Samsung Galaxy S8 series to max out at 6 GB RAM & 256 GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S8 series to max out at 6 GB RAM & 256 GB storage
With the year drawing to a close, techies far and wide are looking ahead to what 2017 might offer on the gadget front. In-keeping with the narrative, Samsung is expected to set the tone early on with the Galaxy S8 series. Always a pivotal release, there's particular onus on The Next Galaxy to hit the heights after the Note 7's well-documented lows. A new tidbit suggests that the Galaxy S8 / S8 edge won't be scrimping, with 6 gigs of RAM and a whopping 256 GB of on-board ROM. 

The current crop of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are generally laudable but the 32 GB of internal storage seems nonsensically low -- even if expansion via microSD adds potential legroom. According to a Weibo source, the S8 will offer up to 256 GB of on-board storage, though it remains to be seen whether the microSD card option will also be retained. 

Samsung's decision to nix expandable storage with the Galaxy S6 series was not viewed favorably by many enthusiasts, and this year's rebirth of the Galaxy S microSD slot has come at the expense of native real estate. A 256-gig option would probably be enough to satisfy most power users should Sammy once again decide to forgo expandability. Then again, we're pretty sure that some of our readers would jump at the chance to stretch a 256 GB model even further. 

In addition, the leak also suggests the S8 could arrive with 6 GB of RAM. Sounds great and all, but more RAM is only useful if it's efficiently applied. Though Samsung will be trying harder than usual to impress with its forthcoming gadget(s), here's hoping any RAM enhancement translates to real-world performance, rather than mere overkill to inflate the S8's market appeal. 

Finally, the leakster reiterates the notion of two Galaxy S8 models, which is not particularly surprising given the current S7 duo. Recently, we've heard that the S8 handsets will be among the first to launch with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. With the supposed inclusion of pressure-sensitive display tech to accompany the traditional camera improvements and other tweaks, the S8 series is shaping up to be a real winner.

What would you most like to see from Samsung's next big thing? Let us know in the comments. 

source: Weibo via SamMobile

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37 Comments

1. Stranded87

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

The 6GB of RAM rumor isn't new, even though SamMobile is reporting it as such. Read the TechTastic article properly (or follow the story back to its Weibo source) and you'll see that. The new bit is just the extra storage, TechTastic just mentioned the RAM amount at the end as something that's already rumored.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I still think 4GB RAM is more than enough for smartphones for most average consumers. 6GB/8GB is fine, but not mandatory. More storage capacity though is required. 64GB should be minimum for every premium smartphone.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Apple and Google are smart though. They have the minimum of their current flagships at 32GB instead of 64GB because they want people to question whether 32GB will be enough, hoping they'll instead opt for the 128GB (or 256GB in Apple's case). There's absolutely no reason they couldn't just go with 64GB as the base storage amount.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think 128GB should be the standard period. You don't need a choice for 32 or 64. Internal storage is cheap. Its roughly $5.00 per 1M and that's for $128GB of internal storage. Apple, Samsung and any other OEM that offers a phone in different storage capacities is for extra money which is BS by both companies and anyone else who does it. All you need is 128GB and maybe a 256GB option, if the phone doesn't support microSD. If phones came 128 or 256, they wouldn't need sdcard support at all. But I personally liek keeping my personal stuff on the sdcard and having only my apps on internal storage. That way, Apple run fast. My media doesn't need to be fast. My docs, don't need to be fast. They just need accessibility.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll be in line for the Note 8 variant.

5. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Me to..

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

At this point the only thing differentiating a note device from an edge is slight increase in screen size and the pen.

8. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

There's more to it than that, unless you are not talking about the note 7.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's way more differentiation than just that, but I'm addicted to the S-Pen.

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

There really isn't much difference anymore like there used to be. Note 3 was a spec bump and design change from the S4, Note 4 again was a design change and spec bump from the S5. Than the Note 5 came and it is the EXACT same phone as the S6 Edge plus, only difference is the edge has the curved display and software features for it, while the Note 5 had a pen and software for it. And again in 2016 the Note 7 has identical specs to the S7. Design is a slight variation, screen and battery size changed, few new features added with the pen, but they are the SAME hardware and nearly identical.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agree to disagree

7. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Please please please include the IR

10. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

specs play an important role (atleast in people's mind). so, i think samsung should go for 256 gb model 7 even 8 gb ram if possible. they need consumers & critics trust after note 7. & a beefed up specs is a really awesome way....but, just keep prices in check & don't price them insanely. 128 gb base model (ram should be same across all models). with sd card, water/dust resistant, type c port with usb 3.1 gen 2 if possible.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Throwing senseless hardware into a phone isn't going to bring trust. Samsung doesn't have a trust issue. The Note is not a flagship and is not their top selling phone. If this had happened to the Galaxy S, then I would say you're right. Right now you're wrong. The good thing about selling 50 different phone models, is,even if one has an issue, it doesn't ruin the whole brand. Especially iff said phone is not your top selling model. As many problems as the iPhone has had and still is having, people are still buying them. The only fools harping on the Samsung issue, are idiots with no class, no argument and no brains.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The only fools harping on the Samsung issue, are idiots with no class, no argument and no brains." Lmfao......talk about kettle meeting pot. Wow! XD You have serious problems man.....

21. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Man you've turned into a serious troll. This i an telling after looking into a series of your posts offlate. It is just a waste of time gentleman.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Man you've turned into a serious troll. This i an telling after looking into a series of your posts offlate. It is just a waste of time gentleman." I'm sorry.......are you incapable of reading ABOVE what I said, or are you simply trying to puck a fight? Telling people they have no class over f**king phones......the hell? If you have a problem with MY post, try reading the rest of the garbage here...

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well you don't have "class". Also the word is spelled "pick" not "puck". Oh and i did that because even though it was a simply typo, just like you do to other calling out such...i'm doing it to you. Because when people like you do that, it shows you have no class and you act like you are perfect and don't make mistakes. So I am pointing out your obvious no class having mistake. The reason you have no class is because, you openly lie and give bad information without even checking facts. You hate anything you don't like, simply because you don't liek it, and you have no real good reason for the hate. I have verified and very good reasons for not liking the iPhone. But they are my reasons. They may not be good enough reasons for you. But I've not gave false information on the iPhone intentionally just to make another OEM look bad, or out of spite of hate...or because I "think" some people are too stupid to even go and look up the facts anyways. Those are the things you do and I have busted you doing. Reminder: Samsung Galaxy devices have supported 24bit audio since the Galaxy S5.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off, Samsung only had this issue with "ONE" phone. They handle the problem by first acknowledging right away there was a problem, next they worked with all carriers to immediately stop selling the device, which was BEFORE the CPSC issues a legal notification to stop selling the devices. They recall the phone and replaced the phone at no cost to buyers. They never blame anyone outside of their own company. When the issued showed again with the replacements, they did the same. They excepted responsibility for the issue, they refunded everyone for their phones and accessories like cases and such that you bought from a retailer or carrier. They also allowed everyone to keep their free gifts they received for the phone purchase. This is unlike Apple who, first accuses its own customers of wrongdoing. This first showed its ugly head with the iPhone 4 antenna issue. Then it happened again with the iPhone 5 bending issue. Happened again with the iPhone 6 Plus bending issue. It happened again with the display issue. Each time, Apple didn't accept responsibility. Each time they blame their customer which is a no-no. Each time the fixed cist their end-user money. But you are perfectly ok with this. You are perfectly OK with IOS having more updates to fix problems other phones rarely have or NEVER have. You are ok with the fact that the iPhone has caught on fire on a plan twice and was never recalled or ban from flight. You are perfectly ok with the fact the iPhone has destroyed people's property. You are perfectly ok with the fact the iPhone has cause injury and in many cases it is due to the fact the phone is structurally not sound and has been manufactured with defects...oh and it has actually killed people. Yet I not one time in those areticles, under any screen name that you use, speak bad of Apple. You only attacked and ridiculed others who made bad jokes in poor taste. But as soon as Samsung had this one issue, in one of those articles you posted more than 20 times. Cracking jokes, calling names and more. So that is why YOU specifically have no class, no brains, no argument as I said. That goes for YOU and all those like you. You can like or dislike whatever product you want. That doesn't make you a bad person. It si when you act like a hypocrite that sucks. And you have some never saying someone is calling the kettle black. You should check out that kettle sitting on your shoulders, because its so black that there i nothing blacker...not even the black of space. Which si exactly what sits in between your 2 ears...SPACE and a sign that says -http://static-2.socialgo.com/cache/85560/image/867.jpg

31. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

For the love of God man.....LEARN...... 2......SUMMARIZE!!!!!

23. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Lmfao......talk about kettle meeting pot. Wow! XD" That would be you. How many times have you said, For once I would like to read a apple article with out Samsung /Android fans. Hmmm I think this is a Samsung article so why are you here. Just repeating what you say. I really don't care and I am going to post where I want just like it's your right to post where you want. But to tell Samsung/Android fans to stay out of apple articles, now that's called, kettle meeting pot.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And that's trolling......but not "Anyone who is criticizing Samsung about this issue had no class".....???? Really loving your double standard, friend./s

28. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Only saying what you have said.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're just pissed because, the type of people I am talking about is people like you...a proven idiot, a proven person with no class and a proven person with no brains. OH and here is a reminder for you...The Galaxy has supported 24bit audio since the Galaxy S5. Apple has never. Just remind you from your stupid wrong post. Oh, and if you want me to stop bring up 24bit audio, every-time I post to you, I will bring it up until you admit you were wrong and apologize...and I see your open apology for your hate of Samsung which is so high, you give misinformation on purpose thinking we all are as stupid as you are. Reminder, that when it comes to having no argument, no class, no brain, top 5 hypocrite; you are definitely one who is certainly that black kettle.

27. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You're just pissed because, the type of people I am talking about is people like you...a proven idiot, a proven person with no class and a proven person with no brains." Calling me an idiot after a basic grammar mistake won't earn you any points here fam'........ XD. "OH and here is a reminder for you...The Galaxy has supported 24bit audio since the Galaxy S5. Apple has never. Just remind you from your stupid wrong post." Totally relevant to my comment..... "Oh, and if you want me to stop bring up 24bit audio, every-time I post to you, I will bring it up until you admit you were wrong and apologize...and I see your open apology for your hate of Samsung which is so high, you give misinformation on purpose thinking we all are as stupid as you are." Dude, Samsung is beyond irrelevant to me now. I literally don't care what they do, I don't care for their phones. A realization I came to after seeing how incessantly stupid a small portion of their fanbase can be, and after your stupid ass basically told me to get hit by a bus, I said "Nope, don't want to end up like one of THOSE people...... ". So no, I don't hate Samsung. I hate the subsect of Sammy Knights (I.e. your kind) and their delusional nonsense more than the actual products. Not to mention the companies top brass are money-laundering assholes. "Reminder, that when it comes to having no argument, no class, no brain, top 5 hypocrite; you are definitely one who is certainly that black kettle." Why did you emphasize the color of the pot there? Genuine question....

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude I don't need any points. I didn't come here to make friends. I came here because I love all things related to tech no matter how small or big. I have never called anyone out in bad taste because they like something I may not personally. I have called names and gotten angry with people who outright lie...and who are hypocrites and ride on the bad of one brand because they hate them, when their own brand is ever worse or is actually worse. You are a troll...trying to call someone else a troll. I like all products from all brands, I like some far more than others. Samsung right now I feel makes the best products for what they costs. They don't purposely gimp their products at all. In fact, they may actually give them to much. The S4 which I still own is a perfect example of them doing to much. I can say with affirmation that Apple doesn't do enough for what they charge. For a company you all brag about have all this money and profits. I gave you commendation in the fact, that unlike many here, you are an open hypocrite and are upfront with it vs the cretens here who hide behind 50 screen names. So since you are a hypocrite, then take your medicine like a man and stop acting liek a child. Act liek you can argue facts and you won't have to be a hypocrite. Just love tech for what it is, and stop acting like Apple is Jesus Christ and that loving them is going to land you life in heave..BECAUSE ITS NOT! In fact you are going to be in the same place as Steve Jobs and the rest of us when we pass away. They are going to shove what is left of you in a fancy overpriced box, buried under 6 feet of dirt and mud and you are going to rot until you are nothing more than a skeleton. You're not gonna meet god, you're not going to meet the devil, and you certainly aren't going to see Steve Jobs again. Kissing up to Apple isn't going to get you a paycheck, no more than me if I decide to kiss up to Samsung. Which I never have. I don't understand your going out of the way hate for them and your constant nagging about their ONE issue when your phone of choice has more than 10 issues happening at any one time.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

