Samsung Q70T vs Q60T Review – (QN55Q70T vs QN55Q60T, QN65Q70T vs QN65Q60T, QN75Q70T vs QN75Q60T, QN85Q70T vs QN85Q60T)
Samsung Q70T and Q60T are parts of the Samsung’s 2020 QLED TV lineup. Id we see their number series, the Samsung Q60T is the successor of the Q60R while the Q70T is the successor of the Q70R. But even so, talking about features and performance, it seems they both have been downgraded from their predecessor. This means, performance of the Q70T tends to be similar to the Q60R while the Q60T tend to be similar to Q50R. Nevertheless, they both are still good TVs that perform well in nearly any usage.
In the market, the Q60T comes with a lot of screen sizes options. From the smallest, there is 43 inches (QN43Q60TFXZA), 50 inches (QN50Q60TFXZA), 55 inches (QN55Q60TFXZA), 58 inches (QN43Q60TFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q60TFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q60TFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q60TFXZA). On the other hand, the Q70T has less number of screen sizes options. From the smallest, it comes in 55 inches (QN55Q70TFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q70TFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q70TFXZA), 82 inches (QN82Q70TFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q70TFXZA). Meanwhile, with the same screen size (QN55Q60T vs QN55Q70T, QN65Q60T vs QN65Q70T, QN75Q60T vs QN75Q70T, QN85Q60T vs QN85Q70T), the Q70T is priced more expensive than the Q60T. So, what is the superiority of the Q70T as higher model to the Q60T?
Samsung Q70T vs Q60T Key Specification
|Technology and Features||Samsung Q60T||Samsung Q70T|
|Screen Size Available||43 Inches (QN43Q60T), 50 inches (QN50Q60T), 55 inches (QN55Q60T), 58 Inches (QN58Q60T), 65 inches (QN65Q60T), 75 Inches (QN75Q60T), 85 inches (QN85Q60T)||55 inches (QN55Q70TAFXZA), 65 inches (QN65Q70TAFXZA), 75 inches (QN75Q70TAFXZA), 82 inches (QN55Q82TAFXZA), and 85 inches (QN85Q70TAFXZA),|
|Resolution||4K (3840 x 2160)||4K (3840 x 2160)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlight Technology||Edge-Lit LED||Edge-Lit LED|
|Local Dimming Technology||No||No|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Processor||Quantum Processor 4K Lite||Quantum Processor 4K|
|HDR Enhancement||Quantum HDR||Quantum HDR|
|HDR Supports||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+||HDR10, HLG, HDR10+|
|Color Technology||Quantum Dot||Quantum Dot|
|Up-Scaling Engine||4K AI Up-Scaling||4K AI Up-Scaling|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 120+||Motion Rate 240|
|Native Refresh Rate Panel||60 Hz||120 Hz|
|Variable Refresh Rate||No||Yes (FreeSync, HDMI Forum|
|Smart TV Platform||Tizen 2020 with reduced some features||Tizen 2020|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Google Voice Assistant||Yes||Yes|
|Support Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Total Sound Output||20 watts||20 watts|
|HDMI Supports||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2||HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDMI 2.1, CEC, HDCP 2.2|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Technologies and Features of the Samsung Q60T and Q70T
The Main Differences
A bit difference between them is about their image processor. For this case, the Samsung Q&0T is powered by Quantum Processor 4K while the Q60T is powered by Quantum Processor 4K. If we see their name, can be ascertained, the performance of the processor of the Q70T is better and more powerful than the image processor of the Q60T. But unfortunately, we are not able to further explain the difference between these image processors due the limitation information from their official source. But even so, each of their processor makes both of the Q70T and Q60T have some AI-related features. Additionally, thy both also support the same HDR formats, which are HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and HDR10+. But just like other model of Samsung’s TV, they both don’t support Dolby Vision.
Refresh Rate Panel
Motion Technology and Native Refresh Rate panel becomes the main difference between the Samsung Q60T and Q70T. As we see on comparison table above, the Samsung Q70T is powered by Motion Rate 240 Hz based on the native 120 Hz refresh rate panel while the Q60T is powered by Motion Rate 120+ based on the native 60 HZ refresh rate panel. This means, the Q70t is able to support content with frame rate up to 120 Hz while the Q60T only supports content with frame rate up to 60 Hz only.
