Samsung TU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Jan 21, 2021 at 08:38 pm
Samsung TU8000 Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
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7.0
Movies
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7.2
TV Shows
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7.0
Sports
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7.2
Video Games
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6.6
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This TV was replaced by the Samsung AU8000
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung TU8000 is an entry-level budget TV from Samsung's 2020 lineup, also sold as the TU8200 at Walmart. Despite lacking a local dimming feature, it displays deep blacks thanks to its outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, making it best suited to watching dark content in a dark room. While it supports HDR10+, it doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience because its color gamut is somewhat limited, and it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR content. Unfortunately, it also has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out when viewed from the sides, but this is expected from a VA panel. On the upside, it has a decent response time that results in clear motion and a remarkably low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but there's no variable refresh rate (VRR) support. 

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV for a variety of uses. Its high contrast ratio produces deep blacks, so it performs well in dark rooms. However, it doesn't get very bright, so highlights fail to pop in HDR, and it may struggle with glare in bright rooms. On the upside, gamers should appreciate the low input lag and decently fast response time.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Remarkably low input lag.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Fails to display a wide color gamut.
7.0 Movies

The Samsung TU8000 is decent for watching movies. It has an outstanding contrast ratio and black uniformity, so blacks look deep and uniform, which is ideal for watching movies in a dark room. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to make blacks look even deeper. It displays 1080p content like Blu-rays without issue. Sadly, though, it has some slight uniformity issues, as the edges of the screen are noticeably darker, but this can vary between units.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Remarkable black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Noticeable dirty screen effect in the center.
7.2 TV Shows

The Samsung TU8000 is decent for watching TV shows. It handles reflections fairly well, but it doesn't get very bright, so it may struggle to overcome glare in well-lit rooms. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose a lot of image accuracy when watching from the side. That said, it can upscale lower-resolution content from cable boxes without issue.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
7.0 Sports

The Samsung TU8000 is decent for watching sports. It handles reflections decently well. It also has a fairly quick response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Unfortunately, it has slight uniformity issues, resulting in some noticeable dirty screen effect that can be distracting when watching sports. Its viewing angles are also disappointing, so it's not ideal for watching the game with a large group.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Upscales lower-resolution content well.
  • Fairly quick response time.
Cons
  • Noticeable dirty screen effect in the center.
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
7.2 Video Games

The Samsung TU8000 is a good TV for playing video games. Its response time is decent, so motion looks clear, and it has a remarkably low input lag that results in a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any VRR support. That said, its outstanding contrast ratio makes blacks look deep and inky, which is great for gaming in the dark.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Fairly quick response time.
  • Remarkably low input lag.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • No VRR support.
6.6 HDR Movies

The Samsung TU8000 is okay for watching movies in HDR. While it has an outstanding contrast ratio that produces deep, inky blacks, it's simply not bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR. Its HDR color gamut is also lacking, resulting in an unsatisfying HDR experience. Finally, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Remarkable black uniformity.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • Fails to display a wide color gamut.
7.1 HDR Gaming

The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV for HDR gaming due to its remarkably low input lag and decent response time. Unfortunately, however, it doesn't get very bright and doesn't have a wide color gamut in HDR, so highlights and colors don't pop as they should. Some gamers may also be disappointed by the lack of VRR. On the upside, it has an outstanding contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks, but it lacks local dimming.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Fairly quick response time.
  • Remarkably low input lag.
Cons
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • No VRR support.
  • Fails to display a wide color gamut.
7.6 PC Monitor

