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Samsung Q90T vs Q90R Review (QN65Q90T vs QN65Q90R, QN75Q90T vs QN75Q90R)

by on June 13, 2020
 



Samsung Q90T vs Q90R Review

Samsung Q90T is the high-end model of the Samsung’s 2020 4K QLED TV while the Q90R is the predecessor, the top model of Samsung’s 2019 4K QLED TV lineup.  Both of them have a great performance and impressive picture quality in almost all aspects, even for HDR entertainment. Almost all aspects of picture quality produced by them are great, from its deep black, wide color gamut, smooth color gradient, and outstanding HDR peak brightness. So if you come for HDR experience, you can consider one of them as your choice. However, since they both are high end TVs which have impressive picture quality, of course, their price certainly is not cheap.

In the market, the Samsung Q90R is available on 3 screen sizes option including 65 inches (QN65Q90R), 75 inches (QN75Q90R), and 82 inches (QN82Q90R). Meanwhile, the Q90T comes in 4 screen sizes, including 55 inches (QN55Q90T), 65 inches (QN65Q90T), 75 inches (QN75Q90T), and 82 inches (QN82Q90T). In addition to 55 inches model, there is difference on their biggest screen size where the Q90T comes in 85 inches while the Q90R comes in 82 inches screen. The question, is the Q90T is better than the predecessor Q90R or it even has been downgraded over the predecessor considering the lower model have been also downgraded from their predecessor?

Short Review of the Samsung Q90T vs Q90R

Samsung Q90R vs Q90T Specification

Technology and Features Samsung Q90T Samsung Q90R
Screen Size Available 55 inches (QN55Q90TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q90TAFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q90TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q90TAFXZA), 65 Inch (QN65Q90R), 75 inches (QN75Q90R), 82 inches (QN82Q90R)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Technology Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 16X) Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 16x)
Ultra Viewing Angle Yes Yes
Processor Quantum Processor 4K Quantum Processor 4K
Numerical HDR Index by Samsung Quantum HDR 16x Quantum HDR 16X
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 Rate 240 Motion Rate 240
Native Refresh Rate Panel 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (FreeSync, HDMI Forum) Yes (FreeSync)
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2020 Tizen 2019 with Bixby 2.0 Voice Assistant
Processor Quad Core Quad Core
Samsung’s Bixby Yes Quad Core
Support Google Assistant Yes Yes
Support Amazon Alexa Yes Yes
Remote TM2050C TM1950C
Speaker Channel 4.2.2 4.2
Total Sound Output 60 watts 60 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 2 3
USB 3.0 No No
One Connect Box No Yes

Technologies and Features of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T

Panel Technology

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Both of the Samsung Q90T and the Q90R use same VA panel technology that powered by quantum dot technology. As we have known, a TV with VA panel technology usually has good native contrast ratio that allows them can produce deep dark. But on the other hand, a TV with VA panel usually has poor side viewing angle. But since they both have an anti glare optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle”, they both have much better side viewing angle than most VA TVs. But on the other hand, the use of Ultra Viewing Angle will slightly reduce their native contrast ratio and color gamut. Meanwhile, the use of Quantum Dot Panel technology allows both of them can deliver wide color gamut.

Backlight Technology

Direct Full Array Backlight

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Both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T also use the same backlight technology, which is Direct LED panel with Full Array Local Dimming or called Direct Full Array 16x. But unfortunately, there is no official explanation from the Samsung about the number of dimming zones of their local dimming technology. Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) system with dimming frequency of 960 Hz. Nevertheless, since they both have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode, their dimming frequency can change to 120 Hz or 60 Hz depending on the picture mode setting.

Images Processor

Both of the Samsung Q90T and Q90R are also powered by the same images processors, which is Quantum Processor 4K. In addition to this image processor can process the images excellently, their processor also makes them have some AI-related features like Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Sound, and Adaptive Volume. Additionally, this processor also makes their Up-scaling engine have been based AI that expected can produce better 4K Up-scaled images than conventional 4K Up-scaling engine.

Motion Technology

For maximizing their performance in handling motion, both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T are powered by Motion Rate 240.  This feature is actually a BFI technology that will change their dimming frequency to 120 Hz or 60 Hz, depending on the picture setting. Additionally, they both also have the same refresh rate panel frequency, which is 120 Hz. This certainly makes them support any content with frame rate up to 120 Hz or interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 Hz. In addition native refresh rate panel, both of the Samsung Q90T and Q90R also already support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. At 12080p and 1440p resolution, their refresh rate ranges between 20 Hz – 120 Hz while at 4K resolution, their refresh rate ranges between 48 Hz – 60 Hz. Meanwhile, a bit difference between them is the VRR format supported by their VRR where the Q90T already support FreeSync and HDMI Forum while the Q90R only support FreeSync.

