Virtual RAM is one of those terms that is gaining a lot of traction in recent times and that, surely, you will hear a lot more in the future. Mostly because more and more manufacturers are starting to introduce this technology in their own mobile devices. For this reason, we will explain what it is and which current cell phones are starting to have it.
First of all, it is important to know that this storage of phones is something that cannot be physically expanded. Therefore, we anticipate that firms such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already opted to expand it virtually, hence the name of this new technology. Therefore, we are facing a tool whose main objective is to improve the performance of phones that have few resources.
What is Virtual RAM?
This type of memory in phones or mobile devices, which in some countries would be Random Access Memory, is responsible for storing data that will be used in the short term by the system of the phones. Therefore, unlike internal storage, it is an ultra-fast memory.
In addition, the behavior of smartphones depends directly on them. Therefore, it must be understood that these GB of RAM is occupied by the operating system so that the different processes can be carried out to operate the mobile device itself and other elements.
Then, we find the free GB that are used for the data of the different apps that we usually use on our phones. In addition, it is important to know that the larger this space is, the more use we can get to give to the mobile. That is, in this way we will be able to use many applications at the same time with the speed of the RAM, as well as keep them in the background without affecting the performance of the phone.
However, if your phone has a few GB of free RAM, it will be occupied directly by the needs of the operating system. In this way, the different application data will have to be loaded from scratch every time they are going to be run on the phone And this has a very relevant consequence and is that it will cause the performance to be much slower.
In addition, every time we turn off the phone, this type of memory is completely emptied. This is why, on different occasions, when a certain failure arises in our mobile device, it is advisable to reboot it. And all because this type of storage is one of the key points for the correct operation of the cell phone. At the moment it runs out, the smartphone will continue to need access to it, which leads to a dump of this memory to the fixed one.
However, with the advent of this new technology, we will borrow some GB from the internal storage so that the responsiveness of our mobile is not affected. In this way, better performance of our mobile device will be achieved. Although, it should be noted that the execution of applications and games will not be as fast as if it were this own physical storage. However, it will allow us more advanced multitasking in this regard.
Although, another factor that we should know as logically as it may seem is that, to extend the memory of our smartphone with this new technology, we must have enough free gigabytes in the internal storage of the smartphone. Likewise, each manufacturer that has opted for this virtual storage has chosen to give more or less GB through this technology.
Which brands use virtual RAM in their phones and tablets?
In recent weeks, there have already been several smartphone manufacturers that have surprised their users by introducing this tool in some of their mobile devices to achieve a significant performance improvement. The most recent ones have been Xiaomi and OPPO.
On the part of the first brand, it has updated the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G in China so that its users can get to enjoy up to 2GB more random access storage. On the other hand, the second company has endowed the Find X2 with the possibility of expanding its RAM up to 3GB, 5GB, or 7GB. Although it was not the first that one of its phones had this tool.
In this way, for example, the 6GB variant will manage to perform to a model that has 8GB, while the 8GB version would become equivalent to the Note 10 Pro model that has 8GB. Moreover, that the positive side of the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G is that it is on sale with two versions of 128GB and 256GB of internal storage. So it will be really easy to have 2GB free to give them when we want to this random access memory.
As we were saying, the manufacturer that has opted for the same alternative has been OPPO, although the arrival of this tool for the Find X2 was a novelty, the truth is that, in the OPPO Reno 5, users can extend this memory up to 8GB relying on the internal storage.
On the other hand, Huawei has developed its Memory Turbo, its virtual system that will be able to extend this type of memory up to 2GB. And more Chinese companies have also been encouraged to implement this technology, as is the case in vivo. Specifically, they are the Vivo X60 and Vivo V21 5G, which can use up to 3 gigabytes of internal memory as if it were RAM.
This is why, more and more, we will have to be aware that it is a reality that is already among us. Mostly because there are already several mobile devices that offer this virtual possibility. So, perhaps, it will soon be very common on Android phones.
How to increase the amount of Virtual RAM on your phone?
To get to extend it on our mobile we will have to be among the lucky ones who have been able to update their device already. If this is your case, you will have to access the menu Settings > About phone > Phone RAM. Although, these steps may vary depending on the brand of phone you have.
If the virtual RAM is already available on your Xiaomi phone, chances are that you can activate it from the settings and look for certain functionality. In the phones of this brand, you will have to investigate its settings until you find an option called Memory Extension.
So, the most logical thing is that it is the same in the different phones of other manufacturers if they have added the corresponding function in their settings section. For example, if your mobile is Huawei, you will have to look for the Memory Boost section, while if you have a Vivo mobile it will be called Virtual RAM.
Although, without a doubt, this virtual memory is one of the best options they have been able to launch to improve both the performance of the most limited mobiles and the user experience. And the unknown is still unknown, as it is not yet known whether Samsung will join this trend.