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Sony X950H vs Samsung Q80T Review (XBR49X950H vs QN49Q80T, XBR55X950H vs QN55Q80T, XBR65X950H vs QN65Q80T, XBR75X950H vs QN75Q80T, XBR85X950H vs QN85Q80T)

by on October 30, 2020
 



Sony X950H vs Samsung Q80T Review

The Sony X950H is the flagship of the Sony’s 2020 4K LED TV lineup. It is a direct replacement of last year’s X950G. Meanwhile, the Samsung Q80T is the second top model of the Samsung’s 2020 4K QLED TV lineup. Although in name, it is a direct replacement of 2019’s Q80R, but its performance and picture quality is closer to the 2019’s Q70R. As mid-level TVs, they both offer excellent picture quality that makes them as a great TV for any usage. Comes with VA panel technology, they both have excellent native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black. They both also have excellent color gamut and good peak brightness, making them can deliver stunning HDR experience.

In the market, the Samsung Q80T comes in many screen sizes variants. From the smallest, there is 49 inches (QN49Q80TFXZA), 50 inches (QN50Q80TFXZA), 55 inches (QN55Q80TFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q80TFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q80TFXZA), and the largest is 85 inches (QN85Q80TFXZA). On the other hand, except 50 inches variants, the Sony X950H also comes with the screen size variant found on the Q80T, which are 49 inches (XBR49X950H), 55 inches (XBR55X950H), 65 inches (XBR65X950H), 75 inches (XBR75X950H), and 85 inches (XBR85X950H). Meanwhile, with the same screen (XBR49X950H vs QN49Q80T, XBR55X950H vs QN55Q80T, XBR65X950H vs QN65Q80T, XBR75X950H vs QN75Q80T, XBR85X950H vs QN85Q80T), the X950H is sold slightly more expensive than the Q80T. But of course, their price is not fixed and can still change at any time. So, which is superior among them and which is a better choice?

Short Review of the Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H

Sony X950H vs Samsung Q80T Key Specification

Specs and Features Samsung Q80T Sony X950H
Screen sizes available 49 Inches (QN49Q80TFXZA), 50 Inches (QN50Q80TFXZA), 55 Inches (QN55Q80TFXZA), 65 Inches (QN65Q80TFXZA), 75 Inches (QN75Q80TFXZA), 85 Inches (QN85Q80TFXZA) 49 inch (XBR49X950H), 55 Inch (XBR55X950H F), 65 inch (XBR65X950H), 75 Inch (XBR75X950H), and 85 Inch (XBR85X950H)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA panel
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Backlight Technology Direct LED Direct LED
Local Dimming Full Array Local Dimming( 49”, 50”, and 55” = Direct Full Array 8X), (65”, 75”, and 85”= Direct Full Array 12x) Full Array Local Dimming
Anti Glare optical Layer Yes (Ultra Viewing Angle), 49 inches (QN49Q80T): no Yes (X-Wide Angle), 49 inches (XBR49X950H): No
Picture Processor Quantum Processor 4K 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate
HDR Support HLG, HDR10, HDR10+ Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10
Clarity Enhancement 4K AI Up-Scaling 4K X Reality Pro, Dual Database Processing, Object Based Super Resolution
Contrast Enhancement Ultra Black Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object Based HDR Remaster, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro
Color Enhancement Quantum Dot Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping HDR, TriLuminos Display
Native Refresh Rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Motion Enhancement Motion Rate 240 X Motion Clarity
Smart TV Platform Tizen OS Android TV 9.0 Pie
Remote Samsung Tizen OS 2020 Sony’s 2020 Voice Remote Control
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 2 2
Audio Channel 2.2.2 Channel, (49 Inch 2.2 Channel) 2.2 Ch, XBR85X950H and XBR49X950H: 2.0 CH
Audio Power Output 60 Watts, QN49Q80T = 40 watts 10 Watt + 10 Watt + 5 Watt+ 5 Watt, XBR85X950H and XBR49X950H: 10 watt + 10 watt
Speaker Type N/a Acoustic Multi Audio, Sound Positioning Tweeter, X-Balanced Speaker; XBR49X950H: Bass Reflex Speaker, XBR85X950H: Acoustic Multi Audio, Sound Positioning Tweeter

