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Samsung Q70A vs Q60A Review – (QN55Q70A vs QN55Q60A, QN65Q70A vs QN65Q60A, QN75Q70A vs QN75Q60A, QN85Q70A vs QN85Q60A)

by on June 5, 2021
 



Samsung Q70A vs Q60A Review

The Samsung Q6A is a budget model of the Samsung’s 2021 QLED TV lineup. It is the successor of the Q90T. As a part of the Samsung’s QLED TV lineup, although it lacks some features found the higher models, but it has still good picture quality. On the other hand, the Samsung Q70A is the step up model of the Q60A and also the successor of the Q70T. As the step up model, it has a bit more features and better performance than the Q60A. Nevertheless, just like the Q60A, it also lacks some features found on higher model like local dimming technology, etc.

The Samsung Q70A and Q60A both use VA panel, making them have good native contrast ratio. But even so, the use of VA panel also makes their have narrow viewing angle coverage. Some high-end model actually already use an anti glare optical panel technology called “Ultra Viewing Angle”, make them have good native contrast ratio and at the same time also have wide viewing angle coverage. But unfortunately, the Samsung Q60A and Q70A don’t have this technology. Meanwhile, the good point is that they both have quantum dot and 10 bit panel technology like the higher model, making them can still deliver wide color wide color gamut and smooth color gradient. Both of them also have low input lags and with the supports of some gaming features, this will make their both as a good TV for gaming.

In the market, the Samsung Q70A is available in 4 screen sizes variant including 55 inches (QN55Q70A) 65 inches (QN65Q70A), 75 inches (QN75Q70A) and 85 inches (QN85Q70A). Meanwhile, in addition 55 inches (QN55Q60A), 65 inches (QN55Q60A), 75 inches (QN55Q60A), and 85 inches (QN55Q60A), the Samsung Q60 is also available in 4 screen sizes variant more, which are 43 inches (QN43Q60A), 50 Inches (QN50Q60A), 60 inches (QN60Q60A), and 70 inches (QN70Q70A). With the same screen size (QN55Q70A vs QN55Q60A, QN65Q70A vs QN65Q60A, QN75Q70A vs QN75Q60A, QN85Q70A vs QN85Q60A), the Q70 is sold tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than the step-up model Q60A. So what advantages are offered by the Q70T over the step-down model Q60A?

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Samsung Q70A and Q60S Side by Side Comparison

Samsung Q60A vs Q70A Key Specification

Technology and Features Samsung Q60T Samsung Q70T
Screen Size Available 43 Inches (QN43Q60A), 50 inches (QN50Q60A), 55 inches (QN55Q60A), 60 Inches (QN60Q60A), 65 inches (QN65Q60A), 70 Inches (QN70Q70A) 75 Inches (QN75Q60T), 85 inches (QN85Q60T) 55 inches (QN55Q70AAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q70AAFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q70TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q70AAFXZA),
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Edge-Lit LED Edge-Lit LED
Local Dimming Technology No No
Dimming Technology Supreme UHD Dimming Supreme UHD Dimming
Processor Quantum Processor 4K Lite Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Enhancement Quantum HDR Quantum HDR
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Color Technology Quantum Dot Quantum Dot
Up-Scaling Engine 4K AI Up-Scaling 4K AI Up-Scaling
Motion Technology Motion Xceleator Motion Xceleator Turbo+
Native Refresh Rate Panel 60 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate No Yes (FreeSync, HDMI Forum
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2021 with reduced some features Tizen 2021
Processor Quad Core Quad Core
Samsung’s Bixby Yes Yes
Support Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote TM2180E TM2180E
Speaker Channel 2 2
Total Sound Output 20 watts 20 watts
HDMI Ports 3 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 2 2
USB 3.0 No No

Contrast Ratio

Both of the Samsung Q70A and Q60A have impressive native contrast ratio. The native contrast ratio of the Q60A is actually not as high as the predecessor Q60T, but it still great, which is around 4500:1. On the other hand, the contrast ratio of the Q70A is even more fantastic, which is around 7500:1. This certainly makes the Q70A can produce deeper black than the Q70A. On the other hand, although not as good as the Q70T, the contrast ratio of the Q60A is also strong to make black produced look really black in a dark room. And of course, since it has higher native contrast ratio, it also can produce deeper black than the step down model Q60A. Unfortunately, although both of them have great native contrast ratio, they both don’t have any local dimming feature that can improve their performance in a dark room or in showing dark scene.

