Samsung RU8000 TV Review

Updated May 24, 2019 at 09:07 am
Samsung RU8000 Picture
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung RU8000 is a very good 4k TV with good picture quality. It delivers deep uniform blacks in a dark room, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve dark room performance. The RU8000 has good SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling. The TV has a wide color gamut, but HDR peak brightness is only mediocre, so it can't display small highlights as they should be. The overall gray uniformity is good with just minimal dirty screen effect, but the viewing angles are poor and you have to sit straight in front to enjoy an accurate image. Motion handling is excellent with a fast response time that helps display crisp motion with minimal blur trail. The input lag is very low, and the TV supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to please gamers.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

This is a good TV for mixed usage. It can get fairly bright and is more suitable for an average lit room. The TV can display deep uniform blacks, which is good for watching movies, but lacks a local dimming feature to further improve performance. The response time is very fast and the gray uniformity is good and will please sports fans. The RU8000 has a low input lag and supports FreeSync VRR to keep gamers happy.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
7.4 Movies

The Samsung RU8000 is a decent TV for watching movies. It has a high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity, and blacks look great in a dark room. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming support to further improve dark room performance. It displays judder-free movies over any source and has a motion interpolation feature to please soap opera effect fans.

See our Movies recommendations
7.8 TV Shows

This is a good TV for watching TV shows. It can handle reflections well and can get reasonably bright but may not be suitable for a very bright room. Upscaling cable content looks good without visible artifacts, and there is an optional motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor and you have to sit straight in front to enjoy the most accurate image.

See our TV Shows recommendations
7.8 Sports

This is a good TV for watching sports. It can get fairly bright and can handle reflections well. It is good for an average lit room with a few light sources. The RU8000 has a very fast response time so fast-action sports look crisp. The gray uniformity is good and the minimal dirty screen effect is unlikely to bother sports fans. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor and this TV is not the best choice for watching sports with a group of friends.

See our Sports recommendations
8.9 Video Games

The is an excellent TV for playing video games. It has a very low input lag which makes gaming feel very responsive. The response time is very fast and fast action looks crisp without much blur. The RU8000 supports low input lag with motion interpolation, auto low latency, and FreeSync VRR for nearly tear-free gaming.

See our Video Games recommendations
7.4 HDR Movies

The RU8000 is decent for watching HDR. It has an outstanding contrast ratio and great black uniformity, but the lack of local dimming can't help improve dark room performance. Although it has a wide color gamut and can get decently bright in HDR, it can't display HDR content the way its creator intended it to.

See our HDR Movies recommendations
8.3 HDR Gaming

The RU8000 is great TV for playing HDR games. This is mainly due to the very low input lag and the very fast response time that are essential to a good gaming experience. The TV has a wide color gamut but can't get very bright in HDR, so small highlights in some games don't stand out the way they should.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
8.4 PC Monitor

This is a very good TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a very low input and is very responsive. It supports the most common resolutions without issues and can display proper chroma 4:4:4. Motion looks crisp thanks to the very fast response time and the TV is free from the risk of permanent burn-in. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor and you will notice uniformity issues when you sit up-close.

See our PC Monitor recommendations
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Movies
  • 7.8 TV Shows
  • 7.8 Sports
  • 8.9 Video Games
  • 7.4 HDR Movies
  • 8.3 HDR Gaming
  • 8.4 PC Monitor
Pros
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Low input lag, great for gaming.
Cons
  • Image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle.
  • Can't get bright in HDR.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung RU8000 is a 2019 mid-range UHD TV. It is the replacement of the NU8000 in Samsung's lineup. It has similar advanced features found on the higher-end QLEDs like the Samsung Q60R or the Q70R. Its direct competitors are other mid-range LED TVs like the Sony X900F, the LG SK9500, or the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.

Design
Design
Stand

The stand is made of good quality plastic and supports the TV well. It's similar to the Samsung Q80R's stand, but the legs are not hollow to serve as cable guides. The TV wobbles a little if nudged, but it's nothing serious.

Footprint of the 55" TV stand: 35.0" x 9.3"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back of the TV is almost identical to the Q80R, the Q70R, and the Q60R. It's made of plastic and has the typical Samsung textured pattern. There are a few grooves at the bottom that can guide the cables to the legs where a clip helps with the cable management.

