Samsung Q70R vs Q7FN Review (QN55Q70R vs QN55Q7FN, QN65Q70R vs QN65Q7FN, QN75Q70R vs QN75Q7FN)
Samsung Q70R is mid-range model of Samsung’s 2019 4K HDR QLED TV while Samsung Q7FN is the predecessor, the mid range model of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV. Compared to the predecessor, the Q70R comes with some improvements and additional new features that expected its performance is better than the predecessor. If the Samsung Q7FN predecessor comes in 3 screen sizes option only including 55 inches (QN55Q7FN), 65 Inches (QN65Q7FN), 75 inches (QN75Q7FN), the Q70R comes with more screen sizes options. In addition to 55 inches (QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q70R), and 75 inches (QN75Q70R), the Q70R also comes in 49 inches (QN49Q70R) and a huge screen 82 inches (QN82Q70R). Nevertheless, special for its 49 inches model (QN49Q70R), it has different native contrast ratio and the level of Motion Rate technology than the bigger screen sizes model where its native refresh rate panel is 60Hz with Motion Rate 120 technology while the bigger models have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel with Motion rate 240. Additionally, the 49 inch model doesn’t support FreeSync VRR while the bigger screen size model already supports VRR. Since the 49 inches has different spec, this comparison refers to the 55 inches or bigger model. So what new features and improvements offered by the Q70R over the Q7FN predecessor?
Samsung Q70R vs Q7FN Key Specs
|Technology and Features||Samsung Q70R||Samsung Q7FN|
|Screen Size Available||49 inches (QN59Q70R), 55 inches (QN55Q70R), 65 inches (QN65Q70R), 75 Inches (QN75Q70R), 82 inches (QN82Q70R)||55 inches (QN55Q7GN), 65 Inches (QN65Q7FN), 75 Inches (QN75Q7FN)|
|Resolution||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlight Technology||Direct LED||Edge-Lit LED|
|Local Dimming Technology||Full Array Local Dimming (Direct Full Array 4x)||Yes|
|Dimming Technology||Ultimate UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Processor||Quantum Processor 4K||Q Engine|
|HDR Enhancement||Quantum HDR 8X||Q HDR Elite|
|HDR Supports||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot||Quantum Dot|
|Depth Enhancing Technology||n/a||Contrast Enhancer, Q Contrast Plus|
|Moth Eyes Technology||n/a||Ultra Black Elite|
|Up-Scaling Engine||4K AI Up-Scaling||UHD Up-Scaling|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240 (49” model : Motion Rate 120)||Motion Rate 240|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||120 Hz (49”: 60 Hz)||120 Hz|
|Smart TV Platform||Tizen 2019 with Bixby Voice Assistant||Tizen 2018 with Bixby Voice Assistant|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Support Google Assistant||Yes||-|
|Support Amazon Alexa||Yes||-|
|Total Sound Output||40 watts||40 watts|
|HDMI Supports||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Technologies and Features of Samsung Q7FN and Q70R
Samsung Q70R and Q7FN are equally the flat model of Samsung QLED TVs series 7. As is typical of Samsung TVs, on their panel, they both use VA panel technology that makes them can produce deep black. Nevertheless, they come with the difference in backlight and local dimming system. As is parts of Samsung QLED TVs, quantum dot panel become the mainstay technology of both. This allows them can produce wide color gamut with good color volume. Coming with HDR technology, Samsung Q7FN and Q70R may be supported by different images engine, but the HDR formats they support are the same. In addition HDR10 (static HDR), they both also support HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and HDR10+ (Dynamic HDR). But unfortunately, unlike the middle-up model of Sony or LG TV where they are already support Dolby Vision, both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN don’t support Dolby Vision.
Meanwhile, for handling motion, both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN are powered by Motion 240 technology and have the same native refresh rate panel that is 120 Hz. Additionally, they both also support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), that allow their input lags change to synchronize the input device’s output. But even so, special for the 49 inch model of Q70R (QN49Q70R), it only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel and doesn’t support VRR. Meanwhile, for connecting with other devices, both Samsung Q7FN and Q70R are equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports.
