Best Samsung TVs Android Central 2020
There are so many different TVs out there in the stratosphere, but largely, Samsung is the industry leader. The company makes fantastic options such as the Samsung Q90R which not only has a 4K OLED display, but all of the smart TV functionality one could want, including Bixby. Then, there are others such as the Samsung Q900 which is the epitome of future-proofing your TV viewing experience for years. Nonetheless, Samsung makes a TV for every situation and every budget, and here are the best.
- Best Overall: Samsung Q90R QLED Smart 4K UHD TV
- Future proofing: Samsung Q900 QLED 8K TV
- Best value: Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV
- Most immersive: Samsung RU7300 Premium Curved 4K TV
- Best on a budget: Samsung RU7100 Smart 4K UHD TV
- Most interesting: Samsung The Frame QLED Smart 4K TV
- Most Unique Style: Samsung The Serif QLED Ultra HD Smart TV
Best Overall: Samsung Q90R QLED Smart 4K UHD TV
When picking the "best overall" Samsung TV, the choices are aplenty. The company has so many different offerings that it can be tough to sift through the weeds and find what is really the best. The Q90R continued to come up in our research as one of the most reliable and feature-packed TVs on the market.
This TV includes a beautiful 4K QLED display panel, with concentrated LED zones to make sure that you can see everything as the director intended. The viewing angle has been improved over its predecessor, so there is less of a chance for glare. The inclusion of Bixby Voice and Ambient Mode helps cover all of the bases with this beast of a TV.
- Quantum Processor 4K for sharp detail and refined color
- Engineered to reduce glare
- Quantum Dot provides over a billion shades of colors for 100% color volume
- Ambient Mode turns the TV into a blank screen when not in use
- Bixby Voice allows for control without any other devices
- Only three different sizes available
- Game mode is limited in functionality
Best without breaking the bank
The Q90R is perfect for those who want amazing picture quality, a ton of features, and a beautiful design while using one cable.
Future proofing: Samsung Q900 QLED 8K TV
If you're even remotely into technology, you've heard of the phrase "future-proof." This is when a company releases a product that will be able to withstand the test of time, and Samsung has done that with the Q900. This OLED TV sports a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, making this an 8K display, which is double the 4K standard that has taken over in recent years.
Since there is extremely little 8K content available for consumption, the Q900 upscales the content that you are viewing (when possible) into 8K. This will enhance just about every aspect of the movie, video, or TV show that you are watching so that you get the best picture quality. Plus, when 8K content begins making its way out of obscurity, you will already be ready to go.
- 8K Resolution with upscaling
- 8K HDR provides the best "depth of detail"
- Full Array Elite Backlight brings individual zones of LEDs
- Will work with most content released in the future
- Extremely expensive
- Refresh rate limited to 120 hertz
Prepare for the future
The Q900 8K TV sports all of the features one could want, along with being able to show the best content deep into the future.
Best Value: Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV
Some folks don't want to deal with all of the bells and whistles but want at least most of them. That's where the Samsung RU8000 Premium 4K TV comes into play with its Dynamic Crystal Color, 4K UHD processor, and Bixby Voice.
There are four HDMI ports found on the back of the TV so that you can plug in everything you need, ranging from your Xbox One X to the cable box and more. Plus, the RU8000 includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options, along with a USB port for your home videos.
- The best TV for most people
- Sizes range from 49-inches to 82-inches
- 4K UHD processor optimizes the picture quality
- Built-in wireless connectivity
- Refresh rate limited to 120 hertz
- Display panel is only edge lit
The RU8000 offers a sleek and slim design while including 4K UHD playback, which also upscales content with a lower resolution.
Most immersive: Samsung RU7300 Premium Curved 4K TV
One day, flat-panel televisions may become a thing of the past, and Samsung has accounted for that with the RU7300. This stunning TV sports a curved display panel, which will provide one of the most immersive experiences one can find on a TV.
With the inclusion of HDR Plus, Pur Color, and a refresh rate of 120 hertz, this TV really has just about anything. Those hoping for an Ambient Mode will have to look elsewhere, as Samsung oddly decided to omit that feature from the NU8500.