Technology and Features of the Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H

Panel Technology

IPS vs VA Panel

As we have mentioned above, both of the Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H use VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. As we have known, the main characteristic of the VA panel is that it has strong native contrast ratio but on the other hand, it has poor side viewing angle. But even so, since both of them use an anti glare optical layer called “Ultra Viewing Angle” on the Q80Tand “X-Wide Angle” on Sony X950H”, they have a bit difference in characteristic than other TVs with conventional VA panel.  The use of an anti glare optical layer may make their native contrast ratio is not as high as conventional VA TV, but on the other hand, it significantly improve their side viewing angle coverage. Fortunately, they both have Full Array Local Dimming technology that can improve their contrast ratio, so albeit their contrast ratio is not as high as conventional VA panel, but their contrast ratio is still strong enough to produce deep dark.

Backlight Technology

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The Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T also use the same backlight technology, which is Direct LED backlight with Full Array Local Dimming. On the Samsung Q80T, its 49 inches variant, 55 inches variant, and 55 inches variants is powered by Direct Full Array 8x while its 65 inches variant, 75 inches variant, and 85 inches variant are powered by Direct Full Array 12x. The difference between Direct Full Array 8x and 12x is about the number of dimming zones. But unfortunately, there is no information from their official website that explains how many dimming zones the Q80T has. Meanwhile, just like the Q80T, there is also no information from its official website about the number of dimming zone of the Sony X950H.

Image Processor

As their images processor, the Samsung Q80T is powered by Quantum Processor HDR 4K while the Sony X950 H is powered by 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate. As we have known, the Quantum Processor is also used by middle-up model of Samsung’s QLED TV. It has ability to provide some Smart AI such as Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Volume, and Adaptive Sound, and AI Up-scaling. Not only is Up-scaling engine that based on AI, its image processor also has a machine learning that has a function to collect and analyze the data that has been processed based on the correlation of low resolution/quality samples with their corresponding high resolution/quality version (of the same content). Combination of the AI based up-scaling and machine learning makes this image processor is able to produce 4K images with details preserved well, even is the source has low resolution. And the many data collected by its machine learning, the 4k image resulted will be better.

Meanwhile, the 4K HDR Processor X1 Ultimate is the flagship of the Sony X1 Engine series. Although it doesn’t has ability to provide some AI based features, but it has some feature for optimizing HDR images produced.  There are Dual Database Processing and Object Based Super Resolution for enhancing clarity of images, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and Object Based HDR Remaster for improving contrast, and Precision Color Mapping and Super Bit Mapping HDR for enhancing color. Combination of these features makes it is very powerful when processing HDR images. Meanwhile, as its up-scaling engine, there is also 4K X Reality Pro Engine embedded on its processor, making the X950H is able to up-scale lower resolution contents to 4K resolution fairly well.

Motion Technology

Both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T have native 120 HZ refresh rate panel. This allows them can play any content with native frame rate up to 120 Hz. Additionally, this allows them can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120 HZ. Meanwhile, special for the Q80T, except its 49 inches variant (QN49Q80T), it also already supports Variable Refresh Rate panel. On 1080p and 1440p resolution, their VRR can work at range of 20 Hz – 120 HZ, while with 4K resolution, its VRR ranges between 48 Hz to 60 Hz. Additionally, the VRR technology of the Q80T also already support most of gaming features like FreeSync and GSync. As we have known, VRR technology can improve a TV’s gaming experience, allowing you to play with screen tearing-free, particularly from a compatible console like X Box One. On the other hand, the Sony X950 doesn’t support any VRR Technology.

Just like most of LED TV with local dimming, to dim their backlight, they both also use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system. But even so, the highest possible of their dimming frequency is different where the highest possible frequency of the Samsung Q80T is 960 Hz while the Sony X950H is 720 Hz. For the Q80T, this frequency is reached when it is set to “Movie” mode. But even so, still in “Movie” mode, when the “Picture Clarity” is set to “Auto” or “Custom”, its dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz. Additionally, set its mode to “Game”, “Standard”, “Natural”, and “Dynamic” also will make its dimming frequency drop to “120” Hz.  Furthermore, it also has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode called “LED Clear Motion” where enabling this mode will lower their dimming frequency to 60 Hz.