Winner: Q70A

SDR Peak Brightness

The Samsung Q70A might be able to get brighter SDR peak brightness, but they both have good peak brightness overall. In real scene, the Samsung Q60A can get around 440 nits while the Q70A can get around 100 nits brighter, which is around 550 nits. And since they don’t have local dimming feature, their SDR peak brightness is relatively consistent across different content, which mean it is great. Their peak brightness might be far from the brightest TVs like QN90A, but it is still bright enough to fight the glare in well-lit environments.  Meanwhile, they both also have decent reflection handling that do well with ambient light. Combination of their good SDR peak brightness and their reflection handling make their performance is good in most lighting conditions. But even so, setting them directly opposite a window or light source should be avoided since they are not as good at diffusing direct light.

Winner: Q70A

HDR Peak Brightness

Unlike most TVs where they have brighter HDR peak brightness than SDR peak brightness, HDR peak brightness of the Samsung Q60A and Q70A is relatively same. Just like its SDR peak brightness, with real content, the Q70A can show highlight at 550 nits while the Q60A can get a bit brighter than its SDR, which is around 470 nits. That is good from them is that they both can maintain their peak brightness consistently across different content. In moderate-lit and dark room, peak brightness of the Q70A is actually still bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR, but it is not able to show HDR images differently to SDR images. Meanwhile, since its HDR peak brightness is not as bright as the Q70A, HDR images displayed on its screen looks dimmer. Additionally, it is also not able to make small highlight pop.

Winner: Q70A

Color Gamut and Volume

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The good points that offered by them is they both support wide color gamut.  Color gamut delivered by them is even not much different to high-end model of Samsung’s TV lineup like QN90Aor QN85A. In PCI P3 xy and u, the color space that used by most HDR, their color coverage is great which around 90% and 94% for the Q60A and around 86% and 93% for the Q70A. And since HDR formats supported by them like HDR10 and HDR10+ are mastered in DCI P3, of course this makes most colors of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very accurate. Additionally, they also have good color volume. Their great native contrast ratio makes them can produce deep dark colors fairly well. But even so, since they have limited HDR peak brightness, they both struggle to produce bright saturated color. And compare between them, the Q60A has better color volume. This is more due to that it has a bit wider color gamut than the step-up model Q60A

Winner: Q70A

Color Gradient

In addition has better color gamut and volume, the Samsung Q60A also has better color gradient than the Q70A. On its screen, there might be still a bit banding in all colors, particularly in reds and greens, but most people should be hard to notice it. But even so, if you feel banding still bother, although not much, set “Noise Reduction” to Auto can help minimize banding. On the other hand, as the step-up model, its color gradient is even worse. Although in reds, it is a bit better, in greens and grays, its banding is worse, particularly in grays. Just like the Q60A, enable its “Noise Reduction” can help smooth out its color gradient, but this can cause the picture lose dine details in some scene.

Winner: Q60A

Uniformity

Both of the Samsung Q70A and Q60A have great black uniformity. In a dark scene with white cross line at the center, on their screen, throughout the screen has little noticeable clouding. However, there is no backlight bleed and their screen looks black and uniform overall. Compare among them, the black uniformity of the QN60A is a bit better than the Q70A though it also can vary depend on the units. Gray uniformity of the Samsung Q60A is also better than the Q70A. When showing full-gray screen, on the screen of the Samsung Q70A, the edges and corners of its screen are noticeably darker than the rest. Additionally, there is also some dirty screen effect in the center. On the other hand, on the screen of the Q60A, although the edges and corners of its screen are also noticeable darker and there is also dirty screen effect in the center, but they not as noticeably as on the screen of the Q70A. Meanwhile, the darker screen, the better their uniformity.

