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OnePlus 3 won’t use all 6GB of RAM by default

by Killian Bell | June 19, 2016June 19, 2016 11:00 am PDT

One of the most impressive specifications of the OnePlus 3 is its 6GB of RAM — but you shouldn’t be fooled by the number on its specifications sheet. By default, the handset isn’t programmed to use all that RAM.

Those who have already picked up the OnePlus 3 have found that even with that 6GB of RAM, the handset cannot handle more than three or four applications at a time — much like rival high-end Androids you can buy today with just 4GB of RAM.

According to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, that’s because the OnePlus 3 is throttled to use just a portion of its RAM in an effort to save battery life. Its 3,000mAh battery lasts a lot longer with this restriction in place, and results in “the best user experience.”

So, what’s the point of using 6GB of RAM at all? Well, it’s there for power users, Pei says. OnePlus is making its kernel available to third-party ROM developers, and they will have the ability to use all 6GB of RAM with their software if they choose to.

Unless you flash a third-party ROM, then, your OnePlus 3 won’t use all 6GB of its RAM during everyday use. That means the heavy multitaskers among you probably won’t notice a great deal of difference in comparison with rival devices.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...