Meet the 5 latest TVs worth buying for home watching in 2020. Shopping for the best TV of the year? Look no further. Hot Tech Gadget has brought together the biggest, brightest, and highest-performing televisions to have ever passed by our eyeballs – and they’re all available to buy today.
This year’s new TV ranges are starting to enter the market – and the first big-hitters of the year already trickling into buying guides such as these.
Many of the sets below are from 2019, but don’t let that put you off: upgrades between TV generations tend to be pretty accumulative, and you usually won’t miss out on a huge amount by sticking with last year’s model – especially when TV brands support and update the software of their smart TVs going back three or four years at least.
There are other TVs to look out for as long as they officially on market, including the upcoming Vizio OLED, and TCL 6-Series with Mini-LED. All of these (and more) have the potential to make this list, and we will update this list once they are put on the market.
|Samsung Q90R||Incredible HDR performance
Wider viewing angles
Comprehensive smart platform
|No Dolby Vision
|Vizio P-Series Quantum||Quantum dot technology3,000-nit peak brightness
|Sony Bravia A9G OLED||Updated stand design
Sony X1 Ultimate processor
Acoustic Surface Audio+
Few upgrades over the predecessor
|Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020)
|Ultra-low image lag
Superior OTS sound
|No Dolby Vision
Prettier QLEDs out there
|Hisense H8G Quantum Series
|Very good black levels
Solid HDR performance
|No HDMI 2.1 feature support
Needs moderate color correction
Samsung Q90R QLED TV (2019)
2020 has seen a fair few new Samsung TVs, but it’s hard not to recommend the Samsung Q90R from 2019 above the new sets. It’s cheaper than all these brand-new TVs, for one, and its 2020 successor – the Samsung Q95T which isn’t as highly specified, given Samsung is now saving its best parts and processors for its 8K TV range.
The Samsung Q90R fixed a lot of issues with its 2018 predecessor, improving viewing angles and enhancing the local dimming system (with the Ultra Black Elite filter) to reject ambient light and prevent black crushing in darker scenes. The result is nothing but remarkable, meaning that the Q90R is one of very few sets that can take on and surpass even the best OLED TVs.
The only real criticism would be that, unlike some of the competition, the Samsung Q90R doesn’t support Dolby Vision. However, in all other respects, the Samsung Q90R is a stellar TV that takes QLED to another level.
The Samsung Q90 continues the company’s 360-degree design ethos with a minimalist appearance that looks good from all angles. There’s a simple elegance to the bezel-less screen, and a fetching brushed metal trim around the outer edge. The back panel has textured grooves that not only make the rearview prettier but also help hide the cable that connects the One Connect box.
The Q90 sits on a fairly traditional stand that provides solid support and complements the overall styling. The smaller size is also sure to please anyone hoping to position this TV on an existing equipment stand. If you’d prefer to wall mount there’s a removable panel at the rear, behind which there are fixings for the optional ‘No-Gap’ bracket. Just remember this well made TV is heavy.
There’s only one connection on the rear of the Q90, everything else is in the One Connect box. Here you’ll find four HDMI 2.0b inputs, three USB ports (two 2.0 and one 3.0), twin terrestrial and satellite tuners, a CI slot, an external link for auto-calibration, optical digital input and a LAN port for a wired connection (although there’s also built-in WiFi and Apple AirPlay). The design remains attractive, the stand is more practical and the remote has a few added buttons. The One Connect box is still a great idea and despite the absence of HDMI 2.1, it supports everything you need.
The Samsung Q90 uses the latest iteration of the company’s smart platform, and it’s largely the same as last year in terms of layout. There’s a launcher bar along the bottom and a second layer that provides quick access to the various video streaming services.
Since a TV’s main purpose is to watch content, the more video streaming services a smart platform supports the better. And in that regard, Samsung has the lot, with apps for Netflix, Amazon, Now TV, Rakuten, YouTube, and all the UK TV catch-up services. If that wasn’t enough, the company has even made up with Apple and will be exclusively adding an iTunes app later this year.
The Q90 uses a direct LED backlight, which means it’s deeper than most of today’s ultra-thin TVs. One useful side effect of this extra depth is that Samsung can squeeze four speakers, two subs, and 60W of amplification into the panel. As a result, the Q90 delivered an excellent audio performance with good stereo separation, well-defined midrange and higher frequencies, clear dialogue, and deeper bass.
Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is a home run for Vizio. Sure, the SmartCast interface isn’t all the great, and the speakers are worth bypassing, but the TV is packed with awesome features and backed up by excellent image quality. We’re looking forward to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, but even without those features, the TV is still one of the best options in its price range.
If you truly have deep pockets and want the best image quality out there, then it’s still worth going for LG’s OLED or Samsung’s QLED TVs – but in the absence of a six-figure salary, the $2,199 Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX-65G1 is an excellent option for those that want quantum dot tech in a smart TV at Vizio-level prices.
The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is a home run for Vizio. Though the SmartCast interface isn’t all the great, and the speakers are worth bypassing, but the TV is packed with awesome features and backed up by excellent image quality. Next to be looked at forwarding is AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, but even without those features, the TV is still one of the Best Ultra-HD TV options in its price range.
If you truly have deep pockets and want the best image quality out there, then it’s still worth going for LG’s OLED or Samsung’s QLED TVs – but if not, the cheaper Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX-65G1 is an excellent option for those that want quantum dot tech in a smart TV at an affordable cheaper price here.
Alongside the TV, you’ll also get a fairly standard plastic remote. The remote will feature shortcut buttons for some of the most popular streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu. While it still uses an IR blaster (i.e. it still needs line of sight to the TV) it’s fairly powerful, so don’t worry too much if you have a big soundbar that blocks the front of the screen.
What the remote is missing, however, is a voice search button. Voice search has become fairly ubiquitous at this stage, and its absence is felt on a TV that otherwise feels just as premium as the competition.
Around the back of the screen in the cutaway space for the inputs, you’ll find five HDMI ports. Four of these ports are HDCP2.2/HDMI 2.0 capable to handle 4K resolution and offer HDR support. The fifth port, however, is HDCP2.2/HDMI v1.4 and is designated as low-latency 1080p. If you’re a gamer who doesn’t mind trading some eye-candy for faster response times, this is the port you want to use.
Not sure what if the content you’re watching is in 4K, HD, HDR, or Dolby Vision? One of the most helpful features on the Vizio P-Series Quantum is its handy info button that will quickly tell you what you’re watching and in what format.
Sony Bravia A9G OLED (2019)
A direct replacement for last year’s Sony A9F/AF9 OLED, the Sony A9G/AG9 Master Series OLED is the new flagship of Sony’s TV fleet. It embraces a characteristically minimalist design that disguises a host of cutting-edge features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, plus Netflix Calibrated Mode (of interest to many), and IMAX Enhanced certification (of interest to few).
This is a screen that looks premium and has a spec on the right side of righteousness. The Android platform is easy to live with, that vibrating sound system entertaining and picture quality top notch. Offering Dolby Vision is a welcome refinement, but the caveat is a lack of support for HDR10+. That said, it does a fabulous job up-scaling HD/SDR so it’s easy to overlook the lack of at least one HDR format. It’s undoubtedly expensive but, all things considered, this glass is class.
The A9G OLED looks vastly different than the A9F in several significant ways. To begin with, the new models stand upright rather than leaning backward like the A9F. It also seems slightly slimmer because it has replaced the ‘lean on’ leg with a more conventional, A8F like, centrally mounted metal stand.
The wall mount this time is improved as it now looks more flush, minimizing the gap between the wall and the TV. Also, Sony has added the swivel mechanism to pull it out and adjust viewing angles, which is a useful addition.
These little additions may not matter much if you’re spending a few thousands on a new TV, but these design choices make a world of difference when it’s a gadget that costs more than a couple of lakhs.
The front of the TV seems quite similar to the previous model. It has the same edge-to-edge design with slender borders. The screen looks like a thin slab of glass; in dark scenes, it gets almost impossible to spot the borders apart.
Sony comes with all the necessary connectivity options placed covertly at the back. It offers four 4K HDMI inputs, all of which will support 2160p up to 60Hz at 4:2:0, 10-bit 4:4:4, and 4:2:2, plus HDCP 2.3. There’s an AV minijack, headphone socket, optical digital audio output, a trio of USBs (one designated for HDD recording) plus Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. We did not experience any connectivity issues using any of these options, which adds up even more to the seamless usability.
