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Samsung TU7000 vs TU8000 (UN43TU7000 vs UN50TU8000, UN43TU7000 vs UN50TU8000, UN55TU7000 vs UN55TU8000, UN65TU7000 vs UN65TU8000, UN75TU7000 vs UN75TU8000)

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Samsung TU7000 vs TU8000 Review

The Samsung TU7000 and Samsung TU8000 are entry level models of Samsung’s 2020 4K LED TV for the budget-conscious. The TU8000 is a successor of last year’s RU8000 while the TU7000 is the successor of last year’s NU6900. And of course, considering their price, they both may lack some advanced features found on higher-end model such as Quantum Dot Panel, Gaming Features, etc. But even so, even though they both are not as great as the higher-end model, for their price, what offered by them can be said great. They both have good native contrast ratio that makes them are great for a dark room. Additionally, they both also have good motion handling and excellent input lags, makes them as good TVs for playing games or watch sports. In general, they both are entry level TV with decent performance for most used.

Just like other entry level TV, both of the Samsung TU8000 and TU7000 also comes in many screen size variants. In the market, the TU8000 comes in 6 screen size variants including 43 inches (UN43TU8000FXZA), 50 Inches (UN50TU8000FXZA), 55 inches (UN55TU8000FXZA), 65 inches (UN65TU8000FXZA), 75 inches (UN75TU8000FXZA), and 85 inches (UN85TU8000FXZA). Meanwhile, the TU7000 comes in 7 screen sizes options including 43 inches (UN43TU7000FXZA), 50 inches (UN50TU7000FXZA), 55 inches (UN55TU7000FXZA), 58 inches (UN58TU7000FXZA), 65 inches (UN65TU7000FXZA), 70 inches (UN70TU7000FXZA), and 75 inches (UN75TU7000FXZA). And with the same screen (UN43TU7000 vs UN50TU8000, UN43TU7000 vs UN50TU8000, UN55TU7000 vs UN55TU8000, UN65TU7000 vs UN65TU8000, UN75TU7000 vs UN75TU8000), the TU8000 is priced tens to hundreds dollar more expensive than the TU7000, depend on the screen sizes. So, what are their differences and which is a better choice between them?

Samsung TU7000 vs TU8000 Key Specs

Technology and Features Samsung TU7000 Samsung TU8000
Screen Size Available 43 Inches (UN43NU7000FXZA), 50 Inches (UN50TU7000FXZA), 55 Inches (UN55TU7000FXZA), 58 inches (UN58TU7000FXZA), 65 Inches (UN65TU7000FXZA), 75 Inches (UN75TU7000FXZA) 43 Inches (UN43NU8000FXZA), 50 Inches (UN50TU8000FXZA), 55 Inches (UN55TU8000 FXZA), 65 Inches (UN65TU8000 FXZA), 75 Inches (UN75TU8000 FXZA), and 85 Inches (UN85TU8000 FXZA)
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology VA Panel VA Panel
Panel Form Flat Flat
Backlight Technology Edge Lit LED Edge Lit LED
Local Dimming Technology No No
Processor Crystal Processor 4K Crystal Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Color Technology PurColor PurColor
UHD Up-Scaling Yes Yes
Motion Technology Motion Rate120 Motion Rate 120
Native Refresh Rate Panel 60 Hz 60 Hz
Smart TV Platform Tizen 2020 (with reduced features) Tizen 2020 (with reduced features)
Bixby Yes No
Processor Quad Core Quad Core
Google Assistant Support No Yes
Amazon Alexa Support No Yes
Remote Basic Remote TM1240A Smart Remote TM2050A
Speaker Channel 2 2
Total Sound Output 20 watts 20 watts
HDMI Ports 2 3
HDMI Supports HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2
USB 2.0 1 2
USB 3.0 No No
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 Technologies and Features

Panel Technology

Just like most models of Samsung’s TV lineup, both of the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 also use VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology. As we have known, one of the advantages of VA panel is that it has excellent native contrast ratio that makes it can deliver deep black. But on the other hand, a TV with VA panel usually has poor side viewing angle. Last few years, some manufacturers like Sony and Samsung might have developed a special anti glare optical layer that can improve side viewing angle coverage of their VA TV, but at this time, this is just for their high-end model like Samsung Q90T or Sony X950H. Meanwhile, they both also use the same backlight technology, which is edge-lit led backlight technology. But unfortunately, they both don’t have any local dimming feature that can improve their performance in a dark room.

