Analysts of the research company Counterpoint Research have prepared a new report on the market of RAM modules for smartphones. DRAM is one of the key components of smartphones, which, along with the chipset, is responsible for the performance of a mobile device.
As the mobile market develops, so does RAM. This applies to the capacity and speed of the modules. The average amount of RAM in smartphones is growing steadily and this can be explained by several reasons. Firstly, it is a race of manufacturers for the number of megapixels in cameras. Second, the growing need for high performance in games and applications. And thirdly, the fashion for large displays with high resolution and frame rate. Users now expect from their smartphones incredibly clear photos and videos, immersive gameplay with high FPS and the ability to simultaneously work with several large applications without any lag. This is forcing manufacturers to increase the amount of RAM in their smartphones. Now the sizes of DRAM vary – from 2 GB for budget models and up to a record 18 GB for flagships. That being said, every two out of five smartphones sold last year had 4 to 6 GB of RAM.
According to Counterpoint Research estimates, in the fourth quarter of 2020, the average amount of RAM in smartphones in the world reached 5 GB, an increase of 22% compared to 2019. Moreover, if we consider separately the iPhone and Android devices, then the average amount of RAM they have is 4.5 and 5 GB, respectively. This is due to the fact that iOS, due to its optimization, usually requires less RAM than Android.
The largest average amount of RAM in its smartphones in the period from 2019 to 2020 was demonstrated by the Chinese company Huawei. She had this figure of 5.4 GB. It is followed by OPPO and Vivo with an average of 5.3 GB and 5 GB respectively. Samsung smartphones have an average RAM of 4.4 GB. The lowest rates are for Apple, LG and Motorola – 3.6, 3 and 2.9 GB, respectively.
Analysts note that as prices for LPDDR4x memory modules decrease and users’ expectations from smartphones grow, the amount of RAM will increase. At the same time, buyers choose models with a large amount of RAM, hoping that they will meet the requirements of tomorrow. But few of them think about the increased power consumption of such large modules and the fact that smartphones now only need 4 GB of RAM for optimal performance. And if we talk about gaming models designed for high-performance games, then they need twice as much – at least 8 GB of RAM.