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Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active may come with a microSD card slot, but at a high cost

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Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active may come with a microSD card slot, but at a high cost
When Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge at the start of this month, everybody gawked at the sleek looks of the new handsets – no denying there. However, many were irked by the omission of two features that have, more or less, become signature for Samsung through the years – a user replaceable battery and a microSD storage expansion slot.

Now, since Sammy has done so well in battery optimization with its previous flagships – the Note 4 and Galaxy S5 – and has added a couple of pretty effective power saving modes, we'd feel safe to assume that less and less users feel the urge to carry a spare battery on them at all times. So, the removable battery issue may not affect many, though, the amount of users that will be missing the microSD card slot is, indeed, much larger – there's just something about being hard-limited to the phone's internal SD that irks Samsung fans, as they've boasted about expandable storage for years.

Well, hardcore devotees of Sammy's older style may want to wait just a little longer, as the Galaxy S6 Active may meet their needs a bit better, according to the following report.

Reddit user “garshol” sat down with a Samsung rep a couple of days ago to discuss the new Galaxies, and the Active was among the topics at the table. The ruggedized version of Sammy's latest flagship will boast “similar” hardware under the hood, according to the report, and will come with an SD card slot. However, it will also come at a cost – according to garshol's posts, the Active's camera will be a lower class than the one on the flagship model, but at least it may still have OIS. Additionally, the endurance model will not have a fingerprint scanner, and will lack a heartbeat sensor.

As for other features, appearance, and ruggedness – garshol's report says that the Active's battery may be removable, and it will see a return of the physical navigation buttons on the front. Supposedly, the phone is in final stages of development and should be launched some time mid-Summer.

We have to say we are a bit perplexed at Sammy omitting the heart-rate sensor from the Active version of its flagship (key word: “active”), but that's assuming that the report is 100% accurate. So, if it turns out that the rugged version of the Galaxy S6 has water resistance, removable battery, and a microSD card slot, would you prefer it to its sexy siblings?


source: Reddit via Phandroid

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posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:04 5

1. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


This kind of marketing strategy will not work for samsung there's a lot of Android OEM who offer a decent price of smartphone. Apple on the other hand is just one OEM of ios.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:04 4

2. ChunkDiesel072014 (Posts: 39; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


There's always a catch... if it has 5mp/13mp 1080p 2800mah and it has the same colors and of course the sd card slot and removable back id get it unlocked for my wife no problem

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:12 3

3. phonehome (Posts: 508; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


First. (I don't really care either but still felt like writing it)

If S6 sales flop (as I hope for to allow the following), hopefully Samsung will have learned a lesson and feature the 'Active' with a removable battery in addition to the SD card slot. If not, then release an S6 'Utility' (or whatever they want to call it) which has both features that were stolen from loyal users. Not to mention restoring them with the S7 and not stripping the Note 5 of such.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 10:42

29. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


See my above post then they will remove all the memory r and w speeds and the phone will lag again as before

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:21 14

4. Heisenberg (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


Honestly, human needs are insatiable. S5 came with all these features but it failed S6 stripped those features and added other things yet you aren't stil satisfied.
Sammy isn't a stingy company, these two features have ways u can handle them.

No SD card: cloud storage, 32gb base model, more storage options
Removeable battery: excellent battery life, quick charge, wireless charge

Presence of sd card will make the device slower. It's this same set of people that would still complain of lag.

If you are good with the phone buy, if you aren't buy another phone and quit discouraging interested and potential buyers

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:27 2

6. phonehome (Posts: 508; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


S5 feels flimsy without a case (stubborn morons), and many S4 users were not due for an upgrade.

And for the record; as flimsy as it might feel, it can survive being run over by an SUV. Can be viewed on YouTube.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 09:49 1

27. Doctorluv (Posts: 42; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Well said #Heisenbeg!! U couldn't have
said it any better

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 11:57

34. geodude074 (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


S5 was also uglier than yo momma.

posted on 27 Mar 2015, 02:56

43. Krjal (Posts: 230; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


The presence of an sd card does not make a device a slower. If you put in a slow sd card then accessing data on it will be slower but there are cards almost as fast as Sammy's UFS chips.

