OnePlus recently launched their new smartphone, the OnePlus 3. The smarphone launched with some great specifications including 6GB of RAM, the largest we’ve seen in a smartphone so far, but there’s a catch. According to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei,
“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.”
This leaves me with a lot of questions. Why bother including and subsequently boasting about having 6GB of RAM in your phone if you weren’t going to take advantage of it anyway? The likely answer to that is to make the phone look good on paper, but I think it’s deceptive advertising to boast about the 6GB of RAM without disclosing that the phone won’t actually be using all of it.
My next question is, why not optimize the software to increase the battery life with the increased RAM or include a larger battery? This question I can’t answer, especially considering that the OnePlus 3 is only 7.35 mm thick. Why not make the phone thicker to have a bigger battery and make it level with the new camera hump? I think this is in part to the trend to try to make smartphone’s as thin as possible, a trend I don’t really like, but that’s a topic for another day.
It’s not all doom and gloom for the OnePlus 3’s RAM situation though. OnePlus will be making their kernel available to 3rd party ROM developers to allow them to enable the full 6GB of RAM if they so choose. I would imagine that this would have a fairly negative effect on the battery life of your phone though so I would be cautious about downloading a ROM that would enable the full 6GB RAM.
Even though I had some fairly negative things to say about the OnePlus 3, I still think it’s a pretty good phone. The OnePlus 3 has some pretty beefy specs with it’s Snapdragon 820, dual SIM card slots, 64GB of internal storage (non-expandable), Dash charging, 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED display, the latest version of Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow and it’s $399 price tag.
Reviews and benchmarks are coming in and many are saying it’s the best phone you can get for the price. If you’re looking for a good phone at a more reasonable price then most flagships, it seems that the OnePlus 3 is the way to go right now.
What do you think about the OnePlus 3’s RAM situation? Do you think OnePlus should have been more upfront with users about it’s RAM limitations? Let me know in the comments!