The Japanese Samsung Galaxy S III will have 2GB of RAM

The Japanese Samsung Galaxy S III will have 2GB of RAM
When we first saw the headlines popping up that the Japanese variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III would have 2GB of RAM, we didn't believe it. We scoured the DoCoMo website and looked through all of the documentation, but couldn't find the mention of it anywhere. We were almost ready to call bunk on the rumor until we got to the Samsung Japan website. 

It's true. The Japanese variant of the Galaxy S III is going to be packing 2GB of RAM. It has been confirmed by both Samsung and DoCoMo. Unfortunately, as of right now, it looks as though the extra gig of RAM is going to be exclusive to Japan, just like the other Japan standard of the 1seg TV tuner. Other than those two differences though, this is basically the same phone we'll see in the US since it is packing LTE and the Snapdragon S4 CPU. 

It's likely that 2GB of RAM is going to be the standard soon enough, but it seems we aren't there just yet. Of course, as nice as it sounds, we don't really know that the extra gig of RAM would provide that much benefit unless you were planning to have every app and game on your phone running at the same time for some odd reason. So, maybe we won't be missing out on much. 

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)




Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wow that is weak.

3. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

err..excuse me, which part?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Uh....The fact that Japan is the ONLY one getting 2GB of RAM. That was one thing many people were looking forward to with the SGS3.

10. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I guess we could wait to buy the phone from Japan and the request an unlock code from the carrier. I mean 2GB Ram is a BIG BIG PLUS.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Double the RAN means less force closes, less lag, less freeze ups, less rebooting, and so on and on. Updating the processor is all great and all but technology is moving fast and RAM is just as important to improve on.

30. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Have you noticed any freeze ups with S III? Because I haven't. So what for? Don't forget it's only a phone. Do you open 30+ apps at once?

32. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

You don't need 30+ apps open to use up 1GB of RAM genius. Alot of bigger apps, namely games, that are over 100mb in size use up alot more RAM to cache itself. I have a GS2 and I have to constantly use Samsungs built in RAM-clearing tool/app closer. Once you use an app, even if you close it out, it still caches itself to the RAM so it can restart quickly. 2GB of RAM should've been standard long ago with the average number of apps on phones in the mid-30's.

37. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I've never had any of this problems with my phones. Even on my old galaxy 1. I have a feeling that smartphones are becoming smarter than users. That's funny. A typical guy tends to open 20+ apps and at the end of the day start moaning that the battery is already dead or not enough ram or some laggs occur. Use your phone smart in order to avoid "memory problem".

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The more things you can load into RAM the better, smoother, faster the over all operation of the device is. Its the same with computers. Yea, you can run Vista on 2gig of ram OK, but if you really want to make it work well, you want 4gig or more. If you had the option for more ram for the same price, why wouldnt you just take it? Why would you go out of your way to justify why you DONT need it. And for anyone that likes detailed games on their phones, that advanced ram is going to come in super handy. Bigger page file sizes, increases in FPS, the whole 9.

56. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

smoothness is great. But for my taste this specification race is ridiculous. It reminds me aforementioned windows which needs more and more resources to keep stability. As far as I know 1 gigs is enough for now. Maybe we should focus on underdeveloped apps which need so tremendous amount of power?

61. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats because you are limiting your imagination. the hardware must first be availible, and then it must permeate a large section of the user base before any real development that challenges it happens. If we stopped improving, games and such would stay as they are now. you may be "satisfied" with right now, but you never know how someone is going to think up a use for all that extra power. I remember when 3D first came out, and all these people were like "2D hand drawn is better than 3D will ever be". Can you imagine every game you've ever played in 2D only? Had those haters had their way, we'd still be playing Super nintendo.

62. SonyFTW2020

Posts: 311; Member since: May 03, 2012

Man they can fool themselves if they want to but as long as you're not paying anything for an EXTRA gb of ram... THEN WHY COMPLAIN??? You are certainly Gaining and not losing ANYTHING!! Dont wanna make anyone mad but only a FOOL would not want a FREE Gb of ram right? and notice i said FREE...

13. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Docomo doesn't sell phones or services online, every transaction must be done at B&M shops. Your only chance to buy it, is to wait for online retailers to import it.

18. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Never heard of them before, but thanks for the tip. I could wait since Im also waiting for the next iphone to come out to see who will get my money. Like @roryrevolutions says . Having more ram helps any computer or smartphone to run better and smoother. The only thing that might be a worry will be the battery life with 2GB Ram

21. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

B&M shop means physical stores (e.g: Walmart, Target..etc). Amazon Japan *might* carries them too, but I doubt they will ship it oversea.

26. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Wouldn't this be a crack-up - Japanese GSIIIs being grey-marketed to the U.S.???? Previously it was U.S. smartphones (Apple in particular) being grey-marketed to non-U.S. markets. Now it is poentially the reverse. Sauce for the Goose is now sauce for the Gander. LOL

60. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

except for the iphone madness, most of the "most coveted" phones are outside of america. This is just par for the course. Some of the phones Japan gets are way better than ours.

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So there is one model of Galaxy S III or there is three models of Galaxy S III ??? WTF??? One with Quad-Core CPU One with Dual-Core CPU And one with 2GB of RAM memory That's mean Galaxy S III not equal to Galaxy S III The models is the same Galaxy S III, but we have double standards, that just not right, it is some kind of discrimination... SHAME!

57. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

not a discrimination. that's a policy and market needs. japan is the most high tech country in the world. It is obvious that samsung want to compete on this market. Given what DoCoMo and the others can offer...Samsung must try harder.

59. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...that's a policy and market needs." Yes, I know and agree with you, but for us simple users it is some kind of discrimination and double standards. :(

2. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Even though 2 gigabytes of ram is not a necessity I still want it Japan you lucky bastards.

20. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

2GB RAM is absolutely necessary. Increasing RAM is the fastest way to speed up the whole OS. Even though program may not use all of it, it reduces fragmentation in memory which is the primary reason your phone slows down after using it for certain period.

23. pahel

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

lol @PackMan. You obviously don't have idea what you're talking about. Fragmentation problem in RAM doesn't exist as every memory cell in RAM is accessed equally fast. Fragmentation exist mainly in memory which has moving parts and requires movement of the reading head which produces extra lag in access time.

25. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

RAM and SD gets fragmented too and yes it affects the system. In case of modern OS and with newer MMU's it may not be much of a problem, however for software that are not coded well,memory leaks become serious problem. Having more memory helps to certain degree. In short: FRAGMENTATION OCCURS IN RAM AND SSD TOO BUT HAS LESS OF AN AFFECT COMPARED TO THAT ON A HARD DRIVE WITH MOVING PARTS.

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Also, a hard drive provides slower access to data that is fragmented (slower read speed of hard drive vs. solid state drive).

38. pahel

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Why do you say RAM and SD as it would be the same thing? It's not. Why do you confuse memory leaks with fragmentation? It's not the same. The only common problem with mem leaks and fragmentation which i can think of is situation where there is a lot of fragmentation in RAM (which of course occures but have different effects than you said - i may have put that wrong in my first post) and you want to allocate huge amount of memory and you get out of mem errors. RAM fragmentation impact on read speeds is very slim and probably invisible for phone user.

49. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Lets me clear somethings. WHERE DID I STATE THAT RAM AND SSD ARE THE SAME? ----Fragmentation in RAM and in HARD DRIVE work slightly differently, so why did you bring it up. The only reason I brought up SSD was to counter your argument that fragmentation affects the performance of drive with moving parts only because of the increased seek time. Fragmentation in SSD affects the performance(read/write). WHERE DID I STATE THAT MEMORY LEAK AND FRAGMENTATION IS THE SAME THING? -----Memory Leak assists external fragmentation in RAM. WHEN I SAID FRAGMENTATION AFFECTS THE SYSTEM WHEN PHONE HAS BEEN RUNNING FOR A LONG TIME, I DID NOT IMPLY IT AS IT WOULD WORK ON HARD DRIVE. I MEANT TO SAY WHEN LOT OF APPLICATION ARE RUNNING. --- if you restart the phone RAM fragmentation would disappear,unlike that of permanent drive, but that's not the point. WHERE DID I SAY RAM FRAGMENTATION SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTS THE READ SPEED OF RAM? --- RAM fragmentation becomes significant when the system is running low on memory as memory not being used is being wasted. FRAGMENTATION IS NOT AN ERROR AND IS VERY COMMON. -- The only way to counteract the effects of RAM fragmentation is to add more memory or use complexed algorithm to better manage the memory which would require cpu time. Memory management is still a field of research.

34. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I know. I want to brag about my freaking amazing phone to all my friends. Not that they'll care. xD

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

2 Gigs of RAM would be awesome to have in your phone, especially when we like to root and use launcher apps, some apps take up considerable RAM. The thing I want from these OEM's is a way to kill any non essential app and to ensure that I can stop any app from reloading itself, why on earth do apps have such abilities? I want to be able to have control over what blasted apps should be running on my phone. Uninstalling is a stupid way to deter this, unless you Root your phone.

5. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I would rather see 2GB of ram in a tablet.

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