Winner: Q60A

Side Viewing Angle

Their viewing angle coverage is equally narrow, as expected of VA TVs. At around 20 degrees you move off center, black level will start to rise and the wider you move off center, black level will look more degraded. Additionally, brightness level will also start o decrease started at around 30 degrees off center and front. That is not only that, color also start to shift and look washed-out started at around 25 degrees. This means, when you watch TV from side, at least around 25 degrees off center and front, the picture displayed on their screen will look washed out. And it will get worse quickly the wider you move off center. Of course, this makes them are not ideal TVS for you who have large room with wide seating areas.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q70A has much lower pixel response time than its step-down model. If its response time is around 9 ms that means it is great, the pixel response time of the Q60A is much higher, which is around 17 ms. When they are playing fast moving images, on the screen of the Q70A, the picture looks very smooth with very minimal blur and this should be hard to notice. Meanwhile on the screen of the Q60A, following fast moving object, blur trail is more noticeable. On the contrary, the lower pixel response time cause low frame rate content appears to more stutter. And for this case, since it has low response time, low frame rate content like 24p movies might appear to stutter on its screen, though, it can be solved by interpolating them to higher frame rate.  Meanwhile, on the screen of the Q70A, the low frame rate content doesn’t stutter as much as the Q70A. But even so, if it still bothers you, you can enable its motion interpolation.

Although they both don’t have local dimming, but to dim their backlight, they both still use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. But even so, the highest possible flickering frequency of the Q70A is higher, which is 960 Hz while the Q60A is 480 Hz. This high frequency is achieved when they are set in “Movie” mode. And in this frequency, their backlight flicker should not be noticeable for most people, even for the Q60A that has lower dimming frequency. Meanwhile, once their picture mode is set to “Dynamic”, “Standard” and “Natural” mode, their dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz. Additionally, enabling “Picture Clarity” of “Game Mode” also makes their dimming frequency drops to 120 Hz. This will make flicker may be noticeable for some people who sensitive to judder. Special for the Q60A, since the highest possible of frame rate of the content that supported by it is 60 Hz, this might cause some duplications. .

For improving their motion appearance, they both have an optional BFI mode called Motion Xcelerator. For the Q70A, it supports both 120 Hz and 60 HZ BFI mode. To enable its 120 Hz BFI mode, you just need to enable “Picture Clarity” and leave the “Judder and Blur Reduction” to “0”. Meanwhile when it is set in Game Mode, it always flickers at 120 Hz, so don’t need to do anything.  And to enable 60 HZ BFI mode, on both, you can set it with the same way, which is enabling “LED Motion Clarity”.

They have difference in refresh rate. The Samsung Q60A has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel while the Q70A has 120 Hz native refresh rate panel. Special for the Q70A, it also supports Variable Refresh Rate. Its VRR can range between 20 Hz to 120 Hz in all resolution including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolution. Additionally, its VRR technology can also work well with some gaming features like FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum VRR. This will help improve your gaming experience with less screen tearing. On the other hand, the Q60A doesn’t support VRR. It is the only model of Samsung’s 202` QLED TVs that has 60 HZ refresh rate panel and doesn’t support VRR.

Winner: Q70A

Inputs

As their major connectivity, the Samsung Q60A has 3 HDMI ports while the Q70A has 1 more, which are 4 ports. All of their HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.0, and ALLM. They both also have 1 HDMI ARC (HDMI 3 on Q70A and HDMI 2 on Q60A) that also supports eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel). This makes them are able to pass high quality audio formats like Dolby Atmos via TrueHD. Special for the Q70A, it also supports HDMI 2.1 class bandwidth instead of full bandwidth. This allows it can play HFR content like 4K @ 120 Hz. Additionally, the support HDMI 2.1 also allows it supports high resolution games @ 120 Hz supported by modern game console like PS 5 or Xbox X Series.  Additionally, the HDMI ports of the Samsung Q70A support most of resolutions including 1080p, 1440p, and 4K at both 60 Hz and 120 Hz. Meanwhile, since the Q60A only has native 60 HZ refresh rate panel, it doesn’t support 120 Hz content. Additionally, it also doesn’t support 1440p @ 60 Hz.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Q70A and Q60A both have 2 USB ports where all of them are USB 2.0. They don’t have USB 3.0. Additionally, their USB ports also support USB Playback allowing the can play movies from USB files, even in HDR. They both also have 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), 1 Tuner In, and 1 Ethernet port.  They also have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

Both of them also have low input lags and their input lags are almost similar. At 60 Hz, their input lags are around 10 ms, which means it is great. Special for the Q70A, at 120 Hz, its input lags are even lower, which are around 6 ms at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolution. Overall, their input lags are great and this will please most gamers.

Winner: Q70A

Smart TV Platform

Samsung Tizen OS

As their smart TV platform, both of them runs Tizen 2021 version. But even so, special for the Q60A, its smart TV platforms lacks some features found on the higher models. But even so, their platform can work smoother on both.  Just like the previous version, their Smart has interactive user interface and easy to use. Their platform can even work smoother than the predecessor. They both also have great selection of apps, whether that has been installed default or provide by their Samsung apps Store. There are most streaming apps, web browser, Live TVs, Web browsers, and many others. Both of them also support multi voice assistant. In addition Samsung’s Bixby as its own voice assistant platform, they also have built-in Alexa and Google Assistant. Additionally, they both also support several cast apps like SmartThing, Apple AirPlay, etc.

As their controller, both of them come with 2021 model of Samsung Smart Remote. Their remote comes with newly redesigned over last year model. In addition its shape that has been redesigned, the 2021 model now is also already powered rechargeable battery instead of disposable 2 x AAA battery. You can charge it in two ways, through the USB type-C at the bottom or via solar cell on the back of the remote. Although it comes with new design, it has the same functions to the previous model. It has built-in microphone for voice assistant that works well with Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. It also has three shortcuts buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Samsung TV Plus, allowing you to access them without entering the menu. And like most smart remote, it can also act as universal remote, allowing you to control some functions of other devices with this remote, even if they don’t support HDMI CEC.

Winner: Q70A

Sound Performance

Both of the Samsung Q60A and Q70A have mediocre sound performance. They may have reasonable well-balanced sound profile, making them can produce clean dialogue. But unfortunately, they lack bass extension. This makes them cannot produce a deep, rumble sound. Meanwhile, although not as loud as the higher model, sound of the Q60Acan get pretty loud at max volume, which is around 89 dB. On the other hand, the Q70A cannot get very loud, even at 60 to 100 of level volume, it is hard to notice the difference in volume. The Q60A may be able to get louder sound than the Q70A, but their sound still loud enough for noisy or large environment. Although the sound of Q70A is less loud, but at higher level, it has less compression artifact than the Q60A. While sound produced by the Samsung Q60A has better frequency response, the sound produced by the Samsung Q70A has better distortion performance. For the Q70A, at normal listening volume and max volume, there might be still distortion, but this should hard to hear. On the other hand, sound of Q60Ahas quite high distortion, even in normal listening volume. And it will get worse at higher volume.

Winner: Q60A has better frequency response, Q70A has better distortion performance

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50 inches QN50Q60A on Amazon
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Samsung Q70A vs Q60A Performance

For Watching Movies

As we have discussed a lot above, both of the Samsung Q60A and Q70A has excellent native contrast ratio, making them can produce deep black. Of course, it is good for a dark room. Black produced by them is deep enough to make black look really black in a dark room, making dark colors can be shown accurately. They both also have good black uniformity, allowing them can deliver excellent dark scene. But unfortunately, they don’t have local dimming feature that can further improve their performance in d ark room. Additionally, lack of local dimming makes them don’t have feature that can minimize blooming. So, when displaying movies with a subtitle, there is still booming around subtitle.

Since Q70A can do a great job in handling judder, this allows you to watch movies with judder-free, regardless the source. On the other hand, the Q60A can remove judder only id the source is native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies and movies from streaming apps, while when the source is via 60i or 60p signal, it cannot remove judder. So, when you watch movies form PC, streaming devices, or satellite TV, you might notice judder. Additionally, the Q70A also has better motion handling, makes fast action movies can be shown smoothly on its screen than the screen of Q60A.

Winner: Q70A

TV Shows

When used for watching TV Shows, their performance is equally good. They have good SDR peak brightness and combined to their reflection handling, the picture displayed on their screen will look obvious in most light condition without distracting by the glare and reflection. But since their reflection handling is only decent, setting them directly opposite a window or light source should be avoided since they are not as good at diffusing direct light. The other good point is that they have good 4K up-scaling engine, allowing you to watch TV shows in 4K excellently with small details are still preserved well, even if the source has lower much lower resolution likes HD or 720p. Nevertheless, the bad point is that they have narrow viewing angle, so if you watch TV shows from the side, you will lose picture accuracy. Meanwhile, compare among them, the Q60A may have a bit better reflection handling, but the Q70A has better SDR peak brightness. But overall, the Q70A is a bit better than the Q60A.

