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Multitasking heavyweights: phones with 3 GB of RAM

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Multitasking heavyweights: phones with 3 GB of RAM
Despite the recent spec'd-out trend, phones with more than 2 GB of RAM are still few and far between. Even the Galaxy S5 flagship, for instance, didn't ship with 3 GB, which raised some eyebrows, considering that the trend started when Samsung equipped its Galaxy Note 3 with as much RAM. The other two Android juggernauts, however, LG and Sony, quickly filled the void, outing their own flagships with 3 GB of RAM, and the Chinese trendsetters like Huawei or Xiaomi quickly followed.

Having more RAM in your phone is important in today's realities of big screens, conducive for heavy multitasking, where we might stream something from the phone, and play a game on it in the meantime, use the split-screen modes to peruse two apps at once, or simply line up tens of open applications in the task switcher without ever bothering to clean them out of there. 

Well, if someone told us that 3 RAM gigs would be becoming the norm for flagship phones just a few years ago, we'd do the elevator stare on them, but handset makers haven't finished yet. The Note 4 is actually rumored to be the first phone with 2x2 GB RAM package, which, coupled with the 64-bit Exynos chipset could make it the posterboy for the 64-bit Android L edition that is hitting in the fall, too. Still, while we are at 3 GB being considered the bleeding edge, here's a roundup of those monster handsets that have such a hearty amount of random access memory in them.

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posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:18

1. joey_sfb (Posts: 3140; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


3GB ram is a must for all phone except budget phone below $230.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:25 10

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5922; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The next RAM threshold will be 4+ Gb and 64-bit SoCs and OS to address the 4+ Gb. Magic 8-Ball says Note 5 will break that threshold in 2015.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:33 7

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I wonder how long would it take Apple to put 4 gigs in a iDevice? First to come out with a 64 processor and OS; last to hit 4 gigs of ram.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:45 3

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5922; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Magic 8-Ball says after 2016.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:04 2

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4340; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You really think 2016. I mean today they only have 1GB of RAM...

My lava lamp says... "Concentrate and ask again"

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:16

29. michaelny2001 (Posts: 27; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


i like what your lava lamp says... ahahahah

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:15 1

16. luis.d (Posts: 197; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


What's the 8-ball saying about my date tonight?

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:42 2

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Good luck.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 22:47

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5922; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Night-time is a good time for dating.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:10

36. Tritinum (Posts: 248; Member since: 06 May 2014)


You are going to get laid.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:41 2

20. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Apple does not believe in more Ram

Their ios stops, freezes, stops, freezes and on and on and on.

If Apple uses 2gb Ram, they won't pocket and lose millions in paying extra $2.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:01

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4340; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I think the Galaxy Note 4 will have 4GB of RAM. The Note 5 will be the first 64Bit & 5GB of RAM phone.

Sorry I don't have a Magic 8-Ball. I just looked in a lava lamp!

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 12:27

46. Busyboy (Posts: 397; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Nah. Note 4 will have 3gb of Ram. The SOC is 32bit

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:31

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If the Note 4 has 4 gigs of ram with a 64 bit processor that actually takes advantage of all that ram it might make me upgrade from my Note 3.
I hope they make it waterproof with the metal body. I need a life raft when I go swimming. I could also use it as a bulletproof vest when traveling in the hood. I love me a big phone.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:34 1

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Honestly I don't feel the difference between 3gb ram on my one plus and 2gb ram of HTC one e8 they both just the same speed and no sluggish

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:33 1

31. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Try installing more apps and you will see 2gb Ram laaaaaaaaaags

Try opening 5tabs and you will see laaaaaaaaaags

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 23:52

53. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Stop trolling. I have 35 tabs open on my HTC One and there's no lag. I have a sh*t ton of apps on my phone as well (not all of them running at once but there are plenty of things going on in the background). Same case for my MOTO X.

My Droid Razr M has issues but I'm not sure it's related to the 1GB of RAM seeing as how the number of tabs open varies when I start having some draw problems. I remember not having those problems on my HTC Thunderbolt with 768MB of RAM.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:53

56. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3632; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Stop trolling. I have 35 tabs open on my HTC One and there's no lag."

Arte is not trolling. It depends on the phone. For example, with Samsung you really notice how much improvement 3GB RAM makes due to how much RAM TouchWiz and all the Samsung/Google/carrier bloatware takes.