The Samsung TU8000 is a good TV to use as a PC monitor. It can display proper 4:4:4 chroma, so text looks crisp. It also has a low input lag, providing a responsive desktop experience, and it has a decent response time. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the sides may look washed out when sitting up close.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Remarkably low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4 properly.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.2 Video Games
  • 6.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming
  • 7.6 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 30, 2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature (or lack thereof in this case) with real content.
  2. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  3. Updated Jan 26, 2021: Fixed an error regarding flicker frequency.
  4. Updated Jan 21, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  5. Updated Jan 15, 2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the latest firmware update (version 1460.9).
  6. Updated Nov 03, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  7. Updated Oct 23, 2020: Retested the sound performance.
  8. Updated Oct 16, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  9. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Remeasured input lag outside of game mode.
  10. Updated Sep 28, 2020: Uploaded viewing angle video and changed Auto Calibration comparison.
  11. Updated Aug 04, 2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
  12. Updated Jul 22, 2020: Remeasured the input lag at 4k @ 60Hz + 10 bit HDR.
  13. Updated May 21, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.

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Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung TU8000 is a budget TV in Samsung's 2020 lineup, replacing the Samsung RU8000 from 2019. It sits above the Samsung TU7000 and below the Samsung RU9000. The TU8000's main competitors are the Sony X750H, TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED, and the Hisense H8G.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The TV has an excellent design. It's similar to Samsung's entry-level TV in the QLED lineup, the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, except its borders are a slightly darker shade of gray. Overall, it has a simple and modern design with thin bezels. The feet are inserted into the TV itself, so you don't need to screw them on.

Design
Stand

The Samsung TU8000 has a similar stand to the Samsung RU7100. The feet are inserted into the TV but aren't reversible. The stand supports the TV well, but there's still some wobble.

Footprint of the stand on the 55 inch TV: 40.2" x 9.9".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back is made out of plastic with a textured finish. There are clips on the feet for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)

The borders are very thin and aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.28" (5.8 cm)

This TV is thin and shouldn't stick out too much when wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung TU8000 feels decently built. It's made entirely out of plastic, but it feels fairly sturdy, despite some slight wobble. There are no obvious gaps between the panel and the edges of the TV.

Picture Quality
9.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6,421 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung TU8000 has an outstanding contrast ratio, which is expected from a VA panel. It displays deep blacks, but there's no local dimming feature to further deepen them. Note that the contrast may vary between units.

6.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
271 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
165 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
298 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
298 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
298 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
298 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
162 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
298 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
298 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
297 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
297 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.042

The Samsung TU8000 has mediocre peak brightness in SDR. It doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit environments, and small highlights aren't as bright.

We measured the brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with Gamma set to '2.2', and Brightness at its max. If you want the brightest image possible, we reached 301 cd/m² in the 10% window using the 'Vivid' Picture Mode.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Update 06/30/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature (or lack thereof in this case) with real content.

There's no local dimming feature on this TV. The video above is provided for reference only.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Update 06/30/2021: We've added two new videos demonstrating the local dimming feature (or lack thereof in this case) with real content.

5.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
271 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
161 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
292 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
291 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
291 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
291 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
158 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
291 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
291 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
291 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
291 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.042

The Samsung TU8000 has poor HDR peak brightness. It gets less bright in HDR than in SDR, and once again, small highlights don't get as bright. It fails to make vivid colors pop the way they should.

We measured the peak brightness in the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode, with Gamma ST.2084 set to '0', and Contrast and Brightness at their max. If you want to achieve the brightest image possible at the expense of picture quality, use the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode, with Advanced Contrast Enhancer, Contrast, and Brightness at their max. We reached 344 cd/m² in the 10% window.

5.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
276 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
137 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
310 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
309 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
308 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
135 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
309 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
308 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
307 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.057
6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.671%
50% DSE
0.209%
5% Std. Dev.
0.534%
5% DSE
0.102%

The gray uniformity is okay, but this may vary between units. The edges of the screen are noticeably darker, and there's visible dirty screen effect in the center, which can be distracting during sports or panning shots. However, the screen is more uniform in dark scenes.

9.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.513%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The TV has remarkable black uniformity, but this may vary between units. There's a bit of blooming around the center cross, but it's not very noticeable. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to further improve black uniformity.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
30°
Brightness Loss
34°
Black Level Raise
19°
Gamma Shift
16°

Update 09/28/2020: We reuploaded the viewing angle video because the original video wasn't cropped properly.

