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Samsung AU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.9
Review updated Feb 27, 2023 at 08:22 am
Latest change: Test bench update Feb 15, 2023 at 03:23 pm
Samsung AU8000 Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
8.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
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7.5
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.7
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
7.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
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This TV was replaced by the Samsung CU8000

The Samsung AU8000 is one of the entry-level models in Samsung's 2021 lineup, replacing the Samsung TU8000. It's the only TV in the Crystal UHD lineup in North America, but in Europe, it sits between the AU7000 and AU9000 models. It competes with other entry-level models like the Sony X80J, LG UP8000, and Hisense A6G. It's a simple model that lacks features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and HDMI 2.1 support. It runs a simplified version of Samsung's 2021 Tizen OS smart interface, which offers most of the same features as more advanced models but has fewer animations to keep the interface running smoothly. It comes with the same great remote as more expensive models, and it even supports voice controls to make it easy to find your favorite content.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Samsung AU8000 is a decent TV overall. It looks best in a dim or dark room for watching movies, as it has a high contrast that delivers deep, uniform blacks. It has great reflection handling, so it's also decent for watching shows or sports in a bright room as it can handle some glare. It's a decent gaming TV thanks to its low input lag, but it has a slow response time and no advanced gaming features. Unfortunately, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide seating arrangement. HDR also adds very little as it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the dynamic range, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
8.4 Movies

The Samsung AU8000 is great for watching movies in a completely dark room. It has a high native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, so dark areas of the screen are deep and uniform, with no distracting blooming around bright highlights. It upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you have a collection of movies on DVD, and it removes judder from most sources. Finally, it has a relatively slow response time, so there's very little stutter in slow panning shots.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Some uniformity issues.
7.5 TV Shows

The Samsung AU8000 is good for watching TV shows in a bright room. Although it doesn't get very bright, it still has great reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue in a moderately-lit room. It doesn't have upscaling issues with lower-resolution content like cable boxes or older shows on DVD. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal if you like to move around with the TV on or have a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed from the side.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
7.3 Sports

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for watching sports in a bright room. It has great reflection handling, so it can handle some glare in a moderately-lit room, but bright lights or windows are still distracting. Unfortunately, it has a slow response time, so fast-moving action in sports looks blurry. Also, it has a narrow viewing angle so it's not ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends, as only people sitting directly in front of the TV will enjoy the best image.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content without issues.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
7.8 Video Games

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for gaming. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, so there's very little delay between your actions with the controller and the action on-screen. It's also a good choice for late-night gaming thanks to its high contrast ratio. However, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like variable refresh rates, and it has a slow response time that makes motion look blurry.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
  • Limited to 60Hz and no VRR support.
7.6 HDR Movies

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for watching HDR content. It has a high native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, so blacks are deep and uniform in a dark room, with no distracting blooming around bright areas. Although it supports HDR10 and HDR10+, it doesn't display a wide color gamut needed for HDR content, and it can't get very bright in HDR, so highlights don't stand out the way they should.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Removes judder from 24p sources.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
7.7 HDR Gaming

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for HDR gaming. It has low input lag for gaming, but it has a slow response time and no VRR support. Sadly, HDR adds very little overall, since it can't display a wide color gamut and has low peak brightness, so highlights don't stand out how they should. It has high native contrast, but there's no local dimming feature to improve the dynamic range with HDR content.

Pros
  • High contrast ratio.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright in SDR or HDR.
  • Slow response time that makes motion look blurry.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
7.3 PC Monitor

The Samsung AU8000 is decent for use as a PC monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, so your mouse movements feel smooth. It has great reflection handling if you want to use it in a fairly well-lit room. It displays chroma 4:4:4 properly, which which is essential for clear text from a PC. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out at the side if you sit too close.

