Since the race of highest resolution display was set in motion, we’ve been seeing higher and higher resolution displays popping out everywhere. Samsung has released its new Q900R series of TVs. This series of TV has a total of 7680×4320 in resolution, or 8K.
Many of us – including me – had the initial thought of “4K content is still scarce, why go for 8K?” and Samsung has proven us wrong. There are a few core features that are integrated into the Samsung Q900R, and we saw it in action too.
- AI Upscaling
- Game mode
- Ultra Black Elite
But of course, watch our video to get a grasp of the Samsung Q900R’s 82-inches of 8K magnificence. We don’t have much time for our session, so we cramped up as many things as we can during the few hours that we have.
As stated, the Q900R is an 82-inch QLED TV with 8K resolution. Besides the size, QLED is the main star of the show here. It somewhat combines the best of OLED together with conventional IPS LCD TVs that we have now and without the cons.
Firstly, the QLED here does not stand for “quantum LED” but instead means quantum dot backlight. Like any LCD display technology, the Samsung Q900R needs a few key components – the backlight, the liquid crystal layer for colors, and a couple of light diffusers along the way.
Quantum dots are like mini lasers – they get lots of energy from other sources first, then calms down by emitting those extra energies in the form of light. This is the white light that makes up the backlight for the QLED TVs. Samsung arranged these quantum dots in a full array, covering the entire display’s real estate to create a direct full array of backlight.
Since the quantum dot backlight can be charged by per pixel accuracy, if the scene is showing black colors then just don’t charge the quantum dots. It essentially becomes pure black, like what we have gotten accustomed to on OLED technologies. Since quantum dots are inorganic, they won’t deteriorate over time, unlike OLED and its famous blue pixel problem.
We also saw some demonstrations that highlight a few major upgrades on the Q900R – particularly on the lack of color banding, more vibrant colors, and sharper texts and textures on dense scenes – like grass.
Samsung’s new Quantum Processor 8K is able to control everything nicely, and also able to upscale to 8K resolution nicely. Since we have a Nintendo Switch with us, we want to try how the Samsung Q900R is able to upscale a sub-1080p console experience to its 8K glory.
And we have to say, it really depends on the game. For some titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey, they are able to be upscaled really beautifully to 8K resolution.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, in particular, is a special case. Since the Samsung Q900R is an 82-inch TV and the game is able to be played in 4-player split screen, everyone gets 41-inches in TV real estate and with 4K resolution each. Essentially, all players get a mini (relative) 4K TV. That is just mindblowing!
It also comes with some game modes and game assistants as well. Built into the TV’s software itself is the auto game mode. This TV has dynamic black equalizer which helps players see the dark and give the user an advantage. which automatically detects your that a gaming console is turned on. When your console is turned on, the TV will automatically switch to that display instead. This automatic detection now works for the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and also the Nintendo Switch.
Particularly for the Xbox One/S/X, the Samsung Q900R is actually equipped with a panel capable of 120Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support. Samsung also claims that the Q900R only has 13.5ms of input lag.
Let’s not forget that the Samsung Q900R also supports HDR10+ videos. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones are the first smartphones in the world that can capture HDR10+ natively.
Then comes audio. Samsung has prepared the new HW-Q90R soundbar for us to have some fun with. This Q90R has a total of 17 speakers, including 4 upward-firing speakers and 2 side-firing speakers. To create the surround sound, the Q90R soundbar also comes with the Wireless Rear Speaker Kit which consists of two speakers to create a full wireless surround sound experience.
Most impressively is that the soundbar themselves are connected to the Samsung TV via WiFi, hence the wirelessness.
Honestly speaking, the audio experience during our gaming session was something that I will definitely want to experience again. I sat on a rather loose beanie bag and the bass can still make my butt vibrate. Shouldn’t the loose beanie bag absorb all of the bass vibrations already? Also, the clarity of sound from the soundbar definitely makes me feel like an orchestra is surrounding me when I was playing games.
To control everything that is going on with the Q900R TV and the Q90R soundbar is the Samsung One Remote. It only has a few buttons yet it is able to perform all the actions you need.
That experience was just way too beautiful and impossible to describe through words and videos. You’ll definitely have to experience it with your own eyes and ears to get the full experience. It’s mind-bogglingly astounding.