Samsung Q6FN vs NU8000 Review – What are their differences?
Samsung Q6FN is the entry level of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR QLED TV lineup while Samsung NU8000 is a part of Samsung’s premium UHD TV LED TV lineup. With the same screen (QN49Q6FN vs UN49UN8000, QN55Q6FN vs UN55NU8000, QN65Q6FN vs UN65NU8000, QN75Q6FN vs UN75NU8000, QN82Q6FN vs UN82NU8000), Q6FN is sold hundreds dollar more expensive. The major advantage that offered, it comes with Quantum Dot panel while NU8000 doesn’t have quantum dot panel technology. But of course, not only about quantum dot technology that makes them is different, but also some other technologies and features offered by them. So, what are the advantages offered by Q6FNso it is sold hundreds dollar more expensive and which is a better choice between them refer to performance/price?
Samsung Q6FN vs NU8000 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung NU8000||Samsung Q6FN|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||49 Inch (UN49NU8000), 55 Inch (UN55NU8000), 65 Inch (UN65NU8000), 75 Inch (UN75NU8000), 82 inch (UN82NU8000)||49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 75 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 82 inch (QN65Q82FN)|
|Panel Technology||VA Panel||VA Panel|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Ultra Slim Array)||Yes (Q Contrast )|
|Picture Engine||UHD Engine||Q Engine|
|HDR||HDR Plus||Q HDR|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, HDR 10+||HDR 10, HLG, HDR 10+|
|Color Technology||Dynamic crystal Color||Quantum Dot with Q Color|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Clarity Enhancement||UHD Up-scaling Engine||UHD Up-scaling Engine|
|Motion Technology||Motion Rate 240 (49” : Motion Rate 120)||Motion Rate 240 (49” : Motion Rate 120)|
|Native Refresh rate Panel||120 Hz (49” : 60 Hz)||120 Hz (49” : 60 Hz)|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2018||Tizen 2018|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote||Samsung Smart Remote|
|One Connect Box||No||No|
|Sound Output||40 Watts||40 Watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Features and Technology of Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN
In term of appearance, they look different, particularly on their stand. Samsung NU8000 comes with T-Type Center Low stand that sturdily and stably support the TV at the center of the panel. On the other hand, Samsung Q6FN comes with V-stand style that supports the TV at both side of the panel. Its stand is metallic and also supports the TV very well. However, the weakness of the stand like this model, for large screen, it also need larger table, while the stand of NU8000 will fit on most table, no matter the screen size of the TV. Meanwhile, the excepting of their stand, their design looks almost similar, whether it is viewed from the front, side, or from the back. If there is difference, this is not too major.
Quantum Dot Panel
As we have mentioned above, the major difference between them is on their color technology where Samsung Q6FN is powered by Quantum Dot Technology called Q Color while Samsung NU8000 is powered by Dynamic Crystal Color. Powered by Quantum dot technology makes Samsung Q6FN can produce excellent color gamut. Although not as wide as what offered by the higher series like Q7FN, Q8FN, or Q9FN, but color gamut delivered by Q7FN is still better than what delivered by Samsung NU8000 that supported by Dynamic Crystal Color. Nevertheless, for its class, color gamut of NU8000 is also already excellent.
Both Samsung Q6FN and NU8000 may use the same VA panel with Edge lit backlight and local dimming, but Samsung use the different term for their local dimming technology. For this case, the local dimming of NU8000 called “Ultra Slim Array”, while the local dimming of Q6FN called “Q Contrast”. We don’t know for sure, what are the difference between Ultra Slim Array and Q Contrast, or this may be about the number of dimming zones of their local dimming. But that is for sure, the local dimming of Q6FN better work than NU8000.
Picture Engine and HDR
Meanwhile, there are also some differences between them like on their picture engine and HDR where Samsung Q6FN is powered by Q Engine with Q HDR while NU8000 is powered by UHD Engine with HDR Plus. For this case, we also don’t know for sure, whether this just “marketing language” or there is difference between these technologies.