Pros
  • Great reflection handling.
  • Low input lag in and outside of Game Mode.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Movies
  • 7.5 TV Shows
  • 7.3 Sports
  • 7.8 Video Games
  • 7.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.7 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Feb 27, 2023: We've updated the text in the review to reflect our latest test methodology updates.
  2. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  3. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  4. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Aug 04, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  6. Updated Jul 25, 2022: Changed the HDR result in the PS5 and Xbox Series X Compatibility sections because there was a mistake that listed it as not supporting HDR.
  7. Updated Jul 14, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  8. Updated Feb 17, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  9. Updated Feb 07, 2022: Switching to 'Game' mode in SDR results in frame dimming with dark scenes.
  10. Updated Jun 01, 2021: Review published.
  11. Updated May 27, 2021: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Samsung AU8000, and the results are also valid for the 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 70-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models as well, but the 70-inch model isn't available in North America. The warehouse variant is known as the AU800D. The 43-inch model has an IPS panel in some regions, so it has a wider viewing angle but worse contrast.

Size US Model Short Model Code
43" UN43AU8000FXZA UN43AU8000
50" UN50AU8000FXZA UN50AU8000
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65" UN65AU8000FXZA UN65AU8000
70"  - UN70AU8000
75" UN75AU8000FXZA UN75AU8000
85" UN85AU8000FXZA UN85AU8000

Our unit was manufactured in April 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung AU8000 is a basic entry-level 4k TV with decent overall performance. It's a nice improvement from the Samsung TU8000, and although it doesn't get as bright as the higher-end Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED, it offers better value for the dollar.

See our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best 40-42-43 inch TVs.

Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent TVs, but the Q60B is slightly more polished overall. It displays a wider range of colors thanks to its quantum dot technology, and it has much better out-of-the-box accuracy. It also has higher peak brightness, but the AU8000 has better reflection handling. The Q60B is better for dark rooms as it has a higher native contrast and improved black uniformity. In terms of smart features, they both have Tizen, but the Q60B has a few extra features that the AU8000 doesn't have, like the support for different voice assistant features.

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 replaced the Samsung TU8000 in 2021 and is a slight improvement over its predecessor. The AU8000 is better in a few areas, like reflection handling and improved gradient handling, but it doesn't have frame dimming with small highlights like the TU8000. The newer model even has an upgraded version of Tizen that feels smoother. However, the TU8000 still has better motion handling, and it has a much better contrast ratio, but this can vary between units.

Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are decent TVs from Samsung's 2021 lineup. There's not much difference between the two, but since the Q60A sits in the higher-end QLED lineup, it performs better in a few areas. It has a much wider color gamut and gets brighter in HDR, making highlights pop more than the AU8000. On the other hand, the AU8000 has much better reflection handling.

Samsung TU7000
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 is a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000. They have similar features, but the AU8000 is better in a few areas. The AU8000 gets brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. It also has an upgraded version of Tizen OS, which feels smoother to use, and it comes with a mic for voice control in the remote, which the TU7000 doesn't have. On the other hand, the TU7000 supports 1440p, which the TU8000 doesn't.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X80J and the Samsung AU8000 are both okay TVs, but they have different panel types. The Samsung has a VA-type panel with higher contrast, while the Sony has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. The Sony gets a bit brighter and displays a much wider color gamut, but it still delivers a worse HDR experience because of the lower contrast. Motion looks smoother on the Sony because it has a quicker response time, and it's a better choice for PC use because it can display 1440p.

LG UP8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 82" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and LG UP8000 are both okay TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a much higher contrast because of its VA-type panel, and the LG has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel type. The Samsung is a better choice to use in well-lit rooms because it has better reflection handling and gets brighter, but it's still not enough to truly fight glare. On the other hand, gamers should appreciate the LG's quicker response time for smoother motion. It also supports 1440p, which the Samsung doesn't.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85J is better overall than the Samsung AU8000. The Sony gets brighter, has a higher contrast, and displays a wide color gamut, delivering a better HDR experience. The Sony also has a 120Hz panel compared to 60Hz on the Samsung, so motion handling is better, and it has HDMI 2.1 inputs, while the Samsung is limited to HDMI 2.0. Despite the Sony's better gaming features, the Samsung still has lower input lag for a more responsive gaming experience.

Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung AU8000 are both decent 4k TVs. Being Samsung TVs, they have many of the same features, but the main difference is that the Q60T uses quantum dot technology to produce a wide color gamut for HDR content, which the AU8000 can't do. The Q60T also gets much brighter, making it a better choice for well-lit rooms or watching HDR content. They each have similar panel types, and even though the Q60T has a higher contrast, this can vary between units.

LG NANO75 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 is significantly better than the LG NANO75 2022. The Samsung has much higher contrast and better black uniformity, so it looks better in a dark room. The Samsung is also a bit brighter, so it can overcome more glare in a bright room.

LG UQ9000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is much better than the LG UQ9000. The LG UQ9000 uses an IPS panel, which looks bad in a dark room, and it can't get very bright, so it isn't ideal for a bright room, either. The Samsung, on the other hand, looks much better in a dark room, with deep, uniform blacks, and it can handle a bit more glare than the LG. The only advantage of the LG is if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate to a wider angle, but it still looks worse overall.

Hisense A6H
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is much better than the Hisense A6H. The Samsung has a much higher contrast ratio, so blacks look black instead of gray in a dark room, and it has much better black uniformity. The Samsung also has better reflection handling and higher peak brightness, so it looks a bit better than the Hisense in a bright room.

LG UP7000
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 is better overall than the LG UP7000, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast for deeper blacks, while the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. However, there are variants of the LG with a VA panel. The Samsung has much better reflection handling and gets slightly brighter than the LG, so it's a better choice for rooms with lights. The Samsung also comes with a much better smart remote with voice control, which the LG doesn't have.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Hisense A6G use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the Samsung is much better overall. The A6G uses different panel types with different sizes, so the exact performance difference may vary. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, so it looks much better in a dark room. The Samsung also has much higher peak brightness and better reflection handling, but the Hisense has better viewing angles.

LG NANO75 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO75 2021 use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall the Samsung is much better. The Samsung has much better contrast, better black uniformity, better reflection handling, and it's significantly brighter. The only advantage of the LG is its wider color gamut, so it might be a better choice if you have a wide seating arrangement, but only if you're not in a bright room.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is much better than the Samsung AU8000. The LG is a high-end TV with an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and wide viewing angles. The LG also has more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 and VRR support to reduce screen tearing.

LG NANO85 2021
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The Samsung AU8000 and the LG NANO85 2021 are decent TVs with a few differences. They have different panel types with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung is better for dark room viewing because it has a higher contrast, and even in bright rooms, it has much better reflection handling. However, the LG has an IPS-type panel with wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate from the side. Also, the LG has more gaming features than the Samsung, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, both of which the Samsung doesn't have.

Vizio V Series 2022
43" 50" 55" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V Series 2022 are both okay entry-level TVs. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, as the Vizio has more gaming features like VRR support and better motion handling. However, the picture quality is better overall on the Samsung because it gets brighter in SDR, has better upscaling, and has fewer uniformity issues.

Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021
43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 are both decent TVs. The Vizio uses quantum dot technology, so it displays a much wider color gamut, and it also has VRR support, which the Samsung doesn't have. The Vizio also has much better contrast, but this can vary between units. The Samsung does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, and the built-in Tizen OS is a better smart platform than the Vizio SmartCast system.

Sony X800H
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X800H and the Samsung AU8000 are two decent TVs with different panel types. The Sony uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast. The Sony gets brighter, making it a better choice to use in well-lit rooms, and even though it displays a wide color gamut, which the Samsung doesn't, the Sony isn't a better choice for HDR content because of its lower contrast. The Sony also has a quicker response time, so motion looks smoother.

