Samsung Q6FN vs Q7FN (QN55Q6FN vs QN55Q7FN, QN65Q6FN vs QN65Q7FN, QN75Q6FN vs QN75Q7FN)
Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN are parts of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV lineup. As the parts of Samsung’s QLED TV, one of the main characteristics brought is quantum dot panel that makes both of them has excellent wide color gamut and color rendition. In the market, Samsung Q7FN comes in 3 screen size options including 55 Inch (QN55Q7FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q7FN), and 75 inch (QN75Q7FN), while Q6FN comes in more screen sizes options including 49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q65FN), 75 inch (QN75Q6FN), and the largest 83 inch (QN82Q6FN). With the same screen (QN55Q6FN vs QN55Q7FN, QN65Q7FN vs QN65Q7FN, and QN75Q7FN vs QN75Q7FN), Q7FN is priced hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN. But keep in mind, their prices certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, what are the advantages offered by Q7FN as the higher series than Q6FN?
Samsung Q6FN vs Q7FN Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung Q6FN||Samsung Q7FN|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 75 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 82 inch (QN65Q82FN)||55 Inch (QN55Q7FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q7FN), 75 Inch (QN65Q7FN)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Q Contrast )||Yes (Q Contrast Plus)|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine||Q Engine|
|HDR||Q HDR||Q HDR Elite|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, HDR 10+||HDR 10, HLG, HDR 10+|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot with Q Color||Quantum Dot with Q Color|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Clarity Enhancement||UHD Up-scaling Engine||UHD Up-scaling Engine|
|Moth Eyes Technology||Undefined||Ultra Black Elite|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240 (49” : Motion Rate 120)||Motion Rate 240|
|Native Refresh rate Panel||120 Hz (49” : 60 Hz)||120 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2018||Tizen 2018|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote||Samsung Smart Remote|
|One Connect Box||No||Yes|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||40 Watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Technology and Features of Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN
One of the main differences between Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN is about their design, particularly on their stand. The stand of Samsung Q7FN is quite sturdy and stylish metal finishing. It supports TV in the center. Nevertheless, although it supports the TV in the center, it is well-balanced and looks quite sturdy. It is similar to the stand of the predecessor Q7F. While Q6FN comes with V-style stand with metal finishing but look brighter than Q7FN. It supports the TV on the both side, almost similar to Q8FN. Additionally, since Q7FN uses “One Connect Box”, there are no inputs/outputs ports on the back panel, while on the back panel of Q6FN, there are inputs/output ports. From the side, Q7FN also looks a bit thinner than Q6FN.
The dimming zones of Local Dimming
Both Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN equally comes edge lit backlight and local dimming technology called “Q Contrast”. But for this case, Samsung Q7FN comes with “Q Contrast Plus” while Q6FN comes with “Q Contrast”. The difference between them is about the number of dimming zones of their local dimming and of course, Q7FN with “Q Contrast Plus” has more number dimming zones than Q6FN with “Q Contrast”. But for this case, Samsung doesn’t clearly-reveal, how many dimming zones for each.
Moth Eye Technology
The other difference between them is about their “Moth Eyes” Technology. Samsung Q7FN comes with anti reflective screen called “Ultra Elite Black” that designed to reduce glare and reflection significantly. While for Samsung Q6FN, there are no moth eyes technology listed as its specs. The difference Moth eyes technology behind them has an impact on their ability in handling reflection and glare when they are used in a bright room and of course, Q7FN can handle reflections and glare better than Q6FN.
Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN actually are equipped with almost the same inputs/outputs. But their difference is about the number of their USB ports where Q7FN is equipped with 3 USB ports while Q6FN are equally equipped with 2 USB ports. The other difference is about where their inputs/outputs are located. For this case, all inputs/output ports of Q6FN are located on the rear / side of the panel, while on Q7FN, almost all of their inputs/outputs are located on the separated box named “One Connect Box”.
The other difference between them is about their sound channel. As we see on the comparison table above, Samsung Q6FN comes with 2.1 channels with 40 watts of total sound output while Q7FN comes with 4.1 speaker channel also with 40 watts of total sound output. This makes Samsung Q7FN can deliver a bit better sound quality than Q6FN.
