MIUI 13 Memory Expansion Feature is Virtual RAM By Another Name, Will Convert Upto 3GB of Storage to RAM

The MIUI 13 memory expansion feature will join multiple other OEMs, which already allow phones to utilise free storage and increase memory.

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MIUI 13 memory expansion
MIUI 13 memory expansion screenshot. (Courtesy: Weibo)

MIUI 13 is reportedly set to get memory expansion as one of its key new features. The upcoming version of Xiaomi’s custom smartphone interface will seemingly get a new look, among other things, but one thing that may help its older devices work a bit faster is the new, MIUI 13 memory expansion feature. According to a new report, the feature is now pretty much confirmed to be part of the new Xiaomi smartphone experience, and will likely be made available to all phones that get the MIUI 13 update.

The MIUI 13 memory expansion feature will essentially enable smartphones to get an additional 3GB of virtual RAM. While RAM volume would not be an issue for Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones, older generation devices from Mi, Redmi and Poco will find the feature particularly useful. MIUI 13 memory expansion will be present as a toggle within MIUI settings, and once turned on, will scan the device’s available local storage. If ample storage is available, then it will use 3GB of space from it as virtual RAM.

The likes of Oppo, Vivo and Realme have already started offering the virtual RAM feature with some of their smartphones, and now, Xiaomi looks set to join the stable. However, it will be interesting to see how the feature is implemented. The latest generation software is typically introduced with flagship and premium devices, which can make the most of new interface overhauls to become a flagbearer of the custom Android experience for each brand. However, Xiaomi would do well to issue prompt update rollouts to older generation devices too, so that they can get a fresh lease of life — at least in the short term.

MIUI 13 is expected to be launched by the end of August, and is speculated to feature new wallpapers, fonts, animations and even app icons. All of this will seemingly contribute to giving MIUI 13 an all new look, and this is expected to be the big takeaway for the software update. Reports have also suggested that MIUI 13 will get a floating window mode for games, in a bid to improve multitasking on devices.

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