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Samsung TU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Nov 03, 2020 at 08:40 am
Samsung TU8000 Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.0
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.2
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO81
7.1
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO81
7.8
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
6.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.2
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
7.5
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO81
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Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung TU8000, or also sold at Walmart as the Samsung TU8200, is a decent entry-level budget TV. It performs best in dark rooms as its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. Even though it supports HDR10+, it doesn't deliver a satisfying HDR experience as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright in HDR. The Samsung 8 Series has a decent response time and low input lag for gaming, but there's no variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It displays chroma 4:4:4 if you want to use it as a PC monitor. However, its wide viewing angles mean the image may look washed out at the sides if you sit too close.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Samsung TU8000 is a decent TV for most uses. With its outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, dark scenes in movies look great, but unfortunately, it doesn't support a wide color gamut for HDR movies. The viewing angles are narrow, so it's not ideal for watching your favorite TV show in a wide seating arrangement. However, it's a good gaming TV due to its incredibly low input lag and fairly quick response time.

Pros
  • Outstanding contrast ratio.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Incredibly 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 a decent TV for watching movies. It has an outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, and even though there's no local dimming feature, dark scenes look great. This TV can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps, but not from 60i/60p sources such as cable boxes.

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 TV shows. It does a decent job of handling reflections, but it struggles in well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy if you're watching from the side. On the upside, it displays 720p and 1080p content, such as from cable boxes, well with no upscaling artifacts.

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

The Samsung TU8000 is decent for watching sports. It has a decent response time, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Unfortunately, there's visible dirty screen effect, which is distracting during sports, and the viewing angles are narrow, so it's not suggested for watching the game with a big group of friends.

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.
7.8 Video Games

The Samsung TU8000 is good for video games. The input lag is incredibly low and the response time is decent, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. If you game in the dark, the contrast ratio is outstanding, so blacks appear as they should. It does a decent job at reflection handling, but if you game in really bright rooms, the reflections might be too distracting. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any VRR technology.

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

The Samsung TU8000 is okay for HDR movies. With an outstanding contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, dark room viewing is excellent. However, it doesn't support a wide color gamut for HDR content and doesn't get bright in HDR, so it can't display vivid colors as the creator intended them to be.

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

The Samsung TU8000 is decent for HDR gaming, as it has an incredibly low input lag with 10-bit HDR enabled and a decent response time. Unfortunately, it doesn't support a wide color gamut, and its HDR peak brightness is poor, so you won't get an immersive HDR gaming experience. It also doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

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

The Samsung TU8000 is a good choice to use as a PC monitor. It has an incredibly low input lag to deliver a responsive desktop experience, and it displays proper chroma 4:4:4 for clear text. It may be best to avoid placing it in extremely bright rooms because it has mediocre peak brightness and only decent reflection handling.

Pros
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Displays chroma 4:4:4.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Doesn't get very bright.
  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Movies
  • 7.2 TV Shows
  • 7.1 Sports
  • 7.8 Video Games
  • 6.6 HDR Movies
  • 7.2 HDR Gaming
  • 7.5 PC Monitor
  1. Update 11/3/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Update 10/23/2020: Retested the sound performance.
  3. Update 10/16/2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Update 10/5/2020: Remeasured input lag outside of game mode.
  5. Update 9/28/2020: Uploaded viewing angle video and changed Auto Calibration comparison.
  6. Update 8/4/2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
  7. Update 7/22/2020: Remeasured the input lag at 4k @ 60Hz + 10 bit HDR.
  8. Update 5/21/2020: 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. Samsung has shifted their lineup compared to 2019, so the TU8000's closest model from 2019 is the Samsung RU7100. 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
8.5
Design
Style
Curved No

This TV has an excellent design. It's the same as 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, and there are clips on the back of the feet for cable management.

Design
Stand

The Samsung 8 Series 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" TV: 40.2" x 9.9".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back is the same as on the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, and there are minimal differences with the Samsung RU7100. It's 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 slightly thinner than the Samsung RU8000, and it shouldn't stick out too much when wall-mounted.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung TU8000 has a decent build quality. It looks a lot like the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, and it's made entirely out of plastic. The feet hold the TV well but there's still some wobble. It's well-made, and there aren't any obvious issues with the panel.

Picture Quality
9.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
6421 : 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 improve any blacks. Note that the contrast may vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature; the video above is provided for reference only.

6.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
271 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
165 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
162 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
298 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
297 cd/m²
SDR 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 areas aren't as bright due to the aggressive frame dimming (CE). Luckily, its brightness remains consistent with larger areas.

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 in the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, with Advanced Contrast Enhancer and Brightness at their max, Gamma set to '2.2', and its slider at '+3'.

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

The Samsung TU8000 has poor HDR peak brightness. It surprisingly 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, 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. That said, we don't recommend using these settings, as it makes blacks look gray.

6.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.671 %
50% DSE
0.209 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.534 %
5% DSE
0.102 %

This TV has okay gray uniformity, 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 is distracting during sports or panning shots. However, the screen is more uniform in dark scenes.

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.

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 some blooming around the center cross, but it's not very noticeable. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve its uniformity.

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, similar to the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. It handles a moderate amount of light well but really struggles with direct sunlight on it.

7.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.74
Color dE
3.06
Gamma
2.05
Color Temperature
5988 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
6453 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
Undetermined

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. Due to the lack of a wide color gamut, it fails to display colors at a wide range of luminance levels.

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

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.

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

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 artifacts in dark scenes.

8.7
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
600 Hz

The Samsung TU8000 uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim its backlight at any backlight level below its max. It flickers at such a high frequency that most people shouldn't notice. You can lower its flicker to 120Hz in 'Game' mode with Picture Clarity enabled.

We noticed a strange behavior when the TV displays a single uniform color with the backlight flicker at 600Hz. There's a rolling effect from the bottom to the top of the screen, and you can see the same effect on the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED here.

9.1
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
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, similar to the Samsung RU7100.

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, although there's less duplication than the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED.

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 technology. If you want a TV with a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR support, check out the Samsung RU9000.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
9.7 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
78.0 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
9.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
9.7 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
9.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
67.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
25.3 ms
8k @ 60 Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120 Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120 Hz
N/A
4k @ 120 Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes

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" model has an issue with brightness when game mode is automatically enabled. This appears to only affect the 43" 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 8 Series has an incredibly 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 at 60Hz with chroma 4:4:4 when it's in 'PC' mode, but most of the time, the TV can detect when a PC is connected and switches to that mode automatically.

There's an Auto Low Latency Mode, which turns on 'Game' mode automatically 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