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Report: LG G2 will be the first smartphone with 3GB of RAM, followed by the Note 3

The upcoming LG G2 will be the world’s first smartphone featuring 3GB of RAM, reports a Korean publication. Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Note 3, could be next.
July 3, 2013
SK Hynix RAM memory chip

The LG G2, the successor to the Optimus G2, shapes up to be one beast of a phone. The new Snapdragon 800 version of the Galaxy S4 stole a bit of its limelight by being the world’s first LTE-Advanced device, but LG will still have one “first” to boast about – the world’s first phone with 3GB of RAM.

The LG G2 is rumored to hit South Korea as soon as mid-July, but the device will get its international introduction on August 7, at a New York event.

Competition is hot on the heels of the G2, according to the Korean publication Hankyung. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, expected in late summer, will reportedly also feature 3GB of RAM.

LG was the first manufacturer to deliver a smartphone running 2GB of RAM. A South Korea exclusive, the Optimus LTE 2 was announced in May 2012 as a competitor to the Galaxy S3, which was still running on 1GB.

LG G2: Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, 5-inch Full HD, 13MP camera

It looks that LG will continue to push the envelope of smartphone specifications with the G2. The device will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor and will offer LTE-Advanced compatibility. We also expect a 5-inch Full HD display and a very slim profile, with a set of leaked slides showing that LG moved the volume rockers on the back of the phone to allow for a thin and almost bezel-less design.

As for the Note 3, we’re still not sure about the size of its display – some rumors say it will have a 5.7-inch display, while others maintain that a 5.99 panel is in the works. Samsung is rumored to be having problems making enough AMOLED displays and to be considering an LCD-equipped Note 3 variant as a result. In terms of specs, we expect the Note 3 to be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera.

What about 4GB of RAM? SK Hynix, one of the leading suppliers of memory chips, recently announced the world’s first “8Gb (Gigabit) LPDDR3 (Low Power DDR3)”. In plain English, this means that manufactuers will soon be able to deliver phones with up to 4GB (Gigabytes) of RAM, by stacking 4 8Gb chips. SK Hynix said that mass production of the new memory should start towards the end of the year, so the first devices with 4GB of RAM are likely to hit in 2014.