6 GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 3 hits TENAA listing

We've been getting reports that the OnePlus 3 will come in a 6 GB variant for a while now. But when the handset passed through both the TENAA and FCC recently, all we saw in the specs was 4 GB of RAM. However, the TENAA listing has now been updated to show that the phone has 4 GB and 6 GB RAM variants.

It's unclear how else the "bigger" model would differ. One could speculate that it will have 64 GB of internal storage, while the 4 GB RAM variant would only have 32 GB. However, the older listing, where we only saw the smaller RAM chip, still showed 64 GB of on-board storage, so combinations are still up in the air. We also don't see any processor differentiation – both have the Snapdragon 820 and there really isn't anything higher to go to currently. But since it doesn't make any sense to have a version of the OnePlus 3 that only upgrades the RAM chip, we have to assume that the two variants will be 4 GB RAM / 32 GB storage and 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage until we get further info.

And all of our questions might just end up being answered on June the 14th, as this is the rumored launch date for the device, however, that's unofficial information. What we do know from an official channel is that 30 lucky winners who want to review the new "flagship killer" will receive OnePlus 3 units some time between the 13th and 20th of June. So, it would make sense that the phone should be ready for sale somewhere around that period.

source: TENAA via GizmoChina

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. Shocky unregistered

Hoping they've worked some magic with the battery life, there is hope but not a lot. :-P

2. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

6 GB ram ?? I hope it's not gonna be another lagdroid..

3. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

128gb internal storage version is what i want. 4gb ram or 6gb ram it does not matter considering the Ram speed is the same, and software kills background apps to save battery. More ram is just waste of ram IMO. What is the point of more ram while its never ever used? More ram does not speed up the phone, Faster Ram does. Ill prefer more storage over more ram anyday. ill prefer anything over this more ram BS.

4. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

the more RAM you have the more Cache you can use and also dedicate more to the GPU....woulden`t call it "waste" bud...

5. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Dedicate to GPU? Which ARM Gpu supports dedicated memory? Adreno? Mali? Power Vr? I haven't heard of it yet. No manufacture has implemented it yet. And cache. Sure, But again it needs the right software. The background process and cached data is regularly automatically cleared to keep gigs of free ram. im currently using a 3gb ram phone I always have over 1gb free ram. Apps regularly keeps getting killed even when there is over 1gb ram left. So without the right software, just stuffing in more ram is useless. You will have over 2gb ram free at all time which is a waste IMO. And the background processes and apps are killed in the name of optimization and saving battery life. The more background process and apps in memory or cache the more battery drains. Bottom line currently 6gb ram is not uutilised hence its a waste of ram. One place where it can be used is to use it with Storage to achive faster read and write speeds like a ramdisk together with the storage. But no manufactures do that either. Now or anytime in future, 4gb ram or 6gb ram won't make any diff. at all. Only Marketting stuff.

6. MoreRamIsNotUseless

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2016

Contrary to what you believe, it is not "more ram is wasted ram", it is actually, UNUSED ram is wasted ram. What does that mean? It means android works differently than the likes of iOS. Android doesn't need aggressive ram management like in the s6 where the ram is constantly being limited and cleared, that is what you call a waste of ram. The whole point of having more ram is so you can use it, android benefits from having more ram as it can actually utilize all of it. More ram does not exponentially increase power consumption, in fact the difference is so small you wouldn't even notice it, especially with LPDDR ram. If you are a moderately heavy user with 10 chrome tabs open, combined with the operating system, vram buffer, system applications, etc then that 6GB ram will be gone in no time. If you only use your phone for social media and simple browsing tasks then why would you even consider a flagship phone when you don't need the additional resources. You also seem so quick to point out that "faster" ram is more important. What you don't realize is that higher clocked ram memory has absolutely no impact on real world usage or system performance, the cpu benefits from lower latency ram which higher clocked ram does the complete opposite of (it adds extra latency). Do you not know what vram is? All GPUs support vram and that's what they all use. Gddr5 is not magical "dedicated" memory. The main memory is used as vram buffer as normal, but gddr5 can be used for demanding tasks that require the extra bandwidth. It is architecturaly similar to ddr4 except it sacrifices latency for extra bandwidth. Any mobile gpu could use gddr5, it's not used because it's very expensive, consumes a ton of power, and takes a lot of silicon space with the memory controller. A gpu could benefit from extra ram as mobile games are getting more demanding and unfortunately higher in resolution which consequently uses more ram. Ramdisks are completely useless, once you achieve a 500MB/s read/write speed, any higher will show little real world improvements. Samsung actually used ram caching in their SSDs for higher sequential speeds, but in the world it had no difference. The purpose of ram is not to make your computer faster. You should instead be focusing on faster STORAGE.

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