Samsung NU6900 vs NU7100 – What are their Differences? (UN43NU6900 vs UN43NU7100, UN50NU6900 vs UN50NU7100, UN55NU6900 vs UN55NU7100, UN65NU6900 vs UN65NU7100, UN75NU6900 vs UN75NU7100)
Samsung NU6900 and UN7100 are the entry level model of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR LED TV Lineup. As the entry level TV, performance and features offered may be not as excellent and complete as the series above them, but they have the superiority in their cheap price. In the market, both of them come in numerous screen sizes. For Samsung NU7100, it comes in 40Inch (UN40NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43NU7100), 50 Inch (UN50NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55NU7100), 58 Inch (UN58NU7100), 65 Inch (UNUN65NU7100) and the largest is 75 Inch (UN75NU7100). Meanwhile, for NU6900, it comes in 43 Inch (UN43NU6900), 50 Inch (UN50NU6900), 65 Inch (UN65NU7100), and 75 Inch (UN75NU7100). With the same screen (UN43NU6900 vs UN43NU7100, UN50NU6900 vs UN50NU7100, UN55NU6900 vs UN55NU7100, UN65NU6900 vs UN65NU7100, and UN75NU6900 vs UN75NU7100), Samsung NU6900 is sold tens to hundreds dollar cheaper than NU7100. On the other hand, the features and technologies offered by them are not far different. So, what are their differences and which is a better choice between them?
Samsung NU6900 vs NU7100 Key Specs
|Specs and Features||Samsung NU6900||Samsung NU7100|
|Resolution||4K (2160x3840)||4K (2160x3840)|
|Sizes Available||43” (UN43NU6900FXZA), 50” (UN50NU7100FXZA), 55” UN55NU6900FXZA), 65” (UN65NU6900FXZA), and 75 Inch (UN75NU6900 FXZA)||40 Inch (UN40NU7100 FXZA), 43 Inch (UN43NU7100 FXZA), 50 Inch (UN50NU7100 FXZA), 55 Inch (UN55NU7100 FXZA), 58 Inch (UN58NU7100 FXZA), 65 Inch (UN65NU7100 FXZA), 75 Inch (UN75NU7100 FXZA)|
|Backlighting Technology||Edge Lit LED||Edge Lit LED|
|Picture Engine||UHD Engine||UHD Engine|
|HDR Format||HDR10, HLG||HDR 10, HLG|
|Support 10 Bit||Yes||Yes|
|UHD Up-scaling Engine||Yes||Yes|
|Motion Clarity Enhancement||Motion Rate 120 (native 60 Hz refresh rate panel)||Motion Rate 120 (native 60 Hz refresh rate panel)|
|Smart TV||Tizen 2018 with reduced some features||Tizen 2018 with reduced some features|
|Processor||Quad Core||Quad Core|
|Remote||Samsung Standard Remote (TM1240A)||Samsung Standard Remote (TM1240A)|
|RF In (Terrestrial)||1||1|
|Built In Wi-Fi||Yes||Yes|
|Sound Output||20 watts||20 watts|
|Price||See the price on Amazon||See the price on Amazon|
Technology and Features of Samsung NU7100 and NU6900
As we see on comparison table above, there are not many differences between Samsung NU7100 and NU6900. On their panel, both of them equally use VA panel with Edge Lit LED backlight. Additionally, both of them don’t have also local diming technology. As we know, the use of VA panel may make them can produce strong native contrast ratio and deep black level that of course makes their performance in a dark room is good, but on the other hand, this makes them has poor side viewing angle.
As the technology that supports their color reproduction, both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 are powered by PurColor Technology. With this technology, both of them can produce good color reproduction. But even so, it is the lowest Samsung’s color technology under Active Crystal Color and Quantum Dot that used the series above them.
Motion Clarity Technology
For maximizing their performance in handling motion blur, they both are powered by Motion Rate 120 technology that based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. This technology may be not the best technology by Samsung because there is Motion Rate 240 technology that used by the series above them. But even so, good or bad their performance in handling motion blur doesn’t only depend on this technology but also their pixel response time.
Smart TV Platform
Like other models of Samsung’s 2018 4K HDR LED TV Lineup, Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 are featuring the same Smart TV platform that is Tizen 2018. But even so, although they all are featuring the same smart TV platform, but features offered by NU7100 and NU6900 are not as complete as the series above them. Both NU7100 and NU6900 doesn’t have Samsung’ Bixby Voice Assistant and only equipped with basic remote as their controller.
Although both Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 equally use VA panel with Edge Lit backlight, but there is a major difference between them in term of UHD Dimming technology. We can see on comparison table above, NU7100 has UHD Dimming technology while NU6900 doesn’t have this technology. UHD Dimming actually is not a real local dimming. But it is just another improvement in dimming technology that design in such away to deliver deeper black and brighter white, so “halo” effect and picture distortion can be minimized as much as possible.