As we have mentioned, as parts of Samsung’s QLED TV, metal quantum dot technology becomes the one of main technology offered by Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN. Supported by Q Color technology, this makes both of them have excellent color gamut, even can be said the best. Still on their panel, both of them are also equally comes with VA panel with Edge-Lit LED backlight and local dimming. But as we have mentioned, for this case, they have difference in the number of dimming zones. As their picture engine, both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN are also equally powered by Q engine and also equally supports the same HDR formats, those are HDR 10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and HDR10+. Special for HDR10+, it is a new HDR format as the enhancement of HDR 10 format. But unlike HDR10 that uses static metadata for remapping the brightness and color, HDR 10+ use dynamic metadata like Dolby Vision format. Additionally, there are also Supreme UHD Dimming and Contrast Enhancer behind them which maximize their contrast and black level.
For handling motion blur when they are playing fast moving images like sports, fast movies, or fast games, both Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN are also equally supported by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. But special for 49 Inch model of Q6FN (QN49Q6FN), it is supported by Motion Rate 120 based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, the excepting of the number of USB ports, they are also equally equipped with the same inputs/outputs. Discussing about their smart TV, both of them are also featuring the same Smart TV platform, that is Tizen OS that powered by a quad core processor. In 2018 version, Tizen OS has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant that allows you to do a lot of more with your voice command and Smart Thing as its home intelligence app.
Samsung Q6FN vs Q7FN Performance
Although Samsung Q6FN actually has a bit stronger native contrast ratio than Q7FN, but overall, their contrast ratio is equally excellent that is above 5000:1. This makes both of them can produce deep black level. The result, although they are set in a dark room where the impact of high native contrast ratio is very sensitive, blacks of images will still looks really black. This means, although you are watching a movie in a dark environment, dark scene will look excellent. Meanwhile, when playing HDR images where the deep black level is required for revealing detail in dark scene, the black level produced by both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN are also dark enough to show shadow details of HDR images excellently like the intended by content creator. With deep black level produced by them, this makes them very suitable when used to watch movies with a lot of dark scene like thriller or horror. But a bit unfortunate, although they have local dimming technology, their local dimming doesn’t effectively work in boosting the contrast ratio like what offered by the higher series like Q8FN or Q9FN or Sony X900F that use Full Array Local Dimming.
While performance of Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN in a dark room is excellent due their strong native contrast ratio, their performance in a bright room is also fairly good. With peak brightness is brighter than 500 nits when playing SDR images, their peak brightness is equally bright enough to dampen the glare of ambient light, make the picture displayed on their screen look remain good when set in a room with a lot of light. Meanwhile, compare between them, when playing SDR Images, Q7FN has brighter peak brightness than Q6FN. Additionally, with Ultra Black Elite technology behind it, Q7FN also can do a better job than Q6FN when handling reflection. The result, when set in a bright room, especially on an extreme bright room with a lot of light or sunlight come through the window, the picture displayed on the screen of Q7FN will look better than Q6FN.
When playing HDR images, peak brightness reached by Samsung Q7FN is also brighter than Q6FN. In small window size of the screen, for a short time, peak brightness reached by Q7FN even is brighter than 2000 nits that mean it is excellent. The result, although for a short time, a bright small object like a dramatic highlight of HDR images can be shown at 1000-4000 nits brightness range on its screen like the intended. When showing bright bigger object or a scene with almost or all objects are bright, peak brightness reached by Q7FN might dim, but it is still brighter than 700 nits that mean it is excellent. On the other hand, although not as bright as what offered by Q7FN, peak brightness of Samsung Q6FN when playing HDR images is also fairly good. At small window size of the screen, its peak brightness is close to 1000 nits that means it also can show a highlight of HDR images fairly bright. Additionally, when showing a scene with almost or all object are bright, its peak brightness is also still brighter than 500 nits that means it is still good. But even so, since its peak brightness is still below 1000 nits and the target expected to show a highlight of HDR images is 1000 nits, Samsung Q6FN cannot show a highlight of HDR images at the target of brightness range expected.
