense H6570G
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU6980 is much better than the Hisense H6570G. The Samsung gets brighter, displays native 4k content better, has a quicker response time, and the input lag is much lower. However, the Hisense has a much better contrast ratio and slightly better reflection handling.

TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED
55" 65" 75"

The TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED is much better than the Samsung TU6980. The TCL has a full-array local dimming feature, gets significantly brighter, displays a wide color gamut, and has a quicker response time. On the other hand, the Samsung has slightly better reflection handling and much lower input lag.

LG UN8500
65" 75" 82" 86"

The Samsung TU6980 is better than the LG UN8500, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with a better contrast ratio. It also gets brighter, displays native 4k content better, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature and lower input lag. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and it also has a slightly quicker response time.

LG UN6970
75"

The Samsung TU6980 is a bit better than the LG UN6970, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a much better contrast ratio due to its VA panel. It also gets brighter in SDR, has much better color accuracy, and has a Black Frame Insertion feature. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, it gets brighter in SDR, and has much better gradient handling.

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