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A Review Of Samsung’s Monster Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

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Overview

Samsung’s Q900 (Also called the Q900R) is one of the world’s first ever full blown consumer market, mass distribution 8K TVs. Yes, that’s right, it ups the pixel count enormously to double that of what a 4K TV screen contains for a total of over 33+ million pixels. In other words, you’re talking about one truly stunning new level of sharpness for the next generation of home theater entertainment, whenever it gets around to existing that is. This of course is the main problem with the Q900: Its screen has no problem displaying 8K video sources in their natural resolution but good luck finding any 8K content that doesn’t just consist of boring stock video clips and imagery at this time.

That said, Samsung has also kept in mind the fact that 8K entertainment is still nowhere near being a thing and to compensate, the company has created a TV that’s genuinely excellent not only at upscaling 4K video nicely but also other, lower resolutions of video, and making most of them look great through its unarguably superb display performance specs. On the other hand, while the Q900 is impressive in certain exceptional ways, it also strangely disappoints in other subtle but noteworthy metrics. We’ll cover both these highs and lows below.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Positives

• Frigging 8K resolution!
• Exceptionally good color rendering for normal and HDR content
• Very strong motion handling, especially for gaming
• Very deep black levels
• Excellent content upscaling for all resolutions (the 8K resolution is definitely not a problem)
• Excellent viewing angles despite VA display

Negatives

• Not as bright as we expected
• Slightly reduced contrast ratios due to special viewing angle technology
• No Dolby Vision support
• Native Audio could be better

Bottom Line

What’s the bottom line for the Samsung Q900R 8K TV? That it’s an amazing piece of display technology with more than enough quality for any type of content resolution to not simply be a gimmick. In other words, it serves perfectly well, even wonderfully as a 4K TV that also future-proofs you for any 8K content that does manage to emerge any time soon (though we’re doubting that’s going to happen in the near future). That said, the 8K resolution itself isn’t really necessary for any practical reason and in terms of almost all other performance specs in this TV, you can find similar quality from rival models with “mere” 4K resolution but otherwise nearly identical performance.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Check the Samsung QNQ900RBFXZA Flat QLED 8K Q900 Series Smart TV (2019 Model) on Amazon

4.7 – 4 Reviews

What We Liked

There is a whole ton of stuff to really appreciate in the Samsung Q900R. This TV not only performs extremely well in most of its specs, it also manages to deliver a couple of extra features that we’ve never seen before in a UHD LCD TV for the consumer market. One of these is the obvious 8K resolution but there’s another one that we cover below which is exceptional and definitely worth mentioning due to its importance for near future LCD TV technologies. Overall, despite the temptation to call it a vanity TV because of its 8K gimmick, we repeat, the Q900 really is a great television by any measure and it handles lots of content in all resolutions perfectly well despite all of its extra pixels and the necessary upscaling.

Viewing Angles

While the 8K resolution of the X900R is a nearly unique feature of this TV and impressive as hell, what we really thought to be the most valuable new technology wasn’t this. Instead it was the viewing angles of the Q900R LCD VA TV. Up to now, the vast majority of non-OLED 4K HDR TVs offered a choice between Vertical Alignment pixel structure or IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen display: VA offers excellent black levels, high contrast and great perceived color performance due to the way colors contrast with dark tones but it often suffers from terrible viewing angles and low picture quality at even modest off-center viewing. IPS on the other hand does offer excellent, wide viewing angles but sacrifices a lot of black level quality and contrast in doing so.