The TV comes with a single remote control. It’s a rather nice wand which has a smart aluminum face, dedicated buttons for Netflix and Google Play, and an integrated microphone.
Unlike the design, the features and picture quality remains almost the same as the A9F. The A9G uses the same core OLED panel as its predecessor, as well as, more importantly, the same powerful X1 Ultimate processor. In our experience, this is one of the most powerful processors that we’ve seen on any smart TV. It is also a significant update over the X1 Extreme. The X1 Ultimate processor improves image quality with “object-based HDR remaster” and “object-based super-resolution,” up-converting SDR material and enhancing sharpness, respectively.
These two pieces of tech help to offer improved colour performance, better upscaling of sub-4K sources, better near-black light management, anti-colour banding processing, and many more features besides, all designed to create a picture that gets as close as Sony can manage to the performance of its own BVM-X300 professional OLED mastering monitor.
There is a Netflix Calibrated Mode which optimizes ‘Netflix Originals’ content. Enabling it from the settings gives a more accurate image to what was initially mastered by content creators. Unfortunately, we could not experience this because of a bad internet connection. The TV lacks support for HDMI 2.1, whereas its competitor, the recently announced LG C9 OLED doesn’t.
Samsung Q80T QLED (2020)
The Q80T is a brilliant HDR QLED. New for 2020, the Samsung Q80T QLED builds on the successes of previous models for a brilliant HDR TV worth checking out.
The most notable feature is the incredibly low input lag, making the Q80T a great choice for gamers who want responsive gameplay, but the QLED screen will also make general watching a pleasure all around.
The Q80T is the cheapest 2020 Samsung TV to come with a full-array backlight, meaning you’ll get consistent brightness, though not some of the premium qualities of higher-end sets – hence why it lands lower on this list than last year’s Q90 QLED. It also isn’t quite as stylish as the zero-bezel Q950TS, with a thick body compared to other QLEDs in this year’s range.
However, you’ll still get Samsung’s latest Quantum 4K processor, vivid HDR colors, and advanced smart TV features through the Tizen OS. If you want more of a saving, too, the Q70R QLED is this TV’s predecessor and will cost you a good few hundred dollars less than the new Q80T model.
It’s inevitable that the Q80T, which features a FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight, is not going to be the slimmest flatscreen on the shelves, but for most buyers, the extra bulk is going to be worth it. Samsung’s designers have gone some way to mitigating this extra depth by framing the panel with a ridiculously minimal bezel, creating the illusion that pictures are magically hanging in the air.
Connectivity is excellent, too, with four HDMIs that offer advanced and varying specifications. There’s 4K at 120fps support on HDMI 4, and eARC on input 3. The set can handle 4K at 60Hz (expected from PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games), 2K at 120Hz, plus VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). FreeSync support is included for PC AMD gamers too.
Rounding things out are two USB ports, digital optical audio out, Ethernet to support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a Common Interface slot, for all those territories which require one. You almost certainly won’t need everything on offer, but it’s nice to have them in reserve.
The screen is bundled with two remote controls, one the usual button is strewn offering most of us will gravitate to, the other a simplified pointer. The Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020) may not win any beauty prizes, but it sports a bezel barely big enough to contain its images. The futuristic HDMI provision is a cut above the norm too.
Samsung has made some revisions to its Tizen smart TV platform this year to improve usability. The launcher bar is a little smaller, allowing more apps to sit onscreen without a need to scroll. When viewed on the larger Q80T models, this makes perfect sense. There’s also enhanced connected device discovery, making it easier to jump between inputs.
Also new this season is Mobile Multi-View with Casting, which enables two screens (the main TV image and your smartphone) to be watched simultaneously.
While there’s no Freeview Play tuner, all key Catch-up TV channels are supported, along with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Rakuten TV, Apple TV, and YouTube naming only a few. Samsung’s Ambient mode also makes a welcome return, allowing the QLED screen to serve as a gallery for JPEGs or artworks, or double as a news ticker or clock.
