Samsung Q800T 8K QLED TV Review



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The Q800T is the third from the top in the 8K LED LCD QLED TV line up from Samsung for 2020. It has many of the features found on the flagship Q950TS as well as a nicely designed chassis and stand, but it drops the One Connect Box and has everything mounted on the rear of the TV instead. It is an 8K TV with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and is powered by Samsung’s Quantum Processor 8K AI which intelligently upscales content to fit the native resolution of the screen, controls motion and also performs picture processing. The processor uses various databases and Deep Learning algorithms to ensure optimal performance when it comes to scaling content so that objects appear natural. As there is very little in the way of native 8K content at this moment in time, the upscaling performance is very important. The built-in YouTube app can now support 8K playback on the Q800T so you can watch the small number of native 8K videos on the service. The Q800T boasts a bezel-less design along with a FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) panel with around 224-dimming zones along with an advanced local dimming algorithm. There is also an anti-reflective screen that rejects ambient light falling onto the viewing surface and washing out the image. The Q800T has one HDMI input with 40Gbps bandwidth and that can playback 4K/120 as well as supporting AMD FreeSync and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), along with ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). The Q800T also has an input lag of 13ms (with and without HDR), making it a great option for gamers. HDMI 3 supports eARC for uncompressed immersive audio playback. Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+) is also a new feature that allows sound to move around the screen in relation to objects in the scene by using eight built-in speakers on four sides of the TV. There is also adaptive sound+ and AI sound effects that can enhance dialogue if required, as well as Q-Symphony when used with a Samsung Q soundbar, where the sound is synchronised with the speakers in the TV to create an expansive sound stage. The Tizen OS and Smart TV is still one of the very best on the market with an intuitive interface and vast list of available apps, such as Netflix, Prime Video, Now TV, Apple TV+ and Disney+ to name a few. Plus, you have all the terrestrial catch-up applications including the BBC iPlayer. Only YouTube is capable of 8K playback with a small number of native videos. There is also a content discovery service that helps cut down on searching for things to watch with a personalised universal guide. Also new is the change in colour for the main menu system, which is blue instead of bright white, saving your eyes when in HDR mode. So is now the time to move to an 8K TV and does the Samsung Q800T offer enough in terms of performance to make that switch worthwhile now, while native content is still scarce? Let’s find out… Support us with regular donations via our Patreon campaign at https://www.patreon.com/avforums. Or make a one-off donation at https://www.streamlabs.com/avforums.
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