Samsung recently launched two new phablets, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5, both of which come with good 4GB of RAM. Despite the ample power, the folks at Android Police reveal that these smartphones are pretty aggressively killing background apps. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The publication has shared a video (embedded below) showing just how aggressive Samsung’s latest phablets are in terms of killing background apps. Unlike most Android smartphones, there is no real shortage of memory on the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. But with such aggressive app killing, the 4GB of RAM is near useless. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
To demonstrate this, the publication used the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Nexus 6, opened apps five and exited by hitting the home button. The initial loading was a little faster on the Galaxy S6 Edge+. However, when they re-opened the same apps that were supposed to run in the background, a slight delay was noticeable on the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
The same was evident on the Galaxy Note 5 as well, thus needing users to wait a little longer than they would on other smartphones that are equipped with less RAM. This also shows that having slightly faster processor and more RAM does not help in multitasking, at least on Samsung’s latest phablets.
As of now, the exact reason for this is unknown. It could possibly be due to some bug in TouchWiz UI that needs to be fine tuned. As per one theory, the power saving feature in Samsung’s firmware could be the reason. However, the problem is, when you have apps starting from scratch, they consume more memory and CPU cycles, which could result in greater power consumption. Unless Samsung finds the bug and fixes it, the multitasking experience on the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is likely to be hampered.