We’ve been aware of a Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage (instead of the original’s 4GB and 64GB, respectively), but availability had been limited to China and South Korea. Now, the souped-up Samsung flagship reached another part of Asia.
As expected, the improved (and more expensive) Galaxy S8+ is finally available in Hong Kong. It’ll go for HKD 6,998 or almost $900 and begin rolling out on May 25. In case you’re wondering: No, the smaller Galaxy S8 doesn’t have such a variant yet.
This could signal the shipping to more Asian countries in the coming months. Samsung has been quiet about such plans, but the good news is the unit being sold in Hong Kong is free of network carrier locking, so it should work in other parts of the world.
While this Galaxy S8+ is admittedly expensive — $50 more than the regular version — having additional gigs does make a difference, as evident in our experiences with the 6GB memory-equipped OnePlus 3T and Xiaomi Mi Mix.
By having more RAM or Random Access Memory, you’ll be able to multitask with more apps and games at once; plus, apps running in the background would stay on a little longer than on smartphones with less memory.
As for doubling the built-in storage, well, that means you can keep more photos, apps, music, documents, and the like in your handset without having to back up to a computer or upload to cloud storage for freeing up space.