Samsung TU8300 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Sep 21, 2020 at 08:30 am
Samsung TU8300 Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
6.8
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: LG UN7300
7.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense H8G
7.5
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
6.5
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED
7.0
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
7.3
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA
Resolution 4k

The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV for most uses that performs very similarly to the Samsung TU8000 but features a curved screen. Unlike previous years, this is Samsung's only curved TV for 2020. Like most VA panel TVs, it has an excellent contrast ratio and great black uniformity, though unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature to help further improve blacks. It has outstandingly low input lag, but unfortunately, it doesn't support variable refresh rates and only has a 60Hz panel. Overall, while it doesn't perform much better than the 2019 Samsung RU7300 or the 2020 Samsung TU8000, it's a decent choice if you're looking for a curved 4k TV.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV for mixed usage. Its excellent contrast and great black uniformity make it an alright TV for watching movies. Its okay peak brightness helps it overcome glare while watching TV during the day. While it's good for video games thanks to its incredibly low input lag, unfortunately, its mediocre response time means there's some motion blur with fast-moving content. Finally, fans of HDR content will likely be disappointed by its low HDR peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Excellent dark room performance.
Cons
  • Disappointing HDR performance.
  • Can't get very bright.
6.8 Movies

The Samsung TU8300 is an okay TV for watching movies. It has deep and uniform blacks thanks in part to its outstanding contrast ratio, but unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. Gray uniformity is also only decent, and you may notice some dirty screen effect during panning shots.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Only decent gray uniformity.
  • No local dimming.
7.4 TV Shows

The Samsung TU8300 is decent for TV shows. It does an excellent job at upscaling lower resolution content from a cable box, but unfortunately, it can't quite get bright enough to overcome glare in very well-lit rooms. Like with most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles, which can be an issue if you like to watch TV while doing chores around the room.

Pros
  • Satisfactory reflection handling.
  • Upscales HD content well.
Cons
  • Only decent gray uniformity.
  • Poor viewing angles.
7.0 Sports

The Samsung TU8300 is a satisfactory TV for watching sports. It does a decent job at handling reflections but unfortunately, its low response time and 60Hz panel mean that it isn't the best at handling motion. It also doesn't have very wide viewing angles, which could be an issue if you like to watch the game with a large group of people.

Pros
  • Satisfactory reflection handling.
  • Curved screen may help viewing angles.
Cons
  • Only mediocre response time.
  • Can't get very bright.
  • Poor viewing angles.
7.5 Video Games

The Samsung TU8300 is a good TV for video games. Like with most recent Samsung TVs, it has incredibly low input lag, and its Black Frame Insertion feature helps with motion handling. Unfortunately, the response time is only mediocre, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
  • Upscales HD content well.
  • Support black frame insertion.
Cons
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • Only mediocre response time.
  • Doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.
6.5 HDR Movies

The Samsung TU8300 is only adequate for watching HDR movies. While its outstanding contrast helps movies look good in a dark room, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks. Its HDR peak brightness is very low, and it doesn't support a wide color gamut, so HDR content won't look the way the creator intended.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Doesn't support a wide color gamut.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
7.0 HDR Gaming

The Samsung TU8300 is decent for HDR gaming. It has an excellent contrast, and very low input lag with HDR content, but unfortunately, the response time is only mediocre. HDR content also doesn't pop the way it should, due to its low peak brightness and lack of a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Supports 4k @ 60Hz + 10 bit HDR.
Cons
  • Doesn't support a wide color gamut.
  • Only mediocre response time.
7.3 PC Monitor

The Samsung TU8300 is a decent TV to use as a PC monitor. It supports 4:4:4 chroma, and has incredibly low input lag. On the downside, its disappointing viewing angles means that the image looks washed out on the sides, especially if you try using a large screen up close as a monitor, though the curved screen should help with this slightly.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Supports 4:4:4 chroma.
  • Curved screen may help viewing angles.
Cons
  • Only mediocre response time.
  • Poor viewing angles.
  • Doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 7.5 Video Games
  • 6.5 HDR Movies
  • 7.0 HDR Gaming
  • 7.3 PC Monitor
  1. Update 9/29/2020: Listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined'.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Samsung TU8300 is the curved version of the Samsung TU8000. It's the only curved TV in their 2020 lineup and can be seen as the successor to last year's Samsung RU7300. It's one of the only curved TVs still available, but its main competitors with a regular flat screen are the Sony X800H, the Vizio V Series 2020, and the Hisense H65G.

