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Samsung QN85A vs Q80A: QLED TVs that couldn’t be more different

Post Republished By Alfonso Hilsaca Eljadue (.com)

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If you’re after a new Samsung TV this year, there are plenty of options to choose from. That’s par for the course for Samsung, which, as the world’s biggest TV maker, has a wide variety of screens from low-spec 4K displays to dazzling 8K behemoths. But if you’re opting for a 4K QLED TV, there’s a chance you may not get what you’re after.

The Samsung QN85A and Q80A QLED TVs are similar in name, but very distinct in their specification – and you’ll want to make sure you’re not opting for a model that doesn’t offer what you need.

So what are the differences between them? Read on to find out.

QN85A vs Q80A: an overview

The QN85A and Q80A are both QLED TVs in Samsung’s 2021 TV range. That ‘QLED’ moniker stands for ‘quantum dot light emitting diode’, referring to the quantum dot filter used to enhance contrast in the display. Samsung tends to package together its better, more premium processors and TV technologies in its QLED televisions, too.

These televisions sit next to each other in the 2021 range, meaning that the QN85A is the step-up model from the Q80A – and they do have a lot in common. The problem is that Samsung used to name its sets a bit differently, with 2020’s Q95T, for instance, being an alternate version of the Q90T that came with the One Connect Box. The ‘80’ and ‘85’ terminology here, though, doesn’t do the same thing at all.

The main difference to note is in the Mini LED backlight that Samsung has brought to a number of its 2021 models. Mini LED tech packs in tens of thousands of tiny LEDs for precise brightness control and superior contrast, and it’s worth getting it in your QLED TV if you can – if the QN95A we reviewed is anything to go by.

You can tell which Samsung TVs have a Mini LED backlight by their name: so-called ‘Neo QLED’ models starting ‘QN’ have it, and regular QLED models starting with just ‘Q’ don’t.

Samsung QLED TV

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To go with this improved backlight, Neo QLED models like the QN85A also feature an advanced Neo Quantum Processor 4K, rather than the Quantum Processor 4K used in the Q80A. You are getting the same level of motion smoothing technology, though a more limited Direct Full Array backlight on the step-down model.

Both feature the same 60W audio across a 2.2.2 channel sound system, and you’ll benefit from HDMI 2.1 ports on both sets too.

Only the QN85A of the two ships with the Slim One Connect Box, also.

QN85A vs Q80A: pricing and sizes

Both of these QLED TVs come in the same spread of 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch sizes, meaning there aren’t any options for those after a smaller screen.

The Q80A starts at $1,299 / £1,399 / AU$2,295 for a 55-inch size, whereas the high-spec QN85A starts at $1,599 / £1,799 / AU$2,895 for the same size.

That uptick in price scales with the other sizes, too. The Q80A will set you back $1,699 / £1,999 / AU$2,995 for the 65-inch, $2,599 / £2,799 for the 75-inch, and $3,699 for the 85-inch at launch. (The largest two sizes aren’t listed in Australia.)

The QN85A Neo QLED, meanwhile, costs $2,199 / £2,499 / AU$3,795 for the 65-inch, $2,999 / £3,799 / AU$4,495 for the 75-inch, and $4,499 / AU$6,495 (around £3,200) for the 85-inch.

It’s worth noting that both are available for pre-order in the US (to arrive by April 8) and Australia (releasing March 25), and set to launch in the UK imminently too.

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Samsung Q80A QLED TV (Image credit: Samsung)

QN85A vs Q80A: which QLED TV should you buy?

Both of these QLED TVs should offer a capable picture and high specification compared to the average 4K TV. The only QLED TVs you should avoid are those with edge-lit panels that can’t reach the consistent brightness of Direct Full Array (like the Q80A) or Mini LED backlights (like the QN85A).

In our review of the Mini LED-sporting QN95A – this year’s flagship Samsung 4K TV – we said that “The results speak for themselves, with superb SDR and HDR images that benefit from deep blacks and brighter highlights, all of which are delivered without blooming or loss of shadow detail.”

As ever, opting for the more expensive model should net you a better picture, then. But that means the Q80A is the top QLED TV without Mini LED, and you should still get a capable performance – especially as last year’s Q80T QLED was one of our favorite screens and best gaming TVs, offering a lot of premium specs at a semi-reasonable price.

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Ultra HD vs QLED TV: what's the difference?

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Should you buy a QLED TV or an Ultra HD TV? If you’re in the mood for buying a new television, you’ve likely come across both of these terms. What do they mean? Do you need them? Is it possible to get both?

To start, most QLED TVs available today are 4K TVs. In fact, all QLED TVs on sale have a minimum 4K resolution, so, in practice, you can’t have the former without the latter. That said, it is possible to get a 4K Ultra HD TV without QLED – there are plenty of regular LED-LCD and OLED TVs out there, too.

The TV market is beset by purposefully-confusing names for new and hyped-up picture advancements, design overhauls, and new iterations designed to make buying a TV a tick-box exercise. For QLED and Ultra HD, it’s best you know what they are and why you would ever need them. 

