After the scandal regarding Microsoft Surface Pro tablet that was offering less than half the storage in the 128 GB variant, Samsung has the same problem with the new Galaxy S4. The 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S4 model only comes with 8 GB of user-available internal storage.
Samsung defended it new flagship smartphone, saying that in exchange of this sacrifice, the users receives a high-end smartphone, with new features and a high-resolution display. Almost half of the internal storage of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 is occupied by the operating system and the applications that come pre-loaded with it, limiting the user-available storage for the freshly launched terminal.
Samsung took position and officially stated for CNET that on the 16 GB version of its Galaxy S4 flagship, about 6.85 GB are occupied by the system files, which is just 1 GB more than on the Galaxy S3. The reason? The increase of the display resolution and “more powerful features.” They are probably talking about the entire high-resolution photos and icons system from the platform, and Samsung wanted to remind the users that they can rely on the microSD card slot for extra storage.
The problem is that Samsung is not allowing the users to install apps directly on the microSD cards, which means that the card will only bring extra space for photos, videos, and music. Of course, there’s also a workaround for this problem, but you will have some headaches about it.
Just in case you forgot, the Samsung Galaxy S4 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection and has a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera mounted on the back. The smartphone also comes with 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage (expandable using microSD cards of up to 64 GB), and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone like 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC chip, all standards of WiFi, IR blaster, microUSB 2.0, and Bluetooth 4.0.
There are two processing solutions powering the Samsung Galaxy S4: the international version is based on a octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four 1.6 GHz Cortex A15 cores and four 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores, while the users in North America and other regions of the globe will receive a quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC with Krait 300 1.9 GHz cores and Adreno 320 GPU.