A recent leak concerning future iPhone 7 seems to point to a major change in these devices: storage capacities are doubled in all ranges and had models with 16, 64 and 128 GB models will have 32, 128 and 256 GB as options for users.
If these data are confirmed Apple finally would silence criticism of one of the clearest limitations of their current models -16 GB stay too short for many scenarios-, but also pose a new dilemma for manufacturers: will be those 256GB the standard on more expensive models based on Android?
Until now ruled 128 GB
So far 128 GB had set as the maximum capacity of the most ambitious smartphones in this regard. Apple already offered that option with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and again repeated with the 6s and 6s Plus, but other manufacturers based terminals Android followed in the wake, and today’s main rivals in this range also have that option but not in all regions or variants of these terminals.
Some had gone further, and last fall saw as ASUS announced the availability of a variant of the ZenFone 2 256GB of storage, but the general trend is to offer variants of 32 and 64 GB in most Android devices high-end.
That leap in capacity have probably explained by ads such as Samsung, which in February presented its new memory chips 256GB with UFS 2.0 technology. In the case of the iPhone it seems to be responsible for providing these reports to Apple will be Toshiba, one of the companies that theoretically will drive this new trend in mobile devices.
MicroSD and cloud the rescue
Interestingly some high – end devices that could supposedly be integrated with that capacity variants have not done. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 presented only afew days ago is a good example of this: the manufacturer offers as only 64GB storage option.
That “limitation” is offset by a choice that still come many manufacturers of Android handsets: the microSD slot allows you to expand the storage capacity available quickly, easily and cheaply, thanks to falling prices we have seen in these components in recent times.
That alternative is combined with another increasingly popular: the use of online storage services can automatically safeguard all types of content from our smartphone to those systems. In both cases we free up space system main storage device.
Does it make sense this option?
Apple has never opted for microSD slots on their devices, but it takes time promoting the use of iCloud, a service where users can actually save some papers in those iPhone – art offering a mere 16 GB despite already having cameras that were capable of recording 4K video.
The jump to the new capabilities is great news especially for its users, that not having the microSD option can be more relaxed when you go keeping all types of content on their iPhone.
The 256GB, reaching, are the logical evolution of its high – end devices, and although it seems overcapacity, many surely bet for being covered in all kinds of situations and opt for these models. It is expected that some manufacturers of Android terminals follow that trail and offer variants of its high – end smartphone with 256 GB, especially if they use designs in which the microSD slot is present.
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