Design
8.5
Design
Style
Curved Yes

The Samsung TU8300 looks almost identical to the 2019 Samsung RU7300. It has fairly thin bezels around the screen and the wide-set feet support the TV well. Due to the curved screen, the sides of the TV stick out quite a bit when wall-mounted.

Design
Stand

The feet are very similar to the Samsung RU7300. They support the TV well, and there isn't too much wobble. Unfortunately, they're quite wide-set, so you'll need a large TV stand, though you should have no problem fitting a soundbar between them.

Footprint of the stand on the 55" TV: 38.4" x 10.2".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x200

The back is the same as the Samsung RU7300. It's quite plain but with a horizontal texture etched into it. There are grooves along the bottom on the screen, as well as clips on the feet, for cable management.

The TV can also be VESA-mounted, but requires special spacers (included in the box) due to the curvature of the screen.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.51" (1.3 cm)

The borders are a bit thinner than the Samsung RU7300, but are thicker than the Samsung TU8000. Overall they're still thin enough that they shouldn't be too distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 4.06" (10.3 cm)

Due to the curvature of the screen, the TV is quite thick and sticks out a bit more when wall-mounted.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung TU8300 feels reasonably well-built, though it's not as good as the Samsung TU8000. There's quite a bit of flex in the plastic near the inputs, and with a hard enough push you can see the internal components.

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
4862 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Samsung TU8300 has excellent contrast. Unfortunately, its native contrast ratio is quite a bit lower than both the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung RU7300. There's also no local dimming feature to further deepen the blacks. It's worth noting that this can vary between units, and your experience may differ.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature; the video above is provided for reference only.

6.9
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
316 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
185 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
340 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
184 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
339 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
338 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.041

The SDR peak brightness of this TV is okay, and it can get brighter than both the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung RU7300. The brightness is fairly consistent when displaying different content, though the 2% window is noticeably dimmer due to the TV's CE dimming (frame dimming), which can't be disabled. While the TV is bright enough to use in moderately well-lit rooms, it likely won't be able to overcome glare in very bright environments.

We measured the peak brightness after calibration, setting the Picture Mode to 'Movie', and its brightness to 'Max'.

If you don't care as much about image accuracy but want to get the brightest possible, we were able to get 345 nits by setting the Picture Mode to 'Dynamic'.

5.3
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
302 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
174 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
326 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
325 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
325 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
325 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
172 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
325 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
324 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
324 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
325 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.043

The Samsung TU8300 has disappointing HDR peak brightness. Small highlights are dimmed by the TV's frame dimming (CE dimming) feature, which unfortunately can't be disabled.

We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Movie HDR' Picture Mode with the contrast and backlight both at 'Max.'

7.3
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.175 %
50% DSE
0.178 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.377 %
5% DSE
0.110 %

The gray uniformity of this TV is only decent. The edges of the screen are darker than the center, and there's some noticeable dirty screen effect in the center, which is distracting during sports and panning shots. The uniformity is much better during darker scenes. This can vary between units, and your experience may differ.

5.5
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
28 °
Color Shift
29 °
Brightness Loss
35 °
Black Level Raise
17 °
Gamma Shift
16 °

As is common with most VA panel TVs, the Samsung TU8300 has disappointing viewing angles. The image becomes washed out and darker when viewed even slightly off-angle.

8.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.787 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The black uniformity of this TV is great, though not as good as the Samsung TU8000 or the Samsung RU7300. There's some blooming around the center cross, though it shouldn't be too noticeable for most people. It's worth noting that this can vary between units, and your experience may differ.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
0.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.7 %

This TV has decent reflection handling. However, the curved screen causes reflections to be stretched out across the screen, which can be distracting.

