No 128GB Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ models coming, Samsung clarifies

No 128GB Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ models coming, Samsung clarifies
Have you ever wondered how much stuff can fit in 128 gigabytes of storage space? To give you a rough idea, that's enough memory to hold over 20,000 high-resolution photos. Or over 30,000 songs encoded in high-bitrate MP3 format. Or more than 36 hours of high-quality, 1080p video. Or tons upon tons of mobile apps and games. Simply put, 128 gigs are much more than a regular user would need on their smartphone, but probably enough to suit the needs of a hardcore power user. 

Unfortunately for hardcore power users, there won't be 128-gigabyte versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. Yes, even though 128GB models did appear on the two phones' pre-order pages last week. These were listed by mistake, as Samsung itself clarified. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be only available with 32 or 64 gigabytes of built-in storage. 

The reason for Samsung to pass on 128-gigabyte models for its high-end phablets isn't clear. Whether a 128GB variant will be released at a later point in time isn't known either. What's pretty certain, on the other hand, is that many power users will be disappointed by the omission. Neither the Galaxy Note5 nor the Galaxy S6 edge+ can accept microSD cards, which makes matters even worse for that small fraction of heavy users who really need the extra gigs.

Are you disappointed in Samsung for not releasing 128GB models of the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!


source: Samsung via CNET

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44 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm not disappointed because I couldn't care less about Note and new Samsungs, but on my phone I have 52 GB of music and I wish I could have more but 64 GB isn't enough, that's why I only consider buying phone with SD slot or 128 GB variant. And no, I won't switch to streaming services

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Exactly this...

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Our Samsung rep for my area let me know about this a week before the Note 5 was announced, so I was disappointed way ahead of time.

29. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Having 128GB it's not only for hardcore users as here is presented but is also future-proof. And that camera shoots 4K videos. Samsung doesn't want you future-proof anymore. Samsung wants to sell you every year an new phone like Apple. This politics also guarantees the high price and sales of S6, at least the 128GB one. Even the preservation of price and sales of the Note 4, (sd, removable battery, ir blaster etc)

16. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Looks like Samsung is forgetting those hardcore power user "note" fans. People like me had note 1, 2,3,4. Now either staying with my note 4 or taking my $$$ elsewhere buying something else.

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

this will. Be down to may be 2 things 1:they come in October, saying they out of stock get you no sales, this way they buy 64gb 2: due to the networks removing the subs, so they just not going to sell, Apple,will have the same problem, no way are the 128gb ver going to sell without the subs

24. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Brah I feel You. I listen to opera and classical music, and I still buy album from artists that I like and the size of the songs are just big but at least they are high def.

34. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Have a bunch of vhs tapes too?

2. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Disappointing considering the lack of micro sd slot.

3. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Most are not worried. They are on 16GB iphones.

4. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Very disappointed! I have a Note 4 with a 64GB microSD card. That's in addition to the 32GB base storage thus adding up to 96GB of storage on my device. I used to have a 32GB microSD card but that got filled up (I have a large and growing music collection) and was no longer workable. And yes, I do have a good data plan but mobile data isn't always available, especially when I travel (which is quite often), so I like to have my music on my device. Moreover, a huge chunk of storage space on the device is taken up by the OS and apps (which would also be true of the 64GB device), so in reality you don't really get the storage advertised, which is why, for example, Samsung has been sued in China for bloatware. I am not a Samsung hater - in addition to the Note 4 I also have a Tab Pro 8.4, a Tab S 10.5 (and I wish I could get rid of the bloatware on these), and have purchased a Tab S 8.4 and S6 Edge 128GB for my wife. So no, you can't label me a Samsung hater - sorry! I was hoping to pick up a 128GB version of either the Note 5 or S6 Edge+ but now have decided to pass on them. I will not be buying any phone that does not let me get at least as much as the storage I have on my current phone, either inbuilt or via a microSD card. Very disappointed with Samsung this year.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

With the S6 and Note 5, its clear to me that Samsung couldn't care less about what their current customer base whats. Best of luck to them. I will save my money for an iPad Mini 4.

30. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

They keep saying they are listening to their customers, but what I see in various online forums is many frustrated actual customers. Next year's Moto X is now on my radar.

5. PinheadLarry unregistered

Kinda disappointing considering the compromises.

6. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Even though the majority will opt for the 32GB, then for the 64GB, it is still a punch in the face for those who want more storage.

25. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's because there are no sub very soon, they just not going to sell

7. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Bad move, Samsung.

8. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

I was worried at first but forgot that they gave it on the market small micro sd card with micro usb plugs the size of a nickel that have a rubber holder that can go on your key ring. So the reader and the regular usb adapter sold with it are only $13 and it's sold in the U.S. not any China crap.and you can use multiple cards with it as it takes micro sd not built in storage. Meenova. It was wwjoshdew 's solution via YouTube channel for the s6 not having removable storage.. So not worried the slightest. I can put a 128gb card in it and booya

9. Cheezwiz

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

dumb w/o an SD card slot. I'm looking for an ability to buy a 32GB or 64GB phone and then put a 64GB SD card in it.

10. Abde_Rrahim

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

good reason now to buy Note4

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

"The reason for Samsung to pass on 128-gigabyte models for its high-end phablets isn't clear. " This.. This is exactly the issue... Talk about lack of communication between the manufacturer and the consumer. If you start making phones without SD Card, you at least explain to the consumer the reason you don't make a 128GB option. There are people who aren't fans of using the cloud. There is indeed people who want to film 4k or store tons of stuff on the phone but need STORAGE, so WHY NOT give the OPTION? I know the 128GB it's a niche market, but it exists. I'm afraid that the Note 4 will sell better than the Note 5 due to this.. You need to understand something Samsung, if you make phones with LPDDR4 you need to give an option of 128GB.

12. Waynek

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Is it just me, or is Samsung in Self Destruct Mode

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Where is the Note line going? It is supposed to be the heavy lifter. The large battery, insane processing power, extreme functionality and large storage capacity are supposed to be some of its main selling points.. And yet with this Note 5 i see a smaller non-removeable battery, No IR blaster, no micro expansion support. Yes UFS 2.0 is awsome and TBH i would take this over MicroSD expansion as long as there is plenty of space available on my device(128GB), The smaller battery still provides a good onscreen time that is said to have surpassed the previous Note 4 so less complaints there but what the actual heck. Releases S6/S6 Edge in 128 and then does not provide similar options on their heavy duty devices?!??!?

15. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The move is to make carriers happy. More the data to cloud more the money for the carriers.

17. superguy

Posts: 410; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Samsung keeps making it harder and harder to buy their phones. Between Knox and their general unfriendly attitude towards developing (a complete 180 from how they used to be) to no microSD and expensive storage options, I can't justify buying a Samsung phone anymore. I'm not paying nearly $900 for a phone that barely has enough storage for my files, let alone makes it difficult to unlock and mod. Funny thing is Samsung wonders why its sales keep falling. It doesn't have to look too hard to see why - if they really care.

18. Eslyabram

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The simple reason that Samsung no longer offers micro SD cards should have prompted them to released 128gb variants or else some fans will stick with the Note 4.

19. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

That's because Sammy is going to release the 128gb version of the note 5 as the Note 5s. Lmfao. But seriously if they do they better add everything they removed that was on the note 4.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I know why, because the price they would want to charge for it would be insane. I have said it and I will say it again. I have no issue with the lose of an sdcard internally, as long as the phones have enough storage capacity. 16GB and 32Gb should be gone. All Samsung could have done was one of two things: 1ST - They could have simply eliminated the 32GB model and offered 64GB and 128GB models only. At this point in time, 32gB is simply nto enough when the OS takes up nearly 1/3. They could have adjusted the costs. The S6 starts at 599 on VZW while the Edge is 699. The Note is usually $699. They could have made the S6 Edge Plus start at 699 for 64GB and &99 for 128GB and the Note could have been 799 for 64GB and 899 for 128GB and I feel that would have been fair. 2ND - They could simply eliminate 32Gb and 64Gb and simply make the 128GB model only and the S6 Edge Plus could be $799 while the Note would be $899 and again, to me that would be fair. If you have to remove something, give us a better option. No removable batts has been replaced with wireless fast charging, quick charge 2.0 which si a nice tandem to have. But since they had to drop sdcards do to no compatibility with UFS and they didn't make their own controller, they should have doubled the storage. My S6 Edge has 128GB, but I have a family member who wants one so I was going to give her mine and get either the Edge Plus or Note 5. But without an sdcard, I need 128GB period. Though I have a Leef adapter, I don't carry it everywhere. again, I don't care that the sdcard is gone, what I care about is still having the space. My apps install along with my music is 6GB for my apps and 50GB for my music.64GB won't give me enough space. If you take something away, replace it with something equal or better. Sdcards are lame and slow and I don't miss them. But don't leave us hanging by not offering enough storage. Samsung you need to get better. Chasing Apple has simply make you make some lame moves that could easily have been ok if you didn't be cheap.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You've got those numbers backwards. The edge version is more expensive.

27. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Samsung's official statement: Because ef-u, consumers!!

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