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Samsung Galaxy S4 gets wrists slapped by BBC Watchdog investigation

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Samsung Galaxy S4 to be investigated by BBC Watchdog

The 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 is under fire, with a BBC Watchdog investigation to address the handset’s lack of available storage.

An issue previously highlighted in our full Samsung Galaxy S4 review, the 16GB storage iteration of the eagerly awaited handset offers roughly 9GB of user available storage, almost half that listed on the box. Although the handset features microSD card based expansion options, the lack of internal storage has caused outrage with some early adopters.

Confirmed via a teaser at the end of this week’s Watchdog broadcast, formidable presenter Anne Robinson revealed the next episode of the show would address the discrepancy between the Samsung Galaxy S4’s listed and actual storage options.

“Samsung: it claims that its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory, but what did it forget to mention?” the presenter stated in the S4 inquiry teaser.

Released back on April 26, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the Korean company’s latest flagship handset offering, with the plastic clad device playing host to a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution and a 441 pixels-per-inch image density.

A rival to the HTC One and iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, with the handset’s pre-installed software bloat, which includes all manner of new features including the likes of Air View and Smart Scroll, taking up considerable space on the device.

With a 13-megapixel camera lining up on the handset’s rear, the Samsung Galaxy S4 feature list is rounded off by a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 2-megapixel forward-facing snapper and a 2600mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

Lining up at just 7.9mm thick and only 130g in weight, the S4 runs Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 2GB of RAM and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective coating.

We have contacting Samsung for an official comment on the Samsung Galaxy S4 inquiry and will update this post accordingly once we have heard back.

Does the lack of storage space put you off the S4? If so, see how the handset fares up against its main rival in the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One head-to-head.

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