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Galaxy Note 9 finally shows up with the Exynos 9810 SoC on Geekbench

Could Samsung really be looking at releasing the Galaxy Note 9 ahead of its usual schedule for new Galaxy Note flagships? A few reports have suggested that will be the case, and while these reports come out every year only to be proven wrong, Samsung’s foldable smartphone makes an accelerated launch schedule for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships more probable. But if we go by the leaks and rumors, or by the appearance of the Galaxy Note 9 in various benchmark databases in particular, it doesn’t look like the device will be announced before August, exactly a year after the Galaxy Note 8’s debut.

Exynos Galaxy Note 9 scores higher than Snapdragon version

The Galaxy Note 9’s Exynos variant, which will be the one that will be sold in a majority of markets, has only now made its way to a benchmark site. The Snapdragon variant was first spotted on Geekbench two months ago, and as expected, the Exynos model (SM-N960N, for South Korea) has followed with the same specs. There’s 6GB of RAM (with slightly more actual usable RAM this time around), and the phone is running Android 8.1 Oreo. While the multi-core performance score is similar to what the Galaxy S9+ can achieve, the single-core performance is notably lower, no doubt because Samsung isn’t done optimizing the software yet.

The scores are, however, better than the Snapdragon Note 9. That shouldn’t be surprising, as Samsung hasn’t been keen on making the Snapdragon versions of its flagships run as well as the Exynos variants in recent years. That’s not to say the performance on the retail units won’t be comparable no matter what processor is ticking away inside, although we’d be skeptical until we see the Exynos and Snapdragon variants running side by side.

Of course, we’d be more interested to see how quickly Samsung updates the Note 9 to Android P. Qualcomm has teamed up with Google to allow OEMs to take advantage of Project Treble, but the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9’s fate will be decided by Samsung’s ability to adapt Project Treble properly for its Exynos chip. History tells us the Korean giant always finds a way to delay major software updates (not just because it needs longer testing periods given its sales figures), so we aren’t keeping our hopes up.

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Ard-sam
Ard-sam

I think it is almost a fact that the exynos cpu’s are probably the fastest arm cpu’s out there. At least they are faster than qualcomms. So it is no surprise it scores better.
GPU wise? I don’t know… It’s just another mali.

AmazingAura01
AmazingAura01

cOUld sAMSUnG rEAlly Be LOoKInG AT relEAsINg tHe gAlAxy “xx” aHeaD OF its usuAl scHEdULE fOr neW gaLAxy FlagshIps?

C F

That interesting given that the note8 in canada(sold both by carriers & samsungs site/experience store) is sd powered

Ian Grech
Ian Grech

I have the S9+ exynos and the battery lasts me a whole day on moderate use.

I bought it last Monday and drained alot of battery initially while upgrading etc. But, there was an OTA update available of around 303Mb and the battery efficiency improved significantly once installed. Geekbench tested after installation and scored 3765: 9085.

I’m happy with its performance and after the second OTA update, the software is running even smoother. Think Samsung improved the exynos S9 variants considerably since launch.

simchester
simchester

I’ve experienced same thing with my s9… first 2days the battery was bad but it learns to close all apps not in use and put them to sleep,now can last the whole day with atleast 5-6hrs SoT minimum.

fcaroll
fcaroll

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fcaroll
fcaroll

Hopefully this time they will use a decent CPU governor, not as they did on S9

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

It’s a s9+ with an s pen selling at a higher price. Not sure what samsung is doing this year with really non significant upgrades. Very lazy

Oh good thing is to encourage people with s8 or note 8 not to upgrade

jmohammad8
jmohammad8

Samsung is saving major upgrades (e.g. ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, true full screen display, bigger battery, new camera, facial recognition, etc) for its 10th Anniversary edition S series phones. Note 10 is going to be a huge deal later. They are releasing S9/S9+/Note 9 for the sake of releasing a new phone every year.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

They shelved the s9 smaller bezel design for the S10. Let’s hope both s10s phones will have at least dual lens camera setup and Mon 6gb ram.

digvijayshinde
digvijayshinde

Lower single-core score compared to S9 indicates that Samsung might be working hard to solve the efficiency problems of M3. I don’t get it, how these smart guys at Sammobile missed that single-core score. In case you have forgotten, S9 scored excess of 3700 in single-core.

Tondern
Tondern

True, I read the whole debacle on Anandtech and that’s pretty much what kept me from buying the S9+ here in EU. The 9810 is not flagship-worthy at this moment, but I hope they fix it for the N9.

digvijayshinde
digvijayshinde

I think people at Sammobile should read that article on Anandtech. Exynos 9810 on GS9 has some serious problems.

radyab1297
radyab1297

Agreed. I was just shocked when I read Sammobile explanation!
The overclocking of 9810 in S9 causes latency and higher power usage. Hopefully, Samsung noticed this issue by reviews like Anand and has tried to fix it. The new result of note9 shows this fix.

Samarasx
Samarasx

That last sentence is missing a )

Good article otherwise, been waiting for it.