Samsung’s new line of 2020 QLED 4K and 8K TVs is here, with a majority of the new models now ready to order or pre-order and ship out starting today.
The 2020 lineup of Samsung TVs starts with the flagship Q950TS QLED 8K TV and features two more 8K displays in the Q900TS and Q800T. There are four different series of 4K QLED TVs — the Q90T, Q80T, Q70T, and Q60T — as well as a pair of Crystal 4K displays, plus the return of The Frame, Samsung’s ultra-stylish TV/art fixture combo.
All three 8K models will feature redesigned A.I.-powered 8K processors with the ability to upscale all non-8K content to match the displays’ resolution. Plus, these screens will combine Samsung’s full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight technology with local power distribution in order to tune dimming zones and brighten images by up to 20%. In harmony with Samsung’s Quantum HDR — which the company says “expresses full range contrast” — the TVs are designed to produce brighter colors and deeper blacks across all HDR content.
Samsung also made an effort to improve sound quality in its QLED models, with three new audio processing features: Object Tracking Sound (OTS) and OTS+, and Samsung Symphony. With OTS+, speakers placed on the front, sides, and back of the TV are constructed to create a 3D soundscape that moves with the objects on screen. Samsung Symphony, meanwhile, pairs TV speakers with audio from a connected 2020 Samsung Q series soundbar, in an effort to deliver more dynamic sound.
Here’s a look at each model in Samsung’s 2020 lineup.
- April 2020 $13,000 (85-inch), (65-inch and 75-inch TBA)
The 950TS is Samsung’s flagship 8K TV for 2020, and it’s a powerhouse both in terms of specs and design. The Q950TS features an Infinity Screen, an almost bezel-less display that offers a screen-to-body ratio of almost 99%, the best in the industry. Additionally, this TV is 15 millimeters (just over half an inch) thick, allowing you to mount it flush against a wall if you so choose.
- March 2020 $5,500 (65-inch), $7,500 (75-inch), $10,000 (85-inch)
The Q900TS will feature QLED 8K Direct Full Array with local power distribution, the Quantum Processor 8K featured in its sibling 8K TVs, as well as OTS+. It also has the coveted Infinity Screen, providing what Samsung describes as “edge-to-edge viewing,” as well as the Ultra Viewing Angle to help eliminate glare when watching at certain angles. Currently, the only size listed on Samsung’s website is for the 75-inch model, and the Amazon listing for the product indicates it won’t be available for purchase until March 29. We’ll provide an update when the 65-inch and 85-inch versions hit Samsung’s website.
- March 2020, $3,500 (65-inch), $5,000 (75-inch), $7,000 (82-inch)
The Q800T of Samsung’s 2020 lineup touts 8K resolution, a Quantum Processor 8K that Samsung calls its smartest ever, and 8K A.I. upscaling capabilities to bring your content up to scale with your screen. The series also has Direct Full Array backlight zones, an Ultra Viewing Angle made to reduce glare and retain contrast and color accuracy at wider viewing angles, and quantum dot technology that Samsung says “delivers over a billion shades of color.” The Q800T ranges in size from 65 to 82 inches.
The Frame Series
- March 2020, $1,000 (43-inch), $1,500 (55-inch), $2,000 (65-inch), $3,000 (75-inch)
The Frame, Samsung’s 4K display/art piece hybrid, returns for 2020 with plenty of features. A big component of this series is customization, allowing you to choose everything from the bezel around your TV, to an art store that lets you pick the pieces of art that are displayed on your TV when it’s off, to how it’s displayed, with the option of a studio stand to truly give your display the style of a piece of art. Oh, yeah, it’s also a 4K TV with a QLED screen and quantum dot technology. In other words, it’s not only one of the more stylish options out there — it’s an incredibly capable 4K TV.
- March 2020, $1,800 (55-inch), $2,700 (65-inch), $3,800 (75-inch), $5,300 (85-inch)
The Q90T is Samsung’s best 4K TV for 2020, with a lot of similar features to its 8K counterpart in the Q800T. For instance, the Q90T also features a Direct Full Array backlit screen, Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle technology, and 4K versions of both the quantum processor and the A.I. upscaling feature. Samsung’s quantum dot technology is present as well, as is the patented OneRemote, Samsung’s TV remote that’s designed to detect and control all compatible devices connected to the TV.
- March 2020, $1,100 (49-inch), $1,300 (55-inch), $1,800 (65-inch), $2,800 (75-inch), $4,000 (85-inch)
The Q80T Series shares a good amount of what makes the Q90T a strong TV option, save for a few key details. While the two TVs have the same processor, the Q90T has better high dynamic range, weighs 13 more pounds with its stand, and has better built-in speakers. Though it’s worth noting, most TV speakers don’t quite cut it the way a solid soundbar or home theater system would.
- March 2020, $1,000 (55-inch), $1,300 (65-inch), $2,200 (75-inch), $3,000 (82-inch), $3,300 (85-inch)
The Q70T Series has a more limited HDR than the 80T series above it and sticks to just stereo sound with 20 watts of output compared to the 60W and 2.2.2 channel system built into the 80T. But it’s got the same processor, identical smart features, and is capable of producing the same array of colors thanks to its quantum dot technology. Plus, it comes with 4K upscaling and an Adaptive Picture feature to help the TV adapt to the lighting conditions of the room it’s in.
- March 2020, $530 (43-inch), $650 (50-inch), $700 (55-inch), $900 (58-inch), $1,000 (65-inch), $1,700 (75-inch), $2,700 (85-inch)
Samsung’s base model Q60T QLED TV for 2020 still possesses some important features, like 100% Color Volume with quantum dot technology and Quantum HDR. It’s built with a less powerful processor than its bigger siblings, a Quantum Processor 4K Lite, and maintains the features of Samsung’s smart platform, which this year allows TVs to serve as a SmartThings Dashboard. From your TV, you can control all of the smart devices in your home and set up customized automations, like opening your smart blinds in the morning or dimming the lights at night.
- March 2020, $370 (43-inch), $430 (50-inch), $500 (55-inch), $700 (65-inch), $1,200 (75-inch)
There’s a pair of non-QLED displays in Samsung’s 2020 lineup, the TU8000 and TU7000 Series. Each of these TVs features crystal displays, which are meant to deliver more brightness and a wider range of colors than a standard UHD TV. The TU8000 comes with HDR, though it’s more limited than QLED models, and Samsung’s Crystal Processor 4K in contrast to the QLEDs’ quantum processors.
- March 2020, $300 (43-inch), $350 (50-inch), $400 (55-inch), $450 (58-inch), $550 (65-inch), $750 (70-inch), $1,000 (75-inch)
The TU7000 Series is also equipped with a crystal display, a Crystal Processor 4K, HDR and Samsung’s smart features. Among the key differences between the 8000 and 7000 Series are the gaming features — TU8000 comes with Game Enhancer features, and the TU7000 is outfitted with Auto Game Mode — and the fact that the 7000 Series comes with two HDMI inputs opposed to the three inputs on the TU8000.
Updated on April 28, 2020: Updated pricing information for the Q950TS
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