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Compare the Samsung Q90R to the Q85R and the Q80R

The Samsung Q80R, Q85R, and Q90R are the best QLED 4K models of 2019. Every step up provides better brightness and black levels. The black levels are determined by the number of dimming zones. These zones darken the screen in specific places, making dark images extra realistic. In this article you'll find important differences and similarities between the models.

Samsung Q90R

  • The Q90R has the most dimming zones, so it provides the best black levels.
  • This TV has the highest peak brightness of 2,000 nits.
  • The deepest black levels and the highest brightness provide the strongest contrast.
  • You connect the TV via 1 Invisible Cable to all playback sources and to the power socket.
  • This TV doesn't have a headphone connector.

Samsung Q85R

  • The TV provides very realistic black levels thanks to the large number of dimming zones.
  • Thanks to the peak brightness of 1,500 nits, bright images are realistically displayed.
  • You connect the TV via 1 Invisible Cable to all playback sources and to the power socket.
  • The Q90R provides a more powerful contrast between black and color tones.

Samsung Q80R

  • The TV has enough dimming zones for realistic black levels.
  • Thanks to the peak brightness of 1,500 nits, bright images are realistically displayed.
  • This TV provides a less powerful contrast than the Q90R and Q85R.
  • No Invisible Cable is included.

In short

Samsung Q90R Samsung Q85R Samsung Q80R
Local dimming technology Direct Full Array 16x Direct Full Array 8x Direct Full Array 6x
Peak brightness 2,000 nits 1,500 nits 1,500 nits
Invisible Cable included Yes Yes No
Ambient Mode Yes Yes Yes
Wide viewing angle Yes Yes Yes
Anti-reflective filter Yes Yes Yes

Direct Full Array local dimming

Local dimming

The Direct Full Array technology consists of a backlight that's distributed over different zones. When you look at dark images, the areas behind these images are dimmed. This makes the black levels and the contrast extra realistic. Another advantage is that the illuminated images are not darkened, so that the brightness isn't lost. The higher the number behind the technology, the greater the number of zones available to the TV. For example, the Q90R has the most zones, making the black levels extra accurate.

Brightness

Brightness

When viewing HDR images, it's important that the TV produces high brightness. This way, the TV displays the contrast and color intensity of the images as realistically as possible. This means the QLED TVs have the Quantum HDR technology. The number behind the technology indicates the peak brightness of the TV. The brightness of the Q85R and Q80R is the same, while the Q90R displays extra bright images.


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