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Galaxy S7 microSD card slot: why Samsung might just bring it back

This is perhaps the juiciest rumor to have surfaced about the Galaxy S7: Samsung is reportedly reconsidering including a microSD card slot in its 2016 flagship. The rumor is unconfirmed at this point, but we've reached out to Samsung for a comment and will update this article when we hear back. In the meantime, we have a few reasons why it would make sense.

Sales are dropping

Samsung's decision to remove the microSD card slot in its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 lines was controversial to say the least and certainly lost the company a decent number of its die-hard fans (in a survey we conducted, 83 percent of Samsung owners used a microSD card).

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The Galaxy Note 4 was the last flagship Samsung device to have a microSD card slot. / © ANDROIDPIT

With Samsung's sales slump continuing despite the increased profit margin of higher flash storage models, the company might very well backtrack on its microSD position if it means increasing the audience for next year's Galaxy S7.

Security is better

The Galaxy S7 will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow which, as you might know, allows external storage to be formatted to a device as internal storage (you also have the option to treat it like external storage).

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Android Marshmallow lets you format an SD card as internal storage. / © ANDROIDPIT

If you choose the format option, the card can only be used in the device in which it has been formatted. So if someone steals your phone they can't access the data you have stored on your microSD card unless they can unlock the device (they can't just take the card out and put it in another device).

If you choose the other option, then you can just put non-sensitive stuff like music and movies on the microSD. And so end the security concerns that have tainted microSD cards.

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At least you can use USB OTG with the Galaxy S6 Edge. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best of both worlds

By switching to faster internal storage capacities, Samsung not only alienated fans of expandable storage, it also had to push the price of the Galaxy S6 line higher to cover the cost. While this is great for the profit margin, it also puts the phone out of reach of potential buyers who can't justify spending that much money to get the amount of internal storage they need.

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The OnePlus X offers small internal memory with a microSD card to keep the cost down. / © ANDROIDPIT

Reintroducing microSD expansion would allow Samsung to sell its lower capacity devices at a lower cost and still push its higher capacities to those committed to faster memory speeds. It's the best of both worlds really. If you love microSD cards or are simply budget-conscious, you could look at a 32 GB Galaxy S7. If money is no object or you're committed to more reliable and rapid memory, you could opt for the 128 GB version.

Would you buy a Galaxy S7 if it had a microSD card slot? Or do you prefer speed over choice? Share your views in the comments.

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  • Joel Galli Nov 23, 2015

    While the microSD rumor is nice, it's going to take bringing back the removable battery to keep me in the Galaxy S family by the time my upgrade comes along. It's been a good 5 years, but I want a removable battery and couldn't care less about a "premium feel" or a metal back. The only people I ever heard criticize the plastic back were reviewers and iphone owners.

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  • bobby c Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I went yesterday to look at the Note 5 , I have a Note 3 currently. I want to upgrade my phone,but when I found out it didn't have an micro sd card slot. I just left and started to look for options. I think if they do bring back the sd slot I will get another Samsung, if they don't then I will look elsewhere. I like having an sd card for added storage. Having things stored in the cloud is a convenience but if you truly don't understand and can get to your stuff that is stored there then it is no use. But as I said if they bring back the sd slot I will continue to use samsung. For now I will make things work with my Note 3.

  • I've switched from note4 to note5...which I hated...so 3 days later I switched again to the S6 edge+ 64gig....but I sure paid a premium for that ...but the note 5 was no better...so ..upgrade???...didn't feel like it..felted a bit like when folks left Apple for Microsoft...because of price and great expandable options then they slowly lost that edge for why people came to them and folks start going back to Apple....same with Samsung and iPhone.... now Samsung stopped caring for what brought people to them in WAR of the phones....I loved expandable memory, interchangeable battery, and I.R.blaster ...Now there all gone....I can't even do the the 3 most important things anymore that I LOVED ABOUT MY SAMSUNG PHONE...the ONLY thing that has kept me happy with the edge+ is the octicore processor and the camera... not only does it keep me connected to my Carrier,which my Note3,4,and5 always dropped me and drove me fu##n CRAZY, But ALSO allows me to run so many more functions and not miss a beat....BUT SOON ...the octicore processor will be common place..when that happens I will take the first phone with expandable memory( SDcard),,interchangeable battery and I.R. blaster..if that's I Samsung phone then GREAT..but I don't hold my breath..I'm bidding my time ...soon...A SMARTPHONE builder will hear the frustration of the consumer's and make a phone with octicore, expandable memory ,interchangeable battery ,great camera,,and an I.R.Blaster....I promise I will be their customer...Apple or Microsoft... iPhone or Samsung...may the customer always WIN....does FORD MAKE PHONES.??