Winner: Q70A

Sports

When used for watching sports in a bright environment, the Q70A is also better than the Q60A. In addition it has brighter SDR peak brightness, the Q70A also has better motion handling. This makes fast sports displayed on its screen looks smoother and clearer on its screen than on the screen of the Q60A. On the other hand, the Samsung Q60A is superior to Q70A in reflection handling and gray uniformity, make sports with large areas of uniform colors looks a bit better on its screen. But even so, since its gray uniformity is only decent, although it is better than the Q70A, but there is still a bit noticeable dirty screen effect at the center when it is showing sports with large field like football. And since they have narrow viewing angle coverage, when you watch a big game with a group of your family or friend, some of you may watch with less accurate picture quality.

Winner: Q70A

Video Games

For gaming, the Samsung Q70A is also better than the Q60A. Both of them may have similar input lags, and their input lags quite low, makes them equally responsive for any games. However, the Q70A has better motion handling, making fast games looks smoother on its screen than on the screen of the Q60A. Additionally, the Q70A also already supports VRR technology that also compatible with FreeSync, GSync, and HDMI Forum VRR, so this allows you to play games with less screen tearing effect. On the other hand, the Q60A doesn’t support any VRR technology. The other advantage of the Q70A is that it has supports HDMI 2.1 and has native 120 Hz refresh rate while the Q60A doesn’t has HDMI 2.1 and only has native 60 Hz refresh rate. While on the Q60a, you can only play games in 4K @ 60Hz of max quality, on Q70A, you can play high resolution games that supported by modern games console like 4K @ 120 Hz or even 4K HDR @120 Hz. Overall, gaming performance of the Q60A is only decent while gaming performance of the Q70A is much better, especially in showing fast games or about their gaming features.

Winner: Q70A

HDR Performance

HDR performance of the Samsung Q70A and Q60A is not so good, as expected of mid range TVs. They both may have good contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black, but lack of local dimming makes shadow details of HDR images cannot be shown as good as high-end TVs like Samsung QN90A. Additionally, they also have limited HDR peak brightness, even not much different to their SDR peak brightness, so HDR images cannot be shown much differently than SDR images. In moderate lit or darker room, their peak brightness might be still able to make bring out highlight in HDR, but they cannot deliver true cinematic HDR experience. The good point of them is they have great coverage in DCI P3 that commonly used by most HDR formats like HDR10 or HDR10+. And coincidence, all HDR formats supported by them is mastered in DCI P3. And combined to their good color volume, this allows you to watch HDR content with excellent color accuracy. They both also have good gradient handling. Although there is still some banding in certain colors, overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth.

Compare among them, the Q70A can show better shadow details of HDR images and can show brighter HDR images than the step-down model Q60A. On the other hand, the Q60A has better color reproduction, so some certain colors can be shown more accurately on its screen than on the screen of Q70A.  However, overall, the Q70A is still better then the Q60A.

Winner: Q70A

Conclusion

As we have discussed above, as expected of the step-up model, the Q70A is better than the Q60A. In some certain aspects like color reproduction, reflection handling, and black uniformity, the QN60 might be better, but the point which the Q70A is superior has more significant effect on the picture quality and performance like peak brightness, contrast, pixel response time, etc.  The other major advantage is that it also has a lot of gaming features and 120 Hz panel while the Q60A has 60 Hz panel and doesn’t have any advanced gaming features. So, whether they are used for watching movies, TV Shows, Sports, HDR content, or playing games, the Samsung Q70A is better.  Meanwhile, although not as good as Q70A, for its price range, picture quality and performance of the Samsung Q60A is also fairly good and still acceptable for globally. However, the major shortcoming of them is about their narrow viewing angle coverage, so they are not suitable for wide seating arrangement.

So, which is a better choice between them? If your main consideration in buying TV is picture quality, the Q70A is certainly better. But even so, it is sold tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than the Q60A. Additionally, the Q60A also has many more screen size variants, so you have more options in screen size. Now, the decision comes back to you according your own preferences.

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