Samsung Q50 Q50R QLED Review

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The Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED is an excellent TV for most users, thanks to its superb native contrast, deep inky blacks, and low input lag. However, gamers should be aware of the lack of HDMI 2.1 and VRR.

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Released in September 2019, the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED is an entry-level 32″ 4K UHD LCD TV from Samsung. It promises to provide better contrast than IPS LCDs, thanks to its VA panel. In addition, Samsung claims that it features a low input lag and stutter-free 24FPS playback for a clear picture. It also boasts the easy-to-use Tizen OS platform for smooth navigation. So, it is well-positioned for budget-conscious non-gaming users who need a decent 4K TV that can also double as a 4K monitor. Keep reading our Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED review below to discover top experts’ opinions. Also, don’t forget to check out the best-rated TVs available in the market right now.


our Verdict

The Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED is a great choice for those looking for an entry-level TV. It offers great native contrast, deep blacks, low input lag, and a wide color gamut. However, gamers should be aware that it doesn’t have HDMI 2.1 or VRR.

Reason to Buy

  • Deep inky blacks
  • Excellent native contrast
  • Good color accuracy
  • Excellent upscaling
  • Wide color gamut
  • Great response time
  • Motion interpolation and BFI are available
  • Low perceived stutters with 24 FPS content
  • Low input lag

Reason to Avoid

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • No ambient mode
  • No support for Dolby Vision HDR
  • Lack of HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR or eARC
  • No judder removal
  • Bad display uniformity
  • Low peak brightness

Samsung Q50 Q50R QLED Specs

Backlight TypeBacklight TypeEdge
Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs3
HDR FormatHDR10, HDR10+
LED Panel TypeLED Panel TypeVA
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen size55"
Smart PlatformSmart PlatformTizen
Sync TechnologySync Technologyn/a

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Test Results

Color Gamut % (DCI P3 xy)87.17
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)93.74
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 xy)64.58
Color Gamut % (Rec 2020 uv)72.5
Color Gamut % (sRGB)0
Color Gamut % (Rec 709)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB)0
Color Gamut % (BT.709)0
Contrast Ratio (x:1)5,428
SDR Brightness (nits)314
HDR Brightness (nits)306
Input Lag (ms)10.6
Response Time (ms)15.2
Color Washout (Degrees)21
Color Shift (Degrees)20
Brightness Loss (Degrees)28
Reflections (%)5.6
Low-Freq Extension (Hz)126.99
Freq Response StdDev @ 70db5.34
Freq Response StdDev @ 80db5.18
Weighted Total Harmonic Distortion @80db0.356
Intermodulation Distortion @80db1.68
EOTF (600 nit delta)0
EOTF (1000 nit delta)0
EOTF (4000 nit delta)0

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  • Rtings

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    Overall, the Samsung Q50R is a good TV for most uses. It’s good for watching… read more


    Adam Babcock
  • TVFindr

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    The Samsung Q50R stands out because it has a high price for its relatively small… read more



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