The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers 32 GB of storage, but users will not be able to make full use of this thanks to a large amount of system files that Samsung includes on the new Galaxy Note for 2014.
Thankfully there is still a decent amount of usable Galaxy Note 4 storage space that owners can take advantage of and the option to add at least 64GB of added storage with a Micro SD card.
During our Galaxy Note 4 hands on we discovered the demo Note 4 left 17.82GB of storage for users, but that number should bump up to at least 20GB of available storage due to demo files loaded on the Galaxy Note 4 for the event, in the Miscellaneous files category.
In the photo below you see the Galaxy Note 4 storage where the large system memory takes up a significant chunk of the Galaxy Note 4 storage.
Samsung sells the Galaxy Note 4 in 32GB and 64GB models, but it is very likely that the U.S. Galaxy Note 4 release date only includes the 32GB model, like in earlier years.
Galaxy Note 4 storage space breakdown:
- System Memory – 7.97GB – You’ll never be able to use this
- Used Space – 2.45GB – This will vary depending on your usage
- Cached data – 128MB – Varies based on usage
- Miscellaneous files – 3.64GB – This includes demo files and will likely be much lower on production devices.
- Available Galaxy Note 4 storage space – 17.82GB – Expect this to be closer to 20GB.
Additional Note 4 hands on time revealed another model with 18.16GB of storage and 4.38GB of Miscellaneous files, so you can expect this number to change slightly as the Galaxy Note 4 release arrives in the U.S. in October.
When you buy a Galaxy Note 4 late this year you can count on close to 20GB of available storage space as we typically see over 2GB of Miscellaneous files on the demo devices to showcase the new display with stock photos and videos as well as other demo content.
Samsung came under fire with the Galaxy S4 for using too much space for system files, leaving users with a paltry amount of storage and lackluster options for what worked on the Micro SD card. With the Galaxy S5 Samsung delivered a better experience with 10.7GB of free space.
Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 supports a Micro SD card that can add up to 64GB of storage. It’s possible that you can also use a 128GB Micro SD card like on many other Android phones, but it is not clear why Samsung only list a 64GB Micro SD Card. A Micro SD card allows users to add extra storage by purchasing a tiny card for $20 to $60 that can double or triple the Note 4 storage later when they need it.
Users can store photos and videos on the Micro SD card, leaving more room on the phone storage for users to install apps and games that require fast on board storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a variety of sensors and new software that simplifies Multi-tasking and Multi-Window mode as well as adding new S Pen features on the Note 4.
There is no official Galaxy Note 4 price yet, but you can expect $299 on contract based on previous models and an October Galaxy Note 4 release date.