Samsung’s flagship model for 2020 is about to hit Spanish stores. the Q950TS QLED This is the most advanced 8K TV developed by the South Korean brand. In fact, it not only has the most ambitious backlight dimming technology available for QLED models, but also the highest brightness diffusion capability in the entire lineup.
Although we’ve known it since Samsung presented it at CES in early January, we’ve had to wait until now to find out when it will arrive and what price it will have. And we already know that. It will arrive in stores in the next few days, it will be available in 85, 75 and 65 inches and will have a starting price for the version with a smaller size of 5 499 euros. We thought it wouldn’t be cheap and, indeed, it isn’t, but, on paper, it looks good. And, above all, it’s interesting to get to know it more in depth to see how much it improves on what the most advanced 8K model offers us that Samsung launched last year.
2020 QLED 8K and 4K TVs – Technical Specifications
The table below summarizes the key specs of the TVs that are shaping the Samsung QLED lineup for this year. All of them use 10-bit LCD panels with quantum dot technology that the South Korean brand has chosen in recent years. They also share its compatibility with HDR10 +, although none of them can handle Dolby Vision metadata and its commitment to Tizen, the operating system that brand has grown accustomed to us. But between these models, there are also important differences to study.
All Samsung QLED TVs for 2020 share the brand’s quantum dot technology, HDR10 + compatibility and commitment to Tizen
One of the most relevant is the technology used to dim LED backlighting. 8K models and the two most advanced 4K TVs, the Q95T and Q80T, bet on the FALD backlight ((Local full matrix dimming), while the Q75T and Q60T conform to a slightly less accurate peripheral LED backlight scheme. Another very relevant difference is the maximum diffusion capacity of the brightness of these televisions. For now we have to stick to the figures announced by Samsung (when we analyze them we will check if their brightness is up to expectations), but in any case, the peaks of 4000 nits which is capable of delivering the Q950TS model, as well as the 2000 nit peaks of the Q800T and Q95T televisions.
The image processor also varies from model to model. Both 8K TVs are supported by a chip capable of manage the huge volume of data which requires image processing with this resolution, while 4K models incorporate a version of the quantum processor chip with slightly more limited power and suitable for 4K resolution. Interestingly, the Q60T model incorporates a processor redesign that other 4K TVs incorporate a bit more easily, perhaps to reduce the price of that TV.
|SAMSUNG QLED 2020||Q950TS||Q800T||Q95T||Q80T||Q75T||Q60T|
|SIGN||10-bit 8K QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio||10-bit 8K QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio||10-bit 4K UHD QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio||10-bit 4K UHD QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio||10-bit 4K UHD QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio||10-bit 4K UHD QLED LCD with 16: 9 aspect ratio|
|RESOLUTION||7680 x 4320 points||7680 x 4320 points||3840 x 2160 points||3840 x 2160 points||3840 x 2160 points||3840 x 2160 points|
|AVAILABLE SIZES||85, 75 and 65 inches||82, 75, 65 and 55 inches||85, 75, 65 and 55 inches||85, 75, 65, 55 and 49 inches||75, 65 and 55 inches||85, 75, 65, 58, 55, 50 and 43 inches|
|BACKLIGHT||Direct Full Array Elite||Direct Full Array Elite||Direct Full Array Premium||Direct Full Array Premium||Gradation UHD ultimate||Gradation UHD supreme|
|HDR||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG||HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG|
|MAXIMUM LUMINOSITY||4000 nits||2000 nits||2000 nits||1500 nits||1000 nits||1000 nits|
|IMAGE PROCESSOR||8K quantum processor||8K quantum processor||4K quantum processor||4K quantum processor||4K quantum processor||Quantum Processor Lite|
|OTS TECHNOLOGY||OTS +||OTS +||Ots||Ots||Non||Non|
|HIS||4.2.2 channels / 70 watts||4.2.2 channels / 70 watts||4.2.2 channels / 60 watts||2.2.2 channels / 60 watts||2 channels / 20 watts||2 channels / 20 watts|
|PRICE||From 5,499 euros (65 “)||From 3,122.99 euros (65 “)||From 1999 euros (55 “)||From 1299 euros (49 “)||From 1299 euros (55 “)||From 713.99 euros (43 “)|
An interesting question that users may ask when the Samsung flagship TV hits stores is how attractive it is compared to the price tag of the more advanced 8K model launched by this brand. in 2019, the Q950R. The latter is available at the starting price of 2,598.96 euros, so, as you might have guessed, it’s significantly cheaper than the various versions of the new Q950TS. Of course, the latter incorporates technologies that are not present in the 2019 model, such as OTS + and AVA. And it is possible, although we don’t know for sure until we analyze it, that its image processing and backlight dimming is more precise than those implemented by Samsung in its predecessor.
Explanation of OTS and AVA technologies
Among all the technologies that Samsung has brought into these TVs, there are two that, due to their novelty, are worth investigating a little more. As you can see in the table, OTS and AVA innovations They are available in much of the range, but not in all models. As expected, the Q75T and Q60T TVs, which are the most competitive, are the least efficient when we stick to these two technologies. Although yes, the Q75T incorporates AVA. This is the role of these two innovations:
Active voice amplifier: Analyze in real time the sound of the video source we are playing to attenuate or eliminate background noise and, thus, make sure that the voices of the actors are heard more clearly and louder. In addition, when the TV detects ambient noise in the room we use it in, it increases the sound pressure of voices so that viewers can listen to them without difficulty.
Objecting Tracking Sound + (OTS +): The objective of this technology is to ensure the synchronization of the television picture and sound from a spatial point of view. This means that if a sound in a movie comes from the right end of one or more frames, we will feel it really comes from there. To implement this feature, Samsung has integrated multiple speakers on the top, sides and base of each device into its new TVs, so an artificial intelligence algorithm is responsible for governing its behavior in order to recreate a sound space. . in three dimensions. It looks good, but we’ll have to wait until we can test it live to see if its performance is up to par.
There are still a few unanswered questions
The information Samsung released in the first few months of this year, and completed today, is comprehensive enough that we can get a pretty good idea of that these televisions offer us. But we still don’t know everything about them. We still don’t know if the new QLED models partially implement the HDMI 2.1 standard, which is what the TVs that brought this brand to the market last year are doing, or if, on the contrary, they are introducing it completely, which is. certainly what we the users would want.
Another important fact that we don’t know yet is the number of zones that the backlight activates of each of the models. Anyway, by analyzing some of these televisions, we will try to clarify these questions and others which are pending today.
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