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 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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63 Comments

48. Zumo911

Posts: 22; Member since: May 02, 2012

is it me or does it seem like the US is getting stiffed again. I dont live in Japan but i heard their LTE service is similar to the LTE service here - so why are they getting the better version of the phone - quad processor + 2 GB RAM with LTE capability?

46. APPLE_R0YALLY

Posts: 73; Member since: May 08, 2012

EYE FEEL™ jealous. Those lucky Japanese.....!? WE SAY® Samsung this is bad. WE™ fans allover The world was hoping 2gb ram. EYE® WE™ say so Sad.....!? WE ARE™ not liking this.....!?

50. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm kinda digging your comments for some reason now

52. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

They make me feel like I'm in a trippy fanboy fever dream. It works for me.

45. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I wonder how easy importing one of these devices into the US is.

43. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

This is something many users all around the world were expecting with this phone. It is just not fair that they release it in one market and they will certainly loose sails to phones such as the LTE2

40. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

WHAT THE HELL SAMSUNG!!!!!.....im importing this

39. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I heard the same. Dual core instead of quad core. But it would be great to see that Samsung S III is even faster (not only in benchmarks) than quad core version thanks to 2 gigs.

33. kotoulas100

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2009

Did you also notice that the japanese samsung site refers to a 1.5GHz DUAL core CPU ????? So , before trying to find a way to order from Japan the Galaxy SIII , please consider that it may be a mistake ... or , the worst case senario , a 2GB RAM Galaxy SIII with a DUAL core 1.5 GHZ processor !!!

29. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

When LG creates a phone with to 2GB ram you say it's overkill. But then samsung makes one too and you say it's necessary. Obviously fanboys... -_-

63. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

ditto!

28. wendygarett unregistered

I dont get it? why crapdragon has ability to get 2GB of RAM but not the exynos? Not even in quad-core!! Am I get something wrong here??

51. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The amount of RAM has no bearing on the processor. It's a dual-core Exynos in this model and in the US models because the quad-core is based on older architecture that doesn't work with LTE. Besides which, the functional difference between the quad-core Exynos and dual-core will be pretty much zero. Sure, the quad will have better benchmarks, but you probably wouldn't notice the difference in actual usage.

24. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

2 GB on a phone it's like 8 gigs on a pc. Useless. Even worse, in a phone may waste more battery. I'll start making phones with 6 GB Ram, 50 MP camera, eight core processors, without gsm radio and will call it "Magic" - will sell like crazy.

31. darkgoon3r96

Posts: 7; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yes! Exactly! At least someone gets the point!!!

36. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Just because you can't make use of 8GB's of RAM on a PC doesn't mean that it's useless. Idiot.

41. darkgoon3r96

Posts: 7; Member since: May 16, 2012

You're the idiot in this case. He was comparing it to what is possible on the phone.

42. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

It's stupid to even compare a smartphone to a PC, you can do much much much much more on a PC. I can easily use 8GB's of RAM on a PC.. Heck, I can even use 32GB's of RAM. People like you want to hold technology back.

54. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree!

55. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree!

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Actualy you are totally wrong, because if it is new generation of RAM, then it is two times faster and two times use less power.

17. thelegend6657 unregistered

It's more about whether you eat quad core exynos or dual core snapdragon s4 with 2 gigs of ram . So I guess both of them are about the same speed . I think USA models will get the same combo as Japan

16. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012

I wonder why this is not a standard feature of the S3

15. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

For the Ultra-porn HD 2.0, duh

14. darkgoon3r96

Posts: 7; Member since: May 16, 2012

I don't know why you guys need 2 Gigs of RAM. I am using a rooted Galaxy S II at this point with Custom ROMs, Apex Launcher, 3 games, 2 browsers, and 5 other apps(Twitter, Gmail, 5 widgets on homescreen, Youtube, Contacts, Phone) open with still 363 MB left and I bet I can open 10 more apps and switch between them without any lag or performance hit. Why you guys need 2 Gigs of RAM is honestly beyond me.

19. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Isnt matter if needing 2 GB Ram is the choice of having in it. Lets face it I would rather be 1.2 GM left than 363 Ram. I know for fact that I will never fall short

22. darkgoon3r96

Posts: 7; Member since: May 16, 2012

I opened all those stuff just to prove that I can, in reality, I would never open all those stuff, and for those of you thumbing my comment down, tell me why?? I am asking you guys a question, I am sure most of you won't ever open all these stuff then why would you want 2 GB? Don't give me the bigger is better and "just to make sure", because I have never maxed out my 1 GB RAM.

58. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Your problem is you don't want to accept the answer. bvalde09 gave you the reason we want 2 GBs of RAM. It's our right to choose. Who gives a F*** if we need it or not. Allow me break it down for you. You don't NEED a house you can live in a shelter or under a bridge. You don't NEED a car you can walk or catch a bus. You don't NEED a smartphone you can use an old flip phone or find a pay phone.

12. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

There is decently a need to have more ram in these mini computers. Too whoever wrote this artical underplaying that is kinda stupid. I can see on waiting on quad core cpu over waiting on getting more ram. Let alone dedicating certain ram to do certain things. It's like on my galaxy nexus if I put widgets on all of my screens and fill them up I have a hard time even using my phone. True there is other bottlenecks besides ram but that has always been one of those fractures in the speed of a computer that gets overlooked by the CPU.

35. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I agree with you. 2GB's of RAM is also necessary if we want the phone to get Jelly Beans and whatever comes next. You can never have enough RAM.

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