The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, under development for a fall release in line with previous Galaxy Note device launches, has appeared for the first time in a benchmark entry on the Geekbench web site. This new entry gives us some clues about the hardware we can expect. The particular entry is for a Samsung model SM-N960U which is believed to be the version destined for the U.S. market.
The particular model that was tested and that shows up on the Geekbench site is powered by a Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 845 which is the company’s current top-end processor for smartphones. The use of a Qualcomm chip further strengthens the argument that this particular model is the U.S. variant since Samsung prefers to use their in-house Exynos chips for other markets. In all likelihood, that means non-U.S. versions of the Galaxy Note 9 will get the Exynos 9810 processor similar to what the company has done with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
The information in the Geekbench entry suggests the Galaxy Note 9 will have a 6GB of RAM model available and possibly all of the units will come with at least that much. Other hardware specs are not revealed in the entry. One item that everyone is watching for is the use of an in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung has been working on adding this feature to their flagship devices, but keeps having to put off actual implementation.
The information in the Geekbench entry essentially confirms what most sources thought would be part of the basic hardware package for the Galaxy Note 9. One new bit of information that may not be surprising but is welcome is the fact that the test unit was running Android 8.1 Oreo. Last year Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8 with what was then the latest version of Android – Android 7.1 – so an update to Android 8.1 this year would be consistent.
In the past Galaxy Note devices have typically launched in late August or early September and we expect this year to be no different. That means we can expect to see more information start to leak out as we move through the spring and summer months.