- Refresh Rate of 120 hertz
- Bixby Voice removes the need for a remote
- Upscaling available
- Low-lag Game Mode
- No Ambient Mode included
- Heavier than comparable models
- Only two sizes available
When watching on the RU7300, you are more immersed in the content, as it almost feels like the screen is curving around you.
Best on a budget: Samsung RU7100 Smart 4K UHD TV
Sometimes you just need a TV to throw up in the kitchen or the garage, and the Samsung RU7100 is perfect for that. This TV still supports 4K playback, and includes some Smart TV functionality, but is extremely lightweight and will get the job done if you just want to have a spare TV.
We would recommend using this as a potential desktop monitor replacement, as the refresh rate is rather low, and there are only three HDMI ports. But if you need it for a child's first TV or an extra one for the house, the RU7100 will serve admirably.
- 4K HDR playback
- Smart TV access
- Extremely lightweight
- Built-in Wi-Fi support
- More expensive than competitors
- Limited to refresh rate of 60 hertz
- Only three HDMI ports
Best on a budget
Our budget pick
The Samsung RU7100 is perfect with its 4K HDR resolution and includes its Ultra Clean View to get rid of any distortion.
Most interesting: Samsung The Frame QLED Smart 4K TV
Samsung loves to push the boundaries of what a product category is defined as. The Frame is the perfect example of this as it can act as both a Smart 4K TV and a good ole' digital picture frame. Art Mode with the built-in Art Store makes it so you can have even the most expensive art portrayed on your wall.
With the help of Samsung's One Connect box, you can get everything connected to The Frame with a single cable. Plus, the ability to hang this bad boy flush on the wall in your home will make the whole process easy for you. That is, provided that you are extremely careful during the installation process as to not harm the display panel itself.
- Acts as both a TV and picture frame with Art Mode
- Sizes range from 43-inches to 65-inches
- Customizable frame allows you to customize the TV to your liking
- Hangs flush on the wall with a single cable
- Installation can be tedious
- TV cannot crop your personal pictures to fit
- Forced home-screen ads in Samsung apps
Like a picture
The Frame includes a single cable for connecting to your various devices and hangs flush on the wall just like any other picture.
Most Unique Style: Samsung The Serif QLED Ultra HD Smart TV
In another example of Samsung pushing the boundaries of possibilities, The Serif TV is touted as a "fusion of technology and style." This television offers 4K UHD QLED playback, along with some additional features such as built-in NFC and integration with the likes of Alexa, Assistant, and even Apple's HomeKit.
When it comes to "mounting" the Serif, this will be a bit difficult thanks to the "I-shaped" design, but that's where the stand comes in. With this stand, The Serif is transformed into more of an art easel than an actual television.
One potential frustration is the fact that this TV is only available in a single size, coming in at 55-inches. And if you want to mount it, you might want to look elsewhere unless you are okay with relying on the stand or just setting it on your existing TV stand.
- Acts as both a TV and picture frame with Art Mode
- Built-in NFC makes it easy to connect your phone
- 120-hertz refresh rate
- Compatible with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa
- Only available in one size
- Cannot easily be wall-mounted
Most Unique Style
Like an easel
Similar to "The Frame," The Serif is a more than just a 4K QLED TV with a unique stand that makes this look like an art easel.
Considering how many different TVs there are, finding "the best" TV is a rather objective task. The Samsung Q90R is our pick, as it sports all the necessary features, bells, and whistles that one could want, while looking absolutely amazing in the process. If you're going to prepare for the future, then you would want to look at the Samsung Q900 with its 8K display, which will last you for years and years, and years.
For those who want most of the bells and whistles without shelling out the dough, then the Samsung RU8000 is great with its 4K UHD processor, Bixby on TV capabilities, and more. Then some just want a spare, no-frills TV, that won't break the bank because it's going in a spare room. That's where the Samsung N5300 will serve as this TV still supports 1080p Full HD playback and has some limited Smart TV functionality.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Andrew Myrick is a regular freelancer at Android Central and iMore. He has been a tech enthusiast ever since the original iPhone was released and continues to flip-flop between devices. You might as well hook him up to an IV filled with coffee to get him through the day. If you have any questions, you can find him on Twitter, and he'll get back to you.
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