Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with Exynos 9820 shows up on Geekbench
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is not too far away from being official but that hasn't stopped the leaks from coming. A new listing of the phablet has been spotted on Geekbench and while most of the details are already known, an interesting aspect this time is that the phablet is shown sporting an Exynos 9820 SoC.
The Geekbench listing shows the SM-960X (which is the Note 9's model name) as having an 'universal9820' SoC with 4 GB RAM. The listed Android version is 8.0 although we know that the Note 9 will, in all likelihood, come with Android 8.1 onboard. Therefore, this could be some prototype device undergoing testing on older software. The benchmark scores themselves seem to be pretty impressive at about 4089 for single-core and 12246 for multi-core. This places it ahead of current flagship SoCs including the Apple A11 Bionic in the iPhone X.
We have previously reported on the new Exynos 9820 SoC in detail. With a 2+2+4 DyamIQ architecture, it will most definitely power the upcoming Galaxy S10 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it). This listing, however, raises some questions. Could it be that Samsung might offer two variants of the Galaxy Note 9 — one with the Exynos 9810 and the other with the Exynos 9820? Is Samsung trying to one-up Apple before the latter debuts the Apple A12? Or, is the listing fictitious and just representing an overclocked Exynos 9810?
It is all speculation at this point but if Samsung does offer two variants of the phablet, it could lead to unwanted fragmentation within the same flagship class. We will, of course, get to know more in due course so stay tuned.