As we see on the comparison table above, Samsung Q70R and the Q7FN are powered by the images processor with different market name. The Samsung Q7FN is powered by Quantum 4K Processor while the Q70R is powered by Q Engine. One of the advantages of Quantum New 4K processor than the older processor, it provides various AI-based features that certainly makes its performance is more optimal. One of its features that have been based on AI is 4K AI Up-scaling engine. For up-scaling non 4K content to 4K, its algorithm has used AI in order to its performance can be further maximized over time by the means of machine learning. This means, the more data is collected and analyzed by its machine learning, its processor has the potential to fine-tune the different up-scaling components further over time. This also makes its performance in up-scaling non UHD contents is better. In addition to for Up-scaling, the AI is also used for the Intelligence Mode. This mode will intelligently optimize both picture and sound based on the environment variables such as room acoustic, ambient lights, or other and also based on type of content. On the other hand, the Q7FN has not use AI for most of its features.
The other main difference between the Samsung Q70R and the Q7FN is about their backlight. As we see on comparison table above, the Samsung Q7FN uses edge-lit LED backlight while the Q70R uses direct LED. But even so, they both have local dimming. For the Q70R, its Full Array Local Dimming is called Direct Full Array 4x while for the Q7FN, there is no market name for its local dimming. But unfortunately, Samsung doesn’t clearly reveal how many dimming zones of each. Nevertheless, surely, the Full Array Local Dimming of Q70R can perform better than the local dimming of the Q7FN that used edge Lit LED backlight.
This is not about the local dimming like we discussed above, but about their software based dimming system. As we see on comparison table above, the Samsung Q7FN has Supreme UHD Dimming while the Q70R has Ultimate UHD Dimming. You need to know, the Supreme UHD Dimming is the highest level of software based dimming system for recently years, while the Ultimate UHD Dimming is just introduced in this year. We don’t know for sure, what are their differences. But surely, the ultimate UHD Dimming brings some improvements that expected its performance is better than the Supreme UHD Dimming.
Anti Reflective Screen/Moth eyes Technology
The other difference between the Samsung Q70R and Q7FN is about their anti reflective screen or moth eyes technology. The Samsung Q7FN has this technology that called Ultra Black Elite while for the Q70R, Samsung doesn’t list this technology as its specs in its official site. This technology is very helpful to absorb the ambient light. This has an impact on their performance in handling reflection. Can be ascertained, with anti reflective filter called Ultra Black Elite, the Samsung Q7FN can work better in handling the reflection than the Q70R.
Both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN may be equipped with the same number of HDMI ports, but the number of USB ports of Q7FN is a bit more than the Q70R. The Q7FN has 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports while the Q70r also has 4 HDMI ports but only has 2 USB ports. But even so, the main difference between them is precisely about where their inputs/outputs are housed. The inputs/outputs of the Q70R are located at the back of the TV while all inputs/outputs of Q7FN are housed on separated box called One Connect Box.
Smart TV Version
The Samsung Q7FN is featuring 2018 version of Tizen OS while the Q70R is featuring the 2019 version. In term user interface, there are not many changes offered by the 2019 version over the 2018 version. But in term of performance, the 2019 version is much smoother than 2018 version. If on the 2018 version, the interface is not consistent where it occasionally freezes for few seconds and frequently drops frames on animation, on the 2019 version, this issue can be minimized. A bit improvements offered by the 2019 version, it now works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. But even so, since it doesn’t have them built in, to get the benefit offered by them, you must separately buy the compatible devices like smart speakers such as Amazon Echo or Google Home others. On the other hand, with default firmware, the 2018 version doesn’t support Amazon Alexa and Google Home. But even so, with an update firmware, the 2018 version is also able to work with Amazon and Alexa. The other improvements offered by the 2019 version, the Universal Guide has now powered by AI Algorithm. Thus certainly makes the recommendations provided are more accurate than the older version that has not powered by AI.