And as we have mentioned above, they both have a BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to make motion clearer. Their BFI technology supports both 60 Hz and 120 Hz. On the Q90R, set the Auto Motion Plus to “Auto” or “Custom” will changes its dimming frequency to 120 Hz. Additionally, in “Game” mode, its dimming frequency is also always 120 Hz.  Furthermore, enabling the “LED Clear Motion” makes its dimming frequency change to120 Hz. Meanwhile, on the Q90T, changing the picture mode to “Standard, ” Dynamic”, “Natural” and “Game” will change its dimming frequency to 120 Hz. Additionally, when “Picture Clarity” is enabled, their dimming will also drop to 120 Hz. And furthermore, enabling LED Clear Motion in the Picture Clarity setting will further drop its dimming frequency to 120 Hz. Keep in mind, their BFI mode may be able to make motion clearer, but since their dimming frequency is much lower, this can cause their backlight flicker is noticeable for some people, particularly for them who sensitive to flicker.

Inputs

As their major connectivity, both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T are equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, and HDCP 2.2. Additionally, one of their HDMI port (HDMI 3) also already supports ARC (Audio Return Channel).  Meanwhile, the advantage of the Q90T is one of its HDMI ports also already support HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth (HDMI 4) and eARC Audio Return Channel. Meanwhile, the Q90R doesn’t support eARC and HDMI 2.1.  In addition support most features, their HDMI ports also supports most resolution, which are 1080p @60 Hz, 1440 @ 60 Hz, 4K @ 60 Hz, 4K with HDR @ 60 Hz, 4K @ 4:44: @ 60 Hz, 1080p @ 120 Hz, 1440p @120 HZ, etc.

While they both have the same number of HDMI ports, the Samsung Q90R has one more number HDMI port than Q90T. If the Samsung Q90T has 2 USB Ports only, the Q90R has 3 ports. But even so, none of their USB ports is USB 3.0 that means all of their USB ports are USB 2.0.  Additionally, they both also have 1 RF In (Tuner In), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet port. They both don’t equipped with Composite In and Component In. And that makes them different is where their inputs outputs are housed. On the Q90T, its inputs outputs are placed on the back and side of panel while on the Q90R, most of their inputs/ outputs are housed on separated box called “One Connect Box”.

Smart TV Platform

Samsung Tizen Experience

Both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T runs the same smart TV platform, which is Tizen OS that powered by Samsung’s Bixby. But even so, the Samsung Q90T comes with 2020 version while the Q90R comes with 2019 version. There are not many changes offered by the 2020 version over the 2019 version. Their smart TV platform is equally easy to use and runs very smoothly.  Additionally, they both also have a lot of interesting pre-installed apps like YouTube, Amazon Videos, Netflix, Hulu, Web Browser, Games, Live TVs, and many more. Their smart TV also already supports most of AI-Related features like Smart Things, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, AirPlay 2, etc. It also supports some features like Cast, USB Drive Playback, USB Drive HDR Playback, YouTube in HDR, Netflix in HDR, and others. Additionally, it also has great built-in navigation that powered by Samsung’s Bixby. And lastly, with the support of Samsung’s apps store, it allows you to directly download tons of interesting and attractive apps, games, theme, and other from your Samsung TV.

Remote

AS their main controller, both of them are equipped with Samsung Smart Remote. The difference is the Q90R comes with 2019 model (TM1950C) while the Q90T comes with 2020 model (TM2020C). At a glance, there is no change offered by the 2020 model over the 2019 model. They are equally small and only have few buttons. But even so, they both have built-in microphone for voice navigation and their voice navigation works excellently. They both also have a feature called “Samsung OneRemote” that makes them can act as universal remote, allows you to control other devices with a single Samsung remote. The excellence, not only HDMI CEC devices that can be controlled by this remote, but also other devices that only support connection via Infra Red. Meanwhile, a bit difference between their remote, if on 2019 model there is dedicated buttons for Hulu, on the 2020 model, its function has been changed for Samsung TV plus.

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Samsung Q90T vs Q90R Performance

Contrast and Local Dimming Feature

High vs Low Contrast

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As we have mentioned above, as is typical of LED TVs with VA panel, both of them have good contrast ratio. But we also have mentioned, the use of “Ultra Viewing Angle” makes their native contrast ratio is lower than most LED TVs with conventional VA panel, which is around 3250:1 for the Q90R and around 4000:1 for the Q90T. Fortunately, they both have excellent local dimming feature that can significantly improve their contrast ratio up to around 11000:1 for both. The result, black of the images displayed on their screen looks really black, even when they set in a dark room. Combined to their excellent black uniformity, dark scene of images can be shown excellently on their screen. Shadow details of HDR images is even able to be shown the way they should in HDR. Additionally, their local dimming feature is also able to reduce blooming around highlight fairly well, makes highlight like subtitle in movies can be shown fairly well. Overall, both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T are great LED TVs for a dark room.

