What is phone flashing


Samsung have announced that the GALAXY S II was named “œBest Smartphone“ and “œDevice Manufacturer of the Year“, by GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry and hosts the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.

Galaxy S II sets the standard

This honour comes in recognition of the device‘s powerful performance and overwhelming response from consumers. The GALAXY S II, Samsung‘s flagship smartphone, achieved worldwide sales of over 10 million units in only 5 months, quicker than any device in Samsung‘s history and surpassed over 20 million sales in 10 months.

GALAXY S II has a thin (8.49mm) and lightweight smartphone backed by a dual-core processor and an Super AMOLED Plus display.  BandwidthBlog was also very impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S II, and also named it our handset of the year.

“œThe GALAXY S II has set a new standard for smartphones, taking speed, screen and content to a whole new level,“ said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “œBuilding on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are honoured by this award and proud of how this device has changed the way the market and consumers experience mobile technology.“

Samsung – innovative responsive and best-in-class

Additionally, this honour came in recognition of Samsung‘s innovation in the mobile handset space, responsiveness to consumer tastes and preferences, and best-in-class products. Samsung‘s Mobile Communications Business offers the world‘s widest range of mobile phones, tablets, multimedia players, and mobile related products and solutions from cutting-edge smart mobile devices to mass-market smartphones that have been successful in emerging markets. With a various product line-up that supports all major operating systems, Samsung gives consumers the choice to define their own mobile experience.

Highlights from 2011 include the launch of Samsung‘s highly successful Android-powered GALAXY S II, GALAXY Note which introduced a new device category, and GALAXY Tab 10.1, one of the thinnest tablet devices in the world. Each of these devices has strengthened Samsung‘s commitment to democratising the smart mobile device era and bringing cutting-edge smartphone experiences to the mass-market.

“œWe are pleased to receive this honour from GSMA and believe that it‘s a testament to Samsung‘s innovation, quality products, and attention to consumer preferences. We sold over 97 million smartphones in 2011, demonstrating that this is the right approach,“concludes JK Shin.

During Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung continued to demonstrate innovation with GALAXY Note 10.1, a new device category with an immersive 10.1‘‘ screen and S Pen versatility; GALAXY Beam, a projector smartphone that enables a unique instant sharing experience around digital content; other additions to the successful GALAXY device range and its content and services.

List of all 8 GB RAM phones – Zenfone AR, Nubia Z17S, OnePlus 5T & upcoming

All 8 GB RAM Android phones

With Asus launching the first ever 8 GB RAM Android phone earlier this year the RAM race is continuously on fire. It is the 3rd consecutive 2 GB incremental RAM update in last 3 years. Though 6 GB RAM is still a premium specifications in Android arena – it will not be so within the next one year. All major phone manufacturers are working on their next flagships (for 2018) with 8 Gigs of RAM. Falling in a category known by various fancy names (“ultra-high-end, limited-edition, premium-variant”) such phones are very few right now – only 8 are available. But the number will increase rapidly as has been the trend over the years. This shift will push the 6 GB RAM specification to the mid-range segment within a year or two. Something which happened to 4 GB RAM devices over the past 2 years.

Any way here is a list of all Android phones with 8 GB RAM we know so far (announced, available and upcoming) –

1. Asus Zenfone AR

Asus again claimed the prize of the first phone maker to launch a higher RAM phone than the current highest norm. In 2015 they launched Zenfone 2 with 4 GB RAM – the first ever phone with this much RAM. Now they have launched the new Zenfone AR with 8 Gigs of RAM. Besides it is also the first phone to support Google Daydream VR and Project Tango. Tango is a set of sensors and computer-vision software by Google that enables augmented reality (AR) in smartphones. Daydream is Google’s platform for high-quality, mobile virtual reality (VR) with support for Daydream VR apps.

Asus ZenFone AR

Here are other specs of Zenfone AR

  • Snapdragon 821 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory, upto 256 GB memory card support
  • 5.7 inches QuadHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) Super AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 23 MP f/2.0 primary camera with PDAF, 4-axis OIS, Motion tracking and Depth sensors
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Others – HiRes Audio, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround, NXP SmartAMP and 5 Magnet Speakers provide outstanding Audio Experience for AR and VR
  • 3300mAh battery with QC 3.0

