The Samsung QN700C is the 2023 8K TV at the bottom of the Neo QLED TV hierarchy with 7680 x 4320 resolution. But that doesn’t mean the TV doesn’t deliver a good picture. It also uses Mini LED backlighting with proprietary Quantum Dot Matrix technology.
It allows you to significantly increase the brightness range of the TV and improve the contrast between light and shadow. Samsung’s Neuron Quantum Dot 8K processor is capable of enhancing the overall TV picture, and 4K movies can be upscaled to 8K resolution. In the Samsung QE65QN700C 8K HDR TV review, we will describe the main features of the new product.
Samsung QN700C review
The aesthetics of the new Samsung QE65QN700C TV are thoughtful and make a very good first impression. From its appearance, it becomes clear that we are dealing with a high-end TV, as it has a very thin profile and an aluminum base. Only 1.81 cm thick, making it ideal for wall mounting.
Also, the back is completely flat without any flex, so there won’t be much lift off the wall, just like the Samsung QN700B . The TV can be hung with a standard VESA mount or Samsung’s official Slim Fit mounts. The profile of the case still has perforations in the frames, which gives it a different shade.
But on the QE65QN700C TV, the edge is not silver, but black. The base (stand), in turn, is still central, but now it is not black, but gray. The QN700C series comes with a One Connect junction box that houses all connections. It can be left attached to the back of the base or placed separately.
This module connects to the TV with a single cable, so if you leave the QN700C on the wall, you will see only one cable. The One Connect box has all the audio and video ports, as well as power, so the 65QN700C TV has only one connector for connecting to the module itself. Note also the premium build quality.
The QN700C models are Samsung’s first step into the 8K range and are a good option for anyone looking to upgrade to that resolution without spending so much money. But on its own, it’s an 8K TV with simplified specs than the excellent QN800C . First, it has a Mini LED backlight with LEDs 40 times smaller than the LED and QLED models. It also features hundreds of backlight dimming zones for finer lighting customization.
On the one hand, this translates into a reduction in the appearance of blooms and halos in the presence of a dark background and a very bright object. And on the other hand, this is an improvement in the depth of black shades and an increase in the brightness of light ones. Another advantage that only the Neo QLED line has is 14-bit brightness gradation.
This refers to how the TV shows the gray scale. That is, now it is broken not by 1024 sections, like a conventional LCD TV, but by 16384. In fact, this will allow you to enjoy better detail in dark areas so that blacks do not disappear. And the brightest areas don’t seem burnt out.
The peak brightness is 2000 nits in the brightest mode, making the QN700C ideal for viewing in brightly lit rooms or on the patio at home. To all this, it has an anti-glare filter to minimize the influence of reflections from lamps or windows. Now for the differences that we think make it worth upgrading to a top-end 8K or 4K Neo QLED model like the QN90C .
First of all, the QN700C series does not have an Ultra Viewing Angle filter, instead it includes a Wide Viewing Angle filter. This is a filter that does not give the same result as the QN90C, QN95C , QN800C and QN900C models that have it. Therefore, at an angle, the TV will look good, but not as good as the models we mentioned.
On the other hand, the image processor is Neural 8K Lite, which uses artificial intelligence to better upscale lower resolution sources. But in fact, this processor is inferior to the QN800C and QN900C 8K series processors, which have a built-in processor that uses neural networks for pixel-by-pixel image enhancement. Consequently, the level of texture and detail will be slightly lower.
No less important is the fact that the Samsung QE65QN700C TV panel is not 120 Hz, but 60 Hz. Consequently, the moving image will not be as smooth and the Blur Reduction setting will be lost in the Clarity Settings options. If you want to use your TV as a gaming TV, you need to take into account that the QN700C series does not have full HDMI 2.1 ports.
However, it does have a Motion Xcelerator Turbo feature that uses a motion estimation compensation algorithm and dynamic update technology. The result is improved motion clarity in games and an attempt to mimic the effect that would be achieved with a real 120Hz panel. Supported by VRR with FreeSync, but not in the premium version.
The operating system is still Tizen, but in 2023 it is version 7.0. It gets some improvements and interface changes. Of course, there’s still the Gaming Hub menu, which gives you access to thousands of cloud games that you can play without a physical console. From this menu, you can use the Xbox, Utomik and NVIDIA Geforce Now services.
Playing on the Gaming Hub requires an active subscription to these platforms and the addition of a game controller (joystick). You can connect an Xbox, PS5 or PS4 controller, as well as some compatible universal controllers, to your Samsung QN700C TV. The Samsung QN700C also features Multi View.
