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Galaxy S5: System files take up 8 gigabytes [Update]

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This isn’t the first time that Samsung has had some issues with their devices being a bit of a hog on the memory side of things when it comes to system files. Way back when the Samsung Galaxy S4 was presented last year, it was noted that almost half of the available storage on 16 GB version of the device was taken up by system files. Samsung did end up fixing this problem down the line, but it was still a shock to get a brand new phone only to find out you only have about 8 gigabytes of available storage. Well, expect nothing different from the Galaxy S5 as it seems it will have the same problem when the device launches. [Update: the Galaxy S5's on display at MWC had an additional 2.5 GB or so of demo files - videos and such - that will not appear on the consumer models, so you'll be getting somewhere between 10.5 - 11 GB of available internal storage.]

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One of the saving graces is that both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 have the ability to expand storage via way of microSD, which are getting cheaper and cheaper as the days go by. Nevertheless, when 50 percent of available hard wired storage is taken up before you even turn on the device, it shows a little bit of lack of foresight on Samsung’s part, especially the second time around.

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A screenshot of what's taking up space on the "bare bones" version of the Galaxy S5.  © AndroidPIT

Whether Samsung will go the same route that they did with the Galaxy S4 and release an update that helps lighten the load on the Galaxy S5, it is too early to tell. As well, we could be seeing the remnants of a pre-production model that will be stripped down before the device is actually launched to the public. 

[Update 2014.03.04]

Well, it looks like there was a bit of a misinterpretation on the part of Android Central when it came to reporting on the total capacity of the system files. Upon closer inspection, under the Miscellaneous Files heading, this includes not only system files but almost 2 gigabytes of the "promotional" software that will be included with the Samsung Galaxy S5. This of course isn't the saving grace for the Gaalayx S5, with the system files still taken up about 6 gigabytes worth of storage on a 16 gigabyte device. As such, you will most likely want to use that microSD slot that Samsung keeps including with their devices.

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  • Sαυ∂αн євяαнιм 9 months ago Link

    its nice

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  • Gio A. 9 months ago Link

    Why is 16GB still the standaard in flagship devices. I wish we could start moving to 32GB or higher. 16 GB is really not enough anymore.

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  • Apolzan Marius 9 months ago Link

    this is not nice at all,it seems that samsung is going from bad to worse if that is true,buying a 16 Gb device and only have half is just cheating all of us with the space they say they give us,and how the hell did they manage to have a so big space eaten up ? and Gio A,u don't have enough with 16 Gb ? what the hell are you installing in your device to need more ? i only have 1.3 Gb on my device and have lots of apps installed and i still have lot of space,only if u install big games or gps programs that need lot of space,which to be honest is kind stupid,u should buy a tablet for games,is much pleasant to play and better,normal games for phones don't take up more than 50 Mb and even so,if u cry so much for space,buy a sd card,now u can have 1 of 128 Gb,if your device suports it

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  • iMaC74 9 months ago Link

    Same sh!t different year 😞

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    • Apolzan Marius 9 months ago Link

      ikr man,samsung is gettin out now only shit devices and they call them high-end devices and r just craps,Z2 is way much better exept for the autozoom

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  • Gio A. 9 months ago Link

    @ Apolzan Marius- That is exactley wath I use my phone for. I have a sygic and lots of big games like the gta series. I have a note 2 wich is a phablet. I like the size for portable gaming. I also have a 32 GB sd card. my note 2 is also rooted and I am able to use the sd card to store those big apps. I have 15 Gb free on the sd card. the phones 10 Gb of memory is completly full with music. even do I use google play music to stream lots of songs I still like to have my music with me for when I'm in the subway and the signal is to week to stream. if I wasn't rooted the sd card couldd only be used for music photos and videos. so it would be practically useless to me.

    what it would be nice to be able to store all my apps and music without having to root my phone for more space .I'm sure there are lots of other people with a situation just like mine that would love to atleast have 32 GB of memory.

    smartphones are just like mini c

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  • Gio A. 9 months ago Link

    continuation...
    Smartphones are practically becoming mini computers. computers memory grow almost every year. I'm not saying smartphones memory should grow every year but we have been stuck on 16 GB for about 3 years now and it would be nice to see it grow and move on to 32GB.

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  • Apolzan Marius 9 months ago Link

    well, maybe you are right, but, i will never get good big games on my phone and to be honest, neither music, i have enough with streaming and the radio for music and for games, my tablet and my pc, anyway i don't have time to play on my phone, and 1 question, why do u keep more than 1 game in your phone if is so big? install 1,finish it, uninstall it, install the next and so on, but is just my opinion

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  • Robert Flores Jr 9 months ago Link

    just root your phone and remove the Samsung app you don't need no need to get mad bro lol!

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  • Gio A. 9 months ago Link

    I do delete lots of games but games like gta that have lots of things to do to compleet to 100% I keep and play gradually. And some of them like modern combat I play every other week or so till I compleet them. for some reason small games I usely delete the quickest. I guess what I mostly like is the ability to have them a touch away and ready to play at all times.

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