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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 surfaces on Geekbench, confirms specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be next in the Korean company's popular premium phablet range, and although it is still some months away, rumors are already heating up about the upcoming device. Lately, the Galaxy Note 9 showed up on Geekbench, confirming several rumors regarding its specifications.

Galaxy Note 9 flexes its muscles on Geekbench

The Note 9 appears on Geekbench under the SM-N960U model number, the same number previously associated with the device. The results on the platform confirm that the future South Korean phablet should integrate the Snapdragon 845 in the US market. As is traditional, the model intended for other markets will opt for Samsung's own Exynos chip.

Benchmarks also show the presence of 6GB of RAM and Android 8.1 Oreo. Geekbench also shows the device scores in Single-Core (2190) and Multi-Core (8806). 

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The Note 9 shows signs of life on Geekbench. / © Geekbench

While the Note 9 racks up some impressive scores, that's only to be expected from such a premium device. Numbers in themselves don't say much at the moment. Only when the Note 9 is actually completed on the software side, will it be possible to get an idea of the real performance.

Are you waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S9? Let us know in the comments!

Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Expect it to arrive at the end of August 2018

The Galaxy S9 turned out to be an iterative improvement over the S8, so many are hoping the upcoming Note 9 will bring some more exciting innovations to the table. The Galaxy Note 9, assuming it follows the tradition of its predecessors, will be released in August 2018. Hopefully that's enough time for Samsung to cook up something really groundbreaking.

At last! The Note 9 may have a fingerprint reader in the display

This week, a report from the Korea Herald on March 22 had information apparently from an industry source, informing them of three to four different options that Samsung Display is developing to implement the fingerprint sensor inside the main display. This explains the delay in the finalization of the Note 9 concept due to its efforts with this technology. According to its source, a final decision will be made towards the end of this month. 

"Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions"

It does make sense that Samsung will use the technology in its new addition to the Note series, in order to make it stand out from competitors such as Huawei, which will be presenting its new smartphones at the end of the month. With no outstanding new design or feature choices in the S9, a move like this from the brand is overdue. In our interview with Mark Notton, it was revealed that the technology simply wasn't ready in time for the S9 launch, and they prefer to test it thoroughly first.

By the release of the Note 9 then, Samsung should have enough time to perfect it, but, there are still problems. The mass production of devices can be both complicated and costly, with sources saying that the "technological capabilities to mass produce those phones are still lacking". Rushing the process could certainly backfire with the possibility that users will be disappointed, or problems could arise that would damage the brands reputation (such as the Note 7 fiasco).

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Samsung at least relocated the sensor, but with the Note 9, it could be in the display / © AndroidPIT 

We have previously seen some conflicting information. But regardless of this, the new information sounds promising, and there should be enough time to improve the technology ahead of it's arrival at the end of August. 

Potential problems with the optical fingerprint sensor

The main feature in question so far is of course the "under-display optical fingerprint" sensor. A previously published patent from the South Korean company suggests that a scanner could take up the bottom fifth of the screen, and will vibrate to alert users in the case of unsuccessful authentication attempts.

Samsung's diagrams place the fingerprint reader under the display, but when will we be seeing it? / © Weibo

Although fingerprint sensors are fast becoming the norm on smartphones, the next generation of high-end phones might not have any visible sensor at all. Instead of having the sensor as a separate hardware piece, future flagships could feature the "under-display" or optical model, where the fingerprint reader comes built into the screen. A smartphone with an optical reader does already exist—the Vivo X20 Plus UD in China, but Samsung, with their resources and market reach, could be the first to make an international splash with the technology.

Previous speculation was based on a note sent to clients by respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, known for his understanding of the Asian electronics market. Kuo's note, originally seen and reported on by Business Insider, mentioned that Samsung may put an under-display fingerprint reader on 2018's Galaxy Note 9. Kuo says Samsung is "likely" not to implement the new technology due to technical difficulties with screen protectors and accuracy in some environments.

Nonetheless, it is clear that Samsung has its ambitions on integrating this feature. It remains to be seen whether it will be able to integrate the technology in time for the Note 9's release.


Benchmark shows the power of the Galaxy Note 9

Samsung's whale surfaced in a benchmark test, providing a tantalizing glimpse of the device that we don't expect to see until summer. Take a look at the following benchmark score, first brought to our attention by

A familiar display size. / © Galaxyclub

Will the Note 9 come with the latest Android version?

The browser benchmark test shows the US-version of the Note 9 (SM-N960U) running Android Oreo, the same version the Galaxy S9 just launched with, and that the Galaxy S8 is being updated to.

Last year, the Note 8 was launched with Android 7.1, while the Galaxy S8 was launched with Android 7.0. The Galaxy S9 just launched with Android 8.0 , so it seems logical to expect the Galaxy Note 9 to come out with Android 8.1 later this year.

Even through Android 8.0 Oreo is being used in the test, there's still plenty of time left for Samsung to get it ready for Android 8.1, so there's a good chance that the Note 9 will be up-to-date on launch. Otherwise, that would be pretty embarrassing for Samsung.

Nothing spectacular to see on the software side, but in any case it is a sign that the next Galaxy Note is progressing on its long journey to shop shelves and consumer pockets. Of course the device will be broadly comparable to the Galaxy S9 Plus, including a fast processor and enhanced camera. It would be nice if Samsung can present us with more than just incremental improvements on last year's Note, but we'll have to wait and see for the time being.

18.5:9 Infinity Display

Software isn't the only thing shown by the test. In addition, we can see that the screen has the familiar aspect ratio of an Infinity display: 18.5:9. Sadly, still no indication of whether the display will have an optical fingerprint sensor, as suggested by Samsung's patents.

