In 2020, the Korean manufacturer Samsung will again launch entry-level models of the Crystal UHD series. The TU7000 is the cheapest 4K model, which tries to convince with its low price. Namely, it replaces the RU7100 from 2019, to which it seems to be quite similar, at least in terms of appearance. Moreover, this was also the cheapest TV of the lineup at that time. But is the 2020 Crystal UHD TV really as premium as the name of the series wants to sell us, or is it just “clever” marketing? Find it out in the following article!
The modern design of the Tu7000 is very stylish and makes a high-quality impression. The frame is very thin and thus inconspicuous, so that it does not distract in the slightest from the image content. Its feet also make a stable impression. They are positioned far apart, which makes them a very good support for the UHD TV. Even when using a wall mount, the TU7000 cuts a very fine figure due to the thin frame and shallow depth – even if it is made entirely of plastic. The interfaces are aligned towards the right edge of the screen – so they are always easy to reach. There are cut-outs in the back for neat cable management and clips allow you to hide the cables behind the feet, so everything looks neat and tidy. It’s a pity that there are only two HDMI interfaces. So, if you for example want to connect a Blue-Ray player in addition to a cable receiver and a console, you have to be creative.
The design of this cost-efficient TV is therefore quite successful and on the whole very similar to the Q60T – the cheapest representative of the QLED range.
Completely made of plastic
Only 2 HDMI ports
Wall mount :
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Reasonable picture quality for a reasonable price
When assessing the picture quality, it must of course be taken into account that the TU7000 is an entry-level device. To compare it with the features of the big QLED devices would therefore not really be fair. The 4K UHD TV is super suitable for occasional movie nights or afternoon TV. The 10 Bit VA-Panel has a deep and even black and the contrast ratio is quite good with 5100:1. Especially in dark rooms, this results in a pretty decent picture quality. The UHD TV does not have local dimming and the peak brightness is not very high with around 270 nits. But that the cost-effective TU7000 has features like full array local dimming, an extended color space or an additional layer for an extended viewing angle would really be too much to ask for the price. Samsung is saving these functions for the QLED series from the Q70T upwards, but they play in a completely different league in terms of price. HDR content is therefore not very impressively displayed by the TU7000 and the viewing angle is also quite narrow due to the VA-Panel. Also, the image is a little darker in the corners and the colors are not very uniform in large scenes of the same color, so a football field, for example, might look a little dirty.
So, if you are looking for an inexpensive entry-level TV for a dark or dimmed room and do not have an oblique viewing angle, you could definitely consider the TU7000.
10 Bit VA-Panel (8 Bit + FRC)
Deep, even black
Contrast ratio 5100:1
No local dimming
Peak brightness ~270 Nits
No wide color space
Dirty screen effect
Decent motion handling
With a frame rate of 60 Hz and a response time of about 6 ms, the motion handling is quite decent. With fast moving objects there is only a slight motion blur, but this can be further minimized by the Black Frame Insertion feature. The backlight flickers at a frequency of 120 Hz, which is not that high compared to other TVs, but should still be enough for the eye to perceive it as continuous illumination. Stuttering can be avoided for content with low frame rates by using the Motion Interpolation feature, but unfortunately Judder cannot be removed.
Response Time ~6 ms
Motion blur reduction
120 Hz Backlight
Stutter can be removed
Inexpensive SDR gaming fun
The TU7000 is well equipped for gaming and therefore it is a lot of fun to play on this TV. The low input lag of around 10 ms ensures that the UHD TV feels very responsive as soon as a button is pressed on the gamepad. With the Auto Low Latency Mode, the TV automatically switches to game mode as soon as a console is detected. This automatically keeps the input lag as low as possible, which is often not the case in more affordable devices.
With HDR gaming the input lag increases due to the additional picture optimization. Because the HDR experience is not quite as convincing on the TU7000, you should possibly do without it in gaming, so that the TV remains nice and responsive. If HDR is important for gaming, you should consider a more powerful TV like the Q80T anyway, which has features like Variable Refresh Rate, HDMI 2.1 and a wide viewing angle – the TU7000 does not have all that because of its low price.