"Dude, Samsung is beyond irrelevant to me now. I literally don't care what they do, I don't care for their phones. A realization I came to after seeing how incessantly stupid a small portion of their fanbase can be, and after your stupid ass basically told me to get hit by a bus, I said "Nope, don't want to end up like one of THOSE people...... ". So no, I don't hate Samsung. I hate the subsect of Sammy Knights (I.e. your kind) and their delusional nonsense more than the actual products. Not to mention the companies top brass are money-laundering assholes." You can take that and replace Samsung with Apple and you get the same type of people. The people you claim you hate, and yet Apple fanbase which includes you act the same. I could care less about any brand. I was originally limited to what brands of phones I could use, because I had been with Verizon since 1996, when they bought out GTE which is who I was with. I have owned phones from almost every brand. I like them all back then like HTC, Motorola and others. I loved and missed my old Windows Mobile devices like my HTC TouchPro 2. I have lived an impressed to have seen the complete evolution of the smartphone, from PDA's to what we have now. They all have come along way. if you don't like Samsung, why even come to their articles? I mean I seen you complain about Samsung people coming to Apple articles, yet you do the same. Doesn't that make you a hypocrite? The first Samsung phone I owned was a flip phone that I only like because it allows MP3 ringtones, has mass storage and had stereo speakers even though it was tiny. I don't like TouchWiz vs Sense UI, buy HTC Sense got really have with Sense 5 and I stop buying their phones after the Droid Incredible. I don't like or dislike Samsung. I like them and dislike them equally as I do any OEM. I bought iPhones in the past. They are to limited for what they cost. But I woudl by another in a hearbeat, considering it does what I need. They don't. I speak against them because a phoen with $400 in features and capabilities should cost $1000 PERIOD. I buy Samsung products because they are the best in their class. I bought their TV;s because of the features they provide that works with their phones and same for their tablets. I foudn all ARM tablets to be baseless and useless...I hate all of them including the useless iPad. Let me repeat that fro emphasis...I HATE ALL ARM based tablets whether they are Samsung or Apple or any brand, because they are all useless, especially when you have an ARM based smartphone. But in fairness the iPad is the worse because even as a tablet it has no features beyond the iPhone. At least Samsung with there Tab and Note bring extended features with size. As far as your question. The phrase goes "look who is calling the kettle black". It has nothing to do with race or culture...it is just a phrase. I said it, because you did. I'm already "black" so it wasn't racist.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't dislike you...you've not done anything to me. What I do dislike is your deception, which is just like Apple. You lie or exaggerate the truth to try to benefit yourself to try to make yourself look better. You or me or anyone else, should not attack someone because of the brand they like. I didn't attack you because you like Apple. I attacked you because you act like Apple is perfect, you don't call them out on things that are equally worse as Samsung or any OEM. Samsung And Apple get all the attention because they are the top dogs. You don't have to like Samsung, but you don't have to hae them either. I don't liek Apple, but I don't hate them either. I speak on the nasty eveil things they ahve done. As I have also of Microsoft. Samsung hasn't done anything evil. Apple sued Samsung for BS. Samsung never said Apple for BS, and when Apple was found guilty, Obama stupid ass, vetoed the courts decision which was wrong. The court made a judgement and if Apple didn't agree with the final judgement, that is why we have appeals courts. The POTUS should never have stepped in. Apple did the Samsung the same as they did to Microsoft. Apple hates when a partner decides to compete against them. They chose to sue over BS. Apple suit against Samsung was equal to what it was against Microsoft and Apple lost that one and lost the same vs Samsung in every country but the USA. Coincidence? NO! It was BS. I stand behind what I said about Obama. he should be smacked for steeping in and putting his hand into out justice system when Apple was clearly found wrong. You havent seen the leader of South Korea step in for Samsung battles and Samsung is 25% of their own country's GDP. Apple isn't even 5% of the USA GDP. So why did the President step in? Because he was stupid.

36. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Samsung hasn't done anything evil." https://www.google.com/amp/www.cnbc.com/amp/2016/11/23/samsung-group-pension-fund-offices-raided-in-south-korea-scandal-park-geun-hye.html One week ago.... http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/30/3709688/samsung-25-years-lee-kun-hee Published 4 years ago.... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tax-evasion-bribery-and-price-fixing-how-samsung-became-the-giant-that-ate-korea-8510588.html Literally every aspect of these articles indicates/implicates Samsung as an AWFUL business, founded by a corrupt asshat. Apple hasn't had ANY of these problems, yet they're corrupt in your eyes. That's a SIGNIFICANT double standard....

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I want an S pen, otherwise it's just another phone with little to nothing making it unique. Note 5 is still my favorite phone despite owning an S7.

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