What do you expect from the Galaxy Note 9?


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  • Mark
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    2 months ago

    I much rather have the finger print scanner on the back of the phone. Just better positioning than their current models. It is just much easier and more natural for me.


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  • Dan 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    1. put fingerprint scanner on back like Pixal phone. 2. Have a user replaceable battery. 3. have a bigger battery. 4. don't make the case out of glass. 5. keep headphone jack. 6. keep stylus. 7. water resistant. 8. have separate softkey and indicator for gps like on older phones (s8+ turns off gps when power cycled, sucks). 9. quit trying to be so thin, 0.3 inches would be fine if good battery life.

  • Samsung might be bringing out the Note 9 early because of weak S9 sales,the headlines i really want to see and read,they should not have gone on the same path as there main competitor Apple,using the S8 body with updates in Chips and Camera on the S9 Plus,but there big mistake Over Pricing there S9 models,but what if Samsung do the same with the Note 9,use the Note 8 body and use the same chips and cameras on the Note 9 and Over Price the Note 9,loads of Galaxy phone users might get feed up the attitude Samsung is showing to please them,and switch to more affordable phones instead,Huawei will be really pleased that the S9 models are struggling and soon over take Samsung

  • I don't care, carrier financing works well for me. Samsung continues to have everything I will ever need in a phone. Headphone jack & no stupid notch. At least their bucking the trend. I will take a long look at the note9!

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is certainly a device that gives you every reason to rejoice. Large screen, intelligent features, and lot more are there to make your experience worth mentioning. Recent news indicates that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could have a big battery and an in-screen finger scanner read here

    • I'll the Samsung phones, why because there the most features packed of any. While other OEM'S are getting rid of the headphone jack Samsung continues to have it. And no ridiculous notch. Plus stereo speakers and ear buds in the box!

  • Mark
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    3 weeks ago Link to comment

    I do not want an in-display finger print scanner. I like it on the back where LG puts it, about a 1/3 of the way from the top. It is just more natural for me, I rarely use my phone laying it down. An in-display sensor will just make me use 2 hands to unlock my phone which is the only thing I do not like about my Note 4

  • Well if Samsung go on the same path of the S9 phones by using the S8 phones body with updates,if they use the Note 8 body to updates the Note 9 will not be to popular,and people will be saving there money for the future S10 or X phone,which Samsung will be making more spectacular to celebrate the 10th year in the Mobile Market,Plus Samsung better start to realise that making there phones to expensive for consumers,all it will do start Galaxy phone users looking elsewhere for a more affordable phone and Galaxy phones will start to be less popular,even in Korea the S9 models are not as popular as the New Galaxy A8 phones because the A8 is a phone the Koreans can afford that is why

  • storm 2 months ago Link to comment

    As far as the phone goes, no, I don't think either of them are worth it. These have turned in prestige items; more about bloat and bling than actual usefulness to most consumers.

    Yes an underscreen thumbprint reader is nice but it's not that much nicer than one on the back really. Certainly not 500 to $700 more price than one that doesn't do that. It's kind of like turbos in small engines. if you're using it for power the mileage is terrible. Same with the phone if you're using these kinds of phones for hard core processing the battery life is useless. It's way overkill for what people really need in a new phone. Big little architecture helps but why pay for that power for such little use.

    • Linked 1 month ago Link to comment

      The thing averages more battery life and and better performance than stock Android.

      Every year Google rushes out a stock Android device a few months early to beat everyone else to market to be first on the next development cycle, but other OEMs particular Samsung take their time and add refinements, hardware integrated optimizations and functionality and the best mobile security currently on the globe.

      The S7 demolished the 6P in terms of performance, functionality and efficiency, the S8 did the same thing to the pixel, and the S9 kicks the pixel 2s ass.

      In terms of functionality the value of a fully optimized device pays for itself if you actually use the functionality. The same thing can't be said about other devices besides the iPhone.

      Youre right if you are a user who just calls, texts, browses the web and uses basic apps, galaxies might be overkill for you. But if you're a musician, artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer, NSA agent or head of state etc etc what others options do you have but Apple or Samsung these days?

    • Yep, the top tier phones, are the "porche" of the smartphones. It's about bling, gimmicks, style over function. Other than benchmarks, pretty much any phone from the lower end, to the top end, will run the majority of apps (save for high end games which is a small market) without any issues. Most people are using these for web, streaming, photos...not trying to solve some mathematical puzzle.

  • Not far away from the S9 announcement,and very curious about the pricing of these phones,with the S9 being released early,will Samsung be releasing another Top Class phone later in the year?to compete with the New iPhones from Apple later in 2018,with it being 10 years of Samsung producing phones,that might offer better options than the S9 phones?

  • The Note is a different breed. No comparison

  • Mark
    • Admin
    2 months ago Link to comment

    I much rather have the finger print scanner on the back of the phone. Just better positioning than their current models. It is just much easier and more natural for me.

  • I think incorporating the fingerprint scanner underneath the display would be a wonderful thing & be my choice!

  • vagabonti 6 months ago Link to comment

    I prefer face recognition and a fingerprint beneath the display. So in the style of Samsung we will have all the extras. :-)

  • The Only trouble with offering this function,its going to add more value of the Note 9 after the Shocking pricing of the Note 8,so i bet it will be over a £1,000 for the Note 9

    • Andrew your correct the price will be high especially with the FPS embedded within the display. Samsung will make sure you pay for that technology, without a doubt!

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