Samsung’s decision to stick with 8GB RAM for its base Galaxy S24 model surprised many users, especially with competitors offering higher memory options.
There has been a lot backlash against Samsung for playing it safe, despite the gradual recovery of prices in the memory semiconductor industry. However, something else has now come to light—it appears that you can swap out the DRAM board on the S24 to increase the RAM from 8GB to 16GB.
A Samsung Galaxy S24 Was Recently Spotted on Weibo Running an Upgraded 16GB LPDDR5X DRAM Memory Chip
The base S24 was recently pictured in early engineering samples sporting the 16GB variant of the phone. At this point, the source hasn’t provided many technical details, but we do know that the firmware on the device has encountered no issues running smoothly.
The images above appear to show that the upgraded RAM is of the same LPDDR5X type, with a memory frequency of 4800MHz and operating in Quad-Channel mode.
That being said, it’s important to understand that this process isn’t recommended, as it will most definitely void your warranty and can lead to some potentially disastrous issues down the road. It’s essential to note that this isn’t a virtual memory expansion like what we typically see on lower-tier devices these days. It requires a complete, physical swap of the original DRAM board for a new, 16GB one.
The Custom 16GB DRAM Board Isn’t Available to Buy Right Now
For users wondering, there is still no news on the availability or how the modder obtained the custom board. For all we can say, it represents an interesting step forward where you can essentially change your phone’s internals much like a regular PC. While there have been options that allow for modular swapping of internal components, such as the Fairphone series, the idea never truly made it to the mainstream market.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.