We finally have an official confirmation from Samsung that puts an end to all those rumors you have been hearing about a new top-end variant of the just-launched Galaxy Note 7. The head of Samsung Mobile, Koh Dong-jin, has confirmed that a Galaxy Note 7 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage does exist. Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet though, because that variant will be China-specific and is unlikely to see daylight in other markets.
While for 4 GB of RAM is more than enough for even the heaviest of multi-taskersl, other manufacturers like OnePlus and LeEco are already offering 6GB of RAM in their flagship smartphones. Since Samsung is usually the OEM credited with upping the ante, everyone did expect the company to follow suit with the Galaxy Note 7. The good news is that they have, but with China the intended market, Galaxy Note fans around the world may be disappointed.
New listings on TENAA (China’s version of the US FCC) and Geekbench that surfaced just after the launch pointed to a Galaxy Note 7 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and when speaking to The Korea Herald Koh Dong-jin said, that it was true they were rolling out a device with 128 gigabyte built-in memory in China, because of Chinese companies aggressively doing marketing with high-capacity memory.
It may seem difficult to understand the logic behind introducing a new variant of the Note 7 with higher memory and storage specifically for China, but it does make sense, when you consider the dynamics of the Chinese smartphone market. For one, local Chinese brands are offering smartphones with higher RAM and bigger storage capacity, with devices like the OnePlus 3, LeEco Le Max 2, and the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite, all available in the 6GB/128GB configuration. There’s little doubt that Samsung is feeling the pressure to keep pace with the spec wars if it has to maintain its reputation in the Chinese market as a manufacturer of high-end devices.
Before going ahead though, Samsung has said that it would first consult with carriers in different regions to avoid disappointing fans in its home market of South Korea where the Note 7 has already achieved record pre-orders.
The Galaxy Note 7 already sells at a premium price of over $800, and the extra memory and storage of the new variant would make it even pricier, though Samsung has not provided any price indications. Would you be satisfied with the memory and storage that the current Galaxy Note 7 has to offer, or upgrade to the 6GB/128GB storage variant if it ever makes its way into your market? Let us know in the comments below!