How Much RAM is Too Much for Your Phone?

In January 2015, Asus unveiled the Zenfone 2 with 4GB RAM. The RAM was one of the highlighting features of the device. At that time, we thought 4GB RAM is too much! But we all were wrong, weren’t we? Almost 4 years later, Lenovo has launched the world’s first phone with 12GB RAM –  the Z5 Pro GT. But is it also too much?

For starters, RAM is something which helps your phone to run apps. The more RAM a device has, the more number of applications the processor can run simultaneously. These days, Android apps are heavy. They require at least 3-4 GB of RAM so that your phone can function the way it is intended to. But what is the advantage of having more RAM than 4GB?

Need For More RAM

Extra RAM gives your processor more “space to breathe”. Your processor doesn’t have to unload a running application if you run a new one. As I said earlier, more the RAM, more the apps. Not having to decide which apps to unload saves a lot of processing power. This unused power saves battery as well as processing time. The processor doesn’t have to reload an already loaded app which gives it an advantage in terms of performance.

This is one of the reasons why OnePlus’ phones frequently outperform traditional flagship phones having less RAM. But if you aren’t one of those people who keep 15 apps open at once and expects them to run without reloading, up to 6GB is enough for you. 

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has 10GB RAM

The decision to put how much RAM in a device is made by its manufacturer. The manufacturing cost also plays a vital role in that decision. But what if you want a make a phone with the highest amount of RAM and money isn’t a problem? Then you might have to build a processor as well. Mobile chipsets such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos and even Huawei’s Kirin have a limit that determines how much RAM you can put on a device. Latest flagship processors like the Snapdragon 855 supports  4x16bit, LPDDR4x memory. Which means it is possible for OEMs like OnePlus and  Lenovo to make a special edition ultra flagship device which has got up to 12 GB RAM.

In addition to the 12 GB RAM, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT runs on Snapdragon 855, has got 512GB of storage, a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, dual 16MP + 24MP rear cameras, a 3,350 mAh battery, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

How much RAM does your device have? Let us know the comments below.


Karthik Mudaliar
Karthik Mudaliar
Karthik Mudaliar is a Computer Science student, who loves to write about science and technology. In his free time, you will find him reading finance books or scrolling Twitter. Feel free to contact him on any of the social media below or email him at [email protected]

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