Note: We only have one clip, which is unusual, but we're not sure if there were two in the box and we just lost the other one.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.55" (1.4 cm)

The borders are thin and not very noticeable. They are, however, slightly thicker than last year's NU8000, and in the same ballpark as this year's Q60R. We noticed that the lower left corner of the bezel was cracked, but it did not interfere with our testing.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.37" (6.0 cm)

The TV is slightly thinner than this year's Q60R, the Q70R, and the Q80R, but slightly thicker than the RU7100. If you decide to wall mount it, you must use the spacers that are included in the box because of the TV's curved back. It won't stick out much.

Design
Temperature
Maximum Temperature
106 °F (41 °C)
Average Temperature
93 °F (34 °C)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is decent. It's very similar to the RU7100 and the Q60R. We did notice a crack in the lower left corner of the bezel, which didn't interfere with our testing. The TV feels robust and sturdy and you should have no issues with it.

Picture Quality
9.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
5756 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

This TV has an excellent native contrast ratio. It can deliver deep blacks in a dark room, which is great for watching movies. Unfortunately, unlike last year's NU8000, the RU8000 does not have a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Just like the Q60R, there is no local dimming on the RU8000. The above video is provided for reference only.

7.8
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
347 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
199 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
365 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
365 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
197 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
364 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.041

This TV has very good peak brightness. However, it is not as bright as last year's NU8000, but in the same ballpark as the Q60R. It's suitable for rooms that aren't very bright. The RU8000 has pretty consistent brightness regardless of the content it displays, except for the 2% window which is dimmed by the TV's CE (Frame) Dimming feature.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone, with Gamma set to '2.2'. We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain higher brightness levels. We were able to reach 396 nits on the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 1' Color Tone. Other picture modes were not brighter, which is unexpected.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
345 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
197 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
196 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
362 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
363 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.041

The HDR peak brightness of the RU8000 is mediocre. It's less bright than the NU8000 and has about the same peak brightness as the Q60R. The TV can't display HDR highlights as bright as they should be.

We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 2' Color Tone. We use these settings because they give the most accurate image, and this is the maximum brightness that you can get with these settings.

If you do not care about image accuracy, you can obtain slightly higher brightness levels. For this TV, however, we were only able to reach a brightness level of 365 nits ('Movie' Picture Mode and 'Warm 1' Color Tone), which is not much brighter than our accurate image brightness.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.371 %
50% DSE
0.157 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.134 %
5% DSE
0.087 %

This TV has good gray uniformity. The edges of the screen are slightly darker, but the center is pretty uniform and very little dirty screen effect can be seen, which is great news for sports fans. The uniformity of darker scenes is very good. The corners and the edges appear slightly brighter than the center, but it is hardly noticeable in normal content. This is better behavior than the Q60R and in the same ballpark as last year's NU8000.

5.0
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
22 °
Color Shift
19 °
Brightness Loss
29 °
Black Level Raise
16 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

This TV has poor viewing angles, as expected from a VA panel TV. Even at small angles off-center, gamma shifts and black levels rise, and the image loses accuracy and looks washed out. This is not a good TV if you'll be watching from the side. If viewing angles are an issue, then check out an IPS TV like the LG SK9000.

8.7
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.706 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity is excellent. There is an almost imperceptible backlight bleed at the lower edge. This is a significantly better performance than the Q60R.

7.6
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.9 %
Indirect Reflections
0.5 %

The reflection handling of the RU8000 is good. The TV handles reflections almost identically to last year's NU8000. You shouldn't have any issues with reflections in most situations. However, if you place the TV in a room with many bright windows, the reflections combined with the TV's low peak brightness might make it hard to see a clear image.

7.4
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.13
Color dE
3.32
Gamma
2.08
Color Temperature
6304 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The accuracy of the RU8000 with our pre-calibration settings is decent. There are inaccuracies that people might notice both in the shades of gray and in some colors like blues and magentas. The gamma does not follow the curve well, and most scenes look a little brighter. The color temperature is a little warmer than the target of 6500K.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.24
Color dE
1.47
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6495 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
No

Excellent accuracy after calibration. The white balance dE is almost perfect. The color dE is also greatly diminished, but some people might still spot some inaccuracies in the dark blue and the dark red. The gamma tracks the curve very well and the color temperature is almost spot on the 6500K target.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

There are no obvious issues or artifacts when upscaling low-quality content like DVDs.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p, like content from a cable box, is upscaled well on the RU8000. There is no obvious over-softening or upscaling artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, like Blu-rays, is displayed almost as well as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

There are no issues with 4k content.

