Samsung Q8FN TV REVIEW

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Samsung Q8FN TV REVIEW

The Samsung Q8FN TV REVIEW is a 2018 QLED TV with great picture quality, especially in a bright room due to the high peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. It performs very well for any usage with great motion handling, an excellent response time, and very low input lag. Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle and the gray uniformity is only decent.

Design

The design of the Samsung 2018 Q8FN is great. It has a very modern look with sleek lines and a nice finish. The legs are solid and wide set, but they might not fit on some tables. It includes the same excellent cable management system found in the NU8000. The TV does not include the OneConnect box found on the higher-end Q9FN. The connections are all side-facing but in the TV frame, so it is difficult to reach the connections when the TV is wall-mounted.

Picture Quality

The 2018 Samsung Q8FN QLED TV has great picture quality. It has an excellent native contrast ratio with really deep blacks, and the full array local dimming feature is able to boost the black levels for great dark room viewing. Real scene brightness is good, and small highlights stand out really well. HDR highlights are extremely bright and are able to surpass the 1000 cd/m² target for HDR content. Like all VA panels it has a narrow viewing angle, but it has excellent reflection handling which is great for a bright room. The color management system is not very effective, but with the proper settings colors are accurate for most people. The Q8FN has an excellent color gamut, and has the best color volume we have ever measured.

Motion

Great motion handling on the Samsung Q8FN. The backlight does flicker, but with normal viewing, it is at a high refresh rate and should not be noticeable. It has an excellent response time and supports 120 fps motion interpolation even in game mode. The backlight adjusts depending on the content played and options selected, so there are fewer motion duplications. It is very good at removing 24p judder, but wide-panning shots at 24fps stutter due to the excellent response time.

Inputs

Excellent low input lag on the Samsung Q8FN QLED TV. Input lag is exceptionally low with 120 Hz content, similar to the NU8000, and better than the LG C8. It can display most resolutions without any issues, but chroma 4:4:4 is not supported in PC Mode with a 1440p@120Hz signal. Like other 2018 Samsung TVs, the Q8FN does not support DTS passthrough to an external receiver, but this shouldn’t be an issue since most media supports both. The Q8FN supports auto low latency mode (Also known as auto game mode), and it works perfectly with an Xbox One S/X or Playstation 4.

Sound Quality

The Samsung Q8FN has an average sound quality. This TV gets decently loud, but it may not be loud enough for all scenarios, especially large and busy environments. It also produces a decent amount bass for a TV and has a well-balanced sound. However, compared to a good dedicated speaker setup, it lacks thump and rumble in the bass range and doesn’t have a built-in room correction system.

Smart Features

The Samsung Q8F runs Samsung’s 2018 Tizen Smart Interface. It is well organized and easy to use, but the performance is inconsistent and animations sometimes drop frames. The smart features are not as advanced as the new offerings from LG and Sony, and the remote app is very basic. The remote itself is of good quality, small but easy to use and durable. Like all Samsung TVs, there are ads throughout the interface and there is no way to disable them through the settings.

SPECIFICATIONS

Design

Curved : No
Wall Mount : Vesa 200×200
Borders : 0.51″ (1.3 cm)
Max Thickness : 2.28″ (5.8 cm)
Maximum Temperature : 94 °F (34 °C)
Average Temperature : 90 °F (32 °C)

