Samsung RU8000 vs Samsung RU7100 TV Comparison 2020/08


In this comparison we look at the entry-level TV Samsung TU8000 of 2020 and the entry-level TV Samsung RU7100 of the previous year. Both devices represent the most affordable set of their generation. Here you can find out where the TVs differ and where they are similar.

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Samsung RU8000 and Samsung RU7100 compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung TU8000
2020 Premium UHD
  • Deep blacks
  • High contrast
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Samsung Smart Things
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No DTS
  • No local dimming
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Samsung RU7100
2019 Premium UHD
  • Deep blacks
  • High contrast
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No local dimming
  • No DTS
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Detailed comparison: Samsung RU8000 or Samsung RU7100

The new Samsung TU8000 is to be the improved version of the RU8000 from last year – while in reality, it is more like the Samsung RU7100. Both TVs have the same refresh rate, but the TU8000's performance in dark rooms is better. In addition to the latest streaming services, it supports voice control via Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Amazon Alexa, as well as Apple AirPlay 2. Smart Home support is also available.

The Samsung RU7100 is the most affordable Samsung TV of 2019, and you won't find any great extras here, much more is a rock solid base for newcomers to the 4K world. Compared to the TU8000, it offers a slightly inferior picture quality and its smart features are also less pronounced. The differences are to be forgiven by occasional users, as movies and games still look good – but are of course far surpassed by higher priced models.

Panel typeVA PanelVA Panel
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast ratio6400 :15700 :1
Local DimmingNeinNein
Frequency60 Hz60 Hz
Input Lag< 10 ms< 11 ms
Motion Handling
Color space coverage
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Operating systemTizen 5.5Tizen 5.0
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
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Our conclusion: 2020 vs 2019 – Does it always have to be the latest model?

Do I always need the latest tech? Do I have to keep with the Joneses? These are questions you should ask yourself when buying television, as the differences between the different TV generations are never insanely big. For this reason, we recommend that most readers who don’t need a lot of extra features should go for the RU7100 – if the price is right. The picture quality of the TU8000 is better, but you should only pay a forgivable surcharge for this. If the difference is small or equal, the new model is better. If not, the RU7100 still offers good quality at a low price.

We compared the following televisions:
Samsung TU8000 Samsung RU7100
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