Nubia's RedMagic 6 breaks two smartphone records: a 165Hz screen and 18GB of RAM

meric

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What's the RAM madness of Android devices I don't understand. Even the 6 GB on my cheaply Android mobile feels like overkill sometimes. Never seen it using more than 4 GB. My desktop pc has 8 GB of ram for god sake!
 

DWizz

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These phones don't need it and really only make the device more expensive. Sadly there isn't many games on both android and iOS worth playing. Why buy a gaming phone when there isn't any games worth playing.

Years ago I hoped we'd see better games come along to the android and ios world, but they are still mostly crap time wasters.

Xcloud, GeForce Now, Stadia all run AAA titles...on a phone. Just saying.
 

Nobina

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Even the most demanding PC games don't use that much RAM. I have 16GB on my PC, always have plenty left even when gaming. Android phones need better software optimization however they might pull that off and a faster CPU/GPU for games, not more RAM.
 

Puiu

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These phones don't need it and really only make the device more expensive. Sadly there isn't many games on both android and iOS worth playing. Why buy a gaming phone when there isn't any games worth playing.

Years ago I hoped we'd see better games come along to the android and ios world, but they are still mostly crap time wasters.
There should be a few good games nowadays that can use the extra RAM (Genshin Impact being a good example). There are also few nice games announced for 2021 (a new Nier title for example)
 

3ogdy

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They write to ROM ? Read Only Memory ? Are you sure this is what they do ?
They actually do.
ROM is an acronym for Read Only Memory, in that you are correct.

The thing is there's no internal memory on a phone that perfectly adheres to that definition of ROM, because the internal memory has a part of it that cannot be programmed AND one that can be programmed. It is actually EEPROM (that's Electrically Erasable and Programmable Read Only Memory).
Rewriting data on it is rather referred to as reflashing.

To sum it up, it is OK to use ROM to refer to internal memory nowadays, although explicitly mentioning its name rather than the acronym generally clears confusion up.
 
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3ogdy

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Xcloud, GeForce Now, Stadia all run AAA titles...on a phone. Just saying.
I thought the point of that convergence of cloud technology and fast internet connectivity was for the servers to offload the processing from the local hardware and therefore enable devices that normally wouldn't be up to the task offline to "play" games online
 

MarkHughes

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To sum it up, it is OK to use ROM to refer to internal memory nowadays, although explicitly mentioning its name rather than the acronym generally clears confusion up.

As a programmer I disagree, EEPROM and ROM are acronyms for two different things and shouldn't be interchanged. Anyway, It almost certainly just uses the built in Flash memory (Another form of EEPROM but not quite the same) for the task in the same way Windows and Linux store to whatever kind of hard drive you have using Swap or PageFile (Why reinvent the wheel ?). It just doesn't make sense to put much more expensive EEPROM on the board on the off chance it is needed, You might as well just put more RAM on there.

 
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