In previous articles, we compared Samsung TV 2021 year models with 2020 and 2019 years models. You can read our articles by the links below:

However in this article, I want to focus on two 2021 year models to help you understand which one is worth buying.

Both QN85A and Q80A are 2021 TV models, you can identify this by the letter A in the end of the serial number. You can learn more about Samsung TV model numbers in our article.

Samsung TVs 2021 briefly: In 2021, Samsung began producing TVs with advanced Neo QLED screens. In these screens, the backlighting of the screen is made using mini LEDs. The mini LEDs are placed evenly on the back of the screen and there are several thousand such LEDs, which allows for better brightness of the screen. However, Samsung hasn’t upgraded all of its production lines, so QLED and Neo QLED TVs will be on sale in 2021.

Samsung QN85A vs Q80A

QN85A is a TV model with a new screen that uses mini-LED backlighting. The full name of the TV model is as follows:
For North America – QN55Q80AAFXZA, QN65Q80AAFXZA, QN75Q80AAFXZA, QN85Q80AAFXZA

Q80A – according to the technical characteristics this model is the same as QN85A, but in this TV set, the LED display of the previous generation is used. We do not have the exact information, but most likely the screen is similar to the 2020 models.

QN85A and Q80A tech specs

As I said, tech specs are the same for both TVs, the only difference is display type. All other parameters are the same. However, the Neo QLED TV has many blackout zones, which boosts the picture quality. At the moment I can’t say how much better the Neo QLED is than LED screens, it will be possible to tell after comparing the QN85A and Q80A side by side.

QN85A vs Q80A comparison table

QN85A (2021)Q80A (2021)
Screen Size55, 65, 75, 8555, 65, 75, 85
StyleFlat PanelFlat Panel
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
screen bit10bit10bit (8 bit+FRC)
type scrennQuantum Dot NEOQuantum Dot
screen technologyVAVA
Backlightingmini LEDDirect Full Array
Dimming TechnologySupreme UHD DimmingSupreme UHD Dimming
Stand Type (Color)Sand BlackFLOATING PLATE
Bezel Width4 Bezel-less4 Bezel-less
Motion Rate240240
refresh rate120120
Color100% Color Volume100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot
ContrastQuantum Matrix TechnologyDirect Full Array 8x
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)Quantum HDR 24xQuantum HDR 12x
Picture EngineNeo Quantum Processor 4KQuantum Processor 4K
Sound Output60W60W
Speaker Type2.2.2 CH2.2.2 CH
Object Tracking SoundYesYes
Q-SymphonyYes only soundbarYes only soundbar
Multiroom LinkYesYes
OSTizen 6.0Tizen 6.0
Wi-FiYes WiFi5Yes WiFi5
BluetoothYes 4.2Yes 4.2
Smart Hub
Samsung HealthYesYes
Film ModeYesYes
LED Clear MotionYesYes
Natural Mode SupportYesYes
Motion TechnologyMotion Xcelerator Turbo+Motion Xcelerator Turbo+
360 Video PlayerYesYes
360 Camera SupportYesYes
Easy SetupYesYes
App CastingYesYes
Wireless TV On - Samsung WOWYesYes
Wired TV On - Samsung WOLYesYes
Digital Clean ViewYesYes
Ultra BlackNoNo
Closed CaptioningYesYes
Game ModeNoNo
Eco SensorYesYes
Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNAYesYes
Google AssistantYesYes
SmartThings App SupportYesYes
Far-Field Voice InteractionYesYes
TV PlusYesYes
Web BrowserYesYes
FreeSyncYes FreeSync Premium ProYes FreeSync Premium Pro
Filmmaker ModeYesYes
IP ControlYesYes
BT HID SupportYesYes
MBR SupportYesYes
IPv6 SupportYesYes
Tap ViewYesYes
Auto Game Mode (ALLM)YesYes
Wireless DexYesYes
Cloud ServiceOffice 365Office 365
Multi ViewYesYes
Game Motion PlusYesYes
Dynamic Black EQYesYes
Super Ultra Wide Game ViewYesYes
Game barYesYes
Expert CalibrationYesYes
Auto Channel SearchYesYes
InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch)YesYes
Channel GuideYesYes
Ambient ModeYesYes
Auto Power OffYesYes
AI Technology??
Apps PlatformYesYes
Auto Motion PlusYesYes
Embedded POPYesYes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)YesYes
TV to Mobile - MirroringYesYes
USB HID SupportYesYes
AI UpscaleYesYes
Easy PairingNoNo
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI4 (3 ver.2.0, 1 ver 2.1)4 (3 ver.2.0, 1 ver 2.1)
USB2 (2.0)2 (2.0)
RF In (Terrestrial/CableYesYes
RF In (Satellite Input)Yes Europe, No USYes Europe, No US
Digital Audio Out (Optical)YesYes
Audio Return Channel SupportYesYes
One ConnectNoNo
Samsung OneRemoteYesYes
Digital BroadcastingATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB EuropeATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe
Analog TunerYesYes
Remote controlTM2180ETM2180E
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