Samsung Q80T QLED TV review – TechRadar

The Samsung Q80T QLED TV is an excellent jumping-on point if you want one of the cheapest full array backlight QLED TVs in the Samsung TV range.

When it came out in 2020, it was strategically positioned just below the Q90T, with which it shares a number of advanced features, and above the edge-lit Q70T. Which means the Q80T sits comfortably in the mid-range, but its performance is far from average.

We still highly rate the Samsung Q80T QLED TV even though it’s a few years old, but it has been usurped by newer models in our best Samsung TV guide and our best TV guide.

We tested the QE65Q80T (the 65-inch size) and found it had bright peaky HDR, gorgeous definition and a wide color gamut. Make no mistake: the Samsung Q80T QLED TV looks every bit as pretty as you’d hope—while packing some surprising extras to boot. Read our full Samsung Q80T QLED review below to find out more.

  • Samsung Q80T QLED TV (HDR) at Amazon for $2,147.99 (opens in new tab)

Samsung Q80T QLED review: price and availability

  • Released in 2020, so might be hard to find
  • Available in 49, 55, 75 and 85-inch sizes

The Samsung Q80T QLED TV launched in 2020 in 49-inch, 55-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch models.

Prices began at $1,349 / £1,279 / around AU$1,809 but they’ve since been reduced. In fact, a few size options now seem to be discounted on the Samsung website, and through many third-party retailers.

For a slightly pricier option, the step up from the Q80T at the time of launch was the Q90T, which you can read more about in our Samsung Q90T QLED TV review. Or take a look at the step down in our Samsung Q70T QLED TV review, which starts at £1,099 / $999.

Since launch, the Q80T has had several successors, including the Q80A in 2021, a 55-inch model available from $1,299 / £939 / AU$1,749.

The Q80T is significantly cheaper than Samsung’s newer range of Neo QLED models, check out our Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review for a thin, bright and bold 2021 TV that costs $1,499 / £1,799 for the 50-inch model.

Samsung Q80T QLED review: design

  • Not the slimmest TV
  • Four HDMI ports

It’s inevitable that the Samsung Q80T QLED TV, which features a FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight, is not going to be the slimmest flatscreen on the shelves, but for most buyers the extra bulk is going to be worth it.

Samsung’s designers have gone some way to mitigating this extra depth by framing the panel with a ridiculously minimal bezel, creating the illusion that pictures are magically hanging in the air.

Connectivity is excellent, too, with four HDMIs that offer advanced and varying specifications. There’s 4K at 120fps support on HDMI 4, and eARC on input 3.

The set can handle 4K at 60Hz (expected from PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games), 2K at 120Hz, plus VRR (Variable Refresh rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). FreeSync support is included for PC AMD gamers too.

(Image credit: Steve May)

Rounding things out are two USB ports, digital optical audio out, Ethernet to support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a Common Interface slot, for all those territories which require one. You almost certainly won’t need everything on offer, but it’s nice to have them in reserve.

The screen is bundled with two remote controls, one the usual button strewn offering most of us will gravitate to, the other a simplified pointer.

Samsung Q80T QLED review: smart TV (Tizen)

  • Lots of streaming apps
  • Multi View Mode will be appealing for some

Samsung made revisions to its Tizen smart TV platform in 2020 to improve usability. The launcher bar is a little smaller, allowing more apps to sit onscreen without a need to scroll. When viewed on the larger Q80T models, this makes perfect sense. There’s also enhanced connected device discovery, making it easier to jump between inputs.

Also new this season is Mobile Multi View with Casting, which enables two screens (the main TV image and your smartphone) to be watched simultaneously.

While there’s no Freeview Play tuner (on the UK edition of the set), all key Catch-up TV channels are supported, along with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Rakuten TV, Apple TV and YouTube (to name but a few).

Samsung’s Ambient mode also makes a welcome return, allowing the QLED screen to serve as a gallery for J