6.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
4.63
Color dE
3.27
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
5727 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung TU8300 has mediocre color accuracy out-of-the-box. The color temperature is much warmer than our target of 6500K, causing most colors to have a red/yellow tint. The white balance is also disappointing, causing grays to be inaccurate. While the gamma curve follows our target decently well, dark scenes appear too dark, while other scenes are slightly bright. Accuracy can vary between units, and your experience may differ.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.82
Color dE
1.67
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6463 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes
Auto-Calibration Function
Undetermined

Update 09/29/2020: We listed Auto-Calibration Function as 'Undetermined' because 2020 Samsung TVs aren't officially listed as compatible with CalMAN Auto Cal.

After calibration, the color accuracy of this TV is remarkable. The color temperature is very close to our target, and most colors are accurate.

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, like cable TV, is displayed properly, with no sign of artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

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

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Like with most Samsung TVs, 4k content looks outstanding, with no obvious issues or artifacts.

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, similar to the Samsung TU7000 and the Hisense H9G. You can read about it here.

6.7
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
74.56 %
DCI P3 uv
81.82 %
Rec 2020 xy
53.57 %
Rec 2020 uv
59.66 %

Like the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung RU7300, this TV doesn't display a wide color gamut.

The EOTF doesn't follow the PQ curve well, so most scenes will be darker than they should, though they're brighter in 'Game' mode, as you can see here.

You can make HDR content brighter by setting the Picture Mode to 'Movie', Gamma ST.2084 to '+3', Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and the brightness, and contrast each to their max, as you can see here.

5.8
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
67.7 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
21.8 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
48.2 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
15.6 %

The Samsung TU8300's color volume is disappointing, due to its lack of a wide color gamut. It fails to produce a wide range of shades and colors, despite its excellent contrast.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.114 dE
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.117 dE
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.106 dE
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.093 dE

The gradient handling of this TV is great, and it does a significantly better job than the Samsung TU8000. Overall, it's very similar to the Samsung RU7300, with some banding in all dark shades that shouldn't be too noticeable, except for when watching dark scenes. Unfortunately, while there's a Noise Reduction setting to help smooth out banding, it doesn't make a noticeable difference at all.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
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 %

As is the case with most VA panel TVs, there are no signs of temporary image retention. It's worth noting that this can vary between units, and your experience may differ.

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
6.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
8.1 ms
100% Response Time
16.8 ms

The response time is only mediocre and unfortunately, is quite a bit worse than the Samsung TU8000. Due to the 240Hz flicker, there's noticeable duplications in the motion photo, and fast-moving objects will have a bit of blur trail.

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

This TV uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to dim the backlight, except when at 100%. In 'Movie' mode, the backlight flickers at 240Hz, causing some duplications in motion, as seen in the response time motion photo.

Like many other Samsung TVs we've tested, the flicker frequency decreases to 120Hz in all other modes, except for Game Motion Plus with LED Clear Motion enabled, where it drops even lower to 60Hz.

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
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The Samsung TU8300 has 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 duplication of the image, similar to the RU7300. The BFI feature also darkens the screen a fair amount, though this is common.

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

The Samsung TU8300 can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60fps by setting Picture Clarity to 'On' and Judder Reduction at '10'. Unfortunately, it automatically sets the backlight to flicker at 120Hz, and there are quite a few noticeable artifacts.

8.0
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
24.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.0 ms

There's not much stutter on this TV when displaying lower frame rate content due to its slow response time.

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

The Samsung TU8300 can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps by disabling Picture Clarity, but not from a 60p or 60i source.

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 TU8300 has a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60 Hz
9.5 ms
1080p @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
85.3 ms
1440p @ 60 Hz
9.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz
9.5 ms
4k @ 60 Hz + 10 bit HDR
9.6 ms
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
9.9 ms
4k @ 60 Hz Outside Game Mode
75.8 ms
4k @ 60 Hz With Interpolation
25.7 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

The Samsung TU8300 has outstandingly low input lag in 'PC ' or 'Game' mode. It also supports Auto Low Latency which automatically puts the TV into 'Game Mode' when a game from a compatible device is detected.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120 Hz
No
1440p @ 60 Hz