Samsung recently posted (and later removed) on its official website specifications for one of its first 2020 4K Ultra HDTV QLED models due to hit the U.S. market shortly — the 85-inch QN85Q60TAFXZA (Q60T series).

As previously reported here, Samsung unveiled its 2020 8K Ultra HD QLED offerings including the Q950T and Q800T series at CES 2020, but none of the 4K Ultra HD QLED offerings were available for demonstrations and little was disclosed in the way of detailed features and capabilities.

The release of the specs on the 85Q60T provided a little more information on those plans, although this is the entry level Samsung 2020 QLED model series and uses an edge-lit LED light source with “Supreme UHD Dimming technology.”

Edge-lit panels are inferior in contrast performance to full-array models with zone dimming. That capability is to come with the introduction of step-up QLED series models. Samsung previously announced that the U.S. 2020 QLED TV model lineup would include the Q90T, Q80T, Q70T and Q60T series. Pricing and exact screen size disclosure is still pending.

In other regions of the world, Samsung has reportedly said a Q95T model series will be available, but company executives did not answer our requests for details on any of the other series planned for the U.S., and did not confirm U.S. plans for a Q95T series or what exactly that would include if it does arrive here.

The recent posting on the QN85Q60TAFXZA listed the model as including the QLED quantum dot-carrying color enhancement film (QDEF) in the LCD stack. As in past years’ models, the QDEF will “produce over a billion shades of color that stay true-to-life even in bright scenes” and will support 100% Color Volume (increased range of color shades with the level brightness intensity). Not specifed was the percentage of the P3 wide color gamut coverage this model series can attain, but it’s typically better than 90% of the Ultra HD Alliance P3 criteria.

New this year is a “Dual LED” edge lighting technology that uses “a system of dedicated warm and cool LED backlights to enhance contrast details.” Samsung has typically used edge-lit LED to achieve thinner LCD panel depth and reduced cost/pricing. Unknown is if Dual LED will help to present HDR and black levels any differently.

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Typically, Samsung 4K Ultra HD QLED televisions include support for the baseline HDR10 HDR profile along with the HDR10+ (dynamic metadata) and HLG (broadcast HDR) HDR profiles. In past years and presumably this year, Samsung has chosen not to support Dolb

We were previously told by Samsung executives at CES 2020 that most of the 2020 QLED TV series will no longer have an outboarded One Connect box, meaning most will incorporate the electronics and connections directly on the back of the set. The Q60T series is among the sets without a One Connect box design.

Other features in the Q60T include Samsung’s Tizen Smart TV platform, support for Bixby, Google Assistant and (works with) Amazaon Alexa AI Voice Control platforms, a Samsung OneRemote, and Wi-Fi (ac) and Bluetooth (4.2) wireless connectivity.

To support the presentation of high dynamic range (HDR), the Samsung Q60T series will incorporate the company’s Quantum HDR 4X processing which is intended to produce “intensely deep colors and super-fine details.” Typically, the level of capability of Quantum HDR intensifies with each step up in model series. This would be the QLED base level.

Samsung also includes its UHD Upscaling system that interpolates the number of pixels and resolution lines of sub-4K content to fill all of the extra pixels on the screen, supposedly with minimal reproduction of artifacts and image noise.

The TV also features what Samsung calls its “New Edge” design with a slim bezel width and Titan Gray color cosmetic.
It will also feature a color-matched Slim Feet stand design.

4K Ultra HD LED-LCD panel offers standard 4K UHD 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution, and features “120 Motion” “Auto Motion Plus” motion smoothing technology. This typically means the set will use a 60 Hz native refresh rate panel, which is inferior to native 120 Hz native refresh rates typically used in step-up model series.

For image processing Samsung uses what it calls a quad-core “4K UHD Processor.”

Audio support includes Dolby Surround, and a 20-Watt 2-channel internal speaker sysytem with “woofer.”

HDMI connectivity lists just 3 inputs one of which supports only Audio Return Channel (ARC). The set also features two USB (ver.2.0) ports, and Ethernet (LAN) port, composite AV input, RF (terrestrial/cable) input, RF input (satellite input), a digital optical audio input and an RS232C control port.

By Greg Tarr

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