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Nokia N8 Benchmark: 244% faster than N97, 90% faster than i8910. N8 pushes more triangles than iPhone 3GS, Droid and Nexus One.

Apparently the finestfones peeps have performed some benchmark tests on the N8 and claim

“N8’s ‘phone speed’ is almost 100% greater than the Omnia HD and 350% greater than the N97”

Well, with the N8 at 857 (acceleration ON) and N97 at 249 and i8910 at 452…

…that makes the N8….244% faster than N97 and 90% faster than i8910 with acceleration on N8 on.

I don’t know where 350% comes from. Maybe I’m doing my sums wrong.

with acceleration OFF

…that makes the N8…180% faster than the N97 and 54% faster than i8910.

Eitherway this should mean a much more snappier Symbian experience, nothing like the atrocious lags faced by N97/N97 mini users.

Whilst these results are great, we should also consider that really, we shouldn’t be expecting any less granted this is a device appearing 1 year later.

The test performed was speedy go which supposedly has a phone speed measuring ability.

“Note: The Speedy Go! test was conducted on the N8 firstly with 10 widgets running on the homescreen (five on the first page, five on the second and none on the third page). In that test, the N8 scored 777. The above screenshot was taken with 4 widgets on the homescreen. Please also keep in mind that this is a prototype N8; the software is not finalised. There’s still plenty of room for improvement.”

Another thing worth noting is that based on the Graphics Processor, the N8 on paper pushes 32 million triangles. In comparison, Apple’s iPhone 3GS pushes 28 million, Nexus One at 22 million and Motorola Droid at 7 million.

I won’t pretend to know about triangles/vertex/polycounts other than assuming that it’s another way to measure and compare performance, with more you can process, the better. Google it if you need more clarification or comment below if you have more insight into this type of thing.

I know some say that flaunting processor numbers is about as useful an indicator of comparable performance as citing number of megapixels to compare camera quality. Relationship between performance is more complicated than numbers in the specsheet.


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  1. cb50
    May 23, 2010 at 3:58 am

    ummm well actually you’re wrong and it is closer to 350 percent. 857/249 = 3.44 so the n8 is about 3 and a half times as fast as the n97…

    • May 23, 2010 at 7:13 am

      Apologies if I’m missing out some crucial bit of maths here, but:

      350% not the same as 3.5 times faster.
      100% faster = twice as fast
      200% faster = three times as fast

      e.g. car A at 75mph travels 200% faster than car B at 25mph; car A is 3 times as fast as car B.

      244% faster = 3.44 times as fast. Same as what you’re saying just different percentages.

      249+244% = 857 (1DP)
      249+244% = 1106

  2. Raj
    May 23, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Please Dont compare this to iPhone 3GS. Cause now 3gs is old and steve will release new iphone before school starts in US. And trust me it will really fast. Nokia needs to make long jump in order just to compete with Apple and HTC.
    As it has been metioned that N8 is not iphone or incredible competetor. So I am gonna wait till next Iphone beater come out. Probably N98, well lets see

  3. Karl
    May 23, 2010 at 4:56 am


    I don’t see why you (and other people) keep comparing the iPhone 3GS speed or an Android’s device speed to the Nokia N8.

    Nokia’s N8 runs Symbian, and it doesn’t require much CPU speed to operate smoothly on, nor does it require lots of RAM to run apps. I’m a developer for both Symbian^3 and iPhone, and I am very sure other people (who knows the systems well) will tell you that.

  4. Raj
    May 23, 2010 at 7:02 am

    All I am trying to say is that nokia has failed and is failing at providing stable and fast OS for Phone.(N900 is internet table with phone func. its not phone do it doesnt count). I use 5800XM and i have used N97 and Iphone.I dont care what are the specs. All i know whatever iphone(starting from first to third gen) offered, it made sure that those functions or features work at their best.I mean in N97 and 5800XM we get bugs in every FW update. Browser crashes or touch screen doesnt work. I mean why does nokia has to rush in things. Why cant they take their time and make sure that whatever they offer in phone they work at their best. For Ex. Iphone doesnt offer flash suppor for its brower, but steve made sure that browser they are offering work at its best.Its fast, reliable doesnt crash. On the other hand, in 5800XM browser keeps on freezing, Very slow.
    Bottom line is that Nokia needs to work on their product more. Do lot more testing and make sure Everything work at their best.