Image Processor

Both of the Samsung TU8000 and TU7000 are also powered by the same image processor, which is an image processor called “Crystal Processor 4K”.  This processor may be not as powerful as the Quantum Processor 4K found on QLED TV Lineup. But it is able to process HDR images fairly well. Additionally, their image processor is also able to up-scale the lower resolution content to their native resolution fairly well.

Motion Technology

Both of the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 only have native 60 Hz Refresh rate panel. This makes them only support content with frame rate up to 60 Hz. This means, they both don’t native 120 fps content.  Meanwhile, to improve their performance in handling motion, they both are powered by Motion Rate 120 Hz. And as we have mentioned above, unlike the higher series that support VRR technology, they both don’t support any VRR technology that can improve their game experience.

Meanwhile, to dim their backlight, they both use PWM (Pulse Width Nodulation) dimming system. But even so, the highest possible of their dimming frequency is different, which is 600 Hz for the TU8000 and 120 HZ for the TU7000. Since it has very high dimming frequency, this makes the TU8000 has almost flicker-free. On the other hand, 120 Hz dimming frequency actually also make flicker is almost no visible on the screen of the TU7000. Meanwhile, on the TU8000, when it is set in “Game” mode with “Auto Motion Plus” is enabled, its dimming frequency also will change to 120 Hz.

Additionally, to help make motion appearance smoother, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) Mode. Enabling their BFI mode will make their dimming frequency change to 60 Hz. To enable their BFI mode, you just need to enable “LED Clear Motion”. Keep in mind, enable their BFI mode may help motion smoother, but on the other hand, since their backlight flicker at 60 Hz, this may cause their backlight flicker bother some people, particularly for them who sensitive to flicker.

Connectivity

As their major connectivity, the Samsung TU8000 is equipped with 3 HDMI ports while the TU7000 is equipped with 2 HDMI port only. Even though they have difference in the number of HDMI ports, but what supported by their HDMI ports are same where they support HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, and HDCP 2.2. Additionally, one of their HDMI ports (HDMI 2) also already supports ARC (Audi Return Channel. But even so, none of their HDMI ports which support HDMI 2.1 or eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). Additionally, in addition to HDMI ports, they both also have difference in the number of USB ports where the TU8000 has 2 USB ports while the TU7000 only has 1 USB port. But even so, none of them is USB 3.0. In addition to HDMI and USB ports, they both also have 1 Tuner In (RF In), 1 Digital Audio Out (optical) and 1 Ethernet IN. The difference, the TU8000 has 1 Composite IN while the TU700 doesn’t have this input.

Smart TV Platform

As their smart TV platform, both of the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 run the latest version of Tizen OS, which is Tizen 2020. But even so, their smart TV platform lacks some features found on the higher model like QLED TV lineup. Furthermore, the smart TV platform of the TU8000 lacks some features and animations found on the TU8000 such as Bixby, Amazon Alexa, Google Home and others. But even so, separated from their difference, the Tizen OS can run smoothly on both. Their interface is simple and easy to use. It also has good selection of preinstalled apps. Almost all streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc, are provided. There are also Web Browser, Games, Live TVs, and other. They both also have an app store called Samsung Apps store that has good selection of apps you can directly download from your Samsung TV. Meanwhile, since the major difference between them is the support of voice navigation. With Bixby, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home, you can make voice command on the TU8000. On the other hand, the TU7000 doesn’t support voice navigation. As the controller, the Samsung TU7000 is only equipped with a basic remote while the TU8000 is equipped with both basic remote and smart remote.

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Samsung TU7000 vs TU8000 Performance

Black Level and Contrast

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The Samsung TU8000 has a bit higher native contrast ratio than the TU7000. If the native contrast ratio of the TU7000 is around 5000:1, the native contrast ratio of the TU8000 is around 6000:1. But even so, ignoring the superiority of the TU8000 to the TU7000, their native contrast ratio is excellent. With their contrast ratio, they both can produce black level deeper than 0.02 nits, deep enough to make black look really black in a dark room. This means, even though they both are set in a dark room, black of images displayed on their screen will look really black, which means it is great. But unfortunately, they both don’t have any local dimming feature that can further improve their performance in a dark room. So, although they can produce deep dark, but when showing small highlight in a dark room, there are a lot of blooming around small bright object.

