[Discussion] Do you think 4GBs of RAM is enough for a smartphone today?
As time goes, smartphones keep getting better and better. Manufacturers come up with new ways to cram beefy specs inside little packages. They learned how to reduce the size of bezels, put the fingerprint scanner underneath the display, and, unfortunately, remove the 3.5mm headphone jack. One thing that has been a topic of controversy is the amount of RAM that should be used for smartphones. Ever since the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were released with only 4GB of RAM, people have been debating about if it’s enough or not.
Starting in 2016, OEMs like Vivo and OnePlus started pushing the boundaries. While before that, 3 and 4GB of RAM was more than enough, 2016 changed things a little bit. Fast forward a couple years and we started seeing 8GB RAM smartphones, too. RAM management mechanisms on Android are theoretically powerful enough to handle numerous applications in the background while offering great multi-tasking performance. But, the question still remains, is the 4GB RAM on smartphones enough as of 2018’s standards?
Keep in mind that since 2016 many things changed in the Android ecosystem. The OS itself got much more advanced. While Android Nougat, Oreo and Pie all introduced improved RAM management, the fact that smartphones are getting more demanding still stands. What do you think about Google’s decision of putting only 4GB of RAM inside Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL? Do you think it is no big deal as you can do very well with 4GB RAM? Or, do you think it’s a deal breaker that may prevent you from purchasing the device? Let us know in the comments.