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Chrome is about to be more forgiving with accidentally closing your tabs

Chrome is about to be more forgiving with accidentally closing your tabs

We've all made that annoying mistake of accidentally closing our Chrome browser tabs and windows. It's especially a hassle to wait for Chrome to reload them — it takes even longer depending on your network and how heavy the webpages are. Accidental closers won't have to grieve much longer, as Google is working on a nifty "magic trick" to remove the time spent waiting for Chrome to reload your tabs.

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The Asus ROG Phone 5 will have a stupid amount of RAM

The Asus ROG Phone 5 will have a stupid amount of RAM

Asus has scheduled an announcement for the ROG Phone 5 tomorrow, March 9th. But one of its corporate partners has spilled the beans a little early. SK Hynix, a South Korean chip supplier, issued a press release Sunday that said it's sending its first 18 gigabyte mobile LPDDR5 RAM modules to ASUS for the new ROG Phone.

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Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020

Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020

Earlier this month, I had the chance to review Lenovo's new IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook. It's a great machine, with an excellent build quality and guaranteed Chrome OS updates for the next eight years, but it had one fault that kept me from wholeheartedly recommending the laptop — it only had 4GB of RAM.

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Samsung has started mass-producing the first 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM chips

Samsung has started mass-producing the first 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM chips

In the same way that Samsung makes most of the best smartphone displays — even those in Apple's iPhones — they also make many of the RAM chips used by other OEMs in their handsets. Advancements made by the South Korean company led to the first phones with 12GB of RAM, and now 16GB versions are on the horizon.

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Pay attention, Google: Every Galaxy S20 model has at least 12GB of RAM

Pay attention, Google: Every Galaxy S20 model has at least 12GB of RAM

It's almost comical how much RAM some Android devices have at this point. The Asus Zenfone 6 Edition 30, Xiaomi Black Share 2 Pro, and Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition all have 12GB of RAM, and now Samsung is joining the you-can-never-have-too-much-memory club.

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The Pixel 4's enhanced RAM management will come to other Android phones, eventually

The Pixel 4's enhanced RAM management will come to other Android phones, eventually

Speaking to The Verge about the Pixel's first Feature Drop update, VP of Product for Pixel Sabrina Ellis claims that one of the features of that update—improved memory management—will eventually come to other Android smartphones. This implicitly confirms that the feature is not a Pixel-specific optimization, but rather a change in the Android platform itself.

The insight here, though, is that this means many Android phones may not take advantage of these changes to the way Android handles RAM for quite some time. That's because Google is likely introducing this change as part of a larger, platform-level update in the Pixel's quarterly Feature Drop, changes many phonemakers may not choose to integrate until Android 11.

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Samsung starts mass-producing new 12GB RAM for smartphones

Samsung starts mass-producing new 12GB RAM for smartphones

Smartphones are growing increasingly powerful and are boasting faster processors, larger storage, and greater memory. Nine years ago, the first Galaxy S shipped with just 512MB of RAM, but the capacity on smartphones has evolved to reach a minimum of 6GB on the S10e. It looks like these numbers will continue to expand, as Samsung just announced it's begun mass-producing its new LPDDR4X 12GB DRAM chip.

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Samsung refutes 6GB Galaxy S10 rumors: All Galaxy S10 and S10+ phones have at least 8GB of RAM

Samsung refutes 6GB Galaxy S10 rumors: All Galaxy S10 and S10+ phones have at least 8GB of RAM

There are a lot of phones with the Galaxy S10 name now — four, to be precise. But between the various storage configurations of all the S10 models, we've been seeing a lot of confusion online concerning how much RAM each storage tier of the S10 and S10+ will have. We reached out to Samsung to figure out what exactly is going on.

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Oppo to release a Find X variant with 10GB of RAM

Oppo to release a Find X variant with 10GB of RAM

Android phones used to come with a few hundred megabytes of RAM, then 1GB, and then 2 or 4GB. Now, 6 and even 8GB phones are common at the high-end. It's debatable if 8GB of RAM is useful on Android, but Oppo is pushing the envelope even further. A listing from Chinese regulator TENAA shows a version of the Find X with 10GB of RAM is on the way.

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Samsung's 8Gb LPDDR5 memory chip breaks all the speed records, but it's not for the Galaxy Note9

Samsung's 8Gb LPDDR5 memory chip breaks all the speed records, but it's not for the Galaxy Note9

Samsung is not only easily the world’s number one smartphone vendor, but also the top chipmaker, having recently surpassed Intel. There’s a pretty good reason for that, and it has something to do with breakthroughs like announcing the industry’s "first 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM for 5G and AI-powered mobile applications."

Before you jump to conclusions, it seems highly unlikely that this memory chip will be used on the Galaxy Note9 that’s right around the corner. Instead, Samsung appears to be setting the stage for the flagship generation after that, which could make AI applications even smarter (and thus scarier), and will hopefully deliver faster download speeds with "real" 5G connectivity.

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