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Galaxy Note 5 looks headed Europe after all… but there’s a catch

by Jacob Kleinman | August 27, 2015August 27, 2015 6:00 pm PDT

Samsung already confirmed it wasn’t planning to bring the Galaxy Note 5 to Europe, though phablet fans in the EU can still pack up the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Now it turns out a version of the flat-screen phablet could be headed to the continent after all, though there may be a catch for the European variant.

An EU version of the Note 5 was actually spotted at the FCC last month with the model number SM-N920F. That “F” at the end is what designates it as a European device. PhoneArena notes that the filing also includes a confidentiality request lasting 180 days, suggesting the phone might not actually launch until early next year.

More recently, a benchmark for the same device was spotted over at Geekbench. The European Note 5 listed here only packs 2698MB of RAM. That means 3GB of RAM, though it’s still a step down from the 4GB version available in other parts of the world.

It’s possible this could be a error in the benchmark, or Samsung may simply be testing a prototype with less RAM before launching the 4GB version in Europe. Then again, it’s also possible the EU could actually get a slightly less powerful version of the Galaxy Note 5. That’s still better than no Note 5 at all. Right?

Geekbench FCC PhoneArena

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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