Exactly How much RAM is needed on smartphone ? Can our smartphone perform better than windows?

We are living in a technological world where our Smartphone has more RAM than RAM present in our PC, and most of us are thinking that “My smartphone has 6 GB of RAM and My PC has 4GB of RAM, so my smartphone is faster, Yeah!” But no, that not the way it actually works. As you might know, Recently launched OnePlus 5 is packed with 8 GB of RAM. Not only OnePlus 5, there are many others who are offering 4GB to 8GB of RAM. Even budget-oriented devices are now coupled with some impressive amount of RAM.

  • But is this quantity of RAM is needed today in our Smartphone?
  • Can your Smartphone sustain if your smartphone has lesser RAM than expected?
  • Which type of RAM is using in Smartphones?
  • If your smartphone has more RAM than PC will it perform faster Than PC?

Let’s analyse the truth, bust these myths and enter the real world of Analysis.

Which type of RAM is using in our Smartphones ?

According to today’s technology, Mostly Smartphones and tables arr running on LPDDR RAM [ Low-Power DDR RAM ].
Mobile DDR (also known as mDDR, Low Power DDR, or LPDDR) is type of double data rate synchronous DRAM for mobile smart phones and Tablet PC application. The original low-power DDR (sometimes, in hindsight, called LPDDR1) is a slightly modified form of DDR SDRAM, with several changes to reduce overall power consumption.
Most significantly, the supply voltage is reduced from 2.5 to 1.8 V. Additional savings come from temperature-compensated refresh (DRAM requires refresh less often at low temperatures), partial array self refresh, and a “deep power down” mode which sacrifices all memory contents. Additionally, chips are smaller, using less board space than their non-mobile equivalents. Samsung , Elpida Hynix and Micron are the few of the main providers of this technology, and is used in tablet computing devices such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab,Motorola Droid X and HP TouchPad.
Low Power Double Data Rate memory (LPDDR) is also called Mobile DDR (MDDR). This form of memory operates at 1.8 volts as opposed to the more traditional 2.5 volts and is commonly used in portable electronics. As with all DDR memory, the double data rate is achieved by transferring data on both clock edges of the device.
Basic Feature
  • Density : Up to 8 Gbit
  • Max Clock Speed : 333 Mhz
  • Data width : 16 & 32 Bit

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How much RAM is needed on smartphone to run everything SMOOTHLY?

If we look at the current marketing strategies of companies, they are playing a number game. Like Vivo and Oppo is playing it in the form of Megapixels (20MP Moon Light Camera… Ahaa..!) while others are in different things. Some phones are even configured in immature ways. For ex – A phone which is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor is coupled with 4GB of RAM. So whats the point in having 4G of RAM and opening so many applications, if your processor is not capable of processing tasks with a good speed.

Whooping 8 GB RAM on oneplus 5
Whooping 8 GB RAM on oneplus 5

But How much RAM is needed on smartphone ? Let’s Analyze. RAM or Random Access Memory is faster than the internal storage and typical memory cards. Whenever we launch an app, its data are fetched from internal storage or from SD card and the application is loaded to RAM which is the main memory. Then the app uses RAM to execute all its tasks. Let’s go a little deep and understand how Android handles memory management and RAM?

Android categorizes each process into five categories (Foreground, Visible, Service, Background, and Empty) ranging from most important to least important to keep running. Processes belonging to each category are killed off at different levels of free memory remaining (called the LMK minfree value). Now, these minfree values aren’t typical on most devices these days as manufacturers love to tweak these to their liking depending on how they feel it best suits their device. So you can’t expect same multitasking experiences on different phones with similar specs.

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Bloatware also decreases the available RAM on any smartphone. Custom Skins like Samsung’s TouchWiz or Xiaomi’s MIUI comes with a lot of unwanted apps and features whose functioning requires a lot of RAM and thus leaves lesser room for third party apps. In Simple words, The main difference between a phone with 2GB of RAM and phone with 3GB of RAM is that the phone with 3GB can cache more processes in the background for a longer time.

I Hope you have understood the working of RAM. So coming to the main question, how much RAM do our smartphones really need? According to me, 3-4 GB of RAM is enough at this time. If you are going for a smartphone like Moto E4 Plus or any other with stock Android, then 3GB is enough. But if you are planning to buy a Samsung, Xiaomi or any smartphone that comes with custom layer over the stock AOSP, then you should prefer at least 4GB of RAM.

One more thing, Most of the Android apps keep updating and with new features, they also become more resource extensive. So, considering a phone with big RAM is always a good option as it keeps your phone ready for future application updates and Android Version updates (if your phone is lucky..!!).


Smartphone RAM V/S PC RAM

I think as of now you will be thinking “My smartphone has 6 GB of RAM and My PC has 4GB of RAM, so my smartphone is faster, Yeah!” But you thought it wrong, reality is way different than your thoughts.

Here are some main differences between PC RAM and smartphone RAM which can refine your thoughts:- 

1) A PC typically has one or more sockets holding RAM chips soldered onto a pluggable card. This allows easy upgrading and replacement, but does increase the physical size of the system. For mechanical reasons phone RAM is normally soldered directly to the motherboard, or even in a “package-on-package” on top of the phone’s CPU.

2) DIMM/SODIMM memory modules for a PC are normally 64-bit data width. You will typically have eight separate RAM ICs, each 8 bits wide, connected to separate 8-bit data buses but sharing address and control pins. Extra-large DIMMs can be “dual rank” and have chips on both sides for a total of 16; these are structured logically as an 8×2 grid. Each 8-bit chunk of the data bus has two chips on it, one handling the low half and one for the high half. By comparison, a phone typically has a single 16-bit wide RAM IC.

3) A PC’s memory is normally a high-performance memory standard such as DDR3, while phone memory is normally power optimized like LPDDR3. Among other things DDR3 runs at 1.5V while LPDDR3 runs at 1.2.

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