Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K review: Is it worth it?

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN900C is the brand’s flagship 8K TV, offering impressive 8K resolution, Mini LED and Quantum Dot technologies. But will it be enough to beat Samsung’s own QD OLED TVs or LG’s new OLED MLA?

Available in sizes of 65, 75 and 85 inches, as we will see, this model stands out for its impressive brightness, its black levels (albeit with nuances, as we will see) and a powerful image processor that allows any content to be correctly scaled.

In this review, we are going to look at the Samsung 8K QN900C television, highlighting its main features and our experience with it.

8.8
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Samsung QN900C 8K

Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K Review

With an 8K resolution panel, the QN900C has four times more pixels than a 4K TV.

It achieves high brightness levels thanks to high-density Mini LED technologies and over 1300 dimming zones. Together with the quantum dot system, it delivers deep blacks, high brightness levels and a wide color palette.

It also features a filter to improve viewing angles and minimize reflections, as well as a premium design with virtually no bezels.

ADVANTAGES
  • High brightness ideal for viewing in lighted rooms
  • Deep blacks thanks to MIni LED system
  • Vibrant colors
  • Excellent scaling system that provides great sharpness with any type of content
  • Good viewing angle
  • Anti-glare filter eliminates much of the glare from windows
  • Well equipped to be a great gaming display
  • Premium design with almost no bezels and a profile of just over 1.5 cm
DISADVANTAGES
  • Some blooming may be noticeable in certain scenes.
  • Anti-reflection filter extends reflections from spotlights and lamps across the screen
  • Dolby Vision is not supported
  • The 8K panel is quite expensive and the QN90C 4K panel provides similar performance for a lower cost
Main features Samsung HW-Q600C
  • Mini LED backlight
  • 1344 zones of Local Dimming at 65″.
  • QLED Quantum Dot Technology
  • Neural Quantum Processor 8K Image Processor
  • Anti-reflective display
  • Ultra Viewing Angle
  • 6.2.4 Sound System with 90W of power
  • Dolby Atmos wireless
  • Q-Symphony compatible
  • Slim One Connect
  • Controller with solar charging and USB-C
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Design

Let’s start with the design. The Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN900C has a slim profile with a so-called “infinity” display that has virtually no bezels, providing a more immersive viewing experience. This is one of the aspects that makes it unique, as you can see in the photo below, the bezels of the panel are almost non-existent.

Samsung QN900C Bezel-less Infinity DisplaySamsung QN900C Infinity bezel-less display

Also noteworthy is its thickness of just over 1.5 centimeters and the fact that it is uniform across the entire screen. This makes it ideal if you want to hang it on the wall, as it is practically glued on with almost no separation.

As is usually the case with Samsung’s most premium models, this QN900C comes with the One Connect connection box. This accessory, which can be placed on the back or separately, allows you to hide the cables and maintain a cleaner environment.

QN900C Series One ConnectQN900C Series One Connect

We kept it separate and used the longer cable that comes with it, which allows you to leave this One Connect a few feet away. Here are all the ports where you can connect all your devices and there is only one cable to communicate with the display. This single cable carries both the image and sound information as well as the power information.

As for the remote control, Samsung has revamped its look and it is now smaller than previous versions. It is still powered by the solar panel or can be recharged via the USB Type-C port.

New remote control designNew remote control design

Smart TV

There are no surprises here and the operating system remains Tizen, which is the brain that controls all the smart functions of the TV. We say that there are no surprises, but if that the software has been updated and now goes, in our opinion, a little more fluid than in previous years.

In the Multimedia menu, you have access to all the most popular streaming services and you can organize shortcuts to the ones you use most. And as is now common, it is compatible with Google’s voice assistants, Alexa and Bixby, as well as Samsung’s DeX for a smartphone-controlled desktop experience.

Image quality

Samsung QN900C Mini LED 8K TV picture qualitySamsung QN900C 8K Mini LED TV Picture Quality

Before we go into detail, as always, there are a number of picture modes that you can customize. However, we recommend that you use the Movie mode, which gives you a more natural image. The other modes tend to over-saturate colors and overexpose whites.

We also recommend that you turn off all power-saving settings so that you get the best possible image and are not limited in your settings.

8K technology and picture processing

First, let’s talk about the 8K resolution of this QN900C series. 8K technology is characterized by its high pixel density, which is four times that of 4K panels.

Obviously, this has some important advantages, as it allows for a higher level of detail because the image is composed of smaller dots.