2. ZTE Nubia Z17 (8 GB RAM variant)

Chinese mobile technology giant ZTE announced Nubia Z17 – it’s new Nubia series flagship in June 2017. Although Zenfone AR was the first 8GB RAM phone announced, it could not make it to the market before Nubia Z17. So Nubia Z17 is actually the first phone to hit the market with 8 GB RAM. Here is the specs-sheet of Z17 –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB internal memory
  • 5.5 inches full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS LCD display
  • Dual rear camera module (23 MP f/2.0 + 12 MP f/1.8) with PDAF and 2x lossless zoom, large 1.4 micrometer pixel size
  • 16 MP front camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3200mAh battery, Dolby ATMOS sound, USB Type-C

3. OnePlus 5 (8 GB RAM variant)

OnePlus (a sub-brand of Oppo – another popular Chinese mobile maker) is known for it’s quality phones with an affordable price tag. They usually launch one or two high-end phones (dubbed as “flagship killer”) every year. On June 20, 2017 OnePlus 5 was launched to take on the mighty flagships (Galaxy S8, LG G6, Xperia XZ Premium and HTC U11) already established in the market. One specification that OnePlus 5 has better than most other phones is 8 GB RAM. Here is a brief specs-sheet of OnePlus 5 for your reference –


  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory
  • 5.5 inches full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Dual rear camera module – 20 MP f/2.6 PDAF (Telephoto) + 16 MP f/1.7 DCAF, EIS (Wide Angle)
  • Front camera – 16 MP f/2.0 Fixed focus front camera with EIS
  • Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3300mAh battery with DASH chargeBluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C

4. ZTE Nubia Z17S (8 GB RAM variant)

ZTE announced Nubia Z17S in October 2017. It is the successor of Nubia Z17 with some upgrades like near-bezel less 18:9 display and dual front camera etc. Here are it’s specs in a nut-shell –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory
  • 5.73 inches full HD+ (2040 x 1080 pixels), 18:9 Aspect ratio, LTPS TFT display
  • Dual rear camera module (23 MP f/2.0 + 12 MP f/1.8) with PDAF and 2x lossless zoom
  • 5 + 5 MP dual front camera steup
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 3100mAh battery with 26W fast charging (50% charge in 25 minutes), Dolby ATMOS sound, USB Type-C

Nubia Z17S


5. Xiaomi Mi MIX2 (8 GB RAM variant)

Xiaomi launched this second generation MIX phone in September 2017. MIX series devices have the most unusual designs among contemporary phones with the highest screen-to-body ratio. The design is unusual as the display is completely bezel-less at the top. Bizarre as some call this, but this design philosophy has inspired almost all phone makers to re-think about their display strategy. Here is the specs-sheet of Mi MIX2 –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory, no memory card support
  • 5.99 inches Full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) IPS LCD display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 12 MP f/2.0 primary camera with PDAF, 4-axis OIS, Motion tracking and Depth sensors
  • 5 MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Others – HiRes Audio, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 virtual surround, NXP SmartAMP and 5 Magnet Speakers provide outstanding Audio Experience for AR and VR
  • 3400mAh battery with QC 3.0

6. Razer Phone

Razer, better known for it’s gaming devices, launched their first smartphone in November 2017. And what a beast it is sporting everything latest and high-end. Besides it is also the first ever phone with 120Hz refresh rate display. Clearly Razer Phone is intended for gaming fans. Here are the details of it’s innards –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal memory, upto 256 GB memory card support
  • 5.7 inches Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels), IGZO IPS LCD display, 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut
  • Dual rear camera module (12 MP f/1.8 + 12 MP f/2.6) with PDAF and 2x Optical zoom
  • 8 MP f/2.0 front camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 4000mAh battery, Quick Charge 4.0 (24W fast charging, 50% charge in 25 minutes), Dolby ATMOS stereo speakers, USB Type-C, No 3.5mm Audio Jack (Type-C to 3.5 mm Headphone jack adapter instead)


7. OnePlus 5T (8 GB RAM variant)

Launched in November 2017, OnePlus 5T is an improved avatar of it’s predecessor OP 5. It adds contemporary design elements like 18:9 screen ratio, back mounted finger print sensor etc. Other specs are more or less the same –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory
  • 6.01 inches full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) Optic AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Dual rear camera module – 16 MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/1.7 Gyro EIS, PDAF
  • Front camera – 16 MP f/2.0 front camera with Gyro EIS, Auto HDR
  • Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3300mAh battery with DASH chargeBluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C


8. Archos Diamond Omega

Archos, a French phone company launched it’s Android flagship, the Diamond Omega in November 2017. By looks and features it looks like a re-branded Nubia Z17 and Z17s. Overall Archos Omega is a high-end, value for money phone. However it is available in very few countries. Here are it’s specs –

