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The Full Capacity of Your Samsung Galaxy S8’s SD Card

By Bill Hughes

Your Galaxy S8 comes with 64GB of storage. Okay. What does that really mean? The Android operating system is stored on some of that storage space. Plus, the apps that you downloaded are stored here. Then, there are the files that you create and use. After it is all said and done, you probably have at least 30GB available for the storage of photos, music, and videos. So how much is that, and do you need more?

The correct answer is, “Who knows?”

Your phone has a slot in the top where you can add a microSD card, and your Android operating system can address an additional 256GB of storage. Okay. So how much is that?

The easiest way to describe it is by figuring out how many photos, how many songs, and how many movies fit into 1GB.

  • 300 images: You can take about 300 images from the camera on your phone at resolution at the default settings.
  • Ten hours of music: If you buy an album, it will take somewhat less than a tenth of a gigabyte. The length of albums was set based upon what could be reliably imprinted on a vinyl record. That works out to be about 45 minutes and maybe a dozen songs.
  • About one standard definition (TV-quality) movie: Estimating the size of videos can get really variable. TV quality video is a waste of that beautiful screen. However, an hour of video that uses every pixel of resolution will take about 4GB.

Unfortunately, at this point, you need to do a little bit of math. Say that you want to watch every minute of all 529 episodes of The Simpsons. This would take 194 hours or about 8 days. All you need to do is buy a 200GB chip for about $80, load it up, and put it in your phone. D’oh!

You could binge-watch all the episodes of the series Breaking Bad in high definition on one SD card. If you want to be able to binge-watch Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, it would need to be stored in standard mode. Sorry.

If you are more into music than videos, you could store over 2,500 music albums on that poor microSD Card. The albums could include Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Gershwin Songbook and Chicago at Carnegie Hall, each of which is well over three hours.

Keep in mind that these are rough estimates. These calculations assume there are minor attempts to reduce the size of these files. That can have a huge impact on storage needs. Let’s just say that you can put a combination of images, music, and video that will keep you entertained for a very, very long time.