Samsung Q80A vs Q80T vs Q80R: Which one should you buy?

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  • Q80R is the best choice for people who want to save some money. It still offers high quality, but now at an affordable price.
  • Q80T offers the best price-quality ratio, so the money you would pay would be justified.
  • Q80A also offers good price-quality ratio, but you would pay a little bit more.

If you’re just looking for comparison table of Samsung Q80A, Q80T, Q80R TVs, you can scroll down to the end of the article.

Buying a TV is always a challenge, at least because it’s difficult for an inexperienced person to understand how one model differs from another and what you lose if you take the previous year’s model. This article will help you choose exactly the model that will give you the most value for the money you spend.

First of all, in 2021 Samsung features its Neo QLED TVs, which would be used in 8+ series. However, Q80A would receive a previous generation screen, the same as used in Q80T.

  • Q80R – 2019
  • Q80T – 2020
  • Q80A – 2021

Also, if you want to better understand Samsung TV model numbers, you can read our article covering this topic.

Samsung Q80A features

Q80A is the new 2021 QLED TV model 2021 that offers the new Tizen OS version (Tizen OS 6.0). The new Tizen version was redesigned following new trends and has got some new gaming opportunities, as well as the ‘using TV as a monitor’ feature. So now you can use the TV not only to watch movies or connect it to a gaming console but use it, for example, in offices to conduct presentations.

Also, in Tizen 6.0 there are some changes in gaming features. The most important is Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM) that has replaced Game mode. If previously you needed to turn on gaming mode manually, now TV can detect when the gaming console is connected, so it activates Game mode automatically.

Also, Q80A has some additional features, such as Super Ultra-Wide Game View and Game Bar that allow quick setup of game functions. There’s also FreSync mode, which allows you to synchronize your TV with the video card.

The new Solar Cell smart remote control

In 2021 Samsung also introduced a new Solar Cell smart remote control, a new generation of One remote, that has sollar cells to save battery charge. We already talked about it in our article, so you can read about it you’re interested in. The only thing you should know is that Solar Cell remote can work with previous Smart TV generations, so you can buy it and use with Q80R or Q80T if you wish.

New technologies in Q80A

With Tizen 6.0 update, TVs would get a lot of new technologies. Some of the are brand new ones, while others are just new names to technologies that already existed.

The full list is as follows:

  • Film Mode
  • LED Clear Motion
  • Natural Mode Support
  • Motion Technology
  • 360 Video Player
  • 360 Camera Support
  • Easy Setup
  • App Casting
  • Wireless TV On – Samsung WOW
  • Wired TV On – Samsung WOL
  • SmartThings App Support
  • SmartThings
  • Far-Field Voice Interaction
  • TV Plus
  • Web Browser
  • Gallery
  • EPG
  • FreeSync
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • BT HID Support
  • MBR Support
  • IPv6 Support
  • Tap View
  • Auto Game Mode (ALLM)
  • Wireless Dex
  • Cloud Service
  • Multi View
  • Game Motion Plus
  • Dynamic Black EQ
  • Super Ultra Wide Game View

Is Q80A better than Q80T?

Frankly speaking, that’s hard to give you advice in this regard. The TVs have the same hardware, but Q80A would have Tizen 6.0 (while Q80T wouldn’t get the update).

If you want to save some money and you’re planning to use TV primarily as a ‘watching station’, then I think you can save some money and buy Q80T. But if you want to get all the new features, that the best decision is to buy Q80A.

Q80A, Q80T, and Q80R comparison

Here’s a table comparing the Q80A to the Q80R to the Q80T. We don’t recommend relying on a pure performance comparison, but it can be very helpful if you still don’t know which TV to buy.

