Last year’s Galaxy Note series saw the Micro SD slot relegated to a luxury feature for premium customers able to afford the most expensive device in the lineup.
Previously considered a standard feature in most smartphones, the base Galaxy Note 10 launched without expandable storage. The once-common Micro SD slot became a perk exclusive to customers willing to pay extra to get themselves the larger Note10+.
This year’s Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra turn back the clock. Here’s what you need to know:
Does the Galaxy S20 have a Micro SD slot?
This time around, even Samsung’s most affordable Galaxy S flagship features support for expandable storage. In addition to 128GB of on-board storage, the Galaxy S20 features support for expandable storage of up to 1TB.
In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy S20 comes with a starting recommended retail price of AU$1349. The Galaxy S20 5G is also available for AU$1499.
Does the Galaxy S20+ have a Micro SD slot?
Like the mainline Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20+ also features a MicroSD slot. Rounding out 128GB of on-board storage, the Galaxy S20+ supports expandable storage of up to 1TB.
Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S20+ starts at $1499. Like the S20, there's also a 5G variant - which is priced at AU$1649 - and another model with 512GB of storage - which is available for AU$1899.
Does the Galaxy S20 Ultra have a Micro SD slot?
The Galaxy S20 Ultra might be Samsung’s most ambitious flagship yet. However, that desire to push further than ever before is paradoxically wedded to a willingness to hold onto the foundation features that matter the most. This might not extend to cover features like the headphone jack but it does apply for the Micro SD slot.
To that end and in addition to offering up to 512GB of on-board storage, the Galaxy S20 Ultra features a MicroSD slot and supports expandable storage of up to 1TB.
In our review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, we said that "The Galaxy S20 Ultra is a spec-beast of a phone that shows Samsung still has what it takes to be competitive in the Android space even if it fails to be the iPhone 11 Pro-level paradigm shift that it obviously aspires towards."
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra tops out the range at an RRP of $1999 for the 128GB size and AU$2249 for the 512GB size.
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Looking for a phone with a microSD card slot? You'll want to stay away from Samsung's new Galaxy S21 line. Having been present on earlier Galaxy S phones, Samsung is finally dropping the microSD card slot for expandable local storage on its latest devices. (Here are CNET's Galaxy S21 review and Galaxy S21 Ultra review.) Although the move is not completely surprising -- Samsung didn't include the option on last year's Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Z Flip foldables -- it does mean you will need to be more thoughtful in choosing how much storage you want your new phone to have when you buy it.
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"Over time, SD card usage has markedly decreased on smartphones because we've expanded the options of storage available to consumers," the South Korean electronics giant said in a statement. Samsung starts the base storage for its entire S21 line at 128GB, with a 256GB option available for just $50 more. Those looking to maximize their storage, however, will need to pony up $1,380 (£1,329, AU$2,149) for the S21 Ultra, which is the only phone available with 512GB of storage.
Although a number of Android phones now ship with 128GB of storage space as the default option, rival Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Mini still start at 64GB of storage. Only the pricier iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models have a base storage of 128GB, though Apple never supported expandable storage for its phones.
For those looking to offload files, Samsung notes that its new phones support the latest wireless technologies including 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, which should lead to faster uploading and downloading of files saved on cloud storage platforms like Microsoft's OneDrive and Google's Drive.
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Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has only 128GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot
Many US consumers considering a 5G phone may be inclined to acquire one through their existing carrier. However, those with Verizon and who are also Samsung fans may be advized to be a little wary prior to going down this route. Some customers in the same situation have posted feedback indicating its potential drawbacks specifically relating to this company's Galaxy S20 variant.
This model, known as the S20 5G UW, has been found not to have a microSD card slot. This would make it an exception among its series, which typically exhibits a dual slot that houses both SIMs and this form of external memory. The discrepancy may be particularly keenly felt by users who take or save a lot of images: it leaves the UW variant with only 128GB of fixed memory.
Furthermore, it, like the 4G/LTE S20, has only 8GB of RAM, whereas most unlocked S20s 5G out there have 12. One Reddit user seemed particularly disappointed with this issue, as they had not realized this while buying the phone.
According to a recent XDA report, this confusion may have arisen from the specs-list found on Samsung's US site, which contradicted one field stating that there was a SIM/microSD card slot with another saying there was no external memory support. This may be due to the fact that Verizon-associated and unlocked versions of the phone are sold via the same page.
Opening the page in question now reveals that Samsung has amended the UW's specs to more accurately reflect its lack of extendable storage in any case. However, it remains that this variant is underpowered compared to others of the exact same phone.
This may not affect day-to-day use of the S20 variant in question, but could become an issue while attempting anything intensive, gaming included, or when wishing to futureproof a already-pricy device. On that note, Verizon may have opted for this UW variant in order to reduce costs and thus appeal to customers with various plans or offers.
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Samsung released a new model of the Galaxy S20 with support for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband millimeter-wave 5G network last week, but it turns out the device includes some compromises over the standard model.
As spotted by Digital Trends, the Galaxy S20 5G UW has 8GB of RAM, which is 4GB less than the standard Galaxy S20. The Verizon model also does not include a microSD card slot, which allows owners to expand the phone’s storage capacity. “We had to make certain design and hardware decisions to provide a device with the form factor and price point as other S20 models,” a Samsung spokesperson told Digital Trends. The Galaxy S20 5G UW costs $999.99, the same price as the Galaxy S20.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 line launched in March, and it was the first line of mainstream 5G smartphones. Though the standard S20 includes 5G support, only the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra included support for faster mmWave connections, on which Verizon’s 5G network is based. That meant the entry-level S20 model couldn’t access 5G on Verizon’s network. Verizon later worked with Samsung to develop this new model, which includes mmWave support but at the expense of other features. The standard Galaxy S20 can still be used on Verizon’s network, but it only supports LTE.
