Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + are the two most powerful mobile phones the company has ever built. They are fast, for the most part they provide a smooth user experience and they are wonderfully slim. Early reports suggest they are not nearly as good at selling as last year's Galaxy S8 and S8 +, but that's understandable as they have a design almost identical to Samsung's 2017 flagship. But the feedback from people who bought a new Galaxy S9 phone seems overwhelmingly positive.
Some Samsung fans who hold and omit the Galaxy S9 plan to wait until the end of the year to test the other high profile flagship Samsung will ship in 2018. No, we're not talking about the hotly-awaited foldable Galaxy X. We're talking about the Galaxy Note 9. Unfortunately ̵
People expect every new flagship smartphone a company brings to market will be the most powerful phone ever. This is usually the case with most companies, but not with Samsung. Why? Since Samsung uses the same core components in the flagship smartphones, it starts in the second half of the year as in the first half of the year. There are a few subtleties and optimizations here and there that offer low performance benefits, but the company's Galaxy Note phones are about the same as the Galaxy S phones every year in terms of performance.
On Wednesday afternoon, we covered the first major leak of Galaxy Note 9 of the year. Geekbench 4 benchmark test scores were discovered on the Geekbench website and gave the world a first taste of the upcoming 9th grade. The phone's values roughly matched those of the current Galaxy S9, which has since been rated 9 on the Geekbench site operated the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The phone could have some improvements ahead of the release this coming August or September, but like every year in the past, we do not expect these values to change very much.
So, how is the Galaxy? Note 9 do? The Geekbench 4.2 single-core test and the 8806 multi-core test achieved a respectable score of 2190. These are really good results, but the "Android vs. iPhone" group is staggering. Why? Because this year's Galaxy Note 9, which will be released at about the same time as Apple's 2018 model, will not even be as powerful as 194559005 iPhones
Here are average single-core Geekbench 4 scores for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8:
And here are the multi-core Geekbench test scores for Apple's latest iPhone:
As you can see Apple's single- Core values are almost twice as high as those of the Galaxy Note 9. The single-core score is probably the more important score, as it shows how well a phone works when dealing with typical, everyday tasks. Apple's 2017 iPhones also reach the 1,000-point mark in the multicore test, well above the 8806 Note 9 score.
It is important to note that this does not tell the full story. Apple's iOS 11 software is still riddled with bugs and memory management issues, so the company's 2017 iPhone lineup can not take full advantage of this. In fact, the Galaxy S9 has even beaten Apple's iPhone X in recent real-world speed tests. Of course, these tests are anything but scientific, but they help illustrate how much iOS 11 holds back these phones.
Apple's upcoming iOS 11.3 update is expected to help somewhat, but iOS 12 is the release that is expected to make the iPhone lineup a real boost. Apple is reportedly delaying some new features to really focus on improving the user experience and fixing bugs. Add to that a next-generation Apple A-Series chipset that undoubtedly delivers a level of performance never before found on a mobile device, and you've got a next-generation iPhone model series with power that will completely upset the note 9 and other Android phones 2018.