As is the case with most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are disappointing, and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. If you're looking for an IPS panel TV with wide viewing angles, then check out the Sony X800H.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.5%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.9%

The TV has decent reflection handling. It handles a moderate amount of light well but may struggle with direct sunlight.

7.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.74
Color dE
3.06
Gamma
2.05
Color Temperature
5,988 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung TU8000 has decent out-of-box accuracy. Most colors and shades of gray are inaccurate. The gamma curve doesn't follow the target well, so dark scenes appear darker than they should, and other scenes are much brighter. The color temperature is warmer than our target of 6500K, so most colors have a red/yellow tint to them. Color accuracy may vary between units.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.52
Color dE
1.68
Gamma
2.22
Color Temperature
6,453 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Update 09/28/2020: We listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined' because 2020 Samsung TVs aren't officially listed as compatible with CalMAN Auto Cal.

Post-calibration, the color accuracy is outstanding. Most colors are accurate, and the color temperature is very close to the 6500K target. However, the gamma curve is slightly off the target, so most scenes might appear slightly darker than they should.

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

480p content, like DVDs, is upscaled without any issues or artifacts.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content is displayed properly, with no signs of artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed without any obvious issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that doesn't support 8k content.

Picture Quality
Pixels

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout, which can affect the way text is rendered when using the TV as a PC monitor. You can read about it here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
75.90%
DCI P3 uv
82.11%
Rec 2020 xy
54.54%
Rec 2020 uv
59.90%

This TV has an okay color gamut, but it fails to display a wide color gamut needed for HDR content. It has good coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, but it has disappointing coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The EOTF doesn't follow the target curve very well and most scenes are darker than they should be. The EOTF is similar in 'Game' mode, but scenes are even darker.

If you find HDR too dim, use the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with Advanced Contrast Enhancer, Contrast, and Brightness each at their max, and Gamma ST.2084 set to '+3'. We achieved a noticeably brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.

6.0
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
70.6%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
21.9%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
50.2%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
15.6%

The Samsung TU8000 has a mediocre color volume. Dark colors are not bad thanks to the high contrast, but because it lacks a wide color gamut, it struggles with bright colors.

5.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.208
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.246
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.190
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.250

The Samsung TU8000 has disappointing gradient handling. There's banding with all colors, and it's especially noticeable in darker shades. It's much worse than most 10-bit panels we've seen so far, and the Noise Reduction setting doesn't improve it at all. The replacement to this TV, the Samsung AU8000, has much improved gradient handling.

7.6
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.77%
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%

Unlike most VA panel TVs, there's temporary image retention on the Samsung TU8000 immediately after a static image is exposed. However, it disappears quickly, and this may vary between units.

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.

Motion
7.3
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
5.2 ms
100% Response Time
17.8 ms

Update 01/26/2021: We previously listed that the PWM flicker frequency with the backlight below its maximum was 200Hz. It actually flickers at 240Hz, and the review has been updated.

Update 01/15/2021: We've replaced the motion blur photo because the most recent firmware update (version 1460.9) changed the backlight flicker frequency from 600Hz to 240Hz. The score remains unchanged.

The Samsung TU8000's response time is decent. You may notice motion blur trail with most fast-moving content, and there's overshoot in darker transitions, which may lead to some motion artifacts in dark scenes.

6.0
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
240 Hz

Update 01/26/2021: We previously listed that the PWM flicker frequency with the backlight below its maximum was 200Hz. It actually flickers at 240Hz, and the review has been updated.

Update 01/15/2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the most recent firmware update (version 1460.9). The backlight now flickers at 240Hz instead of 600Hz when the backlight is set below maximum. Also, the rolling effect when displaying a solid color with the backlight at 600Hz has been resolved.

The Samsung TU8000 uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at any backlight level below its max. You can lower its flicker to 120Hz with Game Mode and Picture Clarity enabled.

