In this article, I will look at Samsung’s budget TVs from the Crystal UHD 7 Series line.
The CU7000 is the 2023 model from the Crystal UHD series.
The AU7000 is a 2021 model also from the Crystal UHD series.

There are also TV modifications; you may see CU7100 and AU7100 – this is just another name commonly used by the manufacturer to distinguish TV models based on the country for which they are manufactured.

CU7000 and AU7000 availability

What you need to know when choosing between these two TV models. The first thing you might want to know if you’re in North America is why I need help finding the 2022 BU7000 and 2021 AU7000 models in the store. And the answer is simple, Samsung 2022 did not introduce the Crystal UHD lineup in North America. There was only the 2021 AU8000 model. The company decided it was unnecessary, perhaps because of the overproduction of the 2020 TU7000 series or a decision to offer higher-priced TVs in the North American market. Either way, Samsung is back, and you can now find new 2023 TVs in stores. And you need to know what the differences are between these TV models.

The CU7000 and AU7000 price segment.

These are Samsung’s budget TV models; LG has a similar line called the NanoCell. The displays in these TVs are made with classic LED technology and, of course, not Samsung. Since 2016, such TVs have been equipped with BOE, TCL, and third-party displays. With different screen sizes from 43 to 85 inches TV, you can buy from $ 300 to 1500.

How much can you save by buying an AU7000

If you decide to buy a previous-generation 2021 TV, you can save money. And the savings will range from $50 for a 43-inch TV to $350 for an 85-inch TV. Of course, you’ll be wondering what the differences are between these TVs and about that next.

Differences between the CU7000 and AU8000 TVs 

A little bit about the main differences, and then I’ll talk about the differences depending on the country if we talk about this line of TVs in general. The technical differences are minimal. Of course, you must understand that the CU7000 or AU7000 are basic TV models; you will see many different models, but this is to know what country the TV is made for.

  • Displays: support a maximum of 60 Hz, and there are no differences; depending on the manufacturer of the display, image quality may vary slightly, but this is only if you put the two TVs side by side. EDGE backlighting means that the TVs have virtually no screen-darkening technology. You can see the backlighting on the screen, and of course, in these models of TVs, there is no black color in the dark. You will see a dark gray color instead of black, a disadvantage of LED technology. But overall, the picture is not bad; the display has an 8-bit color depth, which means that the display can show 16 million colors, to improve the technology dithering (rapid blinking backlight to create more colors).  
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth versions differ in AU7000 Bluetooth version 4.2, and CU7000 has Bluetooth version 5.2. Bluetooth version 5.2 is a newer version, but there are no notable differences regarding TVs; yes, the new version can support the connection of more devices and has increased range. You will not notice any difference if you only need Bluetooth to connect your headphones or soundbar.
  • Operating system: In AU7000 Tizen 6.0 and CU7000 Tizen 7.0, you will not see any difference; these TVs use a simplified operating system version with minimal features.
  • Processor: In the TVs, Crystal Processor is a commercial name; in fact, it is the most straightforward processor from MediaTek, supporting 4K. 
  • HDMI and USB ports: the number of USB ports is one port, HDMI 3 ports. The 2023 model supports Auto Game Mode (automatic console detection and switching to game mode). In TV 2021, you’ll have to switch to the correct HDMI input manually.
  • Remote controls: remotes for TVs CU7000 – TM2140, AU7000 – TM2240, or TM2340 remotes are the same in their functionality, Smart remote but without a microphone. 

A detailed technical comparison can be found at the end of this article.  

Models of Samsung AU7100 and CU7100 TVs, depending on the country.

And now about what TV models are available depending on the country. 

Samsung CU7000 vs AU7000 TV in USA, Canada

You can find the CU7000 TV model in the US and Canada, but you won’t find the AU7000 model; as I said, the closest model in the US and Canada is the 20207100 TU7000 unless someone brings in an AU7000 from Mexico. 

Samsung CU7010 vs. AU7000 TVs in Mexico

You can find both TV models in Mexico; for Mexico, the TV model looks like UN65AU7000FXZX or UN65CU7010FXZX. You should know that Samsung TVs for North America are assembled in Mexico. 

Samsung CU7000 vs. AU7000 TVs in Latin America

You can find very different models of TVs, for example, in 

Brazil sells the CU7700 model. Historically, in Latin American countries, new TVs come a little later. 

Samsung CU7000 (2023) vs. AU7000 (2021) TVs in Europe

You can find many different TV models in Europe; I will give you a list of available TVs by country in Europe.