Additionally, when showing a small bright object in a dark background, some unwanted adjacent light around the small bright object or called “blooming” might be still be visible on their screen. They are not able to minimize “blooming” as well as the higher series like Q8FN or Q9FN that use Full Array Local Dimming. But even so, what offered by them are far better than a TV without local dimming. Meanwhile, compare between them, since Samsung Q6FN has less number of dimming zone than Q7FN, this certainly also makes the blooming is more visible on its screen than on the screen of Q7FN.
Discussing about their color reproduction, although both of them are equally powered by quantum dot technology, but color gamut produced by Samsung Q6FN is not as wide as Q7FN. The color gamut produced by Samsung Q7FN can cover almost 100% of DCI P3 color space. This means, almost all colors in DCI P3 color space can be shown fairly saturated on the screen of Q7FN that certainly also makes colors of HDR images mastered in DCI P3 can be shown fairly accurate. On the other hand, although not as good as Q7FN, but Q6FN also already support wide color gamut and its color gamut can still cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space that means it is excellent. In certain colors like green, cyan, yellow, and others, Q6FN might not able to show these colors as accurate as Q7FN, but overall, most colors of HDR images mastered in DCI P3 still can be shown fairly accurate on its screen. Additionally, color volume of Q6FN is also not as good as Q7FN. This is more caused its color gamut is not as wide as Q7FN. But overall, the excepting of deep or dark colors, both of them can show their wide color gamut at their entire brightness range, even for very bright colors. Meanwhile, when showing dark colors, they cannot produce them as good as brighter colors.
Overall, both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN also have good color gradient when showing contents with 10 bit depth of colors like HDR images. But even so, what offered by them are not as good as the competitor like Sony X900F or LG SK9000. On their screen, some imperfections are still visible in some certain colors, particularly in darker colors. Fortunately, most people don’t notice this much, so this should not be a major problem for both.
Side Viewing Angle
Keep in mind, the excellent picture quality produced by them like we have discussed a lot above is when viewed from the center and front. Meanwhile, when viewed from the side, due it has poor side viewing angle, the picture displayed doesn’t look as good as we have discussed above. Started at about 30 degrees off center, their brightness will reduced and the color will start to look shift at about 20 degrees. Its black level even will look degraded at narrower angle. This certainly makes the picture displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. And from the wider angle you watch TV, the picture will look worse. This means, if you often watch TV with your families, you must set your seats in such away in order to stay within the scope of their side viewing angle coverage that is less than 20 degrees off center and front.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Both Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN equally can do a good job when handling motion blur. Although the pixel response time of Q6FN actually is a bit slower than Q7FN, but essentially, they equally have excellent pixel response time. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies, motion blur can be well-minimized. Following fast moving object, there is only a short faint trail, even most people will not notice this. The little blur that may visible is more caused by persistence than motion. This certainly makes the picture displayed on their screen look clearly and smoothly. But even so, since both of them have local dimming technology, to dim the screen, both of them use PWM Dimming System with 240 Hz of frequency. For the people who sensitive to flicker, they might still notice the flickers caused by its PWM Dimming system. But for most people, they will not notice this much. Meanwhile, to clear up the motion when they are playing 60 fps contents like sports or video games, both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN equally have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that will flicker the screen at 60 Hz or 120 Hz of dimming frequency. You can enable this mode by set Auto Motion Plus to Custom and enable the LED Clear Motion. This feature is very effective to help the motion look clearer, but on the other hand, this also makes flicker will be more visible. However, if you do not feel comfortable with flicker, you can disable this feature.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, Samsung Q6FN as the lower model precisely offer a bit better performance, particularly when playing 24p videos via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV. For this case, Q6FN can show it with judder-free while Q7FN is not able. But even so, considering the predecessors, the inability of Q7FN in removing the judder when playing 24p movies via 60i signal actually is unusual and usually, there will be a firmware update that will fix this issue. The excepting of 60i videos, both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN equally do a great job. No matter it is native 24p videos like DVD or Blu-Ray movies, 24p videos via 60p signals like movies from streaming devices like apple TV or others, or 24p movies via streaming apps, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly on their screen with judder-free.