9.1
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

There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. You can enable it by setting LED Clear Motion to 'On'. Unfortunately, the flicker is always at 60Hz and its timing is off, resulting in image duplication.

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

The Samsung TU8000 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps. To use the motion interpolation feature, set Picture Clarity to 'On' and Judder Reduction to '10'. It automatically sets the backlight to flicker at 120Hz, which may cause some duplication.

You can see our motion interpolation settings here.

8.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
24.2 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.3 ms

There's not much stutter on this TV when displaying lower frame rate content.

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

Update 08/03/2020: We've updated the TV to the latest firmware (Version 1301). The TV can now remove judder from 24p sources and from native apps, but only when Picture Clarity is disabled. It can't remove judder from 60i or 60p sources. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

This TV removes judder from native 24p sources. Picture Clarity must be disabled for it to work.

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 Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Samsung TU8000 has a native refresh rate of 60Hz, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. If you want a TV with a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR support, check out the Samsung RU9000.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
78.0 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
9.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
67.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
25.3 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

Update 10/05/2020: We remeasured the input lag outside of Game Mode following a firmware update. The input lag is slightly lower.

Update 09/21/2020: A few users have mentioned that the 43 inch model has an issue with brightness when Game Mode is automatically enabled. This appears to only affect the 43 inch model, and it seems like disabling and then reenabling Game Mode fixes the issue.

Update 07/22/2020: We made a mistake in the way we measured the input lag at 4k @ 60Hz + 10-bit HDR. We remeasured the input lag and updated the text.

The Samsung TU8000 has a remarkably low input lag at all resolutions with Game Mode enabled. It's higher with motion interpolation enabled, but overall, it responds quickly to your inputs. You can only get low input lag at 4k @ 60Hz with chroma 4:4:4 when it's in 'PC' mode, but the TV can usually detect when a PC is connected and switches to 'PC' mode automatically.

There's an Auto Low Latency Mode, which automatically turns on Game Mode when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible device. To use it, Game Mode Auto and CEC must be enabled.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most common resolutions at 60Hz. It displays proper chroma 4:4:4 at 1080p and 4k, which helps it render text clearly when using the TV as a PC monitor. To display chroma 4:4:4, set the input icon to 'PC' for the HDMI port in use.

To achieve full bandwidth, enable Input Signal Plus.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No
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)
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 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
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

The Samsung TU8000 has eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI connection. To do so, set HDMI eARC and Digital Output Audio to 'Auto'. Sadly, it doesn't support any DTS formats.

Sound Quality
7.0
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
3.11 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.08 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
5.11 dB
Max
87.4 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.07 dB

Update 10/23/2020: We retested the frequency response because there was an error with the original scoring. The review has now been updated.

The frequency response is decent. It has a well-balanced sound profile overall, which is important for hearing clear dialogue, but it doesn't produce much bass. It doesn't get very loud, so it's best to avoid noisy environments, and there are some compression artifacts when listening at its max level.

5.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.331
Weighted THD @ Max
1.586
IMD @ 80
5.74%
IMD @ Max
46.72%

Update 10/23/2020: We retested the distortion performance because there was an error with the IMD testing in the original scoring. The review has now been updated.

The Samsung TU8000's distortion performance is sub-par. There's distortion at moderate listening levels, and it gets more noticeable at its max volume. However, this depends on the content, and some people may not notice it.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2020 (with reduced features)
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Average
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
7 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung TU8000 comes with a simplified version of Tizen OS but offers many of the same features as the higher-end models. The interface is clear and easy-to-use.

Like some other Samsung TVs, there's a bug with the overscan, but it can be fixed by going into the aspect ratio menu and changing the settings to 16:9 and Fit to Screen.

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

There are ads and suggested content on the home page as well as the app store, and they can't be disabled.

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 large number of apps and they run smoothly for the most part. The built-in media player can play most common audio and video formats from a USB drive.

