Recently we reported that according to the rumors, Samsung was working on a variant of the Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is versus the current model which has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It was also reported that this particular model would be aimed at the Chinese market.
Speaking at a Galaxy Note 7 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin confirmed plans to release a version of the handset with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. However, it looks like this will be available only in China – just as previously speculated.
According to a report from The Korea Herald who quoted Samsung’s Mobile Chief Koh Dong-Jin as saying, “It is true that we are reviewing the rollout of a new tablet with 128 gigabyte built-in memory in China because Chinese companies are aggressively doing marketing with high-capacity memory.”
“This upset local consumers because the Galaxy Note 7 is launched with 64GB built-in memory and 4GB RAM in the global market including South Korea.”, The Korea Herald reported.
In some regards, Koh is right as we have companies such as OnePlus who are putting out handsets with 6GB of RAM. It’s well known that Samsung has troubles competing with Chinese handset vendors, as sales of its smartphones have slid for a third year in a row in China. With that in mind, it makes sense for the company to try and lure Chinese users with the best specs it’s got, , although why Samsung didn’t just include it for all models in the first place is unclear.
Koh also stated that the company would be looking at feedback from various regions to decide whether it should also make its way to other markets.
“We will accept diverse opinions from various regions and also consider whether that move will disappoint Korean consumers.” However don’t be surprised if they don’t. Samsung has been having a hard time in China where local manufacturers with their much cheaper handsets are getting a leg up on them as well as Apple.
Do you think Samsung has made a mistake not coming out with just a 6GB RAM version for all markets? They did something similar before by not launching the Note 5 in Europe.