Launched in the year 2022, the QN50Q80B is a 50" 4K TV from Samsung. It features a 10-bit VA panel with Anti-glare/Matte finish. The maximum resolution it can achieve is 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a pixel density of 89 ppi.
Now, the next important spec of a display that will impact your viewing experience is Color Gamut.
This TV comes with a DCI P3 coverage of 100% — equivalent to 136.36% sRGB. The color quality on this TV should be Lifelike!
Understanding Color Gamut
Color gamut spec of a TV is a measure of the range of colors that the TV can display.
A display with poor color accuracy will produce undersaturated colors that will not be pretty to look at.
It is specified in different units - sRGB,sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 to name a few. It is upto the manufacturer which one they choose.
For example, the color gamut of this TV is specified in DCI P3.
But don't worry, here is a chart that will help you choosing a TV with good color accuracy.
Other than color accuracy, you should look at the static contrast specification as it impacts the picture quality the same way.
Understanding the static contrast ratio of a TV
There are two types of contrast specifications for a TV. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio as dynamic doesn't matter much.
Static contrast specification tells the intensity of black levels. That is, a TV with SC ratio less than 1000:1 may produce black images something like this:
Moreover, such TVs are likely be prone to backlight bleeds that will affect your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Also, a TV with high constrast ratio lets you to see more details. So, resolution and static contrast ratio go hand in hand in a sense.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
This TV comes with a static contrast ratio of 8000:1., good enough to produce deep blacks and eye-catching visuals. For the record, it also comes with local dimming backlight technology which is a plus.
HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive, HDR10+ Gaming and Quantum HDR 12X are also supported on this TV.
As for brightness, the peak brightness the Samsung QN50Q80B can achieve is 250 nits, powered by Direct LED (Full-Array Local Dimming) backlight.
If you are not planning to game on this TV, you can ignore these specs. But if you are also going to use the TV for gaming or use it as a PC monitor, make sure to get a TV that features the lowest input lag and response time.
Sadly, we cannot find the input lag specification for this unit. Now, as this is not a cheap TV from Samsung, input lag on this TV could be 20ms or below.
Understanding Input lag and response time
This lag is the amount of time at which device inputs changes the content of the TV. For casual Non-FPS games, input lag doesn't matter much.
But ideally, look for a TV that has an input lag and response time of < 20ms.
Dimensions and Ergonomics
The width of this TV is 44.68 inches while its height is 27 inches. It weighs around 11.2 kilograms. So plan your space accordingly.
Now, speaking of ergonomics — VESA mount is supported on this TV with an interface size of 200 x 200 mm. Swivel, Tilt or Pivot features are not supported on this unit.
Hardware and Audio
The internals of this TV is powered by 4-Core CPU. However, Samsung didn't provide any info about the available RAM on this TV.
The UI on this TV is powered by Tizen 6.5 Operating System.
For display connectivity, Samsung has provided four HDMI 2.1 ports on this TV.
To connect USB devices, you will have two USB 2.0 (1x 5V/0.5A — 1x 5V/1A) ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Cable/Antenna In (F-type female), 1x RS232 (C) and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on the Samsung QN50Q80B include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
Now, for audio, it is packaged with 2 x 10W built-in speakers. It also comes with a built-in sub-woofer. So you don't have to invest on an external sound system.
As for power usage, on average, this TV uses 50.4 Watts and on standby, it takes 0.5 Watts.
It supports a power outlet of 100 V - 120 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz.