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Sony X800G vs Samsung RU8000 Review (XBR49X800G vs UN49RU8000, XBR55X800G vs UN55RU8000, XBR65X800G vs UN65RU8000, XBR75X800G vs UN75RU8000)

by on August 5, 2019
 



Sony X800G vs Samsung RU8000

Sony X800G is a mid range TV that launched by Sony in 2019. It is the replacement of the 2018’s X750F and in the Sony’s 2019 lineup, it sits under the X850G. Meanwhile, the Samsung RU8000 is also a mid-range TV that launched by Samsung in 2019. It is replacement of the 2018’s NU8000 series and in the Samsung’s 2019 lineup, it sits between the Q60R and RU7100. In the market, they both come in many screen sizes. For the X800G, there are 43 inches (XBR43X800G), 49 inches (XBR49X800G), 55 inches (XBR55X800G), 65 inches (XBR65X800G), and 75 inches (XBR75X800G). Meanwhile, for the RU8000, there are 49 inches (UN49RU8000), 55 inches (UN55RU8000), 65 inches (UN65RU8000), 75 inches (UN75RU8000), and 82 inches (UN82RU8000).

With the same screen (UN49RU8000 vs UN49NU8000, UN55RU8000 vs UN55NU8000, UN65RU8000 vs UN65NU8000, UN75RU8000 vs UN75NU8000), which one is cheaper depends on the screen size. For the 65 inches model or lower, the RU8000 is priced tens to hundreds dollar cheaper, while for the 75 inches model, the X800G is sold cheaper. But of course, their prices are not fixed and can still change at any time. So, what features are offered by each and which one is a better choice?

Short Review of Sony X800G vs Samsung RU8000

Sony X800G vs Samsung RU8000 Specs

Specs and Features Sony X800G Samsung RU8000
Screen Sizes Available 43 Inches (XBR43X800G), 49 Inches (XBR49X800G), 55 Inches (XBR55X800G), 65 Inches (XBR65X800G), 75 Inches (XBR75X800G) 49 inches (UN49RU8000), 55 Inches (UN55RU8000), 65 inches (UN65RU8000), 75 Inches (UN75RU8000), 82 Inches (UN82RU8000)
Panel Technology IPS, 75 inch : VA panel VA (Vertical Alignment)
Backlighting Technology Direct LED Edge Lit Backlight (Ultra Slim Array)
Local Dimming No No
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Contrast Enhancement Dynamic Contrast Enhancer UHD Dimming
Color Enhancement TriLuminos Display, Live Color Technology Dynamic Crystal Color
Clarity Enhancement 4K X Reality Pro 4K UHD Up-Scaling
Up-scale Engine Tru 4K Up-Scaler UHD Up-Scaling Engine
Native Refresh Rate Panel 60 Hz 120 Hz
49 inches: 60 Hz
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) Supports No Yes (FreeSync)
49 Inches :No
Motion Enhancement MotionFlow XR 240 Motion Rate 240
49 Inches : Motion Rate 120
Smart TV Platform Android 7.0 Nougat Tizen 2019 with Samsung Bixby
Audio Channel 2.0 Channel 2.0 Channel
Total Sound Output 20 watts 20 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 3 2
Composite In (AV In) 1 No

Features

Panel Technology

IPS vs VA Panel

Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G use different panel technology.  If the RU8000 uses VA (Vertical Alignment) panel technology, the X800G uses IPS (In-plane Switching) panel. But even so, special for the 75 inches model (XBR75A800G), it uses VA panel. As we know, each of these panels have different characteristic.  The VA Panel usually has good contrast ratio but on the other hand, it has poor side viewing angle. On the contrary, the IPS panel usually has good side viewing angle coverage while its native contrast ratio is weak. Furthermore, the X800G and RU8000 also have different backlight technology. If the X800G uses Direct LED backlight while the RU8000 uses Edge lit LED backlight. Nevertheless, they both don’t have local dimming.

Motion Technology

Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G also have a difference in native refresh rate panel. As we see on comparison table above, the X800G has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. Meanwhile, for the RU8000, except the 49 inches model that also has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, the RU8000 has native 120 Hz refresh rate panel.  Meanwhile, for maximizing their performance in handling motion blur, the X800G is powered by MotionFlow XR240 technology while the RU8000 is supported by Motion Rate 240 Technology, except the UN49RU8000 that supported by Motion Rate 120 Technology.  Special for RU8000, in addition to its native 120 Hz, the RU8000 also supports FreeSync VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) technology. This means, its refresh rate can change to match the input device’s output. With 4K content, its refresh rate can change between 48 Hz – 60 HZ, while with 1080p content, its input lags can change between 20 Hz – 120 Hz. This feature is will help you to play game with nearly free-tear, particularly when you are playing a game with compatible console. Keep in mind, this feature is only for the 55 inches model or bigger, while the 49 inches model doesn’t has this feature. Meanwhile, the Sony X800G doesn’t support any VRR technology.