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 a new, sleeker-looking remote with more features compared to the Samsung RU7100. It has quick-access buttons to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Samsung TV Plus. You can use it as a universal remote even with devices that don't support CEC. You can also use voice control to ask for most common demands, like switching the input, changing the brightness, or asking for the weather, but we couldn't search for specific content within apps like Netflix.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button located beneath the front of the TV. It allows you to turn the TV On/Off and change channels, volume, or inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote control
  • 2x AA batteries
  • Quick setup guide
  • Manual
  • Cable management clips (not shown)

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 49 W
Power Consumption (Max) 118 W
Firmware 1003

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch model (UN55TU8000FXZA) and we expect our results to be valid for the other models, which are listed below. Walmart sells this TV as the Samsung UN65TU8200, but it's only available in 50, 55, and 65 inch sizes.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Samsung TU8000 or TU8200 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests like the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Size US Model Canada Model UK Model Walmart Model Warehouse Model Notes
43" UN43TU8000FXZA UN43TU8000FXZC UE43TU8000KXXU - -  
50" UN50TU8000FXZA UN50TU8000FXZC UE50TU8000KXXU UN50TU8200FXZA -  
55" UN55TU8000FXZA UN55TU8000FXZC UE55TU8000KXXU UN55TU8200FXZA -  
65" UN65TU8000FXZA UN65TU8000FXZC UE65TU8000KXXU UN65TU8200FXZA -  
75" UN75TU8000FXZA UN75TU8000FXZC UE75TU8000KXXU - -  
82" - - UE82TU8000KXXU - -  
85" UN85TU8000FXZA UN85TU8000FXZC - - UN85TU800DFXZA  

Our Samsung TU8000 was manufactured in February 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

Comparison picture

Top left: Samsung Q60T QLED (QN55Q60TAFXZA). Bottom left: Samsung RU8000 (UN55RU8000FXZA). Middle: Samsung TU8000 (UN55TU8000FXZA). Top right: Hisense H9F (65H9F). Bottom right: LG SM8600 (55SM8600PUA).

Compared to other budget VA panel TVs, the Samsung TU8000 offers good gaming performance but is lacking in terms of HDR. It performs incredibly well in dark rooms, but it doesn't have the same features competitors have, like the wide color gamut and great peak brightness on the Hisense H8G. For more options, see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best budget TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

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

The Samsung TU8000 performs a bit better overall than the Samsung TU7000, as it has a slightly higher contrast ratio, gets a little brighter, and it can remove 24p judder from any source, unlike the TU7000, which can't remove judder at all. The only area where the TU7000 significantly outperforms the TU8000 is gradient handling, as it has much less banding.  

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 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/Q60T QLED
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED and the Samsung TU8000 perform quite similarly overall, although the Q60T has a slight edge. The Q60T can get much brighter and has a much wider color gamut, making it a better choice if you plan on watching a lot of HDR content. It also has better gray uniformity, much more accurate colors out-of-the-box, and better gradient performance. On the other hand, the TU8000 has slightly better motion handling thanks to its faster response time.

Sony X750H
55" 65" 75"

The Sony X750H and the Samsung TU8000 have very similar overall performance. The Sony has a higher peak brightness in SDR and HDR, and it has a better HDR color gamut. However, the Samsung has a better Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity and it has better screen uniformity.

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

The Sony X800H is a marginally better TV than the Samsung TU8000. The differences come down to their panels, as the Sony has an IPS panel, so it has much better viewing angles. It also supports a wide color gamut and the out-of-box color accuracy is much better, plus it can get significantly brighter. On the other hand, the VA panel on the Samsung delivers a much better dark room performance with an excellent contrast ratio and incredible black uniformity.

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

The LG UP8000 and the Samsung TU8000 are similar despite having different panel types. The LG uses an ADS panel that performs like an IPS panel, while the Samsung uses a VA panel. This means that the LG has much wider viewing angles but isn't as well-suited for dark rooms as the Samsung. Likewise, the LG has a better total response time, but it stutters more than the Samsung in low frame rate content. Unfortunately, neither TV is good for HDR because they can't display a wide color gamut and don't get very bright in HDR.

