OnePlus 3 Can’t Use All 6GB Of RAM By Default


OnePlus’ newest beast, the OnePlus 3, is the first consumer smartphone that’s widely available to Western audiences that have 6GB of RAM. Sure, there are phones like the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite and the upcoming Zenfone 3 Deluxe that have 6GB of RAM as well, but the former is only available in China and the latter is still yet to be released.

So it’s not surprising that many people are looking forward to playing with the OnePlus 3 to see what that 6GB of RAM brings. Unfortunately, though, you won’t be reaping the benefits of that massive RAM anytime soon. Reports from people who already have the phone say that the device can’t handle more than 3 or 4 applications at any given time. Apparently OnePlus has decided to limit the RAM potential of the smartphone to conserve battery. It seems that using all of the available RAM may be detrimental to the user experience.

There is hope though – the CEO of OnePlus, Carl Pei, says that they’re releasing the device tree and kernel so that developers can make custom ROMs for the phone that takes advantage for all of the RAM that’s available for the device. Unfortunately, if you’re someone that is looking for a phone that uses all of its 6GB of RAM by default, then this device may not be it.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. Para kang bumili ng 4 wheel drive suv pero 2wd lang pala at hindi pwedeng pang-araro sa rough terrain. False advertisement na rin dahil 6gb ram ang full potential specs pero kailangan pa ng manual tweaking from user para lang magamit yung remaining 4gb. Kung nilakihan na lang sana yung battery o nilagyan ng micro sd card for the same price e mas ok pa yun.

    1. Oo nga….most high-end phones failed to give us excellent battery capacity…nagka-karera lng sila sa Ram…

  2. Walang kwenta pala. Sana may software patch na kung saan habang naka-charge sya ay pwede ma-maximize ang lahat. Im seriously considering this phone, but im waiting for the zenfone 3 deluxe just to compare.

  3. Maybe, just maybe, this 6gb ram is in preparation for android n that has a multi-tasking, multi-window feature. These features requires more memory to work smoothly.

  4. There is already a FIX for this. You can find it in XDA or Search in youtube: OP3 Ram Fix (video by C4ETech).

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