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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Samsung QN90C is generally a bit more expensive and may perform better in bright rooms, providing a strong gaming experience and vibrant colors for animation. It also has better sound quality, which could be a deciding factor if you prefer built-in audio. However, the Sony X90J, while slightly less expensive, has superior build quality and reliability. It also performs well with news and reality TV content. The Sony model supports Dolby Vision which is beneficial for certain HDR content, whereas Samsung does not, but it does support HDR10+, which Sony lacks. Both have ample HDMI ports and similar support for gaming features. If having a slightly brighter and more vibrant display is worth the extra cost, you might lean towards the Samsung QN90C. Conversely, if you're interested in a more reliable build and Dolby Vision support at a lower price point, the Sony X90J could be the better choice for you. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Samsung QN90C (LCD)
  • Best in class for bright room
  • Very good for movies & TV
  • Excellent for news, talk, & other TV
  • Very good for use as monitor
  • Good viewing angle
  • Excellent reflections
Advantages of the Sony X90J (LCD)
  • Best in class for upscaling
  • Best in class motion processing

Key differences

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Gaming

8.8
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
8.2
8.3/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
8.0/10
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
7.0/10
8.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
10.0/10
70.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
80.0/100
9.3/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.2/10
The Samsung QN90C (LCD) and Sony X90J (LCD) are both very good for gaming, though the Samsung QN90C (LCD) is somewhat better.

Bright Room

9.7
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
7.6
7.4/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.2/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.6/10
9.3/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
7.9/10
9.0/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
5.9/10
The Samsung QN90C (LCD) is best in class for bright room, while the Sony X90J (LCD) is good.

Cost

$1,078
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
$800
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$400

$600

$800

$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

$1,600

The Samsung QN90C (LCD) has a price of $1,078 and the Sony X90J (LCD) costs $800.
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Key similarities

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Picture Quality

8.2
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
7.8
7.00/10
CONTRAST
7.63/10
8.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
7.4/10
miniLED FALD
PANEL TYPE
LED FALD
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung QN90C (LCD) to have very good picture quality, while the Sony X90J (LCD) has good picture quality.

Movies & TV

8.1
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
7.9
7.00/10
CONTRAST
7.63/10
7.0/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.4/10
8.0/10
UPSCALING
10.0/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung QN90C (LCD) to be very good for movies & TV, while the Sony X90J (LCD) is good.

Sports

7.1
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
7.1
8.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
10.0/10
144Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
7.0/10
8.0/10
UPSCALING
10.0/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.6/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The Samsung QN90C (LCD) and Sony X90J (LCD) are both good for sports.

Cartoons & Animation

8.8
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
8.3
7.8/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
7.0/10
8.2/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
7.4/10
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.6/10
9.5/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
9.0/10
6.6/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
6.8/10
The Samsung QN90C (LCD) and Sony X90J (LCD) are both very good for cartoons & animation.

News, Talk, & Other TV

9.0
QN50QN90C
XR-50X90J
8.9
10.0/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
8.6/10
8.0/10
UPSCALING
10.0/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Samsung QN90C (LCD) to be excellent for news, talk, & other TV, while the Sony X90J (LCD) is very good.

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How the Samsung QN90C (LCD) and the Sony X90J (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung QN90C (LCD)Sony X90J (LCD)
Samsung QN90C (LCD)Sony X90J (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$1,078
$800
Brand
SamsungSony
Release Date
March 2, 2023April 1, 2021
Full name
QN50QN90CXR-50X90J
Screen Size
50"50"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
TizenAndroid TV
Sound Quality Score
7.8/107.3/10
NextGen Ready
YesYes
HDMI Ports
44
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
8.2/107.8/10
Bright Room Score
9.8/107.7/10
Gaming Score
8.9/108.2/10
Movies & TV Score
8.1/107.9/10
Sports Score
7.2/107.1/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
25.4" x 43.8" x 1.1"25.5" x 44" x 2.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
27.8" x 43.8"28.1" x 44"
Weight without Stand
29.8 lbs29.8 lbs
VESA Mount
200 x 200200 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
7/107.6/10
Local Dimming
8/108/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.22.0
Speaker Power
40 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
YesYes
DTS:X
NoUp to DTS Digital Surround, Bypass only

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About Samsung

Samsung, a South Korean electronics manufacturer, holds the title of being the largest global TV vendor in terms of units sold. They offer a diverse lineup of TV products that cater to various budget ranges. A notable achievement in recent years is the development of Quantum Dots, a technology that enhances color reproduction, resulting in richer and more vibrant hues. Samsung TVs are well-regarded for their high manufacturing quality and user-friendly software, making them an excellent choice for consumers seeking an intuitive viewing experience.

About Sony

Sony stands as a highly experienced and widely trusted TV manufacturer, earning a reputation that surpasses all others. A Japanese company, Sony has been making TVs for far longs than it has been making Playstation game consoles. Sony's high-end TVs are often regarded as the ultimate choice for videophiles, representing the epitome of quality, albeit at a premium price point. Renowned for their advanced and precise motion handling, as well as their cutting-edge local dimming algorithms, Sony consistently delivers unparalleled performance in these areas. They include Google TV software with all their TV sets, which grants access to the largest selection of apps available and they also include Bravia Core which is a movie streaming platform specifically for Sony TVs that offers higher picture quality by using more bandwidth.

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