  • Paul L Nov 27, 2015 Link to comment

    A microSD on the S7 would absolutely being me back to Samsung. I had ruled out the S6, but my S5 is still going strong, so I can hold out for the 7.

  • They should bring it back on their all future devices. I miss expandable storage and micro-sd card on my Note 5.

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  • Dylan S. Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I would definitely buy an S7 with microSD!

  • They better bring it back. I've been a Samsung customer since the S2 and I have been considering changing to HTC now as the S6 has no sd card. If they bring it back I'll wait for the S7, otherwise I'll be gone. I can't even get a 64GB option on the S6 at the moment only on the Edge and I'm not interested in paying that amount. the versatility of the Sd card was paramount to me for storage of music and apps. Disgusted its gone.

  • Yes, Samsung better bring it back. In fact, they should make a formal announcement in advance so that some of us loyalist do not switch to iPhone 128GB as I am about to... What were they thinking to give just 64GB option on a Note%!!!!

  • Yes, bring back the micro SD card. I currently have the Galaxy S5 and I will be due for an upgrade when the S7 comes out. I will only buy phones with a micro SD card. If Samsung does have sd support, I will be buying something else.

  • Mark G. Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Some people will never be happy!

    If Samsung brought back micro SD card & removable battery these same people will moan that it's too heavy or has a plastic back (which would be needed to bring these features back).

    With 128GB and OTG micro sd card is not needed.
    With good battery management & battery charging devices you shouldn't need a removable battery.

    Though I presume the S7 will have the new Esim which should free up space for a micro SD card & will hopefully stop the relentless moaning though going by these posts I doubt it...

    Peace ✌

    • Other than iphone owners and online reviewers, did you ever hear anyone criticize the plastic back? And I haven't considered the weight difference in phones in 6 or 7 years now as the difference among phones is insignificant. The people who want the microSD and the removable battery would GLADLY sacrifice 4 grams of weight and probably preferred the plastic back in the first place.

    • Paul L Nov 27, 2015 Link to comment

      The plastic back doesn't bother me (or anyone I know). As far as battery management goes, try staying at our cottage for three weeks (no electricity unless you run a generator) and see how well battery management works. Having 4 spare batteries REALLY helps! Not everyone has the same needs, so it's always good to have options.

    • I have a Note 4 and prefer my plastic back vs a smudging shitty glass that will crack. I can go from a dead battery back to 100% in under 30 seconds by popping in my back up fully charged battery then charge the other.

    • Your wrong just coz you have high memory dosnt mean you dont need an sd slot.

      I use my sd card in nearly every device as i use my sd card in my phone car pc and 7d camera. The reason being i use them all for work and private. I can have music and films on the sd and the watch at home on the move or in the car and i can the do my work stuff in the there too go to work and swap stuff from pc to laptop with out having to have 2-3 diffrent cards or storage devices.

      I use my phone hard and a removable battery means 1 spare battery and dont have to worry about charging when im out and about. We get can i plug in to your socket as my phone needs charging a lot.

      I have has s1 the s3 note 3 and am at note 5 or s7 but note 5 is out. No battery or sd im gone i love the Samsungs i even bough 1 for my wife i dont want to switch but i maybe forced.

    • How do you know that a SD card is not needed for others, how do you know what others priorities are. I, and others on here, could care less about how much a phone weighs, what's 3-4 more ounces to have battery. Who cares about the plastic, plastic don't defines the phone. It's the best even with plastic.

  • Mark Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    Without the removable battery it is still a no sale with me. There are other easily portable storage devices that you can use instead Micro SD. I can live without the SD slot but not the removable battery. It limits the life of the device to that of the battery. I usually keep a phone until it fails. My S3 is 3 1/2 years old and still going strong on the 4th battery.

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