Samsung Q6FN Review (QN49Q6FN, QN55Q6FN, QN65Q6FN, QN75Q6FN, QN82Q6FN)
Samsung Q6FN is the lowest model of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR QLED TV lineup. It offers good performance for mixed usage like watch movies, sports, TV shows, play games, and more. As a part of Samsung QLED TV, quantum dot technology becomes its mainstay technology that allows it can produce excellent rendition of colors. But of course, there is not just color reproduction that becomes the mainstay of Q6FN, but also some features and technology. Q6FN comes in the number of screen sizes option which you can choose according to the size of your room including 49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 75 Inch (QN75Q6FN), and the largest is 82 inch (QN82Q6FN). So, what features and technology offered by Q6FN and how is its performance?
Samsung Q6FN Specification
|Resolution||4K (2160 x 3840)|
|Size Available||49 Inch (QN49Q6FN), 55 Inch (QN55Q6FN), 65 Inch (QN65Q6FN), 75 Inch (QN75Q6FN), 82 Inch (QN82Q6FN)|
|Local Dimming||Yes (Q Contrast )|
|Picture Engine||Q Engine|
|Dimming Technology||Supreme UHD Dimming|
|Color Technology||Q Color with Quantum Dot|
|HDR Formats||HDR 10, HLG, HDR10+|
|4K Up-scaling||UHD Up-Scaling|
|Motion Clarity Enhancement||Motion Rate 240 (49” : Motion Rate 120)|
|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|
Features and Technologies of Samsung Q6FN
In this year, there are some highlights brought by Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV lineup including Q6FN. The first is HDR10+. It is the new HDR format developed Samsung and its alliance as the enhancement of that standard HDR10 format. The main difference between HDR10 and HDR10+ format is about how the metadata is sent. As we know, for remapping colors and brightness, standard HDR10 format use static metadata that sent in the beginning of the content. Meanwhile, on HDR10+, metadata is sent continuously scene by scene. The impact, HDR10+ can remapping brightness and color for every scene more precisely than HDR10, makes HDR picture produced looks better. Previously, Dolby Vision has used this method to send the metadata.
The second highlight brought by Samsung Q6FN is about Smart TV platform. It may be featuring similar smart TV platform than last year model and also powered by the same processor, but in 2018 version, its smart TV platform has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant, allows you to do more thing with your voice command. Like other smart TV platform such as WebOS or Android TV, it also has home intelligence assistant. But unlike the competitors that also support Google Home Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Samsung prefers its own home assistant called “Smart Thing”.
Meanwhile, like most of other models of Samsung TVs, on its panel, Samsung Q6FN also uses VA panel with Edge-Lit Backlight and local dimming. As we know, one of the advantages offered by VA panel is it can produce deep black level, but on the other hand, this makes side viewing angle coverage of Q6FN is limited. On the other hand, the mainstay technology offered by Samsung Q6FN is about quantum dot technology, where with this technology, it is able to produce wide color gamut, makes color of HDR images displayed on its screen looks fairly accurate. Additionally, for maximizing its performance in handling motion blur, except 349 inch (QN49Q6FN), Q6FN is powered by Motion Rate 240 based on native 120 Hz refresh rate panel. Special for 49 Inch, it is powered by Motion Rate 120 and has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Not even just that, it also has an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that helps to clear-up the motion, particularly when playing 60 fps content like video games or sports. And for allowing you to enjoy HDR experience with good sound quality, it is equipped with 2.1 channel speaker system with built in woofer and 40 watts of total sound output.
Performance of Samsung Q6FN
Black Level and Contrast Ratio
The native contrast ratio of Samsung Q6FN is excellent, more than 6000:1. But unfortunately, comes with local dimming technology, its local dimming is not effective to boost its native contrast ratio. Nevertheless, this certainly is strong enough to produce deep black, makes blacks of images look really black, even when it is set in a dark room. Additionally, its black level is also dark enough to reveal details of HDR images in dark scene like the creator’s intended. The result, although not excellent as OLED TV, shadow details of HDR images can be also shown excellently on its screen, no matter the light condition of a room where it is used. With its great performance in showing dark scene, this certainly makes Samsung Q6FN as a good TV for watching movies with a lot of dark scene like thriller or horror.