Winner: Draw

Peak Luminance

While their black level is almost similar, in term of peak brightness, the Samsung Q90R can hit brighter peak brightness than the Q90T. With real SDR content, the Q90R can hit around 800 nits while the Q90R hit around 600 nits. Meanwhile, they both hit their peak brightness at 10 % window (10% of screen is white while the rest is black) where they can hit around 1400 nits. And they hit their dimmest peak brightness is at 100% windows. But even so, they both still can hit around 500 nits on 100% window that means it is great. Regardless their difference, peak brightness produced by them is great and can fight the great easily, even when they are set in a bright room. This certainly allows you to set them in most bright room without any issues.

Meanwhile, HDR peak brightness of the Samsung Q90R is also a bit brighter than the Q90T. With real content, with real content, the Samsung Q90T can hit around 11150 nits while the Q90R his around 1300 nits. Just like their SDR peak brightness, the Q90R can hit around 1500 nits on 10% window while the Q90T hit around 1400 nits. Meanwhile on 100% window where they reach their dimmest peak brightness, the Q90T can hit around 600 nits while the Q90R hit around 500 nits. The result, HDR images displayed on their screen looks fairly bright as they should be. Additionally, highlight of HDR images can also look pop. In certain scene, small highlight can even be shown brighter than 1000 nits like content creator intended. Overall their peak brightness are great. But compare between them, the Q90R is a bit better than the Q90T successor.

Winner: Q90R

Color Performance

The Samsung Q90R may have a bit wider color gamut than the Q90T, but their difference doesn’t have significant impact in normal content. And overall, their color gamut is equally excellent. In DCI P3 xy color space, the Q90R can cover around 90% while the Q90T can cover around 89%. Additionally, IN DCI P3 uv color space, the Q90R can cover around 94% while the Q90T cover around 93%. This means, almost all colors of HDR images that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+ can be produced accurately. Additionally, both of them also have good color volume. They can produce deep dark colors fairly well. Additionally, most of saturated bright colors also can be shown fairly well, except very bright blues. As we have known, all of LED TVs cannot produce very bright blues. But in general, they both can produce dark and bright colors across of its gamut. The result, HDR of images can be show colorfully on their screen with very accurate color.

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While the Samsung Q90R has a bit wider color gamut, the color gradient of the Samsung Q90T is a bit better than the predecessor. But just like their color gamut, their difference in color gradient doesn’t have significant impact in normal content. And overall, their color gradient is equally great. There may be still some visible banding in certain colors, particularly in darker grays and dark greens, but for most people, this should not be noticeable. However, if you still feel bothered by banding, both of them have a feature that can remove banding. On the Samsung Q90R, you can set “Digital Clean View” to “Auto” while on the Q90T, you can enable “Noise Reduction”. But keep in mind, make this setting may be able to reduce banding, but on the other hand, this can cause the images lose some fine details in certain scene.

Winner: Q90R has a bit wider color volume, Q90T has a bit better color gradient

Side Viewing Angle

As we have mentioned above, the use of anti glare optical layer called “ultra Viewing Angle” may slightly reduce their contrast ratio and color gamut, but on the other hand, this can makes their side viewing angle coverage is better.  If on conventional VA panel, black level usually starts to rise at around 15 degrees off center and front, on their screen, black level can be maintained at up to around 70 degrees. Additionally, the color accuracy also can be better maintained on their screen than conventional VA panel. On the screen of the Q90T, color shift is started at around 50 degrees and color washed out is started at around 40 degrees, while on the screen of the Q90R color shift is started at around 40 degrees and color washed out is started at around 30 degrees. And lastly, they both are also able to maintain their brightness level at up to around 40 degrees for the Q90R and 45 degrees for the Q90T. Meanwhile, the conventional VA TV usually loses their brightness started at around 30 degrees.

Winner: Q90T

Motion Handling

Both of the Samsung Q90T and Q90R can do a great job when handling motion. They both have great pixel response time, which is around 10 ms. This is low enough to make fast scene look clearly and smoothly when they are playing fast paced contents like fast sports or fast movies. When showing fast scene, there may be still some ghosting trail following fast moving object, but this should be hard to notice for most people. Meanwhile, blur that may be still visible is more due to their backlight flicker or persistence. But as we have mentioned above, both of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T have an optional 60 Hz and 120 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that will help to make motion smoother. But keep in mind, enabling their BFI mode may make motion content look smoother. But on the other hand, since their backlight flicker drop to 120 Hz or 60 Hz, this can bother some people who sensitive to flicker.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, they both also can do a great job. Regardless the source is native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or 24p movies from native apps like YouTube, Netflix, etc, they both can show them with no judder. But of course, to remove the judder, you need make certain setting. On the Samsung Q90T, you just need enable the “Picture Clarity”. Meanwhile, on the Q90R, you need to set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and set both “Judder Reduction” and “Blur Reduction” to “0”.

