Why do smartphones have 16 GB of RAM? Because people want it. For many, this is the most important determinant of a phone’s power.
Each of us, when choosing a smartphone, has different priorities. Some want the most powerful processor possible, another a big screen, and some – the best set of cameras available. Manufacturers carefully study the market and know which elements are better to focus on in order to sell as many models as possible. They also take advantage of the fact that the vast majority of people don’t care enough about smartphones to know what individual settings are based on.
That’s why we have smartphones with 16 or 20 GB of RAM
Like every year, the 91mobiles portal conducted a survey in which it checked how people choose new smartphones. We have described the first part of this study to you here – it showed that OnePlus had lost its unique status among consumers due to its actions. Now the portal has prepared the second part, in which it shows how people choose their new smartphones. At first, it’s worth taking a look at what it looks like, broken down into general categories.
As we can see, the most important thing for the potential owner is the operation of the phone, and there is absolutely nothing surprising about it. The cameras are second and, perhaps surprisingly, the device brand is third. Then there’s not much space left, because far fewer people pay attention to issues like battery, appearance, or (surprisingly) display. I don’t know why the screen is at the bottom of the list, but if I were to photograph, I would bet that with the image (as with the sound) one develops the capacity to evaluate by comparing it with other devices, and if smartphones are not professionally reviewed, the possibility of such comparisons is limited.
However, this general overview doesn’t tell us much, including what people actually consider a performance benchmark. And here begins a rather strange thing.
Because if we see that for people the most important determinant of the power of the smartphone is… the number of GB of RAM, we can easily guess why the current market situation is as it is. It is not surprising that companies offer smartphones with 16 GB of memory and the possibility of “expanding” the RAM by additional GB, since this is the most important indicator in the most important category when it’s all about choosing a phone. Interestingly, the processor itself comes next (the fact that it matters is also clearly visible on Antyweb) and only at the end any variable that actually strongly affects performance, i.e. the frequency of clock. As for benchmarks, only 5%. considers them a reliable indicator of the proper functioning of the phone.
This is good and bad, because while in fact most companies are scamming benchmarks to the extent that complete reliance on such comparisons would lead to very poor conclusions, benchmarks cannot be completely ruled out. Recently, many tools have appeared to check the performance of the phone for a long time under load and this is a function that can definitely show how the phone will perform on a day-to-day basis – how it heats up, how fast it throttles and how fast it consumes battery. Unfortunately, if we see the second and most popular category, cameras, it doesn’t get much better.
Here you can see that the years of trying to educate, that the resolution is not the most important parameter of the cameras, rather go to the sand. The more Mpix the better and that is why companies like Samsung manufacture sensors capable of spitting out a photo with a resolution of up to 200 Mpix. The so called “bells and whistles” such as slow motion or other video related functions. Unfortunately, any function that indicates actual photo quality, i.e. aperture, is only 6%. Sure, you could argue that in today’s smartphones, photo software skills are much more important (because they are), but at the same time, that’s something that can’t really be checked before you buy, because in the marketing message, no manufacturer goes into detail about this, how their software actually affects photos.
Looking at this, it’s no wonder the market looks the way it looks, and judging by the fact that these trends haven’t changed in a while, you can expect this to not end. not soon.