  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB internal memory, no memory card support
  • 5.73 inches full HD+ (1080 x 2040 pixels) LTPS IPS LCD display, 17:9 aspect ratio
  • Dual rear camera module – 12 MP f/1.8 + 23 MP f/2.0, PDAF, 2x lossless zoom
  • Front camera – Dual 5 MP + 5 MP f/2.2 front camera
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 3100mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0, fast charging (26W), USB Type-C

Upcoming (rumored) 8 GB RAM phones

4. Samsung Galaxy S9

5. Nokia 9

6. Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Whether a smartphone needs this much RAM is a controversial issue. Experts say that more than 4 GB RAM is unnecessary or useless in phones considering the current capabilities of Android OS and the apps. Apple iPhone with a meagre 2 GB RAM is a salient example supporting this argument. Notwithstanding phone makers are adding more and more RAM in new phones without any rationale and benefit. This is nothing more than a specs war. Sigh! But that is what we said about 4 GB RAM two years ago.

How to boot Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8 Plus into Stock Recovery?

“Recovery” is an advanced function menu in Android devices. It provides many useful functions normally not found under phone settings. These functions help in troubleshooting various phone’s software related problems. Recovery is especially useful to revive a bricked phone by performing a hard reset and/or wipe cache partition. Read this post to know more about Android Recovery.

Being an advanced level menu intended to be used by experienced users, recovery is not accessible via phone options/settings. Usually a specific combination of hardware buttons (pressed in a sequence) is used to boot Android phones into Recovery menu. This combo differ from company to company or device to device. Here is how you can boot Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus into stock recovery.

How to boot Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ into stock recovery menu?

We have already described accessing stock recovery in Samsung phones like Galaxy S7 Edge here in an older post. That method applies to almost all Samsung Android phones because they are identical in every aspect. However the newly launched Galaxy S8/S8+ have a little deviation from Sammy’s characteristic design language. Due to a near full-front display, there is no typical “Home” button in these phones. This change affects the traditional key-combos typical for Samsung to access various hidden functions. For combinations which involve Home button will now use the new “Bixby” button. So basically “Bixby” button is the new “Home” button for such combos.

1. First switch off the phone

2. Now press and hold “Volume Up” button, “Bixby” button and lastly the “Power” button (Important – press the Power key in the last i.e. first press and hold the Volume Up and Bixby and then Power key). Phone will boot up – do not release any key when phone model name appears

3. Keep pressing the three buttons until Android Logo animation with text “installing system update” appears at the screen. Release all the buttons now – after a while the Android bot will disappear and Recovery menu will be shown (as seen in the pic)


4. Now you can use Volume Up/Down keys to navigate through options and Power button to select any highlighted function.

Additional Notes – In other Samsung phones you can use Home button instead of the Bixby key in the above method.

wipe cache partition” and “wipe data /factory reset” are the two most commonly used functions of Android Recovery menu. Wipe cache partition function deletes the entire software cache (system and third party apps) thus solving corrupt cache related issues.

wipe data/factory reset” is a master reset function which formats the internal memory and re-installs the stock ROM afresh. All phone data (media, accounts, contacts everything) will be lost during the reset process. This results into a phone with default factory settings. Note however that if a Google account is active (signed in) in the phone then you will need to enter that account’s credentials to perform wipe data/reset function.

(Tutorial) How to flash a Samsung Galaxy phone with custom/stock ROM via computer using Odin?

What is phone flashing?

“Flashing” in terms of mobile phones generally means re-installing the operating system (OS) software of the device. It is just like re-installing Windows in a computer.

Why flashing is required?

Sometimes it becomes necessary to flash (also called refurbish) mobile phones to solve OS software related issues. Especially when the “Reset” option fails to solve the issue. Some possible scenarios when flashing is required are –

  • Dead /soft-bricked phone due to corrupt OS
  • Dead phone due to interruption of update process or failed previous attempt of flashing
  • Deep rooted Malware infection not removed by Antivirus softwares or reset
  • Boot-loop issue (phone restarts again and again)
  • Phone stuck at boot screen
  • Frequent restarts
  • Phone hangs way too frequently and badly (screen becomes totally unresponsive)
  • Phone is locked by password/pattern or any other method


