Buying a smartphone nowadays is more confusing and difficult than electing a government for the country. Lots and lots of discussions, watching you tube videos, reading articles about different phones that comes in our budget and which one is best for us. There are lots of questions in our mind while buying a phone and one of the specification which we look first while choosing the best phone is its RAM and in this year 2017, we have seen a phone with 8 GB of RAM i.e. One Plus 5. It is the first phone in the mobile industry with 8 Gigabytes of RAM in it but the main question which arises is that “Do We Really Need 8 GB of RAM in a Phone in 2017 ? Is there any benefit ?”
Looking at the industry , a 4 GB RAM in a laptop is enough to perform it well for normal use. Yes , you have got the answer that if you are buying a smartphone for normal use than don’t waste your money on buying 8 GB RAM phone. Now you must be thinking that Is OnePlus mad that it is making Eight GB RAM phone, So i have the answer for your which i will tell you later on too . Firstly , lets go in deep side of Ocean and understand the Aspects of RAM Requirement or we can say Aspects of RAM Management.
What Normally People think RAM do ?
People believe in Math. So, they believe in numbers. Hence, they think the greater the amount of RAM they have on their phones, better will be the performance , which is no more than a Myth . This is the reason some companies highlight RAM numbers too much while launching their phones that Our phone have 4 GB RAM , 6 GB RAM etc .. but the performance of their phones are even lesser than a 3 GB RAM phone .
So Next Time while Buying a Smartphone , Don’t get trapped in the RAM numbers .
What actually RAM do ?
What normally people think that RAM speeds up our phone and we can open multiple apps at the same time in the background without any lag if we have good amount of RAM . Yes , its true but it is not the only thing for which RAM is in our phone . There are some processes of system in the background for which RAM is needed . When you buy a phone with 3 GB of RAM in it , you never have 3 GB of RAM available for use . Nearly 700 MB of RAM in it is already reserved for system needs and you are only provided with 2.3 GB of RAM to use . And it varies from phone to phone and number of RAM in it . Nearly 20 to 30 percent of RAM is reserved in a phone for system use. Want to know where the system uses this 30% RAM ? 5 Things are there , lets talk about all one by one.
1. NV-RAM -> Phones system main data like the IMEI number and radiowaves settings are stored in NVRAM (Non – Volatile memory ) . NVRAM doesn’t erase even when you switch off your phone . It gets transferred to RAM along with the software which is needed for modem when you turn on your phone first time. So , some space of RAM gets reserved for this .
2. Pseudo Files -> There are some files and folders in the system that aren’t real i.e. not accessible . They are pseudo files which are written at boot and manage things like the battery levels and CPU speed data. In Android, the whole /proc directory is one of these psuedo file systems. RAM is reserved so they have a place to live.
3. GPU -> GPU (graphic processing unit ) is the other backbone of phone which manages the graphics of phone and our mobiles have integrated graphics always which doesn’t have their own RAM . So , some amount of RAM is also reserved for it .
4. The kernel-Space -> The kernel bridges the gap between hardware and applications. It is stored in a compressed file which is extracted directly in RAM when phone boot up.
5. Background apps-> Background apps always take up some RAM Space. So its always recommended to close apps which are not needed.
How much RAM is needed in a Smartphone ?
Actually how much RAM is needed for a phone depends upon which processor(chipset) is in the phone. Here , the processor doesn’t only means how much cores are there, it also has to be clear what is the name of processor and which version is. Eg – Mediatek 6737 , snapdragon 625 , Exynos 9 Series (8895) etc. The version of processor decides how much RAM it is capable to use. Processor is a big topic too which i will cover in a different post later on, for now you must know that ->
If you a normal user i.e. you use the phone just for browsing facebook , whatsapp and having calls , then a phone with a 2 GB RAM and meditek processor(chipset) like 6737 or 6750 is enough for you or you can buy a 3 GB RAM device for long life of phone as 2 GB Phone is not enough for you if you want to use phone for 2 to 3 years as softwares are using more resources day by day .
Secondly , If you are a mid – user i.e. you want to play a little bit of games and want to do multitasking , then a phone with 3 GB – 4 GB of RAM and a snapdragon 625 , 630 processor(chipset) or any good mid-range snapdragon processor(chipset) is good enough for you to use your phone for the next 2 years. Here , why I am recommending snapdragon is because of its processors are better at optimization , handling heating issues than mediatek . you can also play games on mediatek processor(chipset) phones but better is always good to have. One more alternate of snapdragon is the exynos chipsets of samsung.
Thirdly , If you are a heavy – user i.e. you want to play fully loaded heavy games on your phones and want the best performance than you can go for a 6 GB smartphone with a flagship processor (chipset).
Fourthly , which version of RAM is our phone using is also important to notice . A 2 GB DDR4 RAM will perform better than a 4 GB DDR3 RAM .
If I tell you about myself , I have a phone named samsung galaxy J7 2015 , The first version , which has exynos processor and just 2 GB of RAM in it and it is still running smooth . I play games also , but never lags . So , the main key point is if we have good optimized phone , then it will perform well no matter how much RAM it has . Optimization example -> In Iphone , apple uses max 2 GB RAM. 3 GB RAM is in the latest iphone X.
So , I think you have got your answer that why 8 GB RAM is not needed even for a heavy user in 2017. There is no out of the box benefit of using 8 GB in a smartphone in 2017.
But one thing which I had promised you earlier is still left to tell you that why OnePlus has used 8 GB RAM if it was not needed . So the answer is in the marketing business mind of OnePlus owner LeEco. Let me ask you a question. Tell me Do you remember 2nd man to land on moon after Neil armstrong ? I am sure 95% doesn’t know but 99% have got the answer that why OnePlus has used 8 GB RAM . Yes , you got it right to be first in the market and making OnePlus famous automatically as every newspaper captured it by writing ” The first smartphone with 8 GB RAM – OnePlus 5 “. Do you know that RAM isn’t too much expensive. It costs just 2 to 3 percent of a phone. Spending a few dollars more per unit to give the OnePlus 5 something the Samsung phones or iPhone doesn’t have is a real thing that makes OnePlus different and famous. Plenty of people are obsessed about the specs of phone because more is always better. Double the RAM of the phone makes the OnePlus 5 more futureproof.
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