Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Surge Protector Amazon
    15:01 Deals

    Brilliant $30 Amazon find expands a power outlet without an ugly power strip

  2. Screwdriver Set Amazon
    13:47 Deals

    Amazon shoppers rave about this 22-in-1 screwdriver set that’s down to $18 today

  3. Kasa Smart Home Sale
    12:05 Deals

    Amazon’s massive Kasa smart home sale has deeper discounts than Prime Day

  4. Best Amazon Deals Today
    08:06 Deals

    10 exclusive Amazon deals that are for Prime subscribers only

  5. Best Deals on Amazon
    07:26 Deals

    Best Deals on Amazon (July 2021)

How tablet vendors are ripping users off for extra storage

November 20th, 2013 at 9:45 AM
Tablet Storage Pricing Study

Does it seem a little ridiculous to you that it costs a full $100 more to buy a 32GB tablet than it does to buy a 16GB tablet? The team at Which? found it ridiculous as well and decided to do some research into just how much it costs tablet vendors to add more storage to their devices. The verdict: High-storage tablets are an enormous ripoff. 

The latest numbers from DRAMeXchange, for example, show that a 16GB block of storage costs tablet vendors around $9.61 to add to their devices. Despite this low price, Apple, Samsung and other vendors get away with charging around $100 more for tablets with extra memory blocks, good for a markup of more than 1000%.

“16GB of Flash memory is mind-numbingly cheap now,” explained Ben Miles of U.K. PC manufacturer Chillblast. “As a general rule, for manufacturers like ourselves, Flash costs less than 40p per GB, so for companies to charge so much for an extra 16GB seems scandalous.”

Which? recommends that prospective tablet buyers pick up cheaper 16GB models and then supplement their storage needs by keeping more of their data on cloud storage services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. Alternatively, users could buy a tablet that has an SD or microSD card slot that will let them add more storage to their device for a much lower price.

Popular News