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New rumor suggests Galaxy S8 will have 6GB of RAM and feature 256GB storage option

By midian182 · 21 replies
Nov 28, 2016
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  1. As 2016 turns out to be one of the worst years in the company’s history, Samsung is looking toward 2017 to put things right. It's hoping that the Galaxy S8 smartphone will help lay to rest the explosive ghost of the Note 7, and if rumors are to be believed, the Korean firm is focusing all its efforts on the upcoming handset, which is said to feature 6GB of RAM and come with a 256GB storage option.

    If the latest rumors – originating from China – are true, it will mean that the Galaxy S8 features 2GB more RAM than the S7/S7 Edge. 6GB may sound like overkill for a smartphone, and in reality it probably is, but earlier rumors suggested it could have been as high as 8GB.

    It’s also thought that the S8’s internal storage will get a huge boost. While the S7 and S7 Edge come with 32GB of storage as standard (though there is a 64GB version as well), the microSD card slot mean running out of space shouldn’t be an issue for most users. The S8, however, is said to offer 256GB of storage in its highest configuration. What this means for the microsSD slot is unclear, but it would be a surprise if Samsung removes the feature.

    Back in September, a leaked report by Sammobile suggested the S8 may come with an Exynos 8895 SoC featuring ARM’s new high-end Mali-G71 mobile GPU. While Tech Updates claims the S8 will ship with a 5.2-inch display featuring a resolution of 2160 x 4096 – an increase over the 1440 x 2560 found in the S7.

    One aspect of the S8 that we know will definitely be present is its Siri/Cortana/Alexa-rivalling virtual assistant, which may be activated using a dedicated button on the side of the handset.

    All of this means that the Galaxy S8 is said to be 28 percent more expensive to manufacture than the S7. Thankfully, the new smartphone will apparently have the same launch price as its predecessor did last year. Samsung is expected to unveil the S8 at Barcelona's MWC in February/March, we'll be there to find out which rumors turn out to be accurate.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +443

    6gb of RAM is not overkill for a phone if you want 4k games and videos on it. That's a lot of texturing and content to cache before being pushed to the display. Also, Google Chrome users still like the ability to use more than 3 tabs.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    It sounds alright and in about 3 month time it should 'explode' onto the scene. I looking forward to it's release, it's almost time for an upgrade for me and Samsung phones always head my list.
    Reehahs, wastedkill and H3llion like this.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,680   +417

    1 min of 4k30fps is around 375MB, thats 6MB/s that you need to cache. I would say 6GB of ram is probably overkill.
    p51d007 likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,153   +3,576

    "explode" .... oh, droll, very droll ....... but possibly true!
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,793   +394

    I'm sorry, but the S series is NOT a viable replacement for the Note series.

    I may agree, without facts backing it, that 6GB isnt overkill as it states "5.2-inch display featuring a resolution of 2160 x 4096" for a phone.

    ....uhhh, no... no it wouldn't, have you been living under a rock? lol :p Seriously though, I would be surprised if they DID have a microSD card slot.

    Disappointingly though, this wont be a viable replacement for my Note 5. (IMO!)
  7. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +297

    I suppose quick charging improvements will be an excuse to make battery life more suffer more by these insane resolution pushes we keeping making in mobile devices....
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Looks like samsung is embracing the true nature of android aka don't optimize just bump specs to joke levels next we'll see a phone with 1TB storage along with a 32core cpu and 24GB ram with a 16k screen.

    Seems to me that only reason apple can charge prices they do for the iphones is because no one yet realizes that on a 5.2" device you'll benefit frack all with 6-8GB ram, 4k display, 8 core cpu this ain't a laptop its a damn 5.2" phone... if I wanted to dish out $30k for a phone that plays crysis on ultra 5.2" display 4k then I would be stupid to do so
  9. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,793   +394

    So many things wrong with this comment, but I'll take it all as a joke. lmao

    I will agree though, it's silly to tote 4k on a phone.
    StefanG and p51d007 like this.
  10. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    4K is a gimmick on smartphones and since Samsung wants to be first to use it (before Apple), Apple can just sit back and watch market reactions to it.

    It's a waste of energy, the screens run hot, and it requires so much CPU and RAM it's just not worth it.

    If you base your worth on "specs" then OK - but if you go for refinement instead of specs, your phones may stop exploding.
  11. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +1,725

    And the battery failing after 18 months due to heat and rapid charging is a "feature" dont forget.

    And of course the samsung fans will come out and defend fast charging as a substitute for a properly sized removable battery, because "you're around a plug all day"
  12. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,793   +394

    I'm not sure if "the people" basing their phones worth on "specs" is why they were exploding, but yea everything else you said isnt wrong. I'm not an expert, but I think it had something to do with faulty batteries and/or the charging mechanism Samsung decided to use. Which as far as specs go, people look at the mAh, and whether in includes fast charging, which has been around and has been proven to work without exploding batteries. Just my thoughts.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Impossible. It won't happen. They couldn't be stupid enough to make the exact same stuff up again in such a hurry... Could they?..
    Uncle Al likes this.
  14. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    So... still no removable battery there?

    Will I ever upgrade from my G4?

    Not the G5 though. That slot brings back bad memories about Express Cards.
  15. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,894   +1,170

    We probably wouldn't be in the removable/non removable battery if it wasn't for a couple things.
    The stupidity of making a phone a "fashion statement" ie: THIN...along with the silly colors.
    When they make a phone thin, that limits the battery size. Due to the wacky nature of lithium
    batteries, the cells inside need protection. Considering how stupid humans are around things
    that can EXPLODE, lithium batteries come with a protective shell around them. Flex a lithium
    battery, or get it's internals wet and watch what happens. That protective shell seals them from
    water, and protects them from bending back and forth.
    By removing that protective shell, and sealing the battery inside the phone, a manufacturer can
    squeeze (no pun intended) a few more milliamps of batter "juice" inside the phone, hoping the
    metal shell of the phone will protect it. But, due to the THIN nature of these stupid phones, and
    the normal tendency of people to carry their phones in their pants pockets, sitting down will imart
    stress on the case, and, the battery. With no extra space, the battery starts flexing, eventually shorting
    out and going all Chernobyl on someone.
    Uncle Al likes this.
  16. ross01

    ross01 TS Rookie Posts: 23   +6

    The hell with the s8, screen will break the minute you touch it I'll wait for the s8 active.
  17. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,517   +1,725

    The LG G series and V series still has removable batteries. Keep an eye on the G6. SD830 and 6-8GB RAM in a 5" chassis with removable battery (and supposedly, not the slot weirdness of the G5)
  18. StefanG

    StefanG TS Rookie

    So, ummm, why are you so late Samsung? Train got held up or you were just too busy playing a mini game of 'Blow up your phones'...smh. I'm buying a phone with these specs, this year. So yeah, you have officially lost your flame. BYE BYE...
  19. romainB

    romainB TS Enthusiast Posts: 41   +6

    That's already a computer, no? not a cell phone.
  20. StefanG

    StefanG TS Rookie

    Relax, there is a phone with this option already...
  21. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 193   +49

    It sounds promising although I think I'll wait a few months before seriously looking at it. I've become a little gun shy of purchasing items day they released after the Note 7 fiasco. It's time to take the same approach as I do with new games. Wait a month or so to see what kinds of problems people report.
  22. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 546   +297

    I guess everyone saying they don't need 4k on a phone is using an iPhone and they haven't realized what they are missing. The note 7 display was freaking beautiful, which is half the reason no one wanted to return their devices.

    4k or GTFO.

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