If you have the space and budget for a 98-inch TV, Samsung has a new offering for you. The 98Q80C, the latest addition to the world’s top-selling TV brand, is now available for $8,000.
The 98Q80C belongs to Samsung’s QLED series, known for its enhanced brightness and superior color compared to non-QLED TVs. Although I haven’t tested the Q80C, based on my past experience with top-tier QLED models like the QN90B, they still fall short when it comes to the overall image quality offered by OLED televisions. If you desire an OLED TV in a similar size range, be prepared to pay a significantly higher price. LG’s 97-inch OLED G2, for example, comes with a hefty price tag of $25,000.
Considering its specifications, I have lower expectations for the performance of the Q80C compared to models like the QN90B and other televisions in Samsung’s Neo QLED lineup. The reason for this is that unlike the Q80C, those TVs utilize mini-LED back lights, which, based on my tests, provide even brighter images and more precise high-dynamic range performance. While Samsung showcased a 98-inch Neo QLED 8K TV at CES (refer to the video below), there is no official information available regarding its release date or price yet. However, it’s worth noting that the Q80C does incorporate full-array local dimming, which should contribute to improved picture quality in comparison to TVs lacking this feature.
For those seeking a 98-inch TV on a more limited budget, the Q80C from Samsung will be the most affordable option. However, if you’re looking for this screen size and want to save some money, TCL offers the 98R754 model priced at $5,000. Additionally, TCL has a 98-inch version in their QM8 series, equipped with a mini-LED backlight. Based on its specifications, it is expected to outperform the Samsung TV. This TCL model is priced at $10,000 and is listed as “coming soon.”
The 98-inch size, which measures over 8 feet in diagonal screen size, is presently the largest TV available in the mass market from any manufacturer. While 85-inch models are more common as the next smallest size in LCD-based TVs, there are other options available. For instance, certain companies like Hisense provide larger projection-based screens that are marketed as “TVs.” Furthermore, Samsung offers significantly larger Micro-LED TVs with hefty price tags. For instance, they have a 110-inch model priced at $150,000.