Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000 TV comparison 2021/04

In this comparison, we’ll find out if the Samsung TU8000 from 2020 surpasses its predecessor, the Samsung RU8000 from 2019. The results are surprising and we have quite questioned some of Samsung’s decisions. Let us say this much in advance: movie fans and gamers can confidently choose the RU8000 and even save a little money.

Samsung TU8000
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Samsung TU8000 and Samsung RU8000 compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
32%
Samsung TU8000 55"
45%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
39%
Samsung TU8000 55"
40%
Samsung RU8000 55"
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
53%
Samsung TU8000 55"
56%
Samsung RU8000 55"
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
39%
Samsung TU8000 55"
42%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
54%
Samsung TU8000 55"
58%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
74%
Samsung TU8000 55"
88%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
53%
Samsung TU8000 55"
51%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
58%
Samsung TU8000 55"
54%
Samsung RU8000 55"
Samsung TU8000 55"
Samsung RU8000 55"
Rating v2.0 Alpha

Samsung TU8000 2020

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
The new Samsung TU8000 is to be the improved version of the RU8000 from last year. In terms of smart features, it surpasses its predecessor: in addition to the latest streaming services, it supports voice control with all available services as well as Apple AirPlay 2. If smart home is important to you, Samsung Smart Things can be used – something that is missing with the RU8000. Unfortunately, the TU8000 offers fewer gaming features and only a 60 Hz display.
43" (108cm)
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50" (125,7cm)
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55" (138,8cm)
UN55TU8000FXZA
65" (163,9cm)
UN65TU8000FXZA
75" (189,3cm)
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82" (207cm)
85" (214cm)
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Samsung RU8000 2019

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
The Samsung RU8000 from 2019 is the predecessor of the TU8000, but offers better features. It is very similar to the TU8000 in terms of image characteristics and panel. What it differs in, however, is the refresh rate and the smart features. 120 Hz panels from 55 inches and VRR FreeSync should please gamers. In return, the Smart Features are a bit worse.
49" (123,1cm)
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55" (138,8cm)
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65" (163,9cm)
UN65RU8000FXZA
82" (208,2cm)
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Detailed comparison: Samsung TU8000 or Samsung RU8000

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Reflections Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
32%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
6420 :1
Ø Brightness
270 Nits
Video technologies
45%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
5760 :1
Ø Brightness
346 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
Normal
Wide Viewing Angle Layer not available
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
40%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
Normal
Wide Viewing Angle Layer not available
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
53%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
6420 :1
Ø Brightness
270 Nits
DCI-P3
71%
56%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
5760 :1
Ø Brightness
346 Nits
DCI-P3
65.7%
HDR image Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
6420 :1
Ø Brightness
270 Nits
Max. Brightness
300 Nits
DCI-P3
71%
REC 2020
50%
Video technologies
42%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
5760 :1
Ø Brightness
346 Nits
Max. Brightness
365 Nits
DCI-P3
65.7%
REC 2020
56.7%
Video technologies
Movies & Series Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
54%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2 Channels with 20 Watt
Surround Sound Formats
HDMI eARC
HDMI ARC
58%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Surround Sound Formats
HDMI eARC
HDMI ARC
Gaming performance Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
74%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
88%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.0ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 15ms
Sports performance Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
53%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
51%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.0ms
Equipment Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000
58%
Operating System
Tizen 5.5
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI eARC
HDMI ARC
Surround Sound Formats
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Amazon Alexa
kompatibel
Ambilight
54%
Operating System
Tizen 5.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI eARC
HDMI ARC
Surround Sound Formats
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Ambilight

Our conclusion:
Better smart features or better gaming features?

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One thing first: just because the Samsung RU8000 is a year older but that doesn’t mean it’s any worse. In fact, it does have a number of features that will appeal to film fans and passionate gamers who don’t want to go into the poor house. The VA panel has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and it supports VRR FreeSync for Xbox One X or S as well as PCs with AMD graphics cards. In terms of smart features, however, it draws the short straw. The TU8079 surpasses in that it supports Samsung Smart Things.

But is that enough to make the Samsung TU8079 the winner? In our opinion, the Samsung RU8009 is the better TV. The RU8009 is much brighter, supports a wide color gamut, has the more convincing gaming features and better motion handling. You can confidently do without some smart features. Nevertheless, the TU8079 performs better in dark rooms because its black is much more uniform.

Samsung TU8000 2020
Samsung TU8000
  • Deeper blacks
  • High contrast
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Samsung Smart Things
  • 60 Hz
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No DTS
  • No Wide Color Gamut
  • No local dimming
  • No VRR FreeSync
43" (108cm)
UN43TU8000FXZA
50" (125,7cm)
UN50TU8000FXZA
55" (138,8cm)
UN55TU8000FXZA
65" (163,9cm)
UN65TU8000FXZA
75" (189,3cm)
UN75TU8000FXZA
82" (207cm)
85" (214cm)
UN85TU8000FXZA
Samsung RU8000 2019
Samsung RU8000
  • Deep black
  • High contrast
  • wide color gamut
  • 120 Hz
  • VRR FreeSync
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No DTS
  • No local dimming
49" (123,1cm)
UN49RU8000FXZA
55" (138,8cm)
UN55RU8000FXZA
65" (163,9cm)
UN65RU8000FXZA
82" (208,2cm)
UN82RU8000FXZA
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