As their controlled, Samsung Q7FN comes with Samsung Smart Controller TM1850A series while the Q70R comes with TM1950C series. Physically, they are similar, whether it is about their design or color. Their buttons layout is also similar. But even so, in the newer model, there are three additional buttons for Netflix, Amazon Videos, and Hulu. Additionally, both of these models also have built-in microphone for Voice Navigation. Since the voice navigation of Samsung’s TV has been powered by Bixby Voice Assistant, its navigation can do better than before. A bit improvement offered by the 2019 model, it has a far field voice capability that allows you to make a voice command without needing to press and hold the microphone button on the remote. On the other hand, the 2018 model doesn’t yet have far-field capabilities.
Samsung Q70R vs Q7FN Performance
Contrast and Black Level
The Samsung Q7FN as the older model may already have excellent native contrast ratio that allows it can produce deep black, but the native contrast ratio of the Q7R is even higher. Additionally, although they both have local dimming, the local dimming of Q70R is more effective in boosting its contrast ratio than Q7FN. On the other hand, when the local dimming of Q7FN is activated, there is almost no improvement in its contrast ratio. Additionally, its local dimming also makes the black uniformity of the Q70R is a bit better than the Q7FN predecessor. The result, black produced by the Samsung Q70R is deeper than Q7FN that certainly makes dark scene looks better. Additionally, the local dimming of Q70R can also work better in reducing blooming than the Q7FN.So, in additions black looks deeper on its screen, highlights also looks better due blooming can be more minimized than on the screen of the Q7FN. Overall, Samsung Q70R is better than the Q7FN in producing black.
But even so, ignore the superiority of Q70R, performance of the Q7FN in producing black is also great that certainly also makes its performance in a dark room is also great. Black produced by both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN is even deep enough to show shadow details of HDR images excellently like the intended.
Winner: Samsung Q70R
Which one is brighter between the Samsung Q70R and Q7FN is depending on the content. With SDR content, the Samsung Q7FN is brighter than the Q70R successor. With a real content, the Q7FN can reach peak brightness up to 700 nits that means it is great for most bright rooms. This means, its peak brightness is bright enough to overcome the glare in most bright rooms. Even with test pattern, when showing small highlight, it can show the small highlight at around 1100 nits, makes small highlight look standout in a dark scene. Not only that, the dimmest peak brightness is also still excellent, that is around 750 nits. And this is reached when it is showing thorough area of the screen is bright. This certainly makes bright scene can be shown very bright. On the other hand, the peak brightness of the Samsung Q70R is not as bright as the predecessor. With real content, peak brightness reached by the Q70R is around 400 nits. Meanwhile, with window test, the brightest peak brightness reached by the Q70R is when showing around 25% area of screen is bright, where peak brightness reached is a bit brighter than 500 nits. Meanwhile, when showing all area of the screen is bright, peak brightness reached by the Q70R is even less than 400 nits. But even so, although its peak brightness is not as bright as the Q7FN, but this actually is bright enough to overcome the glare, make it is still suitable when used in a bright room, even can still be said very good.
Meanwhile, with HDR content, the peak brightness of the Samsung Q70R is much brighter, even a bit brighter than the Q7FN predecessor. But even so, wit windows test, the peak brightness of the Q70R is not as bright as the Q7FN. On the screen of Q7FN, a small highlight in a dark scene can be shown brighter than 900 nits, while on the screen of Q70R, it is shown at around 600 nits. Additionally, when showing all area of screen is bright, Q7FN can show it at up to 800 nits while the Q70R can only show it at around 400 nits. The result, HDR images looks brighter on the screen of Q7FN than the Q70R. Even at times, the Q7FN is able show a highlight within 1000-4000 nits level intended by the movie content creator.
Overall, with brighter peak brightness and better reflection handling, performance of Samsung Q7FN is better than the Q70R when set in a bright room. Additionally, a highlight of HDR image also can be shown better on the screen of Q7FN than the screen of Q70R. But even so, although not as bright as Q7FN, peak brightness of the Q70R is also still acceptable for HDR content.
Winner: Samsung Q7FN
Both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN has great color gamut. But even so, compare among them, although the Q70R has wide color gamut, but its color gamut is not as good as the Q7FN predecessor. The color gamut of the Samsung Q7FN is outstanding, even including the best ever. Its color gamut coverage in DCI P3 is nearly perfect where it can cover more than 99% of DCI P3 color space. Additionally, in Rec.2020, its color coverage is also including the best ever where it can cover more than 80%. On the other hand, although not as great as what offered by the Q7FN predecessor, the Samsung Q70R also has excellent color gamut. Its color gamut can cover more than 93% of DCI P3 that means it is wide enough to show HDR images colorfully. This means, although some certain color cannot be shown as accurate as by Q7FN, but overall, color of HDR images displayed on the screen of Q70R looks very accurate.
