Like the Samsung Q9F QLED TV — a LED/LCD television set which uses Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology to produce near OLED level quality of images and even better brightness— the Samsung Q8C QLED TV joins the latest new generation TV sets that utilizes the Q engine to produce improved image quality, brighter colours, as well as better and wider viewing angles.
The substitution of filters and white LED backlights with tiny particles in a TV display to improve image quality, colour reproduction, and brightness level is what the Quantum Dot technology is all about…and it seem to be gaining grounds as the rival to OLED displays.
The Samsung Q8C QLED TV might seem like a confusing acronym but the nomenclature is wired around the components that makes up the gadget. The Q indicates the use of the Quantum Dot technology, while the C highlights that the TV is curved.
Being a leading figure in the curved TV ecosystem, Samsung further reaffirms its position as one of the best maker of curved TVs with the Q8C QLED TV.
The Samsung Q8C sports a slim and sophisticated appearance that fits perfectly anywhere in the home. If you choose to place the TV on a table or cabinet, there is a stand/bar — which is slightly curved to match the shape of the screen— where the QLED screen sits on. There is also a wall bracket for easy attachment to walls without having to worry about the shape or cables dangling around. The wall mount and stands are sold separately.
There is only one cable that connects to the Samsung Q8C curved TV. The single fiber optic cable connects to a set top junction box which houses several ports: four HDMI, 3 USB, AV to TV, and an ethernet connection port.
The silver frame of the TV helps increase the aesthetic outlook and appearance. The rear panel also has a fine metallic finish that blends beautifully anywhere you decide to place it in the home.
Samsung Q8C QLED TV: Sizes
The Samsung Q8C QLED TV is available in 55-, 65- and 75- inch screen sizes and are codenamed Samsung QE55Q8C, Samsung QE65Q8C, and Samsung QE75Q8C respectively.
All models/sizes comes with support for 4K playback and HDR (HDR10 and broadcast HLG HDR) while also supporting normal HD and standard dynamic range. The TV lacks support for Dolby Vision because of its compatibility with HDR10+ which is more of a rival to Dolby Vision.
The Q8C ships with two remotes, supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, has a zapper (that connects using Bluetooth) for voice integration, and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatibility. The Q8C is very easy to navigate and get used to as there are no confusing set of menus and services. There is support for 4K and HDR streaming on third-party apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Other supported services include BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and My5.
On the Q8C interface, Samsung gives a level of control to users as it comes with a customizable home screen, allowing users t place their favorite and most used apps and sources appear on the home screen.
There is also support for TV-to-Mobile and Mobile-to-TV mirroring; connecting your mobile phone to the Q8C and controlling it via the Smart View app. Supported mobile platforms are Android (Android 4.1 and above), iOS (iOS 7 and above), and Windows (Windows 7).
If you are ever on the lookout for a QLED TV with a curved structure and support for 4K and HDR, as well as wide, deep colour and high brightness for the best of daytime viewing or for cinematic experience, the Samsung Q8C QLED TV is the perfect TV as it checks all the right boxes. You should, however, be willing to shell out the type of cash that is required to in such a high-end TV set.