The Samsung Q900R delivers what’s basically the best of both worlds. It’s a VA TV with excellent viewing angles, and we’ve never before seen that kind of quality to this degree. Samsung claims that it pulled this off with a new optical layer technology called “Ultra Viewing Angle”. As far as we know it works similarly to the “X-Wide Angle” development of Sony’s Z9F Master Series 4K HDR TV that we reviewed in 2018 but the Q900R delivers better results.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

8K Resolution AND Superb upscaling

The 8K resolution in the Samsung Q900R is useless for all practical entertainment purposes. Nobody is yet streaming any movies, TV shows or documentaries in 8K and about the best you might find if your internet connection can even handle it is a YouTube video or two that claims to offer 8K scenery recordings and so forth; not exactly exciting. However, in the Q900R this resolution manages to not be a gimmick simply because it doesn’t screw up any other content resolutions you play on the TV. In other words, the upscaling engine of the Q900R can take 4K, 1080p, 720p and even low resolution 480p video sources and upscale them smoothly and crisply to the whopping 33.4 million pixels on its screen. This impressed us and at the very least it means that you can have your 8K if you really want it badly enough but still enjoy all normal content just fine.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Display Brightness

The Samsung Q900 is a very bright 8K HDR TV by any normal measure that we’d normally apply to 4K TVs we’ve previously reviewed. It can output well above 1500 nits in full HDR mode and even for HDR content it delivers mostly strong peak and sustained brightness. We’re not entirely impressed with this part of its performance because we’ve seen better from much cheaper Vizio, Sony and even Samsung 4K LCD TVs with HDR but the overall display luminosity of the Q900 is definitely good enough to be something we like. Even more importantly, this TV manages to keep strong color accuracy even when playing very bright imagery.

Motion handling and Gaming Excellence

Without a doubt, the motion handling of the Q900 is exceptional pretty much across the board. This TV has one of the fastest pixel response times we’ve ever seen in a non-OLED UHD TV and in effect, this means that pixels can change color as needed for content motion at incredible speeds. The result is extremely low blur even for fast moving content. The motion handling of the Q900 applies especially to this 4K HDR TV’s general movie media, broadcast, streaming and sportscast motion delivery. Other key aspects of motion delivery in the Q900R, such as its motion interpolation, judder management for 24p video (movies from discs or streaming sources), flicker-free handling and black frame insertion are all also extremely strong.

Also important and related to the Q900R’s motion handling is its input performance for console and PC gaming. In these areas of performance the Q900R is an exceptional television and will deliver low input lag for even the most advanced, high resolution UHD games with HDR and almost any enhanced color settings enabled. One further awesome feature of the Q900 is that it also offers support for AMD FreeSync frame rate synching technology. All of Samsung’s premium 2018 and 2019 TVs do and this makes them particularly excellent for PC gaming.

Color Performance

The Samsung Q900’s color delivery isn’t quite as stunningly good as we were hoping to see in one of this brand’s priciest 2019 8K UHD TVs and this is surprising. The TV’s crucial HDR color technology for wide coverage of the DCI-P3 color space is slightly weaker than that of any of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs like the Q9F, Q8F and even the relatively cheap Q6F but this might also be because this new TV has Samsung’s brand new “Ultra Viewing Angle” optical screen layer technology we already mentioned above. If so, then we think the trade-off is definitely worth it because while the Q900R only slightly underperforms the 2018 QLEDs on its Wide Color Gamut quality, it dramatically improves on viewing angles in comparison to them.

In any case, this 8K TV delivers excellent color accuracy, vibrancy and strong color performance for both HDR and normal content. It also manages to deliver good color fidelity even when displaying extremely bright or extremely dark content.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Local Dimming

One of our final mentions of what we really like in the Q900 8K TV is this television’s local dimming, because it nicely improves the TV’s black levels and contrast performance. The Q900’s ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ technology seems to slightly reduce the Q900’s overall contrast quality compared to say, what we saw in any of the 2018 QLED 4K TVs (though contrast in the Q900 gets nowhere near as low as it does in any IPS TV we know). Thus, the presence of full-array LED backlighting with full local dimming really helps things. This feature improves the Q900’s contrast performance and overall black uniformity superbly when fully activated.