In addition to excellent black level, Samsung Q6FN is also has very good peak luminance, no matter it is playing SDR or HDR contents. When playing SDR contents, its peak brightness is nearly 600 nits that mean it is great for overcoming the glare. The result, combination to its good reflection handling, picture displayed on its screen looks remain good, even when it is set in a bright room with much light or sunny window. On the other hand, when displaying HDR contents, its peak brightness might be a bit dimmer, but it is still very good for displaying bright HDR images. It local dimming even is very effective to brightens the small window of screen so brighter than 700 nits, allows it can show highlight of HDR images brighter. On the other hand, when showing a scene with almost or all objects are bright, its peak brightness is also still brighter than 500 nits, bright enough for most room. Overall, peak brightness of Samsung Q6FN is very good, but a bit unfortunate, it cannot show highlight of HDR images brighter than 1000 nits like the creator’s intended. Additionally, when showing a dramatic highlight in dark background, blooming is still visible around small bright object due lack of dimming zones of its local dimming.
Samsung Q6FN might be a part of Samsung QLED TV and equally use quantum dot panel technology, but for this case, its color gamut is not as wide as the higher series like Q7FN, Q8FN, or Q9FN. Nevertheless, color gamut produced by Q6FN is still excellent. Its color gamut can cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space that means it is good for HDR contents. Some certain colors like cyan, yellow, or green might not be able to be shown as accurate as what produced by Q7FN or Q8FN, but overall, color of HDR images displayed on its screen looks fairly accurate like the creator intended. Additionally, although it cannot produce very deep colors fairly good, but overall, its color volume is good. The excepting of deep colors, Q6FN can show its wide color gamut at its entire brightness range, even bright colors can be shown fairly well. Still about color performance, Samsung Q6FN also can show color gradient of 10 bit content like HDR images smoothly. There might be still some little imperfection in certain colors like green or gray scale, but overall, this should not be a problem and most people don’t notice these imperfections much. Combination of wide color gamut, good color volume, and smooth color gradient makes its color rendition is excellent, particularly when playing HDR images.
Side Viewing Angle
The use of VA panel might makes Samsung Q6FN has excellent native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this makes its viewing angle coverage is poor. Less than 20 degrees off center and the front, black level will look degraded while color will looks fade. Brightness might still be maintained at wider angle, but nonetheless its brightness is decreased at less than 30 degrees off center and front. And from the wider angle the picture viewed, the degradation will be more noticeable that certainly also makes the picture displayed on its screen looks worse. This means, when viewed from the angle, particularly from wider than 20 degrees off center and front, the picture will not look as good as when viewed from the center. For this case, you must set your seat in such a way, so if you watch TV with a group of your family, they stay within its viewing angle coverage.
Motion Handling and 24p Playback
Like other model of Samsung QLED TV, Samsung Q6FN also has excellent pixel response time. This makes it can do a good job when handling motion blur. When playing fast moving images, the picture looks smooth and clear and following fast moving object, there is only a short ghosting trail where most of people might not notice this much. Blur that may visible is more due by persistence than pixel response time. Additionally, Samsung Q6FN uses PWM Dimming system at 240 Hz for dimming its backlight. With 240 Hz dimming frequency, this should makes flicker is not noticeable for most people. Additionally, it also has an ability to reduce its dimming frequency at as low as 60 Hz. To active this feature, the “Auto Morton Plus” must be set to “Custom” while “LED Clear Motion must be set to “On”. BY enabling this feature, the dimming frequency will adapt the frame rata of the contents. This feature is very usable to make the motion looks clearer, particularly when playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. However, since its dimming frequency is lower, this certainly makes flickers will be more noticeable.
Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, Samsung Q6FN also can do an excellent job in removing the judder. No matter the frame rate of the movies, whether it is native 24p videos like Blu-Ray or DVD’s movies, 24p video via streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, or other, 24p movies via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV or even via 60p signal like movies from streaming device like apple TV, Fire TV, or other, all of them will be shown clearly and smoothly with judder-free. To remove the judder without adding soap opera effect, “Auto Motion Plus” must be set to “Custom” and both “Blur Reduction” and “Judder Reduction” must be set to “0”.
As its major inputs/outputs, Samsung Q6FN is equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of these ports are already support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth and HDCP 2.2., while 1 port also support ARC (audio return Channel) that is HDMI 4. Additionally, there are also 3 ports USB where all of them are USB 2.0. IN addition to USB and HDMI ports, there are also 1 RF In (Terrestrial), 1 Ethernet port, and 1 Digital Audio Out (optical). Q6FN is not equipped with Composite In (AV In) and Component In. For wireless connectivity, it is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Just like Q8FN, all of their inputs/outputs are not installed on its side or back panel, but they are installed on the separated box called “One Connect Box”.
Meanwhile, Samsung Q6FN also has excellent input lags in “PC” or “Game” mode. With about 15 ms at any resolution, this certainly makes playing games on Q6FN will feel comfortably and responsively, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. And combination of its excellent picture quality, good motion handling, and risk-free from permanent burn-in, this makes Q6FN as a great TV for games.
Just like most of other models of Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup, Samsung Q6FN is also featuring Tizen 2018 as its smart TV platform and also powered by a quad core processor. Like last year model, its layout is designed intuitively and modernly with a “ribbon” at the bottom across the screen as the smart hub contains shortcuts to a lot of apps, provided. It is customizable that means you can bring the frequently used apps to the front and move the rarely used apps to the back. This certainly makes navigation is simpler and quicker. In addition to the interface is intuitive, it also has a lot of animations that makes it is more attractive. But unfortunately, the animations often lag due the many features and preinstalled apps are provided. Not just that, this also makes its performance is a bit inconsistent. When you are launching an app, sometimes it need one-two second before it opens, in other times, it will open quickly. But overall, its performance is not too disappointed. Meanwhile, discussing about apps provide, there are a lot of preinstalled apps such as VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Web Browser. Cloud Games, Live TVs, and many more. It also has an app store called “Samsung Apps Store” provide tons of downloadable apps, games, contents and many more. Like Android TV with its Google Home Assistant or WebOS with its LG ThinQ AI, Tizen OS also has its own home assistant app called “Smart Thing”.
Additionally, the smart remote of Samsung Q6FN is also similar to what used by the higher series like Q8FN or Q9FN, or even NU8000. The remote is small and only has few buttons, even there not common used buttons or number buttons, so to do most things, you must navigate through the menu or use voice command. Fortunately, in this version, Tizen OS has been integrated with Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant, that allows you do a lot of thing with your voice command. This remote also has an universal ability and with a feature called” OneRemote”, this doesn’t only allows you to control other CEC compatible device connected on your TV with this remote, but also other devices that have not support CEC.
For its price level, overall, picture quality and performance of Samsung Q6FN is excellent. In addition to excellent colors renditions, deep black level, and bright peak brightness, almost all aspects of picture quality delivered by Q6FN is also excellent for its price level. This certainly makes the picture displayed on its screen looks very good. Its HDR performance is also very good, particularly on dark scene and its color rendition, but a bit unfortunate, it cannot show highlight of HDR image at 1000 – 4000 nits of brightness like the creator intended. Meanwhile, combined to its excellent input lags, good motion handling, and 24p movies handling, this makes Q6FN is as a good TV for any purpose, whether it is for watching TV Shows, movies, sports, or playing games. Not just that, smart TV is also attractive and its sound performance is also not so bad. But keep in mind, its side viewing angle is limited, so this is not suitable when used in a wide room with viewers watch from multiple angles.
Should I buy this TV? Since this TV has limited side viewing angle coverage, as long as you don’t watch TV from the side frequently, it is an excellent TV for its price level. Its performance may not be as good as a higher series like Q7FN or Q8FN, but the advantage, it is sold hundreds dollar cheaper. Now the decision comes back to you.