Meanwhile, the X950H reaches its highest dimming frequency when it is set to “Cinema”, “Standard”, and “Vivid” mode. Just like the Q80T, the X950H also has an optional BFI mode called MotionFLow. Enabling this feature will make its dimming frequency to 120 Hz. Meanwhile, to enable this BFI mode, you just need set “Motion Flow” to “Custom” and “Smoothness and Clearness” slider to more than minimum. But unlike the Q80T that can flicker at 60 Hz, the lowest possible of dimming frequency of the X950H is 120 Hz. Enabling this feature may be able to reduce motion blur, but on the other hand, this will cause some duplications, particularly when it is playing 60 fps content.

Connectivity

As their major connectivity, both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T are equipped with 4 HDMI Ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, and CEC. Additionally, one of their HDMI ports (HDMI 3) also already supports ARC and eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel).  Meanwhile, the difference is that one of the HDMI ports of the Q80T (HDMI 4) support HDMI 2.1 while none of HDMI ports of the X950H support HDMI 2.1. But even so, although there is one HDMI port of the Q80T support HDMI 2.1 support HDMI 2.1, but it only has 40 GB of bandwidth instead full bandwidth that usually has bandwidth of 48 GHz. Additionally, HDMI ports of the Q80T also already support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) while HDMI Ports of the X950H don’t support.

They both also have 2 USB Ports.  But even so, the difference is about USB 3.0 where the one of USB ports of the X950H is USB 3.0 while the Q80T doesn’t have USB 3.0. In Addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1Tuner IN (RF In), 1 Ethernet port, and Q Digital Audio Out (Optical). A bit difference is about Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack 3.5 mm), Composite In, and IR in where the X950H has these ports while the Q80T doesn’t have.

Smart TV Platform

Android 9.0 vs Tizen 2020

As their smart TV Platform, the Samsung Q80T runs Tizen 2020 while the Sony X950H runs Android TV 9.0 or Android Pie. Their interface is equally smooth and easy to use. As we have known, they both are great smart TV platform which have many smart features and great selection of apps. By default, there are some streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc, Live TVs, Games, Web Browser, etc. Additionally, their apps store both have great selection of downloadable apps you can directly download from your TV. They both also have support some smart home appliance like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Not only is that, they both also have built-in voice navigation where the Google Android comes with Google Voice Assistant while the Tizen OS comes with Samsung’s Bixby. And as their controller, the Samsung Q80T comes with Samsung’s smart controller while the Sony X950H comes with Sony’s Voice remote. Both of these remotes have built-in microphone, allowing you to control your TV with your voice command. The difference, the remote of the Q80T is small and only has few buttons while the remote of the X950H is fairly large and has many buttons.

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Samsung Q80T vs Sony X950H Performance

Contrast Ratio and Black Level

Both of the Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H have good native contrast ratio. Their native contrast ratio is almost similar which is around 3000:1 for the Q80T and around 3200:1 for the X950H. For LED TV with VA panel, this actually is not usual and fairly low, but their native contrast ratio is still strong enough to produce deep black. Meanwhile, the low contrast ratio of the Q80T and X950H is caused by the use of anti glare optical layer on their panel. As we have mentioned above, except their 49 inches variant, both of them have an anti glare optical layer called “X-Wide Angle” for the X950H and “Ultra Viewing Angle” for the Q80T. But even so, they both have a local dimming feature that can improve their contrast ratio to around 4200:1 for the Q80T and around 3800:1 for the X950H. Although black level produced by them is not as deep as a TV with conventional VA panel, but black produced by them is still deep enough to make black look really black in a dark room, Additionally, black produced by them is also deep enough to show shadow details of HDR images the way they should be.

Note: The 49 inches variant of the Q80T and X950H doesn’t have an optical anti glare, so expected they have higher native contrast ratio.

