Modern Android phones often have unnecessary specs like 108MP cameras and 4K screens. The new Nubia Red Magic 7 Pro – the seventh gaming phone of the Chinese brand – adds another memory: more memory than high-end gaming PCs.
The newly launched Red Magic 7 Pro, which is available in various configurations, could come with a whopping 18GB of RAM. You also get 1TB of storage space.
More than my gaming PC
My gaming PC, built in 2021 to run high-end games as well as DaVinci Resolve and Adobe After Effects, “only” has 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
When I bought the parts, they sold me these enough quantities for extensive operations. Having used the computer for months, I find it sufficient for creating games and video. 16GB is suitable for tasks that you wouldn’t even do with a smartphone. The Red Magic 7 Pro is also with my gaming PC when it comes to storage space (admittedly it wasn’t the best decision and I just ordered a 6TB HDD).
My gaming PC clearly outperforms Nubia in processing power. But I don’t understand why the phone needs so much RAM.
And while neither the 18GB nor the 1TB model of the Red Magic 7 Pro will go on sale in the US, the two versions for sale have 16GB of RAM. Same as my computer. Exaggerate.
There is a very simple fact that goes against a lot of the hype around gaming phones. These are not like consoles. Not all players have two or three copies. There are hundreds of different types of phones and to ensure that all mobile phone owners can play well, most of the titles are optimized to play on all devices with much less RAM than this spell.
You don’t need a super powerful mobile phone to play PUBG, Call of Duty, Fortnite or Genshin Impact. Any fairly modern device can do this, although perhaps not with the best graphic options.
This is an intriguing, but respectable, difference between phones and computers. Many PC developers say “well some players won’t be able to play our game” and leave users who don’t have high spec PCs. This does not happen with “mobile games”.
Perhaps because it is designed to be portable and easily accessible, or perhaps because mobile developers are struggling to compete for your attention. But any decent phone will do the trick.
In other words: 18GB of RAM is completely unnecessary for a gaming phone. I’d go so far as to say you don’t really need more than 8GB, and some won’t.
We don’t know why phone companies, especially Nubia, insist on getting extra RAM. It’s hard to know for sure, but I can think of a very simple reason: I wouldn’t write this article if my phone had a normal amount of memory.