Is it time to say goodbye to 8GB smartphones?

Since March this year, we have seen a flurry of top smartphone releases like the Apple iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, HTC One M9 and the LG G4, all of which did not come in 8GB versions which their predecessors sported.

This was based on good reason. Modern operating systems like the iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop take up internal storage spaces of up to 5GB, and pre-installed apps consume in excess of another 1GB, which saves precious little for users to save their own data in 8GB gadgets.

For instance, the new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range smartphone released last week, came with an 8GB variant that ran into heavy weather as soon as it hit the streets.

A test conducted by Xperia blog and several other users discovered, to their surprise, that after adjusting the operating system and pre-installed essential apps, all that the user was left with was a mere 1.2GB worth free space to save his songs, photos, videos and documents.

Now we are sure you will not spend your hard earned money to buy a premium smartphone with just 1GB of internal storage. Given that the price variance between 8GB and 16GB smartphone variants isn't much, more and more users this year are migrating to phones with better internal storage.

Similarly, most smartphone makers are releasing their newer phones like the Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Huawei Honor 6 with their base models with 16GB internal storage options. We are sure that given the current trend, in the next few years, smartphones with 8GB internal storages will be things of the past.

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