In addition to we have discussed above that Samsung Q6FN is equipped 2 USB ports while Q7FN is equipped with 2 USB ports, both of them are equipped with the same inputs/outputs. As their major connectivity, both of them are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports where all of them already support HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth and there is only 1 port that support ARC (Audio Return Channel) that is HDMI 4. Both of them are also equipped with 1 RF IN (Antenna In), 1 Ethernet, 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), built-in Wi-Fi, and also built in Bluetooth. Additionally, both of them don’t have Composite In and Component In.
Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags, both of them equally have excellent input lags at any resolution. For this case, the input lags of Q6FN are a bit lower than Q7FN. But even so, although the input lags of Samsung Q7FN is not as low as Q6FN, but its input lags are still below 20 ms at any resolution that means this is still great for any games, even for fast paced games that requires fast reflexes. Combined to their excellent picture quality, good motion handling, good image retention, and risk-free from permanent burn-in, this certainly makes both of them as good TVs when used for playing games.
Discussing about their smart TV, both Samsung Q7FN and Q6FN are equally featuring Tizen OS 2018 as their smart TV platform and also equally powered by a quad core. In term of user interface or layout, there are not many changes over last year version. The layout is designed intuitively and has a lot of animations. At the bottom across the screen, there is a customizable “ribbon” contains shortcuts of apps and menu. For popular apps or most used apps, you can move them to the front, while for rarely used applications, you can move them to the back. Additionally, once you highlight the shortcut box, there will appear pop-up windows above it contains advanced menu or recommended contents, depending on the box highlighted. Additionally, the preinstalled apps provided are also very complete and diverse. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Cloud Games, Web Browser, Live TV, and many more. Although not as many as what provided by Google Android TV, Tizen OS also has an app store called “Samsung Apps Store” that provides tons of downloadable videos, games, contents, and others where you can download them directly from your Samsung TV. In this version, Tizen OS also has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant that allows you to do many more with your voice command. Additionally, it also has a Home Intelligence Assistant app that allows you to monitor/control your other compatible devices via your TV. But a bit unfortunate, unlike WebOS by LG or Android TV by Google that already support Amazon Alexa, Tizen OS have not support Amazon Alexa. Come with a lot of apps and smart features might make you more comfort in enjoying smart TV experience, but on the other hand, this makes its performance is slower than last year version. When you launch an app, at times there is one-two second of lag before it open. Additionally, animation is also often choppy. But even so, overall, performance of Tizen OS is fairly good.
As their controller, both Samsung Q6FN and Q7FN are also equipped with the same remote. Their remote is fairly small and the body is made from plastic. It doesn’t also have a lot of buttons, so to make advanced setting, you must navigate through the menu or with voice command. Fortunately, Samsung Remote have excellent voice commands where with Samsung’s Bixby, you can control most of TV settings and some basic questions. Their remote also has universal ability. With this remote, you can control other some functions of CEC compatible devices connected on your TV via HDMI. Additionally, with One Remote Feature, you can also control other devices that have not support CEC.
|Performance||Samsung Q6FN||Samsung Q7FN|
As we have mentioned, sold hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN, Samsung Q7FN offer better picture quality, HDR performance, and also better performance on some features offered. It has brighter peak brightness, wide color gamut, and better reflection handling, makes the picture displayed on its screen will looks better and certainly also makes its HDR performance is better than Q6FN, particularly when set in a bright room. Meanwhile, although on the features offered, each of Q7FN and Q6FN have advantages and disadvantages to the other like we have discussed a lot above, but their difference is not too striking.
So, which is a better choice between them? If you come for picture quality, Samsung Q7FN is certainly a better choice. But as we have mentioned, to get it, you must spend hundreds dollar more of your money. On the other hand, performance and picture quality offered by Q6FN is also excellent for its class and it is a good alternative for you who have limited budget. Now the decision comes back to you according to your needs.