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Samsung QN90C vs QN90B

The Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN90C and Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN90B share a striking resemblance, which is unsurprising considering they are part of the same series, with the Neo QLED 4K QN90C being the more recent addition. Both TVs have excellent picture quality, approaching the level of OLED TVs and surpassing them in brightness.

For easier readability, I will use “QN90C” and “QN90B” as shorter references for Samsung QLED 4K QN90C and QN90B.

When I compare the two models, I tend to favor the QN90C, mainly starting from the 55-inch size. It’s because, from the 55-inch size and upwards, the QN90C transitions to IPS panels, diverging from VA panels. For both the QN90C and QN90B equipped with VA panels, the distinctions in image quality become pretty negligible.

Given that both TVs share the same price point, the QN90C would be my preference. Nevertheless, if you come across a substantial discount on the QN90B, it’s worth considering, as it also stands out as a remarkable TV choice.

Specs and key info: QN90C vs QN90B

If you’re stuck choosing between the QN90C and QN90B, let’s break it down. At first glance, they seem pretty similar – both use Mini LED technology, share the same refresh rates, and have comparable prices. But there are some noteworthy distinctions.

The QN90C goes the route of adapting its panel type depending on the screen size. It employs VA panels for smaller sizes like 43 inches and 50 inches but switches to IPS-ADS for larger screens. In contrast, the QN90B sticks with VA panels across the board.

While both TVs come equipped with an anti-reflective coating and boast an ultra-viewing angle feature, it’s important to note that the QN90C truly excels in this regard, primarily due to its IPS panel, providing a much better viewing angle.

The QN90C is equipped with a Neural Quantum Processor 4K, while the QN90B flaunts a Neo Quantum Processor 4K. Performance-wise, I didn’t perceive any distinction, even though the QN90C operates on the Tizen 7.0 OS, whereas the QN90B utilizes Tizen 6.5. Both TVs ran smoothly, and I didn’t encounter any sluggishness in their operation.

The QN90B holds a slight edge in peak brightness, boasting 2080 cd/m² compared to the QN90C’s 1850 cd/m². However, during regular usage, the QN90C maintains an average brightness of 680 cd/m², while the QN90B’s average brightness is slightly lower at 640 cd/m².

Here’s a concise list of the key specifications for the QN90C and QN90B.

Display typeLEDLED
LED typeMini LEDMini LED
Panel TypeVA (43'' 50'' ) IPS - ADS (55'' 65'' 70'' 75'' 85'' 98'')VA
Refresh rate140Hz (43'' 50'') 120Hz (55'' 65'' 75'' 85'' 98'')140Hz (43'' 50'') 120Hz (55'' 65'' 75'' 85'' 98'')
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
Screen Size43'' 50'' 55'' 65'' 75'' 85'' 98''43'' 50'' 55'' 65'' 70'' 75'' 85'' 98''
Price(43'' $1200) (50'' $1600 ) (55'' $2000) (65'' $2800 ) (75'' $3300) (85'' $4800) (98'' $15,000)(43'' $1200) (50'' $1600 ) (55'' $1900) (65'' $2600 ) (75'' $3500) (85'' $5000) (98'' $15,000)
Picture ProcessorNeural Quantum Processor 4KNeo Quantum Processor 4K
Panel Bit Depth10 bits10 bits
Colors1073741824 colors1073741824 colors
Aspect Ratio16:916:9
DCI P3100% (percent)100% (percent)
Brightness680 cd/m² (candela per sq. meter)640 cd/m² (candela per sq. meter)
Peak Brightness1850 cd/m² (candela per sq. meter)2080cd/m² (candela per sq. meter)
Static Contrast (Dynamic Contrast)1750:1 (81,400:1)3050:1 (74,750:1)
HDRHDR10, HLG, HDR10+, HDR10+ AdaptiveHDR10, HLG, HDR10+, HDR10+ Adaptive
Horizontal Viewing Angle178° (degrees)178° (degrees)
Vertical Viewing Angle178° (degrees)178° (degrees)
Average Response Time7.4 ms (milliseconds)7.2 ms (milliseconds)
Input Lag6.8 ms (milliseconds)6 ms (milliseconds)

Picture quality face-off: QN90B vs QN90C

Regarding brightness, the QN90C consistently keeps things steady and high, whether you’re watching regular scenes or super bright ones. Now, the QN90B tends to go overboard by cranking up the brightness to levels that surpass what’s needed. Simply put, the QN90B might seem brighter than the QN90C, but it’s like turning up the volume too loud on your speakers – it can diminish the overall quality of what you’re experiencing on screen.