With other phones, YMMV. On my Note 3, I use a lot of browser tabs and keep my email open and a few other apps, and I am very happy to have 3GB RAM. I even wish I had more. On my Note 8 with 2GB, I am limited to fewer browser tabs and things get sluggish much quicker. Another gig or two of RAM would help a lot.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:43

6. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Android+Java = a deadly combination wasting TONS of resources.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:52 1

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Sadly agree on this

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:04

14. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 984; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah java is buggy (though i never had any real life performance issues on 4.1+ devices dat I've ever used) .Atleast their hardware specs are advancing really fast

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:16 1

18. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Java is crap, and that's why most devs avoid it when they want their apps to be competitive.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:46 3

22. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'd rather work with Java Core API for next 50 years, then a month with C/C++ API.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:05 6

26. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 984; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Fine, java is crap buggy only dump will use it. But end user doesn't care because android does everything what they want beautifully. Android is not perfect it has its own draw backs like lack of timely updates,and java being mostly used language for developing apps, and so called lag issue (only in the eyes of hatters) but androids market shares are still on rising curious isn't it???????

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 14:51

47. nasznjoka (Posts: 351; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


how many appps have you even developed? be it android/ios or wp? Give me your stackexchange username i'll give you mine, lets go out and see your credits! Don't act like you're smart than everybody else while you just go around reading blogs. Some of us here are real developers and yet they keep it down!

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:35 3

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8841; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Has NOTHING to do with the article. Please continue to troll and spam the same comments on every Android article.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:37 4

32. tedkord (Posts: 5130; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


He can't help it. His hatred of anything other than Apple compels him. He's the Apple Evangelist, the Robert Tilton of the iPhone, complete with occasional speaking in tongues. And like those TV evangelists, he's willing to tell say anything to bring more into his flock, even if it's totally unrelated to the article. Got to get that dig in about Android or Samsung.

Unfortunately, he's impotent. It doesn't matter how big his soap box, or how loud he proclaims, Android will continue to dominate, because the rest of the world buys based on what we see, not what were told. And we see that Android is a great platform that rivals iOS, and outdoes out in some ways.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:55 3

23. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Java is huge and successful and popular, and it excels at a number of tasks.
Java the language, taken by itself, is a pretty good language. Lots of people have complaints about some specific details, but overall it's great, and each new version of Java has made the language better.
The Java Platform, i.e. the Java standard library, is a mixed bag. Some parts are quite well-designed, other parts are pretty bad. Bad APIs were replaced with newer better APIs, but the old deprecated ones still live on for a long time.
It has also failed to live up to much of its initial hype. The big selling point of Java was supposed to be "write once, run anywhere". It launched at a time when writing programs that ran equally well on Mac, Windows, and other operating systems was incredibly difficult. It was something everyone wanted.
The idea was good, but the implementation was disappointing. Java applications didn't look like Mac or Windows applications, they looked different

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:03 5

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 3140; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


JakeLee. Like you know anything about developing mobile solution.

There are always pro and con to every approach. The way you put it is like you are smarter than the nerds in Google.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:13 1

28. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


He hates Linux, but loves closed platform

He loves being what he can't do.

He has to wait for iGod to tell him and lead, path him to wrong and right.

Rotflmfao.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:10 2

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It always depends *on what you want to achieve* with your system. The Unix philosophy is mostly about writing specific kinds of (system) programs.
The problem is that most users that are not system administrators use a computer as a tool. For example for writing documents, creating flowcharts, cutting videos – things that are eventually used outside the context of a computer.
It is inefficient if these people have to understand how linux works and training is expensive.
Linux is very versatile and can do lots of things. But it is too open, it can be reconfigured so much even the best expert will need a whole day to get something fixed if it stops working.
For the every day person it is better to have a good program that guides the user to do a certain thing, and not the other way around.

Unix is a Pos. Closed.

iBoy, I command you to listen to what you can't do.
You will have no rights to obey Unix.

Linux rules.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 21:02 1

51. MrJerry (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


You should get a life bro
All maybe this is your life you enjoying?
I know there are some people very quite in their real life but on internet...

