LG appears to be paving the way for the future of mobile technology yet again as rumors suggest the upcoming LG G2 will be the first smartphone to feature 3GB of RAM.
Korean publication Hankyung reports that 3G of RAM is among the many impressive specs expected for the LG G2, which is also rumored to include a 5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 13-megapixel main camera. The LG G2 is expected to be unveiled at a New York press event on Aug. 7. However, rumors suggest the device will hit the South Korean market as early as mid-July.
It was LG who introduced the Optimus LTE2, the first smartphone with 2GB of RAM in May 2012 as competition for the Samsung Galaxy S3, which contained 1GB of RAM at the time. If rumors of an LG G2 with 3G of RAM are true, this would likely again be LG’s answer to new technologies from Samsung, which recently released the world’s first LTE-Advanced device, a variant of its popular Samsung Galaxy S4 outfitted with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.
According to Hankyung, Samsung may have respond to LG’s RAM advancement by including 3GB of RAM in its own Galaxy Note 3, which is expected to be released in the fall after a Sept. 4 unveiling. Similar to Samsung’s relationship with Apple, LG and its fellow Korean manufacturer appear to be constantly trying to one-up each other.
After the debut of the LG Optimus LTE2, Samsung notably released a variant of the Galaxy S3 with a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor and 2GB of RAM for the Korean market, after which successor flagship devices such as the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S4 have all featured 2GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 13-megapixel camera. Currently conflicting rumors suggested either a 5.7-inch or 5.99-inch LCD or AMOLED display. Early rumors for the Galaxy Note 3 have also suggested that the device would feature 3GB of RAM.
Even as yet-to-be-released devices are still only rumored to include 3GB of RAM, it appears that the technologies for even lager RAM capacities are being developed. Electronic memory manufacturer SK Hynix recently announced that is working on the first “8Gb (gigabit) LPDDR3 (low-power DDR3),” which will provide 4G of RAM in four 8Gb chips. Reportedly expected to begin mass production late in the year, devices with 4GB of RAM could be seen as early as 2014.
RAM stands for random access memory, which is a type of computer memory that is most commonly used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on. Some argue that lots of RAM is not necessary, especially for devices such as phones due to them being expensive and their volatile nature. However, as devices and the apps they run become more advanced, a slight boost has been a benefit for many devices. RAM between 512MB and 1GB is usually sufficient for most devices. The iPhone 5 notably got a RAM boost to 1GB. The Galaxy S3, on the other hand, is a device with which users often saw its 1GB of RAM eaten up quickly, which is likely part of the reason why Samsung decided to introduce 2GB of RAM to it and other devices.
RAM does not appear to be a device feature that requires constant updating the same way manufacturers are always increasing the clock speed on its processors, which is supposed to equate to faster devices. So seeing 3GB of RAM on devices so soon after 2GB was introduced seems farfetched. However, with no confirmation from LG or Samsung on the matter, we will likely have to wait until unveiling and release dates are closer for more information.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.