Yesterday, a report surfaced online claiming that Vivo is working on a flagship smartphone with a rather indulgent feature set. These include 4K resolution display, 512GB of internal storage, and a whopping 10GB of RAM. Though speculative at the moment, we can’t help but think about why a company needs to offer so much memory on a mobile device.
About a year back, smartphones had just started featuring RAMs comparable to mid-range laptops. While it felt like overkill at the time, pretty soon smartphones with 4GB of RAM became the norm. In fact these days, premium smartphones are seen featuring 6-8GB of RAMs.
We need more RAM, tomorrow
You can argue that more memory is required to handle modern day graphic-intensive games, 360-degree or 4K resolution videos, multitasking, and even AR and VR. You won’t be wrong. But then there is the argument about Apple’s devices with their hardware-software synergy, which ensures they work smoothly with half the amount of RAM.
In such a scenario, you can’t help but take the cynical view as to why a company would need to much RAM on its smartphone. On the one hand, 10GB of RAM is no doubt a marketable term, and the company could use it to charge a premium. On the other hand, it could also be a means for overcompensating a less-than-great device.
We could do with less too!
Vivo’s smartphones are usually launched with a good combination of features and price. But more often than not, they are are let down by the UI. I admit to being a tad biased towards the stock Android operating system. I find it unnecessary to have layers of colors and animations on top of stock Android OS in the quest for uniqueness. These additions along with preloaded apps tend to slow down devices almost the moment you take it out of the box.
Similarly with the rumors around the upcoming XPlay 7, you can’t help but think that instead of fixing the UI, Vivo is taking the easy way out. By adding more RAM, it is trying to ensure that the device is able to function smoothly despite being bogged down by a heavy UI.
What are your views on this? Would you like a smartphone with 10GB of RAM, or an optimized one that works smoothly regardless of its specifications? Let us know your thoughts in our comments section below.