QLED Q80T TVs have been added by Samsung on the official US website (link in SOURCE). The Korean giant is therefore anticipating the official presentation of the products by publishing the product data sheets. Q80T is positioned on a higher range than the Q60T unveiled a few days ago. The design is minimalist and characterized by a narrow central pedestal and a very low profile. The side frame is made with a metal finish and rounded edges. At the moment there is only one 65 “model on the site but surely there will be other cuts available.
The panels are 100 Hz Ultra HD LCD with Full LED Array Local Dimming backlight (we explain HERE what it is) and Quantum Dot. Samsung speaks of “Direct Full Array 12x”, an index used to express performance based on the backlight, the anti-glare filter and technologies to increase the contrast ratio. The data is interesting because it allows an incomplete and indirect comparison with the corresponding 2019 series, the Q80R, described as Direct Full Array 8x. Q80T is then equipped with Supreme UHD Dimming against Q80R’s Ultimate UHD Dimming.
As always for QLEDs, we then speak of a coverage equal to 100% of the color volume (HERE our guide) relating to the DCI-P3 color space. HDR support includes HDR10, HDR10 + and HLG formats. There are no precise indications on the peak of brightness: in the specifications the wording “Quantum HDR 12x” is reported, the same that we also find for the Q80R of 2019. We therefore expect very similar performances and therefore at least equal to about 1,000 cd / m2 – nits on a white area covering 10% of the screen.
Signal processing is entrusted to the Quantum Processor 4K with AI, a new version that combines “machine learning” with “deep learning” to ensure more effective algorithms. Among the available functions we mention Adaptive Picture, which optimizes brightness and contrast to adapt to any type of environment. In this way the user should no longer select the suitable video mode to switch from day to night vision.
Optimizing the input signals is not just about video. Object Tracking Sound (OTS) technology follows the moving sound “objects” to try to place them more precisely in the environment, recreating a virtual 5.1 sound. Active Voice Amplifier aims instead or to regulate the volume of the dialogue when it detects the presence of noise inside the room. In this way the voices should always be perfectly intelligible. Q80T integrates a 2.2.2 channel speaker system (2 are reserved for vertical expansion) with a total output of 60 W. Thanks to Q Symphony you can also combine the action of the aforementioned speakers with a compatible soundbar, such as the Q800T.
The Smart TV platform is naturally made up of Tizen and is managed via a quad-core SoC. The 2020 version is enriched with Ambient Mode +, the evolution of functionality that allows you to transform televisions into large digital frames and blend them with the surrounding environment. Voice interaction offers three possibilities: Bixby via the remote control with microphone or Alexa and Google Assistant through the combination with an external speaker (the “Works with Alexa” and “Works with Google Assistant” certifications are intact).
On the US website, the 65 “Q80T is offered for $ 1,799.99. For a Q80R with the same diagonal, $ 2,799.99 was required (at launch). Details on prices and availability for Italy will arrive soon on the occasion of the presentation of the European range for 2020