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Samsung NU7100 vs LG UK6300 Review (UN43NU7100 vs 43UK6300PUE, UN50NU7100 vs 50UK6300PUE, UN55NU7100 vs 55UK6300PUE, UN65NU7100 vs 65UK6300PUE)

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Samsung NU7100 vs LG UK6300

Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 is the entry level of 4K HDR TV which launched in 2018. As the entry level TV, of course, they lack some advanced features like what offered by the higher model or premium TV, but the advantage, they have more affordable price.  In the market, they come in many screen sizes options. For LG UK6300, there are 43 inch (43UK6300PUE), 49 Inch (49UK6300PUE), 50 Inch (50UK6300PUE), 55 inch (55UK6300PUE), and 65 inch (65UK6300PUE), while for Samsung NU7100, there are 40 inch (UN40NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43NU7100), 50 Inch (UN55NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55NU7100), 58 Inch (UN58NU7100), 65 Inch (UN65NU7100), and 75 inch (UN75NU7100). With the same screen size (43UK6300PUE vs UN43NU7100, 50UK6300PUE vs UN50NU7100, 55UK6300PUE vs UN55NU7100, and 65UK6300PUE vs UN65NU7100), their prices are almost similar where NU7100 is sold only more tens dollar more expensive than UK6300.  So, what features offered by them and which is a better choice between them?

LG UK6300 vs Samsung NU7100 Key Specs

Specs and Features LG UK6300 Samsung NU7100
Size Available 43 Inch (43UK6300PUE), 49 Inch (49UK6300PUE), 50 Inch (50UK6300PUE), 55 inch (55UK6300PUE), 65 inch (65UK6300PUE) 40 Inch (UN40 NU7100), 43 Inch (UN43 NU7100), 50 Inch (UN50 NU7100), 55 Inch (UN55 NU7100), 65 Inch (UN65 NU7100), 75 Inch (UN75 NU7100)
Resolution 4K (2160 x 3840) 4K (2160 x 3840)
Screen Type Flat Flat
Panel Type IPS Panel VA panel
Backlighting Direct LED Edge Lit
Local Dimming No No
HDR Formats HDR 10 and HLG HDR 10, HLG, and HDR10+
Color Technology Tru Color Accuracy PurColor
Other Technologies and Features 4K Active HDR, Tru 4K Up-Scaler UHD Dimming, Contrast Enhancer, UHD UP-scaling Engine
Motion Clarity Technology Tru Motion 120 Motion Rate 120
Refresh Rate Native 60 Hz Native 60 Hz
Smart TV WebOS 4.0 Tizen 2018
Processor Undefined Quad Core
Smart Features LG ThinQ AI, Amazon Alexa. Google Home Samsung’s Bixby, Smart Things, Web Browser
Remote Basic Remote Basic Remote (TM1240A)
Audio Channel 2.0 2.0
Sound Output 20 Watts 20 Watts
HDMI 3 3
USB 2 2
Price See the price on Amazon See the price on Amazon

Technology and Feature of Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300

Panel Technology

Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 use different panel technology and backlight.  As we see on the comparison table above, NU7100 use VA panel with Edge Lit Backlight while UK6300 use IPS panel with Direct LED backlight. Both of them equally don’t have local dimming technology. But for this case, although it doesn’t have local dimming technology, NU7100 is powered by Contrast Enhancer and UHD dimming technology for maximized The impact, a TV with VA panel usually has stronger native contrast ratio and deeper black level, make it offer better performance when used in a dark room. Otherwise, a TV with IPS panel usually has better side viewing angle coverage that make it is very suitable when used in a wide room where there are viewers watch TV from multiple angles.

HDR Supports

Both LG UK6300 and Samsung NU7100 equally come with 4K (2169 x 1980) resolution and also support HDR technology. But for this case, NU7100 supports more HDR formats than UK6300. If UK6300 supports HDR10 and HLG, in addition these HDR formats, NU7100 also already support HDR10+. Essentially, HDR10+ is based on standard HDR10 format, but for remapping brightness and color range, it uses dynamic metadata like Dolby Vision.  With dynamic metadata that sent at each scene, expected, brightness and color can be shown more precise at every scene, make picture displayed looks better.

Color Technology

As we see on comparison table above, both of them lacks quantum dot technology, but instead, LG UK6300 comes with Tru Color Accuracy while Samsung NU7100 comes with PurColor Technology. Both of these technologies are equally designed for maximizing colors produced. But in fact, both of them don’t support wide color gamut and its color gamut is not as wide as the higher series like LG UK7700 or Samsung NU8000.

