Japanese Galaxy S III to Pack 2GB of RAM, Dual-core CPU

Dual-core processors in smartphones are almost the norm these days and quad-core CPUs are fast becoming common, too. Similarly, manufacturers are also stepping up the amount of RAM they're packing into their smartphones. The newly announced Galaxy S III boasts a whopping 1GB of RAM. However, the Japanese version of the Galaxy S III is going to have even more.

Word on the street is that the Japanese version of the Galaxy S III, which is set to launch on Japan's NTT DoMoCo network this summer, will actually have double the RAM. Though we haven't been given a reason for this massive bump in RAM for Japan, it's likely that Samsung jacked things up after LG announced the LTE2, which also boasts 2GB of RAM. The LTE2 was unveiled on the same day as the Galaxy S III, so it's possible Samsung wants to match HTC in the Japanese market.

Having 2GB of RAM isn't the only different between the GSIII launching in Europe at the end of this month, either. The Japanese model will also sub in a Qualcomm S4 dual-core CPU instead of Sammy's own Exynos processor. The United States is also expected to get a dual-core flavour of the Galaxy S III, a result of quad-core chips not being compatible with American LTE networks.

Which would you prefer, dual-core with 2GB of RAM, or quad-core with 1GB of RAM? It's a tough one!

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  • fakie
    I'd like a phone that lasts a week on a full charge with moderate usage..
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  • razor512
    100% would go for dual core and 2GB RAM

    If you install a CPU monitor, you will see that you rarely have a high level of CPU usage, but android uses a lot of memory, on a 1GB RAM device, android uses around 400MB of that memory just on it's self (for comparison, windows 2000 and windows XP use about 40MB or RAM on them self, and windows 7 uses around 500-1024MB on it's self)

    Android is a resource hog when it comes to RAM and 2GB will be more beneficial than 2 extra cores
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  • jacobdrj
    Which one performs better on my day-to-day tasks?

    Phone
    Checkbook
    Texting
    Chatting
    Turn-By-Turn Navigaion/GPS
    Media Streaming
    The occasional tower defense game
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  • rahulkadukar
    so it's possible Samsung wants to match HTC in the Japanese market

    It should be

    so it's possible Samsung wants to match LG in the Japanese market
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  • fakie
    I'd like a phone that lasts a week on a full charge with moderate usage..
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