In a pursuit to churn out the maximum speed and performance out of the phones, smartphone brands decided to take the 12GB RAM route. However, we all know more RAM doesn’t necessarily guarantee better performance. So, why are the phones launching with such a preposterous amount of RAM? Or is it just a marketing tactic to stand out from the deluge of phones in the market? Let’s answer these questions first. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Do you really need 12GB RAM on a Phone?
RAM is used to cache the processes in the memory to retrieve them quickly without a lag or latency. However, more GBs of RAM is no general rule of thumb to command performance. In our personal experience, We found hardly any difference between the real-life performance and benchmark scores of OnePlus 6T and its 10GB Mclaren edition.
Having said that, times are changing and we are entering the era of multitasking on folding phones, playing AR and VR games, so on and so forth. All of these could demand more RAM in return. So, in that sense, 12GB phones don’t seem like an expected way forward. They could better propel resource-hungry games and apps and prove handy in multitasking. Thus, for future-proofing our experience, we could grab 12GB phones.
Whatever be the reason, we have phones with 12GB of RAM coming from several brands in. So if you’re looking for the best 12GB RAM phones to buy in 2019, the list is curated down below:
Best 12GB RAM Phones to buy right now in 2020
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus / S20 Ultra
Samsung flagships for the year 2020 are nothing short of specs beasts. The South Korean giant is offering minimum 12GB LPDDR5 RAM in its Galaxy S20 series.
The Galaxy S20 series smartphones are powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC or Exynos 990 chipset depending on the region. Other prominent highlights of S20 series is Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Displays, 120Hz refresh rate support, One UI 2.0 software, 45W fast charging support and lot more.
Other Samsung 12GB RAM phones are:
2. Asus ROG Phone 2
Asus ROG Phone 2 (review) is a spec monster with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It draws juice from a massive 6000mAh battery that’s compatible with a 30W fast charger.
It is also the first smartphone with a 120Hz AMOLED display that also brings Gorilla Glass protection, DCI-P3 color gamut, and HDR10. When it comes to optics, ROG Phone 2 sports a 48MP plus 13MP rear duo and a 24MP selfie snapper.
3. OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Editon went official as a part of the 7T series flaunting top of the line specs including 12GB RAM. It is a complete package that should appeal to gamers with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ running the show picturing on a 2K AMOLED display. It is a rear AMOLED screen that comes with a 90Hz refresh rate.
Like the 7 Pro (review), this one also has a similar triple camera rear setup with a 48 MP primary snapper at the back. Flip to the front, you get a 16MP selfie clicker as they reside within a pop-up module.
4. Realme X2 Pro (including Master Edition)
Realme X2 Pro’s (review) top tier model packs 12GB of RAM. Alternately, you could go for the special Master’s edition, which is at the time of curating this list, hasn’t released. Nevertheless, the X2 Pro is a flagship specimen engined by Snapdragon 855+ silicon.
5. Huawei Mate 30 Pro RS Porsche Design
Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the 2019 crown jewel from the house of Huawei. Besides 12GB RAM, other luring aspects include 512GB storage, Kirin 990 5G chipset, and a 4500mAh battery source. This is bolstered by a 40W SuperCharge and 27W wireless SuperCharge.
The software experience is the EMUI 10 based on Android 10. Needless to say, this one’s a luxury model with a rad red and black paint job. On the camera side of things, you get a 40MP Cine camera, a 40MP SuperSensing camera, an 8MP Telephoto camera, and a 3D Depth Sensing camera.
6. Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
Black Shark 2 Pro is a gaming-dedicated phone which makes the internal hardware such as 12GB RAM, 256GB inbuilt storage and Snapdragon 855+ chip relevant. To top these, you also get a Ludicrous mode with AI optimization for the CPU/GPU, Liquid Chamber Cooling and a cooling case take care of the thermal management.
The cameras comprise of a 48 MP + 12 MP dual rear setup & a 20 MP front camera. Other important features include Android 9.0 Pie with a 4000mAh battery and 27W fast charging support.
