Samsung Q70T QLED TV review and features

The Samsung Q70T QLED TV epitomizes Samsung’s plan for low and midrange TVs in 2020: make them cheaper, take some corners in the process, and hope that the cost savings compensate for the reduced performance. This approach hurt its cheapest QLED model, as seen in our Samsung Q60T QLED TV review. The Q70T, the next step up, strikes a better balance, yet it faces fierce competition from less expensive competitors.

Our Samsung Q70T QLED TV review reveals that this is one of the greatest Samsung TVs on the market, even among the sets on our top TVs list. The pricing difference in the 55-inch model we tested is the most significant: It’s $500 less than the Q70R from 2019, but it’s still $500 more than the TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635). The switch to dual LED backlight from the full array backlight on last year’s Q70R is one tradeoff for the price reduction. You’ll also notice a reduction in sound quality. The Q70T, unlike the Q60T, does not have a downgraded processor, which helps to keep the overall picture quality good.

Price and Availability

We looked at the 55-inch Q70T, which costs around $900 at Amazon Best Buy and other shops as of this writing. Because of its low price, it ranks in the center of our list of the best TVs under $1,000.

The model is also available in 65, 75, 82, and 85 inch sizes from Samsung. The design and features of all models are identical.

The Samsung Q70T QLED TV range is nearly identical across various models, with the same number of connections, 4K resolution and HDR capability, and QLED display. All of the televisions have a dual backlight and the same CPU. As a result, we expect all sizes to operate similarly to the 65-inch model we evaluated for this evaluation in terms of strengths and limitations.

Design

The Q70T has the same simple, attractive design as Samsung’s other QLED TVs. The unit’s dimensions are 48.4 x 27.8 x 2.3 inches, so it won’t take up much room on a TV stand and won’t protrude far from the wall if hung. The dark grey plastic casing features a narrow bezel around the QLED screen and does not appear cheap or fragile.

Design
Design

The Q70T comes with boomerang-style feet that clip into the unit’s bottom easily and firmly. The TV’s total width, including the stand, is 10.4 inches. A conventional 400 x 400-millimeter VESA mount or Samsung’s small wall mount can also be used (convenient if you want to minimize how far the TV is separated from the wall).

The Q70T, like the Q60T, has gone from a full array illumination to a twin LED backlight. Two sets of LEDs with various color temperatures make up the dual backlight. Full array LED backlights are used in higher-end Samsung QLED TVs, as well as the Vizio P-Series.

Picture Quality

The Q70T will be received with murmurs of approbation right out of the box. It has a bright picture on average, good color integrity, and dramatic contrast.

The standard picture presets are Standard, Dynamic, Natural, and Movie, with Standard and Natural being the most complementary for more content . Natural favors contrast, primarily through a little black crushing, but the end result is certainly appealing.

Picture Quality
Picture Quality

It’s no surprise that native 4K images on the Q70T are razor-sharp, but what is truly astonishing is how well the AI upscaling works with lower-resolution sources. The Quantum image processor on the set performs an excellent job of interpolating texture and detail, giving the viewer a stronger sense of depth.

By comparing information with an on-chip database and intelligently guesstimating how it can be improved, the Samsung makes good use of AI smarts. The method works especially effectively with video streams that aren’t up to grade.

While the set doesn’t have full array local dimming, it does have some smart display tech. In order to maximize contrast, Samsung chose two different colors for its LED backlight. This adds some much-needed black level oomph. Of course, blooming can be seen in high-contrast settings, but it’s just temporary.

Sound Quality

The Q70tiny, T’s edge-lit display design inevitably results in a sound system that is quite limited. The TV lacks the Samsung Q80T and above’s OTS (Object Tracking Sound) system of speakers located around all edges, instead opting for a usable two-channel stereo system.

Sound Quality
Sound Quality

It’s not as if it’s lacking in tricks. The new Adaptive Audio and Active Voice amplifier features increase audio quality based on ambient noise in the space, and they work well.

