Just as we’re starting to get accustomed to seeing smartphones with 4GB of RAM, Samsung has announced a new component that’ll up that number.
Samsung’s new 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR4 mobile DRAM modules allow for companies to use up to 6GB of RAM in a smartphone, or 3GB in half the space. Samsung touts its new 12Gb modules as being more than 30 percent faster than the 8Gb LPDDR4 modules that came before it — and twice as fast as DDR4 DRAM used in PCs — while consuming 20 percent less energy.
Having 6GB of RAM in a smartphone sounds kind of crazy, especially when you consider that that’s more RAM than a lot of folks have in their laptop. Because there’s still a part of mobile that’s all about the spec race and outdoing other devices, though, it’s not a surprise to learn that manufacturers will be able to cram 6GB of RAM into their phones if they want.
There’s no word on when we might start to see mobile devices with 6GB of RAM hit the market, but thanks to today’s announcement, spec hounds have a new feature to look forward to in their next device.