One of the more subtle points of note on the new Galaxy S8 spec sheet is the move on over to 64 GB of internal memory as the only storage option on offer. Samsung initially took this decision with the Note 7 and, in fact, isn’t even advertising 32 GB UFS flash memory chips over at its memory business either. The company only has three modules, which are available in 64, 128, and 256 GB capacities.

While a hard 64 GB limit might be a disappointment for those who want to splash some extra cash on a 128 or 256 GB model, it’s surely great news that Samsung has finally increased the minimum amount of storage included in its flagship smartphones.

See also:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pricing and availability: what we know so far

April 3, 2017

This isn’t to say that the old 32 GB minimum storage capacity found inside the Galaxy S7, S6, and Note 5 was far too small exactly, as some users simply don’t need as much storage space as others. However, 32GB has been a moderate storage options for years and other, less expensive OEMs have moved past this old limit already. For example, the OnePlus 3T, Oppo F1 Plus, and the Lenovo ZUK Z1, among others, all ship with 64 GB as the minimum storage option.

The OnePlus 3T, Oppo F1 Plus, the Lenovo ZUK Z1, and others, all ship with 64GB as the minimum onboard memory, and it's reassuring that Samsung's latest flagship doesn't offer anything less.

It really is time that flagship smartphones started offering more storage out of the box, especially as these are the type of handsets designed for media heavy users. Those who enjoy watching high resolution video or storing a large library of high quality pictures and music. Of course, the Galaxy S8 has a microSD card slot to cater to these needs too, but I’m pleased that Samsung isn’t forcing additional expenses on its customers by taking this route.

I’m not only glad that Samsung has increased its storage size from a media consumption perspective though, the size of memory partitions eaten up by the OEM’s software has previously taken up around 25 percent of Galaxy devices’ internal storage. OEMs should ensure that customers have enough storage space left for their personal data. After all, when I buy a phone with 32 GB of storage I expect roughly that much space to be free for me to use.

The chart below shows the amount of available space out of the box with previous Samsung flagships, if you bought the minimum storage option. As you can see, it hasn’t changed much for a number of generations.

It’s fair to say that Samsung’s software ambitions with the Galaxy S8 have taken another leap forward. There’s Bixby and the assortment of integrated Samsung apps pre-installed on every device, and it’s library of audio replies alone will no doubt take up a fair bit of space. Then there’s Dex, Samsung’s new desktop operating system environment that is sure to add a significant amount of complexity, and therefore storage requirements, on top of Samsung’s regular Android OS. With these major new features, Samsung has probably seen it fit to increase storage space to make sure users have a fair amount free after all of these latest additions.

Speaking of which, the move over to 64 GB is also a boon for enterprise users. A large cache of work documents, offline emails, and other files that business users may want to cart around can take up considerable space. If the Galaxy S8 is to be taken seriously as an enterprise computing platform via Dex, then a notable amount of storage capacity is a must.

All in all, finally moving on up to 64 GB as the standard for its Galaxy S8 storage configuration is certainly the right decision. It adds minimal costs to the handset and ensures that consumers won’t be fighting against pre-installed apps for free space, can store a meaningful media collection without having to slash out for a microSD card, and still allows Samsung to pack in more advanced software features.

We shouldn’t expect anything less from a flagship experience, after all.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • balcobomber25

    This isn’t anything revolutionary that Samsung is doing, it’s them reacting to the market. The OnePlus 3T offered 64GB standard when it launched, the Mi Mix (which Samsung was clearly inspired by) offers 128GB standard. It’s good that they did it, but this love letter to Samsung isn’t really needed.

    Every company should be doing this, the difference in price between 32 and 64 is about $10 for the company per handset.

    • Maher

      But the OnePlus 3T doesn’t come with micro SD card slot, so they had to offer 64GB as their base model.

      • balcobomber25

        They didn’t have to, there are plenty of phones that don’t come with SD and only offer 32. Those phones still sold well in 2016. OnePlus could have done the same and saw little to no change in sales.

        • Maher

          Other than the Pixel, which Android flagship you know that offers 32GB as a base model and doesn’t include a micro SD card slot?

          • balcobomber25

            Xiaomi Mi 5, LeEco Pro 3, Meizu Pro 6. All 3 of these were competitors to the OnePlus in the “budget” flagship segment. There were others too.

          • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You keep listing phones as if they’re all available to everyone. Some are not. Those of us in the USA can’t get some of these phones, so they don’t matter for comparison purposes. Maybe you can get them, which is fine, but don’t assume everyone can.

          • balcobomber25

            Why can’t you get these phones? You don’t have an internet connection? Every single one of them is available online and will ship to the US….

          • So, you wait for others to make a decision? LG or Google Pixel does this, than only it’s worth accepting Samsung is not doing what it’s easily capable of?

