Samsung Galaxy S4: where’s the 32GB and 64GB versions?

News Richard Goodwin 09:36, 29 Apr 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available in the UK – but the 32GB and 64GB variants are nowhere to be seen

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will begin shipping out to consumers this weekend, although higher-than-expected demand for the handset has resulted in supply shortages prompting many networks to issue warnings over potential delays.

Samsung released an official statement concerning the shortages:

‘Due to overwhelming global demand for Galaxy S4, the initial supply may be limited. We expect to fulfill inventory to meet demands in the coming weeks.’

Networks are also experiencing supply problems. On O2’s official product page it posted a warning to buyers:

‘Availability of pre-orders for delivery on 26th April has now run out. If you pre-order from now on you will not be eligible to receive your phone on launch day. Mainland UK orders received before the date and time this message was posted will still receive their pre-order on launch day’.

But that’s not the only issue surrounding the handset. Our checks with networks and retailers have revealed that no one is stocking the 32GB version of the Galaxy S4 meaning you’re paying £579.99 for device with just 16GB of storage. 

SD-support comes built in of course but for the asking price of almost £600, you’d expect slightly more internal storage. The 16GB iPhone 5, for instance, costs £529 whereas the 32GB HTC One will set you back £529.99.

Expansys could not confirm what was happening with the 32GB version, and we’re still waiting for comment back from Samsung. 

In the US there are still some questions that consumers have about its release, namely, where the 32GB and the 64GB Galaxy S4 models are and whether they will ever be arriving at all, reports Gotta Be Mobile.

AT&T told the site 64GB versions would be ‘coming soon.’

None of the UK’s major networks have commented on the issue.

Samsung is on 'lock down' over the issue, one UK retailer told Know Your Mobile. 

We’ll update once we know more. 

--------------------------------------------------------------UPDATE!

Samsung has now provided comment on the above. According to the company it is the channel [networks and retailers] that decide what storage variety of the Galaxy S4 they carry, implying there is nothing array about the current lack of higher storage models in the UK.

--------------------------------------------------------------UPDATE!

No 32GB & 64GB Samsung Galaxy S4 units for UK? 

A large name UK retailer that wishes to remain unnamed just updated us with the following statement which it sourced from an official Samsung supplier: 

'Only the 16GB [SIM free] will be the released unit. Don’t currently have any information on 32GB or 64GB…or even if there will be anything available.'

Know Your Mobile has put the question back to Samsung in the hope we’ll get some clear answers back regarding whether or not the UK will see 32GB and 64GB versions of the Galaxy S4.

At present it’s not looking very likely. Also, if the 16GB version costs £579.99 SIM-free how much is the 32GB and 64GB going to cost? 

The mind continues to boggle. More news as we get it... 

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