Picture Quality

Native Contrast : 5551 : 1
Contrast with local dimming : 7957 : 1
Local Dimming : Yes
Backlight : Full-Array
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness : 528 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window : 773 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window : 1435 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window : 760 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window : 626 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window : 552 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window : 769 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window : 1380 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window : 757 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window : 623 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window : 550 cd/m2
SDR ABL : 0.048
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness : 628 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window : 969 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window : 1233 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window : 1278 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window : 684 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window : 495 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window : 946 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window : 1200 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window : 1258 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window : 681 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window : 493 cd/m2
HDR ABL : 0.053
50% Std. Dev. : 3.354 %
50% DSE : 0.205 %
5% Std. Dev. : 1.155 %
5% DSE : 0.104 %
Color Shift : 20 °
Brightness : 31 °
Black Level : 13 °
Native Std. Dev. : 0.855 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D. : 0.834 %
Screen Finish : Glossy
Total Reflections : 1.2 %
Indirect Reflections : 0.3 %
Picture Mode : Movie
White Balance dE : 4.41
Color dE : 4.47
Gamma : 2.44
Color Temperature : 6053 K
Picture Mode : Movie
White Balance dE : 0.39
Color dE : 2.83
Gamma : 2.20
Color Temperature : 6476 K
Wide Color Gamut : Yes
DCI P3 xy : 97.99 %
DCI P3 uv : 98.72 %
Rec 2020 xy : 74.08 %
Rec 2020 uv : 80.89 %
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP : 94.4 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP : 52.0 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP : 74.7 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP : 40.8 %
Color Depth : 10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.) : 0.124 dE
Green (Std. Dev.) : 0.143 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.) : 0.096 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.) : 0.129 dE

Motion

80% Response Time : 4.0 ms
100% Response Time : 12.9 ms
Flicker-Free : No
PWM Dimming Frequency : 480 Hz
Optional BFI : Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps : 60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps : Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps : Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode : 60 Hz
Motion Interpolation (30 fps) : Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps) : Yes
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps : 28.8 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps : 3.8 ms
Judder-Free 24p : Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p : Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i : No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps : Yes
Native Refresh Rate : 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate : FreeSync
4k VRR Maximum : 60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum : 48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum : 120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum : < 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors : HDMI

Inputs

1080p @ 60Hz : 20.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz + HDR : 19.3 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode : 73.0 ms
1080p @ 120 Hz : 10.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz : 19.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR : 19.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 : 16.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR : 16.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode : 56.0 ms
4k With Interpolation : 20.8 ms
4k @ 120 Hz : N/A
4k with Variable Refresh Rate : 15.4 ms
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate : 6.5 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 : Yes
1080p @ 120Hz : Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz : No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4 : Yes
4k @ 60Hz : Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 : Yes
4k @ 120Hz : No
HDMI : 4
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
Component In : 0
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0
HDR10 : Yes
Dolby Vision : No
HLG : Yes
3D : No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital : Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS : No
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital : Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS : No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwith : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 4)
USB 3.0 : No
HDCP 2.2 : Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : No
Wi-Fi Support : Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Sound Quality

Low-Frequency Extension : 75.51 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70 : 4.28 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80 : 4.85 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max : 6.73 dB
Max : 85.5 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression : 4.05 dB
Weighted THD @ 80 : 0.717
Weighted THD @ Max : 0.951
IMD @ 80 : 0.65 %
IMD @ Max : 1.39 %

Smart Features

Smart OS : Tizen
Version : 2018
Ease of Use : Easy
Smoothness : Not Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube : 3 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight : 7 s
Advanced Options : Many
Ads : Yes
Opt-out : No
Suggested Content in Home : Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content : No
App Selection : Many
App Smoothness : Average
Cast Capable : Yes
USB Drive Playback : Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback : Yes
HDR in Netflix : Yes
HDR in Amazon Video : Yes
HDR in YouTube : Yes
Size : Small
Voice Control : Many Features
CEC Menu Control : Yes
Other Smart Features : Yes
Acts as the Remote : Yes
Launches Apps and Inputs : No
Inputs Text in YouTube : No
Inputs Text in Netflix : No
Streams Device Files : No
Controls TV Settings : No
Voice Control : Yes
Power Consumption : 50 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 150 W
Firmware : 1056

TV 2018

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.0
Picture Quality
8.1
Motion
8.7
Inputs
9.1
Sound Quality
6.5
Smart Features
7.8
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