I agree that with larger internal storage as standard it's less vital but it's still a loss of utility especially for professionals who use fast sd cards to store and move data around.

I'm a graphic designer and I use sd cards all the time. Admittedly they're the more expensive and reliable ones but that's what I need jumping between tablets, Note 4 and cameras.

posted on 28 Mar 2015, 23:50

46. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


@Krjal "The presence of an sd card does not make a device a slower. If you put in a slow sd card then accessing data on it will be slower but there are cards almost as fast as Sammy's UFS chips."

This statement is completely wrong on all counts.
1. SD cards are MUCH slower than internal memory.
2. SD cards cannot transfer data quicker than UFS 2.0.
3. UFS 2.0 have speeds of real-world seq read of 320MB/s and seq write of 140MB/s, according to PA.
3. The fastest SD cards can only top out close 300MB/s. That's for UHS-II. UHS-I tops out at 100 MB/s.
4. There are no microSD that are UHS-II.
5. No smartphone in the world has UHS-I or UHS-II capabilities.
6. So, if you were to stick a UHS-I or UHS-II microSD card in your smartphone, you will only top out at speeds limited to the speed of the phone's SD controller. That's currently at about 30MB/s seq read, 20MB/s seq write.

In conclusion, SD cards, if utilized for storing apps and photos/videos, will defeat the purpose of having Samsung's new UFS 2.0 memory.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:23 3

5. delta (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jan 2015)


The replaceable battery it's not because i need to carry two of them, it's because the battery eventually will die out of guaranty, or become fatty in a metal and glass sealed body that's a terrible thing, and with a removable one you just has to buy a new one on amazon. ...

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:29 1

7. phonehome (Posts: 508; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


And can't just walk into any store on a whim for replacement battery, unlike with Apple.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:43 2

8. G9-Kokos (Posts: 27; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


You cant? Hm.. Its easy to remove the battery on S6. Its back is screwed and not very complex. Certainly not glue together like apple's.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 06:17 3

13. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


The battery might be screwed in, but the rear cover is glued in. That's the same thing.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 06:43

15. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yeah good luck replacing that battery yourself

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 19:44

40. G9-Kokos (Posts: 27; Member since: 31 Jan 2015)


Here in PA there was an article detailing how to remove the battery of S6 and it was rated moderate difficulty to do it.

So yea. ill probably have enough luck to change the battery by myself. Thanks alot

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:47 1

9. Sagitter1 (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 Oct 2014)


Nonsense strategy, I can undestand the omission of the heartbeat sensor and the fingerprint scanner, but a lower camera is a real shame.
As fot the removable battery it's understandable and the micro sd is nonsense, just sell it with 64 gb, it's plenty enough.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 06:46 3

16. WWThinker (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Please keep your nonsense mouth shut! MicroSD is useful because it provides a fool proof way to transfer media, to load up a lot of media, ... Cloud storage is not exactly free. 64GBytes of eMMC storage can be filled up very fast for those who carries a lot of audio and video files while enjoying high-resolution photo and video taking at the same time!

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:23

18. epic_ninja420 (Posts: 49; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


Yea because micro sd cards are not known to fail and they arent fool proof by any means, don't forget to unmount it or you will fry it. Why rely on external cloud storage when you can set up your own personal cloud at home?

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:27

19. Heisenberg (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


It will be pre loaded with one drive and it's gonna be free for two years which is already an updrage year.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 10:50

31. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


1st sd card reader damage the bandwidth of the memory contorler and the r and w speeds of the phone making even the 1+1 faster then the note 4 and that before you put the sd card in.

