You Get Just 1.26GB of Free Space on This 8GB Smartphone

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As the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies, and advertised internal storage capacities for mobile devices. Manufacturers misrepresenting usable space on devices is a trick with a long and storied history, but Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua is the most shameless fakery I’ve ever seen.

As spotted by XperiaBlog, the 8GB version of the mid-range M4 Aqua has 1.26GB of space for users, once you take firmware, pre-installed apps and Android into account. That means you get 15.75% of the advertised space — so, the same as buying a six-pack of beer, and receiving one lousy bottle’s worth of booze.


For this particular phone, you could argue that it’s not the end of the world — despite the pitiful amount of internal space, you can at least expand with a microSD card. But that’s far from a perfect solution — and, more to the point, it’s bullshit that your brand-new smartphone comes with less memory than an iPod Shuffle.

It also speaks to a larger problem for Android, a smartphone platform often praised for its robust offering of cheap-and-cheerful handsets. On the M4 Aqua, Android takes up 4GB of space — half the room! The M4 Aqua’s specs are pretty on-par for a mid-range smartphone; with China churning out cut-price Android handsets by the containerload, storage space — and how much Android consumes — could become a major problem.


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Zorin the Lynx

Why are these companies still selling phones with 8GB of storage when flash memory is so ridiculously cheap?

They could sell these with 64GB of flash and hardly affect their margins.