[Poll] How is your Galaxy Note 8’s performance holding up?

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It’s been something of a tradition for Samsung, putting in more work as far as software optimization is concerned on their Note flagships, more so than its mainstream Galaxy S flagship phones. The Galaxy Note 4 may have been an exception, and we’ll never know how the Note 7 would have held up in the long run (feel free to tell us if you’ve been holding on to and using a unit even after the recall), but the extra optimization is clearly visible on the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

Why this disparity exists between the Galaxy S and Note devices is anyone’s guess. It may be the fact that Samsung is able to learn a few tricks with a particular year’s new SoC by the time it ends up in that year’s Galaxy Note device, although if that had been the case, we’d see performance improvements arriving on the Galaxy S handsets with software updates. Yes, major software upgrades do bring enhancements to the device’s speed and smoothness, but even those seem to last only temporarily.

The Galaxy Note 8 is different, however

But, as mentioned above, the Galaxy Note 8 has higher software optimization baked inside, and the difference between performance on a Note 8 and a Galaxy S8 is easily visible. Here at SamMobile, our Galaxy Note 8’s have certainly held up better, with even one of our unused (and set up with just basic settings) S8 units not doing as well as the Note 8.

It’s certainly something that irritates us given the S8 wasn’t a cheap phone, and other than a review unit, these are devices that we paid for from our pockets. You may not notice the performance gap in regular usage, but put a few equally used Galaxy S8 and Note 8 side-by-side, and you’ll know what we mean. The Note 8 continues to fly, other than a few stutters here and there that can affect any phone that’s been in use for a few months.

Read: Galaxy Note 8 Review

But what about your Galaxy Note 8? How has its performance held up? Is it still worthy of being called a flagship, or does it stutter and/or lag enough for you to miffed at Samsung for not doing enough when it comes to software optimization? Let us know voting in the poll below, and leave your thoughts about the same in the comments. (And if you think need another option in the poll, let us know so we can make the necessary edit.)

How is your Galaxy Note 8's performance holding up?

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paulopechula
3 months 26 days ago
paulopechula

I believe that those 6gb of ram has a lot to do in this respect. Question to you at samMobile : is that S8 almost not used a 6gb one ?
Android cnet run smoothly as iOs, it only requires 2x ram. Lol

airguard
4 months 3 days ago
airguard

Batteri drains faster

Spydawg
4 months 5 days ago
Spydawg

Nope still running great..

A2theC
4 months 9 days ago
A2theC

Anything other than “it’s still great” is user error…
Learn to use your equipment properly.

jjcommonsense
4 months 10 days ago
jjcommonsense
Honestly, I’m happy to report that this is the N8 is the first phone that I’ve had that continues to impress me with its performance at this point. Maybe its that I’ve naturally developed an expectation that the phone will eventually slow down (as with most phones). But 98% of the time that I pick my phone up it has been buttery smooth.. the iris scanner has worked.. my S-pen functions still work.. (although it seems to not always recognize that i want to copy text highlighted by the pen.. but that could be fixed with a software upgrade). I’m… Read more »
Big Dre
4 months 10 days ago
Big Dre

My tmobile note 8 has hiccups here and there with a couple of app crashes but maybe that on the developer side..battery life has been great also but do think Samy boy can do a Lil more to keep this device A1 and the king of flagship fones

gsdfsdfsd
4 months 11 days ago
gsdfsdfsd

I think my S7 Edge (Exynos) has a better battery than my Note8 (Exynos). In both i saw slowdowns few times, unlike the S5 (Snapdragon).

gsdfsdfsd
4 months 11 days ago
gsdfsdfsd

(Exynos Note8) I saw some problems, but it did not disturb.

