Let’s speak frankly, buying the last-year TV isn’t always a good idea, especially if you want to save some money and your budget is not so large to afford anything you want. If you want to buy the TV with the best ratio of price and quality, then you might think about buying a previous year’s model. That’s an especially good idea, if we take into account the fact, that usually, previous years TVs’ prices are going down when the new model is released.

In this article, we’re going to compare 3 different 90 series Quantum Dots TVs. TVs of this series are on sale since 2019, here there are:

  • Q90R – 2019 year
  • Q90T – 2020 year
  • QN90A – 2021 year

By the way, if you don’t know what’s Quantum Dots TVs or want to understand the subject better, you can read our article explaining Quantum Dots TVs.

It may look strange that the model number has slightly changed in 2021, but there’s nothing extremely new. Samsung just added another letter indicating the type of QLED TV. So, in the QN55QN90A, the first letter N means that the TV is going to sale in North America. For Europe, the same TV model number would look like this: QE55QN90A. QN before the model number means QLED TV of the NEO series.

Also, if you want to understand Samsung TV model numbers better, you can check our article covering this subject as well.

Samsung QN90A. Credit: Amazon.com

QN90A features

Let’s turn back to comparing these 3 TVs. First of all, I think we should look on QN90A features and improvements to understand whether this new TV model is offering something new, compared to the previous models.

The main feature of QN90A is a new screen technology. Actually, it’s better say that the screens are the same as before, but the blacklight technology was improved and there are used mini diodes now.

You can read more about Neo QLED TVs in our article.

The 2021 TVs use a new version of the Tizen OS (Tizen 6.0). The new version has paid more attention to gaming opportunities, using the TV as a monitor and using the TV as a screen for presentations and offices.

QN90A Gaming opportunities

The QN90A takes gaming to a new level. If in the previous version you had to find and turn on the game mode in the settings, the TV of 2021 has an ALLM mode (Auto Low-Latency Mode). Thanks to this mode, TV automatically detects a game console connection and activates game mode.

And, of course, for the gamers there are Super Ultra Wide Game View and Game bar for quick gaming functions configuration. FreeSync mode is also supported, so you can sync TV and video card.

New SollarCell smart remote

Samsung has also introduced new SollarCell smart remote. We already talked about it in our article, so you can read it. In fact, this smart remote is similar to One Remote, but it has sollar cells, so it can save your bateries charge.

Also, there’s no proved info now, but seems that the new SolarCell remote would work with the older TVs as well.

New technologies and their names in QN90A

Compared to previous TV models, Samsung has added a lot of new technology names. Note, while some of these technologies are really new, other part is just new names to the technologies that already existed.

We would add links to this technologies explanations as soon as possible, but now you can use site search in order to find the technology explanation you’re interested in. The whole list 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 QN90A better than Q90T?

Now, let’s speak about QN90A vs Q90T. In fact, if you don’t want to overpay, I recommend you to take a look on Q90T or even on Q90R. Yes, Samsung has introduced some really interesting features, but if you aren’t looking for the top TV and want just to watch movies, Q90T would satify 99% of your needs.

Is Q90T better than Q90R?

The same thing is with Q90R vs Q90T. Of course, 2020 year model is more advanced in some features (at least, it has higher top brightness), but if you just want to buy a TV to watch movies, series and sometimes play your XBOX, Q90R is quite a nice (and cheaper) choice.

QN90A vs Q90R vs Q90T comparison table

Here is the table, comparing QN90A vs Q90R vs Q90T. We don’t recommend to rely on pure side-by-side comparisons, but it can help you a lot if you still don’t know what TV to buy.

QN90AQ90TQ90R (2019)
Screen Size55, 65, 75, 8555, 65, 75, 8565, 75, 82
StyleFlat PanelFlat PanelFlat Panel
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
screen bit10bit10bit10bit
type scrennQuantum DotQuantum DotQuantum Dot
screen technologyVAVAVA
BacklightingHDR 10+, HLGDirect Full Array 16XDirect Full Array 16X
Dimming TechnologyUltimate UHD DimmingUltimate UHD Dimming proUltimate UHD Dimming
Stand Type (Color)Sand BlackBending Plate (Titan Black)Bending Plate
Bezel Width4 Bezel-lessSlim4 Bezel-less
Motion Rate240240240
refresh rate120120120
Color100% Color Volume100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot
ContrastQuantum Matrix Technology
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)HLG, HDR10+ Quantum HDR 32XQuantum HDR 16xQuantum HDR 16x
Picture EngineNeo Quantum Processor 4KQuantum Processor 4KQuantum Processor 4K
Sound Output60W60W60W
Speaker Type4.2.2 CH4.2.2 CH4.2CH
Object Tracking SoundYesYesNo
Multiroom LinkYesYesYes
OSTizen 6.0Tizen 5.5Tizen 5.0
Wi-FiYes WiFi5YesYes
BluetoothYes 4.2Yes 4.2Yes
Smart HubYes (incl. Sports, Music and TV Plus)Yes (incl. Sports, Music and TV Plus)
Samsung HealthYes
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 BlackNoNoUltra Black Elite
Closed CaptioningYesYesYes
Game ModeNoYesYes
Eco SensorYesYesYes
Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNAYesYesYes
Google AssistantYesYesYes
SmartThings App SupportYes
Far-Field Voice InteractionYes
TV PlusYes
Web BrowserYes
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
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)23
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
One ConnectNoNoYes
Samsung OneRemoteYesYesNo
Digital BroadcastingATSC 3.0/ATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB EuropeATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB EuropeATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe
Analog TunerYesYesYes
Remote controlTM2180ETM2050CTM1950C
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  1. What is confusing me is that the prices I’m seeing don’t line up. An 85″ q90A is available for a grand less than the q90T and half the price of the q90R.

    Perhaps it’s just a scam? (q90A would not deliver till the new year)

    Any thoughts?

  2. I was under the strong impression that the N in the new Samsung TV models is a reference to the Neo QLED models and not North America… but maybe I was wrong.

    • Hi, you are kinda right, what this was referring to was breaking the full name into 3 parts:

      QN55QN90A (as an example)

      QN – this first part the N is for North America as they say above. if it started QE it would be the Europe model (QE55QN90A)

      55 – the numbers indicate the screen size

      QN – this second part having the N indicates it being a Neo QLED as you said

      90A – the actual model with R being 2019 T being 2020 and A being the new 2021


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