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More companies are releasing phones with 12GB of RAM including big names like Samsung, as well as Chinese manufacturers including OnePlus and Xiaomi. We’ll show you the best ones in this post, but before we jump in, it’s important to note that 12GB of RAM is an overkill for a smartphone in 2019. As our very own Gary Sims said, “Once you go over 8GB, you enter Nonsense land where Mr. Silly lives.” — learn more here.

That being said, having as much RAM as possible does make sense if you plan to keep your phone for a longer period of time. So while 12GB of RAM for a phone may be overkill now, it could become standard on flagships a few years down the line.

Phones with 12GB of RAM:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones with 12GB of RAM regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Glow back head on

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with 12GB of RAM and either 256 or 512GB of storage. Couple the built-in memory with the microSD card slot, and you’re looking at a phone that has an eye-watering amount of RAM and can hold up to 1.5TB of storage.

That’s absolutely ridiculous, and the phone doesn’t pull any punches elsewhere either. From a large 6.8-inch display and generous 4,300mAh battery to the S Pen and four rear cameras, you’re left wanting very little with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. The absence of the headphone jack hurts, but there’s more than enough here to almost make you forget about it.

Other specs and features worth mentioning include an in-display fingerprint scanner, IP68 rating for protection against water and dust, and reverse wireless charging. The phone also has a gorgeous and modern design with a high screen-to-body ratio.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro selfie open on table - a phone with 12gb ram

In addition to sporting 12GB of RAM, the OnePlus 7 Pro is also available with 6 or 8GB of memory. The phone features a large 6.67-inch display with QHD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and curved edges.

The flagship has a high screen-to-body ratio thanks to its motorized pop-up selfie camera. It runs the latest version of Android with OnePlus’ OxygenOS on top, which is the best skin out there in my opinion. Other specs and features include an in-display fingerprint sensor, three rear cameras, and a decently-sized 4,000mAh battery.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy S10 Plus and Huawei P30 Pro. However, it lacks a few features found on other high-end phones including an official IP rating and wireless charging.


OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 40, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 screen straight on

If there’s a smartphone that comes closest to the dictionary definition of “overkill,” the Asus ROG Phone 2 is it. In addition to 12GB of RAM, the ROG Phone 2 is the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. An overclocked version of the normal Snapdragon 855, the Snapdragon 855 Plus sports improvements in CPU and GPU performance.

Also read: Asus Zenfone 6 review: An absolute steal

The rest of the ROG Phone 2 is to also be admired. The absolutely massive battery supports 30-watt quick charging, while the 120Hz AMOLED display might legitimately make you cry. Even if the price comes close to four figures, you’re getting more than enough to justify the expectedly-high price tag.

The ROG Phone 2 is already available in the US — get yours via the button below.


Asus ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus -- 12GB RAM phone

The 12GB RAM version of the Galaxy S10 Plus is paired with a whopping 1TB of storage, which you can expand for an additional 512GB via a microSD card. You can also get the device with 8GB of RAM and 128/512GB of space.

Samsung’s flagship features an in-display fingerprint sensor, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a massive 4,200mAh battery. There’s even a headphone jack on board. The phone supports wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and has a punch-hole display for a modern look.

Also read: Best Samsung phones you can buy right now

Speaking of the display, it comes in at 6.4-inches and sports curved edges. You also get an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. All these things combined make the Galaxy S10 Plus one of the best phones with 12GB of RAM you can get.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP 
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro

xiaomi black shark 2 pro

It seems a bit strange for Xiaomi to update the Black Shark 2 in the same year as its release. However, such a rapid update cycle allows Xiaomi to throw the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset inside the newer Black Shark 2 Pro.

The rest of the package is familiar if you already know the Black Shark 2. That means a rear panel with aggressive angles and RGB lighting, an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, and a sizable 4,000mAh battery that gets you an hour of gaming with a 10-minute charge.

Unfortunately, the phone was not released in western markets, but you can get it from a retailer like AliExpress.


Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 12MP 
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


6. ZTE Axon 10 Pro

ZTE Axon 10 Pro - phone with 12gb ram

There are a couple of reasons that make the Axon 10 Pro one of the best phones with 12GB of RAM. It packs high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 chipset, three rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

It also sports a great design and a large 6.47-inch display witch curved edges, just like Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note series. The phone also offers a near-stock Android experience, has a microSD card slot on board, and supports wireless charging.

Although the Axon 10 Pro did launch in Europe, only the version with 6GB of RAM is available. The 12GB variant is available in the US, however. You can get it via the button below.


ZTE Axon 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 20, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Nubia Red Magic 3

Red Magic 3 Upshot - phone with 12gb ram

This is the third — and last — gaming phone on this list. In addition to coming with as much as 12GB of RAM, the Nubia Red Magic 3 also sports a 6.65-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate, stereo front-facing speakers, and shoulder triggers.

The phone has an aggressive design that you’ll either love or hate and includes RGB lighting on the back, allowing you to customize the look of the panel using built-in lighting effects with support for over 16.8 million colors. There’s plenty of power under the hood thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which should handle any task you throw at it.

The Red Magic 3 runs a stock-like version of Android, features a massive 5,000mAh battery, and has as much as 256GB of storage. However, it doesn’t support expandable storage or wireless charging. The phone also lacks NFC.


Nubia Red Magic 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition

Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition - best phones with 12GB of RAM

The last model on our list of the best phones with 12GB of RAM is the Transparent Edition of the Xiaomi Mi 9. What makes it different from the regular version of the device is that it features more RAM as well as storage and that it sports a fancy see-through back cover.

Like the rest of Xiaomi’s phones, the Mi 9 offers great value for money. It sports high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 chipset, three rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The battery comes in at 3,300mAh and supports fast charging that gets it from 0 to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

Also read: These are the best Xiaomi phones

As of this writing, the Transparent Edition of the Xiaomi Mi 9 is only available in China, while the regular version with 6GB of RAM can be purchased in Europe and other markets. Xiaomi said it might release the Mi 9 Transparent Edition globally if there’s enough demand, but we’ve yet to see it.


Xiaomi Mi 9 Transparent Edition specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


These are the best phones with 12GB of RAM you can get in our opinion, although there are a few others to choose from as well. We’ll make sure to update this post with new models once they are announced.

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