Overall HDR delivery

Finally, the Q900R 8K TV is just one superb HDR television. Aside from its crazy 8K resolution and its wide viewing angles, this television really knocks the ball out of the park on great high dynamic range content rendering, as we’ve come to expect from Samsung’s flagship UHD TVs. HDR10 and HDR10= are both supported and the Q900 will really do justice to any content mastered in either standard that you watch on it.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Also Read:
Our In-depth review of Samsung’s ultra-bright flagship 2018 Q9FN 4K HDR TV
Our detailed review of Samsung’s excellent 2018 Q8FN 4K HDR LCD TV

What We Didn’t Like

Not even an 8K TV like this model can achieve perfection despite its steep price, and the Q900R television has its own share of flaws. Fortunately, these are all minor and except for the sticking point about its price vs. the value delivered, we think the Q900 is much more of a great UHD TV than it is a poor performer. Nonetheless, here are its key weaknesses.

The Pricey 8K Resolution

This is by far the single biggest weakness of Samsung’s Q900 8K TV, and it’s bad enough to almost be a deal breaker. Like we said already, our problem with this TV isn’t the quality of its 8K technology, which is in fact excellent at upscaling all other content resolutions nicely. Our problem is the huge price premium Samsung felt justified in giving the TV because of it.

Part of this is justified since creating something like this does require more effort, and this is after all a flagship 2019 brand new television with some of the best specs in many other aspects of its performance. Yes to all of those things but the Q900 costs almost twice as much as Samsung’s Q9F from 2018 in the same size range (65 inches in the case of the model we’re reviewing) and that’s simply unjustifiable. The Q9F performs almost as well as the Q900 in most specs and in some it delivers equal or even slightly better picture performance (The Q9F’s contrast ratio is out of this world, for example).

If you want ultra-premium picture quality and don’t care about 8K resolution because it doesn’t even matter yet, then this TV is definitely not a good choice.

Contrast Delivery

Let’s make no mistake about it, the Q900 8K TV delivers perfectly good contrast ratio and it gets further refined by the television’s local dimming technology. That said though, most of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs outperform it on this spec and even many of the same brand’s mid-range NU-Series televisions from last year did the same. Thus, while the Q900R is more than fine at delivering high contrast and deep black levels, it’s not as great as we hoped it would be.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Minor HDR Problems

The two major HDR problems that the Q900R 8K TV has are that for one thing, it lacks support for Dolby Vision, and secondly, that both its wide color gamut and black level delivery could have been a bit better. The Dolby Vision issue is simply a case of Samsung wanting to really push the expansion of its natively developed (in partnership with other companies) HDR10 and HDR10+ platforms for high dynamic range formatting but it’s also annoying. HDR10 and its updated version are both excellent but Dolby Vision is still slightly better and a growing quantity of content is mastered with it. Furthermore, most 4K TV makers now include Dolby Vision and Samsung is pretty much the exception at this point.

As for the visual HDR problems with this TV that we mention above, they’re extremely minor but worth noting. First is the WCG DCI-P3 color space coverage of the Q900 TV. It’s lower than the nearly 99% we saw in Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs. We think the reason for this is due to the optical filter for wide angle viewing that the Q900 comes with, so the trade-off is worth the tiny loss but there it is. Secondly, this TV doesn’t deliver nearly the strong contrast that we thought it would and is beaten by all of the 2018 QLEDs on this too. Again though, its contrast is still good and we think the reason for the slight weakness is the same optical filter technology for wide angle viewing that we’ve already mentioned repeatedly.

Weak native audio

On a final note, the Samsung Q900 delivers very decent and robustly loud native audio but its internal speakers are weak on bass. They’re essentially just fine for normal TV viewing but if you want serious audio power beefing up your favorite movies or music app streams, we’d definitely recommend splurging on an external speaker system or sound bar.

Also Read:
Our in-depth review of Sony’s X950G 4K UHD HDR LCD TV
 Our in-depth review of Samsung’s Q7F QLED 4K HDR TV 

Value for Price & Bottom Line

To really summarize our perception of the Samsung Q900’s value for price and bottom line verdict, we have to say that this is an excellent TV in so many ways but that its price is way too high for the performance it offers. Unless you really want to have this model’s exceptionally functional 8K resolution for the sake of whatever consumer 8K content appears in the next few years, you can get better general performance from several other 4K UHD TVs from either 2018 or 2019. Samsung’s own Q9F 2018 QLED TVs are almost as good as the Q900R but cost much less. Then there’s the 4K UHD Q90R QLED TV from Samsung, which is also a 2019 model and just as good as the Q900R in every way except for its lower resolution. Since no native 8K commercial content exists anyhow at this time, it might be a better deal with its lower price combined with identical or in some ways better specs. The Q90R also has the Q900R’s wide viewing angle technology, which in our view is the single best feature of this 8K TV.

 

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Check the Samsung QNQ900RBFXZA Flat QLED 8K Q900 Series Smart TV (2019 Model) on Amazon

4.7 – 4 Reviews

Also Read:
Our in-depth review of Sony’s X950G 4K UHD HDR LCD TV
Our Comprehensive review of Samsung’s most affordable 2019 QLED TV, the Q60R
Our in-depth review of Samsung’s Best Performing 2019 QLED HDR TV, the Q90R

Key Samsung Q900R Specs

• Screen sizes: 65 inch QN65Q900, 75 inch QN75Q900, 82 inch QN82Q900 (TV being reviewed is 65 inches)
• Smart TV: Tizen 2019 Edition
• HEVC (H.265) Included: Yes
• VP9 Included. Yes
• HD to UHD to 8K upscaling: Yes
• HDCP 2.2 Compliance: Yes
• HDR Support: Yes, HDR10, HDR10+, Hybrid Log Gamma
• Refresh Rate: 120Hz native refresh rate
• Screen Lighting: LCD Display with full-array backlighting & local dimming
• Resolution: 7680 × 4320 pixels 8K UHD
• Wireless Connectivity: Yes, includes both built-in WiFi and Ethernet port
• Remotes: Samsung smart OneRemote with voice control
• Connectivity: 4 HDMI ports (all of them 2.0a with HDMI port 4 supporting HDMI 2.1 and all with HDCP 2.2), 3 USB ports, 1 Ethernet port, 1 Digital Audio Out, all also located in external One Connect box
• Contrast Ratio: 1648+:1 (native, real contrast), 6920+:1 (with local dimming)
• Absolute Maximum Peak Brightness: 1643 nits (cd/m2)
• 3D Technology: N/A
• Processor: Quantum Processor 8K

Display Performance Metrics

In the following sections we’re going to outline and describe the meaty key display performance metrics as they were measured for the Samsung Q900 8K UHD TV. They all revolve around color reproduction, brightness, black levels, contrast, local dimming and motion handling because these are the things that really dictate how well a TV displays the content you want to watch on it to the best of its ability. These specs may vary slightly from unit to unit so they should not be taken as absolutes. However, they should maintain a generally high level of similarity in all TV models of all sizes, making them good enough to be highly reliable indicators of quality.

It’s important for us to note here that different TV display sizes in a single model can make some of the specs detailed below vary slightly. This applies particularly to edge-lit UHD TVs due to the wider space covered by the LEDs along one or more edges of these TVs. The Samsung Q900 is a full-array LED backlit model with LEDs all across the back of its screen in all model sizes, so variation between different sizes of this TV should be almost null.

It is however also worth noting further that there might however be minor specific performance variation from unit to unit, so what our review metrics showed us might not perfectly correspond to what another buyers TV delivers. That said, the variation will be very small most of the time and what you read below should be very reflective of the performance of any Samsung Q900 unit you might buy.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

The metrics for screen performance that we’re about to focus on are those that really decide if a 4K/8K TV is worth buying or not. They’re its most important indicators of real performance and they disregard all the marketing and labeling fluff that manufacturers like to pile up around their 4K (or in this case 8K) TVs for the sake of making them seem more exceptional than they really might be. Here we ignore empty labels, fake color brilliance branding and disingenuous terminology of the kind that you’ll often find on the manufacturers promotional materials. In essence, we measure what the Samsung Q900 8K TV can actually deliver in a household setting with its own internal calibration capacity and explain how this affects real, practical performance for the content you would watch on this TV.

Black Level, uniformity, Local Dimming and Contrast:

Some of the most crucial display specs for any television (and especially for any HDR 4K TV) are its levels for black depth, black uniformity, local dimming and contrast range They have to be decent at least because they strongly enhance the overall perception of color richness and picture quality in the rest of what’s being presented onscreen. Furthermore, for HDR content, deep blacks and high contrast are crucial specs. Because they also interplay with each other as far as display performance goes, they need to be covered together.

The above specs are all great in the Samsung Q900 8K TV. However, they’re not quite as excellent as we’d expected them to be, though there are reasons for this. Specifically, the Q900R offers a general black level that is very good (with local dimming) and sits well within HDR10 and HDR10+ standards at less than 0.019 nits, and this TV’s overall black uniformity is remarkably good and evenly dark if local dimming is on (it can be activated or partly deactivated in the Q900’s picture settings).

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

There is however some clouding scattered across the screen that becomes visible without local dimming in a darker room, and a halo “blooming” effect becomes even more notable if the Q900 is being used to display bright content against a dark background. This latter effect is worse if local dimming is kept partly deactivated but it is also slightly notable with the technology turned on. It’s even more visible in a room with no lights on.

The Q900 offers full-array LED backlighting, meaning that it comes with LEDs behind its entire display surface and as a result, the quality of its local dimming is much more precise and generally excellent.

Where the Q900R underperforms slightly however is on contrast. With local dimming turned off, the TV only manages a contrast ratio of about 1650:1, which is only modestly better than that of the best IPS 4K HDR TVs on the market today. On the other hand, if local dimming is turned on, the native contrast shoots up to over 6900:1, which isn’t incredible but definitely is very good. However, some of Samsung’s mid-range 4K TVs from last year such as the Q7F, Q6F and even the NU8000 all outperform even the best contrast performance that the Q900R can do. That said, the Q900 does offer incredibly good viewing angles due to its “Ultra Viewing Angle Layer” and this technology is more than worth the trade-off of modestly reduced overall contrast.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Our in-depth review of Samsung’s amazingly good, remarkably affordable Q6F QLED 4K HDR TV 

Brightness:

UHD TV screen brightness is basically measured by three main metrics: One for peak brightness, one for sustained maximum brightness and one for overall average luminosity. These are applied to the TV under both HDR and SDR (normal content viewing) modes. Peak brightness is the maximum possible spot HDR or SDR luminosity of a complete 4K TV display or differently sized sections of its screen as measured in units of brightness called nits (or cd/m2, which is the same thing). Sustained brightness is the highest possible sustained HDR or SDR brightness that the TV screen can manage across its entire screen or parts of it for a prolonged period of time (a few minutes or more). In other words, Peak brightness consists of how luminous sudden bright spots can become and sustained brightness measures prolonged luminosity in content on the display.

Samsung’s Q900R 8K HDR TV is one very bright UHD TV in almost all regards. This applied particularly for rendering of HDR content though even when used to display normal SDR video sources, this television can get quite luminous. That said, the difference between maximum brightness readings in the Q900 in SDR mode and HDR mode is large. In many other TVs, we’ve seen either very similar readings between the two or in some cases, strangely, HIGHER brightness measurements for SDR video sources.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

 

For the Q900, the most essential measurements of the brightness specs we noted above go as follows: The Q900’s absolute peak luminance reaches up to over 1640 nits when the television is set for HDR display of content. Furthermore, in terms of absolute peak brightness when being used to play back content without HDR enabled, the TV still gets exceptionally bright at 1386 nits. Additionally, this television’s overall general scene brightness is great in both SDR and HDR modes, with an average real scene brightness of 704 nits for non-HDR video sources and an HDR-oriented general brightness that sits at an exceptional level of 1549 nits. This is excellent! In basic terms, this means that the Q900 displays movie content of all types wonderfully, with excellent luminosity and vibrancy. In effect it’s a great TV for viewing even in brightly lit rooms without worrying about ambient light making content hard to see. The non-reflective screen of this television helps things further for viewing in brightly lit rooms.