Now, as you may know, 8K content is scarce and there is hardly anything that can be viewed in this quality. Everything is limited to some demos, YouTube videos, and what you can record with your cell phone if it has the capability.

So unfortunately, as of today, we are not going to be able to get the full potential out of the TV, that is the reality. But this is where Samsung’s AI-powered Neural Quantum 8K processor comes in.

Since most content will not be in 8K, the image engine using AI with neural networks will take care of creating the missing information in the original source. So when we see content in 8K, the TV will have to rescale it by creating 25 million pixels, which is almost nothing.

But it has to be said that it does it fantastically well and the picture looks spectacularly sharp. Obviously, this is where it shows the best results, but it also does an excellent job with Full HD sources.

QN900C Neural Processor ScalingQN900C Neural Processor Scaling

So if you had any doubts about what an 8K TV would look like with lower quality sources, we can confirm that it looks really good.

Black level

The QN900C delivers exceptional picture quality with Mini LED technology that provides more precise control over backlighting, resulting in deeper blacks and better shadow detail.

This TV uses up to 30,000 mini bulbs in the larger 85″ size and up to 1920 dimming zones. In the 65″ version we tested, these numbers are slightly lower (1344 local dimming zones).

The contrast achieved by this QN900C series is spectacular and the blacks are really deep. Thanks to the VA panel and the Mini LED system, black levels are achieved that are obviously not OLED, but are very close.

Samsung QN900C contrast and shadow detailContrast and shadow detail Samsung QN900C

Shadow detail is exquisite and you can see all the important information in dark areas. This is an advantage in Batman or Van Helsing style movies where there are many scenes in the dark.

Unfortunately, despite the large number of dimming zones, there is always some light that escapes. In the end, if you need backlighting, you are always going to run into the dreaded blooming at some point.

Although it will not be visible in most scenes, it is noticeable in subtitles and in more difficult scenes where there are very bright elements on dark backgrounds.

Local Dimming tests with difficult scenes

As we said, it is normal not to notice the halos in most sequences, or it is not really annoying. However, we wanted to test the dimming system, which is one of the main features of mini LED TVs.

In complicated scenes for any LED TV, such as the typical starry sky with small illuminated objects and a dark background, you can see how some light escapes, making the surrounding area look whitish. Here, the TV cannot completely block out the surrounding area as it can with OLED, and you will see a whitish halo around it.

There are three levels to control local dimming and depending on which one you choose, it will have a big impact on the picture. In the comparison images that we are about to show you, we tried to get the camera to reproduce what we saw as faithfully as possible. We didn’t get it 100% right, but it’s close enough to give you an idea.

First of all, if you turn off the zone dimming, the blooming is greatly reduced and hardly noticeable. However, the downside is that the contrast drops a lot and the blacks look a lot grayer.

In the photo below, you can clearly see the stars, and although the camera captures as if there is a lot of “cloudiness” in person, we actually saw the blacks very uniform, but quite gray. The good thing about turning off local dimming is that there are hardly any white areas.

Local Dimming OffLocal Dimming Off

If you choose the “Standard” option, the dark tones are much deeper, but the halos are more noticeable. The stars are dimmer and some are not visible at all.

Local Dimming StandardLocal Dimming Standard

Finally, there is the “High” option, which gives a slight improvement in blacks, but introduces even more blooming around the stars, making them less bright and many of them not even visible.

Local Dimming HighLocal Dimming High

Therefore, in our opinion, the best setting for viewing the Samsung QN900C is Standard. It provides the best balance between deep blacks and reduced blooming. You can also reduce the shadow detail value a bit to -2 or even -3. You will lose some information in the shadows, but the halos will be less visible.

Brightness

Samsung’s Neo QLED TVs are characterized by spectacular brightness, and this QN900C is the top of the line.

The TV offers a brightness of almost 3000 nits (in Dynamic mode), creating an impressive visual experience. In the correct picture modes, it achieves an impressive brightness of over 2000 nits.

Spectacular brightness in HDR Samsung QN900CSpectacular brightness in HDR Samsung QN900C


This high brightness makes it perfect for viewing in brightly lit environments. It is also ideal for viewing HDR content, allowing you to enjoy more stunning images.

The TV has a new option to adjust the HDR reference curve, allowing you to follow the format-specific standards.

Samsung is still using the HDR10+ format instead of Dolby Vision. For many, this may be a disadvantage, since this format has won the battle against HDR10+ as of today. In any case, thanks to the excellent brightness and automatic tone mapping, we do not consider this to be a serious issue.