Clarity Enhancement

Both of them also equally have a feature that can improve the clarity of the images produced, particularly when the source is non 4K content. For this case, LG UK6300 is powered by 4K Active HDR and Tru 4K Up-Scaler while Samsung NU7100 is powered by HDR Plus and UHD Up-Scaling Engine. With this feature, both of them have the ability to up-convert the resolution of non 4K contents to nearly 4K resolution sharply and clearly. This means, when the source is 480p contents like DVDs, 720p content like videos from cable TV, or 1080p content like Blu-Ray movies, it allows you to enjoy them with the quality close to 4K clearly with smalls details are still preserved well.

Motion Clarity Enhancement

Meanwhile, for maximizing its performance when they are playing fast paced contents, in addition to they already have low pixel response time, both of them also equally have a feature that designed for improving their motion handling performance. For this case, Samsung NU7100 is powered by Motion Rate 120 while LG UK6300 is powered by TruMotion 120 Hz. But basically, these technologies are equally based on native 60 Hz refresh rate panel. A bit advantage of NU7100, it has an optional BFI mode for solving motion blur that caused by persistence while UK7300 doesn’t have this feature.

Smart TV Platform

As their smart TV platform, LG UK6300 is featuring WebOS 4.0 while Samsung NI7100 is featuring Tizen 2018. Both of the smart TV platforms are equally attractive and have a lot of apps, smart features.  Both of these platforms have been also integrated with Smart Home Assistant. For this case, LG UK6300 comes with LG AI ThinQ while Samsung NU7100 comes with Samsung’s Smart Things. Essentially, both of these platforms have similar functionality.

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LG UK7100 vs Samsung NU7100 Performance

Picture Quality

Contrast and Black Level

 As we have mentioned above, the use of VA panel makes Samsung NU7100 can produce deep black level. Otherwise, the use of IPS panel makes LG UK6300 cannot produce deep black level due its native contrast ratio is weak. The difference between them in producing black level will be more noticeable when they are set in a dark room. On the screen of NU7100, black will looks really black, makes dark scene looks fairly good. On the other hand, since it cannot produce deep black, on the screen of UK6300, blacks will look tend to grey than really black, makes dark scene of images cannot be shown excellently. But even so, when it is set in a bright room where the impact of high native contrast ratio is not too sensitive, dark scene displayed on the screen of UK6300 screen will looks far better.  Additionally, with more than 5000:1 of native contrast ratio, Samsung NU7100 can produce black level deeper than 0.02 nits that means it is great for HDR contents. Its black level is dark enough to reveal details of images in dark scene like the creator intended, makes shadow details looks excellently on its screen. On the other hand, with about 1000:1 of native contrast ratio, black level produced by UK6300 is only around 0.1 nits that means it is not quite dark to show shadow details of HDR images like the intended. As we know, to show dark scene of HDR images like the intended, particularly for HDR 10 images, a HDR TV must have 0.05 nits of black level or darker. This means, in showing dark scene, particularly when set in a dark room, performance of Samsung NU7100 is far better than LG UK6300.

Winner: Samsung NU7100

Peak brightness

The peak brightness of Samsung NU7100 is relatively the same when inputted by SDR and HDR signal. And since it doesn’t have local dimming technology, its peak brightness is also relatively the same at all window sizes. With slightly brighter than 300 nits, its peak brightness is only good enough for a dimly lit room or moderately lit room, but for a very bright room, its peak brightness is not bright enough to fight the glare. Additionally, its peak brightness is not also bright enough to make HDR image looks excellent. Even at very small windows, its peak brightness is dimmer than 200 nits that means small highlight of HDR images will look dimmer. This is different to most HDR TV where they usually can show small highlight of HDR image is brighter than larger object. On the other hand, for LG UK6300, with SDR content, its peak brightness even is dimmer than Samsung NU7100, only a bit brighter than 200 nits. This means its peak brightness is not bright enough to fight the glare in a bright room, make it is only suitable when used in a dimly lit room. With HDR content, LG UK6300 may have brighter peak brightness, but still not far brighter than NU7100, even tend to similar. When showing a small bright object, like NU7100, its peak brightness also dims, but still brighter than NU7100. Meanwhile, since both of them don’t have local dimming, when they are showing a bright small object in a dark room, you will see some unwanted adjacent lights or called “blooming” around the small bright object. Overall, both of them have decent peak brightness for SDR content, but for HDR content, their peak brightness is disappointing.

