Multitasking heavyweights: phones with 3 GB of RAM

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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57 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Magic 8-Ball says after 2016.

13. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You really think 2016. I mean today they only have 1GB of RAM... My lava lamp says... "Concentrate and ask again"

29. michaelny2001

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i like what your lava lamp says... ahahahah

16. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

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

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Good luck.

52. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Night-time is a good time for dating.

36. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

You are going to get laid.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

46. Busyboy unregistered

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

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 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

31. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Try installing more apps and you will see 2gb Ram laaaaaaaaaags Try opening 5tabs and you will see laaaaaaaaaags

53. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

56. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

6. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sadly agree on this

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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

18. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

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

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

26. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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???????

47. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 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!

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

32. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

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