US will only receive 32GB Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
Although the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge come in 32GB and 64GB variants, rumors began circulating prior to the Unpacked event that only the 32GB version would be available in some European markets. Now Samsung has confirmed that not only is this true, but moreover, the 64GB version won’t be available in the US either.
There’s still speculation as to why Samsung is limiting device selection in some of their largest markets, but some believe that the 32GB versions of these devices may have a higher profit margin than the 64GB equivalents. They are effectively assuring that only the more profitable version is available in areas where sales of these devices will be massive.See also: Official Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge introduction
If this is the case, then it’s a clever move that probably won’t ruffle too many feathers, seeing as the S7 line brings back the greatly-missed expandable storage capability that was absent on S6 models. Since users can easily expand their device’s storage, it seems unlikely that too many Samsung fans will be disappointed by being unable to snag 64GB of internal storage.
However, this does put an as-of-yet unconfirmed feature of the S7 line in the spotlight. Although Android 6.0 offers the capability for external storage to be treated as internal storage, it’s not clear yet whether or not the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge will support this. The LG G5, for instance, does not offer this capability, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to hear that Samsung’s flagships won’t either.
It would seem that if the S7 line will let its users treat microSD cards as internal storage, then this will be a complete non-issue. However, if power users start to feel limited by those 32GB of storage space, we might start to hear some squeaky wheels. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts about the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge’s lack of a 64GB version in many regions? Let us know your theories and opinions in the comments!