Meanwhile, for dimming their backlight, the Sony X800G and Samsung RU8000 use the different technique.  The RU8000 uses PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimming system with dimming frequency by 240 Hz in “Movie” mode and 120 Hz in all other modes. On the other hand, the X800G doesn’t use PWM technology. Technically, with 240 or 120 Hz dimming frequency, this will cause backlight flicker on the screen of RU8000. But since its dimming frequency is fairly high, this should not be noticeable for most people. On the other hand, since the X800G doesn’t use flicker or PWM Dimming system in dimming their backlight, technically, the screen of the X800G is flicker-free.

Additionally, they both also have an optional BFI (Black Frame Insertion) that is very helpful to make motion looks crisper. The RU8000 supports both 60 Hz and 120 HZ BFI mode while the X800G only supports 120 Hz BFI mode. This means, by enabling the BFI mode, the backlight of X800G will flicker at 120 Hz, while RU8000 will flicker at 60 Hz. Enabling the BFI mode will clear up motion blur, particularly when they are playing 60 fps content. But since X800G only has 120 Hz flicker, its performance in clearing up motion blur certainly is not as good as RU8000 that has 60 Hz flicker. On the other hand, enabling BFI mode will make backlight flicker is more noticeable. Special for X800G, due to it only can flicker at 120 Hz, when playing 60 fps like sports or video games, this will cause some duplication.

Keep in mind, the 49 inches model of the RU8000 (UN49RU8000 only has 60 Hz native refresh rate panel and doesn’t support VRR technology.

Connectivity

As their major connectivity, both Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G are equipped with 4 HDMI ports. All of their HDMI ports already support HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, HDCP 2.2, and CEC. Special for the X800G, its HDMI ports also supports HDCP 2.3. Additionally, one of their HDMI port also already support ARC (Audio Return Channel), but they both don’t support eARC. Meanwhile, since the X800G only has native 60 Hz refresh rate panel, its HDMI ports only accept 60 fps content or lower. On the other hand, in addition to 60 fps content and lower, the HDMI ports of RU8000 can accept 120 fps content. Nevertheless, it only accepts 1080p and 1440p resolution and doesn’t support 4K due to lack of HDMI 2.1 Full bandwidth.

In addition to HDMI ports, the both also have USB ports. But in this case, the X800G is equipped with 3 USB ports where one of them is UDB 3.0 (USB 1), while the rest is USB 2.0. On the other hand, the RU8000 only has 2 USB ports and none of them are USB 3.0. Furthermore, X800G has 1 Composite In (AV IN), Analog Audio Out (Mini Jack), and IR In while the RU8000 doesn’t have. But even so, they both have 1 Ethernet port, 1 RF In, 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical), and built-in Wi-Fi.

Smart TV Platform

Tizen OS vs Android TV

As their smart TV platform, the Sony X800G runs Google Android 7.0 Nougat while the Samsung RU8000 runs Tizen 2019. Their interface is equally well-organized and easy to use. Additionally, they both also have a lot of selection of pre-installed apps. There are VoD service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others, web browser, games, Live TVs, and many more. Additionally, the both also has app store that provided tons of apps, games, and others. For this case, the RU8000 has Samsung’s apps store while the X800G has Google’s Play Store. Nevertheless, since Google Play Store is supported by ore developers, apps provide by it is also more complete than what provided by Samsung Apps Store. Meanwhile, talking about their performance, the X800G is not as smooth as RU8000. Additionally, they both also already support voice navigation. For this case, the RU8000 works with Samsung’s Bixby while the X800G works with Google Voice Assistant.

Remote

As their controller, the Sony X800G comes with Sony Voice Remote, while the Samsung RU8000 comes with Samsung Smart Remote. The remote of the X800G is large and has a lot of buttons. On the contrary, the remote of RU8000 is small and only has few button, it doesn’t even have “number” buttons. But even so, they both have dedicated buttons. The remote of X800G has 2 dedicated buttons for Netflix and Google Play Store, while the remote of RU8000 has 3 dedicated buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Both of these remotes have built-in microphone for voice navigation. But just we have mentioned above, the voice navigation of X800G works with Google Voice Assistant while RU8000 works with Samsung’s Bixby.

