You’ll agree that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most spectacular smartphones on the market right now. You’ll also agree that the Note 8 is not your regular phone when it comes to pricing.
The phone has a price tag of $930 or about Ksh 100,000, a price that some smartphone consumers will find hard to meet. However, it appears that the South Korean tech giant has these consumers in mind and is working on a cheaper variant of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
One major reason the Galaxy Note 8 commands such a huge price tag is that it has everything the tech giant has to offer the smartphone world. Whether it’s a gorgeous design, the best Infinity Display screen, premium features, top-class camera (on paper) or the most powerful hardware specs. This phone delivers on all fronts. Apparently, Samsung wants to shave off one of these features so as to make the phone more affordable, possibly in developing markets, including Kenya.
In a new filing by the company to Chinese smartphone regulator TENAA, it appears that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is set to get a 4GB RAM variant. As for the rest of the specs, nothing changes. These include a 6.3-inch curved screen with a QHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 on top, an Exynos 8895 SoC, 64GB storage with a microSD card slot, a dual 12MP camera on the back, an 8MP shooter for selfies, a 3300mAh battery unit and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The entire body should also keep the IP68-certified design for dust and water resistance.
This might look like a small change, but dropping 2GB of RAM could mean a lot for potential buyers of the phone in developing markets. Besides, having 4GB of RAM is still considered okay in the current smartphone setup. Everything else boils down to the software optimization, an area that Samsung has really stepped up in recent times.
There’s no way such a variant would be released in China, where people are competing to buy phones with up to 8GB RAM. Also, keep in mind that this TENAA listing doesn’t guarantee there’s indeed a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 variant with 4GB RAM in the works, so don’t get your hopes too high. Still, it should come as a blessing in disguise for those who feel the 6GB RAM variant is too expensive.
If it does happen, reports claim the phone could be priced at about Ksh 10,000 cheaper than the standard Note 8. We’ll wait and see what happens.
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