It allows you to split the screen and view two sources at the same time, such as an antenna feed on one screen and a YouTube video on the other. That being said, unlike more high-end 8K models, you can only see two screens instead of four. Ambient Mode is the same as before, allowing you to leave the TV on and show pictures, photos and other goodies.
The new Tizen 7.0 also features Samsung Health, which offers plenty of free exercise content to keep you moving at home. And you can also set up Bixby, Alexa, or Google Assistant if you want to use a digital assistant. With their help, you can control the TV with your voice through the microphone built into the remote control.
In terms of sound, the QN 700C has an integrated 4.2-channel 60W audio system. This is another difference from the top model 8K QN800C. The latter adds upward-firing speakers to provide more surround sound, something this QN700C lacks. The TV has an OTS Lite object audio tracking feature.
It makes sure that the sound is emitted directly from the location of the object. Finally, we will mention another very useful feature – this is Q-Symphony. In 2023, version 3.0 is released, which includes improvements. With Q-Symphony, you can add a compatible Samsung soundbar and enjoy sound from the bar and TV at the same time.
In the connections section, the module integrates four HDMI ports (one with eARC ), but they are not full HDMI 2.1. At the same time, there is no way to play in 8K or 4K at a frequency of 120 Hz, but only 60 Hz. If you’re a gamer and it’s important to you, your best bet is to upgrade to the QN800C 8K or QN85C 4K models, which already have 4K 120Hz playback capability.
The QN700C has a dual tuner so you can record one channel while watching another by connecting an external hard drive. Another feature that is requested by many viewers is dual Bluetooth, thanks to which you can output sound to two devices at the same time.
There are also 3 USB ports, USB-C for the camera, digital optical audio output, LAN port and antenna jacks. Paid channels can be viewed through the module in the CI slot. Wireless is WiFi5 and Bluetooth version 5.2. Finally, there is a connector for the One Cable.
Samsung QN700C is the ideal model if you want to upgrade to an 8K TV but don’t have the budget to buy the QN800C series. You’ll get excellent contrast and brightness thanks to the QLED panel with mini LED backlight and premium design.
Of course, you need to keep in mind that this is a model with more basic features, since it does not have a 120Hz panel, the audio system has fewer speakers, and there is no neural network image processor or ultra-wide viewing angles filter. If you are a gamer and want to play games on a large TV, then you can choose the QN90C series.
Samsung QN700C Specifications:
|Type||LCD Quantum Dot|
|Update frequency||60 Hz|
|HDR compatibility||HDR10, HDR10+, HLG|
|Design type||Infinity One|
|Stand type||Thin silver plate|
|Frame||Thin on 4 sides|
|Panel color||Titanium black|
|Viewing angle||Wide (Wide Viewing Angle)|
|CPU||Neural Quantum Processor Lite 8K|
|Number of shades||1 billion|
|HDR (high dynamic range)||Neo Quantum HDR 8K|
|Auto HDR Remastering||Yes|
|Smart scaling||Yes, AI Upscale|
|local dimming||Ultimate 8K Dimming|
|Contrast enhancement||Quantum Matrix Technology|
|Improving the clarity of movement||Motion Xcelerator Turbo|
|output power||60 W|
|Tracking sound||OTS Lite|
|Q Symphony||Yes, 3.0|
|Active Voice Amplifier||Yes|
|Dual audio support (Bluetooth)||Yes|
|One Connect Module||Yes, Y23 8K|
|Inputs||4 x HDMI 4K 120Hz, antenna socket|
|exits||1 x optical (audio)|
|Audio Return Channel (ARC)||Yes, eARC|
|WiFi||WiFi 5 (802.11ac)|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.2 (audio)|
|USB ports||3 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB C|
|operating system||Tizen 7.0|
|Voice assistants||Bixby Alexa|
|Video calling||Google Meet|
|MultiView||Up to 2 videos|
|interior mode||Ambient Mode+|
|Mirroring||Yes, double sided|
|SmartThings App support||Yes|
|Remote voice control||Yes|
|Automatic game mode (ALLM)||Yes|
|Game panel||Game bar 3.0|
|Game Motion Plus||Yes|
|Dynamic black equalizer||Yes|
|Ultra wide game view||21:9, 32:9|
|Consumption max / type||175W / 112W|
|Consumption in anticipation||0.5W|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Dimensions without stand||1443.7 x 828.4 x 17.9mm|
|Dimensions with stand||1443.7 x 898.2 x 267.9 mm|
|Stand Dimensions||360 x 267.9 mm|
|Weight without / with stand||22.4 kg / 32.5 kg|
|VESA mount||400 x 300 mm|
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