Samsung Q6FN vs Sony X900F Review – Which is a better choice?
Sony X900F is the flagship of Sony’s 2018 4K HDR LED TV lineup while Samsung Q6FN is the entry level of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR QLED TV lineup. In the market, both of them equally comes in a lot of screen size options, give you the flexibility to suit to the area of your room. The excepting of their largest screen, both of them equally come in 49 inch (QN49Q6FN vs XBR49X900F), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN vs XBR55X900F), 65 inch (QN65Q6FN vs XBR65X900F), and 75 Inch (QN75Q6FN vs XBR75X900F). While for their biggest screen, Q6FN comes in 82 inch (QN83Q6FN) and X900F comes in 85 inch (XBR85X900F). And with the same screen size, X900F is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN. But of course, their prices are certainly are not fixed and could still change at any time. So, what features offered by them and which is a better choice between them?
Samsung Q6FN vs Sony X900F Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung Q6FN||Sony X900F|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 75 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 82 inch (QN82Q6FN)||49 Inch (XBR49X900F), 55 Inch (XBR55X900F), 65 Inch (XBR65X900F), 75 Inch (XBR75X900F), 85 Inch (XBR85X900F)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Direct Led|
|Local Dimming||Yes||Yes (Full Array Local Dimming)|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine||X1 Extreme|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, HDR10+||HDR 10, HLG, Dolby Vision|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot with Q Color Technology||TriLuminos Display, Live Color Technology, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Contrast Enhancement||Contrast Enhancer, Supreme UHD Dimming, Q Contrast||Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Object-Based HDR Remastering, X-Tended Dynamic Range Pro 6X|
|Clarity Enhancement||UHD Up-scaling Engine||4K X-Reality Pro, Dual Data Base Processing|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240 (49 Inch : Motion Rate 120)||Motion Flow XR960|
|Native Refresh rate Panel||120 Hz (49 Inch : 60 Hz)||120 Hz|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2018||Android|
|Processor||Quad Core||Information Not Provided|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote||Sony Smart Remote|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||20 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Technology and Features of Sony X900F and Samsung Q6FN
Both Sony X900F and Samsung Q6FN equally uses VA panel. But the difference, X900F comes with Direct LED backlight while Q6FN comes with Edge Lit backlight. Both of them also equally have local dimming. With Direct Local Dimming (Full Array Local Dimming), the local dimming of X900F should be able to work better to improve contrast and black level than edge lit local dimming of Q6FN. Nevertheless, by default, VA panel is already able to deliver strong native contrast ratio and deep black level. But the shortcoming, the use of VA panel makes their side viewing angle coverage is poor. In Addition to their local dimming, Sony X900F and Samsung Q6FN are still powered by the other technologies for improving their performance like Supreme UHD Dimming, Contrast Enhancer, Q Contrast and others for Q6FN and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Extended Dynamic Range Pro 6X, Object Based HDR Remastering technology for X900F.
As we see on comparison table above, Sony X900F is powered by 4K HDR X1 Extreme Engine where inside it, there are the number of Sony’s advanced technology are embedded like Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, Object Based HDR Remaster Technology and Dual Data Base Processing. All of these technologies makes X900F can do a great job when processing HDR images. On the other hand, Samsung Q6FN is powered by Q Engine as its image processor where its performance in processing HDR images is not inferior to X1 Engine of X900F.
For delivering wide color gamut, Samsung Q6FN is powered by Samsung’s Quantum Dot Panel technology while Sony X900F is powered by TriLuminos Display. This makes both of them have excellent color gamut. And maximized by the other technologies like Precision Color Mapping, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR and others for X900Fand Q color technology for Q6FN, all of these technologies make them have excellent color renditions with smooth color gradient.
