We first reported on the RAM Plus feature from Samsung last year. This feature lets you increase the amount of random access memory available on the Galaxy phone. The trick it uses is quite simple. RAM Plus used 4GB of onboard storage as virtual memory.
Since then, Samsung has made the RAM Plus feature available to many of its devices. It’s a very useful feature even if it was basically old wine in a new bottle. The feature was essentially the same as the memory paging feature that was already present in Android. However, with One UI 4.1, Samsung has made a big change to RAM Plus.
RAM Plus now lets you increase virtual RAM even more
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S22 series today. The new handsets run One UI 4.1 out of the box with Android 12. One UI 4.1 is a minor upgrade of One UI 4.0 but as we found out today, it does have a few tricks up its sleeve.
RAM Plus works by simply using a chunk of onboard storage to extend the amount of RAM. This is similar to how Windows allocates a portion of disk storage to use as virtual RAM when physical memory becomes insufficient.
Ever since RAM Plus was launched, it could only use 4GB of onboard storage to increase virtual RAM on Samsung devices. There were no options. You couldn’t use less than 4GB or more than 4GB. One can imagine that many users would have wanted to use more than that limit.
One UI 4.1 fixes that. We’ve found the option to extend the RAM Plus limit on Samsung’s latest flagships. RAM Plus can now use 2, 4, 6 and even 8GB of onboard storage to work its magic. This puts more power in the hands of users, which is something that we can always appreciate.
Since this is a One UI 4.1 feature, it goes without saying that we’ll eventually see this become available on other handsets as well. The Galaxy S22 is available for pre-order starting today. SamMobile readers can get an exclusive $50 Samsung credit if they pre-order the new devices through us.