June 13, 2021

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Xiaomi is already preparing an update to provide virtual RAM

Xiaomi is already preparing an update to provide virtual RAM

Today’s smartphones usually come with a lot of RAM, and even 4GB or even 6GB of RAM is not usually available on cheap devices. Some users may still experience multitasking and performance issues, but Xiaomi is said to be working on a solution.

Oh Cobber the Fitter, Known for finding information in the MIUI code, detects references to the so-called memory extension feature in the Xiaomi interface, and then reveals a screenshot of the feature. Notes and Screenshot MIUI suggests that a certain amount of storage can be allocated for use as a type of virtual RAM, as you can see in the image below

This is not the first time we’ve seen the ability to use storage as virtual RAM on a smartphone, as Vivo also introduced an “extended RAM” feature in its X60 series earlier this year. For example, the Vivo X60 Pro Plus allocates 3GB of storage for use as virtual RAM, bringing the total to 15GB of RAM. Vivo notes that this feature also allows for a “smooth computer user experience” such as multitasking in applications.

We saw a similar feature in Windows a few years ago, called ReadyPost. It allows users to connect a flash drive, using system-based USB drive storage as a kind of extended RAM. It’s not faster than simply having more RAM, but it’s definitely an improvement over using a hard drive.

The memory extension feature has no information on when MIUI will arrive or which devices will receive it. But Xiaomi will not restrict performance to newer, next-generation devices, as older budget phones with less RAM will certainly benefit from such a performance boost.

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For example, a base model like the Redmi 8A with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will definitely see improvements in multitasking with virtual RAM.

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