Samsung's Galaxy S10 series will raise the bar for 2019 flagships in one key aspect

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Samsung's Galaxy S10 series will raise the bar for 2019 flagships in one key aspect
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is coming and there will be three different phones in the S10 series: the S10e with an iPhone XR-like pricing and overall reasoning, and then the flagship S10 and S10 Plus, but there is one thing apart from the cool new cameras and punch-hole design that I find particularly exciting.

And that something is a number: 128GB.

That number represents how much storage you will get in even the base Galaxy S10 configuration. And, of course, you can always opt for even more storage with the pricier S10 models, but this is the guaranteed minimum and it's an important milestone as it doubles the available storage. Effectively, that will be the new standard for flagship storage in 2019.

The amount of internal storage on a smartphone is a topic that is often overlooked. After all, there is no way you could use tons of storage on your smartphone in the first few months, so it almost seems like you don't need it. Well, that view changes when you hold to a phone for a longer period like a year or two years as most people do. That's when you bump into the "not enough storage" pop-ups that can be so annoying. Naturally, that's not something that gets mentioned often in actual reviews for the same reason: reviewers use the phone for a couple of weeks and rarely hold on to devices for much longer.

It's important to note one thing here: not everyone will need all that storage, but certain groups of people most certainly will. Those exact groups are the same ones that usually opt for these flagship phones in the first place. That would be the gamers, the camera geeks, the power users. This new standard of storage simply means that those same people would no longer need to pay extra for the costlier models and the base model of the S10 will suffice on its ample storage merits.

We're saying this with one particular company in mind: Apple! Samsung's biggest competitor still ships its iPhones with 64GB of storage, not quite enough for those more demanding users, and if you want more storage, Apple does not give the option of a microSD card for memory expansion, so you'd need to spend $150 on top of those already exorbitant prices just to meet your storage needs. I guess there is no need to explain how massively overpriced this storage bump is, is there?

Looking at other Android phones, it is true that some have already moved to that higher storage tier: devices like the OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20, for example, but it takes the big guys like Samsung and Apple to move the needle, and Samsung is first to the race here.

All of that while keeping the microSD card slot in place.

Do you need that much storage?

Finally, I know that even if I don't use every single megabyte I have on board, I would rather have a few spare gigabytes rather than being faced with the decision which photos or videos to delete from my phone, so I know that doubling the storage is probably one of the coolest things that will happen to phones in 2019.

But what about you? Do you appreciate those 128 gigs you will get on board with the new Galaxies, or would you rather have those upcoming phones cost less while offering half the storage at 64 gigs, just like they did last year? After all, phone prices have grown enough already enough.

Where do you stand on that? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section.

Related phones

Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1 inches
    3040 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera)
    10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



18. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

With SD slot, 64GB is enough even 32GB. Hoever, without SD card slot, minimum internal storage should be 128GB.

16. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I have 512gb and my resale value will thank me. I should get close to $1k on a phone I’m typing on to post this comment.

15. Wazupmrg

Posts: 225; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

One aspect? Are you stupid? Samsung has raised the bar more in the last 3 years than apple has done in 8. Truly stupid people write for this blog.

17. AbradolfLincler

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Wish Samsung would commit to their own OS and not use android. i would seriously consider them but a closed system is a must. Androids open system seems to slow down over time and not be as consistent and reliable as IOS.

14. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

They won't raise any bars!!

13. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

64 is fine for me, but my gf needs like 512, she's a photo addict.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1551; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I use 40/118gb. I do plan to buy a Canon and when I start importing photos via their app I'll need a ton of storage.

8. jasrockett

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

128 minimum for me, I'd prefer 256 or 512. I run a 256GB micro SD card in my Note 8

6. Povea

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Just don't give me 16GB, I'll be fine.

4. alanrock

Posts: 344; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

128GB of internal storage is mid range classic from last year...

3. cocote177

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I have an Iphone X with 64 GB on board, and a ton of apps, photos, songs, etc that consume most of my memory. I deeply regret not to spend a little more in the 256 GB option, wich is too much for me. So 64 GB is more than fine for a modest user, but I prefer the 128 GB option..

2. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

The only downside of my note 8, battery and internal memory(64gb) Poweruser here Glad they decided to offer 128gb since note 9

5. luis.aag90

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I'm on the same boat: Note8 user here. I'll wait for the Note 10, but if it doesn't get the 3.5mm jack then I'll get the S10

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1885; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

*REPOST* Samsung Reps are showing these off and I got to play with the S10+. It's beautiful! Here are the takeaways. Punch hole is not that bad. Your eyes will adjust. What bezels?? Fingerprint sensor is in the display, triple cameras or rear, wide angle is insane regarding the field of view. Reverse charging is a go as I charged my XS Max on it as well as my galaxy watch. The white color the rep had was okay, he did say pink was option as well. The speakers are louder and more robust. He also said the foldable phone is definitely on the way and it's even more beautiful. There were two avid iPhone users there and they were wowed and said they are switching for sure. I can't wait!!

7. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

Any word on how the in-screen fingerprint scanner performed compared to optical scanners in current devices, or to a traditional scanner?

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1885; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I thought about adding my fingerprint but decided not to since this was a demo device that was going to be taken all over the city for demo purposes but the rep showed me unlocking it with his finger and it was way faster than my One Plus 6 and that has gotten faster with updates. Hopes this paints a good picture for you.

10. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

Do you mean your OnePlus 6T with its in-screen optical scanner? Or did you mean OnePlus 6 with the traditional back scanner that's already lightning fast? Either way, I'm stoked to get my hands on the S10.

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1885; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

My fault. 6T.. Trust me you'll like the S10

19. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Does it scan the fingerprint anywhere on the screen ? Or should the finger be placed in a specific location like the current underscreen fps solution?

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