Poll: do you think 4 GB of RAM on the Galaxy Note 7 is good enough?

Poll: do you think 4 GB of RAM on the Galaxy Note 7 is good enough?
Samsung's Galaxy Note series has always been the poweruser's smartphone – while the S line is heavily marketed as the company's flagship, any smartphone poweruser drools over the Note for its larger screen, bump in hardware, and the lovely S Pen stylus. Looking at the past 3 years – every time a new Note device was introduced, it came with a slightly more powerful processor, and an increase in RAM, when compared to the Galaxy S device from the same year.

So, it seemed reasonable to believe that there's some plausibility to the rumors that the 2016 Galaxy Note 7 would come with 6 GB of RAM. After all, OnePlus did it with the OnePlus 3, and the Galaxy S7 already has 4 GB of RAM — going by Samsung's pattern from previous years, many speculated that the Galaxy Note 7 would come with a huge memory chip.

Recent leaks, however, suggest that this rumor was all a pipe dream, as photos of the phone's settings menu confirmed that it would have 4 GB of RAM.

Should this be a disappointment? Many will argue that Android isn't amazing at dealing with more than 3 GB of RAM at the moment. Others will say that keeping so much RAM in use will take a heavy toll on the battery. But another group argues that the Note series is supposed to be the symbol of hardware power that Samsung is capable of sticking inside a phone, and, since OnePlus 3 already did get a 6 GB RAM chip, it will look like Samsung is “holding back” with the Note 7. What's your stance?

Do you think 4 GB of RAM on the Galaxy Note 7 is good enough?

Yes, 4 GB of RAM is absolutely enough for any 2016 smartphone
31.23%
No, I would've preferred to have 6 GB for future-proofing
52.11%
I'm not too thrilled about it, but I believe the Note 7 will be fine with 4 GB of RAM
16.66%

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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100 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd prefer 6GB of RAM with proper programming to make use of it, and a big battery to have a no compromise experience using it. That'll be way more appealing and future proof. However, it's not a must as the phone already does a lot of true multitasking with its 4GB of RAM.

37. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

4gb is a shame. Note2 had 2gb and so was futureproof, still works flawlessly to date. Want my money? Show me more...

55. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I would have preferred 8 GB RAM though, my office laptop has it, Note 7 should have it. There is even a way of upgrading my office laptop to 16 GB, Note 7 must have it.

58. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Maybe the actual note 7 will have it, keep in mind this is the note 6

64. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Exactly. For a phone as expensive as note is, in second half of 2016, from a company with such tech capabilities, that is my expectation. Or else... I'll pass. Step up the game Samsung, its not cool in the shaddow of an apple tree anymore. Note series used to be serious device, now its just a bigger S. Booooring... so whats coming up in Note8?

62. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I also would prefer 6gb and a bigger battery but they would rather shove a iris scanner In our face... Who the hell was asking for a iris scanner anyway???

72. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Dumbass idiots. I would be over the moon if it came with a 8GB Ram.

84. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I still find it hard to believe that Sammy is putting a smaller battery in the bigger N7 than what's found in the S7E, the same SD820 and not the upgraded SD821, same camera, and same amount of ram. The N7 is no more than a blown up S7E with a smaller battery at that, I hope the rumored specs are wrong because that will be kinda of a let down if they aren't.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It's not about enough, when you realise oneplus 3 offered 6GB ram with half of the price.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

And it's making use of it at a significant cost on battery life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YFXN4SQtKY If that weren't the case, then you'd have a point and I'd definitely want that from Samsung too.

9. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

That's because OnePlus is not using THE BEST RAM that use less power while samsung will use the best component for Galaxy Note.

93. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Any proof? or just baseless speculation?

92. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Barely any difference to my OnePlus 3, was getting around 5-6 hours SoT before the update and still getting that afterwards.

96. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Evidence shows it's a mediocre battery life compared to competition, so far, you have no proof to back your fancy statements, just mindless fanboy talk...

