Samsung TU8000 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Updated Jan 21, 2021 at 08:38 pm
Samsung TU8000 Picture
7.0
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
7.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8G
7.2
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
6.6
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.1
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.6
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG NANO81
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 Mar 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.6.
  2. Updated Jan 26, 2021: Fixed an error regarding flicker frequency.
  3. Updated Jan 21, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  4. Updated Jan 15, 2021: We've retested the backlight flicker with the latest firmware update (version 1460.9).
  5. Updated Nov 03, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Oct 23, 2020: Retested the sound performance.
  7. Updated Oct 16, 2020: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  8. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Remeasured input lag outside of game mode.
  9. Updated Sep 28, 2020: Uploaded viewing angle video and changed Auto Calibration comparison.
  10. Updated Aug 04, 2020: We've retested the judder with the latest firmware update (Version 1301).
  11. Updated Jul 22, 2020: Remeasured the input lag at 4k @ 60Hz + 10 bit HDR.
  12. 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
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 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

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
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
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

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 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

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