List of all 8 GB RAM phones – Zenfone AR, Nubia Z17, OnePlus 5 & upcoming

All 8 GB RAM Android phones

With Asus launching the first ever 8 GB RAM Android phone earlier this year the RAM race is continuously on fire. It is the 3rd consecutive 2 GB incremental RAM update in last 3 years. Though 6 GB RAM is still a premium specifications in Android arena – it will not be so within the next one year. All major phone manufacturers are working on their next flagships (for 2018) with 8 Gigs of RAM. Falling in a category known by various fancy names (“ultra-high-end, limited-edition, premium-variant”) such phones are very few right now – only 3 are available. But the number will increase rapidly as has been the trend over the years. This shift will push the 6 GB RAM specification to the mid-range segment within a year or two. Something which happened to 4 GB RAM devices over the past 2 years.

Any way here is a list of all Android phones with 8 GB RAM we know so far (announced, available and upcoming) –

1. Asus Zenfone AR

Asus again claimed the prize of the first phone maker to launch a higher RAM phone than the current highest norm. In 2015 they launched Zenfone 2 with 4 GB RAM – the first ever phone with this much RAM. Now they have launched the new Zenfone AR with 8 Gigs of RAM. Besides it is also the first phone to support Google Daydream VR and Project Tango. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables augmented reality (AR) in smartphones. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality (VR) with support for Daydream VR apps.

Asus ZenFone AR

Asus ZenFone AR

Here are other specs of Zenfone AR

  • Snapdragon 821 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory, upto 256 GB memory card support
  • 5.7 inches QuadHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 23 MP f/2.0 primary camera with PDAF, 4-axis OIS, Motion tracking and Depth sensors
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Others – HiRes Audio, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround, NXP SmartAMP and 5 Magnet Speakers provide outstanding Audio Experience for AR and VR
  • 3300mAh battery with QC 3.0

2. ZTE Nubia Z17 (8 GB RAM variant)

Chinese mobile technology giant ZTE announced Nubia Z17 – it’s new Nubia series flagship in June 2017. Although Zenfone AR was the first 8GB RAM phone announced, it could not make it to the market before Nubia Z17. So Nubia Z17 is actually the first phone to hit the market with 8 GB RAM. Here is the specs-sheet of Z17 –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB internal memory
  • 5.5 inches full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS LCD display
  • Dual rear camera module (23 MP f/2.0 + 12 MP f/1.8) with PDAF and 2x lossless zoom, large 1.4 micrometer pixel size
  • 16 MP front camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3200mAh battery, Dolby ATMOS sound, USB Type-C

3. OnePlus 5 (8 GB RAM variant)

OnePlus (a sub-brand of Oppo – another popular Chinese mobile maker) is known for it’s quality phones with an affordable price tag. They usually launch one or two high-end phones (dubbed as “flagship killer”) every year. On June 20, 2017 OnePlus 5 was launched to take on the mighty flagships (Galaxy S8, LG G6, Xperia XZ Premium and HTC U11) already established in the market. One specification that OnePlus 5 has better than most other phones is 8 GB RAM. Here is a brief specs-sheet of OnePlus 5 for your reference –

oneplus 5

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory
  • 5.5 inches full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Dual rear camera module – 20 MP f/2.6 PDAF (Telephoto) + 16 MP f/1.7 DCAF, EIS (Wide Angle)
  • Front camera – 16 MP f/2.0 Fixed focus front camera with EIS
  • Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3300mAh battery with DASH charge, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C

Upcoming (rumored) 8 GB RAM phones

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

5. Nokia 9

6. Xiaomi Mi Note 3 and Mi Mix 2

Whether a smartphone needs this much RAM is a controversial issue. Experts say that more than 4 GB RAM is useless in phones considering the current capabilities of Android OS and the apps. Apple iPhone with a meagre 2 GB RAM is a salient example supporting this argument. Notwithstanding phone makers are adding more and more RAM in new phones without any rationale and benefit. This is nothing more than a specs war. Sigh! But that is what we said about 4 GB RAM two years ago.


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