OnePlus announced that its upcoming flagship device, the OnePlus Two, will come with 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, beating most of its bigger competitors to a smartphone that has as much RAM as most mainstream notebooks.
Earlier this year, the Asus Zenfone 2 became known for being the first smartphone with 4 GB of RAM, and for being offered at a mid-range price, too. Many people appreciated its multi-tasking capabilities, which were enabled by having so much RAM available for the operating system.
Ultimately, 4 GB of RAM wasn't that much more than the 3 GB of RAM we saw on multiple flagship smartphones even a year earlier. The main difference between the phones with 3 GB of RAM and phones with 4 GB of RAM is that the latter breaks a technical (and, one could say, even psychological) barrier for those users who are more enthusiastic about the specifications their phones have.
When the CPUs inside PCs or smartphones were only 32-bit, the operating systems would only recognize 3 GB of RAM. The fact that your device had 4 GB of RAM was a sign that you have a 64-bit chip in your device, and of course, an OS that supports that much RAM. That made people more excited about their devices, and the same thing seems to be happening now.
Unlike the Asus Zenfone, which had 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the OnePlus Two will bring 4 GB of LPDDR4, likely becoming the first smartphone ever to ship with such a configuration.
Although on the PC side we'll probably see increases in performance as well when moving to DDR4 RAM, in mobile, the OEMs seem to take the battery efficiency path. Other smartphones such as the Galaxy S6 use LPDDR4 RAM (3 GB only, though), and the focus there was on lowering the power consumption significantly. The OnePlus Two will also take advantage of the battery efficiency improvements that LPDDR4 will bring.
OnePlus claimed that even with the improved power consumption, the OnePlus Two's RAM will still have a 32 GB/s bandwidth, which should be especially useful for slow-motion video, face recognition, and low-latency gaming.
The company promised to share all about the OnePlus Two on July 27, when the device is expected to launch.
OnePlus has been revealing the OnePlus Two in dribs and drabs. Here are the most recent stories on the new phone:
- OnePlus One No Longer Requires Invitation, But OnePlus Two Will
- OnePlus Reveals USB Type-C Connector On OnePlus Two Smartphone
- OnePlus Two Surprises Keep Trickling Out
- OnePlus Two To Have 'Faster Than Touch ID' Fingerprint Reader
- OnePlus Two Will Cost Less Than You Might Think