Vizio V5 Series 2021
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Samsung AU8000 and the Vizio V5 Series 2021 are both decent TVs. They have the same panel type, so they each have high contrast but lack local dimming. The Samsung is a better choice for well-lit rooms because it gets brighter and has better reflection handling. Samsung's Tizen OS is better overall than Vizio's SmartCast because it has an app store, which the Vizio doesn't, and menu navigation feels smoother.

Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021
50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is better overall than the Samsung AU8000. The Vizio has more features like a full-array local dimming feature, which improves the contrast ratio, but it causes blooming around bright objects. The Vizio also has FreeSync support, which the Samsung doesn't, and it has a quicker response time. The Vizio displays a much wider color gamut for HDR content, but neither get bright enough to make highlights pop. The Samsung doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like the Vizio, and the Tizen OS has a built-in app store, which Vizio's SmartCast OS doesn't.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV has a surprisingly premium design for an entry-level model. It comes with new feet compared to 2020's Samsung TU8000, and they sit flat against the table. It has thin bezels all around and looks nice in any setup.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

After two months on our 100 TV accelerated longevity test, the brightness of this TV has dropped a bit, but no new uniformity issues have developed.

Design
Stand

The stand consists of two plastic feet that support the TV well. You can customize the feet to place the TV in a higher vertical position (in photo) to place a soundbar in front without blocking the screen, or it can be placed closer to the table as seen here.

Footprint of the 55-inch stand: 42.6" x 11.1". The height of the lower position is 1.78", and the higher one is 3.08".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The back of the TV has similar etched horizontal lines as other Samsung TVs. It doesn't offer much in terms of cable management, but you can run cables through the clips in the feet and the tracks in the back panel. The ports all face to the side, but because they're placed inside a cutout on the back, they're nearly impossible to access when the TV is wall mounted, so a mounting arm that pulls out from the wall is recommended.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.22" (3.1 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

This TV has decent build quality. It's made entirely of plastic that feels good, and the entire thing is well-built with no significant issues. The back panel flexes a lot near the center and inputs, which is noticeable when plugging in HDMI cables, but this is common and won't cause any issues.

Picture Quality
6.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
4,050 : 1
Native Contrast
4,050 : 1

This TV has an okay native contrast ratio. Blacks are deep and true in a dark room, and they don't look washed out. Although it's great, the contrast ratio is a bit lower than other similar TVs, including the Samsung TU8000. If you want a TV with a higher contrast, then check out the Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

Since this TV lacks a local dimming feature, there's no blooming around bright objects in otherwise dark scenes. Since the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity and it has a low contrast ratio, dark scenes still look washed out.

8.5
Picture Quality
Black Crush

Blacks on this TV are a bit raised by the low contrast ratio, so there's almost no loss of fine details in shadows.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature; the entire backlight is always on at the same intensity, so there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move across the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to 'Game' mode doesn't result in any noticeable difference in contrast or blooming.

6.8
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
313 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
313 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
312 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
312 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The SDR brightness is okay. It's bright enough to overcome glare in a moderately-lit room, and there's no noticeable variation in brightness with different content. Unfortunately, when gaming in SDR in the 'Game' Picture Mode, very small highlights in near-black scenes are dimmed considerably, flashing briefly at 145 nits before dropping to 104. This is extremely rare in most games.

These measurements are after calibration with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 45
  • Gamma: 2.2

5.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
204 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
233 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
112 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
170 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
312 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
169 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
310 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.040

The HDR brightness is poor. It's not bright enough to display HDR content properly, and small bright highlights in dark scenes are dimmed considerably by the TV's frame dimming feature.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Movie
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max

3.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
120 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
117 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
69 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
115 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
115 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
256 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
256 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.054

Unfortunately, this TV is significantly dimmer in the 'Game' HDR Picture Mode.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point, with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: Max

8.2
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0117
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0116
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0117

This TV has great PQ EOTF tracking, ensuring that most HDR content is displayed at the correct brightness level. Like most TVs with no local dimming, near-blacks are raised a bit. Midtones are also slightly too bright, but it's very close overall. There's a very smooth roll off near the TV's peak brightness, so fine details in bright scenes are preserved.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.110
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.094
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.079
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.076

The gradient handling is excellent, which is a significant improvement from the Samsung TU8000. There's a bit more banding in the reds and greens, but it's still not too noticeable. The Noise Reduction setting, which is designed to smooth out gradients in low-quality content, doesn't appear to do anything at all.

