Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Beats iPhone 8 Plus in Real-World App Loading Speed Test


The 6-core A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 8 is nothing short of a beast. In benchmarks, the chip easily beats the Snapdragon 835 powering most of the flagship Android devices and even manages to surpass some of the Core processors from Intel used by Apple in its MacBook lineup. Despite its prowess though, the iPhone 8 seems to lag behind the Galaxy Note 8 in a real-world app opening speed test.

In a speed test conducted by PhoneBuff between the iPhone 8 Plus and the Galaxy Note 8, the latter managed to beat the iPhone 8 Plus in an app loading race. This is surprising since the Note 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset whose performance is nowhere near that of the A11 Bionic chip.

Samsung phones have always lagged behind iPhones and even other Android phones in such real-world app opening benchmarks. However, with the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung seems to have made some underlying optimisations which seem to help its real-world performance.

Interestingly, the iPhone 8 Plus won the first lap of the speed test where app loading times were concerned. It lost out on the second lap to the  Note 8 in which all the apps were once again reloaded from the RAM of the phone. The Galaxy Note 8 managed to load all the apps faster second time around thanks to its 6GB RAM which allowed it to keep more apps in its memory. The iPhone 8 Plus with its 3GB RAM was only able to keep a certain amount of apps in its memory and had to unload the rest. The faster NVME storage on the iPhone 8 Plus did flex its muscles while loading heavy games and smoked the Note 8 in such scenarios.

Considering how widely Samsung has been criticised for the poor performance of its flagship devices, it is finally nice to see the company catch up to the competition and offer performance on a similar level. What do you think about the Galaxy Note 8 beating the iPhone 8 Plus in this speed test?

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