Huawei's executive Lao Shi recently took to Weibo to state how he personally doesn't believe smartphones need more than 4GB of RAM. The official explained how 4GB of RAM is more than enough for any handset to run smoothly, adding how Huawei's in-house tests indicate that devices powered by the Kirin 960 and 4GB of RAM end up performing better over longer periods of time than similar devices featuring 6GB of RAM. Shi said how the overall user experience isn't as dependant on the amount of RAM a phone has as many believe, but is actually more directly related to the quality of software, i.e. the quality of software optimizations. Huawei's executive specifically mentioned iOS as a great example of a contemporary mobile operating system that doesn't require a lot of RAM to operate without any issues.
Shi jokingly compared the smartphone RAM race to the nuclear arms race that took place during the Cold War, thus illustrating how pointless he believes the entire matter is. The executive of the Chinese tech giant also wrote how making smartphones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM leads to significantly higher manufacturing costs. Given the current state of the market, all additional manufacturing costs are passed on to consumers, which is something that most users aren't fine with, he said. Finally, Shi noted how his comments aren't meant to imply that phones with 6GB of RAM are inherently bad, but are simply not necessary at the moment. Regardless, his comments stand in contrast to Huawei's current strategy that already led the company to release a device with 6GB of RAM in early 2017. Additionally, the more expensive variant of the upcoming P10 Plus will also ship with the same amount of RAM.
While Shi's statement might be surprising to some consumers, it does a relatively good job of reflecting on the current state of the market. The upcoming LG G6 flagship is also launching with "only" 4GB of RAM and recent reports indicate that both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus won't feature 6GB of RAM, so it seems that major original equipment manufacturers agree with Shi's stance on the matter. Regardless, new devices packing more than 4GB of RAM are expected to hit the market later this year.