Meanwhile, the excepting of what mentioned above, both of them have similar technology and features. In this year, there are two highlights offered by Samsung’s 2018 LED TV lineup, particularly for middle to upper class of their lineup including Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN. The first is about HDR10+. You need to know, Samsun have brought new HDR format called HDR10+ for their 2018 lineup. Essentially, this format is based on standard HDR10 format, but the improvement, this use dynamic metadata. As we know, for remapping brightness and color range, HDR10 use static metadata where it will be send once at the beginning of the content. Meanwhile, on HDR10+, the metadata will be send continuously based frame by frame. With dynamic metadata, this certainly makes HDR10+ format can remap the brightness and color more precisely than standard HDR 10, makes HDR picture produced looks better. What offered by HDR10+ certainly is not a new thing considering Dolby Vision have also used dynamic metadata.
The second highlight offered by Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup including Samsung Q6FN and NU8000 is about their smart TV platform. Both of them may be still featuring Tizen OS and powered by a quad core processor, not far different than last year version. But the major improvement offered by 2018 version, now it has been integrated with Samsung voice assistant called Samsung’s Bixby. With Samsung’s Bixby Voice assistant, this allows you can do a lot of thing with your voice command like ask some basic question, change channel, change input and more. Additionally, like other smart TV platform like WebOS or Google Android TV, Tizen OS also has a home smart assistant app. But unlike them that support Amazon Alexa, Samsung prefer to choose its own home assistant app called “Smart Thing”. This allows you to control your Smart Thing Compatible device like Air Conditioner, Refrigerator, Dish Washing and others with your voice command via your Samsung TV.
Meanwhile, for maximizing their performance in handling motion blur, except for their 49 inch model, both Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN are equally powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. While special for their 49 inch model, they are powered by Motion rate 120 based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Additionally, for connecting with other devices, both of them are also equipped with same inputs/outputs like 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and others. And for producing sound, they are also equipped with the same audio system that is 2.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output.
Samsung Q6FN vs NU8000 Performance
Contrast and Black Level
Samsung Q6FN may have a bit deeper black level and stronger contrast than Samsung NU8000, but essentially, their black level and contrast ratio are excellent. With deeper than 0.02 nits, black level produced by both Samsung Q6FN and NU8000 may not as deep as what reached by OLED TV. But this is dark enough to make black looks really black, even when they are set in a dark environment where the impact of high native contrast ratio is very sensitive. The result, detail of image in dark scene can be well-revealed. And combined to its excellent black uniformity, this makes dark scene will look excellent on their screen. Additionally, black level produced by them is also dark enough to show shadow details of HDR images fully like the intended. And since Q6FN has a bit deeper black level, this certainly makes dark scene displayed on its screen will look a bit better than NU8000. But once again, essentially, their performance in showing dark scene is great, particularly when playing HDR images.
While both Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN equally have excellent performance in a dark room, both of them also equally have good performance in a bright room and their peak brightness is almost the same. They peak brightness is equally brighter than 500 nits that means it is bright enough to overcome the glare. Additionally, they also have similar performance in handling reflection and overall, their reflection handling is also good. Combination of bright peak brightness and good reflection handling makes the picture displayed on their screen looks remain excellent in most bright room. Additionally, their peak brightness is also bright enough to show bright scene of HDR images so looks excellent on their screen. Even for a short time, they are able to show small highlights brighter than 700 nits that means it is very good. What reached by Q6FN and NU8000 may be not as bright as what reached by Q7FN or Q8FN the higher series, but at least, highlight of HDR images still can be shown excellently on their screen. But since their peak brightness is still lower than 1000 nits, this certainly makes them are not able to show highlight of HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range like the content creator’s intended. Additionally, since the number of dimming zones of their local dimming is lack, this also makes blooming around small bright object in dark background is visible. But even so, overall their performance in a bright room or when showing bright scene is very good for their class.
