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This guy got his Nexus 5X upgraded to 4GB RAM like it was nothing

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This guy got his Nexus 5X upgraded to 4GB RAM like it was nothing

Here's a wild story from the bowels of the XDA Board, where humble everyday men turn to kernel-swapping, CPU overclocking, ROM flashing maniacs at night. User Cathair2096 allegedly bought a Nexus 5X in Hong Kong, and like many disgruntled owners, he caught the dreaded bootloop bug just as his warranty expired.

Instead of getting a cheap Chinese flagship, he sent that Nexus to a repairman for reanimation. Said repairman straight up offered to stick an additional 2GB of RAM as he worked on replacing the system chip, and the rest is history.

The screenshots from a healthy Nexus 5X sporting 4 gigs of RAM and running the latest Nougat build seem completely authentic. It's also perfectly possible to replace the Snapdragon 808 SoC + 2GB of embedded LPDDR3 RAM in it with an 808 that has 4GB of the stuff. While a repairshop probably won't be able to source processors straight from Qualcomm, taking a working one from a gutted device is always a possibility.

The undertaking isn't for the faint-hearted, though, as it involves precise and expensive equipment. But if China has the machinery to manufacture iPhones, it sure as heck can access the tools to professionally replace a system chip. The guy reportedly paid $60 for the service. His Nexus 5X lives and the camera app now loads a bit faster. If only such services were available a few years ago, when a 512MB RAM phone was hot stuff!


source: XDA Developers
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posted on 14 Apr 2017, 14:33 4

1. libra89 (Posts: 949; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

Wow, very cool! I had no idea this was possible.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 14:37 16

2. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2176; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

The power of Android. Anything is possible.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 02:03 2

9. cnour (Posts: 1494; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Including an explosion.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 03:39 1

10. AronWunarso (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)

Not funny.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 04:46 1

11. trojan_horse (Posts: 4934; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Can't expect much sense from cnour, BTW.

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 11:02

16. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)

Kill yourself.

This is directed to Cnour, fix your goddamn shitty website PA

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 15:50

17. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 604; Member since: 07 May 2014)

just die

posted on 16 Apr 2017, 23:05

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I wouldn't be surprise if those US made bomb run some kind of linux kernel which also power Android OS.

So yeah!! Explosion included.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 20:33

15. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Congrats for the dumb comment. Has nothing to do with Android.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 14:55

3. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Why waste resources on a device susceptible to failing? I would just stick with the Nexus 6P and be done with it.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 15:14 15

4. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 374; Member since: 11 May 2013)

all devices are susceptible to failing, its a matter of percentage and the ol good/bad luck...especially to those that like to tinker with their devices LOL

how many times a day or week do most people tinker with their device? LOL

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 16:32

5. geolemon (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)

Why stop at the 6P?
Hey - why not shove an entire 10" tablet in your pants pocket?
I mean - bigger is clearly more comfortable to you guys - or possibly your life is so devoid that you never have your device out of your hands? I guess the latter.

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 19:14

8. KyleLyles (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

Because some of us don't have tiny........hands. I'm 6'4" and easily palm a basketball. I don't want a girlie sized phone.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 07:04

12. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

Don't direspect girls.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 13:00

14. KyleLyles (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

Don't disrespect tall people.
Oh, and just say no to hijabs & FGM....

posted on 14 Apr 2017, 16:47 1

7. DnB925Art (Posts: 1060; Member since: 23 May 2013)

If you watched that video about the guy who built an iPhone 6S from parts he bought from various vendors at the Shenzhen electronics marketplace, it is not outside the realm of possibility to upgrade just about any device with parts.

It was amazing how they had any part imaginable for just about any phone, whether the parts were new or removed and recycled/refurbished from non-working phones. And they had all the equipment necessary to repair and rebuild any phone, like laser etching machines and even a "remove bubble" machine (LOL).

I mean it wasn't uncommon for people to bring in 16GB iPhones and upgrade them to 128GB iPhones, so I'm pretty confident it would be relatively easy to add more RAM as well.

posted on 15 Apr 2017, 11:30

13. tangbunna (Posts: 148; Member since: 29 Sep 2016)

just save time to pay attention to this post. just get back to work and to save money for last year phones that came with 6gb sd821.

posted on 17 Apr 2017, 08:21

19. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

I want to believe, but with this being the internet, it's probably fake. Plus, I thought the RAM was built into the SoC?

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