The 8000-series sections of Samsung’s annual vary refreshes have constantly impressed us in recent times, hitting a price-meets-performance candy spot we’ve discovered exhausting to withstand. Hopes are understandably excessive, then, for 2021’s UE50AU8000. Particularly because it delivers its 50-inch 4K display, in depth HDR help and glorious sensible system for a mere £479 / $530 / AU$999.
It must be mentioned that this phase of the 4K TV market has began to get significantly crowded, and like all of Samsung’s ‘AU’ fashions, the 50AU8000 doesn’t profit from the model’s QLED color expertise. Even so, historical past is unquestionably on the UE50AU8000’s facet.
The Samsung UE50AU8000 is presently priced at £649 / $530 / AU$999. It sits between the UE50AU7100 and UE50AU9000 in Samsung’s 2021 TV vary.
The 50AU8000’s greatest competitors within the UK is arguably from the up and coming Chinese language manufacturers Hisense and TCL. Hisense, specifically, has the wonderful 50-inch Roku R50A7200GTUK, whereas TCL not too long ago impressed us with one other Roku-toting cut price, the 55-inch 55RP620K.
The UE50AU8000 delivers an instantaneous design improve on its step-down 7100-series sibling by being a lot, a lot trimmer around the again. In actual fact, it’s the slimmest TV we’ve seen in its class – a reality it underlines by adorning that barely-there rear with a tasteful brushed end.
In fact, most individuals we all know will spend their time taking a look at their TV’s entrance, not its again. But when a ‘360-degree’ design actually issues to you, then the UE50AU8000 has acquired your again. And entrance.
Even the set’s desktop ft are extra fashionable than the norm, taking over an ‘ice-skate blade’ strategy that makes them virtually invisible once you’re viewing the display straight on. In a triumph of ingenuity, furthermore, these legs slot and click on into place, quite than having to be screwed on.
The TV’s construct high quality is fairly respectable for such an inexpensive TV, too. It’s honest to say that by the point you’ve added to the combination an ultra-trim rear, a super-slim body across the display and a cool, minimalist end, the UE50AU8000 finally ends up trying prefer it’s price comfortably greater than it prices.
It builds on this premium really feel additional by delivery with two remotes: an ordinary button-heavy one, and a glossy ‘sensible’ one that allows you to carry out all of the everyday actions you’ll usually want by way of a a lot diminished button depend.
The UE50AU8000 is a local 4K TV that helps the HDR10, HLG and HDR10+ codecs of excessive dynamic vary video. There’s no help for the Dolby Vision HDR format as a result of, effectively, that’s simply the best way Samsung TVs roll.
As you would possibly guess from its slim design, the UE50AU8000 is lit by an edge-mounted LED array. All of which is identical with Samsung’s cheaper AU7100. The place issues differ are within the UE50AU8000’s use of Crystal Color expertise, providing a wider gamut than the AU7100’s PurColour system, and its capacity to shift round 70 nits or so extra brightness. Each of those step-up options have the potential to be a fairly large deal relating to the Holy Grail of getting a good HDR efficiency out of a really inexpensive LCD TV.
There’s a Crystal Processor 4K mind in place to drive the UE50AU8000’s promising panel, whereas three HDMIs, two USBs and the standard Bluetooth and wi-fi wi-fi methods are supplied for connecting all of your sources.
Samsung UE50AU8000 tech specs
Display screen sort LCD w/ edge LED backlight
Working system Eden (Tizen)
HDR codecs HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
Optical out Sure
Dimensions w/o stand (hwd) 64 x 112 x 2.6cm
One of many HDMIs helps eARC for pass-through of lossless Dolby Atmos soundtracks, however sadly not one of the HDMIs help the 4K at 120Hz and/or Variable Refresh Fee feeds so beloved of Xbox Series X and PS5 house owners. You do at the least get automated Sport mode switching when the TV’s linked to a suitable supply, although, in addition to help for the ‘HGiG’ gaming HDR normal. We additionally measured a fantastically low enter lag determine in Sport mode of simply 9.1ms.
Sensible options are supplied by Samsung’s redoubtable Tizen-based Eden system, which is as slick, efficient and environment friendly right here as it’s on any of Samsung’s premium TVs. All of the companies most individuals will need are current and proper, together with all the key UK terrestrial broadcaster catch-up apps. It’s price noting, although, that these apps aren’t packaged inside a Freeview Play umbrella app as they’re on many rival TVs. Once more, as with Dolby, Samsung doesn’t need to play by Freeview Play’s guidelines.
For a short second, it seems to be just like the 50AU8000’s footage are going to be a chip off the spectacular outdated Samsung mid-range block. Brilliant scenes look impressively punchy and vibrant for such an inexpensive TV as an example, particularly relating to vivid reds and blues, and there’s valuable little signal of the ‘bleaching out’ impact in peak vivid HDR areas that we regularly see with inexpensive LCD screens. In actual fact, the display resolves refined color shifts and modifications unusually deftly for its value level.
Movement seems to be moderately pure too, when you’ve swapped the over-enthusiastic, noisy-looking Auto Image Readability setting for a calmer Customized mode the place Judder Discount is ready to round three or 4. There does appear to be somewhat extra residual decision loss in areas of high-quality element throughout digicam pans than we’d usually count on from a Samsung TV, however general it’s nonetheless a great effort.
The 50AU8000 additionally excels with its upscaling of sub-4K content material. It provides a significantly spectacular quantity of element and sharpness to HD sources, producing far more ‘4K-like’ outcomes than most inexpensive 4K TVs muster. What’s extra, it delivers its glorious upscaling outcomes with out exaggerating noise or inflicting distracting unwanted effects.
The 50AU8000’s issues start when onscreen occasions flip darkish. The display’s black stage response is admittedly fairly disappointing, leaving a really noticeable blue-grey shroud hanging over any darkish and even mid-dark scene a movie or TV present would possibly comprise. This instantly makes such scenes look unnatural, in addition to compromising the tones of just about all darkish colors and shades.
There are areas of additional clouding inside the normal greyness too, and not one of the out there distinction or backlight settings make sufficient of a distinction to save lots of the day. Darkish scenes do retain a bit extra shadow element than you typically see with inexpensive LCD TVs, however the price when it comes to black stage response is far too excessive.
Extra surprising disappointment comes with the 50AU8000’s sharpness – or, quite, its lack of sharpness – with native 4K sources. In a whole reversal of the scenario with upscaled HD photographs, the 50AU8000’s native 4K playback truly seems to be fairly tender, even by the requirements of the budget TV market.
Whereas some colors look fantastically vivid on the 50AU8000, others, particularly ‘nature’ greens, can look a contact subdued, leading to vivid HDR footage generally trying uneven and inconsistent.
Lastly within the damaging column, the 50AU8000 solely helps extraordinarily restricted viewing angles, with color saturation and particularly black stage response each plunging as quickly as you get just some levels off axis.
Right here, too, the 50AU8000 flatters to deceive. At first pay attention it appears to provide a pleasingly huge soundstage, crammed busily by plenty of refined element. Definitely issues really feel extra ‘hi-fi’ than you would possibly usually count on from an affordable 50-inch TV.
As quickly because the going will get a bit robust, although, it rapidly turns into obvious that the 50AU8000’s speaker system lacks each energy and dynamic vary – at the least relating to bass. As an motion film scene begins to construct up a head of audio steam, the 50AU8000 out of the blue provides up the ghost, flattening off into a skinny, bass-light, quite harsh presentation that if something loses quite than positive factors affect because the motion heads in the direction of its crescendo.
If every part we watched on TV occurred to be vivid, the 50AU8000 would work simply high-quality. Its footage skew brighter than typical for such an inexpensive TV, and this joins forces with some critical color punch to essentially promote the HDR dream once you’re watching actually gentle photographs.
Sadly, although, the 50AU8000 simply doesn’t have the backlight management essential to adapt itself efficiently to darker moments, leaving them trying misty and unconvincing.
- Image 3
- Sound 3
- Options 4
Here is our round-up of the best budget 4K TVs
Learn our Hisense Roku 50A7200GTUK evaluate
Strive one other Samsung? Here is our evaluate of the Samsung UE43AU7100
Alternatively, try the TCL 55RP620K