Some smartphone makers try to make their handsets stand out by cramming an insane amount of pixels into the display. Others opt for extra-long battery life. But there’s another battlefront in the smartphone spec arms race: RAM.

This year we started to see smartphones with 4GB of RAM. Next year we might see the first 6GB models.

oppo find 9

Images of an unannounced phone from Chinese device maker Oppo are making the rounds on Weibo, and they paint a picture of a device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, Android 6.0 software, and 6GB of RAM.

GizChina speculates that the phone could be the upcoming Oppo Find 9.

It could also be a fake.

But whether this is the first phone with 6GB of RAM or not, I suspect we won’t have to wait long until phones with that much memory hit the market.

Do you need 6GB of RAM in a phone? Probably not… at least not for now. But like goldfish, mobile software has a habit of growing to fill the size of its tank. I would have thought 4GB was overkill too, but when I tested the Asus Zenfone 2 with that much memory, it was nice being able to switch apps frequently without worrying that an app I hadn’t used in a while would have to reload from scratch. Eventually we could also see more resource-intensive apps and games that take advantage of the extra memory whether you’re a heavy multi-tasker or not.

Still, it’s kind of remarkable that phones with full HD or higher-resolution displays are increasingly common at a time when many laptops still sport 1366 x 768 pixel screens. It’s not hard to imagine a future where your smartphone also has more memory than your laptop.

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