So, here’s the lowdown on exactly what you need to know about QLED, Ultra HD, and where both technologies sit in the TV market.

What does QLED mean?

QLED, if you’ve never heard of it before, is basically a souped-up LED-LCD TV of the kind that have been around for decades.

QLED stands for quantum-dot light-emitting diode. Although Samsung makes a lot of different kinds of TVs, QLED TV is its mass-produced premium panel technology, as you can see if you examine this year’s new Samsung TVs

4K Ultra HD

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What is Ultra HD? 

On the other hand, Ultra HD is a TV feature found across the board on new TVs of about 40-inches in size. Short for ‘ultra high definition’, Ultra HD usually refers to TVs with a 4K resolution. You’ll hear people referring to Ultra HD TVs and 4K TVs, but they’re exactly the same thing.

In terms of sharpness they’re now firmly in the mainstream, having taken over from softer full HD TVs, but not as detailed as next-generation 8K TVs.

For now, Ultra HD 4K TVs are the sweet spot for big screen TVs both in terms of technology and price, though whether you also go for QLED is more complicated. For example, Samsung manufacturers 4K QLED TVs, but also 4K LED TVs, Micro LED TVs and the rather confusingly-named Neo QLED TVs (QLED, but with a Mini LED backlight).

“Ultra HD” refers to a 4K digital cinema standard, while “4K” tends to be used for consumer-grade TVs for the home. Either way, 4K is now the most common pixel resolution for a TV. Ultra HD TVs use a panel with 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is known as 2160p, but also as 4K because of images are almost 4,000 pixels wide.

But do you need Ultra HD?

Yes – if only because it will be a default feature on almost every TV from about 40-inches in size and larger – unless you go for a very expensive 8K model or a very small TV. So unless you’re looking for a 32-inch TV, perhaps for a bedroom, you’re almost certainly going to be looking for an Ultra HD 4K TV.

Though native 4K sources of content are few, they’re now growing quickly. You’ll find native 4K content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Hulu, Rakuten TV, and other TV streaming services land as well as Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, while Apple TV 4K, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X all deal in native 4K content.

Samsung 8K QLED TV

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How does QLED work? Is it different than OLED?

QLED TVs use a ‘quantum dot’ filter. Made from ultra-small semi-conductor particles that can be precisely controlled, these quantum dot filters can be very precisely controlled for color output, essentially helping to create a brighter image and a broader colour spectrum. 

So if you see a 4K LED TV and a 4K QLED TV, the rule of thumb says that the QLED TV is going to be better in terms of colour accuracy. Although most QLED TVs are sold by Samsung, it does also supply them to TCL and Hisense. 

OLED vs QLED is an oft-asked question asked by those wanting to buy a premium TV, but it’s largely based on a misunderstanding of what a QLED TV is. QLED’s close-in-the-alphabet name makes it seems like a straight-up alternative to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology, but they are radically different. 

The pixels in a QLED TVs are illuminated by an old-fashioned backlight (either direct LED backlighting and edge-lighting). Consequently, QLED TVs don’t show black areas of images as well as OLED TVs do. That’s because OLED TVs control each individual pixel, and they’re thinner, to boot. OLED TVs also give much superior viewing angles, more fluid fast motion and better black levels, meaning they’re generally better for movies.

However, QLED TVs excel when used in brightly-lit rooms, and for desktop PC monitors and laptops. The QLED vs OLED questions remain because it pits Samsung – the only manufacturer of QLED panels – against LG, the only manufacturer of OLED panels, which supplies them to the likes of Sony, Panasonic and Philips. 

Samsung TV

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What is Neo QLED? Mini LED? Micro LED?

As you may have noticed, Samsung employs armies of marketing creatives to come up with bamboozling terminology, the latest of which is Neo QLED. Found in Samsung’s 2021 TV range, it’s Samsung’s own name for something that a lot of TV makers are using – Mini LED. Mini LED TVs use a ‘micro layer’ over the backlight to guide the light of the Mini LEDs through the same quantum dots used in QLED TVs. The end result is more control over brightness control. 

Micro LED is a brand new (and massively expensive) TV panel technology that threatens to banish QLED to history … maybe. It’s been around since Samsung airred ‘The Wall’ Micro LED in 2018, though early in 2021 saw the debut of Samsung’s Micro LED TV in 110-inch, 99-inch and 88-inch sizes. 

As you might have guessed this new panel technology – which uses pixel-sized LEDs for creating brighter, higher-contrast images with less power – is, for now, all and only about monster-sized TVs that you almost certainly cannot afford. It’s one to watch for the future; get ready for a Micro LED vs OLED debate.  

Samsung Q80T

(Pictured: Samsung Q80T QLED TV from 2020.) (Image credit: Samsung)

Should you buy a 4K Ultra HD QLED TV?

If you’re set on QLED, go for Samsung’s best QLED TVs. For the price, we quite like last year’s Samsung Q80T QLED that will set you back $1,199 / £1,099 (around AU$1,500). However, move up a notch and you’ll find that only some of Samsung’s 8K TVs – such as the Q800T and the Q950TS – use QLED panel tech. 

