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Samsung’s Black Friday 4K TV range reviewed

We examine whether Samsung's new budget TVs – the UE43TU7020KXXU, UE50TU7020KXXU, UE55TU7020KXXU and UE65TU7020KXXU – are any good

Samsung’s Black Friday 4K TV range reviewed

Black Friday is a time for cheap TVs, and Samsung knows it, which is why it released the TU7020 range just in time for the big day.

It didn’t leave us much time to assess the TVs in the TU7020 range, but our team of experts have been working tirelessly to see whether Samsung’s latest range is a cash grab or a top TV deal.

These TVs are already cheap, will get cheaper on the big day, and come in a range of sizes (43, 50, 55 and 65 inches). We’ve looked at whether any of them are worth buying.

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Samsung’s cheapest ranges compared

Before we get into detail on the 7020 range, lets see how it differs from Samsung’s 7000 range released earlier in 2020.

Samsung TU7020 range Samsung TU7000 range
Sizes tested 43, 50, 55, 65 inches 43, 50, 55 and 65 inches
Resolution 4K 4K
HDR formats supported HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes
Processor UHD engine Crystal Processor 4K
HDMI inputs 2 2
USB ports 1 1
Tuners Freeview Freeview

Clearly, they’re quite similar. The main difference lies with the processor Samsung uses, which, to be fair, could be significant.

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Samsung 7020 budget TVs reviewed

TV from Samsung 7020 range

These TVs are cheap. At time of writing, the 43-inch UE43TU7020 is £379, and it’s likely to  get closer to £300 on Black Friday. That said, rival LG’s budget UN7000 range is still cheaper; LG’s 43-inch model is a very wallet-friendly £319 at the moment. We think the equivalent Samsung will get close to that, though.

Don’t expect many bells and whistles; to keep costs down, Samsung has pared the 7020s right back. There’s no PVR, there’s no Bluetooth for connecting a phone or tablet, and it has a technically inferior processor.

Having the UHD engine rather than the Crystal Processor 4K has the potential to be the biggest difference from Samsung’s 7000 range, since it’s the only clear change that directly affects picture quality. The TVs also use an older wi-fi standard.

The range does retain some useful features, however. Tizen, Samsung’s excellent operating system, is on board and it supports the same advanced HDR format (HDR10+) as all Samsung TVs, even its top-tier 8K sets.

We’ve tested the 43, 50, 55 and 65-inch sets and found them to be a mixed bunch. One model did pretty well, and got a similar score to some of LG and Sony’s most high-end LCD sets, while others struggled. Take a look at our full reviews of each model, below, to find out which of the four was most impressive in our tests.

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