Android phone hits 24GB of RAM, as much as a 13-inch MacBook Pro [arstechnica.com]
Android manufacturers tend to love big spec sheets, even if those giant numbers won't do much for day-to-day phone usage. In that vein, we've got the new high-water mark for ridiculous amounts of memory in a phone. The new Nubia RedMagic 8S Pro+ [nubia.com] is an Android gaming phone with an option for 24GB of RAM.
The base model of the RedMagic 8S Pro+ starts with 16GB of RAM, but GSMArena [gsmarena.com] has pictures and details of the upgraded 24GB SKU, which is the most amount of memory ever in an Android phone. Because we're all about big numbers, it also comes with 1TB of storage. [...] This suped-up 24GB version of the phone appears to be a China-exclusive, with the price at CNY 7,499 (about $1,034), which is a lot for a phone in China.
You definitely want an adequate amount of RAM in an Android phone. All these apps are designed around cheap phones, though, and with Android's aggressive background app management, there's usually not much of a chance to use a ton of RAM. Theoretically, a phone like this would let you multitask better, since apps could stay in memory longer, and you wouldn't have to start them back up when switching tasks. Most people aren't quickly switching through that many apps, though, and some heavy apps, games especially, will just automatically turn off a few seconds once they're in the background.
There were a few smartphones on the market with 18 GB, but it looks like 20 GB has been skipped entirely by Nubia.
Now we need to be on the lookout for 32 GB of RAM and alien technology in upcoming smartphones.
Previously: SK Hynix Begins Production of 18 GB LPDDR5 Memory... for Smartphones [soylentnews.org]
Samsung Announces Development of LPDDR5X Memory [soylentnews.org]