The 8GB-16GB standard is starting to fade away for all low, mid and high-end phones, fortunately! Today, most manufacturers opt for the 16 and 32GB storage options for low and mid-range devices and even for high-end ones. But what about 64GB and 128GB?

As the manufacturing process and demand starts getting lower for 16GB, 32GB, we can begin to see newly announced flagships and mid-range devices come out with higher capacity storage options.

So, a question people may be asking is why do manufacturers opt-in and choose to use 16GB options for mid-range and low-end devices.

Well, the answer is quiet simple. As the big giants started to use the higher capacity memories, the old ones with less capacity have started to be cheaper and easier to mass produce. This is the main reason why newly announced mid, low-end devices have those options including a MicroSD expansion slot for further expanding the storage usually up to 64-200GB+.

32GB is just about to go down in terms of costs for manufacturers, so that is going to replace the 16GB memory options for mid-range devices, but not for low-end ones. At least, not in the next year, most probably the year after.

64GB is becoming the new standard as newly announced Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8/+ will use the 64GB storage options by default while LG and Huawei still retain the 32GB options for a cheaper, friendlier price and of course according to their market preferences.

There’s no doubt that Samsung and Apple dictate the widely known and accepted standards for other manufacturers as they are the biggest players on the market. Other manufacturers will catch up and try to compete with them later on.

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So, let’s summarise what we’ve just learned.

  • 16GB storage will stay for maximum 2 years for mid range devices and perhaps 3 years for low-end ones.
  • 32GB options will be available until next year for high-end phones as they are cheaper to produce and devices could be sold for a friendlier price for customers. This should also help for manufacturers to adapt it to their mid-rangers in the next 2 years.
  • 64GB is becoming the new standard and we can already see that recently announced flagship devices are now already packing this memory option.
  • 128GB capacity should remain as a voluntary option for those customers who are willing to cash out more for those extra gigabytes. In our opinion, it should become a standard in 2019 and onward. (It would be just like 32/64GB options are today but with 64/128GB in 2019)

Should manufacturers use the 128GB as a standard today? Would you be willing to pay an additional price for a phone like that? Let us know in the comment section below.