Additionally, the color volume of the Samsung Q70R is also not as good as the Q7FN predecessor. But even so, this is more due Q7FN has wider color gamut than the Q70R. Overall, Samsung Q70R can produce dark and bright colors across most of its gamut. But just like other LED TVS, it cannot produce very bright blues fairly well. On the other hand, although the Q7FN has better color volume than Q70R and it can produce outstanding bright colors, but it cannot produce deep, dark colors as good as the Q70R.
While color gamut and color volume of Samsung Q70R is not as good as the Q7FN predecessor, its color gradient is slight better than the predecessor. On the screen of Q7FN, some faint banding is noticeable almost everywhere. Even major color banding is visible in dark green and blue. Meanwhile, on the screen of Q70R, the faint banding is less visible. The some faint banding is only visible in dark shades. Nevertheless, overall, their color gradient is good. Although some faint banding is still visible in certain colors, this is not horrible, and most people should not notice this much.
Side Viewing Angle
Just like other LED TVs with VA panel, both Samsung Q7FN and Q70R also has poor side viewing angle. The picture displayed on their screen looks inconsistently when viewed from the side. Started at around 25 degrees, color is washed out. Their black level look degraded even is started at around 15 degrees off center and front. This certainly makes the picture looks worse when viewed from the side. And the wider angle you watch TV, the picture will look worse. In 2019, Samsung actually has introduced a new optical layer technology called Ultra Viewing Angle that can improve the side viewing angle coverage of Samsung TV. But for a while, this is just for the high-end models of Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV like Q900R, Q90R, or Q80R.
Both Samsung Q70R and Q7FN have excellent pixel response time and their pixel response time is almost similar. Their pixel response time is around 13 ms and this is low enough to make motion looks smooth and clearly. Following fast moving object, there is only a short faint trail where most people may not this much. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like fast movies, games, or sports, the picture displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear with only very little blur. The blur that may be still visible is more caused by persistence than pixel response time.
Meanwhile, for dimming their backlight the both use PWMN Dimming system. However, their dimming frequency is not fixed and is depending on picture setting. Although they use the same PWM system, buts the default dimming frequency of Q70R is much higher than Q7FN. In most modes like ‘Movies Mode’ or others, with Auto Motion Plus disable, the dimming frequency of the Samsung Q70R is 960 Hz while the dimming frequency of Q7FN is 240 Hz. Since Q70R has much higher dimming frequency, backlight flicker is also less visible on its screen than on the screen of the Q7FN. Or you will not even notice backlight flicker on the screen of Q70R since its dimming frequency is very high. Meanwhile, on the screen of Q7FN, although its dimming frequency is not as high as the Q70R, but only the people who sensitive to flicker who can notice its backlight flicker while most people may not be notice this much. On the other hand, the use high dimming frequency will cause persistence blur, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content.
To solve this issue, both Samsung Q7FN and Q70R have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that able to lower its dimming frequency. By enabling the ‘Auto Motion Plus’, their backlight will automatically change to 120 Hz. Additionally, for further reducing their dimming frequency to 60 HZ, you can set ‘On’ the ‘Led Clear Motion’. Not only that, by setting them in ‘Game Mode’ also makes their dimming frequency is always 120 Hz. By lowering their dimming frequency, this will help make motion looks clearer, particularly that caused by 60 Fps persistence. But on the other hand, this will makes backlight flicker is more visible, especially for you who are sensitive to judder.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, the Samsung Q70R offers a bit better performance than the Q7FN predecessor, particularly when they are playing 24p movies via 60 is signal like movies from satellite TV or cable box. With this source type, the Samsung Q70R can show it clearly with judder free while the Q7FN cannot remove the judder completely. But even so, except 24p movies via 60i judder, their performance is similar. This means, no matter they are playing native 24p movies like DVD or Blu-Ray Player, via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or movies from native apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others, both Samsung Q7FN and Q70R can show them clearly with judder-free.