Color

One of the strengths of this TV is its color reproduction, which provides a natural and balanced picture. Thanks to the addition of a layer of millions of quantum dots, color accuracy and saturation are excellent.

An advantage of QLED technology is that colors retain their saturation at all brightness levels. As a result, colors remain vibrant in high-brightness HDR content, resulting in a more realistic picture.

Moving image

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN900C Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV offers good picture quality on the go. The panel frequency is up to 144Hz and you can adjust the picture fluidity and flicker.

Motion settings allow you to adapt the TV to different types of content, such as movies at 24 frames per second or sources at 50 or 60 fps. For movies, we recommend that you do not increase the jitter beyond 5 to avoid the famous soap opera effect. For sports, you can turn it up to the maximum if you want a better perception of the ball movement.

Although the motion management is good, we feel that the 8K panel works against us in this case. There are times with very fast movements that we saw some ghosting and the image looked a bit blurry. In any case, we continue to see an improvement in this facet from Samsung in recent years.

Viewing angle

In order to improve the view from the sides, the panel comes with a special filter called Ultra Viewing Angle. Although the panel is VA, the viewing angle is very good thanks to this filter.

Contrast and color front viewContrast and color front viewContrast and color side viewContrast and color side view

In these pictures, the camera picks up as if there is quite a difference, but in person, the loss of color and contrast is less noticeable.

Up to wider angles than most VA panel LED TVs, you don’t see much loss of color and contrast. It can’t compete with OLED in this regard, but it’s a TV that looks great from any angle.

Reflections

We have mixed feelings about the anti-reflection filter. On the one hand, we love it because it greatly reduces reflections and looks great in brightly lit rooms.

But on the other hand, when there is some light from a spotlight or lamp, it creates an effect where the reflection spreads all over the screen.

Fortunately, this doesn’t happen with windows, so the glare filter works perfectly in broad daylight.

Gaming performance

This TV is ideal for gaming and offers good performance with the most advanced technologies. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K gaming capability up to 144Hz refresh rate. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K gaming capability up to 144Hz refresh rate.

Additionally, it supports FreeSync Premium Pro VRR technology so games run smoothly and are perfectly in sync with the frames of the console or PC.

It also comes with the Gaming Hub menu, which lets you play games without a console. Here you will find a variety of cloud gaming platform services such as Xbox Game Pass, Utomik, NVIDIA Geforce Now and most recently Amazon Luna.

Amazon Luna in Samsung Gaming Hub menuAmazon Luna in Samsung Gaming Hub menu

To play, you must connect a console controller. This can be a PlayStation or Xbox, or a compatible PC controller. Earlier this year, Samsung launched a new program of certified accessories that guarantee perfect operation with its Gaming Hub platform.

Sound

In terms of audio, the TV is equipped with a 6.2.2 channel system with 12 dedicated speakers, delivering a total power of 90 watts. In our opinion, the sound is not bad, but it is noticeable that the sound comes from the back and not from the front.

Rear passive radiator sound systemRear passive radiator sound system

To improve the experience, if you place it in furniture, it is recommended that you stick it as close to the wall as possible so that the sound bounces.

When listening to something in Dolby Atmos, although the feeling is not spectacular, it has left us more satisfied. With a total of 12 speakers, including two top speakers, we appreciated a certain sensation of sounds and effects coming from above and a certain enveloping feeling.

It comes with the Adaptive Sound Pro function to optimize the sound according to the environment and content. We have tried to activate it and we prefer to have it deactivated the truth.

We recommend the Amplify mode, which offers the best quality, although the Standard mode gives you more customization options.

If you prefer to add a sound bar, the good news is that it is compatible with Q-Symphony, which allows the combination of all the speakers on both the TV and the bar to sound at the same time. This means you can be completely surrounded by sound, especially if you get a high-end Samsung bar from the Q800C series and up.

Last but not least, it also supports Dolby Atmos wirelessly, so even if you connect the bar via Wi-Fi, you’ll still get the best surround sound experience.

Final opinion about the Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K

After thoroughly testing the Samsung QN900C, our impressions are that we are looking at a spectacular television with great strengths, but with some areas for improvement.

Let’s start with the good. Without a doubt, its impressive brightness and wide color palette make it ideal for brightly lit rooms and HDR content. Thanks to the Mini LED system, it achieves very pure blacks and shows good detail in shadows.

We also liked its design, with almost no bezels and a completely flat back, which comes in handy if you want to mount it on a wall.

