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Bye bye microSD? Samsung working on 128GB flash storage for mid-range phones

Samsung has announced that it is developing superfast 128GB flash storage for future mid-range smartphones and tablets, indicating that the Korean tech giant could dump expandable microSD storage options.

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Samsung appears ready to dump microSD expansion from its devices. / © AndroidPIT

Until now, 128GB internal phone storage has been associated exclusively with high-end flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6, which uses the new eMMC 5.1 standard. Mid-range phones will get 128GB of Samsung's new 3-bit eMMC 5.0 NAND memory, which the company claims is is fast as eMMC 5.1.

Jung-Bae Lee, Senior vice president of Memory Product Planning at Samsung, told Samsung's official blog:

“With the introduction of our value-focused, 3-bit NAND-based eMMC 5.0 line-up, we expect to take the lead in the expansion of high-density mobile storage”.

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Are these 128GB chips going to replace microSD cards? / © Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung also talked about how the new flash storage technology is capable of carrying out random read/write operations up to 10 times faster than a typical microSD card. This comparison suggests to us that Samsung is looking to use the new 128GB storage as a replacement to the microSD card in mid-range devices. This would be in line with the Galaxy S6, in which Samsung dropped the option of expandable storage.

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  • Robert Haltom Mar 19, 2015

    Sorry Samsung, I will no longer buy your phones if you get rid of microSD and removable batteries. SD is plenty fast for what people use it for, mainly storing pictures, video, documents, music, and ROMs. When its time for a phone upgrade, you can simply put your old card in and all your personal documents are there! More on board storage is always welcome, but removing the micro SD option is a horrible idea.

  • Robert Haltom Mar 19, 2015

    So they can further lock down their phone like crapple.

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    Yanwyn Mar 20, 2015

    The SD card is very important to me! It was an absolute Godsend with all the hell I've gone through the last few months. If your phone develops a problem, all your precious info is safe on your card, you can simply pop it out and put it into your next device. Can't do that without the SD card. So if a phone has no SD card, I do not care how much memory it comes with, I won't be interested, and the phone manufacturer won't be getting my money or loyalty!

  • Larry R. Mar 19, 2015

    Why does everyone want to stop using Expandable memory like the sd micro?

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  • I wish the S6 still had an SD card slot. But, that is just one way to save your stuff.

    CLOUD STORAGE. USB HD. Wireless HD. Wireless USB. Sync to your computer/table.

    Quit moaning. Move on.

  • Reg Joo Mar 23, 2015 Link to comment

    I'll believe it, when I see it.That does sound great, and unlike the memory price of pc's , which is low, the relative price for smartphones, is high. Not too long ago, there was a glut in memory, which lowered the prices. Memory should be cheap now. If samsung can make their superfast memory, for a budget phone, less than $200, then it's a good thing, but ya gotta show me first.

    • star64 May 11, 2015 Link to comment

      I totally agree with you Yanwyn. I love the look if the s6 and edge but the non removable battery and no sd card are deal breakers for me. I am a heavy user and have had to replace batteries frequently. They are about to release a 200 gb sd card from San disk.

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    Yanwyn Mar 20, 2015 Link to comment

    The SD card is very important to me! It was an absolute Godsend with all the hell I've gone through the last few months. If your phone develops a problem, all your precious info is safe on your card, you can simply pop it out and put it into your next device. Can't do that without the SD card. So if a phone has no SD card, I do not care how much memory it comes with, I won't be interested, and the phone manufacturer won't be getting my money or loyalty!

    • Tim Moran Mar 21, 2015 Link to comment

      I cant see why you wouldn't be able to transfer the memory along with the data to another device.

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        Yanwyn Mar 22, 2015 Link to comment

        With the problems I was having with my phone, you either saved your data quick smart, which took mere seconds thanks to the SD card, or you loose it. Sometimes there isn't the option, or the time, to connect your device to something to transfer the data off the defective phone. Besides, okay the new device has a generous amount of space, fine. With SD card as well, all the better. Plus it gives you your own private space for storing your special data. Phones should also come with removable batteries.

      • crikes you tech heads. How about my specific situation. my S3 won't charge any more. I need to buy a new phone (the S4 I got won't work on my network) and it's been pretty nice that nearly all of my data was on an SD card so I didn't just lose everything. The screen is cracked on top of that so even if I wanted to replace or repair the charging port I'd have to pay for a new screen on top of that just to retrieve my data.

      • JoHannon Mar 22, 2015 Link to comment

        Order batteries from Amazon ,like 20$ for two batteries and external charger

      • Aznxking Mar 22, 2015 Link to comment

        It's not your charging port, get another original charger exactly same as the one the phone came with, no China make brands. I had same problem I thought it was the the charging port but when I tried with another same charger it was charging normal.

      • star64 May 11, 2015 Link to comment

        Can't you get an unlocking code so you can use the s4 on any network?

    • Suzukii Mar 21, 2015 Link to comment

      Ditto 10x, Yanwyn.

  • Suzukii Mar 19, 2015 Link to comment

    It seems like this is the trend to come to pass. Crapple's doin' it, Nexus' doin' it... now Samsung wants to be lIke the Jones-ez. Dis Sux!!!

  • Mark G. Mar 19, 2015 Link to comment

    With 128gb you won't need a Sd card. With USB otg you can still access and back up data to a USB/SD card. What is the real difference? Do you regularly swap SD cards, would changing a small behaviour be such a disaster?
    Sd cards present problems to a OS such as security and bugs/faults. Samsung is one of the leading Memory manufacturers as such I expect them to improve mobile phone memory.

    • star64 May 11, 2015 Link to comment

      If your phone suddenly became unusable your data is at risk. Internal memory is great for games but not so good for photos files. Some people don't have a computer to upload to.

  • Janusz Mar 19, 2015 Link to comment

    I will have nothing against new Samsung devices in a line with the Galaxy S6 if a new device has the usb host functionality and its battery comes with at least ten-years warranty.

  • OMG....what a tragedy without removable SDcard! 😭😭

  • Sorry Samsung, I will no longer buy your phones if you get rid of microSD and removable batteries. SD is plenty fast for what people use it for, mainly storing pictures, video, documents, music, and ROMs. When its time for a phone upgrade, you can simply put your old card in and all your personal documents are there! More on board storage is always welcome, but removing the micro SD option is a horrible idea.

  • Larry R. Mar 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Why does everyone want to stop using Expandable memory like the sd micro?

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