Prudence is a good trait to have, and Indian consumers in particular are extremely cautious. Considering the growing middle class, and the fact that the majority of the population come from lower to middle-income families, we tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with purchases, especially while purchasing big-ticket items. 

While it does not mean that we are not ambitious, it does imply that we tend to do our due diligence before purchasing any item. The younger generation is, understandably, more hedonistic than the Baby boomers, but they still undertake a considerable amount of research before investing in a gadget or appliance.

Smartphones, much like LED TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and laptops are long-term investments. While we tend to seek replacements for smartphones within two years, we still want to own a device that comes with the best-in-class features. 

It does not matter if we are talking about the best phone under 10,000 INR such as the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime, or the best premium device around Rs. 1 lakh, such as the iPhone 12 Pro, or the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra; we always want the best product at any given price point.

This ultimately extends some important questions. What processor should you get in your phone? Do you really need 108MP cameras? And most importantly, how much RAM and storage space is actually necessary?

Differential pricing

Smartphones today extend almost similar features at a particular price point. The key difference, however, is likely to be the RAM + ROM options. For instance, when it comes to the best phones under 10000 INR, such as the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime and Realme Narzo 30A, they have almost identical displays (around 6.3-inch IPS LCD panels), almost identical cameras (13MP main rear camera, and an 8MP front shooter), and almost the same battery capacity. The main difference, however, is the RAM. While the Realme Narzo 30A model is a 3GB RAM mobile phone, the Redmi 9 Prime smartphone comes with 4GB RAM.

How much RAM does a smartphone need?

This brings us to the all-important question. How much RAM does your smartphone actually need? Not too long ago, we had 1GB RAM mobile phones, and 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM mobile phones were commonplace. Considering the fact that we often have to spend an additional 2-3 thousand rupees to purchase a high-end variant of the same model, would it be prudent to go for more RAM?

RAM does the same job in smartphones and in computers. RAM and the processor work hand-in-hand, and even if you have a high-end processor, without adequate RAM, your phone still won’t function optimally, and vice-versa. RAM acts as your temporary storage — a bridge between the processor, and the commands that need to be executed. Given the fact that today, we use more applications, and more apps are memory-hungry, a 2GB RAM or 3GB RAM no longer gets the job done.

So, should you be happy with 4GB RAM? A smartphone with that amount of RAM can be used for basic functions, which include texting, calling, using a certain number of applications, taking photos and videos, surfing the web and accessing social media channels, and playing basic games. 

However, if you plan on doing heavy gaming, multitasking and switching between tens of applications, or using apps to edit videos and photos, then 4GB RAM is usually not enough.

6GB RAM – The perfect compromise

Unlike computers, which only come with 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB RAM, smartphones come with 6GB RAM, the perfect compromise between 4GB RAM and 8GB RAM models. 6GB RAM in a smartphone is often considered to be the sweet spot. You won’t have to spend a lot of money to buy an 8GB RAM variant, and you won’t have to settle for 4GB RAM.

Smartphone brands usually start the mid-range smartphones from 6GB RAM, and then offer smartphones with 8GB and 12GB RAM. The best example is OnePlus Nord. Even premium phones usually offer models in three variants, all starting with 6GB RAM. This highlights the earlier mentioned point of 6GB RAM being the ideal compromise. Whether you want to purchase a smartphone for less than Rs. 15,000, or around Rs. 30,000, or flagship models around Rs. 60,000, it is wise to buy at least a 6GB RAM smartphone.

That said, 6GB RAM mobiles aren’t as cheap as 4GB RAM phones. However, you can now remain worry-free about the costs one would usually incur while purchasing a smartphone. By shopping at the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, you can buy your favourite smartphone at a discounted price, while availing of exciting deals and offers. Additionally, you can purchase the smartphone on easy EMIs, and won’t have to front up the money in one go. By using the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card, you can purchase the smartphone on no-cost EMIs, with flexible tenors ranging from 3 months to 24 months.

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