VRR Support (Variable Refresh Rate)
The other difference between the Samsung Q70T and Q60T is about the support of VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. We can see on the comparison table above, the Samsung Q60T doesn’t support any VRR technology while the Q70T already support VRR technology, which are FreeSync and HDMI Forum. As we have known, the VRR technology can improve game experience by reducing screen tearing when gaming.
The number of HDMI Ports and HDMI 2.1 Support
The number of HDMI ports of the Samsung Q60T and Q70T is also different. The Q60T has 3 HDMI ports while the Q70T has 4 HDMI ports. In addition to the number of HDMI ports, the support of HDMI 2.1 is also different. For this case, the Q60T doesn’t support HDMI 2.1 while the Q70T already supports HDMI 2.1 even though there is only 1 port (HDMI 4) that supports HDMI 2.1. The other difference is about Composite Inputs where the Q60T has 1 Composite In while the Q70T doesn’t have this input. The excepting of these differences, they are same, whether it is about the other input or features. They both have 2 USB ports (USB 2.0), 1 RF In (Tuner), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical), and 1 Ethernet Port. Additionally, their HDMI ports both also already support CEC, HDCP 2.2, and HDMI 2.0.
Just like other models of Samsung’s QLED TVs lineup, the Samsung Q70T and Q60T also use VA panel technology. As we have known, the use of VA panel makes them have excellent native contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep black. On the other hand, this will make their side viewing angle coverage is poor. Meanwhile, quantum dot panel technology makes them can produce wide color gamut and good color volume. This is very helpful when they are displaying HDR content that require wide color gamut and deep black to makes it is different to SDR content.
As their backlight technology, they both use Edge Lit backlight technology. Additionally, to dim their backlight, they both also use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) with the same dimming frequency, which is 600 Hz in most modes. But even so, once their Black Frame Insertion mode is activated, their dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz or 60 Hz depending on the setting. But even so, to enable their black frame insertion, each of them requires different setting. On Q60T, when the picture mode is set to Standard, Game, Natural, or Dynamic, its dimming frequency will drop to 120 Hz. Additionally, enabling “Picture Clarity” also will change its dimming frequency to 120 Hz. On the Q70T, to change its dimming frequency to 120 Hz, you just need enter to PC mode but without “Game” mode or in Game mode with Game Motion Plus Enabled. Meanwhile, when set the picture mode in Game Mode on a PC, its dimming frequency still 600 Hz.
Meanwhile, to enable their back frame insertion at 60 Hz, you just need set “ON” the “LED Clear Motion”. This will help to make motion clearer, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But keep in mind, their dimming frequency is always 120 Hz when you set on “LED Clear Motion” in “Game” mode.
Smart TV Platform
Both Samsung Q60T and Q70T run 2020 version of Tizen OS as their smart TV platform. But even so, although they both run the same smart TV platform, but the Q60T lacks some features found on the Q70T. But even so, ignoring their difference, their interface is simple and easy to use. They both also have good selection of pre-installed apps like Netflix, YouTube, Live TV, Web Browser, etc. They both also provide tons of interesting apps you can download from their apps store called Samsung Apps Store. Not only that, they both also support some Smart Home Apps Like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Smart Things. And finally, their smart TV platform also works with Voice Command that supported by Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant.
As their major controller, they both use smart remote called Samsung Smart Controller. Their remote is relatively unchanged from the remote of the Q60R or Q70R. Just like last year model, their remote is small and only have few buttons. From last year model, there is only little change where the Hulu Button now has been replaced by Samsung’s TV Plus. Meanwhile, in term of features, almost nothing has changed. Their remote has built-in microphone for voice control through Samsung’s Bixby. With your voice command, you can launch apps, change inputs, ask for some information like time or weather, and others. Additionally, their remote also has a feature called the Ambient OneRemote. This feature make this remote can act as universal remote that control other devices via both HDMI CEC and Infra Red. This means, it is not only able to be used to control other devices that support HDMI CEC, but also other devices that don’t support.
Samsung Q70T vs Q60T Performance
Contrast and Black Level
Both Samsung Q70T and Q60T have outstanding native contrast ratio and their native contrast ratio is almost similar, which is around 7000:1. With their native contrast ratio, this certainly allow them are able to produce inky black. Furthermore, they both also have excellent black uniformity. Combination of deep black and excellent black uniformity certainly makes black of images displayed on their screen looks really black, even when they are set in a dark room. Additionally, their deep black also makes darker colors can be shown accurately. When coming with HDR content, shadow details can be also shown excellently the way they should in HDR. But unfortunately, there is no local dimming technology behind them that can further improve their performance in a dark room. This means, there is no feature that can reduce blooming when they are showing highlight like subtitle in movies. So, when you are watching movies with subtitle, there may be some blooming around subtitle. But in general, their performance in producing black is excellent.
