A new Samsung phone that has a model number of SM-N960F has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. The Galaxy Note 8 that had launched in the previous year had a model number of SM-N950. Hence, it seems that the FCC approved SM-N960F could be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Just as the SM-N950F was a non-US variant of the Galaxy Note 8 that had made its way to Europe and Australia. So, the SM-N960F could be the variant of Galaxy Note 9 that could be heading to those markets. Since it is a non-US model, it could be powered by the Exynos 9810. Unfortunately, the FCC documents do not contain any information on the specifications of the Note 9.
As it can be seen above FCC has also approved SM-N960F/DS (single-SIM and dual-SIM versions) and SM-N960X. The latter model could be an Asian variant of the Note 9 as the SM-N950 Galaxy Note 8 was released in Asia.
The Galaxy Note 9 that will be releasing in the U.S. may have a model number of SM-N960U. This variant has not appeared at the FCC yet, but this may happen soon. FCC had reportedly received the SM-N960F Galaxy Note 9 in April. However, it has been certified by the agency only today. This suggests that Samsung was ready with a near-final of the phablet by April. Hence, there is a possibility that the Galaxy Note 9 renders that were leaked by OnLeaks in the recent past could be showing the actual design of the phone. Appearance-wise, there won’t be any design change on the Note 9 compared to the predecessor model.
Last year, the SM-N950U Galaxy Note 8 was approved by the end of July and the phone was made official around a month later in August. Rumors have it that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Note 9 on Aug. 9. Hence, there is a possibility that the SM-N960U Galaxy Note 9 for the U.S. may get approved at the start of the coming month.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may arrive with 6.4-inch S-AMOLED Infinity Display, Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and 3,850mAh battery. Some countries may receive 512 GB model of the Note 9 that may feature 8 GB of RAM.