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.672%
50% DSE
0.198%
5% Std. Dev.
1.082%
5% DSE
0.113%

This TV has just decent gray uniformity. There are a few patchy areas throughout the screen, which are distracting when you're watching anything with large areas of uniform color, like sports.

8.6
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.728%

This TV has excellent black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout, but it's very uniform, so it's not very distracting. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to reduce the cloudiness of the screen.

5.9
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
42°
Color Shift
29°
Brightness Loss
38°
Black Level Raise
24°
Gamma Shift
14°

The Samsung AU8000 has a narrow viewing angle. Colors start to shift, and the image looks darker as you move off-center, so it's not ideal for a wide seating area or if you like to move around with the TV on.

8.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
3.3%
Indirect Reflections
1.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.3%

The reflection handling is impressive. It handles a moderate amount of light well, and even though it struggles more with stronger light sources, it's still better than most entry-level TVs.

7.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.59
Color dE
2.75
Gamma
2.16
Color Temperature
6,620 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung AU8000's accuracy before calibration is good. Most colors are slightly inaccurate, except red, yellow, and cyan are a bit less accurate. The white balance is okay, but brighter shades of gray are a bit off. The color temperature is fairly close to the 6500K target, and gamma follows the 2.2 target very well.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.32
Color dE
1.32
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,655 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

The accuracy after calibration is fantastic. Any remaining inaccuracies to the white balance and most colors are almost impossible to notice, except for saturated reds, which are a bit off. The color temperature is much closer to the calibration target of 6500K. It's very easy to calibrate, and it features a full color calibration system, which is uncommon for entry-level TVs.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Samsung AU8000 upscales 480p content, like from DVDs, without any issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

There aren't any problems with upscaling 720p content.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content like from Blu-rays looks as nearly as good as 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

The Samsung AU8000 displays native 4k content without any issues. There's some dithering with pixels, but it's not noticeable with real content unless a pure white screen is displayed.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k image.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

The panel is different from the Samsung TU8000 and looks like an MVA panel, which is a type of VA panel and performs the same. There's dithering with blue pixels, but it's only visible with a full white screen. It has BGR subpixel layout, which negatively affects text clarity when using it as a PC monitor.

7.4
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
82.15%
DCI P3 uv
88.11%
Rec 2020 xy
59.88%
Rec 2020 uv
67.39%

The Samsung AU8000 has a decent HDR color gamut, with good coverage of the DCI P3 color space. This results in vivid colors when watching most HDR content, but it can't display the full range of colors available, so some content can look dull and muted. It has very limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and it can't display a wide color gamut, so it's not very future-proof.

5.6
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
35.8%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
17.0%
White Luminance
170 cd/m²
Red Luminance
31 cd/m²
Green Luminance
114 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
6 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
113 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
38 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
153 cd/m²

Due to the narrow color gamut, the color volume is mediocre. It displays darker colors fairly well, thanks to the high contrast, but it struggles more with brighter colors.

Motion
6.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.9 ms
100% Response Time
15.3 ms

The Samsung AU8000 has an okay response time. Transitions in dark scenes are very slow, resulting in a long trail behind dark objects, known as black smearing. Motion looks blurry because of this slower response time, and there are noticeable duplications due to the TV's backlight flicker.

