Performance: System Level Tests
The Venue 8 performs admirably given its price point. As shown above, it sets marks above the heralded Nexus 7 from 2013 -- a slate that we were quite fond of at its release. Of note, the RAM score is considerably weaker than the rest of its scores, which seems to explain the occasional lag we'd see when jumping from app to app.
Next up we have some tests with MobileXPRT. Mobile XPRT is an Android benchmark that measures performance in five scenarios -- applying photo effects, creating photo collages, slideshows, encrypting data, and facial detection. In the table below, the top line is the total score, while the individual tests are listed in time-to-complete. Higher scores are better in the Overall Score, while lower scores represent faster times to complete the tests in the detail below it. In the User Experience section (the bottom half of the table), however, things are reversed. Higher scores indicate better performance.
In this particular test, the Venue 8 notched surprisingly high marks. Particularly at its price point, these scores are very impressive. Actually, the Venue 8 held its own in pretty much every benchmarking test we threw at it. It's new Merrifield innards gave it a leg up over competition from last year, and it's pretty exciting to see tablet computing as a whole progressing at such a pace in the value segment.