When coming with SDR content, peak brightness of the Samsung Q60T and Q70T is also very good. And just like their native contrast ratio, their peak brightness is also almost similar. Except 2% window, their peak brightness even only has little variation in any window sizes that means it is excellent. With around 450 nits, their peak brightness is bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms without any serious issue. But unfortunately, in 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black) its peak brightness significantly drops to around 250 nits due their frame dimming. This is so that when showing small highlight in a dark scene, the blooming that may be visible can be minimized. Overall, their SDR peak brightness is good.
Meanwhile, when coming with HDR content, just like with SDR content, their HDR peak brightness is also almost similar. Their HDR peak brightness even behaves the same way as their SDR peak brightness. This means, except 2% window, their peak brightness is relatively same at any window size, which is around 450 nits. For SDR content, their peak brightness may be bright enough to fight the glare in most bright rooms, but for SDR content, this may not be bright enough to show HDR images as bright as they should be. Let alone, on 2% windows, they can only hit around 250 nits, of course, small highlight of HDR images cannot pop they way they should in HDR. This means, in bright environment, HDR images displayed on their screen doesn’t have significant benefit than SDR content. But even so, in their price range, peak brightness of the Q70T and Q60T can be said fairly well.
Both Samsung Q70T and Q60T already support wide color gamut and their color gamut is also almost similar. Their color gamut can cover around 92% of DCI P3 uv and around 85% of DCI P3 xy that means it is great for HDR content that mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+. The result, most colors of HDR images displayed on their screen can be shown fairly accurate the way they should in HDR. As we have known, to show HDR images fully like intended by the content creator, color gamut of a HDR TV should be able to cover around 90% of DCI P3.
While they both have excellent color gamut, their color volume is only decent. And again, their color volume is also almost similar. Since they both have deep black, they can produce dark saturated colors fairly well. On the other hand, their limited peak brightness makes them cannot produce very bright saturated colors fairly well. But even so, at entire their brightness range, they both can show their wide color gamut fairly well, except very bright blues. As is typical of LED TV, they cannot produce bright blues well.
While they have similar color gamut, color gradient of Samsung Q70T is better than the Q60T. This may be due to the image processor of the Q70T is better than the Q60T. On the screen of the Q70T, color gradient of HDR images looks very smooth with almost no banding visible. There may be still some minor banding in dark shades, but this should be hard to notice in most content. On the other hand, on the screen of the Q60T, some banding may be still available in almost all colors. But fortunately, most people might not notice that, so this should not be also a serious problem for Q60T. Both of them actually have a feature called “Nose Reduction” where enabling this feature can help to minimize banding that may be visible. But on the other hand, enabling this feature makes the picture may lose some fine details in certain scenes.
Side Viewing Angle
Just like other TVs with VA panel, both Samsung Q60T and Q70T also have poor side viewing angle coverage. Their black level will rise started at around 15 degrees off center and front. This means, when you watch TV from the side, black produced by them will tend to grey. And from the wider angle you watch TV, black will look grayer. Not only that, color also will shift started at around 25 degrees. So, started from this angle, color of images displayed on their screen will look less accurate. And finally, their peak brightness will also look drop started at around 32 degrees off center. With this characteristic, both of them certainly are not suitable to be used for watching TV with a group of family or friend.
Motion and Judder Handling
Although not excellent, both Samsung Q60T and Q70T actually have good pixel response time. But for this case, the Q70T has a bit better pixel response time, which is around 15 ms if compared to the Q60T that has pixel response time around 18 ms. Nevertheless, ignoring their difference, their pixel response time actually is low enough to fast scenes looks very smooth. Behind fast moving object, there may be still some little ghosting trail, but this should be hard to notice in most content. The blur that may be visible is more due to persistence than their response time.
But just we have discussed above, both Samsung Q70T and Q60T have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can help to minimize blur that caused by persistence. Activated this feature will change their backlight flicker to 60 Hz. This will help to make motion smoother, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or Video Games. But keep in mind, since their backlight flicker change to 60 Hz, this will cause their backlight flicker may be visible for most people, particularly for them who are sensitive to flicker.
