Some Samsung Phones Get Surprise Speed Boost

Introducing RAM Plus

If you own a mid-range or flagship Samsung phone, you may have access to a new feature that provides a temporary speed and power boost. 

Samsung has begun quietly rolling out a new feature called RAM Plus that extends the amount of RAM available on the phone by using 4GB of onboard storage as virtual memory. Windows-based computers do something similar when physical memory runs out. The feature was first discovered on Samsung’s high-end Galaxy A52 5G, but according to SamMobile, it's already available on more flagship and mid-grade models, including the recently released Galaxy Z Fold 3. 

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Smartphones get slower over time, so RAM Plus could be a boon for users who are fine with sacrificing a bit of storage for speed. Of course, the feature is dependent on having at least 4GB of onboard storage to spare. 

RAM Plus arrives via a software update, and a full list of supported devices is not yet available. You can check to see if the feature is working on your Galaxy device in the Battery submenu of Settings. 

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While it's unclear which phone models will get the update, historically, Samsung has rolled out new features from the top-down, meaning flagship and mid-grade phones get the updates first, followed by more budget-friendly models.

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