I want to tell you about the new 2023 QN90C and QN85C TVs. When you look at the information about these televisions on the Samsung website, you will notice the price. The 90C TV model is 30% more expensive than the 85C model. But you won’t find any apparent differences on the website, but they are if the TV costs more.

First, let’s compare TV prices to get an idea of the price difference between TVs with different screen sizes.

Comparison table of the cost of Samsung 2023 TVs

model TV43″50″55″60″65″75″85″

As you can see from the table, the 55-inch model of the 95C TV is $500 more expensive. And if you look at the 85-inch TVs, the price difference is $1,000.

If there is such a big price difference, there must be significant differences between the TV models.
On the one hand, we have the QN85C line of televisions, an eight series of televisions that includes four models of televisions.

  • QN55QN85C
  • QN65QN85C
  • QN75QN85C
  • QN85QN85C

And the more advanced QN90C line of TVs is the nine series of TVs; this line has more TV models, and there are six with screen sizes from 43 to 85 inches.

  • QN43QN90C
  • QN50QN90C
  • QN55QN90C
  • QN65QN90C
  • QN75QN90C
  • QN85QN90C

It’s best to get information from multiple sources. I contacted Samsung support, and I got this in response to my question about the differences between the 8 and 9 series TV models.

Differences between QN90C and QN85C TV models

Here’s what Samsung says about the differences between the TVs

  • The QN85C comes with Neo Quantum HDR, and the QN90C comes with Neo Quantum HDR+.
  • On the QN90C, you get stunning contrast, and bright colors, just as the director intended.
  • Image quality on the QN90C compared to the QN85C is like in real life.
  • The QN90C also has an improved sound system compared to the QN85C.
  • With the QN90C, you will feel in the middle of the action as the AI Sound system tracks what is happening on the screen, and the sound is projected following the movement with high precision.

Let’s now look at these differences in more detail.

  • The QN85C comes with Neo Quantum HDR, while the QN90C comes with Neo Quantum HDR+: this statement is acceptable, but if you look carefully at the Samsung website notes, the 43 and 50-inch QN90C series TVs have Neo Quantum HDR, starting with 55 inches it supports Neo Quantum HDR+. Both series support Filmmaker Mode. These differences cannot affect the price of the TV.
  • The picture quality is better on the QN90C. Yes, it is, but that can only be if the displays differ.
  • The sound system of the QN90C is better; yes, it is true. The QN90C has a 4.2.2 sound system (except for the 43″, this TV has a 2.0 format). But it also can’t make that much of a difference in the TV cost.
  • The AI sound system is in both TV models, which also can’t affect the cost of the TV.

I think the QN90C series TVs have displays made with more expensive materials. Both TV models support 10-bit color depth and a billion shades. But using cleaner materials (quantum dots) creates a cleaner, brighter picture. Of course, these are not Samsung-made displays. Samsung sold its QLED display factory to China’s TCL in 2022.

I also noticed another peculiarity of TV models. The QN90C series consumes slightly more power than the QN85C of the same diagonal.

Detailed Technical Specifications QN90C vs QN85C

QN85C (2023) QN90C (2023)
Screen Size55, 65, 75, 8543, 50, 55, 65, 75,85
StyleFlat PanelFlat Panel
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
screen bit10bit10bit
type scrennQLEDQLED
screen technologyMini LEDMini LED
Backlightingself-luminous pixels
Dimming TechnologySupreme UHD DimmingUltimate UHD Dimming
Stand Type (Color)Hexagon PlateSharp Neck Hexagon
Bezel Width4 Bezel-less4 Bezel-less
Motion Rate
refresh rate120120Hz
Color100% Colour Volume with Quantum Dot100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot
ContrastQuantum Matrix TechnologyQuantum Matrix Technology
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)Neo Quantum HDRNeo Quantum HDR+
Picture EngineNeural Quantum Processor 4KNeural Quantum Processor 4K
Film ModeYesYes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)YesYes
Motion TechnologyMotion Xcelerator Turbo+Motion Xcelerator Turbo+
DolbyMS12 5.1chMS12 5.1ch
Dolby AtmosYesYes
Sound Output60W70W
Speaker Type2.2.2 CH4.2.2 CH
Object Tracking SoundYesYes OTS+
Q-SymphonyYes only soundbarYes only soundbar
Multiroom LinkYesYes
OSTizen 7.0Tizen 7.0
Wi-FiYes WiFi5Yes WiFi5
BluetoothYes (ver.5.2)Yes (ver.5.2)
Samsung HealthYesYes
Film ModeYesYes
Filmmaker ModeYesYes
360 Video PlayerNoNo
360 Camera SupportNoNo
Easy SetupYesYes
App CastingYesYes
Wireless TV OnYesYes
Wired TV OnNoNo
Wireless DEXYesYes
Closed CaptioningYesYes
Auto Game Mode YesYes
Eco SensorYesYes
Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNAYesYes
Google AssistantYesYes
SmartThings App SupportYesYes
Far-Field Voice InteractionYesYes
TV PlusYesYes
Web BrowserYesYes
FreeSyncFreeSync Premium ProFreeSync Premium Pro
IP ControlYesYes
BT HID SupportYesYes
MBR SupportYesYes
IPv6 SupportYesYes
Tap ViewYesYes
Auto Game Mode (ALLM)YesYes
Multi ViewYes 2 videosYes 2 videos
Game Motion PlusYesYes
Dynamic Black EQYesYes
Super Ultra Wide Game ViewYesYes
Game barYesYes
Expert CalibrationYesYes
Auto Channel SearchYesYes
InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch)NoNo
Ambient ModeYesYes
Auto Power OffYesYes
AI TechnologyYesYes
Auto Motion PlusYesYes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)YesYes
TV to Mobile - MirroringYesYes
USB HID SupportYesYes
AI UpscaleYesYes
Easy SetupYesYes
IoT HubNoNo
TV initiate mirroringYesYes
Video CommunicationGoogle MeetGoogle Meet
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI4 ver 2.14 ver 2.1
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 3.0 (Canada) ATSC/ClearQAM - US: DVB- Europe ATSC 3.0 (Canada) ATSC/ClearQAM - US: DVB- Europe
Analog TunerYesYes
Remote controlTM2360E solarTM2360E solar

Which TV is better to buy, QN90C or QN85C?

As you have already realized, the only significant difference between the TVs is the displays. The QN90C has a better display. Hence the picture on this TV will be of slightly better quality. If you’re buying a TV for watching the video and aren’t particularly picky about video quality, buy the QN85C to save some money.

But, of course, the best option is to go to the store, compare the picture on the two TVs, and buy the one you like.

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  1. You left out the anti-reflection. Every review I’ve seen states that the QN90C has the best anti-glare for 2023. The QN85 doesn’t have that tech. For people with bright rooms and sun glare, this is a big deal and might be worth the upcharge.


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