Just a day after Twitter tipster Ice Universe shared the Galaxy Note 9’s design, the phablet has been spotted on benchmarking site Geekbench. The Galaxy Note 9 benchmark listing suggests that it was the Snapdragon variant of the phablet with model number SM-N960U. Samsung sells the Snapdragon model of its flagship phones in the US and China. The US version of Galaxy Note 8 had the model number SM-N950U.
The SM-N960U will be the successor to last year’s SM-N950U. According to the Galaxy Note 9 benchmark listing, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB RAM. It’s the same processor that runs the current Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The listing, which surfaced on May 9th, reveals that the phablet would have the Android 8.1 Oreo software. Of course, it will have Samsung’s custom skin on top of Android Oreo.
The phone scored 2,411 points in single-core and 8,712 points in multi-core tests. The Galaxy Note 9 benchmark scores aren’t that impressive. They are similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus, which is powered by the same Snapdragon 845 processor. By comparison, the iPhone X had scored 4,061 points in single-core and 9,959 points in multi-core tests.
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You shouldn’t read much into the Galaxy Note 9 benchmark scores at this point, though. The phone is still several months away, and Samsung will further optimize the software and hardware to deliver better performance. The device that appeared on Geekbench was likely a pre-production unit. The phablet was also spotted on Geekbench back in March with the same processor, RAM and operating system, which indicates that the listings are accurate.
A few days ago, Chinese site Kuaibao shared a screenshot of the Exynos-powered Galaxy Note 9 benchmark scores. The scores were impressive at 5,162 points for the single-core and 10,704 points in multi-core tests. The device was powered by Exynos 9815 chipset, 8GB RAM, and Android 8.1 Oreo software. Unfortunately, the listing turned out to be fake. Anyway, the Exynos versions of Samsung’s flagship phones tend to be more powerful than their Snapdragon siblings because Samsung can more tightly integrate the software with its in-house processor.
Tipster Ice Universe recently shared a Galaxy Note 9 render that shows that the upcoming phablet is going to be a boring update. Take a Galaxy S9 Plus, make a few tiny changes to it and attach an S Pen stylus, and that would be Galaxy Note 9. The phone is going to look similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus. Ice Universe said “Samsung was lazy in 2018” and that the Note 9 would be only “a small adjustment” over the Note 8.
Samsung was lazy in 2018 and I concluded that Note9 will not change much. This is just a small adjustment to Note8. pic.twitter.com/uNoAW1thcT
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 8, 2018
The leaked render shows that the Note 9 would have slim bezels at the top and bottom. The phone is not going to feature the iPhone X-like notch that other Android vendors have copied. Ice Universe is also “almost certain” that the Note 9 would launch without the in-display fingerprint sensor. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also told investors that Samsung was still facing “technological difficulties” with the optical fingerprint sensor, so the feature might not debut with the Note 9.
According to the rumor mill, the Galaxy Note 9 would sport a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with curved edges and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Depending on the market, it would be powered by Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chips. The phablet is said to offer 6GB RAM, 64GB of base storage, a microSD card slot, wireless charging, an IP68 rating for water- and dust-resistance, and dual-SIM support.
The Galaxy Note 9 would retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. It would pack a rather large 3,850mAh battery. The Note 9 would also borrow a few camera elements from the Galaxy S9 Plus such as the variable apertures and the super slo-mo recording. The variable aperture allows the phone to automatically switch between the two apertures depending on the lighting conditions to capture the best possible photo. The Note 9 is said to have a vertically aligned dual camera system on the back.
DJ Koh, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, has told customers that the Note 9 would launch with an upgraded Bixby 2.0 virtual assistant. The upgraded Bixby would ditch the “Hey, Bixby” trigger to enable a more natural communication with the user. Samsung is currently testing it with more than 800 partners worldwide. Samsung is also said to upgrade the S Pen stylus this year.
Ice Universe has learned from inside sources that the Note 9 would feature a new Crown UX on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The new custom skin would be a major redesign of the current Experience UX skin. Samsung usually launches the new Galaxy Note phones in late August or early September. But the Note 9 could arrive sooner than usual due to poor consumer response to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. According to recent reports, Samsung could unveil the Galaxy Note 9 in late July or early August.