In the year As 2023 draws to a close, many feel 8GB of RAM is enough for a modern smartphone, according to a poll last week. If 8 GB feels tight, it’s often the Android skin and inefficient apps that are to blame.
Another large voting group prefers to have 12GB of RAM – some see it as the minimum, while others see it as future-proofing for many years, depending on the system requirements. And as we saw in a recent poll, half of our readers want to keep their new phones for at least 4 years, so some future proofing is prudent.
Even then, there were very few comments that 12GB and above were mostly for gamers – modern AAA games are among the most demanding functions for a smartphone, especially as developers push for more detailed character models and maps. The GPU also occupies part of the system, unlike a typical desktop which often provides VRAM.
There is some interest in 16GB – more confirmation yet to come – but RAM capacities above 12GB or below 8GB are not in high demand. In fact, more people chose the “don’t worry” option than the “over 16 GB” option.
But it’s important to highlight the low end – unless it’s a cheap model, most people will stick with a phone with 4 GB or even 6 GB of RAM. Again, it’s subject to the software (both manufacturer and user-installed software), but less than 8GB is uncomfortably tight.
This brings us to the second question – often cheap phones with limited RAM come with claims of large virtual RAM capacity. It looks good in advertising, but it doesn’t do much for consumers.
Only 5% say they feel the benefit of virtual RAM. Many more (a third of voters) are not sure – they are aware, but can’t be sure that it will do any good. Most users disable Virtual RAM.
Long story short, there’s no substitute for real RAM and 8GB isn’t too much to ask for.