7.9
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
480 Hz

The Samsung AU8000 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight, which results in flicker that can cause headaches and eye strain. It's flicker-free in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Brightness set to anything '25' and above, but it flickers at 480Hz at '24' and below. It flickers at 120Hz with Picture Clarity enabled or in Game Mode. It also flickers at 120Hz in the 'Dynamic', 'Standard', and 'Natural' Picture Modes, but it's flicker-free in those modes if the backlight is set to its max.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Samsung AU8000 has a backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion (BFI). BFI is designed to improve the appearance of motion by reducing the amount of persistent blur. It flickers at 60Hz outside of Game Mode if you enable LED Clear Motion, but once Game Mode is enabled there aren't any motion settings and it always flickers at 120Hz, which leads to motion duplication. Unfortunately, the flicker introduced is poorly timed, resulting in noticeable crosstalk, so the overall usefulness of this feature is limited.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Samsung AU8000 has an option to interpolate 30fps content up to 60fps, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect'. It looks okay in slower scenes but stops interpolating altogether during busy scenes, which is distracting due to the sudden change in frame rate.

7.7
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
26.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
1.4 ms

Since the TV has a slower response time, there's very little stutter when watching low frame rate content, like movies.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

Like the Samsung TU8000, this TV can only remove judder from sources that can send a true 24p signal, like a Blu-ray player or a streaming box with a "match frame-rate" feature. It can't remove judder from sources that don't have this feature, like most cable boxes.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

This TV has a basic 60Hz panel without any variable refresh rate support. If you want a budget-friendly TV with VRR support, check out the Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
18.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
11.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
10.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
11.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
18.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
34.8 ms
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

This TV has incredibly low input lag as long as Game Mode is enabled. Surprisingly, even outside of Game Mode input lag is still low enough for most casual gamers.

6.4
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
Resolution 4k
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung AU8000 supports most common resolutions, but only at 60Hz, as it doesn't support a 120Hz refresh rate. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly, which is important for clear text from a PC but only in the TV's 'PC' mode.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

Since it's a 60Hz TV, it only supports 4k games up to 60fps from the PS5. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode to get the lowest input lag possible when a game from a compatible device is launched.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

Since it's a 60Hz TV, it only supports 4k games up to 60fps from the Xbox Series S|X. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode to get the lowest input lag possible when a game from a compatible device is launched.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3)
ATSC Tuner
1.0
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 3
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0

Unlike the Samsung TU8000, the Samsung AU8000 doesn't have any component or composite inputs. You'll need an external HDMI adapter to connect older devices like retro game consoles.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 2)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

Even though the Samsung AU8000 doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, it still supports eARC. This allows you to pass uncompressed audio in the Dolby Atmos via TrueHD format to a compatible receiver over a single HDMI connection. Unfortunately, it doesn't support DTS, which is disappointing, as many UHD Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.

Sound Quality
6.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
119.87 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.56 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.64 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.56 dB
Max
86.1 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.70 dB

The frequency response is mediocre. It doesn't produce much bass, and there are compression artifacts at its max volume. You have to listen at moderate levels if you want a more well-balanced sound profile.

6.1
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.480
Weighted THD @ Max
1.245
IMD @ 80
7.30%
IMD @ Max
18.15%

The distortion performance is mediocre. Although there isn't too much at moderate listening levels, it increases quite a bit at its max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2021 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung AU8000 comes with an upgraded version of Tizen compared to 2020's Samsung TU8000; the menu navigation feels smoother, and it's easy to use. However, it has fewer features than some higher-end models like the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED as it lacks things like MultiView.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Sadly, there are ads on the home page and app store, and there's no way to disable them.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

Samsung's app store has a great selection of apps, including all major streaming services.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

This TV comes with the same new redesigned remote as other Samsung TVs in 2021, except it requires disposable batteries instead of a rechargeable one. There are shortcut buttons to popular streaming devices, and the voice control gives you access to Bixby, Alexa, and Google Assistant. You can ask it to change settings and switch inputs, but you can't ask it to search for specific content in apps.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button below the Samsung branding on the right side. You can change volume, channels, and inputs and turn the TV On/Off.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control (with 2x AA batteries)
  • Power cable
  • Clips for cable management
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 63 W
Power Consumption (Max) 139 W
Firmware 1054

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