Winner: Draw

Input Lags

The Samsung Q90T brings a bit improvement on input lags over the Q90R predecessor in Game mode, particularly on 60 Hz content.  Whether at 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K with HDR, etc, the input lags of the Q90T on 60 HZ is around 10 ms, while the input lags of the Q90R is around 15 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, their input lags are almost the same, which is around 6 ms at both 1080p and 1440p resolution. Additionally, the input lags of the Samsung Q90R and Q90T in VRR mode is also excellent, which is around 6 ms at 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 15 ms at 4K resolution. With their low input lags, can be ascertained, they both are very responsive when used for playing games. SO, no matter you are playing full HD or 4K games, with HDR or not, casual or fast paced games, their performance is equally great. Furthermore, they both also already support VRR technology that allows you to play games with screen tearing-free.

Winner: Q90T

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both Samsung Q90T and Q90R are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. They both have deep dark that makes black still look really black in a dark room. Additionally, they both also have excellent black uniformity and good local dimming feature that can further improve their performance in a dark room. Combination of deep dark, excellent black uniformity, and good local dimming performance certainly makes dark scene looks excellent on their screen. Additionally, their good local dimming performance also makes subtitle in movies can be shown fairly well without a lot of blooming surrounding.  And lastly, their good performance in handling 24p judder from any source allows you to watch movies with judder-free.

Winner: Draw

For Watching Sports

When using for watching sports, performance of the Q90T and Q90R is equally great. They both have good SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling, allow you to watch sport in most bright rooms without any problem. Additionally, they both also have excellent pixel response time that makes motion looks clear on their screen. Their BFI mode also very effective to reduce blur that caused by persistence or duplication that caused by their backlight flicker. And lastly, they both have good side viewing angle. This is very useful when you watch a big game with a group of your friend or family which seat together on wide seating. Meanwhile, compare between them, the Samsung Q90R is a bit better due it has brighter SDR peak brightness. This will be more pronounced when you watch sports in very bright room with sunny window or a lot of light.

Winner: Q90R

Video Games

Meanwhile, when used for playing video games, the Samsung Q90T is a bit better than the Q90R, particularly for 60 fps games. This is due to the Q90T has a bit lower input lags in 60 Hz than the Q90R. Meanwhile, for 120 fps games or when playing games with VRR enabled, their performance is not much different. They both have good pixel response time and BFI mode that allows you to play fast games with smooth picture quality. Additionally, except in 60 HZ, their input lags are equally extremely low, allow you to play any games responsively. And they both also already support VRR technology, allow you to play games with almost no screen-tearing. As we have discussed above, the VRR of the Q90T is compatible with FreeSync and HDMI Forum while the Q90R is only compatible with FreeSync.

Winner: Q90T

HDR Performance

HDR performance of the Samsung Q90R and Q90R is also equally great. Combination of their extremely deep black, excellent black uniformity, and good local dimming performance make shadow details of HDR images can be shown excellently. Additionally, combination of their wide color gamut, good color volume, and smooth color gradient also makes colors of HDR images displayed on their screen looks smoothly and accurately.  But even so, in showing highlight or bright scene, the Q90R is a bit better than the Q90T. This is due to the Q90R has brighter HDR peak brightness than the Q90T. But even so, although not as good as the Q90R, HDR performance of the Q90T is also great. Its HDR peak brightness is bright enough to show HDR images looks obviously in bright room. In certain scene, it even is still able to show small highlight brighter than 1000 nits like what intended by the content creator.

Winner: Q90T

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, the Samsung Q90T and Q90R are great TVs for any usage. No matter they are used for watching movies in a dark room, watching sports, playing games, or watching HDR content, their performance is above average. So, which is superior between them? And as we have discussed above, the Q90R has better peak brightness, makes its better when used in a very bright room or when used for playing HDR content. On the other hand, the Q90T has better input lags at 60 fps and has a bit better side viewing angle, makes it is more responsive when used for playing 60 fps games. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your own preference and need. But ignoring their advantages and disadvantages than each other, they both are including the best LED TVs in their year. However, since the Samsung Q90T is a new model and considering their performance is not much different, in my personal opinion, the Q90T is better choice than the Samsung Q90R.

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82 Inches Samsung QN82Q90R on Amazon
85 inches Samsung QN85Q90T on Amazon

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