Many of today’s top-tier smartphones currently ship with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. But soon we could see smartphones with even more memory.
Samsung has begun mass production of a new type of LPDDR4 memory that could make it possible to cram 6GB of RAM into future phones and tablets.
The news comes at a time when there are still plenty of phones with just 1GB to 2GB of memory. Heck, plenty of Windows laptops and tablets have 2GB of RAM or less.
In other words, you probably don’t need 6GB of RAM to get by. But the more memory, the better your phone will be able to handle multitasking and other memory-intensive tasks. Right now there aren’t many mobile apps that require a massive amount of memory… but that’s probably because there aren’t a lot of phones that would be able to run those apps.
If and when phones with lower amounts of RAM start to fade away, we could see apps and games that require extra amounts of memory.
Until then, the main thing you’ll probably be able to do with a smartphone packing 6GB of RAM is the same party trick you can do with 4GB phones: Load up half a dozen or so games or more and flip between them without waiting for any of them to reload.
Anyway, Samsung’s announcement is still interesting for a few reasons. Not only does it pave the way for a future when we might actually be able to make full use of phones with 6GB of RAM, but the company says its new 20 nanometer 12Gb LPDDR4 memory is also more than 30 percent faster than 8Gb LPDDR4 and twice as fast as DDR4 DRAM used in PCs. It also uses less energy.