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Samsung Galaxy S3 64GB Not Axed - Just Delayed and Possibly Restricted

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Yesterday we ran a report on the claim that the top model of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which was to contain 64GB of storage, may have been cancelled. Now Samsung has clarified that it will still be released, just a little later than expected and possibly not in all territories.

As you'll already know by now, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a supremely well-specced smartphone, with one of the biggest and brightest displays we've seen and possibly the fastest CPU/GPU combo on the market.

It's arguable, in fact, that it's a little over-specced, if such a thing is possible. Take storage capacity, for example. With a microSD card slot allowing up to 64GB of expansion and a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage coming through Dropbox, those 16 and 32GB models seem way more than adequate. The proposed 64GB model is possibly a little like overkill - at least for your average user.

It seemed as if Samsung was coming to the same realisation when UK retailer Expansys told one customer that Samsung "has decided not to release the unit." Now, though, Samsung has clarified its position on the 64GB model.

Speaking to The Verge, Samsung confirmed that "The 64GB model of the GALAXY S III will be available during the second half of this year," but added that "The market availability and timing may vary and will be determined at the time of release."

So to translate - the Samsung Galaxy S3 64GB will definitely be released, but not until the latter part of the year and possibly not in all areas. All we want to know is: will it reach the UK?

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shaggydabbydo

July 19, 2012, 7:30 pm

"With a microSD card slot allowing up to 64GB of expansion and a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage coming through Dropbox, those 16 and 32GB models seem way more than adequate."

'Seem' indeed. The trouble with the S3 is that while it *seems* to have a lot of expantion capabilities, there's actually VERY LIMITED expansion capabilities.

Photo's and music can be stored on user-mounted storage (SD card/Dropbox), but Apps can only be written to the internal 16/32/64 Gb. This may not seem like much of an issue, but out of the 16Gb, only about 11Gb is left for the user.

When you only have 11Gb of App-writtable storage, after downloading and installing a few games and some navigation software, you're 11Gb then turns into 0Gb and you're faced with having to delete stuff.

Not being able to write apps to user-mountable expantion storage is THE most major issue with an otherwise outstanding phone.

Many people over on xda-developers and the like have bought nice and fast 64Gb micro SD cards to boost their 16Gb S3's to 80Gb (plus Dropbox of 50Gb), but when you can only install apps on 11Gb of the 80Gb, it's a major flaw in the produce.

I hesitate to say this, but until this MAJOR issue is fixed, the S3 is merely a Samsung iPhone.

Chainfire has something to say on this: www dot chainfire dot eu/articles/113/Is_Google_blocking_apps_writing_to_SD_cards_/

I'm afraid that for my needs, my current 16Gb Samsung Galaxy S3 is *not fit for purpose*. If a fix is not forthcoming very quickly, I shall be returning it to Amazon for a full refund.

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