If, however, you’re not bothered about QLED and just want a 4K TV, look for the best 4K TVs covering technologies including QLED and OLED, and encompassing brands like LG, Panasonic, Sony and Philips, as well as Samsung. 

  • Looking for an even higher resolution screen? Check out our list of the best 8K TVs
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Best LG TV Deals: Get this 55-inch 4K TV for $370

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When you’re looking through the 4K TV deals on offer from various retailers, you’ll find that some of the best TVs available come from the brand LG. But these can be pricey, so instead of hunting around all day for a bargain, let us save you some time and cash on your next LG TV purchase as we’ve already smoked out all the best cheap LG TV deals available right now and have rounded them up below. We’ve got a range of great new LG TVs, whether you’re after something large and cutting-edge or something more affordable.

LG 55-inch UQ75 Series 4K webOS TV — $370, was $430

The LG 55-Inch UQ75 Series 4K webOS TV displaying a colorful image.

Although QLED TV deals (and even OLED TV deals) are becoming more readily available, you still have to pay a premium for those more advanced panel technologies. For most people, a standard LED TV is just fine, and this LG 55-inch UQ75 Series 4K smart TV is a worthy pick from one of the best names in the business. At 55 inches, it’s a great size for small- to mid-sized living rooms and other common areas where a 65-inch or larger TV might overwhelm, and its screen, while a standard LED panel, still offers a 4K resolution so you can stream all of your content in crisp 4K Ultra HD. LG’s webOS smart software interface gives you easy access to all the popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and many others, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit devices if you’re looking to add this TV to an existing smart home ecosystem. It may lack the bells and whistles of more advanced (and much pricier) models, but for the price, this is one of the best LG TV deals if you want a no-frills 4K smart television at this size.

LG 65-inch UQ75 Series 4K webOS TV — $480, was $580

The LG 65-Inch UQ75 Series 4K webOS TV displaying the OS interface.

Is 55 inches not quite big enough? Then this 65-inch LG UQ75 Series is worth a look. A 65-inch TV is arguably the best size for most living rooms, especially if you’re going to be sitting more than 5 or 6 feet from the television (and if you’re still not sure about this, be sure to consult our guide on how to figure out what size TV you should buy before you pull the trigger on your purchase). Like its 55-inch sibling, this 65-inch LG UQ75 Series packs a bevy of great smart features including the slick and intuitive webOS smart interface, HDR10 support, and a built-in Game Optimizer and Dashboard that makes it easy to enhance your TV’s picture for gaming. Along with all your favorite streaming apps, this television gives you access to more than 300 channels’ worth of free content right out of the box. If a 65-inch 4K smart TV is what you’re after, this is one of the best LG TV deals going right now.

Need something even bigger? The  for $600, down $80 from its normal $680 price.

LG 75-inch UP7070 Series 4K webOS TV — $700, was $730

The LG 70UP7070PUE, a 70-inch 4K TV, showing a snowy scene on the display.

For a truly cinematic home theater experience, consider a 75-inch television like this LG UP7070 Series smart TV, which is one of the biggest consumer-grade sets you can buy right now (and one of the best LG TV deals you’re likely to find at this size for less than a grand). The webOS platform offers support for all of the top streaming apps, letting you access all of your content libraries in an easy-to-use app interface, while the proprietary Quad Core Processor 4K delivers snappy performance and upscales non-UHD content so your legacy media will look better than ever before. TruMotion 120 technology provides a smooth, stutter-free picture during fast-paced sequences (think video games and action scenes), and the Game Optimizer mode further enhances your gaming experience by automatically adjusting the screen’s setting when it’s time to fire up your Xbox or PlayStation. If you have a compatible smart home device, then this TV also integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit ecosystems. You can even access and control all your connected smart devices via the Home Dashboard. Even if you’re not part of the smart home crowd, though, you’ll find a lot to love with this up-sized LG 75-inch UP7070 Series 4K TV — especially at this price.

LG 65-inch 99 Series QNED MiniLED 8K Smart TV — $1,997, was $3,497

LG's 2021 8K QNED mini-LED TV seen on a wall.

If you’re serious home theater enthusiast looking for a seriously top-tier television, then you should be looking at an 8K TV rather than a standard 4K model. We don’t know yet if 8K panels will ever fully replace 4K as the industry standard (as 4K did 1080p), but the fact is that the technology is here, and the 65-inch LG 99 Series 8K smart TV packs a lot of advanced technologies even beyond its incredible resolution. For starters, the display utilizes QNED display (LG’s name for its own quantum-dot Nanocell panels) along with mini-LEDs, combining two advanced technologies. The quantum dots capture and amplify light for a bright and vibrant picture, while the mini-LED technology uses smaller light-emitting diodes for a more precise lighting, deeper contrast, and increased dimming zones. Of course, all the streaming capabilities are there, too, with HDR, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, upscaling for legacy media, and support for all the big streaming platforms. It’s still expensive (being the new technology that it is), but with a discount this massive, this is one of the best 8K TV deals on tap right now.

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