A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will only give you half as available storage

A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will only give you half as available storage
We were worried that even though Samsung didn't add new bloat to its Galaxy S5 software offerings, it wouldn't necessarily mean that Samsung had done anything to remove the bloat that was already in the TouchWiz software, and it looks like we were right to be worried. According to Android Central, a 16GB model of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will only have about half of that as available storage.

The image of the storage settings page for the Samsung Galaxy S5 shows that on a completely clean and brand new 16GB model, there will be about 8.4GB free as usable space, which is a little bit less than what as was available on the Galaxy S4. For comparison, a completely clean and brand new 16GB Nexus 5 offers about 12.16GB of available space to users. So, assuming that the Android system and Google Apps takes up about 3.84GB of space, this means that TouchWiz and all of the Samsung software adds another 3.76GB of data to your new Galaxy device. And, once you start snapping 16MP photos or taking 1080p or even 4K video, that storage will be used up very fast. 

There is obviously a reason why Samsung still includes microSD card expansion in its devices, and that reason is TouchWiz. So, if you're in the market for a Galaxy S5, we'd suggest either ponying up for the 32GB model or investing in a microSD card. 

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

(((( ;°Д°)))) p(´⌒`。q)

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Seriously, this is an article? Enough P.A....stop milking this story and move on.....

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010


24. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I think they should keep on posting articles, it's easily forgettable when we get used to it

3. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

S5 is failure, no need any stories about it. It is done.

4. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Next years s6 will only have 5gb free.lol assuming they still have a 16gb model.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Interest the sir in a wee truffle?

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Not really surprised since even the older galaxy versions have their spaces taken up

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Although I'm not very impressed with the GS5 I think that realistically it's a more natural evolution than just simply adding more, and more, and more hardware features and not getting any real world benefits from them.... .......................... Its time for refinement...

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

pretty much there is not a whole lot more these companies can do, except come put with higher res screens, and improve the battery life...

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep, Battery life, camera refinement, screen quality, slight CPU/GPU improvements.... .......................... But, out of those things the most important IMO needs to be a focus on Power!.. Battery life... It's time for photovoltaic screens, and long distance wireless charging... No more cords!!

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Believe it, or not, you should be able to charge your phone from a dedicated FM radio signal... Now, that's cool!

8. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

When you buy a 600+ smartphone, I don't think it ll bother you that much paying 12$ for 16gb micro sd cards. It's note like you're paying another 100 for another 16gb like apple do. I have 2 32gb micro sd cards, one 16 and one 8. Its much faster to swap cards when you buy a new phone or flash a custom rom.

25. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Btw, take a closer look at the picture posted, it clearly shows that miscellaneous files are eating up more than 2.33GB, add to that the used files of 500+mb, you will end up having 10.8gb of memory, which is almost near what the nexus lineup that has a stock android offers. We expect better quality articles from such a site, not a misleading ones.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

shame on Samsung to not provide more storage. Makes S5 seem even more floppish.

13. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sammy: "Winter is coming..."

16. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Now that is BLOAT ! :D

21. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

The bloat is by users since the System Memory is only 5.28GB (while the S4 has 7.21GB system memory).

17. retronig

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

What fool is going to buy this flop of a phone. Im sure most people that have the s4 wont buy the s5. Not much improvement mostly people that like to buy the new phone that just came out will buy this. I cant believe that Samsung would only allow the phone to have just have the storage. Now why the hell didn't they do what they did with the note 3? They got rid of the 16gb version and only made 32gb and 64 gb versions. People in charge of Samsung are really messing things up. I wouldn't be surprised that in time they will be what HTC has become now.

18. shrimpanzee

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I was so excited for this phone to be announced. Until I saw those leaks and I thought it was just a prototype or active version. What they did is simply ridiculous, what exactly did they get right with this phone? Does the camera even have OIS?

19. Ikechukwu

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Install 3 Hd games and bye bye internal memory

20. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

PhoneArena, you should check what you posting cause the users here can easily be deceived: The OS takes only 5.28GB (as opposed to the 7.21GB on the S4), the other used space is things the users put on the phone and can be erased. So the user have 11GB available space which is great.

26. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Just stop. There's no need to justify the obvious problem here.

27. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

There isn't any problem. There are miscellaneous files that users put in the phone, this is why you see only 8GB available space. Take a look at the space below the System Memory section and you'll see only 5.28GB. This is the only space that the system takes and the user can't touch. Other than that the user can do anything he want with the rest of the space. This is much better than the 7.21GB that the system took in the S4.

29. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You are buying a phone that STATES 16gb of memory of which 52% if not available when you buy it. You sound like a sammy sheep who will find any kind of excuse like sammy is paying u or something. A fact is a fact. What you do after, root or whatever is up to you. But out of the box is the fact that it only has 7.8gb free space.

30. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Again, look at the screenshot, the System takes 5.28GB and this is the only thing you'll have on the phone when you'll buy it.

33. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

What the heck are you talking about. Those are DEMO units from samsung, no one has put crap on them yet. The system might take up 5.28, which is android OS and google apps, the rest is SAMSUNG features and apps they preinstall on the phone, which takes up quite a bit more space, which means when you buy the GS5 and take it out of the box, YOU have 8.4GB of space to use. Please think about what your saying before you comment.

22. posthardcore29

Posts: 20; Member since: May 05, 2013

8GB version not 16GB

23. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

But wait..that's a new feature guys!

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