Incoming 4K TVs are making a big splash, everyone is moving from a FullHD to one of these, which are very affordable. Only if you already have one of these, you can keep an eye on more features and more quality.
If the cheapest 4K panel is bursting with light for you, there are two options: QLED or OLED. OLED you know it has incredible black, it is thin, but it can burn in. And QLED, is it a good option? Is it as good as? Come see our review of the Samsung Q80T to draw your conclusions, here at TudoCelular.com.
Design and connections
Because it is not an OLED, it cannot be very thin, and ends up looking quite similar to the most economical ones of the brand. The border is small, has a thin plastic frame, and has a total of 9 millimeters.
Below, an area for the Samsung logo that also houses an extra control button – in case you lose the remote control – and brightness sensor. There are few details and she manages to disappear well into the environment.
The base is a single metal foot, different from the more economical models, which are two fork feet. It is a wide foot, which is fixed with several screws (different from the cheaper TU8000, which only needs to fit the feet), but which sways in a rather frightening way when you shake.
The rear is similar to that of the rest of the 2020 line, plastic with finishing lines formed by polka dots, but it is less rounded than the economic model, which gives an air of more elegance. The sound output is at the top and the rails at the bottom.
In these channels you pass the power cable and also cables that you connect to the TV. They are rails of different sizes to pass cables of different calibers, but thinner cables like antennas will be loose.
Behind the base you can detach the plastic cover that covers it and concentrate all the cables and wires you have, covering everything again afterwards. The cables are more organized and hidden.
It is as thin as the TU8000 that we have already analyzed here, it is 5.6 cm at the widest part in the middle. Without the base she is almost 19 kilos, 21 with her, it is heavy to carry. It has a VESA 200 standard and the connections are all turned to the sides.
This sunken side area has two 5V USB connections (one being 0.5A and one 1A HDD – for external drives), digital audio, four HDMI (one being eARC, higher bandwidth connection for better quality audio in soundbars and receivers and one for games), LAN, AV IN and an antenna input.
How does Tizen work?
The system of Samsung TVs is Tizen, and this TV is in its last version of 2020. Now, the general colors are darker and less damaging to the eyes, and the icons are smaller. Being more expensive and with a better processor, it doesn’t have the slow navigation that we see in the most economical models.
The bottom strip gives you access to the apps you use the most, adding, removing and changing the installed apps. Some are already installed and a store offers more, but despite having good things, the offer is poor. Of the few that have, 80% is very specific, but the main ones are here: YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix, Apple TV, Spotify, Deezer, Globoplay, HBO GO, FOX, Play Movies, Plex, Steam Link and others.
The Ambient Mode function is present and in its third version, bringing more options with bright and colorful panels. With it you leave your TV on displaying photos, calendar, artwork and others, so that the device looks like a painting. Using your smartphone you can even reproduce your wall on the screen, if it is uniform. Remember that it takes energy and heats up the TV.
And if you have a home with smart items, you’ll like the Q80T to have voice commands. Using a microphone on the remote control you can talk to Alexa or Bixby. Yes, or one or the other, and Bixby in Portuguese will arrive in the coming months. Soon after, Google Assistant should also arrive as another option.
I chose Alexa because it is in our language and because I have other Amazon devices. You log into the Amazon service and, whenever it is on, just press the button on the controller and speak near it. It has the normal functions of turning on and off lights, informing about weather forecast and schedule.
But using the TV, you can also ask to change channels, lower and increase the volume, turn off the device, ask to play something on YouTube and other video and music services, ask questions and more. There is no single interface for voice commands, but what you say about the TV appears on the screen.
The SmartThings control and app
The control of this Q80T is the same as the most economical models. It is small, ergonomic and has many functions. I just didn’t like the lack of a numeric keypad, something that can disturb older people and the volume and channel switch buttons are not very practical. Finally, typing on the screen with this control is tiring.
There is now a button and microphone to activate voice control and the www button has been replaced by a shortcut to Globoplay, a partnership with Globo.
There are also shortcuts to Netflix and Prime Video, which they already had in the previous version. And this is a universal control: you can also control other devices, such as the cable TV set top box, including channel change, access to other guides.
And in addition to the control, you can also tinker on the TV with SmartThings, Samsung’s smart device app. SmartThings works on any cell phone brand, but some functions are exclusive to Samsung devices.
If you already have the app installed when you turn on the TV for the first time, the app will set up just about everything for you. If you come from another Samsung SmartTV TV and you already have a Samsung account, you will not need to do practically anything, the app already has the WiFi password, Spotify login and other settings. I didn’t need to touch almost anything.
