We'd be remiss not to start with the first major handset that arrived with not one or two, but the whopping 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM onboard. And rightfully so, since the Note 3's huge 5.7" display, combined with the S-Pen stylus, are a very conducive mix for heavy multitasking. Samsung even pioneered the so-called Multi Windows mode for its phablets, that lets you split the screen in two separate resizable sections, letting you work with two apps at once - this feature, as well as options like Pop-up View, beg for some heavy multitasking silicon to be put inside.
Next up is another Samsung darling (hey, the company makes their own memory, it can put as much as it likes in its handsets) - the Galaxy Round. Basically a Note 3 in terms of specs, the world's first phone released with a flexible AMOLED display sports a curved screen design, even if just to prove that it can be done. We kid, as the Round flaunts many other new features such as the so called "roll effect", Gravity Effect, Side Mirror and others.
The world's first phone announced to come with a Quad HD display panel is also one of the first that had 3 GB of RAM placed in it, to round up the excellent set of specs. Granted, it's a 6" high-res monstrosity, but that's an even bigger reason for a large RAM amount to line up many media and other apps lurking in the background, and switch between them without a hitch.
LG's first crack at phablet glory didn't leave anything to chance, and the G Pro 2 came equipped with the generous 3 GB of RAM, too. Moreover, with it LG introduced its own version of Samsung's Multi Windows mode, called Dual Window, which differs in launch style, but the essence remains the same - two apps sharing the largish 6" display at once.
Xperia Z2 is Sony's first phone with 3 GB of RAM, and came armed to the teeth with specs and looks, so that nobody could accuse it of having less-than-flagship specs. It is even waterproof up to 10 feet, and records smooth 4K video with its 20 MP camera - actions that are undoubtedly aided by the large amount of random access memory onboard.
The bar for Chinese companies was raised pretty high with the Xplay 3S, and, as expected, Oppo also introduced the Find 7 with a staggering 538ppi pixel density. That is the result of offering resolution of 1440 x 2560 on a 5.5 inch display. Powering the device is a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU along with the Adreno 330 GPU. 3GB of RAM is on board with 32GB of native storage.
The Nubia line, spawned from Chinese ZTE, has so far brought local consumers quite some joy with its previous devices, but it is the Nubia X6's time to shine today. This 6.44-inch monster of a phone is like few others, and comes packing some of the latest hardware available on the market today. We're talking Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 gigs of RAM, and an optically-stabilized, 13-megapixel snapper.
The ever-elusive OnePlus One sports the most powerful bin of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chipset, paired with the mighty 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 3100 mAh cell. Wrapped within a magnesium chassis, the One is a relatively compact 5.5-incher, measuring 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, and weighing just 162 grams.
The phone's 6-inch QHD display (490 ppi) and gorgeous metallic looks leave no doubt this is a cream of the crop device, and the rest of innards are top-shelf as well: a Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP main camera with a BSI sensor with optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. The phone is 7.7mm thin with a narrow rectangular frame decorated with very thin bezels.
The LG G3 flagship sports 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 (QHD) pixel resolution screen, which provides the super-crisp, 538 pixels per inch, but that's not the only ace up its sleeve. Dimensions are pretty compact for the screen size, resulting in excellent 76.4% screen to body size ratio. The Android 4.4 KitKat-based handset is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 and the generous 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
How about one of the best value-for-money phones this season? Yep, the $360 Honor 6 also falls in the 3 GB RAM club. Say what you will about Huawei's tendency to mimic Apple's designs, but the Honor 6 is quite impressive, packing quite the punch into an extremely thin, 7.5 mm (0.3 in) body with an all-aluminum frame. The phone is also pretty compact for its screen size (5''), and its display-to-body ratio sits at the great 75.7%, meaning one-handed usage won't be out of the question.
The Honor 6 comes with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16/32GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie camera with f/2.4 lens (that shoots selfie panoramas!). The Honor 6 also has two SIM slots - one for LTE and one for 3G. Lastly, the device is powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat, skinned over with the company's Emotion UI.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which was announced shortly after the standard Galaxy S5, is the currently most hardware-packed device. The S5 LTE-A makes use of a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with the whopping 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution. Powering the monstrous IP67-rated (dust- and water-resistant) phone is the very latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm - the 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 805 with an Adreno 420 GPU, along with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The rest of the specifications overlap completely with what the Galaxy S5 has to offer - a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera, a fingerprint sensor, a heartbeat monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. Finally, the phone will be available only in Korea.
Another blockbuster from ZTE, the Nubia Z7 is defined by its slick looks and bleeding edge hardware. Apart from the worthy for a 2014 flagship specs - a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3 GB of RAM, a 13MP (OIS) camera, and a large battery (3000 mAh) - the Z7 also makes use of an incredibly-detailed, 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (Quad HD) display, much like the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7.
From the makers of the world's thinnest smartphone, Gionee obviously is born with an appetite for destruction, judging from the Elife E7 phablet' specs. The Gionee Elife E7 is an Android smartphone with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel camera with flash and secondary 8-megapixel unit on the front. The device is powered by a 2.2-GHz quad core processor, 3GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 comes with a 5-inch 1080p, fully laminated display and top notch hardware: it runs on the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system chip clocked at up to 2.5GHz, and comes with a plentiful 3GB of RAM. The battery is a sizable 3080mAh pack that can last around a day and a half according to Xiaomi, more than most other 5-inch flagship phones. The Mi 4 also supports quick charging at 9V/1.2A or 5V/2A, so you can juice it up to 60% in less than an hour.