Discount memory monsters for the 64-bit era – here are some midrangers that sport 2 GB of RAM

Discount memory monsters for the 64-bit era – here are some midrangers that sport 2 GB of RAM
64-bit has been quite the buzzword in mobile for the past year – as it became clear that Google will be making Android 5.0 64-bit capable, and silicone slingers started to produce CPU models with the architecture, the world of handsets is slowly, but surely, entering the 64-bit era.

For anyone realizing this, the purchase of a new smartphone right now has the added complexity of trying to find a 64-bit handset, just for that added future-security. Sure, developers will take a while before making full use of the new architecture, and it will be a long, long while before 32-bit devices are totally abandoned, but knowing that one's new purchase is hip and in line with contemporary tech is definitely more satisfying than getting the "cool of yesterday".

Flagships are, naturally, quick to make the jump, but not everybody goes for the top-shelf smartphone. So, let's check out some midrangers that sport 64-bit capable CPUs, and, since we were talking about being hip – let's only look at the ones that are loaded with at least 2 GB of RAM!

Xiaomi Redmi 2


Yeah, we know we said "minimum 2 GB of RAM", while the Redmi 2 only has one. Well, right now it does, but Xiaomi has announced an Enhanced Edition of the handset, sporting 2 GB of RAM. It is speculated that this move is an answer to the heat Xiaomi has been feeling from rising rival Meizu, which is leading its own assault on the Chinese market with a few bargain-priced handsets.

Other specs include a 4.7" 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 SoC, and a humble 8 MP / 2 MP camera combo.

So far, we are unsure, whether the Enhanced Edition will replace the regular one, once its launch campaign completes – the original Redmi 2 costs around $112, whereas the new version will be bumped up to ~$128. 1 GB RAM upgrade for $16? Yes, please!



Liquid Jade S


The Liquid Jade S is Acer's first 64-bit smartphone and it's a slim, light, and elegant handset. It packs a 5" 720p display, a surprisingly good 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo, MediaTek's MT6752M SoC, and, of course, 2 GB of RAM. The handset was launched as an upgrade for the Liquid Jade model and, as such, has succeeded – a stable performance and surprisingly good camera greet new users, though, we were quite disappointed with its call quality.



Samsung Galaxy A5


The new Galaxy A series are probably the most notable examples of Samsung's new design philosophy. With the As, the impossible has happened – Sammy actually produced a metal unibody Android handset, creating the thinnest smartphones it has ever made. Now, while the A3 is a bit lower than the range we are looking for in this article, and the A7 seems to be a bit too expensive, the A5 lands right where we need it. It sports a 5" 720p display, potent 13 MP / 5 MP cameras, 2 GB of RAM, and Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 410.



Huawei Ascend G7


This upper-midranger by Huawei was announced in September, 2014. It's got a huge 5.5" screen, which only has 720 x 1280 pixels stretched across it, so it won't be providing the sharpest of images. However, it's armed with a 13 MP / 5 MP snapper combo, a quad-core 64-bit 1.2 GHz CPU, and 2 GB of RAM.



Meizu M1 Note


Meizu's long-leaked Blue Charm midranger turned out to actually be called M1 Note. So, name aside, this handset provides some potent midrange hardware for the equivalent of ~$160 / ~$192 (storage dependent). This kind of cash can get you a MediaTek MT6752, coupled with 2 GB of RAM, wrapped in an attractively-looking plastic body in various vibrant colors. The handset sports a 5.5” 1080p display and a 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo.

The Mini version of the M1 may also be getting a 2 GB RAM version – in response to the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Enhanced Edition variant, but we've yet to hear more info on that.



HTC Desire 820


The Desire 820 – a 64-bit refresh of the Desire 816 – is still a pretty solid midranger, with a fresh, lively design, and a stable performance. The handset is armed with the Snapdragon 615, clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a large 5.5” 720p display, and a very pleasing 13 MP / 8 MP camera combo.

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18 Comments

1. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Still better than the iPhone 6 /s

5. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I didn't know there was an iPhone 6s. When's it coming out?

6. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Please.. I wrote /s.. not iPhone 6s

18. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Please.. That could ambiguously mean the 4S or the 5S and both ain't the latest 'cause since you compared it to 6, the other one should be 6 plus or at least you could've typed "6 / +". Can't edit it huh? Oh well.

2. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

A lot of phones that aren't LTE compatible in the US :(

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Damn, Galaxy A5 is so damn expensive for these specs. Sammy should stop making this crap for great phone price. It's holding their reputation down.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They have a Galaxy A3 which has the same processor with 1.5 GB of ram instead of 2 GB of ram. Its less expensive again.

4. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

"Mid rangers" due to being Android phones. If this had 1GB and was 640P with Apple logo would be high end as it 'sApple according to PA.

12. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Okay Mister, they are not midrangers, they're high-ends, are you happy now? You saw the title, midrangers, you'll only get that from Android camp not ios (though the 5c can pass as one). . . Online definition of midrange: in the middle of a range of products with regard to size, quality, or price.

13. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

But an apple a8 chip is more powerful than a s801

7. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

When Chinese phones fall all the blame for their mistakes will fall on Android, if htc could not keep pace least xiaomi may not know the Western client

8. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

What is the point of these articles? All they do is list a bunch of phones that don't have the correct bands to work in the USA. Most of these phones would be GSM only here. Yes, I know the world doesn't revolve around the USA but most of this site's readers are in North America.

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And from your theory, because most are from North America, PA should ignore the rest of their users huh? I'm happy you know the world doesn't revolve around the US.

16. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

No, but they could put something in the article stating the frequency bands.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The HTC or Meizu for me.

14. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

to be honest, mid-range phone is never an option for me. I rather buy the last year high-end model than buy the lastest mid-range. The last year model is always much much better :D :D

17. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

right on :)

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'll pick Meizu M1 Note for its price.

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