LG UN7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75"

Overall, the Samsung TU8000 is marginally better than the LG UN7300. The Samsung has a significantly higher contrast ratio due to its VA panel, its black uniformity is much better, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature. On the other hand, the LG has wider viewing angles, better reflection handling, and better gradient handling.

Samsung TU8300
55" 65"

The Samsung TU8000 is a marginally better TV than the Samsung TU8300. That said, the TU8300 is the curved version of the TU8000, so they perform very similarly overall with some minor differences. The TU8000 has a higher contrast ratio, more uniform blacks, and more accurate colors out-of-the-box. The TU8300, on the other hand, can get brighter, has better gray uniformity, and significantly better gradient handling.

LG UN7000
43" 49" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75"

The Samsung TU8000 is much better than the LG UN7000, but they use different panels with different advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung uses a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio than the LG, while the LG uses an IPS panel with wider viewing angles. The Samsung feels better built overall, gets brighter in SDR, displays native 4k content properly, and has a lower input lag. The LG, on the other hand, gets brighter in HDR and handles reflections better.

Samsung RU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung TU8000 replaces the Samsung RU8000 in Samsung's 2020 lineup. They perform similarly, but despite being succeeded by the TU8000, the RU8000 has a slight edge. The TU8000 performs a touch better in dark rooms because it has a slightly higher contrast and better black uniformity, but the RU8000 has VRR support and a much faster response time, so it's much more suited to gaming and offers similar or better performance in other uses as well.

Hisense H8G
50" 55" 65" 75"

Although they're both budget TVs, the Hisense H8G is better overall than the Samsung TU8000. The Hisense gets much brighter and has slightly better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for bright room viewing. It also displays a wider color gamut and has a full-array local dimming feature for an improved HDR experience. The Samsung has a better contrast ratio, but this can also vary between units.

Samsung RU9000
65" 75" 82"

Overall, the Samsung RU9000 is better than the Samsung TU8000. The RU9000 has a higher peak brightness, a much wider color gamut, and significantly better gradient handling. The RU9000 also has a faster response time, it can remove judder from all sources, and it has a 120Hz refresh rate. Input lag is lower on the TU8000, but if you want VRR support, only the RU9000 has it.

Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED
49" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80/Q80T is higher up in the Samsung lineup than the Samsung TU8000, and so has better overall performance. The Q80T has a local dimming feature, HDMI 2.1 support, and VRR support for gaming, all of which the TU8000 doesn't have. The Q80T gets much brighter and displays a wider color gamut, so it has much better HDR performance. With Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, the Q80T has wider viewing angles, but that means the TU8000 has a better native contrast ratio.

LG UN8500
65" 75" 82" 86"

The Samsung TU8000 is better than the LG UN8500, but their panels are different. The Samsung has a VA panel, which results in a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity. It also has slightly better reflection handling, better color accuracy, and lower input lag. However, the LG has an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, supports a 4k @ 120Hz signal, and has a quicker response time.

Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED
55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED is better overall than the Samsung TU8000. The Q70T has more features such as VRR support for gaming, a 120Hz panel, and it displays a wider color gamut for HDR content. The Q70T also gets much brighter, allowing it to combat glare in well-lit rooms.

Sony X900H
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X900H is better overall than the Samsung TU8000. The Sony is an upper-mid range TV that gets much brighter, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, which the Samsung doesn't have. The Sony also has HDMI 2.1 support for gaming, it displays a wide color gamut, and gets much brighter in HDR to deliver a better HDR experience. On the other hand, the budget-friendly Samsung has an improved contrast ratio, but this can vary between units.

