Not twice as high resolution as today's "conventional" 4K TVs, the new image quality and viewing angle are impressive at Samsung's first 8K TV.
Samsung is the first company to fire on the 8K TV market in Vietnam with the Q900R product line. This 8K series of Samsung TVs currently has 4 options of sizes 65 inch, 75 inch, 82 inch and 98 inch with listed prices of VND 120 million, VND 200 million, VND 300 million and VND 2.3 billion respectively. The product we experience is the smallest 65-inch model code-named Samsung 65Q900R.
As a premium product, Samsung 65Q900R fully converges Samsung's latest technologies in the field of current TV such as AI 8K processing chip to improve the quality of upgrading (upscale) content to 8K resolution, plate Quantum Dot platform reproduces a wide range of colors and high brightness up to 1500 nit, new backlight management chip to effectively control darkening local (local dimming), supports multiple HDR formats, new wide-angle technology and Mode to turn the TV into a picture frame (Ambient Mode).
Eye-catching thin border design, many interesting software features
Samsung 65Q900R has an eye-catching design. The entire border around the TV is made of metal material. All 4 edges of the TV are very thin, only 1.2cm. The thickness of the TV is also quite thin, about 3.2cm so wall mounting looks like a picture frame, not protruding much.
The product has two metal brackets attached to the TV with screws and screws, supporting the TV to stand still, without being shaken as on some other Samsung TVs using a T-shaped stand.
The back of the TV is flat, with an M-shaped groove to mount the TV on the wall. However, Samsung sells separately for hanging, so if you want to mount this TV on the wall, you spend about 3 million more.
Similar to products in the 4K QLED series, Samsung uses the One Connection box to transmit all the necessary signals including images, audio and power to the 8K TV with just a small cable. This frees the connection ports from the back of the TV and makes the installation of the TV neat, without the usual wires.
The One Connection box provides 4 HDMI ports (including one HDMI 2.1 support port for transferring 8K / 30 fps content to the TV), 3 USB ports, 1 antenna / cable port, 1 Optical port and 1 Ethernet network port.
Similar to other QLED TVs, this is a smart TV that runs Samsung's Tizen operating system with a cool and easy-to-use interface, including Bixby virtual assistant, compatible with Google Home and Alexa. You can also use Apple iTunes to watch movies, TV shows and video clips from iOS devices on this TV's 8K screen.
Samsung 65Q900R supports HDR technology like Samsung's other 4K QLED TVs, compatible with HDR 10, HDR 10+ and HLG standards, does not support Dolby Vision.
This TV also has Ambient Mode that turns the screen into a vivid picture frame.
Very wide viewing angle, deep black, high contrast
8K resolution is the most special feature in Samsung 65Q900R but the new viewing angle is really impressive in this product.
Samsung uses a type of base plate called VA on 4K and 8K QLED TVs. For years, VA panels still have the advantage of displaying deep black, high contrast and impressive colors but the viewing angle is very narrow. IPS panels have a wider viewing angle but the blackness and color are worse than VA panels. On 8K TVs and 4K Management, Samsung uses a new class of optical technology called the "Ultra Viewing Angle" (Ultra Viewing Angle), which helps maintain deep black and characteristic colors of VA panels while expand the perspective.
In fact, when viewed from the corners of the Samsung screen 65Q900R, the blackness and contrast on the screen are almost unchanged compared to looking straight. Colors are slightly changed when viewed at a wide angle but the overall color is maintained.
Upgrade content to 8K resolution: smooth and sharp
4K resolution is now quite popular, but 8K is a completely different story. No famous movies, TV shows or music videos yet available at 8K resolution. Even if there is some original 8K content, the transmission of it via TV will be very difficult, requiring high-speed transmission to meet.
Like with 4K TVs, Samsung uses the Quantum Processor 8K processor and AI algorithms to upgrade 4K, Full-HD, HD content and even 480P to 8K resolution. The process of upgrading content on Samsung 65Q900R takes place smoothly and sharp with content from HD or higher. Some TV channels do not provide HD resolution, the display detail is quite clear if viewed at a distance of less than 3 meters but when sitting at a little distance, the details are still acceptable .
In terms of detail, the difference between 8K (33 million pixels) TV and 4K (8 million pixels) at the same 65-inch size is really difficult to recognize at regular viewing distances. We tried to compare Samsung 65Q900R and QLED Q80R (4K, 65 inches) in the same types of content as movies on Netflix, YouTube videos and HD TV, but didn't realize any significant difference. about details between two TVs. Perhaps this difference is only seen on TVs of real size as large as 82 inches or 98 inches.
However, when comparing the two models on the TV, the 8K TV reproduces color, blackness and contrast significantly better. Samsung 65Q900R colors are reproduced naturally, in depth. In particular, HDR content sources are very well recreated thanks to high screen brightness and good black control capability. When viewing content with strong contrast, the brightness of the TV will decrease when it needs to handle high-light content that appears in the dark background (such as the moon scene in the full moon night, or the setting sun at sunset) helps the image not be blurred around the main subjects.
In terms of sound, Samsung 65Q900R has a strong volume, quite large and wide soundstage, enough for the need to watch regular TV. However, the bass range of the TV is quite weak, so it should be equipped with external speaker system to improve the sound quality for the needs of watching movies, listening to music or playing games.
Preliminary summary, Samsung 65Q900R is proof that Samsung can improve the inherent weakness of LCD technology, making this type of TV more colorful, black, and viewing angles. When compared to a 4K QLED, the 8K TV panel is also a better type, providing natural colors and a markedly deeper depth. However, the 8K resolution did not differ significantly. Therefore, it can be said that the price much higher than Samsung's 4K QLED 65Q900R models now mainly comes from improving the quality of the plate and the design finish, not 8K resolution.