Samsung NU7100 has more complete connectivity than NU6900. As we see on comparison table above, NU7100 has 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB Ports, 1 Composite In and 1 Component In. Meanwhile, Samsung NU6900 only has 2 HDMI ports, 1 USB ports and doesn’t have Composite and Component In. In addition to these inputs/outputs, they both are equipped with the connectivity like RF In, Ethernet port and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical).
Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 Performance
Contrast and Black Level
Since both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 uses VA panel, they make both of them have excellent contrast ratio. Samsung NU6900 may have a bit stronger native contrast ratio than NU7100, but their contrast ratio is equally above 5000:1, make they both can produce deep black. The result, black produced by them will look really black, even when they are set in a dark room. Combined to their good black uniformity, this certainly makes dark scene displayed on their screen looks excellent. Even when they are playing HDR content, details of images in dark scene can revealed excellently, makes shadow details also looks excellent on their screen. With great performance in producing deep blacks, this certainly makes both NU7100 and NU6900 are as a good choice when used to watch movies in a dark room, particularly for movies with a lot of dark scene like thriller or horror.
In contrast to their black level where both NU7100 and NU6900 have excellent black level, their peak brightness is mediocre. Except in very small window where their peak brightness is less than 200 nits, both Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 may be able to reach peak brightness brighter than 300 nits in any windows sizes. But with real scene, whether it is HDR or SDR content, they are only able to reach peak brightness about 270 nits. Of course, their peak brightness is not bright enough to overcome the glare when they are set in very bright room. On the other hand, since their peak brightness in very small window size is less than 200 nits, both of them also cannot show a small highlight brighter than the rest. Let alone when they are playing HDR contents, their peak brightness certainly is still far from the expectation. As we know, to show HDR images like the creator’s intent, a TV must have peak brightness brighter than 1000 nits. And of course, with peak brightness reached by them, you will not get full benefit offered by HDR technology itself. Additionally, since the both don’t have local dimming, when showing a small highlight, they both cannot eliminate the unwanted adjacent lights around small bright object or called “Blooming”.
Overall, as long as you don’t use them in a very bright room, the picture displayed on their screen still look bright enough even though you cannot watch HDR content like the creator’s intent. This means, both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 are better suited when used in a dim room.
For their price range, color gamut produced by Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 can be still said good. Nevertheless, they both actually don’t support wide color gamut required by HDR content. Their color gamut can only cover about 80% of DCI P3 color space. This means, their color gamut is only best suited for SDR content. While when playing HDR content, they cannot show saturated color very well. On other hand, their color volume is also disappointing. Nevertheless, this is more caused by their limited color gamut. Both of them cannot produce deep dark colors very well. Additionally, since their peak brightness is limited, their ability in producing bright saturated color like bright outdoor scene is also limited. But even so, we must remember, they are just an entry level TV. Although they cannot show color of HDR image like the creator’s intent, but overall, most colors of HDR images are still able to be shown fairly accurate t5hat certainly makes HDR images displayed on their screen still looks colorful and natural.
While color gamut and volume of Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 are not so good, both of them have good color gradient. When displaying 10 bit content like HDR images, color gradient of images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Some little imperfections may be still noticeable in certain colors, but this should not be major problem and overall, their color gamut is excellent.
Side Viewing Angle
The use of VA panel may make both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 have excellent native contrast ratio, but on the other hand, this makes their viewing angle coverage is poor. From the side, good picture quality displayed on their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the front and center. This is caused started at less than 15 degrees off center and front, black will look degraded. Colors and brightness may be still able to be maintained at wider angle, but at less than 30 degrees, color will start to fade while their brightness will decrease started at less than 40 degrees. This certainly makes both of them are not suited when used in wide room with wide seating.
Although both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 have the same native refresh rate panel that is 60 Hz, but NU6900 has better pixel response time than NU7100. The result, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies, on the screen NU6900, ghosting trail following fast moving object looks less noticeable than on the screen of NU7100. This certainly makes motion looks a bit smoother and clearer on the screen NU6900 than NU6900. Nevertheless, pixel response time of NU7100 actually is not so bad. Although motion trail looks longer than on the screen of NU6900, but it is still acceptable. The blur that may be still visible is more caused by persistence than its pixel response time. While NU6900 has better pixel response time than NU7100, in term of backlight flicker, NU7100 perform better job than NU6900. To dim their backlight, the both use PWM Dimming System. But for this case, NU7100 use 240 Hz of PWM frequency while NU6900 use 120 Hz. As the impact, since NU7100 use higher PWM frequency than NU6900, this makes backlight flicker is less noticeable.
As we have mentioned, blur that may be visible when they are playing fast moving images is more caused by persistence than their pixel response time, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like spots or video games. To overcome this issue, both of them have an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mod., By activating this mode, this will makes their backlight flickers at 60 Hz. The result, this will help to clear-up motion but on the other hand, since their backlight flickers at lower frequency, this will makes flicker is more noticeable. But even so, for you who fell less comfortable with flicker, you can disable this option.
