The OnePlus 3 was launched to a relatively warm reception among critics and reviewers. Many praised the device (and company) for finally growing up and making a good flagship worthy of the name. A true “flagship killer”, if you must.
But, it seems not everything is roses and pancakes for the Chinese company. New reports indicate that the smartphone may not make full use of its 6GB of RAM because it can’t handle more than three or four applications at a time.
These reports left many perplexed but OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has since come out and explained the situation via a series of twitter posts responding to fans on the microblogging site.
Apparently, the company is limiting the OnePlus 3’s RAM potential in favour of a better battery performance. The OnePlus 3 does have a considerably smaller 3,000 mAh battery compared to the 3,300 mAh cell on the OnePlus 2, but is that really the wisest move?
If you look at the spec-sheet, the OnePlus 3 is a solid device with a flagship Snapdragon 820 processor and 64GB of internal storage. But, the hardest hitting spec has to be that massive 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM that the company has baked into the smartphone. Theoretically, this should be the smartphone for people who are big on multitasking.
However, if the RAM’s capabilities have been limited to a point that the smartphone can’t make full use of it, what’s the point of having so much of it?
I feel a little disappointed because now it seems that the 6GB of RAM is just there to make the smartphone look impressive on paper. In fact, I’ve also seen many comments online suggesting that OnePlus should have just stuck to 4GB of RAM and given us a bigger battery instead, sentiments I definitely agree with.
But, Carl has clarified that they did not leave their heavy users out to dry. OnePlus has released their kernel files to allow developers to take control of the device and remove this limitation with their 3rd-party ROMs. So, while you might not be able to have the full 6GB RAM experience on OxygenOS, you can with custom ROMs.
.@LucaDuci (number of parallel execution threads). Expect 3P ROMs to have their own take on this number. Any other questions? ☺️
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) June 17, 2016
But what about those of us who don’t want to install 3rd-party ROMs?
What do you guys think of this move by OnePlus? The company says that this provides the “best user experience” but is that true? You’re the user, let us know what you think in the comments below.