The Samsung Q800T is a new TV in Samsung’s 2020 8k QLED lineup and it’s sold as the Samsung Q850T at Costco.
It has all the features found on other high-end TVs and its high resolution delivers exceptional picture quality. Its VA panel has Samsung’s ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ layer added to it, improving its viewing angles at the cost of a lower native contrast ratio. Luckily, there’s a full-array local dimming feature that darkens any blacks.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues, as parts of the screen are darker and blotchy, and there are some upscaling artifacts with both 4k and native 8k content.
On the upside, this TV has support for FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing, and it has a black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion.
Also, the TV comes equipped with Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which is easy to use and has a ton of apps available to download.
Samsung 8K TV Q800T: Our Verdict
While Samsung’s bid to make 8K more affordable inevitably comes with one or two strings attached, the 65Q800T remains an excellent premium TV that really can make its 8K difference count – even with sub-8K content.
Samsung 8K TV Q800T Advantages and Disadvantages:
Impressive 8K resolution
Terrific audio performance
Mostly compelling smart system
Local dimming sometimes distracts
More expensive than 4K
No Dolby Vision support
Colours occasionally lack punch