Samsung Q7FN Review (QN55Q7FN, QN65Q7FN, QN75Q7FN) – 2018 Model
Samsung Q7FN is the second generation of Samsung QLED TV 7 Series or the 2018 model of Samsung Q7F. Compared to the predecessor, it brings some improvement and some additional features and technologies which make its performance even better. Not even just that, as the one of the premium TVs from Samsung, it also brings the number of Samsung’s advanced technologies which makes its performance and picture quality is excellent for its price range. And of course, one of the mainstay technologies brought by Q7FN is new metal quantum dot technology that makes Samsung QLED TV lineup including Q7FN becomes one of the best TVs in color gamut. In the market, Q7FN comes in 3 screen sizes options including 55 inch (QN55Q7FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q7FN), and 75 Inch (QN75Q7FN). So, what new features offered by Samsung Q7FN and how are performance and picture quality offered?
Features and Technology of Samsung Q7FN
What new in 2018 that brought by Samsung TV lineup is about new HDR format supported by them that is HDR10+ format. It actually is the enhancement of HDR 10 format. The difference to HDR10 format, if HDR10 use static data for remapping contrast and brightness range which sent once at the beginning of the content, HDR 10+ uses dynamic metadata that sent every scene. This certainly makes color, contrast, and brightness can be shown more accurate for every scene, result in better HDR picture. This remind us to Dolby Vision that also use dynamic metadata. The other new feature offered by Q7FN is on its smart TV platform. It might be also featuring Tizen OS like the predecessor that also has Tizen, but it this year, now, it is already integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant that makes its voice navigation can do a lot of more. Additionally, Q7FN also has a Home Intelligence Assistant called “SmartThing”.
Like the predecessor Q7F, Samsung Q7FN is powered by Q Engine as picture processor that process SDR and HDR picture excellently, result smooth and clear picture quality with stunning detail. Additionally, on this panel, it also still use VA panel with edge lit and local dimming called Q Contrast Plus. This is different to the higher series like Q8FN or Q9FN where in this year, they brought a big improvement by using Full Array Local Dimming than edge local dimming. Still about contrast enhancement, Samsung Q7FN are also powered by Supreme UHD Dimming and anti reflective screen or moth eyes technology called Ultra Black elite that maximizes the quality of picture produced in a dark room or bright room. Meanwhile, as we know, that becomes the excellence of Samsung QLED TV including Q7FN is about their color performance. As we know, in last year, with metal Quantum dot technology, this make Samsung QLED TV as the TV with the best color gamut and this certainly is also as true to Q7FN as the successor.
Like the predecessor Q7F, for maximizing its performance when handling motion blur, Samsung Q7FN is also powered by Motion Rate 240 technology based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Meanwhile, for covering most your other electronic devices so can be connected on Q7FN at once, it is equipped with 4 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports as their major connectivity. That is not less interesting is about its smart TV platform. Like the predecessor, it is also featuring Tizen OS as its smart TV platform and powered by a by a quad core processor. But in this 2018 version, it brought some additional features that make you more comfort when enjoying smart entertainment in your home. The highlights feature in this year is Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant that allows you to do more with your voice command and SmartThing as the Home intelligence Assistant by Samsung that allows you to control your other SmartThing Compatible Device via your TV. And for delivering impressive sound experience when you are enjoying HDR videos, Samsung Q7FN is powered by 4.1 channel speaker system with 40 watts of total sound output power.
Samsung Q7FN Key Specs
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||55 Inch (QN55Q7FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q7FN), 75 Inch (QN75Q7FN)|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Q Contrast Plus)|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Moth Eye Technology||Ultra Black Elite|
|Color Technology||Q Color with Metal Quantum Dot|
|HDR||Q HDR Elite HDR 10|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, HDR10+|
|4K Up-scaling||UHD Up-Scaling|
|Motion Clarity Enhancement||Motion Rate 240|
|Refresh Rate||Native 120 Hz|
|Ultra Clear Panel||Yes|
|Depth Enhancer Technology||Contrast Enhancer|
|Platform||Tizen OS 2018|
|Key Apps||Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant, SmartThing, Full Browser, Cloud Games, Smart View, and more|
|Remote||Samsung Smart Remote (TM1850A)|
|RF (Terrestrial Cable)||1|
|Built In Wi-Fi||Yes|
|Total Power||40 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon|
Samsung Q7FN performance
Contrast and Black Level
Samsung Q7FN has excellent native contrast ratio, more than 5000:1. This is stronger than the Q7F of 2017. This certainly makes it can produce deeper black level than the predecessor. With contrast ratio stronger than 5000:1, black level reached by Q7FN is deeper than 0.02 nits, this means this is quite dark enough to make maintain black still look really black when set in a dark room. The result, dark scene of images will look remain excellent when set in a dark room where the impact of high native contrast ratio is very sensitive. Additionally, black level reached by Samsung Q7FN is also quite dark to reveal hidden details in dark scene of HDR images. The result, shadow details of HDR images can be shown excellently, makes dark scene of HDR images can be shown fully like the intended. With its excellent ability in showing dark scene of HDR images with stunning details, this certainly makes Q7FN is as a good TV to be used to watch movies with a lot of dark scene like horror or thriller movies.
