With Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ out in market, the focus will now shift to the next flagship device. As is the tradition, Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones are usually unveiled in August, and around this time the rumors start flowing. Almost on cue, we have the first big Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leak that gives us a hint at its expected specifications and features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been benchmarked on Geekbench, and the listing was spotted by Slashleaks. The device is listed with model number SM-N960U, and quite unsurprisingly it is seen sporting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, and 6GB of RAM. It is also seen running Android 8.1 Oreo.
What’s interesting though is the benchmark scores. The Galaxy Note 9 scores 2,190 in single-core tests, and 8,806 in multi-core tests. This however is comparable to the Snapdragon 845-powered Galaxy S9+ scores – 2,390 in single-core tests, and 8,420 in multi-core tests. They are in fact lower than the Exynos 9810-powered Galaxy S9, which scored 3,648 in single-core tests, and 8,894 in multi-core tests.
The low scores might come as a surprise, but the benchmarked smartphone will no doubt be an early prototype. By the time the smartphone launches, Samsung will be making further optimizations to the hardware and software. This will no doubt have a positive effect on the benchmark scores.
Not a lot is known about the upcoming Samsung flagship device. A recent leak has however suggested that the Galaxy Note 9 could feature a 3,850mAh battery. This is bigger than the 3,300mAh unit powering last year’s Galaxy Note 8. There are also a few contradictory reports about the fingerprint sensor. While some claim Samsung could opt for an under-display fingerprint sensor, others claim the company will stick to a sensor on the back panel.