Most common smartphone RAM by country

We recently discussed how knowledge of a device's hardware - CPU, GPU, Total RAM etc - can help inform decisions around content serving, ad-targeting and optimization.

Knowing when a high-powered device requests your content allows you to offer a richer experience for the user. Depending on the context and other variables, you can, for example, offer a high resolution video over a lower-res version. These decisions become especially important for apps, games and video streaming providers that seek to provide a more immersive experience. On a lower-spec smartphone, your content may simply crash, leaving both you and the user feeling less than satisfied.

In early 2017, Lao Shi (an executive at Huawei) claimed smartphones shouldn't require any more than 4GB to function perfectly, suggesting advances to 6GB/8GB and beyond are merely marketing fluff.

Other manufacturers disagree, and 2017 saw smartphones released with more than 4GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ships with 6GB, while the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and OnePlus 5T offer 8GB options for those who need, or simply want it.

Below are the most used RAM specifications in 21 countries all across the globe, based on Q2 2018 web traffic statistics from our network of partner sites.

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Top 5 most common RAM by country

Argentina

  RAM Share
1. 1024 (1GB) 32.22%
2. 2048 (2GB) 29.20%
3. 1536 (1.5GB) 13.55%
4. 3072 (3GB) 13.04%
5. 4096 (4GB) 4.54%

 

Australia

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 33.57%
2. 3GB 23.46%
3. 4GB 21.38%
4. 1GB 13.75%
5. 6GB 5.59%

 

Brazil

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 30.82%
2. 1GB 26.21%
3. 3GB 18.36%
4. 1.5GB 11.70%
5. 4GB 5.07%

 

Canada

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 41.70%
2. 3GB 20.08%
3. 1GB 16.36%
4. 4GB 13.81%
5. 6GB 5.11%

 

Colombia

  RAM Share
1. 1GB 34.36%
2. 2GB 25.20%
3. 1.5GB 13.19%
4. 3GB 12.39%
5. 0.5GB 9.48%

 

Egypt

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 29.73%
2. 1GB 25.96%
3. 3GB 21.95%
4. 4GB 7.32%
5. 1.5GB 6.37%

 

France

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 39.17%
2. 3GB 18.76%
3. 1GB 17.61%
4. 4GB 14.19%
5. 1.5GB 5.16%

 

Germany

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 38.15%
2. 4GB 18.54%
3. 3GB 18.33%
4. 1GB 12.77%
5. 1.5GB 7.36%

 

India

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 28.49%
2. 1GB 19.89%
3. 0.5GB 17.23%
4. 3GB 15.84%
5. 4GB 7.56%

 

Ireland

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 46.12%
2. 1GB 22.76%
3. 3GB 14.87%
4. 4GB 9.58%
5. 1.5GB 3.56%

 

Italy

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 39.45%
2. 3GB 17.89%
3. 1GB 17.47%
4. 4GB 12.05%
5. 1.5GB 6.89%

 

Japan

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 52.20%
2. 3GB 25.92%
3. 1GB 12.56%
4. 4GB 6.98%
5. 6GB 0.95%

 

Malaysia

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 30.10%
2. 3GB 21.94%
3. 1.5GB 19.26%
4. 1GB 15.58%
5. 4GB 7.71%

 

Nigeria

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 30.70%
2. 1GB 23.99%
3. 3GB 21.10%
4. 4GB 9.38%
5. 0.5GB 4.81%

 

Poland

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 39.78%
2. 3GB 19.28%
3. 1GB 12.21%
4. 4GB 11.16%
5. 1.5GB 8.23%

 

Russia

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 36.11%
2. 1GB 26.89%
3. 3GB 16.22%
4. 1.5GB 6.70%
5. 4GB 4.32%

 

South Africa

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 30.29%
2. 1GB 19.03%
3. 3GB 17.49%
4. 4GB 13.13%
5. 1.5GB 8.23%

 

Spain

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 36.82%
2. 3GB 21.35%
3. 1GB 17.65%
4. 4GB 11.82%
5. 1.5GB 5.61%

 

Sweden

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 41.46%
2. 3GB 18.62%
3. 4GB 15.90%
4. 1GB 15.56%
5. 6GB 3.70%

 

United Kingdom

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 41.58%
2. 3GB 18.15%
3. 1GB 15.94%
4. 4GB 15.77%
5. 1.5GB 3.98%

 

United States

  RAM Share
1. 2GB 39.44%
2. 3GB 25.05%
3. 4GB 16.23%
4. 1GB 12.18%
5. 1.5GB 3.50%

 

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