Input Lag ~10 ms
Auto Low Latency Mode
No HDMI 2.1
Standard sound - nothing fancy
In this price range, the integrated speakers are of course no revelation. However, the 20W speakers are well tuned for occasional TV viewing and dialogues are reproduced in an intelligible way. However, the right portion of bass is sought in vain. But this can be quickly remedied by a soundbar, which considerably improves the overall atmosphere. This would also solve the problem of the integrated speakers not becoming very loud. It should be noted, when using a soundbar, that Samsung TVs do not support DTS but only Dolby formats. With the HDMI eARC connection, Dolby Atmos is supported via Dolby True HD, whereby a breathtaking sound backdrop can be created.
2.0 channels with 20W (RMS)
Dolby Atmos via Dolby True-HD
Matching soundbar with Dolby Atmos:
Samsung HW-Q60R Soundbar
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Smart television with Tizen 5.5
For all 2020 TVs, Samsung relies on Tizen 5.5 as the smart operating system. In addition to Samsung’s own Bixby, Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are also supported as a voice assistant, which are much more convenient to use. Furthermore, the TU7000 is Airplay 2 compatible, which allows a comfortable and fast data exchange with Apple devices.
The choice of apps is huge and all of the latest steaming services are available. The classics like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are even pre-installed, so you can start streaming right away. Samsung Smart Things are also available, making the TV a hub for compatible smart home applications.
A Twin Tuner and therefore functions such as Time Shift and PVR are not available.
Intuitive Tizen 5.5 OS
Apple Airplay 2
Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant
Large selection of apps
Time Shift & PVR
Required for Amazon Alexa::
Amazon Echo Dot
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Perhaps not quite as premium as Samsung promises
It is no secret that the Crystal UHD series from Samsung are entry-level devices. The TU7000 is an “optimized” NU6900 from 2018 – but not much has changed. The cost-efficient TV has a good picture quality in dark environments and will satisfy many users. However, the picture in brighter rooms is not quite as convincing due to the low peak brightness and average reflection behavior. The viewing angle is also quite narrow, but this is normal for low priced models with a VA panel – even the more expensive QLED series does not use the Ultra Viewing Angle layer until the Q80T. With Tizen as operating system it has everything a Smart TV needs and can be perfectly integrated into a Smart home. For gamers who do not want to buy the Next Gen consoles, the UHD TV with its low input lag is quite good to use. But many features like VRR and HDMI 2.1 are saved by Samsung for the more expensive models, but because of the low price, you really should not count this as a disadvantage for the UHD TV.
If you compare the two Crystal UHD TVs with each other, it is noticeable that the design is very similar and the performance is also quite close. The TU8000 scores better in direct comparison, but the difference is not that big. Its contrast ratio is better with 6400:1 and it also gets a bit brighter – but 300 Nits is also not that much compared to other devices. Its response time is ~5 ms which results in a little less motion blur. The input lag at 4K 60Hz SDR gaming is almost identical, only at 4K 60Hz HDR the TU7000 performs much better. But since HDR content is not really different from SDR on both devices, this advantage does not really matter. The included remote control of the TU8000 is the One Remote, which is a bit more comfortable than Samsung’s standard remote. It is also used for the more expensive QLEDs
Sony’s X800H is also an entry level device, but has an IPS panel instead of a VA panel. As a result, the viewing angle is considerably wider and also the peak brightness of ~530 Nits is almost twice as high. Therefore it can be used very well in bright rooms and produces good picture quality. All in all, HDR content is displayed more beautifully, despite the lack of local dimming, due to the wide color gamut and the higher brightness.
The X800H does not quite perform as well in dark environments, though. Its contrast ratio of 1100:1 is quite low, so that black in dark rooms looks more like gray. Its 60 Hz panel has a response time of less than 5 ms, which allows it to display movements more sharply. The TU7000’s input lag is slightly better and the other features are almost identical. Both don’t have a variable refresh rate and also no HDMI 2.1 interface.
In summary, the X800H is the better TV. Its overall performance is simply better, even if it is not quite as good in dark environments.
The most affordable UHD TV from Samsung of 2019 also resembles the TU7000 enormously. Its contrast ratio and the peak brightness of the RU7100 are slightly higher, making its picture quality slightly better. But the difference is negligible, so it should not really be noticeable. The motion handling is almost identical and also the fact that HDR content is not really displayed differently than SDR content is the same as last year’s model. However, the TU7000 has an enhanced Audio Return Chanel, which supports Dolby Atmos via True HD – which is probably the biggest difference between the two TVs.