A Samsung-made device identified by the model number SM-G9650 that's widely believed to be the Galaxy S9 Plus was spotted in the database of Android benchmarking tool AnTuTu earlier today, having been listed as featuring the Snapdragon 845. The presence of Qualcomm's latest chip suggests the benchmarked model is meant to be sold in either the United States or China, with the latter possibility being more likely as AnTuTu itself is a Chinese software with a large user base in the Far Eastern country. The handset was identified as featuring 64GB of internal flash memory, which is contrary to recent reports indicating that even the base model of the larger Galaxy S9 Plus will boast 128GB of storage space.
Other findings are in line with previous leaks and rumors about Samsung's upcoming flagship which has now been benchmarked with 6GB of RAM and an elongated display panel featuring an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While AnTuTu claims its screen is of the FHD+ variety, the tested device likely had its resolution manually lowered prior to being benchmarked as both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are widely expected to offer the same QHD+ Infinity Display panels found on their predecessors. Android 8.0 Oreo is also part of the package, according to the new leak, with its existence signaling Samsung's next pair of smartphones will have native support for Google's Project Treble. The reworked OS framework should theoretically allow for faster software updates, provided Samsung decides to take advantage of it. No other new details have been revealed by the benchmark, whereas the specifications mentioned as part of the listing mostly correspond to those mentioned by previous reports.
The South Korean original equipment manufacturer is set to officially announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus in the run-up to this year's Mobile World Congress, with its product launch event being scheduled on February 25. Recent rumors suggested the pair of Android flagships will be released on a global level on March 16 following a two-week pre-order period and that Samsung is planning price hikes for both models. Much like their predecessors, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are widely expected to be best-selling Android smartphones of the year.