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The 6GB RAM Galaxy Note 7 lives; why it isn’t a big deal

I know, I know: the title of this column is bound to already have a few readers burning me in effigy. Sure, any phone with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM is worth talking about. After all, there are few popular smartphones with 6GB of RAM, and the RAM amount is enough to match a current-day laptop for that matter. So, yes 6GB of RAM in any smartphone is a big deal.

This logic then, presumes that the 6GB RAM Galaxy Note 7 that was discovered months ago when Galaxy Note 7 rumors were new is a big deal.  It’s even reappeared in benchmarks and carries a price tag, hinting that the leak from months earlier was no photoshop job. And yet, while the sheer RAM amount matters, the existence of the 6GB RAM Galaxy Note 7 does not.

The 6GB RAM Galaxy Note 7 leaked from China and is country-specific

When the leak surfaced months ago, it surfaced from China. China is an important market to Samsung, as is the case with Europe and the North American continent, but not all leaks that surface from China apply worldwide. After all, if we were to naively assume that to be true, then every time a Samsung Galaxy smartphone leaks with an octa-core Exynos processor, then we should assume that only Exynos processors will grace Samsung smartphones worldwide. While such was the case with the Galaxy Note 5, this hasn’t been the case with all Galaxy smartphones (hence, the reason why Canada and Europe get the Exynos 8890 in the Galaxy Note 7 while the US and China get the Snapdragon 820).

This is to say that all leaks from China, or anywhere else for that matter, are not always to be universally received: some leaks are region-specific or country-specific, and it’s a mistake to assume too much.

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