Both of them may equally support wide color gamut, but the use of Quantum Dot panel on Samsung Q6FN makes it can deliver wider color gamut than NU8000 that supported by Dynamic Crystal Color Technology. Color gamut delivered by Q6FN may not as wide as color gamut of Q7FN or Q8FN, but its color gamut still can cover most of colors in DCI P3 color space, close to 95%. Overall, most of colors in DCI P3 can be shown fairly accurate on the screen of Q6FN and only some certain colors like yellow, green or cyan that is shown a bit less accurate. On the other hand, although not as wide as Q6FN, color gamut of NU8000 is also able to cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space that means it is still wide enough to accurately show most colors of HDR images. Additionally, Samsung Q6FN also has better color volume than NU8000, but this is more due its wider color gamut. Both of them may be not able to show dark colors very well, but essentially, both of them can well-show their wide color gamut across their brightness range. Still about their color performance, both of them also have very good color gradient. Although there are still some little imperfections in certain colors, especially in darker colors, but this is not too visible and overall, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth and clear. Overall, combination of wide color gamut, good color volume, and smooth color gradient certainly makes colors of HDR images displayed on their screen look excellent. But for this case, since Q6FN has wider color gamut and better color volume, this certainly makes colors of HDR images displayed on its screen also looks better than on the screen of Samsung NU8000.
Side Viewing Angle
Unfortunately, you can enjoy excellent picture quality displayed on their screen only if you watch TV from the center and front, while when viewed from the side, the picture quality will look degrade. This is due their side viewing angle coverage is poor. Like other LED TV with VA panel, less than 20 degrees off center and front, black level will look degrade while color will look shift. Brightness may be able to be maintained at wider angle, but still degrade at less than 30 degrees off center and front. And the wider angle, their degradation will be more significant. As a result, when viewed from the side, the picture doesn’t look as good as when viewed from the center and front. Nevertheless, if you rarely watch TV from the side, this should not be a problem for you.
Motion handling and 24p Playback
Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN are also able to do a great job when playing fast moving image like sports or fast movies and their performance is almost the same. They equally have excellent pixel response time, makes the picture produced looks smooth and clear. A short ghosting trail following fast moving object may be still visible, but most people should not notice this much. The blur that visible is more due by 60 fps persistence than pixel response time. Meanwhile, to dim the backlight, both Samsung Q6FN and NU8000 also equally use 240 Hz PWM Dimming System. This will cause flickers but only people who sensitive to flicker who can notice this. In addition to 240 Hz flickers as their default value, both of them also have an optional a 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that allows them to dim the backlight at 60 Hz. This feature can reduce persistence blur, particularly when playing 60 fps content like sport or video games, makes their motion looks clearer. But since it use lower dimming frequency, on the other hand, this will cause some duplications and makes flicker is more noticeable. For enabling this feature, you just need to set “LED Clear Motion” to “On”.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, Samsung Q6FN can do a bit better job than NU8000, particularly when playing 24p videos via 60i signal like movie from Satellite TV. For this case, Q6FN is able to show this video clearly and smoothly with judder-free while NU8000 is not able. Except 24p movies via 60i signal, both of them equally can do a great job. This means, whether it is native 24p video like DVD or Blu-Ray movies, movies from streaming media like YouTube, Netflix, and others, 24p videos via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free on their screen. To remove the judder, you need to make same certain setting like set “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and set both sliders to “0”.
Both Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN are also equipped with the same connectivity. As their major connectivity, they are equipped with 4 HDMI ports where all of them already support HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth and CEC. There is also 1 HDMI port that supports ARC that is HDMI 4. Additionally, they are also equally equipped with 2 USB ports where all of them are USB 2.0. In addition to USB and HDMI, there are also 1 Ethernet Port, 1 RF In (Antenna In) and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). Both of them don’t have Composite In (AV In) and Component In).
