The Sony Xperia 1 II shows the performance limits of having 12 GB of RAM over 8 GB
It has been a few months since Sony unveiled the Frosted Black edition of the Xperia 1 II, a limited edition model that the company will launch in Japan on October 30. Codenamed XQ-AT42, the Frosted Black model not only has a new paint job, but has 12 GB of RAM to boot. Sony only sells the Xperia 1 II with 8 GB of RAM globally, although it will also be releasing a 12 GB 'Mirror Lake Green' model in Taiwan at some point.
However, the move from 8 GB to 12 GB of RAM appears to offer hardly any uptick in performance, at least based on an early Geekbench listing. When we reviewed the standard Xperia 1 II earlier this year, it scored 898 and 3,290 points in Geekbench 5.1/5.2 Single-Core and Multi-Core, respectively. By contrast, this 12 GB model scores 908 and 3,387 points in the same benchmarks, a negligible uplift over 1-2%. Ultimately, a difference of 1-2% is within a margin of error.
In short, this benchmark result should act as a reminder that buying a smartphone with 12 GB of RAM will not necessarily get you better performance than if you bought the 8 GB version. A smartphone with 12 GB of RAM may be able to retain more open apps than one with 8 GB, but the tangible differences are slim - if there are any. With that said, we would purchase the Frosted Black edition for its matte finish alone.