Nonetheless, we recommend spending the extra money on a good soundbar — Samsung TVs don’t decode Dolby Atmos, but they will pass it along through HDMI to a compatible soundbar, so you can go as high-end as you want with this one.

Ports

The Q70T includes four HDMI connections, one of which supports eARC (audio return channel) and the other of which supports HDMI 2.1, which will be available on the Xbox One S and PlayStation 5. It also features an RF antenna input, although there are no connections for older technologies like composite video. It has Wi-Fi for wireless Internet access and an Ethernet port for wired Internet access. A soundbar can be connected via optical digital audio, and it also features Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting headphones.

Ports
Ports

The ports are on the back of the TV, so you’ll have to move it away from the wall to get to them. This isn’t a big deal for most people, but if you’re constantly changing what’s connected to your TV, it could be a problem.

HD/SDR Performance

  • Vibrant color performance
  • Excellent upscaling
  • Auto Motion Plus

Even when 4K video isn’t accessible, sublime and naturalistic HD upscaling, along with a high overall picture level, results in a continually delightful viewing experience.

Standard, Dynamic, Natural, and Movie are the image presets, but if you want to get your hands dirty, check out the Expert Settings, which include entertaining options like customizable gamma. Filmmaker mode, which can be selected in the image mode menu, is also supported by the set.

HD/SDR Performance
HD/SDR Performance

Samsung Q70T benefits from the same AI intelligence found in other 2020 QLED 4K models, which is a real plus. When it comes to adding naturalistic depth and nuance to sub-4K images, Samsung strikes the bullseye.

So, how does upscaling work in this situation? The CPU intelligently extrapolates false detail and texture by correlating image content with an on-chip database.

Stick with Standard while watching HD SDR video, and maybe Natural if you want a little more contrast. For the former, studio broadcast, documentaries, and cartoons; for the latter, more cinematic TV series. Both Dynamic and Movie are on opposite ends of the spectrum, and neither is really fulfilling.

Smart Features

The QN55Q70TAFXZA, like all other Samsung QLEDs, uses the Tizen operating system. It comes pre-loaded with a wide range of apps, including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and Apple TV. The TV is easy to set up using on-screen prompts, or you can use the SmartThings app to make things even easier. To use all of the offered capabilities, you’ll need to register a SmartThings account in any case.

Smart Features
Smart Features

Another area where the Samsung Q70T outperforms its predecessor is its voice assistant options, which include Samsung’s Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, as opposed to merely Bixby on the older model.

The remote stays the same — Samsung’s typical wand-style remote, which is pleasant to use and provides quick access to the functions you’ll use the most, such as volume control and accessing the home screen. There’s also a play/pause button, channel changer, voice assistant microphone, and a shortcut to Ambient Mode.

Processor technology

This wouldn’t be a QLED if it didn’t feature a Quantum Processor of some sort. Samsung does not appear to be changing anything in this area for 2020, as the new models appear to use the same silicone as last year. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing because the Quantum Processor 4K was a fantastic piece of silicon, and based on what we saw in last year’s models, it looks like it’ll be fine through 2020.

Processor technology
Processor technology

In contrast to the Q60T, which used a “lighter” version of the same chip, the Samsung Q70T uses the exact same CPU as the higher tier 4K QLEDs. As a result, the Q70T has the same AI picture and audio capabilities as previous models. This entails a strong AI upscaling engine that classifies textures and edges using a combination of advanced algorithms and an image database in order to optimally upscale each scene.

Motion Rate 240

This image improvement technique reduces motion blur on the screen, allowing you to enjoy smooth action movies and sports on Samsung Q70T.

HDMI Connectivity

With an HDMI connection, you may enjoy high-resolution music and video over a single cable. One input is eARC-compatible, and the onboard HDMI ports allow 4K UHD and HDR multimedia decoding.

Verdict

For those seeking for a mid-range Ultra HD TV with excellent AI image processing, the Samsung Q70T is a great option.

Verdict
Verdict

It’s especially enticing to gamers who want to pair a next-generation console with a huge 4K 120fps monitor.

The absence of local dimming didn’t bother me, so this is a fine set for movie buffs and couch potatoes equally.

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