Samsung TVs‘ AU series is a product line of Crystal UHD TVs. And the one thing that sets this series apart is the classic technology screens. In general, both lines of TVs can be attributed to the medium-high class. In short, the two lines have more in common than they have differences. Whichever one you choose you’ll get good picture quality for a relatively fair price. However, it’s still not a high-end TV, so the sound quality will be good, but not excellent.
Also, don’t forget that TVs of the AU series, may be equipped with third-party screens.
Which Crystal UHD TV is better: Samsung TV AU7000 vs AU8000
Choosing a TV set today is becoming a very difficult task. For all of us, having a TV in the living room has long been commonplace. It’s a place where you can get together with friends who are visiting or with your family and watch your favorite shows, play games, or, for example, play videos from your vacation.
Since TV today can be found in every home, it isn’t surprising that the market of manufacturers was formed quite a big competition.
Today there are hundreds of different manufacturers and models of TVs. Some of them are more luxurious and expensive, while others are devices that everyone can afford. One of the most reliable TV companies in the world is Samsung. This company has been on this market for quite some time and has managed to prove itself as a manufacturer of quality devices. In addition to this Samsung TV often have quite interesting and unique features, such as the Multi View function.
However, even if you have already decided on the exact brand of your TV, the question is still relevant, what model should you choose? Will it be a very expensive TV with a bunch of different functions or a cheaper model that will just do its job well without any additional features?
Today we are comparing two very similar TV models Samsung TV AU7000 vs AU8000.
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Samsung AU7000 vs AU8000 brief description
Depending on the country the TV is made for, the model number of the TV may differ slightly.
In Europe, for example, there is AU8079, AU7199, and AU7100. Such TVs (both AU7000 and AU8000) have an entry-level MediaTek 4K processor with a maximum 60 Hz frame rate. However, Samsung names such processors – as Crystal Processor 4K. However, don’t forget the thing I just told you above, that’s a MediaTek processor.
Now, let’s talk about the display. Both lines have a display that’s made with VA technology and has EDGE backlighting, which means that the dimming technology is only possible in large areas. It also supports 10-bit color depth and uses dithering technology to increase the number of shades. To be fair, if we speak about your real perception, the TV screen only supports a color depth of 8 bits (at least it seems like this).
And briefly about OS. There’s Tizen 6.0, the latest version of this OS for 2021. But keep in mind that for different regions versions of the OS may have slight differences. When choosing a TV model, better read to read tech specs on the regional Samsung website.
Samsung TV AU8000 vs AU7000 differences
Now, let’s consider the differences between the TVs in terms of tech specs.
First of all, they’re using different motherboards and processors, but Samsung doesn’t disclose information in detail. However, we can understand this by the different number of USB ports, as that usually means the use of different components.
Visually, the AU7000 series TV will be a little slower compared to the AU8000 TV. But if you’re not critical about responsiveness to commands, these are very similar TVs. Samsung uses PQI (Picture Quality Index) in some areas. Of course, this score is higher on the AU8000 series TVs.
But no one knows how Samsung calculates this index, you should know that PQI is a very synthetical index. Since these are mid-level TVs, they usually only work with standard remote controls. Since the TV is equipped with Bluetooth, it’s technically ready to work with a smart remote.
In Germany, for example, these TVs work with smart remotes for sure. In the service menu, at the software level, there is an option that allows you to control whether or not the TV can work with the Smart remote control.
You can compare the tech specs of the TVs in more detail in the table. Note that, depending on the country, some technical features, especially those that are controlled at the software level, may slightly differ.
