Samsung Galaxy Note 9 December patch goes live on T-Mobile & Sprint, Android 10 beta update rolling in China

Samsung is working on a ‘Lite’ edition of Galaxy S10 as well as Note 10, and thankfully we already know plenty of details about them. For example, Galaxy Note 10 Lite would be powered by Exynos 9810 chipset – the same SoC found in Galaxy Note 9/S9 family.

Geekbench listing of Galaxy Note 10 Lite

Opting for an older chip might be a controversial decision regarding software updates, but Samsung is doing pretty well lately in that department. Besides the Exynos variant of Galaxy Note 9, the Snapdragon powered US (carrier unlocked) models also received Android 10 based One UI 2.0 beta.

The legacy flagship even won the race against Google Pixel lineup when it came to December security update. The US unlocked units grabbed a same a few days ago.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Matter of fact, Verizon also announced the December update for Note 9 last week. Their OTA comes with software version CSK1, but Sprint has decided to deliver a slightly newer build (CSK2).


As always, the official chnagelog is surprisingly minimal; nothing but “The security of your device has been improved“. Guess the owners of these phones have to wait at least a month to get the taste of stable Android 10.

T-Mobile is also ready with their version. The new software build is tagged as CSK1, same as the Verizon one. AT&T, however, is still stuck with November patch.


The Snapdragon variant of Galaxy Note 9 is also sold in Canada (SM-N960W), Latin America and China (SM-9600). While the first two are still excluded from the beta testing, the Chinese owners can participate in the initiative.

According to a redditor, Samsung is rolling out software version ZSL3 as the recent most beta in China with December patch. In comparison, the US variant (SM-N960U1) got ZSL2 as their introductory beta.


How long are you planning to keep your Galaxy Note 9? Another year or so? Let us know by commenting below.

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I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.