Between the battle of smartphone with regards to specs, we all know that other than CPU cores and chipsets, the second most bragged-about feature is the memory, or in tech terms, known as RAM.
Vivo introduced to us the world’s first 6GB RAM (Vivo X5Play Elite) phone last year and that trend spreads down to other manufacturers just before the year ran out, including Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, and Xiaomi that released their own smartphones with 6GB of RAM. Now the race is on for 8GB+ RAM smartphones.
The big question is do we really need such that large amount of RAM on our smartphones? A Huawei executive doesn’t think we do.
According to Huawei P-Series Chief Operating Officer (COO) Lao Shi, 6GB of RAM or more is just way too much for the needs of an average smartphone user. The COO posted his thoughts about the subject on popular Chinese social media site Weibo.
Maybe for now.
According to him, 4GB of RAM is enough for a phone to run smoothly. He says tests have shown that Huawei phones with 4GB of RAM (paired with the Kirin 960) perform better compared to the competition with 6GB of RAM. The key, is actually in the optimization of the operating system and he cites an example with how iOS doesn’t need a large RAM to run smoothly. (Great thing, Apple)
He also compared that the competition between manufacturers to release phones with the largest RAM can be likened to the nuclear arms race between USA and USSR during the Cold War.
Adding that extra 2GB or 4GB of RAM drives up the cost of the phone, and the cost is borne by the users who pay for such phones with huge amount of RAM. However, Lao Shi isn’t saying 6GB RAM phones are bad, and either Huawei itself has a couple of 6GB RAM phones in their offering but he just doesn’t believe it is necessary.
In short, people who demand more power should pay a hefty price.