Check the Latest Price
Sony X800G Samsung RU8000
43 inches XBR43X800G on Amazon
49 inches XBR49X800G on Amazon UN49RU8000 on Amazon
55 inches XBR55X800G on Amazon UN55RU8000 on Amazon
65 inches XBR65X800G on Amazon UN65RU8000 on Amazon
75 inches XBR75X800G on Amazon UN75RU8000 on Amazon
82 inches UN82RU8000 on Amazon

 

Sony X800G vs Samsung RU8000 Performance

Black Level and Contrast

As we have mentioned above, Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G use different panel technology. The RU8000 uses VA panel, while the X800G uses IPS panel. This certainly makes their panel also has different technical platform. With VA panel, the RU8000 has excellent native contrast ratio, higher than 5500:1. This allows it can produce very deep black, deeper than 0.02 nits that mean it is great. The result, even though it is set in a pitch dark environment, black displayed on its screen still looks really black. Additionally, black level produced by the RU8000 is also deep enough to reveal a lot of information in a dark scene, makes shadow details of HDR images can be shown excellently. But a bit unfortunate, it doesn’t have local dimming for improving dark room performance.

High vs Low Contrast

Contrary to RU8000, the use of IPS panel makes the Sony X800G has weak native contrast ratio. Its native contrast ratio is only less than 1000:1, makes it can only produce black level around 0.1 nits. In a bright room, this might not be an issue. But in a dark room, this will be a big issue. Instead of it looks really black, in a dark room, black displayed on its screen will tend to look grey. Indirectly, this also makes dark colors cannot be shown fairly accurate. The result, when showing a dark scene, particularly in a dark room, the picture produced will not look so good. But even so, once you set in a room with any light, the picture displayed will look far better.

Keep in mind, different to the other screen sizes, the 75 inches model of X800G (XBR75X800G) use VA panel. Can be ascertained, it has good native contrast ratio.

Winner: Samsung RU8000

SDR Peak Brightness

With SDR content, the Samsung RU8000 has a bit brighter peak brightness than the Sony X800G. For the X800G, its peak brightness is relatively consistent at any size of white scene. This means, regardless it showing small highlight in a dark scene or showing a bright scene, peak brightness reached by is relatively consistent, which is around 330 nits. Meanwhile, except 2% window (2% of screen is white while the rest is black), the peak brightness of the RU8000 is also relatively consistent, which is around 360 nits. But even so, on 2% window, its peak brightness is dimmed by TV’s CE Dimming feature at around 200 nits. This means, it cannot show small highlight as bright as the larger white object or a bright scene.  But overall, as we have mentioned, SDR peak brightness of the RU8000 is brighter than the X800G.Nevertheless, regardless their difference, their peak brightness is actually bright enough to overcome the glare in most bright rooms, but might not be bright enough for a very bright room.

Keep in mind, all of these result are reached with the certain settings. For the X800G, The Picture Mode is set to “Custom” and the Color Temperature is set to “Expert 1). On the other hand, for the RU8000, Picture mode is set to “Movies”, Color Tone is set to “Warm 2” and Gamma is set to “2.2”. The different setting might be able to get brighter peak brightness, but this will cause the image accuracy is reduced.

Winner: Samsung RU8000

HDR Peak Brightness

With HDR content, the Sony X800G can get brighter than when with SDR content, which is around. But just like with SDR content, its peak brightness is relatively consistent at any window size, that means it is good. This means, regardless it is showing small highlight in a dark scene or larger white object, they will be shown with the same peak brightness. Meanwhile, for the RU8000, its peak brightness is relatively the same to with SDR content. This means, regardless it is showing HDR or SDR content, peak brightness reached is similar, which is around 360 nits and around 200 nits on 2% window. Overall, except in a very bright room,  peak brightness of X800G and RU8000 actually is bright enough to make HDR image look fairly bright in most bright rooms. But since their peak brightness is not too bright, small highlight of HDR images cannot be shown the way they should in HDR. Unfortunately, lack of local dimming make blooming around the small bright object is noticeable and cannot be minimized.  Nevertheless, for their price range, peak brightness of the X800G and RU8000 can be said good.

Just like with SDR content, their peak brightness is reached with certain setting. For X800G, Picture mode is set to “Cinema Pro” and the Color Temperature is set to “Expert 2”. Meanwhile for the RU8000, Picture mode is set to “Movie” and color tone to “Warm 2”. The different setting may get the different result, even is brighter, but this will makes the picture lose the accuracy.