Winner: Q80T

Local Dimming Performance

As we have mentioned above, both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T have Full Array Local Dimming feature. And in improving contrast, the local dimming of the Q80T may be better than the X950H, but in minimizing blooming and improving black uniformity, the local dimming of the X950H is better. On their screen, without local dimming enable, there is slightly clouding through the screen and overall image looks slight more grayish. Meanwhile, enabling their local dimming makes clouding is less noticeable and black uniformity is significant better, particularly on the screen of the X950H. But on the other hand, this will make blooming around small bright object is more noticeable.  Overall, local dimming performance of the X950H is better than the Q80T.

Winner: X950H

SDR Peak Brightness

The Sony X950H has a bit brighter SDR peak brightness than the Q80T. With real content, the X950H is able to hit around 550 nits while the Q80T hits around 400 nits. But even so, like other TVs with local dimming, their peak brightness also varies depends on the content.  They both hit their highest peak brightness is equally on 10% window (10% of the screen is bright while the rest is black) where the X950H hits around 1050 nits while the Q80T hits around 700 nits.  Meanwhile, on 2% window, the X950H can hit around 850 nits while the Q80T hits around 530 nits. And the bright area is increase, their peak brightness will drop.  For the Q80T, it hits around 670 nits on 25% window, 450 nits on 50% window, and around 425 nits on 100% window. While for the X950H, it hits around 840 nits on 25% window and around 625 nits on 50% and 100% window.  SDR peak brightness of the Q80T may be not as bright as the X950H, but it is still bright enough to fight the glare in most bright room. And combining to its excellent reflection handling, this makes the Q80T is a good TV when used in most bright rooms. On the other hand, the X950H also has excellent reflection handling. And with brighter SDR peak brightness, it is easier to fight the glare in brighter room.

Winner: X950H

HDR Peak Brightness

The Sony X950H also has brighter HDR peak brightness than the Samsung Q80T.  With real content, the X950H can hit around 1000 nits while the Q80T hits around 700 nits. Meanwhile, just like their SDR content, their HDR content also varies depending on the content. They hits their highest peak brightness is equally on 10% window where the X950H is able to hit around 1150 nits while the Q80T hits around 725 nits. Meanwhile, on 2% window, the X950 hits around 525 nits while the Q80T hits around 80 nits. And just like their HDR peak brightness, the bright area increases, their peak brightness will drop. The Q80T hits around 600 nits on 25% window, 460 nits on 50% window and around 430 nits on 100% while the X950H hits around 975 nits on 25% window, 725 nits on 50% window, and around 700 nits on 100% window. Although not as bright as the X950H, peak brightness of the Q80T is bright enough to deliver a very good HDR experience, especially in a dark to moderately lit room. On the other hand, HDR peak brightness of the X950H is excellent. Not just is it can make highlights pop in HDR, but in certain scene, it can even also show HDR images at 1000 nits, making HDR image look fantastic on its screen.

Winner: X950H

Color Gamut and Color Volume

Both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T also have excellent color gamut.  In DCI P3 xy, the Q80T can cover around 89% while the X950H can cover around 91% of color space. Meanwhile, in DCI P3 uv, the Q80T covers around 92% while the X950H covers around 96% of color space. In Rec.2020 color space, the color gamut coverage of the X950H is also a bit wider, which is around 67% in Rec.2020 xy and around 73% in Rec.2020 uv while the Q80T covers around 66% in Rec.2020 xy and around 74% of Rec.2020 uv. In general, the color gamut coverage of the X950H is a bit wider than the Q80T. But their difference is not too significant and doesn’t have a significant impact on the normal content. In addition they both have wide color gamut, they both also have good color volume. They can produce deep dark shades and bright saturated color fairly well. In general, except very bright blues, they both can produce their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range. The result, colors of HDR images can be shown fairly accurate and vivid on their screen.

Winner: X950H

Color Gradient

In addition has better color gamut and volume, the Sony X950H also has better color gradient than the Samsung Q80T. On the screen of the Q80T, there are still some fine banding when displaying shades of blue, red, and gray. But this should not be noticeable in normal content. On the other hand, the color gradient of the X950H is even better. There may be still some fine banding on some certain colors like green red, blue, and gray, but they are finer than on the screen of the Q80T. And just like Q80T, they should not be noticeable in normal content. But even so, if you still feel uncomfortable that may be visible, both of them have a feature that can help to remove banding. On the Q80T, you can enable “Noise Reduction” in the “Picture Clarity Setting”, while on the X950H, you can enable “Smooth Gradation”. But keep in mind, enabling these features may be able to remove banding, but on the other hand, this can cause some loss of fine details in certain scenes.