Winner: Samsung NU7100 is winner with SDR content while with HDR content, LG UK6300 is a bit better

Color Performance

Both of Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 don’t support wide color gamut that means their color gamut is only wide enough for SDR content, while for HDR content, some certain colors like red and green are not saturated enough. The result, when playing HDR contents, some certain colors cannot be shown fairly accurate. But even so, their color gamut still can cover more than 80% of DCI P3 color space. This means, overall, color of HDR images still can be shown fairly well. Meanwhile compare between them, LG UK6300 has a bid wider color gamut but otherwise, color volume of NU7100 is better. Both of them Both of Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 don’t support wide color gamut that means their color gamut is only wide enough for SDR content, while for HDR content, some certain colors like red and green are not saturated enough. The result, when playing HDR contents, some certain colors cannot be shown fairly accurate. But even so, their color gamut still can cover more than 80% of DCI P3 color space. This means, overall, color of HDR images still can be shown fairly well. Meanwhile compare between them, LG UK6300 has a bid wider color gamut but otherwise, color volume of NU7100 is better. Both of them cannot show saturated bright color due their limited peak brightness and cannot also produce extremely deep colors. But even so, in showing deep colors, NU7100 is better than UK6300 due it has deeper black level. Overall, except bright saturated colors and very deep colors, both of them can show their wide color gamut at entire their brightness range.

Still about color performance, both LG UK6300 and Samsung NU7100 equally have excellent color gradient, particularly when they are playing HDR content. Overall, their color gradient looks very smooth and clear without any major color banding. Like most other HDR TV, some little imperfections may be still visible at grayscale and dark greens, but most people may not notice this much.’

Winner: LG UK6300 has wide color gamut while Samsung NU7100 has better color volume

Side Viewing Angle

IPS vs VA Panel

The use of IPS panel makes the contrast ratio of UK6300 is poor, but on the other it has good better side viewing angle coverage than NU7100. On the screen of NU7100, color look shift started at a bit more than 20 degrees off center and front, while black level will deteriorate started at less than 15 degrees. The result, when viewed from the side, the picture displayed on the screen of NU7100 will not look as good as when viewed from the center and front. On the other hand, on the screen of UK6300, color may also look shift at a bit more than 20 degrees but from wider angle, the color shift is not as significant as on the screen of NU7100. The excellence, it can maintain black level so look consistent at any angle, even when viewed from extremely side angle. Performance of UK6300 in maintaining its picture quality from the side may not as good as OLED TV, but at least, it is far wider than TV with VA panel including NU7100. This means, when used in a wide room with viewers watch TV from multiple angles, UK6300 is better.

Winner: LG UK6300

Motion handling and 24p Playback

LG UK6300 has lower pixel response time, makes it can do a better job when handling motion than Samsung NU7100. This means, when they are playing fast moving images like sports or fast movies, blur will be more visible on the screen of NU7100 than UK6300. On the screen of UK6300, there is only a short ghosting trail following fast moving object, while on the screen of NU7100, the motion trail looks a bit longer. Nevertheless, essentially, their performance in handling motion trail is fairly good and the blur that may visible is more due by 60fps persistence than pixel responsive time. Meanwhile, as default, to dim their backlight, both of them equally use PWM system where NU7100 uses 240 HZ of dimming frequency while UK6300 uses 120 Hz. The use higher dimming frequency on NU7100 makes backlight flicker is less visible on its screen than on the screen of UK6300. On the other hand, to overcome the blur that caused by 60fps persistence, Samsung NU7100 has an optional 60 Hz BFI (Black Frame Insertion) that make it can make backlight flicker at 60 Hz. By activating this feature, this will make motion looks clearer, particularly when it is playing 60 fps content like sports or video games. But on the other hand, this will make backlight flicker is more noticeable. To activate this feature, “Auto Motion Plus” must be set to “Custom” and “LED Clear Motion” must be enabled. Meanwhile, LG UK6300 doesn’t have this feature.

In playing 24p movies, LG UK6300 can do a better job than Samsung NU7100, particularly when they are playing native 24p videos like Blur-Ray or DVD’s movies and movies from streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Videos and others. For this case, UK6300 can show them clearly and smoothly with judder-free while NU7100 doesn’t have this ability. Meanwhile, when the source is 24p videos via 60p signal like movies from streaming devices or via 60i signal like movies from satellite TV, both of them cannot remove the judder completely. But fortunately, most people don’t sensitive to judder, so this should not be problem for them, particularly for NU7100 that doesn’t have an ability to remove judder from any source.