My colleague Dieter Bohn pointed out in his review that while the Samsung Galaxy S20 had good battery life and a high refresh rate screen, the inclusion of 5G did not justify the hefty price tags for the S20 line.
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Verizon Galaxy S20 5G UW has less RAM, no microSD card slot
The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW finally launched at Verizon recently, taking a few months of extra time to launch at the big red carrier so that it could include support for Verizon's mmWave 5G network. And while the Verizon Galaxy S20 does include mmWave support and an exclusive Cloud White color option, it's been revealed that those aren't the only differences between it and other Galaxy S20 models.
Verizon's Galaxy S20 5G UW is missing the microSD card slot found on other versions of the Galaxy S20 and it's got less RAM than those devices, too. Spotted by XDA-Developers and folks on Reddit, Samsung's product page says "No support" for external memory on the Galaxy S20 5G UW, and the SIM card tray only has room for the SIM card itself.
The Galaxy S20 5G UW is only available with 128GB of built-in storage, so if you do buy one, that's the most storage you'll be able to get on the device. Other Galaxy S20 models include a microSD slot so you can add more storage if you need it.
Samsung's product page for the Verizon Galaxy S20 5G UW also confirms that it's only got 8GB of RAM. The other US carrier versions of the Galaxy S20 and the US unlocked model have 12GB of RAM.
Neither Verizon nor Samsung have said exactly why these changes were made to the Galaxy S20 5G UW. It's possible that the microSD slot may have been pulled to make room for the mmWave antenna in the S20 5G UW, which is a feature that other Galaxy S20 models don't have. As XDA notes, costs may have also played a part in these changes being made, with Verizon wanting its Galaxy S20 5G UW to cost the same as other versions of the S20. Including the mmWave support could've made it more expensive, so making changes to the RAM and microSD slot could counteract that.
These changes are probably frustrating to Verizon customers who have been waiting for the Galaxy S20 5G UW to launch. The microSD card slot is a feature that's been pretty common on Galaxy flagships over the years, so some long-time Samsung customers may be used to having it. And while 8GB of RAM is still quite a bit and should serve most folks fine in day-to-day use, getting 4GB less compared to other S20 models could be a deal breaker for some.
PSA: The Verizon Galaxy S20 has reduced RAM, no microSD slot (Updated)
Update, June 12, 2020 (11:42 AM ET): The article below originally had incorrect information. The amount of RAM in the Verizon Galaxy S20 is 8GB, not 4GB as originally stated. Android Authority regrets the error. All other information remains unchanged.
Although the Samsung Galaxy S20 line came out in February, the Verizon Galaxy S20 only hit store shelves recently. The reason for the delay is that Samsung needed to figure out how to cram mmWave 5G antennas into the vanilla S20 since that’s the only 5G protocol Verizon supports.
However, according to Digital Trends, the sacrifices Samsung needed to make to bring in mmWave compatibility are pretty significant. We can now confirm that the Verizon-branded Galaxy S20 has just 8GB of RAM. That’s a bit of a drop from the 12GB included with the unlocked Galaxy S20 you can buy from other sources (albeit without mmWave support).
Additionally, the Verizon Galaxy S20 doesn’t have a microSD card slot, which is included with the unlocked variant.
Why is the Verizon Galaxy S20 altered like this?
What’s likely happening here is that Samsung needed to figure out a way to bring mmWave support to the Verizon Galaxy S20 without increasing manufacturing costs too much. For whatever reason, it decided dropping the RAM amount by 4GB and ditching the microSD card slot — which is a big reason people buy Galaxy S phones — would be the best way to cut costs.
This means Verizon customers need to decide if saving $200 by skipping the Verizon Galaxy S20 Plus — which has a microSD card slot, 12GB of RAM, and mmWave support — is worth it in the long run. I don’t know about you, but paying $1,000 for a flagship phone that is missing these significant features would get a huge “hell no” from me.
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The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 does not have a microSD card slot
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series is finally out. As expected, the Note 20 Ultra is the flashier of the two phones, and the difference between the two models has only grown this year. Not only does the standard model lacks a 120Hz display and a periscope zoom lens, but it also skimps on a feature that many would consider essential. That said, it hardly comes as a surprise, as a leak had already alerted us to this possibility.
Does the Galaxy Note 20 have a microSD card slot?
Following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 10, the Galaxy Note 20 also doesn't feature a microSD card slot. That means you are stuck with just 128GB of storage (or 256GB if you live in Europe). If you are wondering, the phone offers 8GB of RAM.
Earlier, it was being speculated that since the Galaxy Note 20 would have lower base storage, it might come with a microSD card. But, alas, those rumors didn't pan out.
It's not unusual for Samsung to omit the card slot on its flagships. 2015's Galaxy S6 and Note 5 didn't offer expandable storage either. As for this year, even though the Galaxy S20 does allow for storage expansion, Verizon's Galaxy S20 5G UW doesn't.
As for the other specs, the Galaxy Note 20 features a 6.7-inch screen, the Snapdragon 865 Plus, and a 4,300mAh battery. It flaunts a 12MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide unit, and a 64MP telephoto module. It will set you back $999 with entry level configuration.
If the missing microSD card slot is a deal-breaker for you, you can go for the pricier Note 20 Ultra. It comes with 12GB of RAM and you can choose from 128GB or 512GB of storage, and the inbuilt memory can be expanded by up to 1TB.
Price starts at $1,299 and goes as high as $1,449. You can buy a Galaxy Note 20 here.