The OnePlus 5 has been launched in India, with prices starting at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage version, and going up to Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant. Now while the two variants of the phone are identical in all ways save for the RAM and internal storage, you re probably wondering if it makes sense to shell out the additional cost for the higher variant. If you re considering buying the phone, you ll probably be wondering if you can make do with the lower-end variant or if you want the power and might of 8GB of RAM at your disposal. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: ReportAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE gets first software update: What’s new, how to download
We ve tested both the 6GB and 8GB versions of the phone, putting them through a few tests to find out just how much of a difference that extra 2GB of RAM really makes. Also Read - OnePlus - Oppo integration: What this partnership means for smartphone users?
Although fresh accusations of benchmark rigging have surfaced, we ve still run the phone through a few basic benchmark tests such as AnTuTu, Quadrant and GFXBench, and here are the results.
The differences in scores are marginal at best, and while the OnePlus 5 with 8GB RAM scores a bit higher on AnTuTu and GFX Bench, it s actually a bit lower on Quadrant. Therefore, on paper, there s very little to differentiate between the two variants, and you re really making the decision based on the amount of internal storage you would need, considering that there is no scope for storage expansion on the OnePlus 5.
Here s where the 8GB of RAM truly comes in handy. We ran a test where we opened every app on the phone, and then looped over by opening every app again. The phone s RAM management and app prioritization kicks in here; some apps that the phone detected as being frequently used were kept active even with the phone running on overdrive. Other apps that had been placed on standby did need to reload, but did so fairly easily and quickly, and a total of 1.4GB of RAM was still left.
While the 6GB variant comes close to that level of performance, this is essentially where the difference is visible. However, in practical use, you re unlikely to push the phone to that extent, and in everyday use, even 6GB of RAM is more than what you need for blazing fast performance and a trouble-free smartphone experience.
However, more RAM makes a difference in the long run. With the size and resource requirements of Android apps and user interfaces increasing every month, the more RAM you have the better. While 4GB of RAM is more than enough for a flagship smartphone experience today, perhaps a year down the line it might not. Having more RAM will help in this case, and a phone with 6GB of RAM is likely to be more than adequate for well over a year. Naturally 8GB RAM is even better in this case, and the number of years you intend to use the smartphone before upgrading should play a key role in your decision of how much RAM you want on your OnePlus 5. So on the face of it, yes, 8GB of RAM might just be overkill. But since when has that been a bad thing?