Winner: X950H

Side Viewing Angle

As we have mentioned above, both of them use an antiglare optical layer that can improve their side viewing angle coverage, Ultra Viewing Angle on Samsung Q80T and X-Wide Angle on Sony X950H. The use of these optical layers may reduce their native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, they significantly improve their side viewing angle. If on conventional VA panel, black level usually will rise started at around 15 degrees off center and front, on the screen of the X950H, black level will rise started at around 25 degrees.  On the screen of the Q80T, black level even is able to be maintained up to around 70 degrees off center and front. Additionally, brightness level can also be maintained at wider angle than on the screen of the conventional VV TV. On the screen of the Q80T, brightness will start to degrade at around 45 degrees while on the screen of the Q950H, brightness level can still be maintained at up to around 50 degrees. Additionally, on the screen of the Q80T color will start to shift at around 45 degrees and look washed out at around 35 degrees, while on the screen of the X950H, color will start to shift at around 40 degrees and look washed-out at around 40 degrees. Furthermore, on the screen of the Q80T, gamma shift still happens at around 20 degrees while one the screen of the X950G, gamma start to shift at around 25 degrees.

Overall, the side viewing angle of the Q80T is better than the X950H.  Even though side viewing angle coverage of the X950H is not as well as the Q80T, but it is still better than conventional VA TVs. As long as it is not use in a large room with wide seating arrangement, its side viewing angle still can cover most of the viewers. On the other hand, the side viewing angle of the Q80T is good, even in a room with wide seating arrangement.

Note, their 49 inches variant doesn’t have an anti glare optical layer for improving their side viewing angle coverage, so, can be ascertained, their side viewing angle is poor, similar to a TV with conventional VA panel.

Winner: Q80T

Motion Handling

The Samsung Q80T has a bit faster pixel response time than the Sony X950H, which is around 10 ms for the Q80T and around 11 ms for the X950H. But even so, this difference is actually not too significant and doesn’t have the significant impact on the images that resulted. And in general, their pixel response time is equally excellent, fast enough to make motion looks very clear with almost no visible blur. Following fast moving objects, there is only a short ghosting trail that should not be noticeable. Meanwhile, to further improve their motion appearance, they both also have a BFI mode that can help to make motion smoother. But for this case, the lowest possible frequency of BFI mode of the X950H is 120 Hz. This means, when it is playing 60 fps content, this might cause some duplication in certain scene. On the other hand, the BFI mode of the Q80T supports both 120 Hz and 60 Hz flickering pattern. So, when they are playing 60 fps content, the Q80T can do better in improving motion appearance than the X950H.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, they both can also do a great job in handling judder. No matter the source of the movie, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. For removing judder, on the Q80T, you need to set “Picture Clarity” to “Custom” and “Judder Reduction” And Blur Reduction” to “0”. Meanwhile on the X950H, you need to set “Cinemotion” to “Auto”, “MotionFlow” to “Custom” and also “Smoothness” and “Clearness” to minimum.

Winner: Q80T

Input Lags

In Game Mode, the input lags of the Samsung Q80T are much lower than the Sony X950H. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, the input lags of the Q80T is around 10 ms while the input lags of the X950H is around 19 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps content, the input lags of the Q80T are around 5 ms on both 1080p and 1440p resolution. On the other hand, with 120 fps content, the input lag of the X950H is around 11 ms on 1080p resolution. Keep in mind, the X950H doesn’t support native 1440p resolution @ 120 Hz. Special for the Q80T, it also supports VRR technology where in VRR mode, its input lags are around 7 ms with 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 15 ms with 4K resolution.  With these results, can be ascertained, when used for playing games, the Samsung Q80T will be more responsive than the X950H, no matter you are playing 1080p, 1440p, or 4K games, with HDR or not, 60fps or 120 fps games. Furthermore, the Q80T also already supports VRR Technology that support some gaming features like FreeSync and GSync. Of course, this will make it better when used for playing games than the X950H. On the other hand, although not as low as the Q80&, the input lags of the Sony X950H actually is also low enough to make it is fairly responsive for any games.

