Last modified: September 4, 2016

 

First 2GB, then 3GB and now 4GB! Yes, we are talking about RAM in smartphones, and genuinely the question arises what next. It seems that with each passing year a new standard is set to achieve in smartphone RAM. Literally, mobile market is swelling with phones having RAM more than ever. Surprisingly while on the one hand iPhone is unfazed by all this brouhaha over RAM and using still 2GB, on the other hand Android makers, to rope in more and more buyers and in keeping with the trend, are equipping their smartphones with unprecedentedly high RAM. Once there was a time when Galaxy Note 3 was the only mobile phone to have 3GB RAM and to be honest at the time this much of RAM was considered a little redundant. Then came a time when 3GB RAM phones were no longer a rarity. Everybody was awestruck when Asus made a splash with its 4GB RAM phone. Asus 4GB phone, that is Asus Zenfone 2 was an overnight success and sold like hotcakes. Soon other companies, especially the Chinese mobile makers, followed the suit and the current scenario is that almost every high-end tagged mobile has now 4GB RAM.

But this race to more and more RAM has apparently no end as the mobile companies, after all, have to do something to stay ahead of the game and lure the customers. The China-based company Vivo was the first to usher in the age of 6GB RAM mobile phones and as expected pulled in the feature-obsessed buyers. The first 6GB RAM phone, Vivo Xplay5 Elite, was launched in March 2016. Just imagine how splendid a phone should perform, which is not only equipped with 6GB RAM but also contains the most advanced SoC Snapdragon 820. In a nutshell, 6GB RAM phones at present have everything one can ask for, not to mention heavy gaming and heavy multi-tasking.

So let’s have a look at the 6GB smartphones that have been launched so far:

ZTE Nubia 11

ZTE Nubia Z11

ZTE, the famous Chinese company, which up until now was doing business only in USA and China has finally decided to expand its business territory worldwide. The company is now prepared to sell its phones in Europe, America and Asia. ZTE Nubia 11 which will definitely steal your heart is a 6GB RAM phone and will be launched worldwide soon.

This phone has an eye catching, fully metal body and is equipped with a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB RAM, a 5.5-inch FHD display, 16MP primary, a 8MP front camera and a rear fingerprint scanner. It will be available also in a 4GB RAM variant.

Price –  over $600 (expected)

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Asus is the first company that had implemented 4GB RAM in its flagship device, Zenfone 2 and garnered remarkable publicity doing so. Later on other manufacturers followed the suite. And this time too, Asus is very quick in launching its first 6GB RAM phone. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is all set to launch in June 2016 and it will be available by the end of the month.

Like other 6GB RAM phones, it will also ship with Snapdragon 820 SoC, the most efficient SoC to the date. Also it will be selling 3 different internal memory variants 64,128 and 256GB.

Asus Zenfone 3 deluxe comes with hybrid SIM card/microSD card slot. You can install a memory card of up to 256GB in this slot. One more thing that is notable is that this device has two versions of RAM; 4GB and 6GB.

Coming to display, it has 5.7 inches Super AMOLED full HD display protected with Gorilla Glass. It has 23MP primary camera equipped with laser autofocus in addition to an 8MP front facing one.

Unlike its predecessor, Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a slim smartphone having thickness of 7.5mm. Its exterior is made from full metal and it looks sexy. Front panel gives typical Asus feel with conical gradient at its bottom side. The another great thing regarding this device is that it features its own unique and elegant design. No one can say that it is a copied or inspired design.

Salient Features of Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
CPUSnapdragon 820

quad-core (2X2.15GHz+2X1.5GHz)

GPUAdreno 530
Storage64,128, 256GB internal
up to 256GB expandable
RAM6GB
Display5.7 Inches Super AMOLED
FullHD, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera23MP rear
8MP front
Battery3000mAh
Dual SIMYes (hybrid SIM slot)
4GYes
Other featuresFingerprint scanner

Price – around $500

Oneplus 3

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 is the fourth one that joins 6RAM club and is all set to launch on 14 June 2016. Surprisingly, prior to its launch, it has been listed on, oppomart.com, a leading global Chinese vendor. If oppomart.com is trusted, OnePlus 2 will be available in two RAM variants; one with 4GB and another is with 6GB RAM. There will be also a difference between internal phone memory, 32, 64 and 128GB. The device comes with Snapdragon 820, 16MP rear and 8MP front facing shooter.

OnePlus 3 sports a full HD 5.5 inches display protected with corning Gorilla Glass 4 (no difference from its predecessor)

OnePlus 3 doesn’t seem to be coming with expandable storage slot. However, it is a dual SIM (nano) that may offer using one slot for expandable memory. Oppomart also stats that it comes with a 3650mAh embeddable (removable) battery.

As far as design is concerned, OnePlus  follows the suite of other Chinese makers that are master in copying design from popular brands. Look at its back panel and you will find it highly inspired by HTC phones rear.

OnePlus 3 has installed fingerprint scanner on front face at home button. Being one of the favorite brand for those who love affordable and quality Chinese phones, there will be a sure head-to-head between LeEco, Vivo, Lenovo and other brands throwing upcoming phones with 6GB RAM.

Price -6 GB version – about $600

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Vivo Xplay5 Elite

Price –  around $550

Vivi Xplay 5 Elite

Powered with a 6GB RAM, Vivo Xplay5 Elite, in every way, is an absolute stunner. Whether it is its design, or its performance or its hardware quality, in almost everything it is perfect and breathtaking.  It features a 5.43 inches curved 2K display guarded by Gorilla Glass 4.