Equally maximized for HDR experience, both Sony X900F and Samsung Q6FN doesn’t support one HDR formats only, but also supports most of major HDR formats. The similarity, both of them equally support HDR 10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). While the difference, Sony X900F supports Dolby Vision and Samsung Q6FN supports HDR10+. The similarity between these HDR formats, both of these formats equally use dynamic metadata for remapping brightness and color, make brightness and colors can be shown more accurate for every scene.
For handling motion blur when they are playing fast paced technology, except its 49 inch model (QN49Q6FN), Samsung Q6FN is powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Meanwhile, Sony X900F is powered by Motion Flow XR960 technology. Nevertheless, basically, both of these technologies are based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, both X900F also Q6FN also has an additional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that help to clear-up motion, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or Video Games.
As their Smart TV platform, Samsung Q6FN is featuring Tizen 2018 that powered by quad core processor while Sony X900F is featuring Google Android TV 7.0 version. Both of these platforms are equally attractive and have a lot of apps and features. Both of them also equally have Voice Assistant apps and Home Smart Assistant app. For navigating, both X900F and Q6FN are also equipped with smart Remote as their controller.
For producing sound, Samsung Q6FN is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output and has a built-in subwoofer. On other hand, Sony X900F is only equipped with standard sound system for TV that is 2.0 channel speaker system with 20 watts of total sound output and it doesn’t has built-in sub-woofer. With built-in subwoofer, this should make Q6FN can deliver more impressive sound quality than Q6FN, particularly for low frequency or bass.
Sony X900F vs Samsung Q6FN performance
Although Samsung Q6FN has a bit stronger contrast ratio that certainly makes it can produce a bit deeper black level than Sony X900F, but essentially, their peak brightness and black level is equally excellent and dark enough to show really deep black, make its performance in a dark room is also excellent. On the other hand, Q6FN also has a bit better black uniformity than X900F. Nevertheless, essentially, they have good black uniformity. Combination of deep black level and good black uniformity produced by them, this makes dark scene displayed on their screen looks excellent, even when they are set in a dark room where the impact of high native contrast ratio is very sensitive. Additionally, black level produced by them is also dark enough to show shadow details of HDR images fully like the content creator’s intended. With their great performance in showing dark scene, this certainly makes them is a good option for those of you who often watch movies with a lot of dark scene like thriller or horror.
While black level of Samsung Q6FN is a bit deeper, in term of peak brightness, Sony X900F is superior can show far brighter peak brightness. Peak brightness reached by X900F is depending on the source. When the source is SDR, its peak brightness is brighter than 600 nits, bright enough to fight the glare, makes it can maintain its picture quality in most bright room. Meanwhile, when playing HDR contents, peak brightness of X900F is even brighter, close to 900 nits, makes HDR images can be shown excellently on its screen. Additionally, its local dimming also well-work to make small windows of screen is brighter, makes highlight of HDR images can shown brighter. While when showing totally bright scene, like other TV with local dimming, its peak brightness may also dims, but still brighter than 600 nits, makes a scene with all object are bright can be shown fairly bright. On the other hand, although not as bright as X900F, peak brightness of Samsung Q6FN actually is also bright enough to fight the glare, makes it can maintain its picture quality in most bright room. Additionally, when playing HDR images, its peak brightness is also bright enough to show HDR images looks fairly bright. Like X900F, it also can show small window size brighter, makes small highlights of HDR images looks very well. Totally bright scene like outdoor scene is also can shown fairly bright. Overall, peak brightness of Samsung QN6QFN and Sony X900F is good. But a bit unfortunate, since their peak brightness is still less than 1000 nits, this certainly make them are not able to show highlight of HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range like the creator intended.