Alternately, you could consider Xiaomi Black Shark 2
7. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G complement its powerful specs under the hood. The phone ships with Snapdragon 865 paired with up to 12 GB RAM and 512 GB Internal storage. Its 4500mAh feels adequate for its high figured hardware.
On the surface, you get MIUI skin on Android 10 OS. As far as cameras are concerned, you get a 108 MP + 12 MP + 20 MP triple rear panel & a 20 MP selfie shooter.
8. Nubia Red Magic 3
The latest offer from the Nubia phone lineup is the Red Magic 3 with a maximum of 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of onboard storage. Within the phone, a 5,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging also resides.
Moreover, it ships with liquid cooling with an internal “turbofan” as well. Nubia also adopts the 48 MP rear camera trail along with a 16 MP front shooter.
9. Lenovo Z6 Pro
Lenovo Z6 Pro is a resourceful phone powered by Snapdragon 855 processor along with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB onboard storage. The Z6 Pro endures on a 4000mAh battery and Lenovo’s proprietary 27W fast charging support. Lenovo also touts its Quad camera setup with a Hyper Vision 48MP sensor.
Its predecessor Lenovo Z5 Pro GT also had 12GB of RAM and was the first phone to bring Snapdragon 855 chipset.
10. Vivo iQOO 3
Vivo iQOO 3 is yet another gaming phone in the list featuring the expected spec sheet which includes Snapdragon 865, 44W fast-charging, and 12 GB RAM.
The similarities with other list holders continue with a 4000mAh battery, 256 GB inbuilt, Android, 9.0 Pie, and 44W fast charging support. You get a 12 MP + 13 MP + 2 MP camera triplet at the back while the front houses a 12 MP sensor.
11. Samsung Galaxy Fold
The phone ships with 5G enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 512GB storage, 4,380mAh total fuel capacity and One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie with tailored software tweaks.
The Galaxy Fold includes 6 cameras in this device viz. 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP trio shooters at the back, 10 MP + 8 MP dual snappers inside and finally a 10MP sensor upfront.
12. ZTE Axon 10 Pro
ZTE is one of the lesser-known brands and its Axon 10 Pro comes embellishing the 12gigs of RAM. This is aided by 256GB onboard storage that can be expanded upto 1TB as well. Like many other phones in this list, the Snapdragon 855 chipset resides within the hood.
Upfront, you get a 6.47-inch AMOLED panel with an embedded fingerprint scanner and a waterdrop notch. A 20MP selfie camera is housed within that cutout up top. It has a triple rear camera setup, comprising of a 48-megapixel primary shooter accompanied by an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and finally a 20-megapixel ultrawide snapper.
13. Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
Although this one will be a head-turner for its glam, the internals is also worth noting. Xiaomi has stowed in a 12GB RAM module, coupled with 512GB ROM, Snapdragon 855+ chip with Android 10 out of the box. The Mi Mix Alpha bears a 4050mAh battery that’s topped by a 40W brick.
The triple camera setup you see on the above image is led by a 108MP sensor. Other sensors in the array are a 20MP wide-angle snapper and a 12MP telephoto lens. The same set of sensors can be used in clicking selfies whilst the rear glass will act as a viewfinder.
Best 12GB RAM Phones to buy right now in 2020
Here we have curated a list of phones with 12GB RAM available currently in the market. More phones could hop on the 12GB bandwagon. As and when more phones arrive with 12GB RAM, We would update the list. Let us know your pick out of the lot in the comments down below.
|List of phones with 90Hz / 120Hz refresh Phones|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus|
|ASUS ROG Phone 2|
|OnePlus 7T Pro|
|Realme X2 Pro|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro RS Porsche Design|
|Black Shark 2 Pro|
|Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer Edition|
|Nubia Red Magic 3|
|Lenovo Z6 Pro|
|Samsung Galaxy Fold|
|ZTE Axon 10 Pro|
|Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha|