The upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will be Samsung’s first smartphone to ship running Android 8.1 Oreo, otherwise known as the latest mouth-watering flavour of Google’s open-source operating system, according to a listing spotted on benchmark tool Geekbench’s online database.
That’s not all, though. The listing also corroborates reports claiming that the North American variant (SM-N960U) of the Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to be unveiled in mid-to-late August, features Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 CPU – like the Android 8.0-powered Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus – and 6GB of RAM.
Now for the all-important benchmark result. The Galaxy Note 9 performed well, scoring 2190 in the single-core and 8806 in the multi-core test. The Galaxy S9 Plus, for comparison, racked up 2182 and 8190 points, respectively. The handset is far from ready for release, however, so there’s a chance the final figures will differ.
It’s looking like the Galaxy Note 9 will sport a similar design to the Galaxy Note 8, so Samsung can focus the bulk of its attention on developing a new dual-camera setup to rival the output of the all-new Huawei P20 Pro and, of course, make some much-needed improvements to the device’s trademark S Pen stylus.
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There’s also been some chatter surrounding an in-screen fingerprint reader debuting on the Galaxy Note 9, though renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a remarkable record when it comes to predictions, poured lukewarm water on the rumours, stating that Samsung could be forced to shelve the tech.
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