Below are all of the main display brightness specs as measured in nits for different areas of display space, under both HDR and SDR settings and under both peak and sustained conditions. They demonstrate the Samsung 8K Q900’s overall capacity for screen luminosity:

Samsung Q900R SDR Brightness

  • Overall SDR peak brightness for normal content: 704 nits
  • Peak 2% display area display SDR brightness: 1386 nits
  • Peak 10% display area SDR brightness: 1102 nits
  • Peak 100% display area SDR brightness: 320 nits
  • Sustained 10% SDR brightness: 1050 nits
  • Sustained 100% SDR brightness: 302 nits

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Sony X950G HDR Brightness

  • Overall HDR peak brightness for normal content: 1549 nits
  • Peak 2% display area display HDR brightness: 1640 nits
  • Peak 10% display area HDR brightness: 1201 nits
  • Peak 100% display area HDR brightness: 402 nits
  • Sustained 10% HDR brightness: 1134 nits
  • Sustained 100% HDR brightness: 403 nits

Color Delivery:

Samsung’s Q900 8K HDR TV doesn’t quite match the color vibrancy and coverage of Wide Color Gamut color space (DC-P3 percentage) that we expected. It actually underperforms Samsung’s own 2018 QLED TVs by a few points. However, we think this is because of the same “Ultra Viewing Angle Layer” technology we mentioned above. We think the reduction is worth the presence of the new technology. For one thing, wide viewing angles are more important by far and secondly, the reduction in color performance is very small. In fact, you’d only notice that it underperforms certain 4K HDR TVs such as Samsung’s QLED models or maybe LG’s latest OLED models if you were to put the Q900 next to them in a side-by-side comparison.

Most importantly, in terms of overall HDR color support The Q900 8K HDR TV delivers everything richly and powerfully: it offers high wide color gamut coverage of the DCI-P3 space, it’s 10-bit color support (for 1.07 billion colors) is smooth and finely gradated, and this TV just delivers excellent rich color for content in general even when it’s not being used to display HDR movies.

The WCG coverage of this TV is good, with 95.69% of the DCI-P3 spectrum covered. This is excellent but not exceptional by the standards of premium HDR ultra HD televisions. Samsung’s QLED TVs from last year all outperformed the Q900 on this spec and on the smoothness of their 10-bit color gradation but the Q900 still delivers both superbly and at the same time manages the far more useful trick of delivering extremely wide viewing angles.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

How well color accuracy renders during both very shadowy and extremely bright scenes is also reasonably good in this TV model and it’s definitely superior to what we saw in many of the 2017 and even some 2018 4K HDR TVs made by Samsung or other brands. In shadowy content sequences in particular, very decent color volume is maintained across the entire wide color gamut DCI-P3 space and that’s pretty good considering just how tricky it used to be for a TV display to pull this off in older 4K models. The Samsung Q900’s ability to cover the highly advanced Rec. 2020 color space is fairly modest. All of these are however finer points of calibrated measurements. In fundamental terms of how good the colors on the screen look to an average viewer, they’re amazing right out of the box –which brings us to our next point on color performance in Samsung’s new 8K TV

The Samsung Q900 offers truly excellent color calibration accuracy right out of the box and without any preliminary calibration: White balance delta E, color delta E and Gamma in the Q900 sit at very good levels of 2.8, 2.10 and 2.18 respectively before you do any color calibration refinements at all. Adjusting the Q900s picture settings through manual calibration produces even better results, with these same levels being aligned even further to sit at 0.57, 0.81 and 2.19 respectively for the model we reviewed. Again, these are some great color accuracy settings by any measure.

