Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung RU8000 TV Comparison 2020/08

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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 and Samsung RU8000 compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung TU8000
2020 Premium UHD
  • 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
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Samsung RU8000
2019 Premium UHD
  • 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
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Detailed comparison: Samsung TU8000 or Samsung RU8000

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.

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.

Panel typeVA PanelVA Panel
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast ratio6400 :15800 :1
Local DimmingNeinNein
Frequency60 Hz120 Hz
VRRNeinFreeSync
Input Lag< 10 ms< 15 ms
Motion Handling
Color space coverage
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Reflections
Operating systemTizen 5.5Tizen 5.0
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
DTS
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
* All prices are in USD incl. VAT, if necessary plus shipping. Interim changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs are possible.
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Our conclusion: Better smart features or better gaming features?

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.

We compared the following televisions:
Samsung TU8000 Samsung RU8000
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