Recent reports hinted that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may launch earlier than Note 8 this year, maybe because of the unsatisfying sales registered by the Galaxy S9 duo. Today, China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has certified two variants of the upcoming flagship phablet from the Korean hi-tech giant. The two variants are identified by the model numbers SM-N9600 and SM-N9608. We are talking about the unlocked variant of the handset and a carrier-branded version, and both will be released in the Chinese market.
Unfortunately, the certification by China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did not reveal any of the specs of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, neither the photos of the upcoming device. But we already know something about it as it has been recently spotted on the famous benchmarking platform Geekbench. From what Geekbench showed, it will have Android 8.1 Oreo installed out of the box, which will be obviously customized by Samsung Experience UI. The handset surfaced on Geekbench carries the model number SM-N960U. Under the hood, it has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6 GB of RAM. As it features a Qualcomm SoC, it is the version of the handset which will hit the shelves in the U.S. as the European version will boast an octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 chipset.
The score obtained by Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on Geekbench is 2,190 points in single-core performance and 8,806 points in multi-core. According to recent rumors, the phablet will sport an in-display fingerprint reader just like Vivo X21 UD as the company was rumored to be working on this technology. However, these are only speculation and they are yet to be confirmed. The device should also sport a dual camera setup with variable aperture just like Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. And like every device from the Galaxy Note series, it will carry the support to S Pen.