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'6GB of RAM on your phone is nothing impressive', says OnePlus' Carl Pei

By Prasid Banerjee | Published on 19 Jul 2016
'6GB of RAM on your phone is nothing impressive', says OnePlus' Carl Pei
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  • It's not about how much RAM, but how it's used.

OnePlus has made waves once again with its OnePlus 3 smartphone. The company made some tough choices, but came up with a phone that impressed us, and many others. OnePlus' Co-Founder and Head of Global Business, Carl Pei, sat down with us on a recent visit to India. Pei talked about OnePlus’ plans in India, the OnePlus 3 and more.

Having 6GB of RAM on your phone is nothing impressive, said Pei. “There’s nothing impressive about having 6GB of RAM. I think there’s been a little bit of misunderstanding. Our goal, with this, was never for users to run as many apps in the background as possible,” said Pei, in an interview with Digit. “That’s not a real need,” he said.

"Our goal, with this, was never for users to run as many apps in the background as possible."

Further, Pei said there aren’t a lot of apps today, that use 6GB of RAM. He explained that OnePlus’ RAM management policy allocates 4GB of RAM for multitasking, and leaves 2GB of RAM free. This free RAM is used, right now, by the camera app only, said Pei. The camera on the OnePlus 3 takes four photos instead of one, and picks the best one automatically. Pei said you’ll see a big RAM spike when this happens, which is why OnePlus allocated more RAM.

According to Pei, having 6GB of RAM is currently for the camera, and there are going to be more things coming, making it a future proof solution. He said OnePlus is looking into different implementations for more RAM right now, but doesn’t have other implementations thought out at the moment.

Pei also criticised the Indian tech press, saying it has become unhealthy. “I think overall in India, the press are a little bit afraid to criticise brands,” he said. “If no one stands up, this industry might develop into an unhealthy state,” he added. He mentioned that there’s opportunity for a new type of media, that’s very independent and opinionated.

"I think overall in India, the press are a little bit afraid to criticise brands."

You can watch the whole interview in the video below.

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