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Difference Between Samsung Series 7 and Series 8

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On the high end of Samsung’s HDTV line-up are the Series 7 and Series 8 models. This models have the best features and the differences on these models are much narrower compared to the models on the lower end. The most significant differences between Series 8 and Series 7 models is in the contrast levels, or the degree of separation between the black and white colors that it can reproduce.

Series 7 models have a contrast ration of 3,000,000:1 which is already a lot better compared to other models that have contrast levels of way less than a million to one. Series 8 models have much better contrast levels as its contrast ratios are indicated at 7,000,000:1. So, when you set the two displays side by side, you would surely notice that the Series 8 model has a better image especially in dark scenes.

The extremely high contrast ratio presented by the Series 8 models is achieved by controlling the LEDs that light up the display. On other displays, some light still seeps through when showing the color black. This results in a grayish color that is not representative of the true picture. By dimming or turning off some of the huge number of LEDs behind the screen, Series 8 models are capable of displaying black colors that are much closer to the black you see with the screen turned off.

Both Series 7 and Series 8 models are equipped with Auto Motion Plus. Models with this technology are capable of changing the picture on screen much faster than traditional displays. Instead of repeating the frames, Auto Motion Plus creates an intermediate picture that is derived from the two frames where it would be inserted. This creates more fluid motion that is faster than our eyes can perceive. On Series 7 models the refresh rate is at 120 Hz while Series 8 models have a 240Hz refresh rate. The higher refresh rate on the Series 8 models mean that it interpolates twice the number of frames that Series 7 models do. Samsung claims that high speed video appears a lot better on the Series 8 models than on the Series 7 models though all this happens at a speed that is much faster for the human eye.

1.Series 8 models have better contrast compared to Series 7 models.
2.Series 8 models have local dimming LEDs while the Series 7 does not.
3.Series 8 models have 240Hz Auto Motion Plus while Series 7 models only have 120Hz.

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  1. Great article, that’s what i wanted to know, precise and meaningful data. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for comparing.

  3. Hello, We have a series 8 Samsung from 5 years ago…. LE40A856S1M which has served us well.

    It was chosen at the time for its superior picture quality. We are unfortunately having to replace it on the house insurance due to accidental damage.
    The insurance company are offering us the Samsung UE40H5000.

    My question is are we going to be receiving a TV that is as good as our original? It doesn’t seem so on the specs but without putting them side by side are we going to be able to notice or prove this? Or will this TV be just as good?


  4. precise and helpful

  5. I just bought a series 8 – 55″ – it does not have 4 hdmi – but 3 and the has 60hz not 120 or 240 🙁

    Maybe that’s only from 65 onward? But I did buy a series 8

  6. This isn’t true at all! I looked at Samsung 65 inch class 7, and class 8 at best Buy, and both were 60Hz refresh rate unless “Motion Enhancement Technology” has something to do with it, which isn’t explained here. That being said, both are 60Hz refresh rate.

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