Samsung RU7100
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU8000 is a slightly better TV than the Samsung RU7100. The TU8000 has much better black uniformity, response time, and a bit better reflection handling and contrast ratio, while the RU7100 has a somewhat better input lag, peak brightness, and better gray uniformity. The TU8000 comes with the 2020 Tizen interface while the RU7100 has the 2019 version, but in reality, there's little difference between these two TVs.

LG NANO81
55" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU8000 and the LG NANO81 are two very similar-performing TVs with different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel that displays deeper blacks and has much better black uniformity. The Samsung also supports HDR10+ and has better built-in speakers. On the other hand, the LG has wider viewing angles, handles reflections better, and because of its IPS panel, has wider viewing angles.

Samsung NU8000
49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung NU8000 is much better than the Samsung TU8000. It has more features such as local dimming, support for variable refresh rate technology, and the ability to remove judder from all sources. It can also get much brighter and has better overall picture quality. On the other hand, the TU8000 has a somewhat improved contrast ratio and much better black uniformity. 

Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED
43" 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED is a better TV than the Samsung TU8000. The Q60R can get much brighter, has much more accurate colors out-of-the-box, significantly better gradient performance, and much better motion handling thanks to its 120Hz screen. If you watch a lot of HDR content, the Q60R is a much better choice thanks to its wider color gamut and higher HDR peak brightness. On the other hand, the TU8000 has slightly lower input lag with Game Mode enabled and has much better black uniformity.

LG UM7300
43" 49" 50" 55" 65"

The LG UM7300 and the Samsung TU8000 are both decent TVs for mixed usage. The LG is a better option for TV shows and sports thanks to its higher peak brightness, slightly better motion handling, and better viewing angles due to its IPS panel. The brighter screen on the LG also makes it better for bright rooms, and its color gradient performance is significantly better. On the other hand, the Samsung has much deeper and more uniform blacks as it uses a VA panel, and it has a slightly lower input lag.

Samsung RU7300
55" 65"

The Samsung RU7300 and the Samsung TU8000 are very similar TVs in terms of performance. The TU8000 has much better black uniformity, response time, and a bit better reflection handling, while the RU7300 has a somewhat better input lag, peak brightness, and better gray uniformity. The real differences are in their design as the RU7300 is a curved screen TV, while the TU8000 is flat.

Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED
49" 55" 65" 75" 82" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is much better than the Samsung TU8000. The contrast ratio is a bit better and it has a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. The overall picture quality is better on the Q70R, as it can get much brighter, has a faster response time, supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and can remove judder from all sources. That said, the TU8000 has somewhat better black uniformity. 

LG SM8600
49" 55" 65" 75"

The LG SM8600 and the Samsung TU8000 perform similarly but each is better suited to different uses. The LG uses an IPS panel which gives it much better viewing angles, good if your couch is to an angle to your TV, or if you watch a lot of sports games with a large group of people. On the other hand, the Samsung uses a VA panel which gives you much deeper and uniform blacks, making it better for dark room viewing, but also has narrow viewing angles so the image looks washed out from the side. 

LG NANO80 2020
49" 55" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU8000 is better overall than the LG NANO80 2020, although they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel that provides a better contrast ratio and better black uniformity. It also gets a bit brighter and has a Black Frame Insertion feature. However, the LG has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, it has a quicker response time, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, which the Samsung doesn't.

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

The Samsung AU8000 is better overall than the LG UP7000, but they have different panels with pros and cons. The Samsung has a VA panel with improved native contrast, so it displays deeper blacks, and the LG we tested has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles. However, there are variants of the LG with a VA panel instead. The Samsung is better for gaming because it has a quicker response time for smoother motion. The Samsung also comes with a smart remote with voice control, which the LG doesn't have.

TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
50" 55" 65" 75"

The TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is better overall than the Samsung TU8000. The TCL has a full-array local dimming feature, which the Samsung doesn't have, and it displays a much wider color gamut, so it's a better choice for watching HDR content. Other than that, the TVs are very similar with a 60Hz panel, quick response time, and low input lag for gaming.

