Samsung RU7100 vs Samsung RU8000 TV Comparison 2019/12


The Samsung RU7100 and Samsung RU8000 are two Samsung TVs that do not belong to the QLED lineup and are overlooked by some interested parties. They are as interesting as Q60R and higher. You can find out from us how the two TV differ and which one is better for which purpose.

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Samsung RU7100 and Samsung RU8000 compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung RU7100
Samsung UHD
  • Deep blacks
  • High contrast
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • No local dimming
  • No DTS
  • No VRR
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Samsung RU8000
Samsung Premium UHD
  • Deep blacks
  • 120 Hz
  • VRR FreeSync
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistance
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • No Local Dimming
  • No DTS
  • 49'': 60Hz Panel
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Detailed comparison: Samsung RU7100 or Samsung RU8000

The Samsung RU7100 is the most affordable Samsung TV of the year. It doesn't offer many extra features, but it offers a solid base for all those who are looking for a 4K TV with good picture quality and the essential Smart Features. The RU7100 has a 60 Hz VA panel, which is enough for occasional gaming and movies. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming, so the contrast is sufficient, but not close to QLED TVs. There is also no VRR for gamers.
The Samsung RU8000 is a slightly improved version of the RU7100 and is similar to the Q60R to confuse. It is similar to the RU7100 in terms of image characteristics, panel and smart features. What makes it different, however, is the frame rate and the gaming features. 120 Hz panels from 55 inches and VRR through FreeSync should please gamers with an Xbox One X / S or PC gamers with AMD graphics cards.
Panel typeVA PanelVA Panel
Contrast ratio5700 :15800 :1
Frequency60 Hz120 Hz
Input Lag< 11 ms< 15 ms
Motion Handling
Color space coverage
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Operating systemTizen 5.0Tizen 5.0
Dolby Vision
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Our conclusion: Base model or Gaming TV?

While the Samsung RU7100 offers a solid base and the essential features of a 4K TV at a budget-friendly price, the RU8000 is simply better. If we go before the 55 inch version, the RU8000 has both a 120 Hz panel and VRR with FreeSync, which should be a worthwhile investment not least for gamers. That’s why the surcharge also pays off.

This is by no means to say that the RU7100 is a bad gaming TV – not at all. For the occasional gamer it’s a rock solid choice. But the RU8000 supports some features that more demanding gamers will appreciate.

In all other respects, both TVs are on the same level. The contrast is comparable and both have no local dimming, so HDR content is very similar. But the RU8000 gets a little brighter. Both have a VA panel, so that the viewing angle is equally limited.

If you like the gaming features, you should go for the RU8000. Those who don’t need 120 Hz and VRR will find everything they need in the RU7100.

We compared the following televisions:
Samsung RU7100 Samsung RU8000
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