It also acts as a TV control, even more complete than what comes in the box. If you want to turn off the TV in another room, or away from home, you can do so. Change the volume, change channels, change the input, everything can be done by the application.
In functions exclusive to Samsung devices, you can easily mirror what’s on your smartphone screen, listen to TV audio on your smartphone, ask to hear phone audio on TV. When playing a song on your smartphone, a notification allows you to switch to the TV.
Finally, after a while, even the mirroring through the app didn’t work anymore, even reinstalling everything, disconnecting the cell phone from the TV and other measures. I was able to easily mirror through Smart View, but through the app, no more.
You can also ask to hear the TV audio on your smartphone, listen to the phone audio on the TV and even see the TV content on your cell phone, great function. This TV comes with AirPlay support, and it allows you to stream content from iPads, iPods and Apple computers to the TV very easily.
When you mirror, you open MultiView, which leaves the contents of your phone and TV on the screen, next to each other, a really cool feature. It can also be via PiP and mirror computers and show some compatible security cameras.
With Tap View and Tap Sound, you can touch your phone to the top right corner of the TV and it starts to mirror the image and audio instantly on the TV. But it is necessary to get a very specific position right, and I was unable to make it work at all.
This is an intermediate TV, but it has good improvements over devices that cost less. And already answering what everyone wants to know, it has things that outperforms an OLED, but the deep black, the infinite contrast and the intense colors are not comparable.
The QLED has a better refinement when letting the light from the LEDs pass, it does it in an improved and more neat way, achieving more brightness and more faithful colors for the images. It’s like an improved LCD or LED. But it is still an LED panel, so it cannot get so deep blacks, although it has no problems with burn in and lasts much longer.
The uniformity of colors on the canvas is decent, although the edges are a little bit darker. We have a VA panel here, which is an option to IPS. This means that the Q80T has an angle of view that is not excellent, but that can respond better to games and improve contrast.
To improve the viewing angle Samsung placed more layers on the TV and called Ultra Viewing Angle, reducing image leakage. It wasn’t amazing, but it improved a lot.
These layers also help the TV to have a much lower light reflection. It is a less dull screen, but it can have less interference from light sources, being even better for bright environments than an OLED.
The contrast is no better than last year’s edition, the Q70T, but we still have the full array type dimming spot, when the TV is able to turn off areas of the LED panel behind it to improve details in dark scenes and not burst the light..
This is a TV that runs at 120Hz, which makes images more fluid, and in addition to having an optimal response time, there are ways like Film that reduce the Hz rate and make the image clearer, but only on connections and TV.
In addition, one of the HDMI connections, the one that has a symbol for a game controller, 4K 120Hz, an HDMI 2.1. This, together with Game Mode, decreases the screen response time and activates some extra functions to improve the image, including optimizing light exposure in the darkest scenes.
The input lag can reach 5.3 milliseconds on that input, an excellent number. Upscaling is also very good, displaying content of minor qualities with almost no artifacts.
It also supports AMD’s FreeSync, which with compatible platforms equalizes the console and the screen to act on the same frequencies, and has variable frequency, important for that too. In apps she has Steam Link, which helps a lot of people who have games on this service and mirrors wirelessly very well.
It is also HDR10 + for you to watch some content from Netflix and YouTube, for example, with more intense colors and more volume. Unfortunately there is no Dolby Vision. Intelligent Mode adapts various aspects of the image and sound according to how you use it, using artificial intelligence and the brightness sensor.
The sound is well balanced. Some bass is missing, normal for TVs, and you can complement that with a soundbar or home theater. But the volume is very good and can even be without peripherals. It is a 2.2 audio, that is, two speakers and two subwoofers, which total 60W RMS, a good number.
Samsung says that the Q80T has spatial sound, which changes the location of the audio depending on the image and where the sound is being made, and sometimes you can even see it, but in general it is a good audio. It has Bluetooth 4.2 and with it you can connect the TV to wireless speakers and even headphones.
As I said, the Q80T is an intermediary, it is not committed to being a work of art in your room, but in addition to the system news that the cheaper TU8000 brings, it also has a more robust image quality and a super interesting sound.
This tested model is the 55-inch model, and its average price is already around 6 thousand reais. It is balanced, it has nothing neither too bad nor excellent, and it has many functions, including smart and for those who like to play. It is good for bright and slightly noisy environments.
Did you like this TV? Would you exchange what you have for her, to gain in image and sound? We want to know, leave it there in the comments.