Compared to The Competitor
Samsung Q7FN vs Q76N
Samsung Q7FN is one level higher than Q6FN. But unlike Q6FN that comes in many screen size option, Q7FN come in 3 screen size option only including 55 inch (QN55Q7FN), 65 inch (QN65Q7FN), and 75 Inch (QN75Q7FN). With the same screen size (QN55Q6FN vs QN55Q7FN, QN65Q6FN vs QN65Q7FN, QN75Q6FN vs QN75Q7FN), Samsung Q7FN is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN. The advantage offered, it has wide color gamut, better color volume, and brighter peak brightness. This certainly makes its picture quality is better than Q6FN, particularly when playing HDR contents. Additionally, they might have other differences in performance of other features, but overall, the excepting of color gamut, color volume, and peak brightness, their performance is almost identical. To read complete reviews of Samsung Q7FN, please click here.
Samsung NU8000 vs Q6FN
Samsung NU8000 is the lower model than Q6FN. And since it is not part of Samsung’s QLED TV lineup, it lacks quantum dot technology. In the market, Samsung NU8000 also comes in many screen sizes, similar to Q6FN. And with the same screen size (QN49Q6FN vs UN49NU8000, QN55Q6FN vs UN55NU8000, QN65Q6FN vs UN65NU8000, QN75Q6FN vs UN75NU8000, and QN82Q6FN vs UN82NU800), NU8000 series is sold hundreds dollar cheaper than Q6FN. Lack of quantum dot panel makes color gamut and color volume provided by NU8000 is not as good as Q6FN. This certainly makes its color reproduction is not as good as Q6FN, particularly when playing HDR contents. Additionally, contrast ratio of NU8000 is also not as strong as Q6FN, but it still can produce deep black level. The other disadvantage, it has not an optional 120 Hz flicker. Additionally, its input lags are also not as low as Q6FN, but they are still low enough for any games. Meanwhile, the excepting of what mentioned above like peak brightness, motion handling, smart TV, they are almost identical. To see complete review of NU8000, please click here.
Sony X900F vs Samsung Q6FN
Like Samsung Q6FN, Sony X900F also come in a lot of screen size option. The excepting of their biggest screen where Q6FN comes in 82 inch (QN83Q6FN) while X900F comes in 85 inch (XBR85X00F), they come in similar screen size. For the same screen size (QN49Q6FN vs XBR49X900F, QN55Q6FN vs XBR55X900F, QN65Q6FN vs XBR65X900F, and QN75Q6FN vs XBR75X900F), Sony X900F is sold one-two hundreds dollar more expensive than Q6FN, depending on its screen size. Just unlike Q6FN that uses edge lit backlight with local dimming, Sony X900F uses direct LED backlight with Full Array Local dimming. Like NU8000, its native contrast ratio is bit weaker then Q6FN, but it still can produce excellent black level. When playing SDR contents, their peak brightness may be similar. But the advantage offered is when they are showing HDR content where its peak brightness is far brighter, makes it can show brighter HDR images with brighter highlight. On the other hand, its color gamut and color volume is not as good as Q6FN, but can still produce excellent color reproduction for HDR images. Meanwhile, talking HDR formats, both of them also already support HDR 10 and HLG, but the difference, X900F support Dolby Vision while Q6FN support HDR10+. Sony X900F also has better motion handling and almost has flicker-free, but on the other hand, it doesn’t has an optional 60 Hz flicker that very used to help motion looks clearer, particularly when playing 60 fps content. The other disadvantage, its input lags is not as low as Samsung Q6FN, even at 1080p inputs, its input lags is a bit higher, make it is only comfortable for causal 1080p games, while for 180p fast games, it may be a bit disappointing. But even so, its input lags at 4K resolutions are still low enough for any games. To see complete review of Sony X900F, please click here.
- Excellent Black Level and Black Uniformity
- Good Color Reproduction
- Excellent Input Lags
- Side Viewing Angle is limited