The interesting feature offered by them for gamers is Variable Refresh Rate. Except the 49 inches model of Q70R (QN49Q70R), they both have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. But even so, they both support FreeSync VRR that allows them to synchronize their refresh rate with input device’s output. In 1080p resolution, their refresh rate can change between around 20 Hz to 120 Hz while in 4K resolution, their refresh rate can change between 48 Hz to 60 Hz. This feature is very useful to reduce screen tearing and stuttering, particularly when you are playing a game with compatible device like X Box One or a PC with supported Graphic Card. Once again, keep in mind, the 49 inch model of Q70R (QN49Q70R) doesn’t support VRR.
Coming the some number of HDMI ports, the HDMI ports supports more resolutions than the HDMI ports of the Q7FN predecessor. At 60 Hz, the Q7FN supports 1080p, 4K, 4K with HDR, and 4K at 4:4:4 chroma. Meanwhile, in addition to this resolution, at 60 Hz, the Q70R also supports 1440 resolution. At 120 Hz, the resolution that supported by them is similar, those are 1080p and 1440p. They both don’t support 4K resolution at 120 Hz.
Meanwhile, about their input lags in PC and Game Mode, at 60 Hz, Samsung Q70R offers a bit improvement over the Q7FN predecessor. If the input lags of the Q7FN is around 20 ms in most resolution, the input lags of Q70R in most resolution is around 16 ms. This certainly makes the Q70R is more responsive than the Q7FN. But since their difference is not too significant, this doesn’t also have a significant impact. Meanwhile, at 120 Hz, the input lags of the Q70R are even higher than the Q7FN. The input lags of Q7FN at 120 Hz is very excellent that is around 10 ms, while the input lags of Q70R at 120 Hz is between 15ms – 19 ms, depending on the resolution. Their input lags will be further excellent when they are in VRR mode where their input lags in 1080p and 1440p is around 6 ms while in 4K resolution is around 15 ms.
Compare between them, Samsung Q70R is superior at 60 Hz while the Q7FN is superior at 120Hz. But even so ignoring their difference, their input lags actually is low enough to make them very responsive for any games, whether for causal or fast paced games, 1080p or 4K games, with HDR or without HDR. And combine their excellent picture quality, great motion handling, low input lags and permanent burn in risk free with additional feature like FreeSync VRR, Auto Low latency Mode, and others certainly make them as a great TV for gaming.
|Performance||Samsung Q70R||Samsung Q7FN|
As we have discussed a lot above, even though the Samsung Q70R is the successor of the Q7FN, but not in all aspects the Q70R brings improvements. In term of contrast ratio and local dimming performance, the Samsung Q70R is better than the predecessor, but in term color reproduction, performance of the Q70R is precisely worse than the predecessor. Additionally, in term of peak brightness, the Samsung Q70R is not also better than the Q7FN predecessor or even is worse. Meanwhile, the other improvement offered by the Q70R over the Q7FN is about its performance in handling motion, flicker, and 24p movies. Nevertheless, this doesn’t have a significant impact in normal usage. Additionally, Samsung Q70R also offers an improvement in its input lags particularly at 60 Hz. But on the other hand, its input lags at 120 Hz are precisely worse than Q7FN. Meanwhile, coming with AI algorithm, Samsung Q70R offers smarter features than the Samsung Q7FN the predecessor. In general, they both are great TVs for mixed usage, whether for watching movies in dark room, watching sports, playing games, HDR Experience, or for Smart TV experience. But even so, since they both have poor side viewing angle, they both are not suitable when used in a wide room with wide seating.
So, which is a better choice between them? You need to know, with the same screen sizes, (QN75Q70R vs QN75Q7FN, QN65Q70R vs QN65Q7FN, QN55Q70R vs QN55Q7FN), despite the price of Q7FN has dropped while the Q70R still has a full price, the Q7FN is precisely priced more expensive than the Q70R. Meanwhile, both of them have good performance for mixed usage, whether in a dark room or bright room. Now the decision comes back to you according your own preferences.