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16GB RAM is not a requirement for everybody.

Neither is 8GB but they should still have the option.

Fair enough. Large memory is needed for some developers and the 16GB option should be there. But for many, many developers, a few GB should be more than enough.

I'm in the same boat and actively looking at the XPS-13 (have one in cart as of writing). Dell Tech support suggested this limit was due to the motherboard. I would imagine another refresh will be coming -- either with Windows 10 (Sep/Oct) or Skylake (Aug).

Why is this getting downvoted? I use a device with 1GB for development.

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