While native contrast ratio measurements may suggest lower performance for the QN90C, this does not hold true in real content. The QN90C’s superior local dimming compensates for the lower native contrast ratio, making it perform well in real-world scenarios.

In those action-packed scenes, the QN90C nails it with finer details and contrast, outperforming the QN90B. Plus, when things get dynamic, the QN90C looks a bit smoother than the QN90B, hinting at better motion handling. Although, in the example below, you might not notice that extra smoothness.

When it comes to those darker images, the QN90C really stands out. It does a better job highlighting those shadowy areas, and I’d say its color accuracy in those dark scenes is a tad superior to the QN90B.

When you’re watching HDR 10 content, the QN90C truly stands out. It delivers brighter visuals and unveils more details than the QN90B. This difference becomes especially noticeable in those tough, demanding scenes.

Let’s dive into bloom control for a moment. Both TVs have quirks in this area, but the QN90C performs better than the QN90B. Even when both TVs are set to their most accurate settings, the QN90C handles colors more effectively.

If you look closely, you’ll notice those white dots have a faint bluish halo around them – that’s what we call the blooming effect. This effect becomes more pronounced as you view the TV from wider angles, so I snapped a picture from the side to showcase this blooming effect, which really gets on my nerves.

The QN90C offers a better viewing angle compared to the QN90B, thanks in part to its IPS (ADS) panel, as opposed to the QN90B’s VA panel, which isn’t known for its wide viewing angles.

In a nutshell, both these TVs deliver outstanding picture quality. Most of my comments above, except for the viewing angles and color effects, are minor critiques rather than major differences in display quality. There were instances where I had to actively hunt for specific content just to spot any differences.

Video specs in QN90C and QN90B

Both the QN90C and QN90B models are pretty much the same when it comes to video features. They have the same resolution, HDR support, and max refresh rates for different screen sizes. But there’s one key difference: the QN90C B has an “Auto HDR Remastering” feature (AI technology automatically boosts SDR content’s contrast, colors, and brightness to match HDR levels.) that the QN90B doesn’t offer.

Video FeatureQN90CQN90B
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)Neo Quantum HDR+Quantum HDR 32X
Picture ProcessorNeural Quantum Processor 4KNeo Quantum Processor 4K
Viewing AngleUltra Viewing AngleUltra Viewing Angle
Film ModeYesYes
Adaptive PictureOptimized/EyeComfortOptimized/EyeComfort
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)YesYes
ContrastQuantum Matrix TechnologyQuantum Matrix Technology
Ultimate UHD DimmingUltimate UHD DimmingUltimate UHD Dimming
Contrast EnhancerReal Depth EnhancerReal Depth Enhancer
Motion TechnologyMotion Xcelerator Turbo+Motion Xcelerator Turbo+
Refresh Rate140Hz (43'' 50'') 120Hz (55'' 65'' 75'' 85'' 98'')140Hz (43'' 50'') 120Hz (55'' 65'' 75'' 85'' 98'')
One Billion ColorYesYes
Auto HDR RemasteringYesN/A
Picture ClarityYesYes
AI UpscaleYesYes
Filmmaker ModeYesYes
Brightness/Color DetectionYesYes

Samsung QN90C vs QN90B – design compare

The QN90C and QN90B share a sleek and quite similar design. The most noticeable distinctions are in their stands. The QN90C sports a broader base, while the QN90B boasts a more compact stand, which, in my personal preference, I find more aesthetically pleasing, even though it’s slightly less stable. Another difference is in the stand color – the QN90C features a Titan Black stand, whereas the QN90B opts for a straightforward black stand.

The screen thickness for both TVs measures 1.1 inches, except for the 98-inch version, which is 1.2 inches thick in both models.

