Overkill? Asus was experimenting with 10 GB RAM in a phone

Overkill? Asus was experimenting with 10 GB RAM in a phone
Earlier this week, Asus announced the ROG phone. Bearing the Republic of Gamers name, it's the company's first dedicated gamer phone and a direct competitor to the Razer Phone of last year.

Now, we all know what gamer-dedicated hardware entails — aggressive design, insane processing power, and lots and lots of cooling. The ROG phone certainly checks all of these boxes.

But, word is, it may have been even more insane. Leakster Roland Quandt got word that Asus has been experimenting with putting 10 GB of RAM into an unnamed flagship smartphone about 10 months ago. The only reason the idea was scrapped was because the module couldn't fit into said phone's body, so they had to do without it.


10 gigabytes of RAM — that is more than your average household PC holds right now. We're not even sure if the Android operating system knows what to do with that amount. So, it was probably going to be used mostly for bragging rights, and possible future-proofing.

But, alas, it was not meant to happen in 2018, we guess. Or at least not in the first half.

source: Roland Quandt

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17 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Always good to see the competition pushing the limits which forces others to do so as well.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Disappointed with OEMs going overkill in amount of RAM (IMO there isn't much real world benefit over 6BG at the moment) But I get it since is great for marketing RAM bandwidth is where we need improvement We've been stuck on 29.86 GB/s LPDDR4X since 2016 Hopefully we get LPDDR5 or Wide I/O 2 soon (supposedly round 60-70 GB/s) This will allow HUGE GPU improvements Lack of memory bandwidth is why integrated GPUs sharing system memory are so much worse than even the lowest end dedecated GPUs with dedicated memory

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

For games its not overkill.Games are getting bigger in sizes.So more RAM is necessity.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's still way too much.. 4GB is enough if you just running 1 game and close it before opening another game.. PC game for comparison. Wolfenstein II need 45GB+ for installation, and total RAM usage is never surpass 8GB. I could open chrome and keep it in background, and it still won't effect gaming performance.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

But none of them even uses 500MB of ram while running. You can open 80 apps and wont use 3GB ram completely.

5. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

But you phone will slow down anyway even if you still have some free RAM left.

8. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

True, and it's because of the way Android was designed. It's utterly unoptimized in that regard, and this comes from an all-time Android user.

10. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the problem is not games, but Android system which is becoming bigger and bigger lately... When I first bought my Xperia XZ with its "puny" 3GB of RAM, it was decidedly enough for all, including gaming.... however, after Android 8, the RAM occupied by the system grows from 1GB to 1.8GB overtime (in a day or so) and my phone is constantly running with barely a few hundred MB of RAM free, which slows some apps, and force close a lot of others in the background... When I want to play PUBG Mobile, I HAVE to restart the phone, to free the RAM take from the Android's System... So yeah, I am all up for 8~10GB of RAM phones

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Android system is still aronud 1GB for me (Pixel 2) So probably due to one of Sony's changes

15. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Probably... but I do have a lot of services enabled... I am considering a factory reset soon....

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

More services enabled should increase RAM usage by other apps, but not the system e.g. on my Pixel, system stays around 1GB, but RAM usage apps is 1-3 GB depending on how many/which apps I've used recently

6. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

"10 gigabytes of RAM — that is more than your average household PC holds right now. We're not even sure if the Android operating system knows what to do with that amount. " I have often considered this question. Surely someone knows the abilities of Android to address and use RAM?

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am running Bliss OS (which is an Android fork) on a laptop with 16GB ram and it addresses it without a problem.

7. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

"10 gigabytes of RAM — that is more than your average household PC holds right now. We're not even sure if the Android operating system knows what to do with that amount. " I have often considered this question. Surely someone knows the abilities of Android to address and use RAM?

9. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

den liek can i put more picz of my cat in my fone den?

14. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

For specification freaks, 10 GB of RAM is still a little. The fact is that iPhones outperform Androids with less RAM.

17. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Android operating system need huge amount of ram and 10gb of ram will be great idea to give us great performance always

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