Winner: TU8000

SDR Peak Brightness

The Samsung TU8000 also has a bit brighter SDR peak brightness than the TU7000. With real scene, the TU8000 can hit around 275 nits while the TU7000 hit around 225 nits. Meanwhile, since they both don’t have local dimming feature, except 2% window, their peak brightness is fairly consistent across different content, which is around 300 nits for the TU8000 and around 290 nits for the TU8000. But on 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black), their peak brightness is lowered by their frame dimming system to around 175 nits for the TU8000 and around 150 nits for the TU7000 for minimizing blooming.  With this behavior, their peak brightness is only bright enough to fight the glare in dim to moderately-lit room, while in a very bright room, their peak brightness is not bright enough. Meanwhile, since the TU8000 has a bit brighter peak brightness, in a brighter room, the picture displayed on their screen will look more obviously than on the screen of TU7000.

With HDR content, the Samsung TU7000 can get a bit brighter peak brightness than with SDR content. With real content, it can hit around 250 nits. Just like with SDR content, except 2% window, their peak brightness is also relatively consistent across different content where it can hit around 170 nits. But even so, on % window, its peak brightness is dimmed by its TV’CE dimming to around 150 nits. On the other hand, the HDR peak brightness of the Samsung TU8000 is relatively same to its SDR peak brightness. This means, regardless it shows SDR or HDR images, its peak brightness is relatively same. With their HDR peak brightness that is less than 300 nits, of course, their peak brightness is not bright enough to show HDR images as bright they should be. Additionally, they both are not also able to bring out small highlight in HDR.  But even so, for entry-level TV, it is not a bad thing.

Winner: TU8000

Color Performance

Both the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 don’t support wide color gamut. Their color gamut is only wide enough for SDR content that mastered in Rec.709 while for HDR content, it is quite disappointing. In DCI P3 xy color space, the color gamut coverage of the TU8000 is only around 76% while the TU7000 is only around 74%.  Meanwhile, in DCI P3 uv color space, the color gamut coverage of the TU8000 is around 82% while the TU7000 is only around 79%. Meanwhile, to show HDR images mastered in DCI P3 like HDR10 or HDR10+ fully like the content creator intended, a HDR TV must be able to cover at least 90% of DCI P3 color space. And their color gamut certainly is not wide enough to that.  Additionally, they both also have mediocre color volume only. Even though they both can produce deep dark shades colors fairly well, but their limited color gamut make them fail to produce a wide range of shades and colors. Meanwhile, in comparison, the TU8000 is a bit better but their difference doesn’t have a significant impact on the normal content.

Meanwhile, discussing about their color gradient, the Samsung TU7000 precisely has much better color gradient than the TU8000. On the screen of the TU8000, banding is visible in almost all colors.  It may have a “Smooth Gradation” feature that can be used to remove banding, but it can help much.  ON the other hand, the Samsung TU7000 has much better color gradient. Banding may still happen in the dark green and gray, but in normal content, this should be hard to notice. But even so, just like TU8000, it also has “Smooth Gradation” feature that can help to remove banding. But just like on other TVs, enabling this feature can cause some lose of some fine details in certain scene.

Winner: TU7000

Side Viewing Angle

Just like most other TVs with VA panel, both of the Samsung TU8000 and TU7000 also have poor side viewing angle. When viewed from the side, started at around 15 degrees off center and front, black of images displayed on their screen will look fade. Additionally, color of image will also lose their accuracy started at around 25 degrees. Not only that, started at around 30 degrees, their brightness level will also be decreased. This means, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed don their screen will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. And of course, if you often watch TV with a group of your family who sit together in wide seating, both of them may be not a good choice for you.

Winner: Draw

Motion Handling

The pixel response time of both is not too excellent, but it can still be said well.  With around 18 ms, their pixel response time is still low enough to make fast paced content appear clearly on their screen. There may be still some faint trail following fast moving object and it is longer than most TVs, but this should not be noticeable in normal content, which means it is good. Additionally, just we have discussed above, they both also have am optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode that can further improve motion appearance, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But as we have known, since enabling this feature cause their backlight flicker change to 60 Hz, this will cause it can bother some people, particularly for them who sensitive to flickers. Meanwhile, compare between them, the TU8000 is a bit better due to it has a bit faster response time than the TU7000.

Meanwhile, when playing 24p movies, performance of the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 is really poor. They are not able remove the judder from any source, even when the source is native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies.

Winner: TU8000.