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So what? Does OnePlus 3 have as many retail stores to maintain, and as many employees to pay as compared to Samsung? And the R&D spendings? There's no comparision between OnePlus versus Samsung Mobile, when it comes to expenses in the developement of smartphones. Samsung's high price tag is justified!

52. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

R&D and stores to maintain are not exactly consumer's problem. That is the company's strategy, the way that it wants to be known. Don't expect sympathy from customer if you sell 4GB RAM at high cost and then your competition sells 6 GB RAM phone at half the price .If they are able to do more with less , good for them. A company can't say " Please buy my inferior product, I spent a lot in marketing etc." Disclaimer: This is just a general observation not directed at any company specifically but yet applicable for one and all. All the best to Sammy for their phablet

56. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I still dont have the guts to buy OP3, donno till on which day will it stop working, will have this feeling each time I use this device.

8. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sure they did, but it's not like the OP3 is packed with the same hardware as the S7E or what will come in the Note 7.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You need 6GB to play Pokémon? Because there isn't an application on mobile that requires more than 1GB of RAM. Sure you can do more multi-tasking with more RAM. But the One Plus 3 doesn't even have advanced software features, so the RAM is doing nothing but holding apps. Would 6GB make the Note more powerful? Sure. But the apps and capabilities are already optimized for 4GB. 6GB? I think would be overkilled considering the Note features. Also, until Google actually fixes the memory management issues of Android, I don't need Android gobbling up more RAM just because it is there.

3. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

4 GB is enough even on a Laptop, lol!

10. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I'm using 16GB on laptop. 4GB on laptop is too little.

12. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I do not think you need 16 GB. 8 GB is enogh for any game. Of course 4 GB is not enough for a really good graphic game, but 8Gb is enough. What you really need for a great game is the video card!

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

8GB is enough for any game? When playing at 4K resolution, 8GB RAM is crap for FIFA 16 on max settings! The game will begin to lag. The amount of RAM is just as important as the quality of the graphics card.

18. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I was about to say the same thing. Running games on my 4k TV need more ram which is why I too have 16.

41. Sealblaighter

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wait wait, I was not talking about 4K TV's!

49. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's not about 4K TVs alone. There are 4K laptops out there. So 8GB RAM isn't enough for all games on all configurations and settings. So you were wrong! Admit it.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But a phone and a pc aren't doing the tasks on the same level. You cant compare application with millions of lines of code, with ones with only maybe a couple 1000 lines. You cant comp[are a computer which is plugged in al day with unlimited power, to a phone which has neither. You can't compare x86 RISC code to CISC code. Even in gaming, we aren't talking about buying a overprice gaming monster for typical consumers. A smartphone right now doesn't need 6GB of RAM. When Samsung drops a 4K display into their phones, then more RAM is surely to be needed and I am sure it will get it. if the Galaxy S8 has a 4K display, it will have at least 6GB of RAM.

75. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

how many people play FIFA16 at 4k max settings on laptop?

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

My laptop has 16GB of RAM too. But I rarely have even gotten close to using 8GB at any one time. You're not using 16GB of RAM. You just have it installed. Even when I render very large Photoshop files, I have yet to use more than 6GB of RAM. You are also not considering your phone runs on a battery, your laptop is plugged into a wall more times than not. More components means more power consumption. I would say, once Samsung adds 4K displays to the Galaxy, then its time for 6GB ram.

44. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Well, my laptop has 16-24GB ram, I have seen usage around 70-80% when having multiple webpages are open, some programs in the background and with music running, it's not really hard to use more ram these days because most programs and the os itself is made to cache as much on the ram as possible to make the experience smooth, laptop has bigger batteries so the battery life don't take much of a toll, but then again we are talking about phones here, the more ram it has, the more background processes and multitask people will run and do, so the CPU/GPU and ram would have work load more often, I think this is what happened with one plus 3, I do really want a note 7 with 6GB ram, but then again, if the battery life goes down, it's better without it.

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