Samsung has just unveiled the new flagship Galaxy S9 series, but the attention is already shifting towards their late 2018 offering, the Galaxy Note9. The Note series has for almost a decade been the epitome of Samsung's mobile line, offering the most advanced smartphone computing experience each year in Samsung's lineup. Now, the latest entry in the series, the Galaxy Note9, finally hits Geekbench, giving us some confirmation of the upcoming phablet.
The Geekbench listing is for a device with model name "Samsung SM-N960U." The device is armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM, which is in line with the rumors. It scored a 2,190 rating for single-core and 8,806 for multi-core, making it just slightly behind the Galaxy S9 in single core but ahead in the multi-core score. The Samsung SM-N960U's multi-core score is actually one of the fastest we've seen out of the benchmark yet.
The Galaxy Note line usually doesn't have big improvements over the Galaxy S series equivalent, except for last year's model where Samsung introduced its first dual-camera setup on a flagship model. But normally, only small advances in the software and the integration of the S Pen along with a larger display make it the definitive device for Samsung's yearly releases. The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note9 use the same chipset, but the differences can probably be attributed to the differences in the display resolution of the device or to anything from the optimizations of the software.
The Galaxy Note9 will be running Android 8.1 Oreo right out of the box, which in itself is a step up from the Galaxy S9. If this benchmark listing is indeed of the Galaxy Note9, then this can serve as a good example of what we can expect form the Snapdragon 845 SoC. It's not the fastest we've seen, but a few points here and there on a synthetic benchmark matter little in the bigger picture.
Right now, it's anyone's guess what the Galaxy Note9 will look like, but it'll probably look like last year's Galaxy Note8, with a less curvy design compared to the Galaxy S9, and featuring dual cameras and the ever-important S Pen.