A new report from SamMobile indicates that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will not feature a MicroSD slot for expandable storage. Those of us currently rocking any variant of the Galaxy S6 know this pain all too well. Samsung finally took out removable battery and expandable storage support with the Galaxy S6 lineup, and it appears they have no intentions of looking back. The company chose to axe the MicroSD slot primarily to emphasize the benefits of the fast Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 internal storage protocol. Even the fastest microSD cards on the markets cannot compare in speed to the internal UFS 2.0 storage found in the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Active. In addition to UFS 2.0, Samsung chose to slim down the Galaxy S line this year, a theme they will likely continue with the Note 5. The memory controller requirements to couple UFS 2.0 with expandable memory would likely lead to a device much thicker than Samsung (or consumers) might find acceptable.
In addition to all of the hardware considerations, selling separate memory configurations is a great way to increase the margins on popular smartphones. Apple has implemented this strategy for years. We all know it doesn’t really cost $100 in production materials to jump from 32GB to 64GB of internal storage, but that doesn’t stop Apple or Samsung from charging us that amount. While the Galaxy S6 line has sold incredibly well without removable batteries or storage, I think Samsung may be ignoring their pro consumers if they take both out of the Note 5. The general audience for the Galaxy S series is significantly different from the Note series. Several users buy the Note series phones every year for maximum productivity power. Personally, I find the S-pen on my Note 4 to be an indispensable tool. The S-Pen alone makes the Note 4 the only phone I never leave my house without.
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