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Samsung QN90D Series: Top 4K Mini-LED TVs for 2024 Review & Comparison

Exploring Features, Performance, and Pricing of Samsung's Latest TV Series

The Samsung QN90D series, one of the top 4K mini-LED TVs by Samsung for 2024, replaces the QN90C series, which topped our best TVs list in 2023 for sports, thanks to its brightness, anti-glare screen, and wide viewing angle. Available in sizes from 43 to 85 inches, the QN90C series now expands to include a 98-inch model for 2024, featuring Samsung’s new Supersize Picture Enhancer.

Recently, I visited Samsung’s New Jersey facility to test the 65-inch QN90D model, eager to see its improvements over last year’s QN90C. I conducted thorough measurements and subjective tests. The QN90D surpasses its predecessor and competes favorably with the new Samsung QN900D 8K mini-LED TV and Samsung S95D OLED TV, both also tested during my visit.

The QN90D series, ranging from 43 to 98 inches, is priced higher than the QN90C series, especially the larger sizes like 75 and 85 inches.

Here are the prices for each size:

  • 43-inch: $1,499
  • 50-inch: $1,599
  • 55-inch: $1,999
  • 65-inch: $2,699
  • 75-inch: $3,299
  • 85-inch: $4,799
  • 98-inch: $14,999

The QN90D series features an updated NQ4 AI Gen2 processor with 20 AI neural networks for audio and video. Picture enhancements include Neo Quantum HDR+ and HDR Brightness Enhancer for improved 4K HDR images, along with Auto HDR Remastering for regular HD sources. Quantum Matrix Technology aids in backlight control for local dimming, while anti-glare coating and Ultra Viewing Angle enhance picture uniformity.

Samsung QN90D

With a 4.2.2-channel built-in speaker system delivering 60 watts, the QN90D offers audio processing features like Object Tracking Sound+ and Active Voice Amplifier Pro, similar to other premium Samsung TVs. Gaming features include four HDMI 2.1 inputs with 4K 120Hz support (up to 144Hz for PC gaming) and FreeSync Premium Pro. The Gaming Hub provides access to over 3,000 titles from cloud-based apps like Xbox and Nvidia GeForce Now. The Game Bar menu now includes an AI Auto Mode option for adjusting settings based on game genres. Input lag in Game mode measures at 9.7ms, comparable to last year’s QN90C.

Samsung QN90D Movie mode

The QN90D, set to Movie mode, delivers seriously bright pictures with excellent contrast, even under room lights. Peak brightness reaches around 2,000 nits on a 10% window pattern and nearly 600 nits on a full-screen white pattern, slightly exceeding last year’s QN90C.

Color gamut coverage remains consistent with the QN90C at 94% for UHDA-P3 and 71% for BT.2020.

Despite the modest brightness increase, the QN90D impresses. Watching HDR content, such as the Spears & Munsil HDR Benchmark 4K Blu-ray disc, showcases detailed highlights and improved local dimming compared to the QN90C.

Picture uniformity remains excellent from off-center seats. While some judder and motion blur were initially noticeable in default Movie Mode, adjusting motion settings resolved the issue.

Samsung QN90D

Conclusion

Priced at $2,699 for the 65-inch model, the QN90D isn’t cheap. However, it seems like a bargain compared to the pricier QN900D 8K mini-LED and S95D OLED models. A full review will reveal its true value, but based on my initial experience, it left a strong impression.

SUMMARY

Samsung's second-best 4K mini-LED TV lineup may be pricier than last year's QN90C series, but it delivers brighter pictures and better local dimming, resulting in stunning HDR for movies and shows. The QN90D is also ideal for sports in well-lit rooms, and the new 98-inch option benefits from Samsung's Supersize Picture Enhancer processing. Pros: - Excellent brightness and contrast - Impressive local dimming - Great off-axis uniformity Cons: - Slight backlight blooming - No Dolby Vision HDR support

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Brightness and Contrast
8.5
Off-Axis Uniformity
8
Backlight Blooming
7
HDR Support
7.5
New Features
9
Price and Affordability
7.7

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