Samsung TU6980
70" 82"

The Samsung TU8000 is slightly better than the Samsung TU6980, but the two TVs are very similar. The TU8000 has a much better contrast ratio and better black uniformity, but these may vary between units. However, the TU6980 has a quicker response time and it gets a bit brighter.

Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
50" 55" 65"

Overall, the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is significantly better than the Samsung TU8000. The Vizio has a much better color gamut, better gradient handling, a faster response time, and a full-array local dimming feature. It also has better reflection handling and gets brighter. However, the Samsung has a higher contrast ratio, and it doesn't stutter as much in lower frame rate content.

Hisense H8F
50" 55" 65"

The Hisense H8F and the Samsung TU8000 are both decent TVs that excel in different areas. The Hisense is significantly better for watching movies thanks to its local dimming feature, much wider color gamut, more accurate colors, brighter screen, and better reflection handling. On the other hand, the Samsung has a much better response time, making it the better option if you watch a lot of sports or play a lot of video games.

TCL 6 Series/R625 2019
55" 65"

The TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 is a much better TV than the Samsung TU8000. The TCL has better picture quality thanks to its local dimming feature and significantly brighter screen. It's also a better choice if you watch a lot of HDR as details will pop more thanks to its higher HDR peak brightness and wider color gamut. On the other hand, the Samsung has more accurate colors out-of-the-box, better reflection handling, faster response time, and 4:4:4 support, which is important if you want to use your TV as a PC monitor. 

TCL 5 Series/S525 2019
43" 50" 55" 65"

The TCL 5 Series/S525 2019 is a slightly better TV than the Samsung TU8000. Both are 60Hz TVs with VA panels, but the TCL supports a wide color gamut for HDR content, it can get brighter, and the out-of-box color accuracy is significantly better. The Samsung performs better in the dark with a slightly better contrast ratio and better black uniformity.

LG UN6950
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 75"

The Samsung TU8000 is slightly better than the LG UN6950. The Samsung has a much better contrast ratio, it gets a bit brighter in HDR, it has much better black uniformity, and it has improved color accuracy. However, the LG gets brighter in HDR, it's much better at handling gradients, and it has a quicker response time.

TCL 3 Series 2020
32"

The Samsung TU8000 is much better than the TCL 3 Series 2020. The Samsung is a 4k TV that supports HDR, has a better contrast ratio, lower input lag, and gets brighter. However, the TCL has slightly better reflection handling.

Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020
55" 65"

The Vizio M8 Series Quantum 2020 is much better than the Samsung TU8000. The Vizio has a full-array local dimming feature, significantly better color gamut and gradient handling, and gets a lot brighter in SDR and HDR. The Samsung has better black uniformity, and it can interpolate lower frame rate content.

LG GX OLED
55" 65" 77"

The LG GX OLED is a much better TV than the Samsung TU8000, but they have different panel types. The LG is a premium model whose OLED panel can produce perfect blacks thanks to its infinite contrast ratio. It also displays a wider color gamut for HDR content, has a much quicker response time, and has VRR support for gaming, which the Samsung doesn't have. However, the LED panel of the entry-level Samsung doesn't have the risk of permanent burn-in like the LG.

Samsung The Sero
43"

The Samsung The Sero and the Samsung TU8000 score similarly overall; however, they're very different TVs. The Sero is a TV with a unique mechanism that allows it to rotate into portrait mode. It has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, higher peak brightness, and better color accuracy. It also has a faster response time and much better gradient handling. On the other hand, the TU8000 has a VA panel that can produce deeper blacks, making it a better choice for dark rooms.

Vizio V Series 2019
40" 43" 43" 50" 55" 55" 60" 65" 65" 70" 75"

The Vizio V Series 2019 and the Samsung TU8000 are two similarly-performing TVs. Both use VA panels and the Vizio has a bit better contrast ratio and much better viewing angles, plus it does a better job at handling reflections. The Samsung has a better response time and it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and the input lag is much lower. The Samsung also displays 720p and 4k content better than the Vizio.

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