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The best smartphones with replaceable batteries

Update: Moto G5 added

Smartphones with removable batteries are a controversial topic. Many readers want this feature to return to more flagship devices. But so many Android devices don't feature this, and it doesn't look like there will be many more on the horizon. But never fear, here is a list of the best smartphones of the moment with removable batteries, now including the Moto G5.

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LG V20

LG really tried to distinguish itself last year with the modular G5 and the V20, a unique 5.7-inch phablet. The LG V20 has a dual screen and ships with the latest Android version, Nougat. While a lot of phones are moving away from removable batteries and even headphone jacks, the V20 keeps both, despite also having the modern USB Type-C port.

The LG V20 offers a high definition (1440 x 1560 px) 5.7 inch IPS LCD screen, with a pixel density of 513 ppi. In theory, the device should be able to withstand being dropped from about 4 feet, as it has a MIL-STD 810G military certification. Similar to other 2016 flagships, it includes the Snapdragon 820 processor with an Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4GB of RAM.

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A powerful phone that ships with Nougat. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: LG V20

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Galaxy Note 4

This is an older device (2014) but it's still on of the best smartphones with a removable battery. More of a phablet, this stylus-holstered bad boy still packs a punch even compared to some of its Samsung contemporaries. And now that new generations have been unveiled, you can get it at a low price.

When we compare the display of the Note 4 to some of the newer devices on the market it still looks good, and in some cases, better. The 5.7-inch AMOLED screen comes with a 1440 x 2560 resolution (518 ppi) and does it ever look crisp. It delivers some rich colors and vivid detail.

The removable battery is 3,220 mAh and performed well in our benchmarks. And that battery needs to be big to handle the Snapdragon 805 backed up with 3 GB RAM. And I personally still love the design of the Galaxy Note 4 with its good balance of metal and plastic.

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The display of the Galaxy Note 4 is sharp, even for today's standards. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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LG G5

The LG G5, released in 2016 and unveiled at MWC, certainly packs a ton of features but is still more of a niche device. It has modular expandability that only really appeals to more heavy smartphone users and not the casual buyer.

But don't let this dissuade you from buying the LG G5, even if you aren't the kind of buyer who needs extra modular abilities. It comes with some impressive specs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 backed up with 4 GB RAM and 23 GB internal memory. And it comes with Android Marshmallow right out of the box.

The biggest drawback for the LG G5 is the price. It started around $800, and while the prices have changed, the device is still pricey. That's due to how new it is and the fact that there isn't a successor yet from LG. Unless you need the benefits of its 554 ppi display or the modules, I would choose one of the other devices on this list.

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A solid design for the modular device. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: LG G5

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Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is a bargain for its current price to performance ratio. The performance and battery life are still very good and the device takes decent pictures. Getting this smartphone, even today, is a smart idea. This 2014 released device still packs enough power for everyday use.

While the design of the Galaxy S5 is a bit homely, it still is about as ergonomic as it gets. And even if you do manage to drop it you probably will still be okay because of its plastic body. And while the screen has the lowest resolution on this list (432 ppi), it's still enough for your daily needs.

The removable 2,800 mAh battery will keep you going for a long time. And you can get a replacement for very little money (less than $10).

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This older device is still good enough for everyday use. / © AndroidPIT

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S5

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Moto G5

The Moto G5 is an impressive device for its price. It offers a pure Android experience with little extra, an excellent price-performance ratio, a good display and a good camera (during the daylight).

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Lenovo is still loyal to the removable battery. / © AndroidPIT

The Moto G5 could even be praised for what it doesn't have: bloatware. Lenovo hardly installs any useless additional apps. Apart from the standard Google apps, there's hardly anything extra from the manufacturer. This leaves lots of extra space for apps, photos, music and all your other files. If it's not enough, you also have the option of using a MicroSD card.

The replacement battery is identical to that of its predecessor, the Moto G4 Play.

Lowest price: Moto G5

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Do you have any more smartphones with removable batteries you like? Which manufacturer needs to adopt the removable battery? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I will NEVER buy an Iphone X not only for the millionaires price but because it does not have a removable battery. Just a small example.


  • I have a 2016 BLU Life XL. Battery is replaceable.


  • A suicidal idea for manufactures to stop building with removable batteries. I am keeping my Galaxy Note4 until they revert to removable batteries. I always carry 2 spares and swap out when running low. What is one supposed to do in a remote area with no power available??


  • Feel Free 2 months ago Link to comment

    In 2018, Samsung Galaxy S9 will have non removable micro sim and sim card, the place where you put charger will be removed too. People will blame Apple for making Samsung moving away from removable batteries
    Anyway, I post this comment on a phone with non removable battery; it's very laggy


    • If the micro sim is non removable, then when you buy the phone, you have to take it to a Samsung store and pay to install your operator's sim card? Makes no sense


  • I don't even consider buying a cellphone with no removable battery. Can you imagine your car with sealed hood and not being able to change its battery? It has been a stupid, pointless and unnecessary decision not to allow the user to change battery. I'm sure this feature was incorporate to force customers to pay for battery replacement, charging a small fortune to do it.


  • Galaxy Note 4, rooted with Custom Note 7 ROM.. Perfect ..


  • that's a very short list..
    so any current decent device is basically considered throwaway after a few years, probably just as well.
    amazing coincidence that the lifespan of your average smartphone battery lasts a little bit longer than the average software support..

    but.. I've got plenty of choice, I can get a flagship with 6/8 GB of ram so I'm ok for future proofing and the glass back is gonna be great for at least ... oh yeah I forgot, the average future of a OEM supported device is about 3yrs if you're lucky,
    like the battery.


    • vperl 2 months ago Link to comment

      Your spot on.... Would love to see battery size increase by double, to minimum of 4500.
      USB-C is fine for fast charging if you have time and a active plug. Travel, it can be no fun.


      • yes currently making do with a miserly 2300mAh in my 2nd gen Moto X.. 4000mAh would totally change the way I use it.
        lesson learnt, next device I buy for mobile use will have at least 3500mAh and unfortunately no choice whatsoever with regards to removable battery.


      • vperl 2 months ago Link to comment

        For some reason unbeknownst to anybody I would not mind a little thicker phone with plenty of extra power in it than a little skinny phone that has half as long life as you need it. I'm beginning to think the reason why is because just like you said every three years or sooner you got to get a new phone. Having a phone with a lifespan of three years is like buying a brand new car every three years just because you have to change the tires


  • A good decent phone with removable battery Motorola Moto G5


  • Beware of LG G4 serial # models that begin with 504-509, they are prone to boot-looping (infinite loop to LG start logo screen), otherwise other LG G4 models past the 509 seem to be still doing well. I was an owner of an LG G4 and after 1 year and 8 months, the LG G4 randomly froze on me one day and began boot-looping ever since.

    I have bought a Nexus 6P since then and have never looked back.


    • EJ Belle 2 months ago Link to comment

      i'm laughing because this happened to me 3 times in the past 2 years with my lg g4. verizon seems to know about the problem because they sent me replacements with no questions asked.
      makes me hesitant to get an lg again, but that g5 and v20 is looking really good.


  • You forgot Samsung J7 2016 (Chinatel) with 3 gb RAM. Best buy currently.

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