[GizPoll of the Week] How Much RAM Is Sufficient For Your Android Smartphone?


From our last week poll, it appears that there is a mixed reaction to smartphone aspect ratio for those who know what it means. 46% of our voters went for the brand new 18:9 aspect ratio found on most recent flagship devices, 37% thinks that the conventional 16:9 remains the best while 17% just need a good display. 

In recent times, Android smartphone manufacturers seem to add an increasing amount of RAM on its flagship devices. We specify Android smartphones because iOS devices seem to have a considerably lower RAM size for equivalent smartphones. Two years ago, flagships like Xiaomi Mi Note 2 was sufficient with 4GB of RAM. But last year, we saw the likes of OnePlus 3T and Honor V9 with 6GB of RAM while Asus ZenFone AR and OnePlus 5T packs a massive 8GB.

However, how much RAM is sufficient for your Android phone? A couple of years ago, I had a 512MB Android smartphone and it was really a pain in the ass. You install a few apps and you are done. Its performance becomes appalling and you have to restart the phone every 30 minutes after it hangs. But two years ago, I used a 2GB Xiaomi device and it served me well until I got tired of it and dumped it for my current 4GB RAM Mi Note 2.

Sometime last year, a Huawei executive, Lao Shi, stated that 4GB RAM is more than enough for smartphones and even claimed that Huawei smartphones run better on 4GB RAM than 6GB RAM. In all honesty, you only need a RAM if you are going to use it because an addition of 1GB of RAM to a smartphone significantly increases its price. So, are you contented with just 2GB, or are you someone who needs at least 6GB of RAM? Let us have your votes in the polls below and if there is anything you need to add, let us know in the comments.

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3 Comments

  1. Shad8x .
    March 24, 2018

    Yup, 512mb RAM in my Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V was a nightmare, sometimes it couldnt even run single apps. Then i switched to phone with 2GB RAM and it still sometimes wasnt enough. Then i bough Redmi Note 4 with 3GB RAM which was perfectly fine most of the time. Now I own Le Eco Le Max 2 with 6GB RAM and its almost too much haha, never saw myself use more than 3,5 GB RAM. I think 4GB of RAM is enough for everybody, its impossible to use all of it, with how efficient Android is with RAM managment. But 2GB is absolute minimum these days.

  2. Guest
    March 24, 2018

    4GB of RAM is perfect for most cases right now. I have phones with 2GB and 3GB RAM and just by opening 10-15 tabs in Firefox I can see that the first phone is closing inactive tabs to save RAM and has to reopen them once I switch to them while the second one does that less frequently. The only point I see in having 6 or 8 GB of RAM at the moment is for gaming. If we see new games rendering their graphics to 4K resolution with 16x SMAA anti-aliasing then the more resources your phone has, the better. Look up RPCS3 (PS3 Emulator) video on YT rendering games in 4K and I’m sure you’d love to see such graphics on your smartphone too.

    • nobitakun
      March 25, 2018

      if you need to open 10-15 tabs of a browser you’re doing something wrong. It’s same as computers, if an user is complaining because the computer is slow and I notice that 30 tabs are opened I just tell the person that the one misbehaving is not the computer at all. Stop taking the resources to the limit and behave 🙁