The 6 GB of RAM and 8 GB of RAM OnePlus 5 models have been pitted against each other in a new speed test video on the Timmers EM1 YouTube channel. In the video, the host opens and closes a number of apps simultaneously on both phones — the same way most of these speed tests are conducted — to see how the performance compares.
Though the 6 GB version is behind almost from the start, the difference is slight to begin with. It’s only towards the end of the video that disparity really starts to show. Check it out in the video below.
As you can see, the 6 GB of RAM version reaches the limit of apps it can hold in the cache before the 8 GB of RAM version does, and after that, the apps behave like they haven’t been launched before.
So, does this mean that the 8 GB model is the superior? Well, yes, of course, but I would argue that the difference is marginal. They’re very closely matched, you’ll only feel a significant benefit from the 8 GB of RAM model when switching between apps when many have been recently cached. Even then, different people will have different opinions on how important it is to be able to hold a few more apps in the cache. For me, this benefit of the 8 GB model alone isn’t worth an extra $60 ($539 versus $479).
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That said, the 8 GB of RAM model also comes with twice as much internal storage space as the 6 GB of RAM version, 128 GB compared to 64 GB. While I don’t think there is much between the phones in terms of speed, the video certainly doesn’t reveal that the 8 GB model is completely unnecessary: you can store more stuff on it, and it is faster. It’s just up to the potential owner to decide how valuable that stuff is.
What are your thoughts on the 8 GB / 128 GB OnePlus 5? Is it worth the extra cash? Let me know in the comments.