Finest Fones have conduted a number of comparison tests on the upcoming Nokia N8 and the current flagship N97. It turns out the N8 easily outpaces its predecessor. The most notable improvement is the Symbian^3's ability to exploit graphics hardware much more efficiently. According to the testers, there's a 180 percent performance delta between the two phones in Speedy Go! tests, while the N8 ran through a cycle of FPC bench 3D with perfect 60fps scores every time. Sounds encouraging, but not believable enough.
More detailed data on performance will be available once the N8 is released.