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Samsung’s Japanese Variant of the Galaxy SIII to Sport 2GB of RAM?

According to literature from Samsung and Japanese carrier DoCoMo, the Galaxy SIII that will be made available to Japanese consumers will sport a full 2GB of RAM compared to the single gig that international and US buyers will see. Like the Americas though, the Japanese model will sport a Snapdragon S4 processor instead of Samsung’s new quad-core Exynos chip. If this bump in specs is true, it will be interesting to see how all of these SGSIII devices compare benchmark-wise when all of the mobile sites start getting their hands on them.

Although the true question may be, why the heck do they get 2GB of RAM and we don’t?

Via: Unwired ViewPocket Now

  • Jeff Tycz

    better question is “why do you need 2GB of ram?”

    you dont….

  • IanAndersonLOL

    Docomo phones have their own variation of NFC Payment similar to google wallet, their “iConcier” service, which all need to run in the background which has been sucking up ram in their previous phones. It’s not surprising they’d want Samsung to put 2gb ram in their variant before they made an order of that scale(docomo is huge, samsung is more than willing to make them happy)

  • abhele


  • Trevor

    To summarize: we get the crappiest of the SIII variants. The end.

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    Makes sense if they want to compete against LG in Japan. They have no real challenger in the US or worldwide when it comes to pure specs.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Yeah!!! what the hell!!!! Why do they get all the good stuff???? We want 2gig a RAM too dam it. Our money is green…..

  • Matthew Merrick

    so if i imported this, are there any US carriers i could use it on?

  • Meh

    At this point, does it even matter? I’m sure this phone won’t launch until they can push us into shared tiered plans. I might as well get a dumbphone on 3G with email and their half ass web browser.

  • regkilla


  • ManBearPig618

    I’m so sick of OEM’s dumbing down the specs for US variants so they can sell us the specs sold elsewhere at a later point in time as the “new model.”

  • Larizard

    I think this is Samsung’s way to apologize to the Japanese for what the Korean dinosaur did.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    First, this is truly an answer to the LG Optimus LTE2 if it’s true.

    Second, when I pointed out the other week about the true forward hardware evolution of going from the standard 1gb to 2gb of RAM people hated on me like “oh man, what do you really need 2gb for” and yet if Tim or Kellex puts it out there it is like “oh man, I want this”. Pandering 101.

    • feztheforeigner

      Now I want 4GBs!

      • kevinc

        the android OS can only handle max 2 GB.

        • feztheforeigner

          Then I also want JellyBean!!! 😛

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    • zUFC

      Who wouldn’t want more RAM? if they were hating then they are idiots. There is always a need for more (of anything). People that say “we don’t need it” are the ones that always say that to everything. Just makes them feel better. I do it to I guess when i buy something that doesn’t have EVERYTHING i want.

  • Michael_NM

    Today has been full of great news for us. 🙁

  • Tommy Thompson

    We only have rumored specs for the US variants. It’s possible ours will get 2GB too, with it running the S4.

  • Enigma2u

    My question is this aside from “future proofing” the phone…what do we need this for now …or even in a year …nothing that’s what …seriously think about it …situations are rare to few tops …just like this quad core vs dual…um I have the One x with dual core and man am I a happy camper …blowing my Gnex away …so I say all need to relax on certain specs my ask is for these jerks to focus on battery life instead

    • Tommy Thompson

      There’s a reason the dual-core in the ONE X beats the GNEX, A15 architecture.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      What do we need this for? Multi-tasking. With that much RAM, you (or the OS itself) will rarely need to close an app, making them open up even quicker when you switch back to them. This will be especially useful for apps that take forever to open (like the Facebook app). Only drawback is that the battery life will likely take a hit if you have multiple apps open at a time.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        Having more apps in memory does not have an affect on battery life…

        • kevinc

          maybe not, but app in memory are also able to use CPU which WILL affect it.

    • Hiro Protagonist

      It’s the principle of the point.

  • Fallencleric

    Ya why do we get screw, huh??? No good Samsung!