Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA vs TCL 49S405

Best Budget TV: Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA vs TCL 49S405

Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA vs TCL 49S405

Testing TCL 49S405 vs Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA, I was impressed by their capabilities, especially taking into account their affordable price. The TV from Samsung, with powerful UHD engine that upscales non-4K TV content to 4K, was released in 2018 (NU6900 series). The TCL 49S405 (S405 series) is an older model, as it was released in 2017. It features 4K Ultra HD so there are no problems with reproducing 4K content with the highest possible quality (in accordance with the price, of course).

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Picture

Thanks to Direct-lit LED, the TCL 49S405 produces a high-quality picture. This feature is especially remarkable when you watch fast-moving scenes: the motion blur is barely noticeable. The Samsung model has Motion Rate 120 for this purpose: the smooth action on fast-moving content isn’t a problem for this model as well. However, I noticed that the Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA’s display seem to be glossy when direct sunlight hits the screen, especially when you compare it to TCL’s model picture in a sunlit room.

Features & performance

Both of the compared TVs have a large variety of supported video file formats, being able to reproduce video content in AVI, WMV, MKV, TS, and MP4 (the Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA also can play video content in 3GPP, M2TS, WebM, ASF).

Both of the present models allow getting to the most popular streaming services, like Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon video. The TCL’s model also gives access to FOX, CBS News, VEVO, SHOWTIME.

Comparing how Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA vs TCL 49S405 sound, I noticed a great difference between their built-in speakers almost immediately: the Samsung model sounds louder and more volumetric. Logically, the reason for it is more powerful 20W stereo speakers with DTS decoder versus 16W speakers integrated into TCL’s TV. However, both of their built-in dynamics don’t sound powerful enough to create great home theater, but a couple of more powerful external speakers can easily fix it.

Design & build quality

These TVs have different screen sizes: the Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA has 55 inches, while TCL 49S405 has 49 inches. In general, they both are slim, have a black cabinet, stay on reliable stands, and have no issues with wall mounting. The TCL’s model has much more minimalist and easy-to-use remote, with 20 buttons on it, while the one from Samsung is more multifunctional and bigger in size.

Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA pros & cons

Pros

  • The Universal Guide brings content from multiple devices and apps together in one menu.

Cons

  • There are non-removable ads on a home screen.

TCL 49S405 pros & cons

Pros

  • It gives access to lots of streaming apps and services on Roku TV.

Cons

  • The black color doesn’t look dark enough.

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TCL 49S405

TCL 49S405 review

Apr 08, 2019

The TCL 49S405 is budget 49-inch TV for people who use streaming services and prefer convenience. This TV was released in 2017 and still competitive in the budget segment. The TCL 49S405 specs don't ...

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Common

Product

Samsung UN55NU6900FXZA
TCL 49S405

Model

UN55NU6900FXZA
49S405

Brand

Samsung
TCL

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.2 of 5

Reviews

61
4685

General

Series

NU6900
S405

Screen sizes in series

43, 50, 55, 65
43, 49, 55, 65

Display

Screen size, inch

55
49

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160
3840 x 2160

Display type

VA
LCD

Screen design

flat
flat

Display width, cm/in

120.97/47.62
107.37/42.27

Display height, cm/in

68.04/26.79
60.4/23.77

Display area, %

93.82
84.26

Display colors

1.07 billion
1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

60
60

Aspect ratio

16:9
16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10
HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not
has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

3GPP, MKV, TS, M2TS, WebM, ASF
MKV, TS

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

Flash Video, VC-1, VP7, VP8, VP9
has not

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178
178

Vertical, degrees

178
178

Audio

Speakers

stereo
stereo

Speakers power, W

20
16

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

ALAC, AIFF, APE, M4A, MIDI
has not

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black
black

Width, cm/in

122.94/48.4
111/43.7

Height, cm/in

71.37/28.09
69.34/27.3

Depth, cm/in

5.84/2.29
7.62/3

Weight, kg/lbs

7.8/17.2
11.3/24.91

Width with stand, cm/in

122.94/48.4
111/43.7

Height with stand, cm/in

75.69/29.79
70.35/27.7

Depth with stand, cm/in

24.13/9.5
21.59/8.5

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

7.9/17.42
11.5/23.35

Connections

HDMI

2
3

USB

1
1

Component video input

1
0

Composite video input

1
1

VGA input

0
0

Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF)

1
1

Analog audio output (3.5 mm)

1
1

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

200 x 200
200 x 200

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

Vudu
FOX, CBS News, VEVO, SHOWTIME

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Motion Rate
Clear Motion

Backlight technology

Edge LED
Direct LED

Manufacturer

Samsung
CSOT

Native refresh rate, Hz

120
120

Panel bit depth, bits

10
10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.031/0.012
0.028/0.011

Pixel density, ppi

81
90

Processor

Model

Quad-core
Dual-core

Operating system

Operating system

Tizen 4.0
Roku TV

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120
100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

65

Maximum power consumption, W

135

Standby power consumption, W

0.3
0.5

User manual

Manual

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