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Update: August 8th

A post on Weibo showing off some promotional material for the Galaxy Note 7’s launch in China claims that the price for the 6GB RAM / 128GB storage model will be 6088 yuan ($910). This would make the phone just a tad more expensive than the regular model that features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is stated to retail for 5688 yuan ($853).

That seems like a rather small price difference for a notable upgrade to storage space, so again treat this rumor with some scepticism. After all, we’re still waiting for an official launch in China to confirm the existence of the 6GB RAM model anyway. According to the same post, we should see Chinese pre-orders begin on August 26th, ahead of a September 2nd release date. So there isn’t too long left to wait.

Original: August 5th 2016

A number of rumors in the build up to the Galaxy Note 7’s launch suggested that the phone would feature 6GB of RAM, but in the end the handset shipped with just 4GB. Still, that’s plenty of RAM in the world of Android, but now a couple of new listings suggest that a 6GB model could actually be on the way, at least for the Chinese market.

A benchmark result from Geekbench and a listing over at the Chinese Industry and Information Technology Ministry both point to a Galaxy Note 7 model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Slightly different memory configurations for an Asian market wouldn’t be a first for Samsung, last year a 128GB Note 5 was launched in South Korea.

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It’s not entirely clear why Samsung would want to launch a model with additional RAM and storage in China. The extra memory is unlikely to improve performance in any meaningful way, but perhaps the company believes that Chinese consumers would be more susceptible to the marketing leverage. After all, the Chinese OnePlus 3, LeEco Le Max 2, and the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite all offer 6GB/128GB memory options. So there is likely pressure to keep up with the spec wars to maintain Samsung’s reputation as a high-end manufacturer.

Of course, this far from confirms that Samsung is actually going to launch a 6GB Galaxy Note 7 model, we still have to wait for an official announcement. Even so, do you feel that a 6GB Chinese model would undermine the 4GB version that the rest of the world will see?

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