Input Lags

In PC and Game mode, the Samsung TU8000 and TU7000 have great input lags. With 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, whether it is 1080p, 1440p, 4K, 4K with HDR, 4K @ 4:4:4 chrome,  their input lags are around 10 ms. Of course, this is low enough to make them very responsive when used to play any games, even for fast paced games that require fast reflexes. And as we have mentioned above, since they both only have a 60 HX refresh rate panel, they both don’t support 120 fps games. Meanwhile, to make you please, their HDMI port also already support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) that make them can change automatically to Game mode when you play a game with a compatible console. But unfortunately, unlike the QLED TV lineup, they both don’t support VRR technology and any gaming features that will further improve their gaming performance.

Winner: Draw

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Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Both of the Samsung TU8000 and TU7000 are mediocre TVs for watching movies in a dark room. They both may have excellent contrast ratio that makes them can produce deep dark. Additionally, they both also have excellent black uniformity. Combination of deep dark and excellent black uniformity actually make dark scene looks great on their screen, even when they are set in a dark room.  But even so, both of them don’t have any local dimming feature that can further improve their performance in a dark room, particularly for minimizing blooming. Additionally, their performance in handling 24p judder is also very disappointing, even when the source is native 24p movies. Meanwhile, because the Samsung TU8000 has a bit higher native contrast ratio and a bit brighter peak brightness, in general, it is a bit better than the TU7000 when used for watching movies in a dark room.

Winner: TU8000

For Watching Sports

When used for watching sports, their performance is only decent. They both may have good pixel response time and 60 Hz BFI mode that makes fast motion image looks clearly and smoothly on their screen, good enough for watching fast sports like F1 or Moto GP. But their SDR peak brightness is not too bright and their reflection handling is also only decent. This makes them are only suitable when used in a dim to moderately lit room.  Additionally, they both also have poor side viewing angle and of course, this makes them are not suitable when used for watching a big game with a group of family and friend. Overall, their performance when used for watching sports is mediocre, but for its price range, it can still be said well. Meanwhile, compare among them, the TU8000 is a bit better due it has a bit brighter SDR peak brightness, better reflection handling, and a bit faster pixel response time.

Winner: TU8000

Video Games

Both of the Samsung TU7000 and TU8000 are good TVs when used for playing video games. Just we have mentioned, they both have good motion handling and 60 HZ BFI mode that can help to make fast games look smoothly and clearly on their screen. Additionally, they both also have outstanding input lag in Game Mode, allows you to play any games responsively without laggy, even for fast paced games. The support of ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) also makes you don’t need to manually change it to game mode because they both can automatically change to game mode once the signal from a game console is detected. Unfortunately, they both don’t support any VRR technology found on the most model of Samsung’s QLED TV that can improve their game performance. Meanwhile, in comparison, the TU8000 is a bit better than the TU7000.

Winner: TU8000

HDR Performance

If you come to them for HDR Experience, you probably will be disappointed. They both may have good native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, makes shadow details of images can be shown fairly well on their screen. But as we have mentioned, they both don’t have any local dimming that can further improve dark scene appearance. Additionally, they both also don’t support wide color gamut, so some colors of HDR image may not be shown accurately. Additionally, their HDR peak brightness is not bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR. As the result, HDR images displayed on their screen doesn’t look much different to SDR content.  And compare between them, the TU8000 can show brighter HDR images while the TU7000 can show HDR images with smoother color gradient.

Winner: TU8000 can get brighter, TU7000 can show better color gradient.

Summary

Performance Samsung TU8000 Samsung TU7000
Movies (3.5/5) (3.2/5)
TV Shows (3.6/5) (3.5/5)
Sports (3.6/5) (3.4/5)
Video Games (4/5) (3.8/5)
HDR Performance (3.3/5) (3.1/5)
Smart TV (4/5) (4/5)

Although in overall, the Samsung TU8000 is better than the TU7000 in any usage, but their difference is not too significant. With other words, in term of picture quality, their performance is not much different. Meanwhile, the major advantage of the Samsung TU8000 than TU7000 is precisely on their smart features. They both may run the same smart TV platform, but as we have discussed above, the smart TV of the TU7000 doesn’t support voice navigation while the TU8000 already support voice navigation. In addition to its own platform “Samsung Bixby”, it also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. On the other hand, the Smart platform of the TU7000 is not upgradable. This means, even though you buy smart controller separately, it cannot be used on TU7000. So, which is a better choice? Of course, the decision comes back to your own preferences. But keep in mind, with the same screen, the Samsung TU7000 is sold cheaper than the TU8000.

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