Here is QN90C and QN90B design specs:

Design AspectQN90CQN90B
DesignNeo SlimBoldness
ColorTitan BlackTitan Black
Stand TypeSharp Neck HexagonBending Plate
Bezel Type4 Bezel-less4 Bezel-less
Slim TypeFlat lookFlat look
Stand ColorTitan BlackSand Black
Front ColorTitan BlackTitan Black

The remote controls for these TVs feature distinct designs. The QN90C’s remote is notably smaller than the QN90B’s. Nevertheless, their functionalities remain consistent, with the ability to charge them via a solar panel or USB Type-C, and both remotes include a microphone button. I favor the QN90B remote.

Sound comparison: QN90B vs QN90C

The audio performance of both TVs is nearly identical, and in certain instances, the QN90B even appeared to be louder than its counterpart. Regarding sound quality, it remains decent, partly attributed to the presence of Dolby Atmos technology.

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QN90C and QN90B Sound specs

Both the QN90C and QN90B have similar audio features like Dolby Atmos, 60W sound output, and Bluetooth Audio. The main difference is that the QN90C has a “Buds Auto Switch” feature to automatically switch to compatible earbuds, while the QN90B doesn’t have this.

Audio FeatureQN90CQN90B
Dolby AtmosYesYes
Dolby DecoderMS12 5.1ch5.1CH
Active Voice AmplifierYesYes
Adaptive SoundAdaptive Sound+Adaptive Sound+
Object Tracking Sound (OTS)OTS+OTS+
Audio Pre-selection DescriptorYesYes
Sound Output (RMS)60W60W
Speaker Type4.2.2CH4.2.2CH
Multiroom LinkYesYes
Bluetooth AudioYesYes
Dual Audio Support (Bluetooth)YesYes
Buds Auto SwitchYesN/A

Smart Services in QN90B and QN90C

Both TVs are loaded with an array of smart features, including voice assistants, web browsing, SmartThings integration, and the versatile Universal Browse & Play functionality. However, there’s a crucial distinction: the QN90C operates on the cutting-edge Tizen 7.0 OS, while the QN90B is still running Tizen 6.5. However, as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t notice any significant performance difference between the two.

The QN90C has Alexa as its built-in voice assistant, while the QN90B goes with Google Assistant. But you can actually switch them around in the settings. So, you can make that change if you prefer Google Assistant on the QN90C or Alexa on the QN90B.

Smart Service FeatureQN90CQN90B
Operating SystemTizen 7.0Tizen 6.5
BixbyUS English, UK English, Indian English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, BR Portuguese (features vary by language)US English, UK English, Indian English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, BR Portuguese (features vary by language)
Far-Field Voice InteractionYesYes
Built-in Voice AssistantAlexa (GB, DE, FR, IT, ES, AT, IE)Google Assistant (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, SE)
Multi Voice AssistantYes (GB, DE, FR, IT, ES, AT, IE)Yes (GB, DE, FR, IT, ES, AT, IE)
Works with Google AssistantYes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, SE)Yes (Built-in) (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, SE)
Works With AlexaYes (Built-in) (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, AT, IE only)Yes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, AT, IE only)
TV PlusYes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, CH, AT, NL, SE, NO, DK, FI, PT, IE, BE, LU)Yes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES, CH, AT, NL, SE, NO, DK, FI, PT, IE, BE, LU)
Web BrowserYesYes
SmartThings App SupportYesYes
Universal Browse & PlayYes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES)Yes (GB, FR, DE, IT, ES)

Smart Features in QN90C vs QN90B

Both the QN90C and QN90B models are equipped with an extensive array of smart features, including but not limited to Multi-Device Experience, Mobile Tap Mirroring, Video Communication via Google Meet, Multi-View Support, and many others.

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However, there are distinct differences that set the two models apart. Specifically, the QN90C model offers support for the NFT (Nifty Gateway) feature, which is absent in the QN90B model. Additionally, the QN90C includes a unique “Chat Together” functionality, although it is important to note that this feature is restricted to users located in the United States.

Smart FeatureQN90CQN90B
Multi DeviceTV to Mobile - Mirroring, Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNA, TV Initiate Mirroring, Mobile Tap Mirroring, TV Sound to Mobile, Sound MirroringTV to Mobile - Mirroring, Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNA, TV Initiate Mirroring, Mobile Tap Mirroring, TV Sound to Mobile, Sound Mirroring
Mobile Tap MirroringYesYes
Video CommunicationGoogle MeetGoogle Meet
Multi-Viewup to 2 videosup to 2 videos
Sound WallYesYes
Mobile Camera SupportYesYes
App CastingYesYes
Chat TogetherYes (US only)N/A
Ambient ModeAmbient Mode+Ambient Mode+
Wireless DexYesYes
Web ServiceMicrosoft 365Microsoft 365
NFTNifty GatewayN/A

Gaming performance comparison: QN90C vs QN90B

Turning our attention to gaming, I set up an HDMI splitter with my PS5, enabling a simultaneous display on both TVs. This configuration provided a real-time comparison of their gaming performance under identical conditions.

