How to decipher a Samsung TV model code

Last Update date : Dec 01. 2021
Samsung TV - Decipher a Samsung model code

To the average person, a TV’s model code probably looks like gibberish. However, all of the numbers and letters in the model code have a special meaning that helps manufacturers and retail stores identify the specific type of TV. Understanding how Samsung TV model codes work can help you learn more about your own TV or other models you may be interested in.

Note: The provided information refers to Samsung Smart TVs sold in Canada. The available settings and options may differ for devices sold in other countries.

Find your TV's model code

Before you can fully understand your Samsung TV's model code, you need to find out what the code is!

On older TVs, you can find it by looking at the back of the TV. However, on newer models, you'll need to look it up in the TV's settings menu. To do this, use your TV's remote to navigate to Settings, and then select Support. Select About this TV; the model code will be displayed on this window.

Find your TV's model code

Once you've got the model code, you can find out more about your TV. Look up its specifications on the Samsung Support website or use it to research more about the type of model you have.

TV model code breakdown example

We’ll use this example: QN65Q800TAFXZC, corresponding to the 65" 2020 Q800T 8K Smart QLED TV. We’ve broken down what the different letters and numbers represent in the model code, so you can get a better understanding of what it all means.

  • Q = QLED

  • N = North America

  • 65 = Screen size in inches

  • Q800T = The specific model name

  • A = First generation

  • F = ATSC tuner type (USA, Canada)

  • X = Design code

  • ZC = Made for Canada

Note: ZA will be used instead of ZC for TVs made for USA.

Understand your TV’s model code (2008 and later)

Note: We already gave an example of one TV model code, but we know there are all kinds of different TVs out there with various model numbers. Please use this guide to help figure out what your TV’s specific model number stands for.

1 The first letter corresponds to the type of TV (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • Q = QLED

  • U = LED

  • P = Plasma

  • L = LCD

  • H = DLP

  • K = OLED
2 The second letter indicates where the TV will be sold (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • N = North America

  • E = Europe

  • A = Asia
3 The first number listed matches the size of the TV in inches (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • For example, a screen may be 55 inches, 65 inches, or 80 inches.
4 The next 1 or 5 character(s) refer(s) to the specific model (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

LS (Lifestyle TV)

  • LST7T = The Terrace 2020

  • LS05T = The Sero 2020

  • LS03T = The Frame 2020

  • LS01T = The Serif 2020

  • LS01R = Serif TV 2019

  • LS03R = The Frame 2019

  • LS03N = The Frame 2018

  • LS003 = The Frame 2017

  • LS001 = Serif TV 2015

Q (QLED)

  • Q***T = 2020 8K QLED

  • Q**T = 2020 UHD QLED

  • Q950R = 2019 8K QLED

  • Q**R = 2019 UHD QLED

  • Q900R = 2018 8K QLED

  • Q9FN = 2018 Back Lit UHD QLED

  • Q8DN = 2018 Back Lit Flat UHD QLED

  • Q*CN = 2018 Edge Lit Curved UHD QLED

  • Q*FN = 2018 Edge Lit Flat UHD QLED

  • Q*CAM = 2017 Curved QLED

  • Q*FAM = 2017 Flat QLED

Note: * represents a numerical value.

Full HD, UHD & S-UHD

  • TU = 2020 UHD

  • T = 2020 FHD

  • RU = 2019 UHD

  • R = 2019 FHD

  • NU = 2018 UHD

  • N = 2018 FHD

  • MU = 2017 UHD

  • M = 2017 HD

  • KS = 2016 SUHD

  • KU = 2016 UHD

  • K = 2016 FHD

  • JS = 2015 SUHD

  • JU = 2015 UHD

  • J = 2015 FHD

  • H = 2014 FHD

  • HU = 2014 UHD

  • KE = 2013 OLED

  • F = 2013

  • E = 2012

  • D = 2011

  • C = 2010

  • B = 2009

  • A = 2008
5 The next letter in the sequence corresponds to the release code or generation of the TV (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • A = First generation

  • B = Second generation
6 The next letter in the sequence after the release code indicates the type of tuner on the TV (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • F = ATSC / QAM (USA, Canada)

  • U = DVB (Europe)

  • G = ISDB-T (Latin America)

  • T = 2 x DVB
7 The next letter in the sequence after the tuner type refers to the design code, which is usually X (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)
8 The final set of 2 letters in the sequence are the country code for the TV (example: QN65Q800TAFXZC)

  • ZA = USA

  • RU = Russia

  • UA = Ukraine

  • ZC = Chile

  • XU = Europe/UK

  • XY = Australia
Understand your TV’s model code (2007 and earlier)

Note: If you have an older TV, don’t worry – we have information about older model numbers too. They look pretty different from newer model codes, so make sure to check out this guide to familiarize yourself with how they work. We'll use this model number as an example: LN-T2342HX/XA.

1 The first 2 letters tell you the type of TV (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)

  • FP = Plasma

  • HP = Plasma

  • LN = LCD

  • HL = DLP

  • TX = CRT
2 The first letter after the dash indicates The TV’s model year (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)

  • T = 2007

  • S = 2006

  • R = 2005

  • P = 2004

  • N = 2003

  • M = 2002
3 The first set of numbers informs you about the size of the TV’s screen in inches (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)

  • For example, a screen may be 23 inches or 32 inches.
4 The second set of numbers refers to the series the TV belongs to (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)
5 The next letter in the sequence corresponds to the resolution of the TV’s screen (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)

  • F = Full HD

  • H = High definition
6 The next letter in the sequence after the resolution informs you about the design code, which is usually X (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)
7 The final set of letters refers to manufacturing information (example: LN-T2342HX/XA)

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