The kings of storage space: smartphones with 128 GB of internal memory

The kings of storage space: smartphones with 128 GB of internal memory
In case you haven't noticed, we've reached the point where a smartphone can offer the same amount of storage space as a decent laptop. In the near future, we'll even see mid-range smartphones with 128 GB of built-in memory, as Samsung recently developed a new NAND flash chip with that in mind. Of course, all this was inevitable, as high-end handsets with 32 GB of internal memory have been around for quite a while.

Right now, though, there aren't too many smartphones that provide 128 GB of storage space. But we've searched for the ones that do, and we're presenting them below, in chronological order (the presence of some of them here won't surprise anyone):

Released in China in October 2013, the Meizu MX3 is the world's first smartphone to offer 128 GB of internal memory (sure enough, it also has versions with lower storage capacities). The handset sports a 5.1-inch display with Meizu's weird 1080 x 1800 pixel resolution, and comes with the company's own FlyMe UI. Other features include a Samsung-made Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, 2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 2400 mAh battery. While you can buy a Meizu MX3 from Amazon, the 128 GB variant is available only in China.

The Nubia X6 was introduced in the first half of 2014, becoming the first ZTE handset with 128 GB of storage space (32 GB and 64 GB variants also exist). The X6 is a huge device, measuring 179.5 x 89 x 7.9 mm, weighing 215 grams, and offering a 6.4-inch 1080 display. Unlike the Meizu MX3, ZTE's smartphone has a microSD card slot, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. The 128 GB model can't be found outside of China.

Launched in September last year, the iPhone 6 - which we're all familiar with - comes in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB flavors. The 128 GB model costs $849 off contract, being one of the most expensive iPhones to date.

Apple iPhone 6 review.

Naturally, the iPhone 6 Plus has the same storage options as the smaller iPhone 6. Also naturally, the 6 Plus 128 GB is even more expensive, currently costing $949 off contract. Staying true to Apple's values, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus don't have microSD card slots.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus review.

In January this year, while announcing the ZenFone 2, Asus also introduced the ZenFone Zoom, a very interesting Android Lollipop handset that features a huge 13 MP rear camera with 3x optical zoom. Since Asus expects users to constantly snap photos and shoot videos with the ZenFone Zoom, it equipped it with up to 128 GB of storage space, plus a microSD card slot. The smartphone also offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4 GB of RAM, and a quad-core, 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Asus intends to launch the ZenFone Zoom this quarter for prices starting at $399, though the 128 GB variant will definitely cost more than that.

And here's one of Samsung's first two smartphones with up to 128 GB of internal memory: the Galaxy S6, the company's new flagship that will be released around the world starting April 10. The S6 128 GB will be available for $399.99 on contract, and around $800 off contract.

Samsung Galaxy S6 review.

The Galaxy S6 edge shares most of its features with the Galaxy S6, but adds a dual-curve display to the mix, this making the handset unique, and more expensive. You'll have to pay $499.99 for a Galaxy S6 edge 128 GB on contract, and around $900 - $1,000 to get it without any agreement.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review.



1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

It's not enough.

5. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Depends on your needs but S6 is super expensive and I guess it will be hard to find it or nowhere to be found like previous versions of galaxies with the highest capacity of gb, at least in EU

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the s6 is easy to find especially in eu.

9. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z3 with 32gb internal memory and expandable 128gb of memory as well.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Saygus v2 is more than these with SDs

17. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yeah but the Saygus also doesn't really exist. It's amusing to me though, still using my Galaxy Nexus with 16 GB and I still have 5.6 GB free. Don't get me wrong, I actually think an SD card slot, if implemented well, is a huge bonus to any device.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Apple iPhone 6 Launched in September last year, the iPhone 6 - which we're all familiar with - comes in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB flavors *16, 64, 128 And it'll be nice when 64gb becomes the new base standard.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not going to happen anytime soon. Most smartphone users worldwide are perfectly fine with 16GB.

13. datagrab

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

^This. 64Gb should be more than enough for some users. 32Gb is not enough for me.

3. BobLawblaw unregistered

Christ, I remember when my Nokia 3650 had a 8mb memory card and I thought it was massive!

18. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Golden days.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Damn, $499.99 for a phone, ON CONTRACT.

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2272; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Following Apples lead. Also 24 month financing is the plan for buyers now. No need to sign 2 year contracts

6. Windswept7

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Ok its not internal storage, but the Saygus V² deserves a mention on this article with its combined total capacity being 464GB of storage

11. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Agreed, with 64GB internal storage and over 400GB's to be added externally, it least deserves a notable mention at the end of the article.

8. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

These prices are so ridiculous considering you can buy a 128GB micro sd card for $120 or less.

12. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Of course they had to add iP6 and S6. No expandable storage but a hefty markup for more storage...

14. MANGUELPR unregistered

My G Flex can handle up to 2TB.... whos the kings?

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

And so can most every phone that has come out in the last few years. Go find a 2TB micro SD. Let us know how that works out for you.

20. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

On Android 128gb is totally fine, even more than 128gb might be needed for some. Only reason being that you can use the phone as a portable hard drive and can store anything you want on there. On iOS I feel 128gb is seriously pushing the limits of practicality. Since everything needs to be added through iTunes and you can really only put apps and media content on there it seems to be overkill to have your entire library on the go. Not to mention would take hours to copy that content through iTunes and would be a nightmare to sync every time.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not necessarily. iOS apps are on average 2-3x bigger in file size than their Android counterparts.

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