The LG G2, unveiled Wednesday at a press event in New York, brings some interesting new features to the smartphone market, but 3GB of RAM is not one of them.
LG’s latest flagship features specs that were fairly accurate to predictions, including a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HS IPS LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset clocking in at 2.26GHz, 16GB and 32GB internal storage options, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a 2.1-megapixal front camera, full connectivity, and a 3,000 mAh battery, while being powered by the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. But reports had pegged LG as the company to usher in the age of 3GB RAM era as it similarly did in 2012 when it introduced 2GB of RAM to the market in its LG Optimus LTE 2. Instead, LG has opened the door for Samsung to unveil beefier storage components in its Galaxy Note 3, which is expected to be released next month in Berlin.
Rumors of 3GB of RAM have also followed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 since its earliest rumors began in March. A number of reports that may or may not be far-fetched have surrounded the Galaxy Note 3 for months; however, recent reports have indicated that Samsung has already begun producing 3GB LPDDR3 memory for smartphones; which could serve as proof of Samsung outfitting future devices with 3GB of RAM.
Samsung is constantly riding the cusp of innovation and attempts to bring new features to each flagship device it releases. In addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may also introduce the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system to the Samsung line. Many of the most commonly accepted rumors for the Galaxy Note 3 seem highly likely to be actual features, including the evidence in favor of the device containing 3GB of RAM.
While the LG G2 was also rumored to feature the RAM upgrade, there was never any actual evidence to back up the claim. Rumors likely only considered LG’s history of introducing RAM in the past. Instead, LG included Graphic RAM (GRAM) technology, in its LG G2, which is supposed to reduce energy use by 26 percent and increase phone usage by 10 percent.
Some reports claim that Note 3 was expected to begin mass production on Aug. 1, but that hasn't been confirmed. If true, the time frame between the production of Samsung’s RAM chips and the production of its handsets does appear close, but a connection is still feasible. With Samsung making this specific component themselves, there need be no wait between production and implementation into a product. Consider that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset when into mass production in late May and the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, which it powers was released in late June.
We are fairly certain the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event taking place Sept. 4 in Berlin, prior to the IFA Expo. While a specific release date has not yet been announced, we may see the Galaxy Note 3 hit the market between the end of September and October, if we take prior releases into consideration. Both the original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 released roughly a month after being unveiled in the late summer.
While the musings of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will featuring 3G of RAM may seem highly likely due to the current evidence, we still have just under a month until Samsung makes any confirmations. Do you think the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature 3GB of RAM after the LG G2 failed to meet expectations? Let us know in the comments below.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.