          • Kody

            The standards for budget are different though. You can’t judge top flagships by budget standards. Cost saving is expected and forgivable at that level. That why I don’t expect a plastic flagship or a beautiful metal glass uhd 3000mah budget phone.

          • balcobomber25

            Except there are beautiful metal glass budget flagships with 3000mah. Many of these budget flagships have greater than 3000mAh. And that’s the entire point if these $300 flagships can include these specs there is no excuse for $800 flagships not too.

          • Brian B.

            Pixel includes unlimited cloud storage, but I get what you’re saying. I’ve got an unlimited plan so data is no longer an issue. Do you even cloud brah

    • No body cares about shitty budget phones like the OnePlus 3t , it is a joke , & only fools purchase it, at the end of the day , Samsung is technology , nothing else matters.

      If you can’t afford a real phone , then your in the wrong place.

      #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

      • balcobomber25

        Samsung propaganda has arrived!

        • makapav

          *Landed.

          They are normally seen floating.

      • FilmActorsGuild

        Are you the parody one or the actual cringe worthy Samsung f#cktard? It’s becoming impossible to tell now!

        • Another budget phone user i see , i don’t understand your language my budget phone using friend, but you need to understand this.

          #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • squiddy20

            Show one indication that he’s a “budget phone user”. It’s hilarious that you keep using the same old insult, but never say how or why they are, just that they are.

          • There are 100’s of indications all over the place lol , go back to liking dead batteries now

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • squiddy20

            Bwahahaha! Saying there are “hundreds” of of indications without even saying one specifically. It should be very easy for you then to supply just 3. If you even can.
            And is that supposed to be “licking” or “liking”? Because either way, that’s a dumb, nonsensical statement.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Holy crap, stop with the “Samsung copied Mi Mix” idiocy. You’re getting as bad as the “Samsung copied iPhone” people.

      • I understand, Galaxy S8 is the antonym of Bezel XL but likewise, you are defending every comment to S8 just like your every reaction to Bezel XL. As if, you found an enemy of Bezel XL to make friends with.
        Don’t worry, my views are same as yours with the XL but the mentioned statement cannot also be completely ignored.

      • balcobomber25

        Truth hurts sometime apparently.

      • balcobomber25

        I don’t know why that hurts Samsung fanboys so much. Your favorite company copied a beautiful phone. Why does that make you cry so much Beaver?

    • makapav

      Samsung also raised the launch price of its flagship by $50-75. So they better give something worth $10 in there. Oh and btw, the camera is exactly the same as last years’. Not to mention, Samsung DEX is just a horizontal launcher using fully stock Nougat APIs for the windows expereince.

    • sachouba

      LOL.
      Samsung started working on the S8 on October the 25th, when the MI Mix was announced, exactly 5 months ago (with leaked photos of the first units published 2 months ago) and decided to copy a smartphone that couldn’t even be produced on a large scale.
      Kudos to Samsung, who developed a flagship in less than 3 months! That’s a world record.

      And Samsung copied the storage of the OnePlus 3, that was announced on June 14th, for its Note7 which was announced 6 weeks later.
      Of course.

      • One Handed DJ

        EXACTLY! Thank you!

      • balcobomber25

        LOL. Samsung was clearly inspired by the Mix and other phones, you can try to deny it all you want but it’s clearly obvious. It’s completely normal for this industry too, everyone is inspired by other phones. I don’t know why it hurts Samsung fan’s so much to think that. Xiaomi, Apple. LG, Sony and Samsung they all do it. It’s not the first time Samsung has had inspiration from Xiaomi an it won’t be the last.

        The Mi Mix was a revolutionary phone, it’s not a bad thing Samsung copied it. The Mi Mix could have been produced on a large scale, Xiaomi chose not too because it was a concept phone and nothing else.

        • sachouba

          It’s not a matter of being hurt… ^^
          It’s a matter of being coherent and clear-sighted : it is completely impossible to develop a smartphone in 3 months.

          The final design of the S8 was decided far before the Mi Mix was announced (probably only a few weeks after the S7 was announced), just as the storage of the Note7 was chosen way before the OnePlus 3 was announced.

          • balcobomber25

            It doesn’t take as long to develop a smartphone as you seem to think. After the S7 was launched, Samsung started planning for the Note 7 and a host of other phones. And apparently you can’t count, because it was a lot longer than 3 months. The Mi Mix was first unveiled in October, that’s 5 months ago. 5 months out is more than enough time in this industry.

            “Storage for the Note 7 was chosen way before the OnePlus 3 was announced”.

            Do you have actual proof to back this up or is it just you’re own claims?

