All the hooplah around the launch of OnePlus 3 a few days ago revolved around a 6GB RAM the phone was supposed to launch with. While it did, it also didn't take long for people to pit it with other flagship phones to measure the true potency of the new RAM standard. To be honest, they were disappointed.
OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7; guess who won!
Last week, Phone Arena revealed the results of a series of contests between the OnePlus 3 featuring 6GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor and the Samsung Galaxy S7 featuring 4GB of RAM and an Exynos 8890 processor. While the Galaxy S7s performance improved as the tests progressed, the OnePlus 3 lost steam after two tests. 9to5Google added that 'on paper, 6GB of RAM would lead most users to believe that they could easily have several apps open at a time without anything reloading, however upon getting devices, many users have found that the phone can only hold 3 or 4 apps in memory before removing them.'
Responding to such revelations, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei offered an explanation on Twitter. He said that the company used a different strategy for RAM management to optimise battery performance. If this is the case, didn't they consider adding a more powerful battery to let users enjoy the full might of the 'now compromised' 6GB RAM?
.@LucaDuci we have a different strategy for RAM management that benefits battery. We think this is the best user experience.— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 17, 2016
.@LucaDuci we have a different strategy for RAM management that benefits battery. We think this is the best user experience.
.@leoside since 6GB RAM is new to Android, there's still lots to explore. Team is optimizing for further enhancements.— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 17, 2016
.@leoside since 6GB RAM is new to Android, there's still lots to explore. Team is optimizing for further enhancements.
Pei also added that all is not lost though. While the company is introducing new fixes to its first party ROM, he said that third party ROMs, which will be available in due course, will alter the RAM management to ensure that you will be able to make full use of the 6GB RAM without worrying about battery life. At the same time, the fixes coming to the first party ROM will only improve the build but will not significantly change RAM management, so it's better not to rely on them.
.@LucaDuci (number of parallel execution threads). Expect 3P ROMs to have their own take on this number. Any other questions? ??— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 17, 2016
.@LucaDuci (number of parallel execution threads). Expect 3P ROMs to have their own take on this number. Any other questions? ??
Otherwise, the OnePlus 3 is an excellent flagship alternative, offering specifications and features like an OxygenOS custom OS based on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a Snapdragon 820 processor offering up to 2.2 GHz of power, a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display and a 16MP rear camera with HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise along with Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization. It also features a powerful 3,000 mAh battery which can be boosted with OnePlus' Dash Charge technology which replenishes more than 60% of the phone's battery in 30 minutes.