  • UK: in the UK, you can see CU7100 and CU7110 TV models are 2023 models, and AU7100 and AU7025 models are 2021.
  • Germany: CU7179 (2023), AU7102, AU7170, AU7172, AU7199 (2021) also in Germany you can find AU6979 (2021)
  • France: CU7105, CU7175 (2023); AU7025, AU7095 (2021)
    Spain: CU7000, CU7105 (2023); AU7025, AU7095, AU7175 (2021)
    Portugal: CU7105, CU7175 (2023); AU7105, AU7175 (2021).
    Italy: CU7000, CU7170, CU7190 (2022); AU7040, AU7090, AU7122, AU7170, AU7190 (2021)
    Denmark: CU7105, CU7175; AU7105, AU7175
    Netherlands: CU7100, CU7170; AU7020, AU7022, AU7040, AU7090, AU7179, AU7199
    Poland: CU7172, CU7192; AU7102, AU7122, AU7192
    Finland: CU7105, CU7175; AU7105, AU7175
    Czech Republic: CU7100, CU7172, CU7190; AU7100, AU7170, AU7172, AU7175
    Sweden: CUCU7105, CU7175; AU7105, AU7175
    Romania: CU7000, CU7172, CU7192; AU7092, AU7172
    Hungary: CU7000, 7172, CU7175, CU7190; AU7000, AU7022, AU7090, AU7100, AU7190
    Bulgaria: CU7000, CU7172; AU7092, AU7172
    Slovakia: CU7105, CU7172, CU7175; AU7100, AU7172
    Greece: CU7000, CU7172; AU7000, AU7172
    Switzerland: CU7170; AU7000, AU7170, AU7190
    Norway: CU7105, CU7175; AU7105, AU7175
    Slovenia: CU7000, CU7172; AU7000, AU7002, AU7172
    Belgium: CU7100, CU7170, CU7179; AU7020, AU7022, AU7040, AU7090, AU7100, AU7179
    Turkey: CU7000; AU7000, AU7100

Samsung UC7000 (2023) vs UA7000 (2021) TVs in Korea

Korea uses a slightly different model number designation. Therefore, the 2023 model TV has this model numbers UC7000, UC7030, UC7050, and UC7070. Model 2021 TVs UA7000, UA7050.

Samsung UC7000 (2023) vs. UA7000 (2021) TVs in China and Japan

Samsung TVs are not sold in Japan; Samsung failed to conquer the market and decided not to sell TVs in Japan.
Samsung only offers eight series TVs in China, so the information about seven series Crystal UHD is irrelevant to China.

Comparison of CU7000 and AU7000 specifications

CU7000 (2023)AU7000 (2021)
Screen Size43", 50", 55", 58", 65", 70", 75", 85''43, 50, 55, 58, 65, 75, 85
StyleFlat PanelFlat Panel
Resolution3,840 x 2,1603,840 x 2,160
screen bit8 bit + FRC10bit (8 bit+FRC)
type scrennLEDLED
screen technologyVAVA
BacklightingStandard LED EDGEEDGE Led
Dimming TechnologyUHD DimmingUHD Dimming
Bezel Width3 Bezel-less3 Bezel-less
Motion Rate120120
refresh rate Hz6060
ColorPur ColorPur Color
ContrastMega ContrastMega Contrast
HDR (High-Dynamic Range)YesHLG, HDR10+
Picture EngineCrystal Processor 4KCrystal Processor 4K
Film ModeYesYes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)YesYes
Motion TechnologyMotion XceleratorMotion Xcelerator
DolbyMS12 2chYes
Dolby AtmosNo20W
Sound Output20WNo
Speaker Type2 CH2CH
Object Tracking SoundOTS LiteNo
Q-SymphonyYes only soundbarYes
Multiroom LinkYesYes
OSTizen 7.0Tizen 6.0
Wi-FiYes WiFi5Yes WiFi 5
BluetoothYes (ver.5.2)Yes (ver.4.2)
Samsung HealthYesNo
Film ModeYesYes
Filmmaker ModeYesYes
360 Video PlayerNoNo
360 Camera SupportNoNo
Easy SetupYesYes
App CastingYesYes
Wireless TV OnNoYes
Wired TV OnNoYes
Wireless DEXYesNo
Closed CaptioningYesYes
Eco SensorYesYes
Mobile to TV - Mirroring, DLNAYesYes
Google AssistantYesYes
SmartThings App SupportNoYes
Far-Field Voice InteractionNoNo
TV PlusYesYes
Web BrowserYesYes
IP ControlYesYes
BT HID SupportN/AYes
MBR SupportYesYes
IPv6 SupportNoYes
Tap ViewYesYes
Auto Game Mode (ALLM)YesNo
Multi ViewNoNo
Game Motion PlusNoNo
Dynamic Black EQNoNo
Super Ultra Wide Game ViewNoNo
Game barNoNo
Expert CalibrationNoNo
Auto Channel SearchA/AYes
InstaPort S (HDMI Quick Switch)NoYes
Ambient ModeNoNo
Auto Power OffYesYes
AI TechnologyNo?
Auto Motion PlusNoYes
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)YesNo
TV to Mobile - MirroringNoYes only US
USB HID SupportYesNo
AI UpscaleNoYes
Easy SetupYesYes
IoT HubNoNo
TV initiate mirroringNoNo
Video CommunicationGoogle MeetNo
Inputs & Outputs
HDMI3 ver 2.03
RF In (Terrestrial/CableYesYes
RF In (Satellite Input)Yes Europe, No USYes Europe, No US
Digital Audio Out (Optical)YesYes
Audio Return Channel SupportYesNo
One ConnectNoNo
Samsung OneRemoteYesYes
Digital BroadcastingATSC 3.0 (Canada) ATSC/ClearQAM - US: DVB- Europe ATSC/ClearQAM US, DVB Europe
Analog TunerYesYes
Remote controlTM2240ATM2180A, TM2140A

If you choose a TV and want to save money, you can buy an AU7000 series TV. In terms of picture quality, these are similar TVs with minimal differences. This is especially true if you want to buy a large TV; you can save on the purchase and buy a soundbar for the saved money for better sound.

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