  • Flashing will erase all the data in phone memory so (if possible) backup your important data first before jumping into action
  • Make sure there is no interruption during the flashing process – use genuine USB cable working perfectly, no disconnections from computer, no power failures, no computer restarts, no kids, doggy or cyclones around…….blah blah blah
  • Make sure there is enough free space (at least 5-6 GB) in the phone memory for the process to complete successfully
  • Phone battery must be charged over 50%

Flashing a Samsung phone (Galaxy S7 Edge) via computer using Odin

For this you need to have following –

  • A computer running Windows XP or later
  • USB data cable (preferably the original that came bundled with the phone or any other good quality one)
  • Odin software – it is a free Samsung phone service software (download from here). Note that you don’t have to install Odin in computer – it is downloaded as a ready to be used executable file – just extract the zip file and run the Odin.exe
  • Your phone’s firmware (also called Stock ROM) or a compatible custom firmware – if you don’t know how to download Samsung firmwares then read this post first. Firmwares are downloaded as zip files – you have to extract the zip file to use it’s contents with Odin. Preferably place the extracted files at desktop for easy accessibility

Now follow the steps described below –

1.Launch Odin – and it will look like this (screenshot below)


2. At the launch screen click BL button – a window will pop up – at “Open”window, browse and open the firmware folder (created by the extraction of zip file) – there will be a file starting with “BL” – select it and click “Open” (or just double click it) – the file will be added in Odin with “BL” option ticked

3. Now click the rest of the three buttons in Odin, one by one and repeat the above process every time – remember to select the correct corresponding file matching the button name

4. The “AP” file is the biggest one in the firmware (3-4 GB depending upon the phone model) – it will take quite some time to add in Odin – so wait for it – Odin may even show as “not responding” for a few second during addition of this file, do not panic in that case – it is temporary and the file will be added any way after a few seconds

5. Unlike AP, BL, CP files – which exist as a single type, there are two CSC files in firmware folder. One is “CSC” and the other is “HOME_CSC” – you have to select any one of these. If you want to leave the current CSC code of your phone intact then select HOME_CSC. While selecting CSC will set the CSC code of the phone as that of the firmware you downloaded. However if you have downloaded the firmware as per your phone model, country (and/or carrier) then it will have the same CSC code as that of your current phone’s. In that case you can select any of the file (CSC or HOME_CSC). So this file matters only if you are flashing the phone with a different country/region firmware. If you are still confused then don’t give a damn – just select CSC file and it will not affect your phone anyhow.
When all the files are added successfully, it’s time to grab your phone. For now, just leave the computer with Odin running in that position.

6. Boot the phone in “Download” mode (also called Odin mode)

Download mode is a special function in Android phones. Odin can flash a Samsung phone only when it is in Download mode. There is a specific method (which may differ from phone to phone) to boot the phone into Download mode. In Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, it is as follows

First switch off the phone – then press “Volume Down + Home + Power” buttons simultaneously (at the same time) and hold them for a few seconds until a “Warning” screen appears – release the 3 keys – now press “Volume Up” button to enter into Download mode. This is required for Odin to communicate and work with the phone. If the warning screen does not appear, try again few times as pressing three buttons at the same time is not an easy task especially with one hand.

7. Now it’s time to connect the phone with computer

While the phone is in download mode, connect it with computer via USB cable. The ID:COM tab will turn blue when Odin recognizes the phone. Do not change the default settings (under Options tab) in Odin unless you are an advanced user and know what these options mean. Now all you have to do is just click the “Start” button at Odin and it will take care of the rest. Just sit back and relax – the flashing process will take time (usually 10-20 minutes). If everything goes well, a “Pass” message (as shown in the screenshot below) will appear in Odin and the phone will restart. Now you can disconnect it from PC.

There you have it! Your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as good as new, as if just pulled out of the retail box.

We have also made a video tutorial in case you want to see everything in action –

Notes & FAQs

Will flashing affect SIM/Carrier/Country/Region Lock of the Samsung phone?

Flashing a stock or custom ROM (even if it is from different country/region) DOES NOT affect any kind of lock in Samsung phones i.e. it will not unlock (SIM/carrier or region lock) your phone. So if you are going to flash your phone for this purpose – better forget it.

How does the flashing affects warranty & KNOX status of Samsung phones?

Flashing with a stock ROM will not affect your warranty status – it will not affect the KNOX status either. If you root the phone by flashing a custom firmware and recovery then the warranty will void and KNOX status will be tripped. However you can regain the warranty status by again flashing the phone with an official stock ROM but it will not change the KNOX tripped status.

Can we solve hardware problems by flashing the phone?

No! Hardware related issues are generally not amenable to repair by flashing




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