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Samsung releases Galaxy Note 7 in China with ‘just’ 4GB RAM

Despite many rumors claiming that a variant of the Galaxy Note 7 with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space would be released in China, Samsung didn’t do it. The South Korean smartphone giant has released the Galaxy Note 7 in China with ‘just’ 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The Galaxy Note 7 launched in China comes equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor and is priced at CNY 5,988 (around $899 or €799 at current exchange rates) in the country. The phone can now be registered (which is not the same as pre-ordering the device) by interested consumers, and it will become available in China on September 1.

It is being said that Samsung will observe Apple’s next iPhone launch and then decide whether to launch the 6GB variant of the Note 7 in China. If Samsung does so, it could make a lot of Note 7 buyers from other markets around the world angry as they didn’t get to choose the 6GB variant of the phablet.

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maccyb
maccyb

6gb is cosmetic marketing. The 6gb Oneplus 3 has been shown not capable of using more than 3gb of ram at maximum capacity and even then it restarts apps after only 3 or 4. The customer demographic that buys phones like Samsung and iPhone flagships will never be tempted by cheaply built phones like Oneplus even if it has 10gb of ram. A $300 customer will buy a cheap phone. An $800-1000 customer wouldn’t even look at it. We shouldn’t confuse market segments. However 128gb of storage may annoy some at not having that choice, but 64gb plus 256gb should… Read more »

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Well, it enables the longevity of the phone. When the Note 3 arrived, 3 GB of RAM was ludicrous, yet you have ‘RAM-creep’ from apps that gets bigger and bigger and these days, almost all of it is filled. Other phones in 2013 had 1-2 GB tops. They are obsolete now due to memory usage from ever increasing software programs.

maccyb
maccyb

It’s not the apps, it’s the faster SoC and that requires the ram. The mismatch causes problems. I develop control systems for equipment using Linux and C++, which Android is based on as I’m sure you know. Too much ram is inefficient and leaks power. It can actually have a detrimental affect on performance. You can have a hundred apps on your phone but they are designed to use the least amount of ram possible. With the chip technology used on present day phones, if a single app starts using the energy more than 2 gb to run, the chip… Read more »

kvenuk
kvenuk

keep option 4gb and 6gb to the consumer to choose one of them …///

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

But that’s stupid. The consumer will pick 6GB of RAM and blame Samsung when there are problems with it as of late Samsung phones have had really really bad RAM management and the 6GB may offer 0 benefit over the 4GB, it may even hurt battery life like with the one plus 3

maccyb
maccyb

Ram management is not a problem anymore, but I can only speak for the Exynos version, however 6gb is not needed on any smartphone, it’s superfluous and as you say will just drain battery.

johnnysims
johnnysims

Really? Was it fixed?

maccyb
maccyb

I can’t really speak for the US Snapdragon version to be honest, but there’s no ram management problem on the European and Asian Exynos version. As soon as I got mine and connected it to Smartswitch I got a huge software update, though that just installed security updates and free 15gb Samsung cloud storage, whether it including updates to ram management? , maybe it did but anyway, no problem here!