Motion Handling & Upscaling:

All of the premium Samsung 4K TVs we’ve ever reviewed in the last couple years or more have delivered excellent motion handling almost across the board on all major specs. This hasn’t changed for the Q900 despite its doubling of on-screen pixels. We’re impressed. Motion in content is very smoothly and effectively handled with minimal blur, flicker or distortion even if the content is being played back at frame rates that are lower than the native refresh rate of 120Hz that this TV’s screen is set to. Specifically, the Q900’s motion blur control is simply outstanding at a refresh rate of 2.7 milliseconds of pixel color shift delay and this spec means that fast movement blurs minimally during playback, making the TV good for things like sportscasts or action movies and games. That this works so well across over 33 million pixels is superb.

The Q900 8K TV also has excellent motion interpolation capacity in its screen for adding frames during slower content to further diminish blur, but this can produce a slight soap opera effect when used for movies that play at different frame rates, though Samsung has made the effect less noticeable with each passing year in its newer TV models like this one. Black frame insertion in this TV also works perfectly, which further helps improve the crispness of picture quality. Setting the TV’s Auto Motion Plus to Custom will set flicker to 120Hz and enabling LED Clear Motion can be used to set flicker control to 60Hz.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

As for motion interpolation of content at all typical frame rates (24p movies, 30fps TV content, high frame rate streamed video and games) the Samsung Q900 manages all of these very well on its native 120Hz display panel. It can interpolate content up to 120fps and offers this for content that natively plays back at 30fps and at 60fps. 24p Blu-ray discs, DVDs, cable TV and broadcast TV sources as well as streaming media from both native apps and apps inside external streaming media devices can all be played judder-free as well.

Finally, when it comes to content upscaling, the 8K display of the Samsung Q900 impressed us the most. Why? Because it delivers upscaling so well for all resolutions despite its immense quantity of native pixels. As a result, not only does 4K content upscale for superb sharpness on the screen, so too does content created in native 1080p, 720p and even 480p SD resolution. The effect is quite remarkable means that you can comfortably watch an old 480p DVD or TV movie broadcast on this ultra ultra HD TV without distortion and blurring caused by the lower native resolution being stretched across over 16 million pixels on the screen.

Input Performance for Gaming and PC:

The Samsung Q900 is one excellent ultra HD TV for console and PC gaming use, as well as for general use as PC display. For one thing and perhaps most importantly of all, the TV offers AMD FreeSync technology as part of its internal specs. This is something that all premium Samsung TVs come with and it means that it can synchronize frame rates on the screen to AMD GPUs inside a connected PC device, making it a great choice for 4K or 1080p PC gamers who want smooth, fluid frame rates for their games. For use with consoles, the Q900 delivers excellent low input lag in all resolutions and with most color or HDR settings so long as its set to Game Mode and motion interpolation is shut off. No games that we know of support 8K resolution for console gaming but the TV will play back 8K content from a PC at up to 30Hz if the PC is connected to the TV’s HDMI 2.1 port (Port 4). Most awesomely in a practical PC gaming sense, the Q900, as an 8K TV with HDMI 2.1 even supports native 4K content at 120Hz. No 4K TV without an HDMI 2.1 port can do this, meaning no 2018 4K TV we’ve seen can.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Here are some of the key specific specs for its gaming performance in different console setups:

  • 4k @ 60Hz: 17.4 ms
  • 1080p @ 60Hz: 17.9 ms
  • 1080p @ 120Hz: 7.3 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz + HDR: 21.2 ms
  • 1080p @ 60Hz + HDR: 18.1 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode : 82 ms
  • 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4: 18.1 ms
  • 4K @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR: 18.4 ms
  • 4K @ 120Hz: 22.4 ms
  • 4K with interpolation activated: 33.4 ms
  • 8K @ 30Hz: input lag not known but supports this resolution 7 frame rate

Connectivity

The Samsung Q900 comes with all of its connectivity ports built into an external One Connect box. This allows for some reasonably flexible connectivity management and cable placement. The One Connect box hooks into the TV through a single cable that runs all the Box’s connectivity capacities along with power into the television itself.

