According to recent rumors, the first Android phones with 18GB of RAM will be released soon. That seemed like an unnecessary upgrade for devices that already had plenty of memory, but then came the first phone that could support up to 18GB of RAM. Nubia, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, released the RedMagic 6 last week, a gaming phone with some of the most powerful specs you’ve ever seen.
The handsets feature 165Hz screens, cooling fans, and up to 18GB of ultrafast LPDDR5 memory with a 5500Mbps transfer rate. The 18GB model is the most expensive, but Nubia won’t be the only company offering phones with that much RAM. SK Hynix, a Korean memory manufacturer, announced on Monday that it has begun mass-producing 18GB LPDDR5 mobile RAM modules and revealed the first product to use them.
According to Asus, the upcoming ROG Phone 5 gaming smartphone will have 18GB of SK Hynix LPDDR5 RAM. According to rumors, the Asus phone would be one of the first in the world to ship with 18GB of RAM.
In a statement about the new memory product, SK Hynix official said, “This product will improve the processing speed and image quality by expanding the data temporary storage space, as the capacity increases compared to the previous 16GB product.”
The 18GB modules will outperform the Redmagic 6’s RAM in terms of speed. It has a data transfer rate of 6,400Mbps, which is about 20% faster than other LPDDR5 RAM modules with a data transfer rate of 5,500Mbps. At that data rate, the new SK Hynix memory can transfer ten 5GB Full HD movies per second.
Given the rapid pace of data-related innovations, the LPDDR5 RAM data speed upgrade will undoubtedly help smartphones remain relevant for several years. Downloads will be faster than ever before thanks to high-speed connectivity, such as 5G and Wi-Fi 6, and RAM will be required to keep up. In addition, phones support more advanced camera modes, such as 4K and 8K video recording, and fast memory will be useful. Then there’s gaming, which will be the first application of the 18GB of RAM modules on mobile devices.
It’s unclear what else the new 18GB memory will be used for. At the high end of the spectrum, we already have flagship phones with 16GB of RAM, the Galaxy S21 Ultra being the most recent example. However, according to data from market research firm Omdia, demand for LPDDR5 RAM currently accounts for 10% of the total mobile DRAM market and will grow to more than 50% by 2023. Because gaming phones alone won’t be enough to spur widespread adoption, we can expect LPDDR5 memory upgrades in a variety of smartphones and tablets in the future. However, we don’t think all of those devices will have 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is set to go on sale later this week, and it will come with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 888 processor, up to 18GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a gaming phone.