After weeks of constant leaks and teasers, Samsung has finally lifted the covers off its flagship Galaxy S20 lineup. At the recent Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco, the company showed off the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. While all three devices have major differences in terms of size, cameras, battery capacity, and connectivity, they all feature the same SoC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 depending on your region. However, the performance won’t be quite the same between all 3 units in each region. That’s because Samsung is offering multiple SKUs of each S20 model, some of which have 8 or 12GB of RAM. But if you max out the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you can get up to a whopping 16GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the first smartphone on the market with 16GB of RAM, but it might not hold that crown for very long. Xiaomi is scheduled to announce its flagship Mi 10 series just two days, and the upcoming devices may also feature up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Samsung is likely sourcing the RAM modules from its own memory-making division, unlike Xiaomi who is dual-sourcing from Micron and Samsung.
With 16GB of RAM, the S20 Ultra comfortably surpasses the average laptop in terms of memory capacity. This amount of RAM seems absurd on its surface, but it could prove useful for those who use Samsung DeX as a full-blown PC replacement. Furthermore, with how much memory modern high-end Android games and camera processing algorithms take up, the 16GB of RAM can help you enjoy the Galaxy S20 Ultra in all scenarios without ever having to worry about apps reloading. In addition, Samsung’s 16GB RAM module is LPDDR5, which is faster than the previous generation LPDDR4X modules found in most flagship smartphones on the market. LPDDR5 enables faster memory speeds at a lower power consumption thanks to features such as DVFS, Deep Sleep Mode, DQ Copy, and WriteX.
In essence, the 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra shouldn’t be seen as a gimmick. Rather, it’s future-proofing your purchase so you’ll always be able to keep apps in memory, switch between apps quickly, and load multiple apps on the phone or in Samsung DeX for many years down the line.
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