In February, Samsung Turkey leaked a list of Galaxy phones and tablets that will be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat updates this year and on this list, the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was nowhere to be seen.
While we’ve seen the 2014 Google Nexus 6 receive the Nougat treat, up to version 7.1.1, it’s actually the only device from over two years ago to be updated to the new OS. The Nexus 6 came in at about the same time as the Galaxy Note 4, but since it’s a Google device, it had better chances of receiving the Nougat update compared to the Samsung flagship.
Well, it appears that we might be in for a surprise as the latest Geekbench benchmarks suggest that the South Korean tech giant may be running some tests of the new Android Nougat OS on the Galaxy Note 4. Given that the Note 4 shares the same hardware specs as the Nexus 6 (a Snapdragon 805 SoC, Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB RAM), it makes sense for the former to be running tests for the new OS, however, it makes little sense to see the device being tested for the newer Android 7.1.1 Nougat, an OS that has yet to hit any Sammy device as at the time of this writing, including the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+.
All Samsung phones and tablets that have so far been updated to the new Android Nougat are currently installed with version 7.0, but it seems the Galaxy Note 4 might make a direct jump to the newer version 7.1.1 – if at all this benchmark comes to materialize.
It might be a dream-come-true for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 owners to see the device updated to Android Nougat, but from the benchmark scores, you might be better off using the current Android Marshmallow. Apparently, single-core tests yielded a score of just 383 while multi-core tests managed a score of just 613. These are by far less impressive and if anything, they could indicate that the testing phase has just started, with more optimizations to follow in order to improve the performance.
Another possible thing is that the benchmarked Galaxy Note 4 could be running a custom ROM based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which could mean that there’s still no Nougat OTA coming to the Note 4. But as noted, there’s nothing that is stopping Samsung from pushing Android Nougat OTA to the Galaxy Note 4, especially since the phone has the same hardware configuration as the already updated Google Nexus 6. Hopefully, the OEM goes ahead and updates this powerful phone at some point in future, even if it means having to wait until Q4 2017.
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