Winner: LG UK6300

Inputs/Outputs

 Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 are equally equipped with 3 HDMI ports as their major connectivity where all of them already support HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth, and CEC. They also equally have 1 port that support ARC (Audio Return Channel) where on NU7100 is HDMI 3 while on UK6300 is HDMI 2. Additionally, they are also equally equipped with 2 USB ports where all of their USB ports are USB 2.0. IN addition to HDMI and USB ports, they are also equipped with the same inputs/outputs. There are 1 Composite In (AV In), 1 Component In, 1 RF In, 1 Ethernet In, and 1 Digital Audio Out (Optical). As their wireless connectivity, they also equally have built-in WI-Fi.

Meanwhile, although LG UK6300 has lower input lags than Samsung NU7100 in “PC” and “Game” Mode, but essentially, their input lags are outstanding. No matter it is at 1080p or 4K resolution, their input lags are less than 15 ms that means it is great for any games. No matter you are playing 4K or Full HD games, casual or fast paced games, you will play them comfortable and responsively without laggy.

Winner: LG UK6300

Smart TV

Tizen OS vs WebOS

As their smart TV platform, Samsung NU7100 is featuring Tizen 2018 while LG UK6300 is featuring WebOS 4.0. Both of these platforms equally have attractive and intuitive user layout. Additionally, they also equally have a lot of preinstalled apps and smart features. There are VoD Service like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Videos, and more, Games, Live TVs, Screen Mirroring, and many more. Both of these smart TV platforms also equally have an app store that provided tons of downloadable apps, games, contents, and others. For this case, Tizen OS comes with Samsung apps store while WebOS comes with LG apps store. Talking about contents provided by them, what provided by Samsung apps store are more complete than LG Apps Store. Started at this year, 2018, both of these platforms have been integrated with its own Home Smart Assistant. For this case, WebOS comes with LG ThinQ AI while Tizen comes with Smart Things. LG ThinQ AI allows you to control and monitor your compatible devices like Air Conditioner, Refrigerator, Dish Washer, and many more with your voice commands while Smart Things also has similar functionality. The advantage of ThinQ AI, it also has been integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so not only ThinQ AI compatible devices you can control and monitor via LG devices, but also Amazon Alexa and Google Home Compatible device., On the other hand, Smart Things doesn’t support Amazon Alexa and Google Home. However, since both of them are only equipped with basic remote that don’t have voice navigation, you cannot get all benefits offered by them. But even so, for LG UK6300, you can upgrade your remote by buying LG Magic Remote separately. Meanwhile, for NU7100, you cannot upgrade your remote.

Winner: LG UK6300

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Summary

Performance LG UK6300 Samsung NU7100
Color Gamut (3.5/5) (3.4/5)
Contrast (3.1/5) (4.5/5)
Peak Brightness (3.0/5) (2.9/5)
HDR Performance (3.3/5) (3.6/5)
Viewing Angle (3.1/5) (2.3/5)
Motion Handling (3.5/5) (3.1/5)
Input Lag (5/5) (4.9/5)
UHD Up-scaling (4.4/5) (4.4/5)
Smart TV (3.9/5) (3.7/5)
Audio Performance (3.1/5) (3.3/5)

Conclusion

Performance and picture quality of Samsung NU7100 and LG UK6300 may not too excellent, particularly in showing HDR images, but for their price level, this can be said fairly well. Since both of them use different technology in their panel, this makes them have different characteristic in use. Samsung NU7100 with deep black level and strong native contrast ratio offers good performance in a dark room, otherwise, poor contrast ratio makes performance of LG UK6300 in a dark room is not so good. On the other hand, with wider viewing angle coverage, LG UK6300 is better when used in a wide room where there are viewers watch TV from multiple angles.  Otherwise, since its side viewing angle is poor, this TV is not suitable for you who often watch TV from the side. But even so, for normal usages in a room with normal light, both of them equally have good picture quality. Meanwhile, if you come for HDR performance, you will be disappointed due its peak brightness is too dim for HDR content. Otherwise, the excellence that offered, they equally have outstanding input lags that certainly great for any games. But even so, considering their cheap price, what offered by them are commensurate with your money that you spend.

Which is better choice between them? As we have discussed a lot above, each of these TVs has different characteristic in producing image. If you need a TV to be used in a dark room or can show excellent dark scene, Samsung NU7100 is a better choice for you. On other hand, if you often watch TV with a group of your friend or family where they usually watch TV from multiple angles, of course, LG UK6300 is a better choice for you. But even so, for normal usage in a room with normal light, their performance is not far different. Now, the decision comes back to you according to your need and preferences.

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