Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500 TV comparison 2021/04

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?

Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
32%
Samsung TU8000 55"
36%
Samsung 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"
39%
Samsung 55"
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
53%
Samsung TU8000 55"
56%
Samsung 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"
43%
Samsung 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"
56%
Samsung 55"
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
74%
Samsung TU8000 55"
74%
Samsung 55"
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
53%
Samsung TU8000 55"
53%
Samsung 55"
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
58%
Samsung TU8000 55"
63%
Samsung 55"
Samsung TU8000 55"
Samsung 55"
Rating v2.0 Alpha

Samsung TU8000 2020

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
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.
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 2020

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
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.
43" (108cm)
43" (108cm)
50" (125,7cm)
55" (138,8cm)
65" (163,9cm)

Detailed comparison: Samsung TU8000 or Samsung TU8500

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Reflections Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
32%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
6420 :1
Ø Brightness
270 Nits
Video technologies
36%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
6900 :1
Ø Brightness
300 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
Normal
Wide Viewing Angle Layer not available
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
39%
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 TU8500
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
6900 :1
Ø Brightness
300 Nits
DCI-P3
71%
HDR image Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
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
43%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
6900 :1
Ø Brightness
300 Nits
Max. Brightness
320 Nits
DCI-P3
71%
REC 2020
50%
Video technologies
Movies & Series Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
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
56%
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
Gaming performance Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
74%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
74%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
Sports performance Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
53%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
53%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
Equipment Comparison
Samsung TU8000 vs Samsung TU8500
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
63%
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

Our conclusion:
Dual LED or no Dual LED?

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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.

Samsung TU8000 2020
Samsung TU8000
  • 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
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 2020
Samsung
  • 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
43" (108cm)
43" (108cm)
50" (125,7cm)
55" (138,8cm)
65" (163,9cm)
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