Now, there are aspects that could be improved. For starters, the blacks are amazing, as we said, but when you see it completely dark in some scenes, you can appreciate it blooming quite a bit. It’s not something we haven’t seen on other Mini LED TVs, but we feel it has a bit more than other previous Neo QLED models we’ve tested.

On the other hand, the anti-glare filter works very well with windows, but with light from a spotlight or lamp, the glare spreads across the entire screen.

Last but not least, the price is high. This is normal for the brand’s flagship, but it is difficult to justify the price increase for an 8K panel when the QN90C 4K series achieves similar performance.

Why you should buy it
  • If you want to have a TV for the long term.
  • If your living room gets a lot of light, its high brightness makes it look perfect in these conditions.
  • If you are looking for a TV with great color quality, this is a great choice
  • If you don’t want to worry about burn-in on your screen, this is a great choice for you.
  • If you are looking for a sleek aesthetic with a slim, bezel-less profile, there is no other option on the market.
Why you shouldn’t buy it
  • If you usually watch in the dark, you might be better off with an OLED TV like the S95C.
  • 8K content is still very scarce.
  • Its price is quite high, and the QN90C with 4K panel offers similar performance at a more affordable price.

Performance vs. OLEDs

Compared to OLEDs, Samsung has significantly improved its LED technology, delivering a vibrant viewing experience with good black levels. Although there is some blooming in certain scenes, the depth of dark tones and detail in shadows is exceptional.

Under bright ambient lighting conditions, Samsung’s saturated colors remain vibrant, which may appeal to some users. The saturation and brightness offered by Samsung’s mini LED TVs make LED technology an attractive option even against OLED.

However, if you plan on watching your TV completely in the dark, we think you will be more interested in Samsung’s QD OLED line of TVs.

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Other alternatives to Samsung QN900C

Samsung S95C

In our opinion, possibly the best TV you can buy at the moment. It doesn’t have an 8K panel, but in return enjoy pure blacks and no halos, a perfect viewing angle and better treatment of reflections.

Pure blacks and no blooming

Perfect angle of view

Even more vibrant colors, with printed quantum dots, instead of being added in one layer

Incredible brightness, without too much difference to the QN900C

The anti-reflective filter in this case leaves no trails.

LG OLED G3

OLED TV with microlens panel that delivers spectacular brightness. It also comes with a filter that reduces screen reflections and further improves the viewing angle. Perfect for wall hanging with included bracket.

OLED MLA panel with pure blacks and no blooming.

Perfect view from any position

Unmatched HDR performance

Anti-glare screen that leaves no trace

Excellent motion and response time of just 1 ms

Samsung QN90C

Very similar TV, but with 4K panel. It also includes Mini LED backlighting and a similar level of contrast. Does not include the One Connect box.

Panel delivers high contrast

Similar performance to the QN900C 8K but at a more affordable price

8.8 Total Score
Veredict Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN900C

There is no doubt that the Samsung QN900C is a spectacular TV that takes LED technology a step further. Its high brightness and vibrant colors make it an excellent choice for HDR content. Brightly lit environments are where this TV performs best. Although 8K content is virtually non-existent, the powerful neural processor ensures that any content, regardless of resolution, is displayed with great clarity and detail. It also stands out because it's just over 1.5 cm thick, and its bezel-less screen makes it stand out. Its high contrast with very pure blacks also makes it a good choice for dark viewing. And while it can't compete with OLED in a dark environment due to the limitations of the backlight, most users will be happy with its performance. In short, the Samsung QN900C is a TV that looks great and is ready for future 8K content. However, this is its downfall, as it increases its price compared to the 4K models of the same Neo QLED series that offer similar performance.

Design (5%)
9.6
Smart TV (22.5%)
9.3
Sound (22.5%)
8.3
Picture quality (45%)
8.8
Price-performance ratio (5%)
8
PROS
  • High brightness ideal for viewing in lighted rooms
  • Deep blacks thanks to MIni LED system
  • Vibrant colors
  • Excellent scaling system that provides great sharpness with any type of content
  • Good viewing angle
  • Anti-glare filter eliminates much of the glare from windows
  • Well equipped to be a great gaming display
  • Premium design with almost no bezels and a profile of just over 1.5 cm
CONS
  • Some blooming may be noticeable in certain scenes.
  • Anti-reflection filter extends reflections from spotlights and lamps across the screen
  • Dolby Vision is not supported
  • The 8K panel is quite expensive and the QN90C 4K panel provides similar performance for a lower cost

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