4 months 11 days ago
aakanayev

Snapdragon Note8, 3 months old, I don’t see any slowdowns.

nathan807
4 months 11 days ago
nathan807

but in Samsung’s Exynos there will lag and now and then it hangs and slows down the phone…

SAMgalaxyXXX
4 months 11 days ago
SAMgalaxyXXX

I’ve had mine for a little over two months and apart from 2 minor app crashes the first month I haven’t really had any other problem. It’s been blazing fast (knock on wood). My only complaint is about the width (too narrow for me)
and there reason why I still prefer to watch videos on my still beloved Note 4 or on my recently bought (3 days ago) Note 5.
Battery has been good in general but not excellent as a beast like this should have.

strazzi
4 months 11 days ago
strazzi

Had been owner of S7 EDGE for 1,5 years and now my mother owens it. It is still perfect. No ishues with anything. Battery is great. Smood as butter. Have S8 now. I can say not as fast as first day. Hope for better job with Oreo update.

o0MHJ0o
4 months 11 days ago
o0MHJ0o
Yes – I used to think that 4GB RAM was enough to perform perfectly, but as soon as I heard about Bixby and its supposed capabilities I had a strong feeling 4GB wouldn’t be enough. I am sad to say that my S8+ has had issues from the very start; though it wasn’t performance, it was mainly the camera. It was actually performing admirably during the later months, but unfortunately this Oreo Beta is plagued with issues they are just not releasing patches quick enough for us to test. It’s very sluggish at the moment and I sincerely hope they… Read more »
Biransahin
4 months 11 days ago
Biransahin

My Note8 (Exynos) is running like a dream. My friend has the Snapdragon version and his runs perfectly too. Very happy. Btw, I don’t understand the negative comment about the S7 models. I’ve been using the S7 Edge, replacement for Note7 for a year and it’s very smooth. My wife’s S7 Edge is coming up to 2 years next February and it’s running perfectly. Possibly some people have a problem but you should not generalise and give the impression that everyone has a problem. Some people just don’t know how to maintain their phones and blame the phone.

m2geek
4 months 11 days ago
m2geek

Absolutely Fantastic. Never laggy or slow, and I’m pretty sure my battery life has improved since getting the Nov update. Just love it!

emmanuelgemini
4 months 11 days ago
emmanuelgemini

mines holding up really well, in fact, the battery life has improved for me after the latest update, so yeah, I it’s holding up very well

marija
4 months 11 days ago
marija

Oh, here’s Abhijeet with hate for Note4, long time no see!
Writing this from my still flawless Note 4 on stock rom, never rooted, never felt sorry for buying and still not thinking of changing this awesome device. Cuz it runs better than the first day, cuz i can switch batteries, cuz i can control all of my devices at home with it, and i can allow myself to let it slip and fall and not worry thay it’s glassy body’s gonna be dead and useless.

Biransahin
4 months 11 days ago
Biransahin
I do agree. I have a Note8, it’s brilliant, but the Note 4 is still one of my favourite phones. I gave mine to my sister in law as soon as I upgraded to Note 5, and it’s still working like a boss. In fact every Note 4 owner I know loves it still. He also dissed the S7 devices which are, excellent. I had one for a year, my wife has hers 2 years and it’s silky smooth. I only joined Sammobile a while ago and I’m a bit surprised at how negative some of the people writing on… Read more »
popetillox
4 months 11 days ago
popetillox

Very good Performance from day one! Best Note ever!

spin116
4 months 11 days ago
spin116

Only have issues with tinder

4 months 11 days ago
Dan Addams

I am an S7 edge user and by the way, my device still running fast as first day, device maintenance feature helps a lot, no issues with my device, running stock updates up to date. Why you say that about s7 users?

zlatan09
4 months 11 days ago
zlatan09

Same performance as on first day. Great job Samsung!

zamerzant
4 months 11 days ago
zamerzant

never seen or had a great samsung product or phone as note 8. really love it. cant wait for more software updates and customizations

fcaroll
4 months 11 days ago
fcaroll

I think S7 owners (guess who in this case) are looking for the Oreo update, because yes let’s see if samsung is able to do what it has not done since lollipop (and that many others did normally)

Samarasx
4 months 11 days ago
Samarasx

Wow you like being so vague now don’t you?

fcaroll
4 months 11 days ago
fcaroll

Actually no, probably it’s my English’ fault. I just meant that even when S5 updated to lollipop from KitKat its performance got worse. Since lollipop Samsung has not optimized its software apart form enhancing the hardware with newer phones. So, given that s7 won’t receive UX 8.5 aka 7.1.1 we have just to wait Oreo to finally enjoy a decent performing software.

But it was much longer to write this way, isn’t it

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