The Samsung Q800T 8K TV is massive, both in size and personality.
Yes, it’s another Samsung TV review. No, it’s not the same this time and you’ll soon see why. While The Frame and its siblings are more focused towards a lifestyle approach, that isn’t the case when it comes to the Samsung Q800T 8K TV.
This 8K smart TV offers you the best-in-class experience when it comes to home entertainment technology. At 75-inches, this isn’t even its final form — the Samsung Q800T series starts at 65-inch for RM22,999 and can go up to 82-inches for RM39,999. While we had the middle child of the family, that didn’t make it feel any less special, of course. It’s also worth noting that the 75-inch retails for RM29,999.
At its size, it’s perfect for a wide range of homes. The Q800T can accommodate both large mansions and bachelor pads to everything else in-between. But to truly know if a TV is worth buying — especially at that price — is to put it to the test. And it came in no better time as we were just heading back into the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). To say this made staying in that much better was an understatement.
A great way to test a TV of this calibre is with some of the best movies ever created. Also, we do have a reason for choosing said movies. For ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, we’re looking for just how well the Q800T is at colour reproduction and consistency; ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is about how well the Q800T can perform when it comes to recreating scenes to great and explicit detail; for ‘Inception’, it’s to test its immersive audio capabilities as well as its visual composition and use of complex cinematography.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
For those of you who have seen ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, you’d know that it was more of a showcase of Wes Anderson‘s artistic side. Its bright visual palette worked perfectly with the Q800T, allowing it to look a lot more vibrant and warm. This is also due to the pastel tones that are displayed throughout the film, which the Q800T also makes impressive work of displaying. Sharp colour contrasts were also on display for much of the film and the Q800T did really well in recreating colours with extreme ease.
Throughout the course of the almost two-hour feature film, the visual display that ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ put on with the Samsung Q800T was absolutely marvellous. Colours were bright, vivid, and full of life, showcasing Anderson’s talents in full display. Of course, this is thanks to the use of 33 million pixels with every frame, giving you great brightness, colour, and clarity.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ was the penultimate conclusion to Phase Three in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and arguably the best to come out from the Disney-owned studio so far. The movie itself was a masterpiece, given the number of action sequences and visual effects that went into it. Putting the Samsung Q800T TV to the test with this movie was a lot of fun, especially if you’re a fan. Watching the climactic battle between The Avengers and Thanos was an amazing visual and audio delight — the TV was capable of showcasing the entire, lengthy war in stunning detail. You can make out each Marvel character without any visual stutters or screen tearing. If you’ve seen the film before, you’d know how fast-paced it all was; thankfully, the Samsung Q800T definitely stood up to the test of video quality, especially in great 8K detail.
With the help of its Quantum Processor 8K, the TV is capable of upscaling whatever you’re watching into 8K resolution, all thanks to machine learning. AI Upscaling to 8K gave the movie even greater textures with a sense of realism. This definitely made ‘Avengers: Endgame’ all the more worthwhile to watch. Quantum HDR 16x with HDR10+ support brings every little detail to life with even greater accuracy and contrast.
Considered to be one of the best movies of its decade, ‘Inception’ made headlines everywhere with its stellar cast and award-winning director. Already a cinematic sensation with its action sequences, visual effects, and musical score, it’s easy to see why we used ‘Inception’ as one of the movies to judge a TV by. Thankfully, the Samsung Q800T did make ‘Inception’ great from the get-go. It comes with its own speaker system and a built-in woofer alongside Dolby Digital Plus. But its main feature was the Object Tracking Sound+ (OTS+), which brings a true cinematic audio experience to life. ‘Inception’ is a fairly loud movie given its ‘heist-gone-awry’ plot, allowing the TV to truly flex when it comes to delivering immersive sound. It was also a real treat to see the buildings fold atop one another in great detail and without any visual tearing.
There is also an Active Voice Amplifier feature on the Samsung Q800T that enhances the voices in the scene. This ensures that you can hear the dialogue smoothly and clearly without any interruptions. Up- and side-firing speakers also deserve a special mention as this is what provides a truly unique and immersive audio experience.
Having tested the Samsung Q800T 8K TV for close to a month, I daresay that it’s an impressive visual machine. Everything about the TV just screams quality, especially if you’re a technophile with expensive taste. At RM29,999, it’s the perfect investment seeing as the TV is future-proof for a good few years at the very least.