The use of quantum dot panel makes Samsung Q6FN has wider color gamut than Sony X900F. But essentially, both of them equally support wide color gamut. Although not as wide as what provided by Q7FN or higher, but at least, their color gamut is able to cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space that means they can show colors of HDR images fully like the intended, particularly for HDR10 images. Most of colors in DCI P3 color space can be shown fairly accurate, even for less saturated colors like greens, yellow, or others. Additionally, although Q6FN also have better color volume than X900F, but this is more due Q6FN has wider color gamut. Essentially, since its local dimming work-well in extending its color gamut at different brightness, X900F can show its wide color gamut at its entire brightness range, even very dark colors can be shown as saturated as bright colors. On the other hand, since its local dimming doesn’t work well, Q6FN cannot produce deep colors as saturates as bright colors. But overall, the excepting of deep colors, Q6FN can show its wide color gamut at its entire brightness range. While Q6FN is superior on Color Gamut and Color Volume, Sony X900F has better and smooth color gradient, particularly when playing 10 bit contents. Color gradient of X900F is excellent and very smooth. There is almost color banding when playing 10 bit content. On the other hand, although not as smooth as X900F and there are still some little imperfection, particularly in greens and darker colors, but most people may not notice this much. Overall, color gradient of Q6FN is also very good.
Side Viewing Angle
The use of VA panel may makes they have excellent native contrast ration, but on the other hand, this makes they side viewing angle coverage is poor. Like other TVs with VA panel, at less than 20 degrees off center and front, black level will start to degrade while color also starts to fade. And when viewed from wider angle, their color and black level degradation will be more significantly. This certainly makes the picture displayed on their screen doesn’t look as good as when viewed from the center and front. For you who often watch TV with a group of your family, if you don’t want to lose their excellent picture quality, you must set your seat in such away so still within its side viewing angle coverage. But even so, for you who don’t frequently watch TV from the side, this should not be a problem for you.
Winner: Draw (Equally bad)
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Both of them also equally can do a great job when handling motion blur of fast pace contents. Sony Q9FN may have lower pixel response time than Q6FN but overall, their pixel response time is excellent. As the result, when they are playing fast moving images, the picture produced looks very smooth with almost no motion blur visible. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where most people may not notice this much. The blur that may visible is more due by 60 fps persistence than pixel response time. Additionally, for dimming their backlight, both Samsung Q6FN and X900F equally use PWM Dimming System. But for this case, X900F uses higher dimming frequency that is 720 Hz while Q6FN use 240 Hz. For people who sensitive to flicker, the backlight flicker will be more visible on the screen of Q6FN. While on the screen of X900F, since it uses high frequency, the flicker is almost no noticeable. Meanwhile, for reducing blurs that caused by 60Fps persistence, Q6FN has an optional 60 Hz BFI mode that flicker the backlight at 60 Hz. This will make motion looks clearer, particularly when playing 60 fps contents like sports or video games, but on the other hand, this will make backlight flicker is more noticeable. For enabling this feature, you just need to set “Auto Motion Plus” to “custom” and set on “LED Clear Motion”. On other hand, Sony X900F may also have an optional BFI mode, but the lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern that accepted is 120 Hz. This also can help the motion of 60fps looks clearer, but this is not as effective as on Q6FN and still causes some duplications. For you who prefer to no flicker, this may better for you. To enable this feature, you must set “Motion Flow” to “Custom” and increase the “Clearness” slider on its picture setting.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, both of them are equally able to do a great job. No matter the frame rate of the contents, whether it is native 24p videos like DVD or Blu Ray’s movies, 24p movies from streaming apps like Netflix or Amazon Videos, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from streaming devices, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, all of the will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. Nevertheless, to make the picture clear with judder-free, you must make some settings. For Q6FN, you need to set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and set both “Blur Reduction” and “Judder Reduction” to”0”, while for X900F, you need to set “MotionFlow” to “True Cinema” and set “CineMotion” to “High”.
As their major connectivity, both Samsung Q6FN and Sony X900F are equally equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports are already support HDCP 2.2 and CEC. Additionally, they also equally have 1 port that supports ARC (Audi Return Channel). Q6FN is on HDMI 4 while X900F is on HDMI 3. Meanwhile, for Q6FN, all of its HDMI ports also already support HDMI 2.0 Full while for X900F, which supports HDMI 2.0 are only 2 ports those are HDMI 2 and 3. Additionally, in term of the number of USB ports, X900F has a bit more HDMI ports that are 3 ports while Q6FN only has 2 ports. All of their USB ports are USB 2.0 and none of them is USB 3.0. In addition to USB and HDMI ports, both of them are also equally equipped with 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet port, and 1 Digital Audio Out (optical). For X900F it also has Composite IN (AV IN), Analog audio out (mini jack), and IR In for its IR blaster.