Winner: Sony X800G

Color Reproduction

Essentially, the Sony X800G and Samsung RU8000 already support wide color gamut and their color gamut is similar. In DCI P3, they both can cover around 90% of color space that means it is good for HDR. This means, most colors of HDR images can be shown properly by them. But even so, the color volume of the X800G is not as good as the RU8000. Since the X800G cannot produce deep black, it cannot show deep saturated colors.  On the other hand, since the RU8000 has deep black, it can produce dark colors without an issue. Furthermore, just like most LED TVs, they both cannot produce very bright blues, albeit this actually is not too noticeable. But even so, overall, regardless their flaws, both of them can show their wide color gamut at almost entire their brightness range. The result, most colors of HDR image can be shown fairly accurate, makes HDR images displayed on their screen looks colorful and vibrant.

Wide color gamut

In term of color gradient, the X800G ha a bit better color gradient than the RU8000. But even so, their difference actually is not too significant. Ignoring their difference, color gradient of HDR images displayed on their screen looks very smooth. Some little banding may be still visible in certain colors like dark greens or red, buts this actually is hard to notice in normal content. But even so, if you still feel bothered with the banding that might be visible, for RU8000, you can set the ”Digital Clean View” to “Auto”. This will minimize the banding that might be visible, but on the other hand, this will cause the image lose some fine details. On the other hand, the X800G doesn’t has a smooth gradation feature to minimize the banding.

Winner: Draw

Side Viewing Angle

 

As we have mentioned above, the side viewing angle becomes the advantage of IPS panel. On the other hand, side viewing angle becomes the one of flaws of IPS panel. Can be ascertained, the Sony X800G with IPS panel has better side viewing angle coverage than the Samsung RU8000. If on the screen of the RU8000, black level will rise started at around 15 degrees off center, the X800G is able to maintain its black level up to 70 degrees. Meanwhile, the X800G is also able to maintain its color accuracy at wider angle than the RU8000. On the screen of X800G, the color will look washed out at around 35 degrees and shift at around 55 degrees, on the screen of the RU8000, the color will look washed out and shift at around 20 degrees. As well as the brightness, X800G also can maintain the brightness level at wider angle than the RU8000. The result, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of the Sony X800G will looks more accurate than on the screen of RU8000.

Just we have mentioned above, the 75 inches model of X800G (XBR75X800G) uses VA Panel. This means, it has poor side viewing angle like the RU8000.

Winner: X800G

Motion Handling

The Samsung RU8000 has lower pixel response time than the Sony X800G. But in general, with around 11 ms for the RU8000 and around 15 ms for the X800G, their pixel response time is equally great and low enough to make motion looks smooth and clear. So, when they are playing fast moving images like fast movies, fast games, or sports, the picture looks very smooth with only a short faint trail behind the fast moving object.  Meanwhile, the duplication that may visible is caused by the backlight flicker. But even so, since they both have BFI mode, the duplications that might be visible can be minimized by enabling the BFI mode. But just we have mentioned, enabling the BFI mode might cause the backlight flicker is more noticeable. And since RU8000 supports a 60 Hz BFI mode while the X800G only supports 120 Hz BFI mode, in minimizing persistence blur when they are playing 60 fps content like sports or video games, performance of RU8000 is better than the X800G.

Meanwhile, in handling judder when they are playing 24p movies, performance of the RU8000 is better than the X800G. Regardless the source, whether it is native 24p content like Blu-Ray or DVD movies, 24p content via 60p signals like movies from streaming device, 24p content via 60i signal likes movies via satellite TV, or 24p content via native apps like Netflix, YouTube, and others, the RU8000 can show them with judder free. Meanwhile, only the native 24p content that can be shown by the X800G with judder-free, while the other, it cannot remove the judder completely.

Winner: Samsung RU8000

Input Lags

The Samsung RU8000 also has better input lags than the Sony X800G. In PC and Game mode, with 60 fps content, regardless the resolution, the input lags of the RU8000 are around 15 ms. On the other hand, the input lags of the X800G are around 34 ms. Meanwhile, with 120 fps, the input lags of RU8000 is around 15 ms at 1080p and 20 ms at 1440p resolution. With VRR mode, the input lags of RU8000 is even more excellent, which are around 6 ms at 1080p and 1440p resolution and around 15 ms at 4K resolution. Additionally, HDMI ports of the RU8000 also already support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode). This allows the RU8000 automatically low latency mode like Game mode once it detects the compatible console is connected. On the other hand, since the X800G only has native 60 Hz resolution, it doesn’t support 120 fps content. Additionally, it also doesn’t support any VRR technologies and ALLM.