|AU8000 (2021)||AU7000 (2021)|
|Screen Size||43, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 85||43, 50, 55, 58, 65, 75|
|Style||Flat Panel||Flat Panel|
|Resolution||3,840 x 2,160||3,840 x 2,160|
|screen bit||10bit (8 bit+FRC)||10bit (8 bit+FRC)|
|type screnn||Crystal UHD||Crystal UHD|
|Backlighting||EDGE Led||EDGE Led|
|Dimming Technology||UHD Dimming||UHD Dimming|
|Stand Type (Color)||Black||TITAN GRAY|
|Bezel Width||3 Bezel-less||3 Bezel-less|
|PQI (Picture Quality Index)||2200||2000|
|Color||Dynamic Crystal Color||Pur Color|
|Contrast||Mega Contrast||Mega Contrast|
|HDR (High-Dynamic Range)||HLG, HDR10+||HLG, HDR10+|
|Picture Engine||Crystal Processor 4K||Crystal Processor 4K|
|Object Tracking Sound||Yes lite||No|
|OS||Tizen 6.0||Tizen 6.0|
|Wi-Fi||Yes WiFi 5||Yes WiFi 5|
|Bluetooth||Yes (ver.4.2)||Yes (ver.4.2)|
|LED Clear Motion||Yes||No|
|Natural Mode Support||Yes||Yes|
|Motion Technology||Motion Xcelerator||Yes|
|360 Video Player||No||No|
|360 Camera Support||No||No|
|Wireless TV On - Samsung WOW||Yes||Yes|
|Wired TV On - Samsung WOL||Yes||Yes|
|Digital Clean View||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNA||Yes||Yes|
|SmartThings App Support||Yes||Yes|
|Far-Field Voice Interaction||No||No|
|BT HID Support||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Game Mode (ALLM)||Yes||No|
|Cloud Service||Office 365||Office 365|
|Game Motion Plus||No||No|
|Dynamic Black EQ||No||No|
|Super Ultra Wide Game View||No||No|
|Auto Channel Search||Yes||Yes|
|InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch)||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Power Off||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Motion Plus||Yes||Yes|
|V-Chip||Yes only US||Yes only US|
|TV to Mobile - Mirroring||No||No|
|USB HID Support||Yes||Yes|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|RF In (Terrestrial/Cable||Yes||Yes|
|RF In (Satellite Input)||Yes Europe, No US||Yes Europe, No US|
|Digital Audio Out (Optical)||Yes||Yes|
|Audio Return Channel Support||No||No|
|Digital Broadcasting||ATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe||ATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe|
|Remote control||TM2180A||TM2180A, TM2140A|
What are the most critical differences
If we go deeper into their technical specifications, you may notice that the two TVs are very similar and do not have many differences. The AU8000 will obviously have a slightly better picture, as Samsung claims it has better color fidelity and a wider color range.
However, they have the same viewing angles, and refresh rate, virtually the same sound system and they have the same sets of inputs and outputs.
Since the AU8000 is an 8th generation TV and the AU7000 is a 7th generation TV, the differences will be accordingly. This means they are similar in features but AU8000 is more advanced in terms of software.
Both TVs are controlled by the Tizen 6 operating system. This operating system is found in most Samsung Smart TVs. It works fairly quickly, but like any system needs constant updates. In the case of our TVs, AU8000 has a lot of features in its system due to the support of voice assistant Bixby. It’s a handy feature that can make your life easier if you are constantly using the built-in programs in Tizen on your smart TV.
What about the remotes
If you have carefully studied the technical features, you might have noticed that the two TVs differ in their remote controls. In the case of the AU8000, it’s the TM2180A, and in the case of the AU7000, it’s the TM2140A. The TM2180A will also be backward compatible with the AU7000.
So what’s the difference between these two models? It’s really quite simple. These are two models of the Samsung Magic Remote remote. However, the TM2180A is equipped with a microphone and a special button to call Bixby. The older TV does not have this feature as you already know.
In addition, you may be interested to know that Samsung has now released a much more advanced version of the remote for their TVs with solar charging.
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Which TV to choose
At the moment the AU7000 isn’t available in many places because it’s no longer in production. However, if you did find a way to get yourself this TV and are now choosing between two adjacent generations, you should first ask yourself the question: What do I need?
If you put a set-top box in your TV and you only use it or you connect analog TV, and you are not interested in the capabilities of the Tizen system and smart TV functions, then feel free to buy AU7000, because it’s cheaper and offers almost the same for your money as AU8000.
However, if you want a more modern device with more advanced features and better color reproduction, you might want to consider spending more money and still buy the AU8000.
It’s also important to remember that packages and features may vary slightly, depending on the region where you buy the TV. So you should always check the technical specifications of the TV, for example, AU8000 for US may not be the same as the same TV for Europe.