Just as it did last year, Samsung announced three internal storage configurations for the Samsung Galaxy S4 – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. So far, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon have released, or will be releasing 16 GB versions, while AT&T’s 32 GB Galaxy S4 is scheduled to be released tomorrow. The 64 GB version, unfortunately, is still questionable at this point, as none of the five carriers have confirmed anything about this variant, not even AT&T, which was once thought to offer the 64 GB Galaxy S4 as it also has the 64 GB HTC One on its lineup.
As the 64 GB Samsung Galaxy S3 was not offered in the United States last year, it would appear that we may be seeing a repeat of this snub in 2013, with no 64 GB Galaxy S4 confirmed by any carrier big or small. Chances are those who aren’t satisfied with 16 GB or 32 GB onboard storage will have to purchase a microSD card in order to gain themselves additional storage space; microSD support extends up to 64 GB for the Galaxy S4.
So why are U.S. carriers seemingly lukewarm on the 64 GB variant of the Galaxy S4? Aside from the above microSD support, there’s also the cost of purchasing such a device. Apple’s 64 GB iPhone 5 costs $299 on-contract, and for the Galaxy S4, pricing could reach as high as $349, assuming $50 increments for each increase in storage space. But let’s face it – a little more storage space won’t hurt, especially since it’s been widely reported that the 16 GB version only offers 9 GB free space for end users, due to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and assorted software features taking up the remaining 7 GB.