Hisense H8G Quantum Series
The Hisense H8G Quantum is a 4K wonder at a low price here. New for 2020, the Hisense H8G Quantum Series is a great choice for those looking to spend little and get a lot. At just this price for the 65-inch version of the Hisense H8G, it’s an outstanding value. You’re not having to make do with a sub-standard set, though, as the apps are easy to find and use, Google Assistant support is well-implemented, and the technical specs rival much pricier models. Motion is brilliantly smooth, too, with great performance across HD and 4K video despite a drop in brightness compared to competing QLED models.
You won’t get quite the quality experience of many others in this list, and the design of this set isn’t very inspiring. For the price, though, the Hisense H8G Quantum Series certainly delivers.
The H8G Quantum offers four HDMI 2.0 inputs, with one supporting ARC, but there’s no eARC support. There’s also no support for variable refresh rate (VRR) or Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), both of which are features that gamers should be on the lookout with next-gen consoles coming later this year.
If you’ve got older video components, there is a composite video input next to a pair of analog audio inputs, with all three RCA connections built into the back of the TV. There is no need for a breakout cable, and no support for component video connections, though the need for those is rapidly dying.
Under the hood, the H8G Quantum has a VA-type LCD panel with a full-array local dimming (FALD) backlight system. The combination of these two should help the TV achieve deeper black levels and minimize the halo effect, which produces rings of light around bright objects on a dark background.
The use of the VA panel also means that off-angle viewing will not look very good. Colors wash out, the contrast takes a big hit, and you can more easily see the backlights in action — all very typical.
Hisense has attempted to tackle these common problems with some sort of enhanced viewing angle feature, but I’ll just tell you now that I don’t think it works particularly well. With that said, the H8G Quantum performs the same as other TVs that don’t have fancy extra layers to try to improve off-axis viewing.
The addition of quantum dots should mean that the H8G Quantum will not only offer a much wider color gamut but also provide a richer HDR experience. Speaking of, the H8G Quantum supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR formats. Hisense also claims the TV supports HDR10+, but I was never able to get it to work on Amazon Prime Video, which is my only source for that particular format. I don’t consider this a fault of the TV so much as a curious bug.
Out of the box, in the Theater Day and Theater Night modes, the H8G Quantum performs extremely well. Color could use some work, and if you are the sort of person who values accurate color, consider taking some of the money you save buying this TV and pay a professional calibrator to make some adjustments.
Otherwise, I think people are going to be thrilled with this TV’s picture quality. The blacks are deep, the colors vibrant, and HDR material is extremely enjoyable to watch. The TV looks vivid in a room filled with daylight and looks even better in a dark room for movie night.
Samsung Q90R QLED TV – Best Ultra-HD TVs
Samsung Q90R QLED TV – is the Best Ultra-HD TVs of 2019 and possibly 2020
The Samsung Q90 is easily the most impressive QLED to date, incorporating comprehensive features and cutting-edge picture innovations. As a result, this TV can deliver a performance that is capable of competing with and often surpassing even the best OLEDs.
Samsung has taken these criticisms to heart and directly addressed them in the Q90. The new model has a visibly superior viewing angle that holds its own against an OLED TV, and the local dimming delivers deep blacks without losing shadow detail. To that end, the new Ultra Black Elite filter is nothing short of a revelation, rejecting ambient light in a way that just staggers belief.
Throw in the superb image processing with its AI learning algorithms and you have the best QLED TV that Samsung has produced to date.
Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)- Best Ultra-HD TVs
Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)- Best Ultra-HD TVs is Vizio’s best and brightest TV
While it doesn’t rival the black levels of OLED and has some issues with SmartCast, this bright and beautiful quantum dot screen is one of the best values in the industry right now.
If Samsung sold you on the idea of a quantum dot TV only to scare you away with their price, the Vizio P-Series Quantum is a good compromise. It’s a big, bold, and affordable screen that supports most forms of HDR and can light up the room with its 2,000 nits of peak brightness.
It might not be able to hit the inky black levels of OLED and suffers from slow startup, but it is by far the best value quantum dot TV on the market.
Sony Bravia A9G OLED (2019)
While it doesn’t move the needle forward in terms of picture performance, the Sony A9G’s updated design and the lesser price are sure to please the folks who didn’t quite like the A9F’s ‘lean-on’ leg design. For any AV lover, it offers the best in class upscaling and decent gaming performance.