  • Pool.. Dead

    nah.. they’re just following

  • Even tho I’m a Power user, I’ve rarely needed anything 0ther than 32GB internal storage mainly due to the fact I always supplement it with a high capacity microSD card for Media. And although I’ve never run out of space on those 32GB internal storage devices, I’m surely glad and will happily take 64GB internal storage by default. It’s about time it’s happened, and it’ll be nice to know I have even more breathing space internally.

  • Brahma

    Smart move, and with the UFS 2.1 standard & DDR4X RAM, everything feels super smooth,. Still puzzled that the company that announced 6GB-ready configurations in 2015 & 8 gigs in 2016, still goes for 4. Not that I ever feel more than 4 is needed on my OnePlus 3T on Nougat, Android came a long way with RAM management. Still, Sammy is a specs war company, so it’s odd we don’t get 6/64, 8/128 GB versions. Power drain concerns?

  • Joshua Buchmann

    Let’s not. For a phone rapidly reaching close to a thousand dollars… 128gb should have been standard, at least for the higher end model. It’s not like 128gb of flash memory is that expensive nowadays seriously.

    I’d say they are responding to the current smartphone needs, but it’s nothing amazing. They could have took the proper step and set a good industry standard, but they chose to just do what they had to.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      LG G6 (Verizon): $672 32GB
      Bezel XL (Verizon): $769.99 32GB
      Bezel XL (Verizon): $869.99 128GB
      S8 Plus (Verizon): $840 64GB

      I fail to see the problem here, unless you’re saying the Bezel XLs are way overpriced.

      • Brian B.

        Bezel 32GB unlocked from Google is $649.

        • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          So what? And carriers offer deals with free stuff, etc. I kept one thing constant: Verizon List Price. That’s the FAIR comparison.

      • It’s the pice of the finished product with marketing not the manufactured flash module.

        • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          That makes the Bezel XL so much more of a travesty. Take away the storage factor, and it has half the features of the other phones, has halo-cam, has been plagued with software problems, and is still priced higher.

      • mark

        It’s also fairer to compare the cheaper S8 to the Pixel XL, since even the smaller S8 is a larger screen size to the Pixel XL.

      • Anson P

        Why not include the regular s8 for fairer comparison (regular one is $750)

      • balcobomber25

        The Pixel’s are way overpriced, everyone knows that.

  • Wow just wow , year after year Samsung continues to innovate, and move the mobile industry forward!

    All those shitty budget phone companies should just give up.

    #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

    • Pool.. Dead

      your joking. rite?

      • No joking hear , only innovation, if your going to speak to me , you need to learn how to spell.

        #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

        • Pool.. Dead

          #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG.. but they can blast themselves with all those Note 7s they have.. and yea thats innovative… a 600$+ grenade

          • LOL, this is a non issue , that no body cares about anymore , only shitty budget phone user’s continue to talk about it , as they still can’t afford a Samsung , so instead use any little dirt they can get to bash them. Meanwhile you watch videos of people unboxing Samsung phones every night ..

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • Pool.. Dead

            dont you get bored of this shit?? you’re high man
            stop smoking that joint

          • Go back to liking those dead batteries “dude”

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • Pool.. Dead

            what can I say :D :D Samsung Knights you guys are funny

        • Pool.. Dead

          hear? Here? cant see the difference?

          • I don’t need to waste my time on proper grammar, as long as budget phone users like you get the point , and realize…….

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • GearSIsBoss

            Useless fraud

          • squiddy20

            Do you even know the meaning of the words you’re saying?

          • GearSIsBoss

            Do you have a job yet useless free loader of the system??

            You’ll always be my favorite online bitch. 😂😂😂

          • squiddy20

            What does my having a job or not have to do with you not knowing the meaning of the words you’re using? I’ll answer that for you: nothing. Absolutely nothing. Come back when you make up some insult that you haven’t been using for the past 6 years running.

          • No fraud here, who are you??

            #SAMSUNG BOSS # NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • GearSIsBoss

            I’m you’re daddy girl. I control you every day. You better start leaving more comments immediately wanker

          • You aren’t no bodies daddy boy. You don’t talk to your leader this way , or ima have to come down there and pimp slap you , the way Samsung pimp slaps LOW GRADE phones.

            Now no more outbursts from you!

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • squiddy20

            Too bad that “boss” Note 8 won’t make you sound even slightly more intelligent.

          • To bad you can’t just accept the truth..

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • squiddy20

            Except… that’s an opinion. Your opinion. Not mine. Good try though.

