Samsung opens the door for 6GB RAM Android smartphones

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Some mobile consumers, including reasonable power users, seem to believe the new high-end 4GB RAM standard is overkill, seeing as how you’d have to simultaneously run a boatload of memory-exhausting Android apps on Lollipop to actually make the most of the state-of-the-art chips.

While Marshmallow is unlikely to eat up more RAM in the foreseeable future, the rise of 4 gig memory-packing non-flagships from lesser known Samsung rivals was always bound to yield yet another advancement in the field.

Like clockwork, the global handheld ruler has unveiled a new forward-looking LPDDR4 solution for use in 2016 Galaxy stars, as well as top-shelf devices from competing manufacturers. The industry’s first 12-gigabit mobile DRAM, based on 20-nanometer technology, will apparently enable the employment of 3 or 6GB memory in a single smartphone package consisting of two and four chips respectively.

Before you even think it, yes, Samsung claims there are real-life benefits to be offered by “excessive” 6GB RAM phones. Compared to 4 gig powerhouses, these should deliver 30 percent higher speeds, at 4,266 Mbps, and drain 20 percent less energy.

Technically therefore, your battery endurance numbers may surge without the actual juicer’s capacity having to expand. Also, you shouldn’t fear growth in a device’s footprint caused by the memory upgrade, as 6GB packages will “easily fit into the same space” currently taken up by 3 gig chips.

Last but not least, the always improving Korean phone and component maker expects “manufacturing productivity of the 12Gb LPDDR4” to rise by 50 percent over 8Gb parts, which should allow even more OEMs to adopt the innovative tech before long. Who’s ready for a Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra, HTC O2, and LG G5 with RAM counts exceeding those of certain $1,000+ MacBook Air configurations?

Source: BusinessWire

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