Someone upgraded the RAM on their Nexus 5X to 4GB


Almost a year ago, we wrote about another successful Nexus hardware upgrade: swapping the internal 32GB storage chip of a Nexus 5 with a 64GB unit. This was one way to circumvent running out of space with no microSD expansion slot.

Today, another success story comes from XDA-Developers (where else can you hear about this stuff?) where XDA Member Cathair2906 successfully upgraded his RAM while getting a necessary CPU replacement.

A Nexus 5X with 4GB of RAM is born. Here are screenshots of the memory screen in the phone’s settings. Cathair2096 was also able to perform an OTA update to the latest 7.1.2 without any issues.


LG Nexus 5X with 4GB of RAM
LG Nexus 5X with 4GB of RAM

LG Nexus 5X with 4GB of RAM

LG’s customer service center in Hong Kong had denied service to repair a bootlooping LG Nexus 5X. This is where the XDA Member took matters into his own hands and got in touch with a repairman in China. Since the CPU had to be replaced in order to solve the bootlooping problem, the repairman suggested that he should also upgrade the RAM (since the RAM is part of the CPU assembly).

There should be more independent repair shops that are willing to tinker with these expensive devices because a smartphone with a bad component is still a good device if the bad component it fixed. They just don’t fix ‘em like they used to.

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