          • You still seem to fail to realize that your opinion doesn’t matter , how many nights have you stayed up so far watching video’s of the S8, just dreaming you could have one , then when you realize you cannot afford one, you think of some lame new ways to try & bash them. #squiddy20fail

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • squiddy20

            Bwahahahaha! You claim to claim to know what I’m doing with my nights, but as usual, you have no clue. I don’t want some bloatware infested Samsung phone. Bixby looks like it will do less than Assistant, and to my knowledge, Samsung has yet to provide the APIs to allow developers to be able to integrate Bixby accessibility into their apps. People have already figured out how to remap that special Bixby button to do other tasks, and the phone isn’t even available yet.
            As for my opinion supposedly not mattering- and yours does? You’re a delusional Samsung fanboy who would eat, sleep, and drink Samsung if you could. You can’t be reasonable, let alone think intelligently. Your post only proves this. No facts, no figures, just some made up crap and childish insults.
            Keep trying fanboy.

          • GearSIsBoss

            You are definitely a online idiot financial loser. Stop free loading off the system useless bum Obama isn’t in office any longer

          • squiddy20

            By all means, show just two examples of how I have “proven” such things. I’m waiting.

          • Pool.. Dead

            yea.. yea.. now pass that joint..

          • Sorry funny budget phone user , i do not speak your language, now go back to playing with your self, your budget phone , and remember your comment are irrelevant.

            #NOTHING BEATS SAMSUNG

          • Pool.. Dead

            i know you’re pissed off…. :)

  • Ronald

    Samsung had to make 64GB standard their cusrom OS is probably 30 GB lol. how much of that 64GB is available to us?

  • John Smith

    32GB is no longer enough for storing all of Samsung’s bloatware and letting some free space to the user.

    • Gee…if only Samsung included an option to expand your storage capacity by way of a micro SD car…oh wait. They totally do include that option!

      • John Smith

        It’s funny cause in the way you responded, you actually agree with me.

      • balcobomber25

        It’s kind of funny that you don’t disagree with the bloatware comment….

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Based on the chart, the Samsung S7 uses 8 GB of the 32 GB. Are you telling me they added more than 24 GB of OS and apps for the S8?

      Samsung haters. Samsung haters everywhere. It’s like blaming Russia and global warming for everything.

      • John Smith

        Funny how one cannot mock about a single thing about a brand and not become an “instant hater”. Do you get paid for defending Samsung? Companies love people like you.

        In case you missed it, it’s an ironic post. Just a joke, that’s all. “Fans” these days…

      • balcobomber25

        Based on your comments, you are a Samsung apologist. It’s also funny you don’t deny his bloatware comment.

        Russia has a lot to do with global warming, as does China and the US.

  • Dusty

    I certainly couldn’t agree more work this article. Samsung had the opportunity to force a 32gb device on a lot of people for a high price but choose to double the storage at no extra cost to consumers. It’s funny how everyone complains, but the reality is that Samsung didn’t have to give us more storage. It was a great move anyway, 64gb internal storage is awesome to have, certainly a premium feature for a premium device.

    • Red

      Especially considering that it also has a micro SD card slot

    • It’s funny, how you find a Corporation, a Non-Profit Organisation.

    • makapav

      It wasn’t free. Samsung raised the flagship price this year by $50-75 compared to previous versions. So they are giving you something worth $10.

      • sachouba

        Samsung is probably not charging you for the extra storage. I think it has more to do with :
        – the much larger display,
        – the better front camera with AF,
        – the extra sensors (iris, pressure),
        – the new optimization of the components and the development of a new display to tighten the bezels.

        Those things are probably much more expensive than 32 GB of storage…

        • balcobomber25

          Display is the most expensive piece of a phone. That is where the extra costs are going into.

          The camera, sensors, optimization, storage etc are all slight increases (and in some cases decreases) from the S7.

    • V-Phuc

      If we just stick to storage issue, Axon7 and many others gave you 64GB for about half the price of your Samsung. Not bad of a deal, I’d say. An objective POV from an owner of Note3 and 4 BTW

    • balcobomber25

      People aren’t complaining about Samsung doing this, most congratulate them. People are complaining about this pointless PR piece above that makes it seem like Samsung is the first company to every do this. I work in PR for tech companies, this sounds like it was written by Samsung’s marketing department.

  • Derek

    And it starts, praising Samsung for doing what other OEM’s have been doing for over a year.

  • What’s with the love letter? Being a developer, manufacturer & fabricator of their own designs without alliance, partnership or takeover to establish in the flash storage where they are a established dominant independent player, I would readily expect 128GB, atleast in a flagship when 512GB and 1TB is also possible in the same size as in a microSD card.

  • noh1bvisas

    LG v20 came out last October with 64G standard.

    • V-Phuc

      I know, right? Axon7 too, no? A bunch of others preceded, and AA ALWAYS (sic!!!) gave them praise. Nah, not true. We’ll sing only when it’s Samsung or Google or Apple. Robert Triggs, you may want to be a bit more cautious the next time you say, “let’s give it to Samsung…”

  • mrbcoolman99

    I’m am very glad samsung is continuing this when they had it in the note 7.