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Samsung Announces World’s First Smartphone with 16 GB of RAM, the $1400 Galaxy S20 Ultra

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“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” We’re still unsure whether Bill Gates actually said that, but we’ve gone far, far beyond that in modern computing. Smartphones are piling on the memory, too, as Samsung’s latest Galaxy phones show.

The Korean giant unveiled multiple S20 models during today’s Unpacked event, and the most powerful variant – the “Ultra” – packs a whopping 16 GB of RAM. That’s arguably overkill for social media apps and mobile games, but it’s a huge marketing point for Samsung, as no other phone boasts this amount of memory.

The rest of the S20 series’s hardware is pretty impressive, too. These are all 5G devices, which means super-speedy connectivity. They also sport an incredible AI-enhanced camera system with the “biggest image sensor yet,” allowing for 108-megapixel images. There’s even a 30X “Space Zoom” so users can easily get closer to the action.

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The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra will be available starting on March 6, 2020. They’re rather expensive, costing $1,000, $1,200, and $1,400, respectively.

Samsung also officially unveiled its clam-shell-inspired Galaxy Z Flip phone during the Unpacked event, which was previously leaked six ways from Sunday. The device starts at $1,380 and will be available on February 14, 2020 in “limited quantities.”


  1. $1,400 is a bit much to be taking bathroom selfies and playing Candy Crush… no? I’m not sure if I would pay that much for a phone. I think I spent $6-700 on my Pixel 2 when it was released, and I thought that was a lot.
  2. quite honestly, all these really high spec phones are a waste for 99% of people. All I use my phone for is email, internet, spotify and a few other random apps. None of which require more than the 4GB that came in my Pixel 2XL. Honestly, if the battery in my phone wasn’t starting to show its age I’d be keeping it.

    I’m waiting for the Pixel 4aXL. My wife picked up a 3aXL and it’s a fantastic device. Was only $500 too.

  3. I got a pricey phone last go around.

    I do more work on my phone than on any other device. Or at least that’s how I justified it to myself. …or maybe that just goes to show how little work I actually accomplish

    either way, I’ve enjoyed the phone, and I do use the heck out if it. It definitely wasn’t worth the money, but if I can get another year out of it before I break it or it dies, I won’t feel like it was ill-spent either.


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