Samsung's got a more powerful Galaxy S8 that you probably won't be able to buy


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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ aren’t lacking in performance. Equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB of RAM, they’re easily going to be two of the most powerful phones available when they launch on April 21.

But as cutting edge as the S8’s are, Samsung’s reportedly going to release an even beefier version, and you probably won’t be able to get one.

Android Headlines discovered a listing on Samsung’s Korean website for a special version of the S8 and S8+ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For all you serial Samsung and spec junkies out there, that’s 2GB more RAM and double the internal storage of the announced phones.

According to the report, the higher-specced phones will launch in South Korea, possibly as part of a promotional offer that’ll include a free Samsung DeX desktop dock. A recent TENAA certification (China’s equivalent of the FCC) also suggests the 6GB variants might be released in China as well.

Aside from the extra RAM and storage, the phones should be identical to the international models, which are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip — not the Snapdragon 835.

Aside from the extra RAM and storage, the phones should be identical to the international models.

We reached out to Samsung and received the usual boilerplate response that the company hasn’t announced any plans for such a device.

While more is always appreciated when it comes to hardware, the difference between 4GB of RAM and 6GB of RAM on a phone is likely very minimal. Sure, there’s more memory to cache data, but as we’ve seen on phones with 6GB of RAM (OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Xiaomi Mi Mix, etc.), there really isn’t much of a performance gap.

But if Samsung does release a more powerful version of its new flagship phones, it begs the question: Why would they only be sold in Korea or China? The sad answer might just be to please tech spec geeks. Even if it’s not true in real life usage, it looks bad on paper when cheaper Chinese phones from the likes of Xiaomi or Oppo have better specs than a premium Samsung. In comparison, the spec race isn’t really much of an issue in the U.S. where these Chinese phones have little presence.

Basically, there’s no need to worry that you might not have the most tricked out Galaxy S8 because the one that most people are getting will be plenty powerful. 

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