Will Samsung launch a cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 8 with 4GB of RAM?

Will Samsung launch a cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 8 with 4GB of RAM?
Priced at nearly $1000, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to be too expensive for some consumers to buy. But Samsung appears to be sensitive to this issue, and if a report published this morning is legit, it seems that a model with a lowered amount of 4GB of RAM is going to be available so that those with a smaller amount of discretionary income can afford the device. All other specs remain the same.

A version of the Galaxy Note 8 with 4GB of RAM was certified by China's TENAA regulatory agency. Besides a model with 4GB of RAM, Samsung is supposed to be prepping a model with 256GB of native storage and 8GB of RAM for the South Korean market.

If you have already fallen for the Galaxy Note 8 like a sack of bricks, but the price is going to keep you on the sidelines, perhaps this model with 4GB of RAM will be the answer to your prayers. Before you get terribly excited though, we should point out that Samsung has not yet made any comments about a lower priced Galaxy Note 8 variant; even if this model comes to fruition, it might not set foot in the U.S. In fact, right now there is speculation that the version with 4GB of RAM will be available in China, priced at the equivalent of $800 to $850 USD.

In the U.S., a 24-month EIP for the Galaxy Note 8 costs $40 a month with $0 down. At $800, that would work out to $33.33 a month. At $850, the 24-month EIP would cost $35.42 monthly. The $64 million question is whether this would be enough of a price cut to allow those with less money to work with, to buy the phone.

A version of the Samsung Galaxy Note with 4GB of RAM is certified in China by TENAA

A version of the Samsung Galaxy Note with 4GB of RAM is certified in China by TENAA


via ITHome (translated) via MySmartPrice

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  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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16 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I'll welcome this version of the Note8 if it's significantly cheaper than the standard version.

9. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

I don't think they'll be much more than $200-$300 or so less, at most. But, we'll see.

2. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

so low for sammy indeed , with th android standard , this things is overpriced indeed

8. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

Companies charge what they think people are willing to pay. We'll see, in a couple months. Personally, I don't think that they all have that much of an issue moving units... for various reasons.

3. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

so 6Gb /64Gb + SD card 1000 usd is "too expensive" for PA while 3Gb/64Gb no SD card will be doable. We are not adding any other specs which are added there.. OK, I understand, you have bills to pay, therefore commercials, banners, articles.. but, why you really need to be so bias?? Other sides and youtubers are making money without being so bias, it's a matter of integrity, a matter of self-respect. Unfortunately you PA, really lack of those..

6. Nopers unregistered

Bear in mind that Apple has much better RAM management so 3GB probably performs like 6GB on the Note 8 because iOS is so good at squishing apps down to mere 10s of megabytes. It's all relative really and we can't truly compare them until we can hold the iPhone 8 in one hand and the Note 8 in the other. IMO the Note 8 was a complete disappointment, I wanted a Note 7 last year instead of an S7 but this year I see little to no reason to get the Note 8 over the S8+, even the dual camera isn't that enticing because it will undoubtedly have problems. Also, YouTubers are actually pretty biased because if they start giving bad reviews (Samsung have done this in the past) they will stop receiving review units early which is basically money in their pocket.

10. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Actually, I would never understand this Samsung vs. Apple from the very beginning. Even if are phones, are different segments especially the Note8. But for the sake of comparing "phones" as PA likes to do just because creates flames in comment section, I'm doing the same! Maybe you have a better memory management on IOS but in terms of future proofing, you will still need more RAM, to not mention you need storage memory. When you come from S8+ I also cannot see a lot of reasons to upgrade, although, for 6 months old phone, why someone would seek for an upgrade!? When it comes from a bigger step, from an older Note or some other phone, I would choose the upgrade. People are complaining about price but they are missing important things. At least in my country the difference in between phones, S8+ and Note8, on official channels is just 140 euros (+/- based on the shop) while the Dex is valued at 125 euros.. so, as a person who want's the upgrade, why not to buy Note8? :) Bias!? You will not find on whole wide internet, review websites or youtube channels, more bias than PA, that is a fact!

11. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Bear in mind that Apple has much better RAM management" No they don't. iOS is simply nowhere near as advanced as Android, it's merely doing a whole lot less with less resources, that's not "optimization" as some like to parrot it. If it were up to par with Android while still performing better, then I'd agree. But from years of experience with jailbroken iPhones, the more tweaks I added to my iPhone to make it as useful as Android devices offered, the more it lagged due to lack of RAM. When apple later integrated jailbreak tweaks like a sub part of AirBlue Sharing (aka Air Drop) with the OS, they didn't make them run better, they simply restricted it to newer devices with more RAM. Plus, newer iOS updates made my iPhone lag due to "my device lacking resources for the latest OS". That's not "better" IMO, that's merely planned obsolescence at work. As they add more and more Android features, more and more RAM will be necessary, there's no walking around that.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"No they don't. iOS is simply nowhere near as advanced as Android, it's merely doing a whole lot less with less resources, that's not "optimization" as some like to parrot it." Define advanced for me please. ART runtime and JAVA are about the least advanced (and effective) way you can build a mobile ecosystem, and Android is NOTORIOUSLY resource hungry as a result. I get that Android pundits despise admitting Android is woefully in need of a ton of RAM to not reload everything under the sun, but passing that off as some sort of merit is like passing off a car crash as good for my insurance premiums. "As they add more and more Android features, more and more RAM will be necessary, there's no walking around that." I agree with this^ in all honesty. When they add split screen for phones in iOS12 or 13, it'll be imperative to have as many available resources as possible. Will it need 6 gigs of RAM? Probably not, but 4 gigs seems like the sweet spot.

13. Panzer

Posts: 280; Member since: May 13, 2016

Comparing IOS to Android is like comparing my Chromebook to my Alienware laptop (overpriced POS by the way). Similar form factor, both do similar things. Just one is more capable and will require more hardware because of it.

4. iushnt

Posts: 3066; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The one to actually compete with iPhone.

5. Greenmule

Posts: 128; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Every day, people go to the Verizon website or the Apple website so they can pay $969.99 for a 256GB iphone 7+; $869.99 for the 256GB iphone 7. Those people may or may not pay an additional $129.00 for Apple Care. If you buy Apple Care through Verizon, then the $129.00 is due today. The s8+ is $850.00 on the Verizon website. Here is a big point that the blog writer misses: in the USA when a person buys any phone through a carrier--say Verizon--then it is *Verizon* who pays Apple and the person pays Verizon. As long as Verizon and AT&T are willing to buy phones and finance them, we have not hit the ceiling. Combined, how many S8s do you think AT&T and Verizon buy during the time from model pre-order to discontinuance?

7. splus

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Writer didn't miss anything - people don't care whom they pay for their phone, Verizon or Samsung or Apple. $930 is $930, and that's simply too much for many people that are interested in this phone. That's the whole point of this article.

12. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

My problem is that I never seen PA crying about price when it comes about Iphone! Right now, Iphone 7 Plus 128Gb is $869.00!! I could easy put the price for 256Gb, which is $969.00, since Note8 comes with a sd card slot supporting 256gb). Indeed, all this "flagship" devices are expensive.. if you think is too expensive for you, seek for something cheaper! I also want to buy a Ferrari but I'm not crying on their Twitter that is too expensive for people which are looking for sport cars. But review sites, such as PA, should never be that bias! That's the whole point! Wait for new Iphone and you will see how suddenly, for PA, 1200$ is A BIT (I bet that will be the phrasing) expensive but the gorgeous screen worth every penny.

16. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

"Wait for new Iphone and you will see how suddenly, for PA, 1200$ is A BIT (I bet that will be the phrasing) expensive but the gorgeous screen worth every penny." Agree I strongly expect Ray S and Allan will praise the Amoled screen and call it revolutionary ( forgetting that they are manufactured by Apples rivals ) I am will to say they will comment- "the screen alone justify the price." Lol

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah.. rather go with the 6GB RAM model

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