As has been the case in previous years, the Galaxy Note 9 will ship in two major chip variants – the Qualcomm Snapdragon model will be available in the USA (notably to accommodate the different LTE frequencies) while the Samsung Exynos variant will head out to the rest of the world.
Both models have now shown up via online benchmarking tools, and once more it looks like some users will have to accept a ‘bad’ Note 9. Sammobile reports:
The Exynos 9810-powered Galaxy Note 9 model number SM-N960N posted a single-core and multi-core score of 2737 and 9064 respectively. The unlocked Galaxy Note 9 model number SM-N960F with the same chip has posted a single-core and multi-core score of 3716 and 8984 respectively.
The international (Exynos) benchmark shows a lower single-core score and a higher multi-core score compared to the US (Snapdragon) model. These will not be the final scores as the tests will be with pre-release software which is unlikely to be optimized for the final hardware. I would expect both versions to see improvements in their respective scores as the launch arrives, and there’s every chance that software updates through the life of the device will show continual improvement.
Because the choice of models will be network dependant, users in a specific region will have no choice which model to pick up. You get ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but I would expect Samsung to follow a similar pattern to previous years and maintain the ‘experience; over the models. That means for Note 9 users the limiting factor will be the Snapdragon architecture. The ultimate power of the Note 9 (at least those using the Exynos chips) will remain a mystery to the average consumer.