On the other hand, Samsung Q7FN also can produce far brighter peak brightness than Q7F of 2017 the predecessor. No matter it is playing SDR or HDR contents, the peak brightness reached by Q7FN is excellent, bright enough to dampen the glare of ambient lights. And combined to its excellent reflection handling, this makes the picture displayed on its screen will look remain excellent, even when set in an extremely bright room with a lot of windows or sunlight comes through the window. Additionally, its peak brightness is also bright enough to show highlight of HDR images excellently. You need to know, in small windows size, Samsung Q7F can reach more than 1000 nits of peak brightness or even brighter than 2000 nits. Meanwhile, at larger window size, like other LED TVs with local dimming, its peak brightness also drops, but it is still brighter than 700 nits that mean it is great. The result, highlight of HDR images can be shown brighter than 1000 nits that means it can be shown fully like intended. On the other hand, when showing a scene with most or all objects are bright, Samsung Q7FN also can show them fairly bright, brighter than the predecessor or even than most of TVs which available in the market. Additionally, when showing a highlight or a very small object in dark background, unwanted adjacent light around a bright object or called “blooming” may still be still visible, but this still less visible than the predecessor Q7F of 2017. Overall, peak brightness of Q7FN is excellent and there are not many TVs which can match what reached by Q7FN.
Like the previous model, Samsung Q7FN has excellent color gamut or even including the best in 2018. Powered by Samsung’s metal quantum dot technology, it can deliver color gamut close to 100% of DCI P3 color space. This means, almost entire colors in DCI P3 can be shown fairly saturated. The result, almost all colors of HDR images mastered in DCI P3 can be shown fairly accurate. On the other hand, Samsung Q8FN also has excellent color volume. Although it cannot produce deep dark colors as good as OLED TV, but overall, it can show its color gamut at its entire brightness range, even bright colors look outstanding. Combination of its excellent color gamut and color volume certainly makes it has outstanding color reproduction, make HDR images displayed on its screen will look colorful and very close to what the creator intended. But a bit unfortunate, color gradient of Q7FN is not as good as other TVs in its class. Some faint bandings are still visible in almost every color, particularly in dark blue and dark green. Nevertheless, this certainly is not a major issue considering most people will not notice this.
Side Viewing Angle
Like other LED TVs with VA panel, side viewing angle becomes the major drawback of Samsung Q7FN. This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen will not look as good as when viewed from the front and center. At about 20 degrees off center and front, black will start to look grayish while color also will start to look shift. And from the wider angle, the color shift and black level degradation will look more striking that certainly also makes the picture look worse. Since Q7FN has poor side viewing angle, watching TV from the side should be avoided.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Overall, Samsung Q7FN has great motion handling when used for playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies. For LED TV, its pixel response time is fairly low that means it is great. The result, motion blur is almost no noticeable. Following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where there are not many people notice that. Blur that might be visible is more caused by display persistence than pixel response time. Meanwhile, to dim the backlight, Samsung Q7FN uses PWM Dimming system with 240 Hz of dimming frequency. This is a noticeable improvement over the predecessor Q7F that uses 120 Hz of dimming frequency. The use of higher frequency make flickers is less noticeable than the predecessor. But for you who are sensitive to flicker, you still will notice flicker on the screen of Q7FN, particularly at low backlight setting. Overall, this should not an issue for most people, but if you feel annoyed with the flicker on the screen Q7FN, you can consider Q8FN that has higher dimming frequency. Additionally, for maximizing its performance when handling motion blur, Samsung Q7FN also has an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion Mode) that can be enabled by setting the “Auto Motion Plus” to “Custom” and enabling “LED Clear Motion”. By enabling this mode, the dimming frequency will be changed to 60 Hz. Overall, this mode can help to clear up the motion, particularly when it is displaying 60 fps contents like sports or other, but on the other hand, for you who sensitive to flicker, this will makes flickers are more noticeable.
