Don’t get me wrong, I had the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, running on octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895, for the last 3 years, and loved it. The One UI still runs smooth, the camera is still superb. The battery could use a good replacement, but really, if it were just me, that phone could see at least 2 more years of good use.
Truth be told, I was a Samsung fan. But it’s now 2020, and yet Samsung only offers the Exynos chip in this part of the world where I’m at, especially for its top-of-the-line smartphone lineup. It has been fairly documented how Exynos is a lot inferior against its comparable Snapdragon chip, from processing speed to temperature to battery life.
Apparently, if you have the Exynos version of the same Samsung model phone, you’re getting the shorter end of the stick. You’ve been shortchanged by Samsung.
So this time, when I came to a choice between the Galaxy Note 20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, I chose the latter. The price difference may have played a role in my decision, but the tipping point really was the Exynos chip in Samsung’s.
I’m actually now feeling a little nostalgic about my Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I feel sad it’ll take the back seat for my new daily driver. But what can I do, it’s almost the end of 2020 and it’s time to move forward to new things in life.