Galaxy Note 10 benchmarks reveal two 5G variants with different SoC, RAM, and performance scores

Galaxy Note 10 benchmarks reveal two 5G variants with different SoC, RAM, and performance scores
For a high-end smartphone... family that's still most likely several months away from an official announcement, let alone a commercial release, we seem to have a great deal of inside information on the Galaxy Note 10 already. Of course, it's far too early to know for sure whether or not Samsung scrapped that rumored "radical" design that purportedly included absolutely no physical buttons in addition to no headphone jack.

But it's becoming increasingly likely that the company's next-gen flagship lineup will be comprised of several different variants. At least four Note 10 models are in the pipeline, according to a number of typically reliable sources, and two members of this extensive family have just popped up in the Geekbench database, flaunting their insane browsing speed while revealing some key specifications.

Up to 12GB RAM and (optional) 5G connectivity

There are four known model numbers associated with the impending Galaxy Note 10, and if SamMobile's intel is correct (which it usually is), the SM-N971 and SM-N976 labels are meant to designate the 5G-enabled derivations of the "standard" SM-N970 and SM-N975. In case you're wondering, the Note 9 carried the model number SM-N960, so it makes perfect sense for its sequel to be known under the aforementioned aliases.

That means the SM-N976 is likely the most powerful of all Note 10 configurations in the works, so it's definitely not surprising to see a subvariant benchmarked with a whopping 12 gigs of memory under its hood. The SM-N976V will almost certainly be released on Verizon (hence the V in its model number), packing the same Snapdragon 855 processor as the Galaxy S10 5G

Of course, the Galaxy S10 5G comes with "only" 8GB RAM and a maximum of 512 gigs of internal storage space in "Majestic Black" and "Crown Silver" colors. Meanwhile, if the Galaxy Note 10 5G will indeed be upgraded to 12GB RAM, there's a good chance a full terabyte of local digital hoarding room will also be offered. SamMobile thinks this absolute beast could rock a ceramic finish as well, although for the time being, that's merely an educated guess. Then again, it's worth pointing out that a non-5G variant of the Galaxy S10+ is currently available in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black designs with up to 1TB of storage and 12 gigs of memory.

Interestingly, the "international" SM-N976B version of the Galaxy Note 10 5G pairs an Exynos 9825 SoC with 8GB RAM, at least according to another fresh Geekbench file, heading for Australia and other markets, most likely in a non-ceramic design. That Exynos chipset, mind you, is not yet a thing, purportedly coming soon to revise the 9820's 8 nm architecture to the same cutting-edge 7 nm manufacturing process used by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855.

Best-in-class multi-core performance... by a whisker

No, synthetic benchmarks are not always representative of a handset's real-life capabilities. Geekbench scores can be incredibly misleading, especially when talking about unreleased products running unfinished software. But it's still interesting to compare the early results of these Galaxy Note 10 prototypes with the definitive scores of the best Android phones on the market today.

Unsurprisingly, the SM-N976V model takes advantage of its superior memory count and Snapdragon 855 SoC to beat the SM-N976B in multi-core performance. At the same time, the 10,840 points racked up by the 12GB RAM-packing Note 10 are enough to edge out the 10,600 or so totals of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ sitting at the top of the Geekbench Android charts right now.

Curiously enough, the SM-N976B manages to narrowly defeat the SM-N976V in single-core power, with both variants eclipsed by the entire S10 family. That's probably due to a lack of optimization for this particular scenario in these pre-release Galaxy Note 10 units, which makes us hopeful for higher multi-core results from commercial devices set to be released sometime in the fall.


Perhaps the Note 10 will even end up being faster (on paper) than the iPhone XS and XS Max, although we wouldn't count on that as Apple's latest and greatest handsets are consistently rated well above the 11,000 points level.

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Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



19. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

As usual note comes with lower single core than galaxy line the single core of S10 Exyons 9820 4410!.

15. LiveFaith

Posts: 522; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I have to say it again , but ... will you childish morons that come to every single discussion to trash the "other" device and "trumpet" your own, get the crap off these threads. If you won't, would you grow up and add something of value to the discussion besides your tired fanboyism and stupidity. C'mon, you're better than this. You HAVE to be! Interesting that the intl version actually runs a little faster in the single core area. Samsung has done a pretty good job of bringing excellent SoCals to the party. Too bad we can't get those in the States. I'm personally looking forward to the smaller Note 10 version. I'm not convinced yet to upgrade from my 8. But, if they bring a smaller version that fits in pocket and adds performance, then I might bite. The Note 8 is still one pretty sick device tho. Hard to justify $1,000 without something serious.

2. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Most people don't need 12GB of RAM or 1TB of storage. Nevertheless some people will take the bait and purchase the more expensive variants anyway.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's called future proofing. You have no clue as to what developers may bring with 5G software and we could find out quickly that 12GB isn't enough.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Only on android which they don’t develope.

8. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Regardless of what developers may bring with 5G software, what I do know is at this time there is no need for that much memory and internal storage space for "most people" as I stated. I can see how you and a select group of other consumers would call it future proofing for future demands because that's how you justify the offering of higher RAM and storage variants but that's not what the Samsung is thinking. This is nothing more than an attempt for Samsung to make as much money as possible off of this year variants because that's what Samsung's top priority is. So the more variants they offer, the more likely it is that they can cater to more consumer needs. They don't give a crap about consumers with regards to offering more RAM and storage space variants because Samsung wants to be prepared for what tomorrow brings today when they have next year and the year after and so on.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1126; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The Note isn't designed with "most people" in mind. It's designed for power users, hence having more space and RAM. I'm not sure why this needs explaining. And there's nothing wrong with offering options to consumers, because the more options you have, the more target audience you have. Would you prefer them instead to offer only low storage options and minimal RAM while charging $1000+?

13. oldskool50 unregistered

YEs! That is exactly what he rather have because he is clueless. I guess McDonald's should only sell one hamburger. There should only be one brand of shoe, pants and jackets. There should be only one brand of car. It gets so tiring when people keep talkign about how Samsung spec'd their phones. They offer different devices for different folks. Just because you don't want it, or can afford to buy the top option, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The S and Note are now like cars. It's a single model offered in different trim levels. You buy the one based on what suites you and what you are willing to pay. The Note is designed to be a powerhouse. One thing I am hoping is Samsung brings some real power to the DeX platform. I presently enjoy running Windows on my Note and with a 12GB device, Windows will work even better.

12. oldskool50 unregistered

Well 12GB will never not be enough. But with more RAM, that most certainly mean apps can be more powerful and have more capabilities. But that is gonna be one expensive phone when it comes out. a 5G Note+ will cost nearly $1500 with 5G, when you consider the S10+ 5G is $1500. But carriers are knocking $300 off to make it a nice deal. I will most certainly be getting the 5G Note

20. User123456789 unregistered

Future proof? Tons of people wont keep the device for even 2 years. On internet you find a lot that change phone yearly.

11. oldskool50 unregistered

Nobody cares what MOST people need. It is an option for those who want it. I for one will be gettign the 1TB option, because it will be the last Note I likely will buy for at least 2 years. With 1TB of storage and 1TB microSD card, I no longer will need to carry my 2TB SSD around anymore because I will be able to store everything on it, on my phone.

1. LawnBoy

Posts: 204; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

My laptop doesn't have that much RAM. This is Sammy skimping out on upgrading hardware, e.g. camera, flat screen, 90 hz refresh, etc. and jamming something useless like 12GB of RAM just to charge more.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly, the should add dated features and new memojis and call it a day like another OEM.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Actually even Samsung adds 100 features, 5000mah, 32gb ram, 8 Tb storage, 32K resolution on their flagships phones still won’t sell as much as iPhone flagships because its always a second rated cheap android device. Only apple can sell millions of flagships with dated specs and features. This is why, no other OEMs comes close to apple’s profit. People still buying it because its the only best brand in mobile world.

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1486; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And no one cares because iPhones have been boring since 2007.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

If it’s boring then why android OEM’s copied?!.

24. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 663; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Tell me who did triple camera's first? Who did amoled displays first? Who had dark mode first? Who has night mode? Who did swype keyboards? Who did 5g devices? Who dud 4g devices? Who did foldable phones? The funny thing is bad things like no sd card slot and removing of headphones comes from Apple. But i guess you thankful for removing features.

10. oldskool50 unregistered

What you said is stupid. Because Samsung sells other options, the top more pricier models aren't meant to be top sellers. Having said that, I rather pay $1000 for a better spec'd phone from Samsung, then to pay the same for 3 year old spec'd iPhone that has less of everything compared to Samsung. You always call Samsung phones cheap junk, yet both the S and Note and even the new M and A lines all blow the iPhone in the spec department, and in the capability department. And EVERY Samsung Galaxy device physically looks far and away better than the present iPhone with that ugly notch that will soon be accompanied by the ugly camera apparatus. In case you are blind to facts, the Galaxy line of phones have been outselling the iPhone for 11 years and counting. Keep holding on to things that don't matter bruh. iPhone sells are falling hard and there are presently 2 android OEM,s that hold the top 2 spots. Just remember this fact - #2 is not a winner and #3 nobody remembers. Samsung is #1 and Apple has never sold more phones than Samsung and the fact is...THEY NEVER WILL>

21. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah, number 1 at selling cheap $200 phones that lasts for a year. So much for plan obsolescence. Your note and S galaxies aren’t smooth as iphone 6. Just accept the fact that android needs to put gimmicks just to sell. Now if most people afford to buy an iPhone flagships, I’m pretty sure they would get iPhones compared to your android half baked products.

22. bekks unregistered

Before it was fast... When that one didn't work it's now how smooth... I rather enjoy features while being fast than these exaggerated smoothness.

14. gigicoaste

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

While you are buying the IPhone just because Apple sells more devices, I am buying Android device for functionality and open ecosystem.

18. Trex95

Posts: 2384; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Dated specs lol.

23. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 663; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

" People still buying it because its the only best brand in mobile world." People buy it because its simple and it works and when you locked into its eco system its hard to get out of it. Only Apple do IOS they have no other competitiors when it comes to IOS. Android has different OEMS which all are different to one another so they all competing with one another.

16. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Your laptop doesn't need as much ram because it likely runs on a cisc architecture.

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