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:48 2

8. bobby2803 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Phonearena stop using visitors for pushing your ads excessively. Everytime there is a message poping up stating phone is getting slower instal c browser on android device, I took it lightly while browsing on my nexus 7 but it is also showing same message on my windows phone. More irritating is even if u say no it scrambles your current page and three previous pages.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 07:48

9. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The last one is the best of the lot.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:02

12. nebsif (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


except u'll be able to buy it for the "official" price only in late 2015, gg. get a honor 6 instead

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:05

15. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 152; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


I have the OnePlus One and it is by far my favorite phone to date and I have had every phone ATT has to offer then a bunch of other. Its super fast and never lags. Battery lasts about 22 hours with 6 hours of screen on time.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:16

17. michaelmicro (unregistered)


My Moto G with 1GB of RAM has to reload things so much more frequently than my iPhone 5S, also with 1GB of RAM. I think Android must just be an incredibly inefficient OS.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:42 4

34. tedkord (Posts: 5130; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not inefficient, just an actual multitasking OS, which iOS isn't. Plus, you're comparing a $180 phone to a $700 phone.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:19

39. michaelmicro (unregistered)


Well, the Moto G isn't doing anything more than my iPhone 5S is doing, in fact it's doing less by virtue of it having to reload things more often, so it can't be this 'actual multitasking' myth you speak of. I'm comparing two phones with 1GB of RAM, and it just serves to show how inefficient Android is with the available hardware.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:32 2

41. tedkord (Posts: 5130; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It is, though. Android has much more going on at any given moment. It's more of a desktop type OS (Linux), compared to iOS which is strictly mobile.

But you're going to believe what you want to believe, so enjoy your day. I'll let you get the last word and call Android inefficient one more time.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:33

42. michaelmicro (unregistered)


Well, care to offer me an example of what this Moto G is currently sitting here and doing that my iPhone 5S is not doing?

There's no need to be patronising, I know the technical details behind these OSes such as multitasking services etc, so I am genuinely interested to hear what you think this Moto G is doing that the iPhone 5S isn't.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 11:26 3

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 3140; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


michaelmicro, Download a 1gb video file while playing angry bird for 30min.

When you are done with your game. The file should also be downloaded. You past posting say you a patronising Apple fan boy incapable of independent thinking. Moto E is a low end Android to me it belongs in the Dustin

My RedMi Note is cheaper and far more capable than Moto E and iPhone add together.

In the coming weeks better and cheaper Android phone will be released and Android market share will keep climbing regardless of what you say.

I am no fan I hop from more capable platform and better value for money brands and the next.

It's stupid and limiting to be a fan of something. I am a fan of my own benefit.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 08:56 2

24. wilsong17 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Nothing Beats THE Note 3

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:23 1

30. medicci37 (Posts: 699; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Can't understand why so many people were saying 2 gigs is more than enough. My M8 lags after awhile when all I'm doing is browsing playing games like wwf & txting. Every couple hours I have 2 kill tasks. I suspect a big part of the problem has to do with how resources are handled. When you look at running apps it's truly pathetic how some basic apps use so much ram when not even being used. Like Google Play for instance

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:42

33. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


That's Android.

More RAM won't help much since Android will waste it eventually.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 09:44 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 5130; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Number one by more than 4 to 1, no matter how many tears you shed.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:15 1

37. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And that's fake bogus ios IP5, which freezes everything at the background.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:17 1

38. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Not Android will waste it, Oems features and skin overlay will

You must love playing with ToysRus iToy

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 23:54

54. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Oh? How so? Just because the iPhone doesn't have much going on in the background doesn't make increased RAM count a waste.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 20:31 1

50. joey_sfb (Posts: 3140; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Can't say about HTC M8 I don't own one. But the android device that I do own such as Note 2, Note 3 and RedMi Note are great devices. I normally load 10 browsers tabs at once to read them slowly. Load a game without closing and still continues with my daily task of answering phone calls and texting. No problem at all.

So you see nobody can convince me that Android lag or is less efficient than wp8 or iOS.

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 23:56

55. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I'm running the M8 as well with things going on and have no issues with 2GB of RAM.

Hell, my laptop still makes do with 2GB of RAM and I'm doing much more with that than the phone (the laptop also has much more processes running in the background).

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 10:24 2

40. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I don't see why everyone is complaining my s3 with 2 gigs of ram can multitask two games at once (clash of clans and temple run 2) one will go to the backround and wait till I launch it again, which will resume at the exact same spot I left. No splash screens or anything just pure multitasking. Not to mention the split screen mode is extremely efficient

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 11:08

43. medicci37 (Posts: 699; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Wish you people would stop the childish Android /iPhone bs & have a real discussion about mobile tech

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 12:07

45. theguy2345 (Posts: 224; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Man, 3gigs of ram. My phone only has a gig lol

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 17:17 1

48. gigaraga (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Note 3 with 3gees of RAM FTW..it looks so beautiful..i miss my Note 3 :(

posted on 14 Aug 2014, 18:23 1

49. Neo_Huang (Posts: 553; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Lol, 9 of the 15 are from Chinese companies.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:58

57. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3632; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Because they don't have business models that depend on f**king people over for hundreds of dollars over a few bucks of RAM.

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