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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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)



1. libra89

Posts: 2290; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The power of Android. Anything is possible.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Including an explosion.

10. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Not funny.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't expect much sense from cnour, BTW.

17. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

just die

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

15. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

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

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.

4. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 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

5. geolemon

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

8. KyleLyles

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Don't direspect girls.

14. KyleLyles

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

7. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

13. tangbunna

Posts: 481; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 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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