2nd samsung give you 100+gb Of cloud for free that works better as its included within windows in the file manger so both are linked at the same time on the s6

3rd up to now iphones have had the fastest r and w speeds even with crap memory being used due to no sd card reader, the samsung a6 does not use Emmc storage it uses ufs 2.0 it needs more bandwidth than emmc that mean there is no way of adding sd card readers and is way more then 2x the speed of iphones in r and w speeds and way more then the note 4

4th if the Galaxy S6 Active as an sd card reader it will have emmc 5.1 storage and not ufs 2.0 and will lag like the note 4

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 10:44

30. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


they just on about the 1.9 lens

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 04:49

10. romeo1 (Posts: 706; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I would love prefer it. I don't use my phone camera allot but when i do i only need ok quality as i usually only sent true WhatsApp. And an heart rate sensor is nothing i would need.
I'd rather have the sd slot removable battery isn't needed if it has a battery life comparable with a z3

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 05:05 3

11. kobainez (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Why can't Samsung make s6 a waterproof phone with a glass body and a micro sd slot? Sony managed to do it but most Samdung fanboys complained about its bezels. S6 is not waterproof but still have a large bezels haha

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:59 1

23. lpratas (Posts: 272; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Where are the large bezels, stupid troll! Go buy a sony phone, idiot.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 08:26 2

25. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Wow ~
awesome samfanboys ~
But at least you should know that S6 have lower screen to body ratio compare Xperia Z3 ~

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 21:46

42. phichart (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Ohhh... that's why sony is on the top... Lol hahahahaha..... If Sony is better than Samsung than every body will buy... Yeap... we should buy a Sony phone for Iron the Clothes hahaha

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 05:09 1

12. kobainez (Posts: 427; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And no stereo speakers and smaller camera sensors

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:28 1

20. Heisenberg (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


Good for you. Then go and buy Sony that incorporates all those features and leave Sammy thread alone. Def, you wouldn't do that cos you are a troll

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 08:07

24. lpratas (Posts: 272; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Makes you itchy a$$, the camera sensors? Bigger than in your Sony toy, idiot.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 06:43 2

14. capbarbaruiva (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


All my previous phones had Sd-card and removable battery. HTC HD2 and Samsung S3, for example, and I used Sd Card and had spare batteries. As for the moment and since October 2013 I have a Xiaomi Mi2s 32gb. I have spare battery and an extended one (3000mah) which I use daily and it gets me through the day everyday whatever use I make with the phone.
One thing that I struggle is storage! I have been deleting files from the phone several times (music, photos) because of limited storage (no sd card). And the cloud with 14gb is full. I do not want to pay for storage in the cloud!
If Sony keeps the specs of Z3 with Z4 it will be my next phone(battery lifetime is good enough). Or, if S6 active keeps the specs of S6 and add sd card and removable battery but keep the camera!!! I might consider it.
I have been waiting to buy a new phone but It needs to tick all the boxes.
I don't care if it's plastic and I don't like this "war" about thickness! Also, their size is just a bit too much. But will have to deal with that

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 10:57

32. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


With See my above post , but you get 100+gb of free cloud with s6 and the sd card readers make phomes lag even without the sd card being used, see my above post

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 12:30

35. capbarbaruiva (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


for a limited time period. Not forever. And what will you do when you reach the 2 year offer limit?
The SD card would be used for storage. Music, videos, etc. I don't think it would be a problem and would not limit the extra transfer rates of the internal storage.

I also received 50GB of dropbox when I bought my S3 and when I reached the 2 year I was told to buy or would not be able to upload anymore if above the 10gb I had before

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 06:48

17. AmirBudi (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 Mar 2014)


I will not buy it if the camera has lower class and no fingerprint sensor.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:37

21. sergiobr (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I´ll prefer this one.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 07:40 1

22. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yeah this is why Samsung ----s. They pull, hold and grab items from each phone to make one or more variants of the phone different. So now the Galaxy S6 Active has a sd. Let's see what the Galaxy S6 Prime Core variant will bring. (i'm guessing a removable battery, and sd card) or something that doesn't exist on the S6 or S6 Edge (yawwwwwwnnnnn)

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 10:58

33. j2001m (Posts: 2840; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


If it's got sd card reader then it will not have ufs 2.0

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 13:26

36. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 328; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


just stop making damn many varinats of your flagships u damn loser stupid company.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 13:33

37. Alicia8870 (Posts: 28; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


I love having a sd card, and a big phone. So I got a shiny Note 4, and couldn't be happier.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 14:56

38. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8946; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The Galaxy Active models are a waste in my opinion seeing as you can put a case on any phone. Though I understand the point of the Active in marketing, there are ways to keep a phone safe for active people.

