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The Truth about the 4GB RAM on your Android Smartphone

Today’s smartphones are getting more and more powerful and one of the parameters which makes them powerful is the amount of RAM. Phone manufacturers, these days, are able to put a good amount of RAM even in the budget smartphone, but still, these smartphones slow down with time, why so?

Here we have come up with the truth behind a whopping amount of RAM in your smartphone and why these smartphones with even up to 4GB RAM slow down with time and usage.

Is smartphone ram different than PC RAM?

No, the RAM in smartphone works the same way as the PC RAM, it stores the data related to the program you are currently using. It also comes in the same versions like the PC RAM; DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4(current version) but in smartphones, we see LPDDR RAM.


Smartphones operate on battery and to save battery; smartphones are equipped with LPDDR RAMs. The LPDDR RAMs are Low Power Double Data Rate RAMs which means these RAMs uses less power and still performs similarly to DDR RAMs.

The modern laptops and ultrabooks also use these LPDDR RAMs, and thanks to this RAM we get the same performance, and it makes our devices slim and lightweight.

How much RAM does a smartphone needs?

This is a bit difficult question, and the most rightful answer is, the more, the better. The more the RAM your smartphone comes with, the better it can multitask bunch of apps. It also makes the OS run effectively smoother and launches apps without any delay.


More RAM enables you to switch between the running apps easily without apps being reloaded every time (this happens when your device has low RAM). If your device has more RAM, then your device can store more apps in the background, and there will still be RAM left so you can do what you are currently doing.

Why iPhone comes with less RAM than Android?

Apple iPhone 8 RedApple created its own operating system for iPhone which is the best-optimized smartphone OS ever created. Alas, it is not available for smartphones other than iPhones.


But Android, on the other hand, is not very much optimized for RAM and tends to slow down when you open dozens of apps in the background. OnePlus 6 comes with 8GB RAM which keeps the smartphone from getting slow and still maintains all the apps running in the background.

Why my smartphone is slow even with 4GB RAM?

This is because the 4GB RAM which you are getting in your budget smartphone is LPDDR3 RAM which is an outdated technology. These RAMs are slower than the new LPDDR4 RAMs and also cheaper which lowers the overall price of the device.

Smartphone brands are offering more RAM even in budget smartphones; you will get 3GB to 4GB RAM easily in Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 smartphones. People who are not aware of the RAM version buy those smartphones and then ends up with a low-performance device.

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Can we increase the RAM on an Android device?

Well, technically yes, you can increase RAM size in an Android smartphone, it is a risky process and can damage your device. This is a software related tweak and it partitions the internal storage of the smartphone make use it as a virtual memory. But if you know your way through custom recovery and modded kernels, then you can increase your smartphone’s memory.


Now you know why your smartphone is running slow even with 4GB RAM. So, every time you see a smartphone with a lot of RAM at less price, check for the RAM version before buying the smartphone.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.