 Q80A (2021)Q80T (2020)Q80R (2019)
screen
Screen Size55, 65, 75, 8549, 55, 65, 75, 8555, 65, 75, 82
StyleFlat PanelFlat PanelFlat Panel
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
screen bit10bit (8 bit+FRC)10bit (8 bit+FRC)10bit
type scrennQuantum DotQuantum Dot Dual LEDQuantum Dot
screen technologyVAVAVA
BacklightingDirect Full Array 8xDirect Full Array 12xDirect Full Array 8x
Dimming TechnologySupreme UHD DimmingSupreme UHD DimmingUltimate UHD Dimming
Stand Type (Color)FLOATING PLATETITAN BLACKFlat Foot
Bezel Width4 Bezel-less3 Bezel-less4 Bezel-less
Video
Motion Rate240240 (49' 120)240
refresh rate120120 (49' 60)120
Color100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot
ContrastDirect Full Array 8x
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)Quantum HDR 12xQuantum HDR 12XQuantum HDR 12X
Picture EngineQuantum Processor 4KQuantum Processor 4KQuantum Processor 4K
Audio
DolbyYesYesYes
Sound Output60W60W (49' 40W)40W
WooferYesYesYes
Speaker Type2.2.2 CH2.2.2 CH (49' 2.2CH)4.1CH
Object Tracking SoundYesYesNo
Q-SymphonyYes only soundbarYesNo
Multiroom LinkYesYesYes
Features
OSTizen 6.0Tizen 5.5Tizen 5.0
Wi-FiYes WiFi5YesYes
BluetoothYes 4.2Yes 4.2Yes
Smart HubYesYes
Samsung HealthYes
BixbyYesYesYes
Film ModeYes
LED Clear MotionYes
Natural Mode SupportYes
Motion TechnologyMotion Xcelerator Turbo+
360 Video PlayerYes
360 Camera SupportYes
Easy SetupYes
App CastingYes
Wireless TV On - Samsung WOWYes
Wired TV On - Samsung WOLYes
Digital Clean ViewYesYesYes
Ultra BlackNoUltra Black EliteUltra Black Elite
ConnectShareYesYesYes
Closed CaptioningYesYesYes
Game ModeNoYesYes
Eco SensorYesYesYes
Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNAYesYesYes
Google AssistantYesYesYes
AlexaYesYesYes
SmartThings App SupportYes
SmartThingsYes
Far-Field Voice InteractionYes
TV PlusYes
Web BrowserYes
GalleryYes
EPGYes
FreeSyncYes FreeSync Premium Pro
Filmmaker ModeYes
IP ControlYes
BT HID SupportYes
MBR SupportYes
IPv6 SupportYes
Tap ViewYes
Auto Game Mode (ALLM)Yes
Wireless DexYes
Cloud ServiceOffice 365
Multi ViewYes
Game Motion PlusYes
Dynamic Black EQYes
Super Ultra Wide Game ViewYes
Game barYes
Expert CalibrationYes
Auto Channel SearchYesYesYes
InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch)YesYesYes
Channel GuideYesYesYes
Ambient ModeYesYesYes
Auto Power OffYesYesYes
AI Technology??Yes
Apps PlatformYesSmart TV with Bixby Voice, Apps and Full Web BrowserSmart TV with Bixby Voice, Apps and Full Web Browser
Auto Motion PlusYesYesYes
Embedded POPYesYesYes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)YesYesYes
V-ChipYesYesYes
TV to Mobile - MirroringYesYesYes
USB HID SupportYesYesYes
AI UpscaleYesYesYes
Easy PairingNoNoNo
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI4 (3 ver.2.0, 1 ver 2.1)4 (3 ver.2.0, 1 ver 2.1)4 ver. 2.0
USB2 (2.0)22
EthernetYesYesYes
RF In (Terrestrial/CableYesYesYes
RF In (Satellite Input)Yes Europe, No USYes Europe, No USYes Europe, No US
Digital Audio Out (Optical)YesYesYes
Audio Return Channel SupportYesYesYes
eARCYesYesNo
One ConnectNoNoYes
Samsung OneRemoteYesYesNo
System
Digital BroadcastingATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB EuropeATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB EuropeATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe
Analog TunerYesYesYes
Accessories
Remote controlTM2180ETM2050CTM1950C

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