Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will probably not be announced before August, but the company is - unsurprisingly - already testing the phone. Just a couple of days ago, a Snapdragon-based Note 9 was benchmarked on Geekbench, so we now have a new pseudo-proof that the handset exists (most likely, no one was doubting that anyway).
Galaxy Note 8 (pictured above). The phone is listed as featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM.The new Galaxy Note phone that's been benchmarked has the model number SM-N960U. This is almost certainly a US-bound Note 9, as it succeeds the SM-N950U - one of the official US variants of the Samsung
We have to mention that it's the second time when we're seeing the SM-N960U on Geekbench, the first time being back in March. Both now, and in March, the smartphone was listed with the same CPU and RAM amount, as well as with Android 8.1 Oreo on board. While a singular listing may be inaccurate, when we have two of them showing similar specs, it's highly likely that they are accurate.
The new benchmark test reveals single-core and multi-core scores similar to those of the Snapdragon 845-based Galaxy S9. However, since this has to be a pre-production Galaxy Note 9, we shouldn't read too much into these scores.
Earlier this month, an Exynos-based Galaxy Note 9 was reportedly tested on Geekbench. While that may have been a fake test, we're pretty sure that a Note 9 featuring a Samsung-made Exynos processor is also in the making, although not for the US market. Interestingly, the Exynos variant could come with 8 GB o RAM, instead of 6 GB.
Regardless of the processor powering it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will probably not look too different from the Note 8. But that's not a bad thing, right?
Thanks for the tip, Shaw!