Vivo Xplay5 Elite running on a custom Android skin FunTouch on top of Android 6 Marshmallow. This phone has 128GB internal memory. However it doesn’t have an expandable memory slot. It sports a 16MP rear camera on its back at top left corner. Its front camera is 8MP.

Salient Features of Vivo Xplay5 Elite
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow (FunTouch OS)
CPUSnapdragon 820

quad-core (2X2.15GHz+2X1.5GHz)

GPUAdreno 530
Storage128GB internal
No Expandable
RAM6GB
Display5.43 Inches Super AMOLED
QuadHD, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Camera16MP rear
8MP front
Battery3600mAh
Dual SIMYes
4GYes
Other featuresFingerprint scanner

LeEco Le Max 2

Price – around $500

LeEco Max 2

It is the second phone to make the list of 6GB RAM phones. This phone, having Snapdragon 820 SoC is available in two variants: 32GB memory/4GB RAM and 64GB/6GB RAM. Even though it being a RAM giant, this device disheartens power users- those who want to install memory-devouring games and myriads of apps, because it lacks an expandable memory slot.

Except for expendable memory, this device, regarding its all other specifications, has everything that a high-end mobile phone can have. 21MP primary camera, 8MP front camera, 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 CPU, USB Type C 1.0 reversible connector, 5.7 inches quad-HD display, QuickCharge 3, fingerprint scanner are other features worth-mentioning.

Salient Features of LeEco Le Max 2
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow (FunTouch OS)
CPUSnapdragon 820

quad-core (2X2.15GHz+2X1.5GHz)

GPUAdreno 530
Storage64GB internal
No Expandable
RAM6GB
Display5.7 Inches IPS LCD
QuadHD, Gorilla Glass protection is not confirmed
Camera21MP rear
8MP front
Battery3100mAh
Dual SIMYes
4GYes
Other featuresFingerprint scanner, Quick Charge 3.0, Type-C reversible connector

Its 6GB variant is not yet available on the market and is expected to hit markets soon.

Lenovo Zuk Z2 2 Pro

Price -around $550

Lenovo Zuk Z2 Pro

Lenovo Zuk 2 Pro is another 6GB RAM phone. It too comes in two variants: one 4GB and another 6GB. Zuk 2 Pro uses the  Snapdragon 820 CPU, with the Adreno 530 GPU. It boasts a 5.2-inch, Full HD Super AMOLED display.

Lenovo Zuk 2 Pro lets us take images of high clarity and resolution with a 13MP  primary camera and a front camera of 8MP.  Talking about the design, Zuk 2 Pro is wrapped inside a highly ergonomic and elegant looking body. As it is trending, its screen is slightly curved at edges making it a 2.5D curved. Unlike other Lenovo phones which are equipped with a fingerprint scanner, this device sports a sensor on top of home button.

For reasons unknown, unfortunately like other 6GB RAM phones mentioned above, Zuk Z2 Pro also lacks an expandable memory slot. Its 6GB variant comes with 128GB internal memory that is high enough to store large videos, games and a good number of HD images.

This mind bubbling device is available in China for pre-order at CNY 2699 ($400 approx.) and may soon be available in other countries also. Those who can’t wait for its launch in their country, can pre-order it directly from China-based retail websites like Oppomart.com (we have seen it listed there).

Salient Features of Zuk Z2  Pro
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow (FunTouch OS)
CPUSnapdragon 820

quad-core (2X2.15GHz+2X1.5GHz)

GPUAdreno 530
Storage128GB internal
No Expandable
RAM6GB
Display5.7 Inches IPS LCD
QuadHD, Gorilla Glass protection is not confirmed
Camera13MP rear
8MP front
Battery3100mAh
Dual SIMYes
4GYes
Other featuresFingerprint scanner, Quick Charge 3.0, Type-C reversible connector

Rumor has it: Other 6GB RAM phones expected to be announced soon

  • Samsung Note 6 (not yet announced)
  • Huawei Mate 9 (not yet announced)
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (not yet announced)
  • OnePlus 3 (not yet announced)

As is clear from the above, we can see that there are only three 6GB RAM mobile phones announced so far and their availability on the market is also not even. But it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to figure out that soon the smartphone market is going to be flooded with 6GB RAM phones. First 2GB, then 3GB, then 4GB and now 6GB, what is next, what the future has in store: 8GB, 16 GB and so on, perhaps only time will tell. Before we conclude, one question still needs to be answered, though: When Apple is doing well with a 2GB RAM in its iPhone, why Android phone makers are engaged in this never-ending competition to equip their phones with more and more RAM and more-than-ever powerful CPU? Maybe we already have an answer: As far as the software optimization and a better performance while using a light hardware are concerned, Android still has miles to go before it is on par with iOS. That said, who cares about iPhone, as long as you can get omnipotent smartphones at this price.

About Shams

Shams, a professional blogger, has expertise in WordPress and Web Hosting. He is used to playing around with WordPress plugins, themes, web hosting services and some other innovative stuff regarding web design. He sifts out good stuff for web designers and reviews it to help them choose what they really need.

Being an energetic tech enthusiast, he regularly pens down breaking news and tutorials related to technology particularly Smartphones and other gadgets. Sometimes writes tech tips too. It was the dawn of Internet age when he started dabbling in it and has since been delving into the realm of the internet. He occupies a permanent burrow in virtual world.

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