Meanwhile, both of them also equally have excellent input lags in “PC” and “Game Mode”, and their input lags are also almost similar. With less than 20 ms, this certainly is very excellent for any games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. Combined to its good picture quality and motion handling, make them as the great TVs for playing games.
As their smart TV, both Samsung Q6FN and NU8000 are also featuring the same smart TV platform that is Tizen OS and also equally powered by a quad core processor. Like previous version, its user interface has attractive design and is well-organized. At the bottom across the screen, there are a customizable “strip bar” contains shortcuts to a lot of apps, setting, and menu. To make navigation faster, you can move the frequently used apps to the font, while the rarely used apps sent to the back. Additionally, it has also have a lot of animations that makes it is more attractive. But a bit unfortunate, the large number animations may makes it is more attractive, but on the other hand, this makes its performance is inconsistent. The interface freezes frequently for a few second. Additionally, when you launch an app, sometime there is a lag for one-two second before it opens. Animation also lags frequently. Nevertheless, overall, its performance is good and not far behind other smart TV platform. Meanwhile, discussing about apps provided, there are a lot of preinstalled apps provided. There are Web Browser, Games, VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more, Live TV, Screen Mirroring, and many more. Not just preinstalled apps provided by Tizen OS, you can also download ton of apps, contents, and games provided by its apps store called “Samsung Apps Store”. And as we have discussed above, in this year, Tizen OS has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant and Smart Thing, a smart home assistant powered by Samsung.
As their controller, both Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN also have the same remote called “Samsung smart Controller”. The remote of both is similar to most model of Samsung’s2018 LED TV lineup. Unlike most remote that available in the market, the remote of Q6FN and NU8000 is small and only has few buttons, there even is no standard “number buttons”, so for accessing most things, you must navigate through the home menu or use voice commands. Fortunately, it has excellent voice navigation, so the limited buttons on its remote should not be a problem. Let alone its voice commands have been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice assistant, this certainly makes you can do many more things with your voice command. Additionally, like most smart remote, it also has a universal ability, allow you to control other devices connected on your Samsung TV via HDMI CEC. Even not just that, with a feature called “OneRemote”, not just CEC compatible device that can be controlled by this remote, but also other devices which not support CEC.
|Performance||Samsung NU8000||Samsung Q6FN|
As we have discussed a lot above, the major advantage offered by Samsung Q6FN as a higher series is about their color reproduction, where it can produce wider color gamut than NU8000.This makes some certain colors can be shown more accurate on the screen Q6FN, particularly when they are playing HDR. The result, color renditions of HDR images displayed on the screen of Q6FN will looks better than on the screen NU8000. The other advantage offered, it can produce a bit deeper black level than NU8000. But even so, the impact that caused by their difference in black level is not too significant. Q6FN can also do a better job when playing 24p movies, particularly when playing 24p videos via 60i signal. Meanwhile, the excepting of what mentioned, Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN has similar performance. Both of them equally have good peak brightness, and combined to its excellent black level, make them have good performance, no matter the light condition of a room where they are used. Additionally, both of them also have good motion handling and excellent input lags, make them as a great TV for games. Essentially, both Samsung NU8000 and Q6FN are good TVs for mixed usage and what offered by them is in accordance with their price. The only major drawback of both is about their poor side viewing angle coverage, but as long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, this should not be a problem.
So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, with the same screen size screen (QN49Q6FN vs UN49UN8000, QN55Q6FN vs UN55NU8000, QN65Q6FN vs UN65NU8000, QN75Q6FN vs UN75NU8000, QN82Q6FN vs UN82NU8000), NU8000 is sold hundreds dollar cheaper while performance offered is not far behind Q6FN, even most people may not notice of a difference between the two. Considering their performance and price, in my personal opinion, NU8000 is a better choice. But if you don’t mind to spend hundreds dollar for Q6FN, this is also not a bad choice. But of course, the decision certainly comes back to you according to your own preference.