The Samsung Q80T QLED TV (2020) is a great TV for most uses. It delivers a stunning picture quality with its impressive contrast ratio and fast response time. Its high peak brightness and outstanding reflection handling make it suitable for viewing in bright rooms, and it also performs well in dark rooms thanks to its great contrast ratio and full-array local dimming. Its low input lag and FreeSync support should keep gamers happy; however, there’s a bit of dirty screen effect that can be distracting when watching sports.
Hisense H8G Quantum Series
The Hisense H8G is an impressive TV, especially for the price. With sizes ranging from 50 TO 75 inches and prices ranging from $380 to $1300, the H8G Quantum line has a model that should suit the needs of a wide range of TV shoppers, particularly those who want premium picture quality in a budget-friendly set.
What types of TV are there out there?
There are a lot of different screen types out there, all working in different ways to produce the same results. Each technology has its unique strengths and weaknesses so here are some basics to consider:
LED TV/Direct LED
These displays are backlit by an array of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) directly behind the screen. This enables localised dimming – meaning immediately adjacent areas of brightness and darkness can be displayed more effectively – and greatly improves contrast. LED TVs are also more power-efficient and capable of a wider colour gamut than CCFL sets. Because of the extreme cost of mounting these arrays of LEDs, cheaper TVs usually use Edge-Lit LED screens over Direct or Full-Array LED screens.
LED TV/Edge LED
With these TVs, LEDs of the backlight are mounted along the edges of the panel. This arrangement enables radically slender displays and offers superior contrast levels to CCFL, but can’t achieve the same picture quality as directly lit LED sets. However, they do come in far cheaper which is why most LED TVs out there now use this technology.
The backlighting on OLED (organic light-emitting diode) sets is achieved by passing an electric current through an emissive, electroluminescent film. This technique produces far better colours and higher contrast and also enables screens to be extremely thin and flexible. This is the holy grail display technology and LG, Sony, Philips and Panasonic have all adopted it in their flagship sets.
Quantum Dot is Samsung’s big play in the LED TV space. With it, the brand claims that it’s able to produce more colorful pictures than LG and Sony while offering even brighter panels. LG’s Super UHD TVs all use a variation of Quantum Dot called Nano Cell, and Hisense makes several Quantum Dot TVs for the US and China.
Some manufacturers are still making TVs that have slightly curved screens. But unlike old CRT TVs, the curve is inwards rather than outwards. The idea is that this makes every pixel equidistant from your eyes, delivering a more satisfying picture. However, there are drawbacks for this type of screen, the main one being that if you sit far enough to one side – more than 40 degrees or so – the curve starts to affect the image’s geometry, foreshortening content near to you and compressing the image’s center.
What resolution tech should you go for?
HD TVs come in two resolutions. Sets with the HD ready are required to be able to display a minimum 720p picture, and generally has a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Meanwhile, Full HD TVs have a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. You shouldn’t go for anything less than full HD in this day and age.
Ultra HD and 4K
The resolution of Ultra HD is exactly four times higher than Full HD – 3840 x 2160. It means a far more detailed picture, with content requiring a lot more bandwidth and storage space. 4K TVs tend to be good at upscaling HD video to Ultra HD but there are currently very few options for watching native 4K content. Read more about 4K resolution.
If 4K isn’t enough to impress you, there are now a good number of 8K TVs entering the market. This ultra-ultra-high-definition format packs in four times the number of pixels as 4K, for even sharper, crisper images.
The difficulty is that there’s little 8K content available – nothing on Netflix, for example! That means these sets need highly advanced processing to make upscale HD or 4K content for 8K screens, and while it isn’t yet a must-buy technology, it’s certainly where the TV market is going. Read more about 8K resolution.
Arguably the shift to HDR video could make a more dramatic difference to your viewing experience than moving from HD to 4K. Like still HDR images, the moving version expands the range of both the light and dark ends of the spectrum, providing more detail for both.
HDR needs new filming methods though – at the moment there is no way to backfill HDR into existing video. It also needs new TV tech too, with Samsung the only ones to create specific screens, though LG and Sony are going to be able to update some of their existing stock to be compatible.
Sony Ultra HD
What else should I consider?
Buying a flatscreen television is a major investment and one that you can’t afford to take lightly. Just popping into the closest store and grabbing the first plasma or LCD you see won’t get you the best deal, the screen that suits your needs, or the gear you require to make the most of your new purchase.