Nokia 9 PureView benchmark suggests this will be no match for the Galaxy S10

Nokia 9 benchmark
One of the most interesting devices expected out at MWC 2019 in Barcelona in a few days is undoubtedly the Nokia 9 PureView. Rendered a couple of times already, as well as leaked in full in a very thorough promotional video a while ago, this bad boy has been getting shutterbugs extremely excited with a one-of-a-kind five-camera setup on its back.

But despite that and the inclusion of other ultra-high-end features like in-display fingerprint recognition, the newest Nokia-branded flagship may come up short in several key departments when pitted against Samsung's Galaxy S10, the LG G8 ThinQ, or Sony's Xperia XZ4. In line with previous reports, a pre-release Nokia 9 benchmark surfaced yesterday in the Geekbench Browser database lists the handset's motherboard as the "SDM845."

No prizes for guessing which one of Qualcomm's state-of-the-art processors we're dealing with here, but although the performance scores of this Nokia 9 prototype would have been perfectly adequate for a late 2018 high-ender, most flagship phones around the corner are pretty much guaranteed to make the move from a Snapdragon 845 to the hot new 855.

Early Galaxy S10+ benchmark results suggest Snapdragon 855-powered devices could be twice as fast as their 845 forerunners in terms of single-core muscle, while delivering roughly 25 percent more multi-core speed. Of course, those performance gains might end up even higher in commercial phones, not to mention real-world capabilities aren't always accurately reflected in synthetic benchmarks.

All that being said, the Nokia 9 PureView still looks like a powerhouse right now, edging out the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and LG G7 ThinQ with a solid multi-core score of almost 8,800 points. That tells us the unit tested through Geekbench runs polished software (naturally based on Android 9.0 Pie), looking essentially ready for a commercial launch after its MWC 2019 formal announcement.

Last but not least, we're certainly glad to see the handset packing 6GB RAM. That confirms the recently leaked 4 gig variant is not the only one in the pipeline, putting smiles on the faces of heavy multitaskers around the world. No word on an 8GB configuration, though.

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