Winner: Q80T

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both of the Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. Although their contrast ratio as not as high as a TV with conventional VA panel, but their contrast ratio is still strong enough to produce deep black, makes black of images still look really black when they are set in a dark room.  They both also have local dimming performance that can improve their performance in a dark room by improving their contrast ratio and minimizing blooming. Not only is that, their good performance in handling 24p judder allows you to watch movies with judder free. Meanwhile compare between them, the X950H is a bit better than the Q80T. Contrast ratio of the X950H may be slightly lower than the Q80T, but it has better black uniformity. Additionally, in minimizing blooming, performance of the local dimming of the X950H is also a bit better than the Q80T.

Winner: X950H

For Watching Sports

Both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T are also great TVs for watching sports in a bright room. They both have good SDR peak brightness, makes sports look obvious on their screen without distracted by glare in most bright rooms. Additionally, they both also have excellent pixel response time, making fast sports looks clear and smooth on their screen with almost no blur. Not only that, their BFI mode can also help to make motion smoother. Meanwhile, compare among them, the Q80T is better. The Sony X950H may have brighter SDR peak brightness that makes it is easier in fighting the glare in brighter room. But in handling reflection, the Q80T is better. Additionally, pixel response time of the Q80T is also a bit better than the X950H. Not only is that, the Q80T also supports both 60 Hz and 120 Hz BFI mode while the X950H only support 120 HZ BFI mode. And although they both have an optical layer for improving side viewing angle coverage, the Q80T is better side viewing angle coverage than the X950H, making it is better when used for watching a big game with a group of your friend and family.

Winner: Q80T

For Playing Games

When used for playing games, the Samsung Q80T also has better performance than the Sony X950H. IN addition it has good motion handling that makes fast games looks smoother on its screen, it also has low input lags in Game Mode. This makes it is more responsive than the X950H when used for playing games and it will be more pronounced when you are playing fast paced games. The other advantage of the Q80T is that it also already supports VRR technology while the X950H doesn’t support. As we have known, VRR technology can improve TV’s games experience, allowing you to play games with screen tearing free. And finally, the HDMI of the Q80T also supports ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), making it can automatically switch to game mode when signal from a compatible console is detected. On the other hand, the X950H doesn’t support ALLM, so when playing game, you must manually switch it to game mode.

Winner: Q80T

HDR Performance

Both of the Sony X950H and Samsung Q80T offer good HDR performance. Black level produced by them is low enough to reveal details of dark scene fairly well, making shadow details of HDR images can be shown excellently like the expected in HDR. Additionally, combination of their wide color gamut and color volume allows them can show most colors of HDR images accurately, making HDR images looks colorful on their screen. Their good color gradient allows you to watch HDR images with smooth color gradient. And finally, their good HDR peak brightness makes highlights of HDR images can pop and be shown as bright the way they should be. But even s, compare among them, eth Q950H is a bit better than the Q80T. In addition it can show shadow details better due to its better local dimming performance and black uniformity, the X950H also has a bit better color gamut and color volume. Additionally, its color gradient is also much better than the Q80T. And the main thing is that its HDR peak brightness much brighter than the Q80T, even in certain scene, it can show HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like the intended by content creator.  But even so, although not as good as the X950H, the HDR Performance of the Q80T is also fairly good.

Winner: X950H

Summary

As we have discussed a lot above, both of Samsung Q80T and Sony X950H are great TVs for any usage. They each have advantages and disadvantage to each other. The X950H has better black uniformity, color gradient, and peak brightness make it is better when used for watching movies in a dark room and has better HDR performance. On the other hand, the Q80T has better motion handling, side viewing angle coverage, lower input lags and it is also supports VRR technology, making it is better when used for watching sports and playing games.  So, which is a better choice between them? For most usages, the Q80T may be a bit better than the X950H. But as we have mentioned above, with the same screen size, the Sony X950H is sold more expensive than the Samsung Q80T. But of course, their prices are not fixed and could still change at any time. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your own preferences

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