Meanwhile, its performance when playing 24p movies is also excellent. The excepting of 24p videos via 60i signal, movies from all type of source, whether it is 24p videos like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p videos via native streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos, or others, or even 24p videos via 60p signal like movies from streaming device, all them can be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free on its screen. A bit unfortunate, when it is playing 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV or cable box, judder cannot be removed completely. But even so, considering the performance of its predecessors, the inability of Samsung Q7FN in removing the judder from 60i signal is actually unusual. Usually, in future, there will a firmware update that will fix this issue.
Like other premium TVs which available in the market, Samsung Q7FN is equipped with 4 HDMI ports as their major connectivity. All of HDMI ports of Q7FN already support HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth. Nevertheless, that supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) is only 1 port that is HDMI 3 while all of its HDMI ports also doesn’t yet support HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth. However, what supported by its HDMI ports already meet for what is needed for HDMI connection at this now. Additionally, to connect with Camcorder, Digital Camera, Hard Drive, or other media, Q7FN is also equipped with 3 USB ports where all of its USB ports are USB 2.0 and none of them are USB 3.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, there are also RF In, Ethernet In, and Digital Audio Out (Optical). There is no Composite In (AV In) or Component In. But even so, unlike most models of Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup which no longer use “One Connect Box”, Samsung Q7FN still use “One Connect Box”. This means, most of their inputs/outputs are located on the “One Connect Box”.
Meanwhile, once the “Game Mode” or “PC mode” is activated, the inputs lags across all resolutions of Samsung Q7FN are excellent. With less than 20 ms of input lags, no matter the resolution, this certainly is quite low to play any games so feel responsive. Even play fast paced games that require fast reflexes also still feel responsive without laggy. Combined to its excellent picture quality, no permanent burn in risk, and its excellent motion handling, this certainly makes Samsung Q7FN as one of the good choices for playing games.
Like other 2018 model of Samsung’s TV, Samsung Q7FN is also featuring Tizen OS 2018 as its smart TV platform and also powered by a quad core processor. In term of layout and user interface, actually, there are not many changes over the previous version. The layout is still intuitive and easy to use with a strip bar across the bottom of the screen contains a lot of box as the shortcut to the apps of features. Once you highlight an apps, a pop window will appear above the highlighted app contains advanced menu of this app. As the example, if you highlight the Netflix app, a pop window will contain suggested content, most popular content, or others. Meanwhile, the preinstalled apps provided by Tizen OS are very complete. There are VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, and more, Live TV, Web Browser, Games, and many others. Tizen OS also has an app store named “Samsung apps store”. The contents provided might not as many and complete as what provided by Google Play Store, but what provided by Samsung app store are already quite a lot and complete. Additionally, in 2018 version, Tizen OS also has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant that allows you to do a lot of more with your voice command. If LG has ThinQ and Sony has Google Home Assistant as their Home Intelligence Assistant, for this case Samsung has Smart Thing. But unlike LG or Sony that also already support Amazon Alexa, Samsung Smart Thing doesn’t yet support Amazon Alexa.
As the controller, Samsung Q7FN is equipped with Samsung Smart Controller TM-1850. Unlike last year model where Q7F come with the metal body remote, in this year, the remote of Q7FN comes with plastic body that certainly is cheaper. It is similar to what used by Q8FN or NU8000. But in term of ability, the plastic body and metal body are similar. The remote doesn’t have a lot of buttons and to make advanced setting, you must navigate via the menu or use Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. And fortunately, for changing inputs, open apps, answer basic question and others, Samsung’s Bixby work well, makes navigation is more comfort and easier. The Samsung’s remote also has a universal ability that means you can control some other devices connected via HDMI CEC with a single Samsung Remote. Not even just that, with a feature called “OneRemote”, you can also control some functions of other devices which don’t support CEC with this remote.