Discussing about their input lags in PC and Game Mode, Samsung NU7100 has better input lags than NU6900. No matter the resolution of the source, the input lags of NU7100 is lower than 15 ms, makes it is a good TV for gaming or when used as a monitor. This means, no matter you are playing 1080p or 4K games, with HDR or non HDR, casual or fast paced games, with NU7100, playing games will feel very responsive. On other hand, although not as low as NU7100, in Game mode and no matter the resolution of the source, the input lags of NU6900 is also fairly low that is lower than 25 ms. Although not as responsive as NU7100, playing games with NU6900 also will feel responsive. IN PC mode, the input lags of NU6900 are a bit higher, but it is still acceptable for a monitor.
Smart TV Experience
As we have mentioned above, both Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 are featuring Tizen OS as their smart TV platform and powered by a quad core processor. In term of user interface and performance, there are not far different to what offered by the series above them like NU8000 or even Samsung’s 2018 QLED TV lineup. Navigation is also still easy and simple. The preinstalled apps provided are not also far different to the series above them. There are still VoD Service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Videos, Smart Things, web browser, screen mirroring apps, and many more. They also still have an apps tore called “Samsung apps store” that provided tons of downloadable apps, games, contents, and many more. But even so, they lack Samsung’s Bixby Voice Assistant, the one of the most smart features that will improve their voice command. This means, unlike the series above, both Samsung NU7100 and NU6900 are doesn’t support voice navigation. Additionally, they are also only equipped with a basic remote that certainly makes the navigation is not as comfortable as on the series above them.
For watching movies
Since both Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 have good black level and contrast, for their class, both of them are good choices when used for watching movies. As we have known, to bring a feel like in cinema, most people prefer watch movies in a dark room. And for this case, black level and contrast of a TV is very important. And fortunately, both NU7100 and NU6900 have strong native contrast ratio, make black produced by them still look really black even though they are set in a dark room. But even so, since they don’t have some features like local dimming or in some aspects like color gamut, motion handling and others are mediocre, of course, watching movies with both NU7100 and NU6900 is not as comfortable as the series above them like NU8000 or Samsung QLED TV. Nevertheless, overall, for their class, their performance when used for watching movies is good.
For Watching Sports
The ability of Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 when used for watching sports are mediocre. This is due both of them have mediocre motion handling. Their pixel response time is not as fast as the competitors, makes fast motion doesn’t look as smooth as the competitor which have faster response time. Additionally, their peak brightness is also limited. Fortunately, the both have decent reflection handling, so although their peak brightness is not too bright, they can still be placed in an average lit room. But unfortunately, since they both have bad viewing angle coverage, when you are watching sports with a group of your friend sit on the wide seating, some of you may be not get the best viewing. Meanwhile, compare between them, since NU6900 has lower pixel response time than NU7100, of course, on the screen of NU6900, motion will look smoother than on the screen of NU7100.
For Watching TV Shows
Both Samsung NU7100 and NU900 are good TVs for watching TV Shows. Combination of decent reflection handling and decent peak brightness makes the picture displayed on their screen looks fairly bright in average lit room. Bu a bit unfortunate, their viewing angle is not so good, when you are watching TV shows with a group of your family sit on the wide seating, some of you may not get the best viewing.
For Playing Video Games
Overall, both Samsung NU6900 and NU7100 are also good TVs for playing games. This is due they have excellent input lags. But even so, since NU7100 has lower input lags than N6900, of course, this makes NU7100 is more responsive than NU6900. Nevertheless, although not as responsive as, the input lags of NU6900 are also fairly low makes it is also very comfortable for games. Meanwhile, except their responsibility, they perform equally well. In addition to excellent input lags, both of them also have good image retention and free form permanent burn-in, so don’t need to worry if you play the same games for a long time. Additionally, although their pixel response time is not as fast as the competitor but it is still acceptable for games. To makes the image produced is crispier, both of them also have supported BFI mode. But as mentioned, since their side viewing angle coverage is not so good, some of you may not get the best viewing when you are playing games with a group of your family and friend.
Although both NU7100 and NU6900 already support HDR but their HDR performance is limited. The only one that stands out from HDR experience offered by them is about their excellent black level and native contrast ratio. But unfortunately, they lack local dimming, so although they can show deep black, but shadow details of HDR images displayed on their screen doesn’t look as good as other TVs with local dimming. Except their black level, most aspect required by HDR produced by them is limited. They don’t support wide color gamut and also don’t have bright peak brightness. So, although they can play HDR content, but you will not get a lot of benefit offered by HDR content over SDR content.
As we have discussed a lot above, overall, there are not many differences between Samsung NU7100 and NU6900. One of them may be superior to the other in some aspects like NU6900 is superior in pixel response time and NU7100 is superior in input lags, but their superiority actually is not too significant. Overall, for mixed usage, they are not far different. So, which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, with the same screen, NU7100 is sold a bit more expensive but it also offers a bit better performance than NU6900 for mixed usage. Now the decision comes back to you according to your own preferences.