Beastly performance: The Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 9 might get a variant with 8GB of RAM

Nokia 9, the supposed flagship which HMD Global is said to unveil later this year, has been the subject of a few major leaks over the last few days. 

First, a French online publication posted images of what appears to be a prototype unit of the Nokia 9. The device was enclosed in a special "black box” which deliberately prevented curious eyes from getting a complete look at the phone's design features. However, one of the leaked pictures contained the handset's codename - "Unknown Heart" - alongside information that it sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and 4GB of RAM (among other things). 

Later, a listing bearing the name “HMD Global TA-1004” appeared on popular smartphone benchmarking service Geekbench, albeit on the app's older version. The tests showed that the product sports a Snapdragon 835 platform, 4GB of RAM, and Android 7.1.1, which led us to believe that this might be the same Nokia 9 from the earlier leak. Furthermore, the device achieved higher scores than the Galaxy S8, which serves as an additional confirmation of its high-end performance.

One would assume that these results would be the "high score" for the Nokia 9, but it looks like there might be an even more powerful variant of the flagship lurking around. This Thursday, a new "Unknown Heart" listing appeared on Geekbench, this time with 8GB of RAM. The single- and multi-core scores it achieved are actually much lower than the other version, but this could be due to the fact that the SD 835 platform might be tested at different clocking speeds. 

There's always the argument that so much RAM on a smartphone might be a bit of an overkill, but hey, it will certainly justify the $699 price tag which HMD Global is said to charge. It will be interesting to see whether this particular device will be tested at its maximum capabilities, as it might as well perform better than any handset we've seen to date.

source: Geekbench via GSMArena



15. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Still Chrome won't be able to keep mere than 10 pages loaded. Maybe Google and OEMs should look at other solutions, rather than throwing more RAM/cores at it.

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I feel like 8GB of RAM for a mobile device is a bit overkill. Alot of desktops and laptops don't even come with that much unless you get the high end model but they're running a full OS. My Surface Pro 4 has 4GB and runs just ss smooth as the first day I got it.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1615; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It is overkill, I run a 3 monitor set up with over a dozen web pages open, 2 or more adobe apps, stream video, and still launch and play games on steam without closing any of that on a system with 8Gb RAM. Meanwhile I have a cheap 2 in 1 with 2Gb that runs windows 10 just fine as long as I don't do much multitasking.

16. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Lies. Did you check if you're swapping on page file? And I am sure you are running an SSD. With one Google Chrome I am already at 1 Gb. I needed to crank up to 12 Gb RAM to have a usable desktop experience. Actually a smartphone needs more RAM than a desktop PC because the entire ROM is loading in RAM upon boot up contrary to a desktop PC. Also having to load apps less from the storage memory saves battery, at least of the apps are correctly frozen in background. But the main thing is that people stop boasting smartphone RAM in the same way as desktop as their means are different.

17. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Forgot to say that smartphones doesn't swap as aggressively on paging file as on PC for power consumption and, at least before, performance reasons when the storages where slow (would make sense to wait for a web browser to load in RAM on a desktop to use it but not to wait for a call to load in RAM on the phone in order to answer it), so having more RAM on a smartphone is more critical than on a desktop PC for the average Joe.

18. .7.8.6.

Posts: 75; Member since: May 25, 2017

Very well wisely said

10. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Just skip any telated phone to sd835 with sd836 coming son with 15% perfomance of sd835 its better wait a bit

12. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Then comes along a newer version of the SD chip that'll be even more efficient than the 836

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

8GB RAM... Woah! I just hope Nokia releases something like Samsung's DeX, to take big advantage of that much RAM.

3. .7.8.6.

Posts: 75; Member since: May 25, 2017

Omg please let it be true 8gb Ram. Will be selling my laggy S8+ for this or One+5

4. androiduser

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Oneplus doesn't stand a chance against this especially since it's gonna cost at least 100 dollars more than than oneplus 3t

6. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why do u say that?

13. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

ugh... not sure why that replied to you.

7. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

@.7.8.6 Keep dreaming about truly owning the S8+. One day you will be able to afford it. That day will probably be in the year 2022. Till then keep trolling.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Some people just hate s8 & other just buy them.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

funny, I run my s8+ in power saving mode, and I never lag.

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Why you didn't credit the french site " frandroid " for these picrures?

1. torr310

Posts: 1735; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Worth the wait

5. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Its gonna be a monster but i just wonder when it'll be released.

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