Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500 TV Comparison 2020/08


The two 4K TVs Samsung TU8000 and Samsung TU8500 belong to the favorable end of the 2020 lineup of the South Korean technology titan. Since the two TVs not only differ visually but also technologically but also, we thoroughly explain where the technical differences are and which TV is the better one.

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Samsung TU8000 and Samsung TU8500 compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung TU8000
Premium UHD without Dual LED
  • Deep 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 local dimming
  • No VRR FreeSync
  • No Dual LED
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Premium UHD with Dual LED
  • Deep black
  • Dual LED technology
  • High contrast
  • Very low input lag
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Apple AirPlay 2
  • Samsung Smart Things
  • Poor viewing angle
  • No DTS
  • No local dimming
  • No VRR FreeSync
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Detailed comparison: Samsung TU8000 or Samsung TU8500

The new Samsung TU8000 is Samsung's entry-level television of the year 2020. It differs from the TU8500 both visually and technically: it has a different stand that leaves plenty of room in the middle, for example to place a sound bar. Technically, the dual LED feature is missing here, but the VA panel makes it particularly suitable for straight viewing and dark rooms. In terms of smart features it resembles its big brother. It's quite suitable for gaming, as the input lag in Auto Low Latency Mode is very low. VRR is not available.

The Samsung TU8500 has a similar filter system to Samsung's QLED TVs, but with lower peak brightness. This filter system is called Dual LED and results in a wider colour space than the Samsung TU8000. It also has a central stand, which makes it difficult to place an external soundbar. The VA panel makes the TU8500 equally suitable for dark rooms and straight viewing. The smart features match and both TVs have the same Samsung One Remote.

Panel typeVA PanelN/A
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160pN/A
Contrast ratio6400 :1N/A
Local DimmingNeinNo
Frequency60 HzN/A
Input Lag< 10 msN/A
Motion Handling
Color space coverage
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Operating systemTizen 5.5N/A
Dolby VisionN/A
Dolby AtmosN/A
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
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Our conclusion: Dual LED or no Dual LED?

Dual LED technology is the main difference between the Samsung TU8000 and the Samsung TU8500, making the latter an intermediate between the premium UHD series and the QLED series. Nothing half and nothing whole? It sounds a little like that. If you can do without dual LED technology and thus a larger color space, the TU8000 is a good entry-level device whose feet even leave room for a sound bar. Those who would like a better picture and don’t plan on using a soundbar are better off with the more expensive Samsung TU8500.

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