In terms of ports, like virtually all newer 4K HDR TVs, the Q900 comes with today’s now standardized and essential advanced connectivity specs. Thus, this 2018 model comes equipped with multiple HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 USB ports and other crucial connectivity slots. Samsung has also given the Q900 full HDMI 2.0 HDR supported bandwidth in all four HDMI ports and then topped it off with the unique feature of HDMI 2.1 capacity in port 4. This is a nice touch because it lets this TV handle ultra HD resolution at new frame rates that older 4K TVs with HDMI 2.0 can’t manage, like 4K at 120Hz or 8k at 30Hz. Oddly however, despite its price and advanced specs, the Q900 does not have any USB 3.0 ports.

The following are the Q900’s ports and their specifications:

  • HDMI : 4 (HDCP 2.2 & full HDMI 2.0a capacity, Port 4 with HDMI 2.1)
  • USB : 3 (USB 2.0 x 3)
  • Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
  • Analog Audio Out 3.5 mm : 1
  • Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
  • Ethernet : 1
  • HDR10 support: Yes
  • Hybrid Log Gamma HDR support: Yes
  • Dolby Vision HDR: Yes

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

The Samsung Q900 8K TV models also offer audio connectivity in the following types.

  • 1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
  • 1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
  • 1 Passthrough eARC support

Pricing

Samsung has released the QNQ900 8K ultra HD HDR LCD Smart TV models in three different sizes. Thus, you have the choice of a 65 inch model, a 75 inch model, and a huge 82 inch version that would be just awesome for gamers and home theater fans who want a deeply immersive experience. These three editions are otherwise identical in pretty much all essential specs except for very minor screen performance variations as we described in our visual specs intro section above.

The models all sell for the following prices, found in the link below at the time of this writing. Bear in mind that these are subject to sometimes frequent downward change and it’s a good idea to click the following Amazon links for real-time pricing and all available discounts on this model.

Samsung-4K-8K-Q900 – Q900R 8K TV (QN65Q900) (QN75Q900) (QN82Q900)

Check the Samsung QNQ900RBFXZA Flat QLED 8K Q900 Series Smart TV (2019 Model) on Amazon

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  • Daniel
    April 15, 2019 at 9:29 am

    What model is it from, 2018 or 2019?

    Knowing that the 2018 model has a name QN82Q900R (A) and for 2019 QN82Q900R (B).

    Thanks for your feedback.

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  • Tom Kupferer
    April 27, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Can you speak to the antiglare screen on the Q900R vs the Q90R. On the Q900 display that I’ve seen, the Q90 and Q80 out perform the contrast and black levels of the Q900. (Comparing 82″ Q900 to 65″ and 75″ Q90/Q80’s.

    At first, I thought there may be some sort of protective screen that needed to come off the front of the Q900 to reveal the true black levels underneath. Now, it seems like that is just the antiglare panel on the TV. The light reflections look distorted (not just yellow tinted, as in the Q90/Q80), and the black levels look incredibly hazy/cloudy.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 23, 2019 at 11:44 am

      We also noted that the Q900R offered weaker black levels and contrast than the Q900, but we’re not entirely sure why. In part, both TVs suffer slight reductions in their maximum contrast, color performance and black levels because of their new wide viewin angle technology but why the Q90R delivers much better quality than the Q900R is odd. It might be because of the difficulties with developing this TV’s much more pixel-dense 8K display, but this is speculation on our part.

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  • matt
    May 23, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Lots of errors for what one would assume, from the domain, is a TV site. 8K doesn’t double the pixels of 4k. Then later you refer to it as “over 16mp”

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Hi Matt, thanks for pointing out the typos and the mention of 16 million pixels appeared accidentally only once. It has been corrected since then. 8K of course offers over 33 million, roughly four times the 8.29 million of 4K.

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