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Samsung Galaxy S7 found to be hungry for storage


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The Samsung Galaxy S7 will be hungrier than ever for storage space, according to a new report.

Samsung has attracted praise for reinstating microSD expansion for the Samsung Galaxy S7. As it turns out, you'll probably need it.

According to Droid-life, the Samsung Galaxy S7 instantly portions off 8GB of its 32GB internal storage for Android, system apps, and the ever-weighty TouchWiz UI. You'll only have 26GB to play with out of the box, before you even start installing apps and media files.

Samsung is infamous for its storage-hogging tendencies, but just to place this in context, the Samsung Galaxy S6 demands 6.5GB out of the box.

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Yes, when it comes to the S7 you have that microSD slot to fall back on. But there are a couple more sticking points to consider here.

For one thing, there are no 64GB or 128GB options this year. It's 32GB or nothing.

For another, Samsung isn't supporting Android 6.0 Marshmallow's Adoptable Storage feature, which essentially treats microSD cards as part of the phone's internal storage. On the Galaxy S7, they'll simply be the same dumb separate storage areas as you'll have encountered before.

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On the plus side, it's also been confirmed that you can move apps to an SD card to free up storage space, which is a good thing.

Any way you cut it, though, Samsung is portioning off a quarter of the Galaxy S7's available storage from the get-go. Things are going to get tight.

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Are you bothered by Samsung's approach to storage? Let us know in the comments section below.


March 2, 2016, 12:12 pm

What's the point here? iOS 9.3 on my iPhone 6 (64 GB) takes up over 9 GB. How is that ok for Apple but bad for Samsung? Guy, if you are on the take to make one company look bad all the time just come out and say instead of wasting people's time with these garbage articles.

Paul Munro

March 2, 2016, 12:15 pm

Yes this is a non story, add an sdcard move apps to it, thats what I've been doing for years with samsung android devices; its not a problem.


March 2, 2016, 3:38 pm

Both android and the latest iOS builds take up space. This is hardly a surprise. At least with the S7 you can get a 200GB sd card to stockpile your media files. Yes, 64 or 128GB internal memory options on the s7 would be nice as the internal memory is likely to be faster, but the cost of these handsets would likely be extortionate.

Jan Verstraeten

March 4, 2016, 4:38 pm

Everybody complaining about the 32GB storage of the galaxy s7 while Apple still keeps offering 16GB WITHOUT the option to expand the storage...

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