Comparing Samsung and Sony 4K televisions is a bit like comparing two of your children. Both brands provide consumers with the highest quality features and a variety of sizes to choose from.
While every difference between the two brands cannot be listed, there are a few differences that tend to stand out.
For example, the native refresh rate. Samsung’s 4K televisions feature FreeSync and other technology that assists with their 60 Hz refresh rate that is popular among their 4K sets. Sony typically includes a 120 Hz refresh rate alternative referred to as “24p” in their sets (they call it Motionflow XR 960). Sony wins this round, as watching movies in 24p, which is akin to 120 Hz without the judder of 60 Hz, allow you to watch the picture as one would see it projected in the movie theater.
Smart technology is also a difference between the two manufacturers. Samsung has fully embraced Smart TV apps and technology such as webOS 3.0 in their newest 4K UHD sets while Sony for the most part, does not focus on Smart TV apps, but occasionally includes Opera web browser or Android TV.
As for the use of the new HDR technology (High Dynamic Range), Samsung seems to be including a premium HDR in their most popular 4K televisions, while Sony offers the typical HDR. While HDR in itself is nothing to sneeze at, Samsung does seem to invest more in this new technology than Sony.
With regards to television size, both companies have found their comfort points of sale. Samsung tends to tap out at a maximum of 75 inches and offers televisions in 40, 43, and 45 inches while Sony tends to sell larger sets from 55 inches up to 85 inches.
In addition, Samsung seems “ahead of the curve” so to speak, in that they are offering far more curved 4K UHD televisions for a more cinematic viewing experience.
If it is a Smart TV you want, Samsung may be the best option. Samsung has been cornering the market on the best Smart technology for their 4K UHD TVs, while Sony has been focusing on Android TV technology in their sets (and occasionally offering the web browser Opera as a web browsing tool).
Samsung does not use Android TV, which is the main user-friendly on demand service and app platform for Sony.
The price difference between Samsung and Sony must be viewed in context. In this case, let us sample the average price of each manufacturer according to the most popular screen sizes alone, followed by a commentary on what is typically included in each Samsung and Sony television of the same size.
55 inch: (KU6300) $899.99 / (KS8000) $1,399.99 / (KU7500) $1,399.99
65 inch: (KS8000) $2,199.99 / (KU7500) $1,999.99 / (KU6500) $1,499.99 / (KU7000) $1,799.99
75 inch: (JU7100) $3,299.99
55 inch: (X700D) $899.99 / (X850C) $1,099.99; (X930D) $1,799.99
65 inch: (X750D) $1,499.99 / (X850C) $1,999.99; (X930D) $2,799.99
75 inch: (X850C) $3,499.99; (X940D) $5,999.99
At a glance, it is clear that these randomly selected 4K televisions from both Sony and Samsung have their differences in size and price. Samsung rarely offers larger sizes from 75 inches and above, while Sony rarely offers any sizes below 55 inches.
Looking at the prices for each size, Samsung does seem to be neck and neck with Sony with the most popular size: the 65 inch. However, Samsung offers a greater variety of 65 inch 4K TV’s, and most importantly, they offer more features than Sony for the same or cheaper, price. For example, a 65 inch Samsung can get you a Curved UHD or even a SUHD 4K television for the same price as a 65 inch flat UHD Sony.
However, Sony does offer a better refresh rate (24p as opposed to 60Hz), so frame rates are quite good. As a shot back, Samsung offers FreeSync, which makes up for the 60Hz refresh rate by providing speed, smoothing, and a 4K picture that is perfect for fast-moving films or games.
In addition, one must factor in the fact that the “Smart” or “App” platforms for Samsung and Sony are very different. Samsung utilizes more webOS (internet) options and has a great platform they refer to as “Smart TV.” This offers a plethora of apps to choose from, from Netflix, Hulu, to browsing the internet, listening to internet radio, watching on demand movies, and more.
Sony’s counterpart to this is Android TV. This offers their viewers much of the same in terms of available apps, entertainment options, Netflix, Hulu, radio, on demand movies and television, and more. One drawback is Sony rarely utilizes the availability of Full Web Browsing like Samsung offers their users.
In the end, there are many aspects to consider between the technical specifications and features of both Samsung and Sony in order to compare and contrast the two massively popular manufacturers of 4K UHD televisions.
Factors include: price for the display size, smart technology, web capability, wireless options, display superiority (type of display, backlighting, and other technology), refresh rate, and other features such as Samsung’s FreeSync and Sony’s innovative 24p.
Depending on what you are looking for, one brand may catch your eye and interest more so than the other based on your intended usage and excitement for the onboard technology offered. In the end, it is up to you to decide if each brand’s differences help or hinder their sellability.
For this writer, both Samsung and Sony have carved out their places in the present and future of 4K Ultra HD television technology.