Meanwhile, when playing 24 movies, performance of the Samsung Q70T is much better than the Q60T. Regardless the source is native 24p movies like Blu Ray or DVD movies, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, 24p movies via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, or movies from native apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, and others, the Q70T is able to show them with judder-free. On the contrary, the Q60T cannot eliminate judder from any source, even if the source is native 24p movies like DVD or Blu Ray movies.
Both Samsung Q60T and Q70T also have outstanding input lags in PC and Game Mode. With 60 fps content, in most resolution like 1080p, 1440p and 4K, 4K @ 4:4:4 chroma, their input lags are almost similar. But on 4K with HDR 10 bit, the input lags of the Q70T is lower, which is around 15 ms if compared to the input lag of the Q70T that is around 28 ms. With 120 FPS content, the input lags of the Q70T are also excellent, which is around 6 ms at both 1080p and 1440p resolution. Keep in mind, the Q70T doesn’t support 4K @ 120 Hz, so there is no data for that. On VRR mode, the input lags of the Q70T are also excellent. At 1080p and 1440p with VRR, its input lags are around 6 ms while at 4K with VRR, its input lag is around 15 ms. Keep in mind, the Samsung Q70T doesn’t support 120 fps content and VRR technology, so there are no data for that. Depending on these results, can be ascertained, both of Samsung Q70T and Q60T is very responsive for any games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes.
For Watching Movies
If we refer to the aspects of the picture quality, their performance when used for watching movies in a dark room is almost similar. They have almost similar native contrast ratio that allow them can produce almost similar black level. Additionally, they also have almost similar peak brightness, color gamut, and color volume. Until here, their performance is almost similar, which is great. But furthermore, the Q70T has better color gradient than the Q60T. Additionally, the Q70T also has better judder handling than the Q60T when playing 24p movies.
For Watching Sports
When they are using for watching sports, performance of the Q70T is a bit better than Q60T. They both may have good SDR peak brightness that allows you to watch sports in most bright rooms without any serious issue. They both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that is very helpful to make motion smoother when they are playing sports that usually has frame rate of 60Hz. Until here, their performance may be not much different. However, the pixel response time of the Q70T is a bit lower, makes fast sports look a bit smoother than on the screen of the Q60T. Overall, their performance when using to watch sports is good. But as we have mentioned above, both have them have poor side viewing angle coverage. This means, if you watch a big game with a group of your friend or family, some of you may not get the best viewing.
When used for playing games, performance of the Samsung Q70T is also better than the Q60T. They both may have similar input lags on 60 fps content. But the pixel response time of the Q70T is a bit lower than the Q60T. The result, fast games will look a bit smoother on the screen of the Q70T than the Q60T. Additionally, the Samsung Q60T only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel that means it is only support 60 fps games. Meanwhile, the advantage of the Q70T, it already supports 120 fps games since it has native 120 HZ refresh rate panel and their input lags at 120 Hz is great. Additionally, the Q70T also already supports VRR Technology FreeSync and HDMI Forum that can minimize screen tearing when playing games. But even so, even though as good as the Q70T, gaming performance of the Q60T is also great for its class.
In general, HDR performance of the Samsung Q70T and Q60T is decent. They both have deep black that make them are able to show shadow details of HDR images excellently. Additionally, they also already support wide color gamut, allow them to so Colorful HDR images. Until here, their performance actually is good. But unfortunately, their HDR peak brightness is not bright enough to show HDR image as bright as they should be. With around 450 nits, HDR image will not look significantly different from SDR images in bright rooms. Let alone their peak brightness on 2 % window is only around 250 nits. This certainly make small highlight cannot pop. Until here, performance of the Samsung Q60T and Q70T may be not much different. Meanwhile, the advantage of the Q70T, it has better 10 bit color gradient than the Q60T. Nevertheless, even though both Samsung Q60T and Q70T cannot show HDR images with highlight that pop, in their price range, their HDR performance can still be said good.
As we have discussed a lot above, performance of the Samsung Q70T and Q60T that is influenced by their panel is not much different. Their black level, peak brightness, color gamut, and color volume is almost the same. Meanwhile, the Q&0T is superior on the aspect that more influenced by the performance of their processor like input lags, 24 judder handling, Color Gradient, VRR technology, etc. Additionally, the Q70T also has higher native contrast ratio than the Q60T. With the advantages in processor performance and refresh rate panel, this makes the Q70T is superior to the Q60T in almost all usage, regardless they are used for watching movies, TV show, and sports, playing games, or HDR performance. So, which is a better choice between them? This decision certainly comes back to you according to your main consideration, budget or performance.