Keep in mind, unlike the other models, the 49 inches model of the RU8000 (UN49RU8000) doesn’t support VRR technology and ALLM.

Winner: Samsung RU8000

Check the Latest Price
Sony X800G Samsung RU8000
43 inches XBR43X800G on Amazon
49 inches XBR49X800G on Amazon UN49RU8000 on Amazon
55 inches XBR55X800G on Amazon UN55RU8000 on Amazon
65 inches XBR65X800G on Amazon UN65RU8000 on Amazon
75 inches XBR75X800G on Amazon UN75RU8000 on Amazon
82 inches UN82RU8000 on Amazon

 

Conclusion

For Watching Movies

Overall, the Samsung RU8000 is better than the Sony X800G when used for watching movies. As we know, to bring the impression like in the cinema, most people like watch movies in a dark room. This certainly is very good for the RU8000. It has deep black level and goo black uniformity, make blacks looks great on its screen. Additionally, it is also able to show any source of 24p movies with judder-free.  But unfortunately, it doesn’t has local dimming feature for improving its dark room performance and reducing blooming when it is showing small highlight in a dark scene.  On the other hand, performance of the Sony X800G is not so good when used for watching movies in a dark room due to it cannot produce deep black and lacks local dimming feature.  Additionally, it also cannot show 24p content over all sources. Only native 24p movies like Blu-Ray or DVD movies that can be shown with judder-free.

Winner: RU8000

For Watching Sports

Both Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G are good TVs for watching sports.  But in certain aspects, each of them surpasses each other. They both might have good peak brightness and good reflections handling, make the picture displayed on their screen looks well during a day. But even so, the superiority of RU8000 in pixel response time and a BFI mode make motion looks smoother and crisper on its screen than the X800G. On the other hand, the superiority of the X800G in side viewing angle makes it is better when used for watching a big game with a group of your friend or family.

Winner: X800G

For Playing Games

Samsung RU8000 is better than the Sony X800G when used for playing games. It has lower input lags that make it is more responsive than X800G. Additionally, the lower pixel response time also makes the picture or fast paced games can be shown clearer and smoother on its screen than on the screen of the X800G. And the excellently is it already supports FreeSync technology. With a compatible game console like Xbox One or others, this allows you to play game with nearly tear-free and more responsively.  On the other hand, performance of the X800G when used to play games is also not too disappointing. Although not as low as the RU8000, its input lag is also low enough to make it is very responsive when used to play any games.  Additionally, it also has good motion handling that makes the picture still looks smooth when you are playing fast paced games. And the superiority, it has wide viewing angle that ensure all o of you to get the best viewing when you are playing games with a group of your family or friend.

Winner: RU8000

HDR Performance

Overall, HDR performance of the Samsung RU8000 and Sony X800G is decent.  But for their price range, their performance can be said well. They both might have wide color gamut that makes HDR images displayed on their screen looks colorfully. However, in certain aspects, they surpass each other. Since the RU8000 has deeper black, it can show far better shadow details of HDR images. On the other hand, when showing highlight of HDR images, the X800G can show it brighter. But as we have mentioned above, since their peak brightness is still far from 1000 nits, they cannot show HDR images at 1000-4000 nits of brightness range intended by the content creator. This means, even though you can enjoy HDR experience with both, you will not get a lot of benefits offered by the HDR images over SDR content, especially on their brightness level.

Summary

Which is a better choice between them? As we have mentioned, except their 75 inches model, with the same screen, the Sony X800G is sold hundreds dollar more expensive than the Samsung RU8000. The major advantage that offered, it has far better side viewing angle. The other hand, even though it has cheaper price and poor side viewing angle, its performance in some aspects is superior, like contrast ratio, input lags, pixel response time, and others.  Now the decision comes back to you according to your need and own preferences. As long as you don’t often watch TV from the side, the RU8000 might be a better choice for you. But on the other hand, if you want to place the TV in a wide room where you often watch TV with a group of your family together, the X800G might be a better choice.

Keep in mind, since the 75 inches of X800G (XBR75X800G) and the 49 inches of the RU8000 (UN49RU8000) have different specs than other models, this comparison is not as true to both.

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Sony X800G Samsung RU8000
43 inches XBR43X800G on Amazon
49 inches XBR49X800G on Amazon UN49RU8000 on Amazon
55 inches XBR55X800G on Amazon UN55RU8000 on Amazon
65 inches XBR65X800G on Amazon UN65RU8000 on Amazon
75 inches XBR75X800G on Amazon UN75RU8000 on Amazon
82 inches UN82RU8000 on Amazon

 

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