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What is hidden behind virtual RAM. Does it really work?

Virtual RAM is one of those terms that is gaining strength in recent times and that, surely, you will hear much more in the future. More than anything, because more and more manufacturers are beginning to encourage themselves to introduce this technology on their own mobile devices. For this reason, we will explain what it is about and what current mobiles are beginning to have it.

First of all, it is important to know that this storage of the terminals is something that cannot be physically expanded. Therefore, we anticipate that firms such as Xiaomi and vivo have already chosen 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 this tool

This type of memory of mobile devices, which in Spanish would be Random Access Memory, is responsible for storing the data that will be used in the short term by the terminal system itself. So, unlike the internal storage, it is an ultra-fast memory.

In addition, it will be her who directly depends on the behavior of smartphones. Therefore, it must be understood that these GB of RAM are occupied by the operating system, so that the different processes can be carried out so that the mobile device itself and other elements can function.

Then, we find the free GB that are used for the data of the different apps that we use on our terminals regularly. In addition, it is important to know that, the wider this space, the greater the use that we will be able to give the mobile. That is, in this way we will be able to use many applications at the same time with the speed of RAM, as well as keep them in the background without affecting the performance of the phone.

However, if your phone has few GB of free RAM, they will be directly occupied by the needs of the operating system. In this way, the different data of the applications must be loaded from scratch each time they are to be executed in the terminal. And this has a very relevant consequence, and that is that it will cause 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 restart it. And all because this type of storage is one of the key points for the operation of the mobile to be correct. At the moment in which it is exhausted, the smartphone will continue to need to access it, which leads to a dump of this memory to the fixed one.

However, with the arrival of this new technology, we will borrow some GB of internal storage so that the response of our mobile is not affected. In this way, a better performance of our mobile device will be achieved. Although, it must be taken into account that the execution of applications and games will not be as fast as if it were this physical storage itself. However, it will allow us a more advanced multitasking in this sense.

Although, another factor that we must know as it seems logical is that, to extend this memory of our smartphone with this new technology, we must have enough free gigs 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 recent weeks, there have already been several smartphone manufacturers that have surprised their users by introducing this tool on some of their mobile devices in order to achieve a significant improvement in performance. The most recent 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 2 GB more of random-access storage. Instead, the second company has provided the Find X2 with the possibility of expanding its RAM up to 3 GB, 5 GB or 7 GB. Although it was not the first that one of its terminals had this tool.

In this way, for example, the 6 GB variant will manage to render a model that has 8 GB, while the 8 GB version would become equivalent to the Note 10 Pro model that has 8 GB. Also, that the positive side of the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G is that it is for sale with two versions of 128 GB and 256 GB of internal storage. So, it will be really easy to have 2 GB free to give it to this random-access memory whenever we want.

As we told you, 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 8 GB relying on internal storage.

On the other hand, Huawei has developed its Memory Turbo, its own virtual system that can expand this type of memory up to 2 GB. And there are more Chinese companies that have also been encouraged to implement this technology, as is the case with vivo. Specifically, they are the vivo X60 and the vivo V21 5G, which can use up to 3 gigs 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. More than anything because there are already several mobile devices that offer this virtual possibility. So maybe it will be very common on Android phones very soon.

How to expand it on your mobile?

To get to expand 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 Settings menu > 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 mobile, it is most likely that you can activate it from the settings and search for a certain functionality. In the terminals of this brand, it will be necessary to investigate among its configuration until you find an option called Memory extension.

Therefore, the most logical thing is that it is the same in the different terminals of the rest of the 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 live mobile, it will be called Virtual RAM.

Although, without a doubt, this virtual memory is one of the best options that they have been able to launch to improve both the performance of the most limited mobiles and the user experience. And the question is served, since it is not yet known if Samsung will join this trend.

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