7.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
84.04 %
DCI P3 uv
90.17 %
Rec 2020 xy
61.30 %
Rec 2020 uv
67.53 %

The RU8000 can display a wide color gamut. Its gamut is not as wide as the Q60R, the entry-level QLED, and it also falls a little short of last year's NU8000.

The 'Movie' EOTF (shown above) follows the input stimulus well until it smoothly starts to roll off near the TV's peak brightness. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF doesn't follow the stimulus closely and thus HDR gaming is slightly dimmer as shown here.

If you find HDR too dim, check out our recommendations here. With these settings, the RU8000 is noticeably brighter in HDR, as shown in this EOTF.

6.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
74.2 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
25.1 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
56.7 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
19.1 %

The color volume is decent but worse than the Q60R and the NU8000. Just like most LED TVs, the RU8000 can't produce very bright blues, but has no issues with bright and dark colors across most of its gamut.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.115 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.130 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.113 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.100 dE

The RU8000 has good gradient banding. Some fine banding is visible in the dark greens and reds, but it's nothing too serious and certainly hard to notice in normal content. If, however, you find that banding is bothering you, set the Digital Clean View to 'Auto' to remove most of it. Unfortunately, this can also cause some loss of fine detail in certain scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.01 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

There is some faint image retention immediately after the long exposure of our test image, but it goes away very fast and is hardly noticeable in normal content.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

We don't expect VA panels to experience permanent image retention, as the VA panel in our long-term test appears immune.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Motion
9.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.0 ms
100% Response Time
11.3 ms

The response time is excellent and an improvement over last year's NU8000. It is great for fast-moving content like sports and video games. There is some small overshoot in the 0-20% transition, which can cause some haloing in really dark scenes, but it shouldn't be very noticeable. Unfortunately, there are noticeable duplications due to the backlight flicker.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

The RU8000 uses Pulse Width Modulation to dim its backlight. The flicker frequency is 240Hz in 'Movie' mode but drops to 120Hz in all other modes. It also drops to 120Hz in the 'Movie' mode if you set Auto Motion Plus to either 'Custom' or 'Auto'. This is very similar what we have seen here on last year's Q6FN.

10
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps
60 Hz
60 Hz for 60 fps
Yes
120 Hz for 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The Samsung RU8000 has a black frame insertion feature that can lower the flicker frequency to 60Hz. This can help make the image crisper. Unfortunately, this decreases the picture brightness, and 60Hz flicker can be bothersome to some people.

Enabling Auto Motion Plus automatically sets the flicker to 120Hz and enabling LED Clear Motion further reduces the flicker frequency to 60Hz.

When 'Game' mode is enabled, the flicker frequency is always 120Hz, but if you enable LED Clear Motion in Game Motion Plus, the flicker frequency changes to 60Hz and makes the image even crisper.

10
Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The RU8000 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps. To enable motion interpolation, you must enable Auto Motion Plus and adjust the available sliders.

See here for more information regarding the settings that control the RU8000's motion interpolation feature.

Note that just setting Auto Motion Plus to 'Custom' changes the backlight flicker to 120Hz.

The 49" model has a 60Hz panel and can only interpolate content to 60fps.

7.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
30.4 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
5.4 ms

The RU8000 has a very fast response time, which makes the image appear to stutter in movies or other lower frame rate content. If stutter bothers you, motion interpolation or the optional black frame insertion feature can help.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The RU8000 can remove judder from all sources.

See our recommended settings on how to remove judder here.

8.2
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz (except 49")
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

Update 11/28/2019: Although not officially supported by NVIDIA, the RU8000 works with NVIDIA's new G-SYNC compatible mode when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. Unlike officially supported TVs, like the LG C9, this must be manually enabled from the NVIDIA Control Center.

The Samsung RU8000 has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. It supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience for those with a compatible AMD card or an Xbox One. The VRR range is excellent and it is the same at 1080p and at 1440p. At 4k, however, the range is narrower, as the TV only supports resolutions up to 4k @ 60Hz.

We tested the TV on 'Game' mode, without interpolation or any other gaming processing setting, and we set FreeSync to 'Ultimate' to obtain the widest possible range.

If FreeSync is enabled on a connected device, auto game mode doesn't work at all; it will always stay in game mode.

Note that the 49" model has a 60Hz panel and doesn't support FreeSync.

Inputs
9.6
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
15.0 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
71.7 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
15.1 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
14.4 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
14.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
63.0 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
39.9 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
15.9 ms
1440p @ 120 Hz
20.2 ms
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
6.1 ms
1440p with VRR
6.3 ms
4k with VRR
14.1 ms
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes

The RU8000 has an excellent low input lag, great for gaming. The input lag is only slightly higher than the input lag of the 2019 QLEDs and a little lower than the NU8000. To get the lowest input lag, you must set the TV to 'Game Mode.' However, when in 'PC Mode,' you get the same low input lag without having to set the TV to 'Game' mode. To display proper chroma 4:4:4 you must set the TV to 'PC mode.'

Note: When the TV was set to 'PC mode' or 'Game Mode' and we sent a 120Hz signal, the TV skipped every second frame, just like the Q70R and the Q80R. Therefore, in order to measure the input lag of a proper 120Hz video, like in the case of the 1080p @ 120Hz and the 1440p @ 120Hz, we set the TV to 'Movie' mode. However, when a true VRR 120Hz signal was sent in fullscreen exclusive mode, there was no frame skipping and the video displayed properly, so we measured the VRR input lag using 'Game Mode' as normal.

When motion interpolation is enabled in 'Game Mode' through the Game Motion Plus menu, the input lag is 38.6ms when you interpolate to 60fps and 39.9ms for 120fps.

To find out more about what settings to use to obtain those numbers, and about the Auto Low Latency Mode, see our recommended settings for Gaming.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60 Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120 Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60 Hz
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120 Hz
No
8k @ 30 Hz or 24 Hz
No
8k @ 60 Hz
No

The RU8000, just like the Q70R, the Q80R, and the Q90R, supports most common resolutions, including 1440p @ 60Hz, which isn't supported on the 2018 NU8000. You must set the TV to 'PC Mode' to display proper chroma 4:4:4. Unfortunately, the TV, just like other 2019 Samsungs, skips frames when sent 120Hz in 'PC Mode' or 'Game Mode,' so you cannot have proper 120Hz and proper 4:4:4 simultaneously.

The 49" model has a 60Hz panel, and does not support 120Hz inputs.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
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
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
3D
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 4)
eARC support
No
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
No
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

Just like the Q60R, the Q70R, and 2018 Samsung TVs, the RU8000 does not support DTS passthrough, nor does it support eARC. It likely does support lossy Atmos passthrough from Dolby Digital Plus sources, like the native Netflix app, because there is an Atmos option in its settings.

Sound Quality
6.8
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
80.00 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.17 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.59 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.21 dB
Max
88.2 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.71 dB

The frequency response is decent. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 80Hz, which is okay. This means the RU8000 has a decent amount of punch to its bass but can't produce any thump or rumble. The response above the LFE is fairly flat and well-balanced, and the TV produces clear and intelligible dialog. The RU8000 doesn't have a room correction system and can get reasonably loud, but not loud enough for large and noisy environments.

6.4
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.469
Weighted THD @ Max
0.798
IMD @ 80
7.70 %
IMD @ Max
10.09 %

Mediocre overall distortion performance. The TV produces fairly low amounts of distortion. THD rises with volume, but it doesn't reach a point where distracting artifacts are audible.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
6 s
Advanced Options
Many

The interface of the RU8000 is very intuitive and easy to use. It is much smoother than last year's NU8000, and feels very similar to the Q60R.

We did not run into serious issues during our testing, but the Fit-to-Screen setting didn't always work. Just navigating into the Picture size setting (without changing it) fixes the issue.

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

Just like all of the latest Samsung TVs we've tested, the RU8000 has ads. Ads and suggested content appear in both in the app store and on Samsung's Smart Hub, and neither can be disabled.

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

Samsung has one of the largest selection of apps in its app store. It is likely that you will find what you need. The apps on the RU8000 run well but are not always smooth.

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

The remote control is identical to the Q60R, the Q70R, and the North American Q90R. It resembles last year's NU8000 but it has three new quick access buttons for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. It does not require line-of-sight and it integrates well with Bixby (Samsung's voice assistant). The remote has a built-in microphone so you can control most of the TV functions with your voice, including launching apps and changing settings. Unfortunately, just like the Q80R, it's not clear which apps support voice search.

The One Remote feature allows you to control other devices with the remote, even if they don't support HDMI-CEC.

6.0
Smart Features
Remote App
Acts as the Remote
Yes
Directly Launches Apps and Inputs
No
Inputs Text in YouTube
No
Inputs Text in Netflix
No
Streams Device Files
No
Controls TV Settings
No
Voice Control