Gaming performance: The QN90C steps up its game with improved local dimming when in game mode. Additionally, you’ll notice that the QN90C offers slightly better contrast in games, while the QN90B is a tad brighter during gaming. The QN90B is a bit brighter during gaming, but I’m not sure it’s a benefit for the in-game visuals.

When it comes to brighter scenes, it’s pretty much a wash – there’s slightly higher contrast on the QN90C, but it’s barely noticeable.

In summary, I’d say these two TVs are virtually identical when it comes to gaming. They are both great with their 120Hz capability and FreeSync Premium Pro support, and here are all Game Features:

Game FeatureQN90CQN90B
Auto Game Mode (ALLM)YesYes
Game Motion PlusYesYes
Dynamic Black EQYesYes
Surround SoundYesYes
Super Ultra Wide Game ViewYesYes
Game bar 3.0Game bar 3.0Game bar
Mini Map ZoomYesN/A
FreeSyncFreeSync Premium ProFreeSync Premium Pro
Gaming HubYes (KR, US, CA, BR, GB, FR, DE, IT, E)Yes (KR, US, CA, BR, GB, FR, DE, IT, E)

Connectivity feature in QN90C vs QN90B

Both the QN90C and QN90B models are on par when it comes to connectivity. They’ve got the same number of HDMI and USB ports, support 4K 120Hz, and come with Ethernet, Digital Audio Out, and CI Slot. Both also feature eARC, HDMI Quick Switch, built-in WiFi5, Bluetooth 5.2, and Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).

In short, there’s no difference in connectivity between the two.

Connectivity FeatureQN90CQN90B
HDMI (High Frame Rate)4K 120Hz (for HDMI 1/2/3/4)4K 120Hz (for HDMI 1/2/3/4)
Component In (Y/Pb/Pr)N/AN/A
Composite In (AV)N/AN/A
USB-C (Camera Only)N/AN/A
Ethernet (LAN)11
Audio Out (Mini Jack)N/AN/A
Digital Audio Out (Optical)11
RF In (Terrestrial / Cable input)1/1 (Common Use for Terrestrial)/21/1 (Common Use for Terrestrial)/2
Ex-Link ( RS-232C )N/AN/A
CI Slot11
HDMI Audio Return Channel (eARC)eARCeARC
HDMI A / Return Ch. SupportYesYes
HDMI Quick SwitchYesYes
Wireless LAN Built-inYes (WiFi5)Yes (WiFi5)
BluetoothYes (BT5.2)Yes (BT5.2)
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)YesYes

QN90B and QN90C price comparation

Overall, the QN90C TV falls into the mid to upper pricing tier and isn’t typically considered a budget-friendly choice.

Screen SizeQN90C Price
43 inches$1,200
50 inches$1,600
55 inches$2,000
65 inches$2,800
75 inches$3,300
85 inches$4,800
98 inches$15,000

Just like the QN90C, the QN90B TV belongs to the mid to upper price tier.

Screen SizeQN90B Price
43 inches$1,200
50 inches$1,600
55 inches$1,900
65 inches$2,600
75 inches$3,500
85 inches$5,000
98 inches$15,000

In most cases, both models have identical pricing. However, there are a few instances where the QN90C is priced $200 lower and a few sizes where it’s $100 or $200 more expensive.

Screen SizeQN90C PriceQN90B PricePrice Difference
43 inches$1,200$1,200$0
50 inches$1,600$1,600$0
55 inches$2,000$1,900$100
65 inches$2,800$2,600$200
75 inches$3,300$3,500-$200
85 inches$4,800$5,000-$200
98 inches$15,000$15,000$0

The prices of these TVs are generally on par, but it’s important to note that I’ve provided the official prices from Samsung without factoring in any discounts. Additionally, the costs on platforms like Walmart or Amazon could vary significantly from Samsung’s official pricing.



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