Meanwhile, talking about their input lags, Samsung Q6FN is superior to Sony X900F. In “PC” and “Game Mode”, the input lags of Q6FN are excellent that is about 15 ms, no matter the resolution. This certainly this is low enough to play any games so feels comfortably and responsively, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. On the other hand, although not as low as Q6FN, the input lags of X900F at 4K resolution is also still lower than 25 ms that means it is still comfortable for any kind of games. But a bit unfortunate, its input lags at 1080p resolution is too high, higher than 40 ms. This means this is only comfortable for casual games while for fast paced games, this may be disappointed.
As their smart TV platform, Sony X900F is featuring Sony’s version of Android TV while Samsung Q6FN is featuring Tizen OS 2018. Both of these platforms equally have attractive and intuitive user interface and also attractive animations. Nevertheless, for navigating, the Tizen OS is easier than Android TV. On the home screen of Tizen OS, all shortcuts of apps and menu are located on the customizable “strip” bar at the bottom across the screen. To make the navigation is faster, you can move the frequently used apps to the front while the rarely used apps send to the back. Meanwhile, on the screen of Android TV, the shortcuts actually are neatly arranged and grouped according to the functions. But since preinstalled apps are very much, this makes its home screen is very long., so to see everything, it needs a lot of scrolling. Talking about apps provided, there are also a lot of preinstalled apps provided by both of these platforms. There are Void service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more, Games, Web Browser, Live TVs, and many more. Both of them also equally have an app store that provide ton of apps, games, and contents. For this case, Tizen OS comes with Samsung Apps Store while Google Android TV comes with Google Play Store. But since Google Play Store is supported by tons of developers, this certainly makes what provided are more complete than what provided by Samsung apps store. Additionally, they also equally have “Home Smart Assistant” and Voice Assistant. Android TV comes with Google Voice Assistant and also supports Amazon Alexi while Tizen OS comes with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant and Smart Things.
As their controller, both Samsung Q6FN and Sony X900F also equally come with smart remote. The remote of X900F is large and have a lot buttons, otherwise, the remote of Q6FN is small and only have few buttons. But even so, both of these remote also equally have built-in microphone and combined to each of their voice assistant, this makes both have excellent voice navigation. Additionally, they also equally have a universal ability, allow you to control other devices connected on their TV with each of these remote. But for this case, Samsung’s remote can works alone while Sony remote needs IR blaster that included in its buying package.
|Performance||Samsung Q6FN||Sony X900F|
As we have discussed a lot above, each of Samsung Q6FN and Sony X900F has advantages and disadvantages to each other. In term of picture quality, Q6FN is superior on black level and color reproduction while X900F is superior on peak brightness. Additionally, equally have been maximized for HDR experience, Q6FN and X900F already supports most of HDR format. The difference between them is X900F support Dolby Vision while Q6FN support HDR10+. Additionally, Q6FN also has lower input lags, makes it is more comfortable when used for playing games particularly for fast paced games, while X900F has better motion handling and has almost flicker free. Their smart TV is also equally attractive, but for this case, X900F is superior on the apps provided and voice navigation, while Q6FN is superior on the navigation. Both of them also equally have a major shortcoming on viewing angle coverage where their side viewing angle is equally poor.
So which is a better choice between them? As mentioned above, with the same screen, Sony X900F is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN, while their advantages and disadvantages to each other have been discussed a lot above. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your own preferences. If you need brighter TV, X900F certainly is better for you while if you are searching TV for games, Q6FN certainly is better for you.