I see runs with straps on their arms that hold the phone just fine. The "active" models don't look at god as their non-active siblings. I don't see where having an sdcard requiring losing the other options. Good thing its a rumor.

posted on 26 Mar 2015, 19:39

39. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)


If all manufacturer can make 64GB or even better 128GB MINIMUM maybe we can stop having sd card. 16GB and 32GB is not enough. Instead of 4GB ram and 2k/4k screen i prefer bigger storage and battery.

posted on 27 Mar 2015, 05:26

44. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Galaxy S6 Active will have SD-Card And REMOVABLE BATTERY

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_to_bring_back_the_microsd_slot_for_the_galaxy_s6_active-news-11685.php

posted on 27 Mar 2015, 14:00

45. Malickie (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2015)


Ok, so for Everyone saying but but Samsung is including Cloud Storage. That amounts to absolutely NOTHING IF say your on AT&T and paying an arm and a leg for just 200 MB worth of Data. So lets says your out and about and want to watch a movie on your phone and your internal storage can't hold said movie for whatever reason and the movie is oh let's say 700MB (Really Small for a movie). Guess what your SOL hence cloud storage at the point equals Pointless. Second it is VERY Easy to fill 32, and 64GB of internal Storage especially if you take a bunch of Full Quality Video and Photo's like my wife who has over 200GB of Photos and videos stored up already over the years. Taking away external storage is just an overall bad idea regardless of Read/Write Speed. I mean the speed your talking about you really are Not going to notice in real life terms anyway. I mean if you can't wait an extra few seconds for things to load than you really need to evaluate some things in your life.

posted on 29 Mar 2015, 00:02

47. kevin91202 (Posts: 526; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


@Krjal "The presence of an sd card does not make a device a slower. If you put in a slow sd card then accessing data on it will be slower but there are cards almost as fast as Sammy's UFS chips."

That statement is completely wrong on all counts. Here's why:

1. SD cards are MUCH slower than internal memory.
2. SD cards cannot transfer data quicker than UFS 2.0.
3. UFS 2.0 have speeds of real-world seq read of 320MB/s and seq write of 140MB/s, according to PA.
3. The fastest SD cards can only top out close 300MB/s. That's for UHS-II. UHS-I tops out at 100 MB/s.
4. There are no microSD that are UHS-II.
5. No smartphone in the world has UHS-I or UHS-II capabilities.
6. So, if you were to stick a UHS-I microSD card in your smartphone, you will only top out at speeds limited to the speed of the phone's SD controller. That's currently at about 30MB/s seq read, 20MB/s seq write.

In conclusion, SD cards, if utilized for storing apps and photos/videos, will defeat the purpose of having Samsung's new UFS 2.0 memory.

posted on 27 May 2015, 10:37

48. AzNDuDe (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Was the Galaxy S5 slow because it had a micro sd card? Also is the Surface 3 pro slow because it had a micro sd card?

I hate it how alot of people here are spreading rumors about the s6 being slowed down if it had a micro sd card. Scaremongering as though the microsd card is the system bottleneck and that itll affect system performace.30MegaBytes per sec read 20Megabytes per sec write is practical in alot of applications. What your talking about here is the average speed for usb 2! There are micro sd cards that are rated at 80 Megabytes per sec. Hell you can run windows on a micro sd card via usb. Also where i am comming from is id like a micro sd slot on the S6. I dont want to install apps on it. Just mp3s , flac and mkv movies. Those types of media use up the most data storage. And 30 MB/s read 20MB/s write is much more than enough bandwidth for those purposes. Stop sticking up for samsung and encourgaing them to think it was a correct decision to omit the micro sd card as well as the removable battery and also making it not water resistant!!!! Its just Samsungs way of trying to make more $ from comsumers. Making us pay prenium for more phone data capacity.

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