One thing that immediately came out in the wash after the LG G3 launch a while back was that LG were intent on releasing two distinct versions if the device; one with a pretty standard 2GB of RAM and another with a beefier 3GB. Mobile Geeks have gotten to grips with both models in an effort to find out which would offer the best performance. Bring on the benchmarks!
LG is currently offering two separate devices with different memory and storage configurations at two different prices; the smaller version is loaded with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while its larger brother enjoys 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. If you want to enjoy more LG G3 specs and details, be sure to check out our hands on video here.
But just how important is system memory (RAM) when talking about pure performance? Could we see the Qualcomm 801 processor in the LG G3 really exploit that extra 1GB? The processor installed on both models, is the identical quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHZ that is pretty much regarded as top dog in smartphone circles.
The Koreans will enjoy the larger 3GB model first when it arrives on store shelves, while Europe will initially have to make do with just 2GB. But that hasn’t stopped our guys in Germany acquiring both samples from LG; purely in the interest of science of course.
The upshot is pretty conclusive, in all benchmarks – AnTuTu, Quadrant, GFXBench, 3DMark, Vellamo 3.0, 2.0 and Octane SunSpider 1.0.2, we see some clear benefits to the larger memory install. The difference is not massive, but it is pretty consistent across all tests. 3GB of memory is going to squeeze more from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip. No question.
It is interesting to see the Vallamo benchmark shows the biggest difference with an 8% boost overall. This is even more interesting in light of the fact that Vallamo is a Qualcomm developed benchmark app – perhaps Qualcomm have already optimized the app to get more out of larger system memory offerings.
The additional memory and storage will set you back an extra 50 Euros or so, so would we whole-heartedly opt for the extra? I think the extra 16GB of storage is also a huge sweetener, especially on an Android 4.4 device that will not allow non-hacked devices to install apps on the microSD card. The extra 16GB will be a real benefit to those among us who see the large beautiful screen of the LG G3 as the perfect gaming platform. Many of today’s games really need the space, so I think the larger capacity, plus more RAM would be very tempting.
Check out our man Roland’s benchmark comparison video below, and enjoy the real proof of the pudding… at least where extra RAM is concerned.