Samsung secretly expands the list of smartphones with support for virtual memory

With the release of the Galaxy A52s 5G model, Samsung smartphones have a new feature called RAM Plus, which allows you to expand RAM at the expense of ROM. The innovation allows you to use up to 4 GB of permanent memory as virtual memory (paging file). And now such an opportunity is available not only in the Galaxy A52 5G, but also in some flagship devices.

RAM Plus works similarly to virtual memory in Windows – when the device’s RAM is full, several gigabytes are temporarily allocated from the ROM. RAM Plus recently came with another software update for the Galaxy A52 5G and is now available on other devices as well. In this case, we are not talking about models of the middle or budget segments, as one might expect, but about flagships, including, for example, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with 12 GB of RAM.

It is known that at the time of release, the Z Fold 3 did not have such a feature and, it seems, also appeared with the latest update. It can be assumed that it will appear in other flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S21 series. While Android 12 and the One UI 4.0 beta for S21 do not have this option, it is possible that it will appear at a later date.

RAM Plus is not always needed for smartphones with a large amount of RAM. In addition, Android usually closes background services and applications when needed, and Samsung and other manufacturers can apply their own settings to free up RAM even more, so RAM Plus is unlikely to be very useful.

It is worth noting that the user will receive exactly 4 GB of virtual memory – he will not be able to reduce, increase this amount or even disable the function. You can check the availability of the RAM Plus function in the smartphone settings.

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