Samsung Q800T 8K QLED TV Review Preview

An affordable 8K option

by Phil Hinton

What is the Samsung Q800T?

The Samsung Q800T is a midrange 8K QLED TV that offers an affordable alternative to the flagship Q950TS. The two share many of the same features, but the Q800T drops many of the cosmetic features, including the One Connect box, and doesn’t have as many dimming zones. The Q800T will be available in 55-, 65-, 75-, 85 and 98-inch screen sizes.

This is a preview of the upcoming model and will be replaced with our full in-depth review when we receive the review sample.

Design, Connections and Control

The Samsung Q800T has a simpler design compared to the more expensive Q950TS, so you don’t get the ‘infinity’ bezel-less screen and separate One Connect box. The connections are located at the rear of the panel but do include HDMI 2.1 with support for 8K, 4K/120Hz, eARC (enhanced audio return channel), VRR (variable refresh rate) and ALLM (auto low latency mode).

Related: What is HDMI 2.1?

Features and Specs

The Samsung Q800T supports resolutions up to 8K Ultra HD (7680 x 4320), along with wide colour gamut (100% of DCI-P3) and high dynamic range (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and HDR10+). Unfortunately, Samsung still refuses to include Dolby Vision on its TVs, but this year there’s a new feature called Adaptive Tone Mapping. This analyses the incoming HDR signal, and applies dynamic tone mapping on a frame-by-frame basis, enhancing dark and mid-range images.

Related: What is 8K TV?


The Q800T includes the latest version of Samsung’s Ultra Viewing Angle technology, resulting in a much wider optimal field of view compared to a normal LCD TV. Samsung also claims its 2020 8K TVs can deliver a contrast modulation measurement of at least 50%.

The new Quantum Processor 8K not only uses existing machine learning but augments it with a deep learning neural network that creates its own processing algorithms without needing a formula bank. As a result, the TV is able to take full advantage of all the pixels in the 8K panel when upscaling, along with superior noise reduction, texture and detail creation.

The Q800T has an upgraded sound system with eight drivers built into in a 4.2.2-channel array. When combined with Object Tracking Sound Plus (OTS+), the TV can deliver a superior sonic experience with greater width and height, as well as sounds that are aligned with the images on the screen. The Q800T can pass Dolby Atmos from its internal apps to a soundbar or AV receiver via HDMI-ARC, but there's no internal decoding. This is a shame given the fact there is a 4.2.2-channel speaker system built into the TV. New this year is Q Symphony, which allows the TV to use its speakers in conjunction with a 2020 Samsung soundbar for a more immersive audio experience.

The smart platform has also been enhanced this year, with a cleaner interface and a new Digital Butler that allows for quick and easy connection to all the devices in your home. In addition, the new platform offers multiple voice control options thanks to built-in Amazon Alexa and Bixby, although it also works with Google Assistant.

Samsung's smart platform already offers a comprehensive selection of video streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Rakuten TV, Now TV, and all the UK catch-up services. In addition, there’s support for TV Plus, Apple TV+ and Disney+. The Q800T also supports all the latest 8K codecs, along with AI ScaleNet technology and the NextGenTV broadcast standard.

With all this choice it can be hard deciding what to watch, so last year Samsung developed the Universal Guide. This feature curates and recommends content based on your viewing habits, and for 2020 it has been updated to be more content driven, rather than relying on the support of content partners.

Finally, there's a host of new features for gamers, including support for AMD FreeSync, a multi-view feature so that gamers can watch game-related videos on a single screen, improved Game Motion Plus for smoother movement, a surround mode that emphasises in-game effects, and an Auto Game Mode with a claimed input lag of 10ms or less.

Verdict

The Samsung Q800T is a well-specified 8K QLED TV that offers an affordable alternative to the flagship Q950TS. The Q800T includes all the new features introduced by Samsung in 2020, with only the lack of support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos really disappointing

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