The RAM can be as valuable as your processor, or hard drive. With the right amount of RAM on your device, the performance and the ability to support various types of software is optimised.
When we take a Look at computers and electronic devices some years ago, users may remember when RAM was measured in Kilobytes instead of Gigabytes as it is the case today. Now computers and phones have evolved as well as software and the needs of users. In this article we will take a look at what is a RAM, why should you care so much about it, how does RAM work in smartphones and some phones released in April 2019 with 6GB RAM.
WHAT IS A RAM
A RAM stands for Random Access Memory. This indicates that any part of the data it (RAM) stores can be accessed directly. The phone doesn’t have to scan through serially-stored data as you might do with a CD, an old tape cassette or, most importantly a hard drive. It’s effectively instant-access.
Why Should You Care So Much About RAM
⦁ All parts of a computer or smartphone have a role to play in the functioning of the device, but the RAM is essentially the core of your computer or smartphone. The RAM can be as valuable as your processor, or hard drive. With the right amount of RAM on your device, the performance and the ability to support various types of software is optimised.
⦁ RAM also creates a platform for your system to support software. Every piece of software requires a minimum amount of space and memory to be able to run smoothly. If your computer or smartphone does not have sufficient RAM to support all the software your system is running or trying to run, your device will perform so slowly that it might not be worth running that software and you might end up uninstalling it. To add, if there is not enough storage space, the software might not run at all.
⦁ Devices with more RAM can run more sophisticated software and multiple applications at the same time. More RAM increases the size of the workspace, giving you more room to run more complicated things. A user who multi-task and simultaneously opens several tabs on a Web browser, launches Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, game etc. will notice a fall in RAM. Therefore the more RAM you have, the higher the speed of running your Apps.
⦁ The overall performance of your smartphone is determined by how well your CPU and RAM work together. The more RAM your CPU has access to, the easier its job becomes, which enables a faster computer. If you do not have a sufficient amount of RAM, then your CPU has so much work, which makes it much harder to transfer data, which severally damages the computer’s performance.
How Does RAM Work In Smartphones?
Smartphones have a well- defined memory management system. They are designed to use more RAM to provide a user-friendly experience.
For example, when you download and install an App, it gets stored on your permanent storage (internal or external SD card). Anytime you launch or open the App, its data is moved to the RAM. (All the live-running processes run on RAM). Even if you close that particular App after a while, Android will not remove it from memory (I mean RAM), so that when next you want to use the App, it can recall it faster at any time you want. The processes that stay on RAM even after the closing is called background processes.
Can You Increase RAM In Your Smartphone?
No, you can’t. Unlike PC, RAM on your smartphone can’t be upgraded.
It is true that more RAM means smoother performance as it becomes possible to keep more apps in the background. Sometimes, some apps may slow down the performance of your smartphone. You have to doubt their legibility when huge performance issue occurs even in situations of freer RAM.
Below is a list of phones with 6GB RAM released in April 2019.
⦁ Huawei Mate 30
⦁ Samsung Galaxy A60
⦁ Vivo S1
⦁ Xolo ZX
HUAWEI P30 Pro
It is a highly classy phone as compared to other smartphones released in April 2019. Huawei Mate 30 has a mouth-watering zooming camera of 50x which makes it distinct from smartphones in that category, which mostly get less than 10x. Created with Leica, the P30 Pro’s camera has three lenses: A 40-megapixel f/1.6 aperture lens, a 20-megapixel f/2.2 aperture lens, and an 8-megapixel f/3.4 aperture lens. These are paired with a time-of-flight sensor for depth sensing. This device also provides an all screen design with a small notch.
The P30 Pro’s OLED, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution screen is fantastic. Onboard it has the Kirin 980 processor and a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It runs on Android version 9.1 with Huawei’s preferred EMUI interface. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor and an inbuilt battery of 4200 mAh which supports 40W fast charging. The Huawei P30 Pro has an IP68 water resistant rating.
There exist two variants of this phone valued online at $1,125 (8GB/128GB version) and $1,235 (8GB/256GB version).
SAMSUNG GALAXY A60
Samsung Galaxy A60 has spiced up the game by providing a triple and quad-camera setup.
The smartphone is easy to use which makes it a phone for your day to day lifestyle. You can easily shoot on the simple camera ( Rear Camera 32+8+5 Megapixels and Front Camera 16 Megapixels). It provides ample storage space to keep your photos and videos (internal storage 128GB which can be expanded to 512GB with an SD card). It is powered by a Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) supported with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM.
The phone has as its dimension 74.5 x 158.5 x 7.7 mm and weighs 186 grams (with battery). The phone has a huge battery of 4500 mAh, Li-Polymer. With Samsung Galaxy A60 you can see a design that fits easily in your hands, pocket, or bag. Also, you can effortlessly look through photographs and send messages on the 6.7 inches HD screen. Samsung is a renowned brand.
It helps its customer even after the sale with real-time customer care that is only one click away. The smartphone comes with a feature of easy mode that helps you to get right what you want with a simple interface. Samsung Galaxy A60 has the light, proximity, fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass sensors.
Onboard this device is the famous Android version 9.0 (Pie) which runs on the Funtouch 9 UI. In dimensions, it is 162 x 76 x 8.5 mm and weighs 189.5 g. The screen comes with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. The Vivo S1 has an inbuilt memory of 128 GB with RAM 6GB, whose chipset uses the MediaTek Helio P70 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It consists of a Non-removable Li-Pro 3940 mAh battery with fast battery charging technology of 18W.
The phone is valued at 280 – 300 euros online.
Xolo, stylised as XOLO is an Indian mobile device brand headquartered in Noida. It manufactures personal electronics devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, and accessories such as power banks. (Wikipedia). Xolo just recently launched its latest smartphone the Xolo ZX.
This device runs on Android Version 9.0 (Pie). It features a 6.22-inch (15.8 cm) display with an HD+ screen resolution 1520 x 720 pixels. It comes with 13+5 megapixels for its rear Camera and 16 megapixels for the front camera that is great for taking selfies. Xolo ZX is powered by an octa-core 2GHz, Cortex A53 processor with a 6GB RAM. It consists of a PowerVR GE8320 GPU that can run games smoothly. Its onboard storage is 128GB which can be expanded up to 256 GB via SD card. The device consists of a Non-removable battery which is 3260 mAh. The phone upon launching was priced at Rs. 11,499 in India while online it ranges between 170 – 190 USD.
I hope that these reasons should help convince you why during your next smartphone purchase or upgrade you should consider how much RAM is available on the device. Taking into consideration, this advice would be beneficial to you and your wallet. Comparing RAM capacity instead of Camera options and deciding which OS you want based on its performance, seems like the more educated decision.
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