    • May 23, 2010 at 7:22 am

      Why doesn’t the N900 count as a phone and thus not a stable phone OS? It has fantastic telephony features. It’s my main phone and doesn’t seem to have stability problems.

      Plus, Symbian isn’t the problem, it’s the S60 5th UI that for some unknown reason was designed to frustrate users with its nonsensical logic, space wasting, noxious design.

      Also the 5800 and N97 are extremely anorexic in the RAM and processor department. My N97’s favourite past time is to lag and crash. That’s several firmware upgrades later.

      N8 may be a slightly different kettle of fish with S^3 not being as annoying as S605TH and also having some decent power to back up the excellent hardware.

      Having said that, I am still slightly sceptical, like many, after the N97 fiasco.

    • Karl
      May 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

      Yes, Nokia has alot of work to do to Symbian to get it to the iPhone’s level, or close to. Fortunately, it seems (through videos and through people who have held/tested the phone before) that Nokia is trying to improve the UI in Symbian^3. Hopefully a major improvement on Symbian^4.

      Regarding iPhone’s bugless UI out of the box, I’d have to disagree. I have 2 iPhone 3GS in my family, and yes, I do spot bugs. I do believe it is harder for Nokia to implement FW updates to multiple devices when they have to shuffle a number of them in their hands, but the N97 was a disaster, the 5800 was buggy at launch and still buggy a few FW updates down the road, although the UI and OS is tolerable for both devices now with the latest FW update.

      Somehow, you talk like as if you have spent quite a long time with the pre-production N8. I am NOT a Symbian fanboy, I am at another camp, but sometimes, CPU frequency numbers do not mean a thing, and yes, I have crashed my iPhone 3GS just browsing the PC version of the Engadget websit, while a HTC HD2 I’ve used does it quick and easy. I’ve had the Coverflow thingy and audio player crash on me, and the keyboard crashing any applications that require it.

      • Nikhil Kumar
        November 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

        I just am interested in a high end Multi- tasking phone with speed as well as some nice battery backup. Any ideas?!

  5. snowy
    May 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    That’s great news. Now I wonder how it would fair to the nexus one on android 2.2 since it brings a nice speed boost. It even beats the ipad on browser speed.

  6. Al Pavangkanan
    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 am

    32 million polygons pretty much confirms the N8 has the Broadcom BCM2727


  7. kamejoko
    May 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Old CPU (Omnia HD, N97) Vs New CPU (N8).
    Old Operating System Vs New Oparating System.

    What’s compare? N8 really strong?
    Nokia’s Fan so bad.

  8. Rohan Raut
    May 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    My i8910 HX-V5-Turbo got a speedgo! score of 953.. beat that.. n8 is barely 8% faster than mine..

  9. ps
    August 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

    does nokia n8 has backlit cmos like the iphone 4?

  10. ps
    August 3, 2010 at 2:13 am

    sorry my question was off topic

  11. Harry
    August 4, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hey, i’ve run a test on my Omnia HD, and result is 897 mark (acceleration off) and 958 mark (acceleration on). N8 is produce after i8910 above a year with faster hardware and new OS, and it’s 10% faster than i8910 😕

  12. Alejandro100000
    August 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    The N97 is a waste of money, Same slow processor of the 5230 and 5800…. EPIC FAIL.

  13. Bilal
    December 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Well, symbian is kinda buggy thts what Nokia accepts too .. So they r going to MEEGO leaving symbian OS but they will keep s60v5 and ^3 support. Nokia havnt confirmed but the Comming soon N9 is going to give u about 192 polygons which is going to be almost same as PS3.
    N8 came with 680 mhz CPU for browsing only and the GPU and 512 ROM is only for gaming / graphics. This is also a reason for N8’s speed.
    Iphone 4 is bugless but came with Antina Problem, almost no bluetooth, and is still bound to itunes.
    Android is also better but Nokia wins the Funtionality ( Except the OS ).

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