Overall, Samsung Q7FN has excellent picture quality for its price range and even has better picture quality than the predecessor Q7F in 2017. Contrast, Black Level, peak Brightness and color produced by Q7FN even meet the minimum standardization set by UHD alliance to show HDR image fully. This means, with Q7FN, you can enjoy HDR contents with the quality like the creator intended. A value-added that bring by Samsung’s QLED TV lineup including Q7FN, now they come with new HDR format called HDR10, an advanced HDR 10 format that use dynamic metadata that offer more precise brightness and color range for every scene than standard HDR 10 format. In addition excellent picture quality, Samsung Q7FN also has good motion handling and low input lags. With strong performance at almost all aspect of picture quality, this certainly makes Samsung Q77FN as the one of good TVs for mixed usage, no matter the light condition of a room where it is used. But keep in mind, since Q7FN has poor side viewing angle coverage, this TV is not suitable for you who want to place this TV in a wide room where there are a lot of viewers who watch TV from multiple angles.
Should I buy this TV? As long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, you can consider Q7FN as your choice. What offered by Q7F is comparable to your money that you will spend. But even so, as we have mentioned, when I was writing this review, this TV is recently launched that certainly makes it still has a full price or if the price has dropped, its decrease in the price is not too much. Wait a few moments might be better until its price drop. But even so, if you don’t mind to the price that offered at this now, this might be better.
Compare to the competitors
Samsung Q7FN vs Q7F of 2017 model
Samsung Q7F is the predecessor of Q7FN and actually, it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. But even so, in the market, you can still find some merchants that sold it. Since Q7FN brought some improvements on the number aspects of picture quality, particularly on peak brightness, this certainly makes the picture quality and HDR performance offered by Q7F of 2017 model is not as good as Q7FN. In term of other features, there are not many significant improvement brought by Q7FN or Q7F. The new attractive features offered by Q7FN as a newer model, it comes with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant and SmartThing. Overall, Samsung Q7FN of 2018 model offer better picture quality and HDR performance than the predecessor Q7F of 2017 model. But even so, since its price has dropped a lot, Samsung Q7F becomes a good alternative for you who searching cheaper model than Q7FN. For complete review of Samsung Q7F, please click here.
Samsung Q7FN vs Q8FN
Samsung Q8FN is one level higher model than Q8F. Like Q7FN, Q8FN also comes in 3 screen size option including 55 Inch (QN55Q8FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q8FN), and 75 inch (QN75Q8FN). With the same screen, Q8FN is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than Q7FN.Wwhile the advantage that offered, it already comes with Full Array Local Dimming that makes it can produce deeper black level than Q7F. Additionally, its local dimming also make blooming is less visible on the screen of Q8FN than Q7FN. The other advantage that offered, it has higher PWM dimming frequency than Q7FN, that is 480Hz while Q7FN use 240 Hz. For people who sensitive to flicker, this will make flicker will be less noticeable. The excepting of them, there are not many improvements offered by Q8FN, even on some aspects like peak brightness or other, Q7FN precisely offer better performance. Overall, picture quality produced by Q8FN is a bit better than Q7FN particularly when used for watching a movie with a lot of dark scene or fast scene. Which is better? If you don’t mind to spend hundreds dollar, Q8FN is still a better choice. But considering value/price ratio, Q7FN is better. To read complete reviews of Samsung Q8FN, please click here.
Samsung Q7FN vs Sony X900F
Sony X900F is the successor of X900E and at current time, it is the flagship of Sony’s 2018 LED TV. Coming in many screen size options, Sony X900F is also available with 55 inch (XBR55X900F), 65 Inch (XBR65X900F), and 75 Inch (XBR75X900F). With the same screen size, X900F is sold hundreds dollar cheaper than Q7FN. The advantage that offered, it comes with Full Array Local Dimming technology. On some aspect picture quality like black level and others, Sony X900F might be better, but on other some aspect, Q7FN is better. The major advantage offered by Q7FN, it has much wider color gamut and better color volume that certainly makes its colors renditions is better than X900F, particularly when displaying HDR contents. While the advantage offered by X900F, it has deeper black level. The other advantage offered by X900F, it has higher PWM diming frequency that makes flicker is less visible and also has lower pixel response time than Q7FN that makes motion blur is also a bit less visible. But on the other hand, the input lags of X900F is not as low as Samsung Q7FN, even at 1080p resolution, its input lags is too high for fast paced games. To read complete reviews of Sony X900F, please click here.
- Excellent Color Gamut and Color Volume
- Deep Black level
- Peak Luminance is very bright
- Low input Lags
- Side Viewing Angle coverage is limited