9 of the best high-end smartphones with microSD card support that you can buy right now

9 of the best high-end smartphones with microSD card support that you can buy right now
If you own an iPhone, you're already used to not having the ability to pop a microSD card inside your handset. Hey, that's perfectly fine! But when it comes to Android and other platforms, most customers expect high-end smartphones to have microSD card slots. Even so, lately we've seen quite a few flagships that don't offer expandable memory. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are the latest popular examples, and it seems that Samsung's decision not to include support for microSD cards is mainly related to the refreshed design language of the S6 series.

But we're not going to talk about the Galaxy S6 now. Instead, we'll present you some of the best high-end smartphones that have microSD card slots. We're only including new (or relatively new) devices, no older than 1 year. In chronological order:

The Passport is a rarity among today's smartphones, being unusual even for BlackBerry. This is one of the widest high-end handsets we've ever seen, featuring a square 4.5-inch touchscreen display with 1440 x 1440 pixels and 453 ppi, and a 3-row QWERTY keyboard below it. The Passport's 32 GB of internal memory can be upgraded with microSD cards up to 128 GB. Launched in September 2014, the BlackBerry Passport can currently be bought for as low as $512.99 unlocked (at least if you're getting it from Amazon).

BlackBerry Passport review.

Since the Xperia Z4 has yet to be released outside of Japan, the Xperia Z3 remains the best high-end global smartphone from Sony. Its thin, water-resistant body certainly makes the Z3 attractive, especially since it currently costs around $500 off contract.

Sony Xperia Z3 review.

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Just like Samsung's previous Galaxy Notes, the Note 4 obviously also supports microSD cards, much to the joy of many users who don't think that 32 GB of storage space is enough. Available since October 2014, the Galaxy Note 4 remains one of Samsung's most expensive handsets, currently being sold for $299 on contract, or at least $600 off contract.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review.

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Although it was announced at the same time with the Galaxy Note 4, the Note Edge was released about a month later, in November. Most of the features that the Note Edge is offering are identical to those of the Note 4 (including, of course, microSD card support), the main difference between the two devices being that the Edge has a curved display that partially hugs its right side.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review.

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Launched in December last year, the Huawei Honor 6 Plus is the world's first smartphone to have a rear camera with two 8 MP sensors. The handset has an all-metal body, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Kirin 925 processor, and can be bought unlocked for under $400 (you can order it from almost anywhere in the world).

The G Flex 2 is the second curved and flexible smartphone made by LG (after the original G Flex from 2013), while also being the company's first handset to be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor. Naturally, the G Flex 2 features microSD card support (like most LG smartphones). The handset can be bought for $99 on contract, or about $600 off contract.

LG G Flex 2 hands-on.

Asus is one of the few relevant smartphone makers that relies on Intel Atom processors for its high-end smartphones. Announced in January, the company's latest flagship, the ZenFone 2 (with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable internal memory), has just been released in the US, and you can buy it for only $299, unlocked.

Asus ZenFone 2 hands-on.

While the HTC One from 2013 doesn't have expandable memory, HTC decided to add a microSD card slot to the One M8, as well as to this year's One M9. In fact, the One M9 isn't too different from the M8, although it does bring improvements like a Snapdragon 810 processor and a 20 MP rear camera. The HTC One M9 is available for $199 on contract, or around $650 off contract.

HTC One M9 review.

Behold the newest flagship smartphone to have a microSD card slot: the LG G4. Interestingly, the G4 is powered by a six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, not by the octa-core Snapdragon 810. Other than that, the handset offers top of the line specs, including a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, and a 16 MP rear camera. While you can't literally buy the LG G4 in the US yet, you can pre-order it, and expect to receive it starting early June.

LG G4 review.

Do you have a favorite smartphone from the ones presented above? Let us know!



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Basically, a list of all flagships sans iPhones, S6 and Nexus.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Basically a list of phones that are able to use micro SD cards.

35. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Didn't get past the title, huh?

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes actually I did read the article. Your point?

66. holeshot

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

Crispin's point and 9 others including me, your post is senseless and of no help because the damn title says "9 of the best high-end smartphones with microSD card support that you can buy right now"

12. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

and Xiaomi

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It is funny that now that Samsung's flagship doesn't feature a memory card slot, this is now considered a niche.

21. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yet they just outed some crop of super-fast large - capacity Micro SDs lately....

22. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yet in real life those speeds doesn't matter. It's unnoticeable to regular joes.

27. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

there's a wrong conception that samsung dropped Micro Sd card support but their mid-range phones galaxy A series have them and they are selling well even their low end J series are rumored to have them , the new galaxy tab has Micro-sd support etc... With the S6 they took a risk , I'm not sure if samsung will drop SD cards for the Note or not but they still use them in many devices. just bought a friend of mine a Galaxy a7 and 32 gb sd card , pretty good deal for a Metal phone with samsung quality camera.

48. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't think a galaxy a7 is a good deal, because in my country I can buy lg g3 (new) for less money

55. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

g3 is laggy with horrible LG UI according to many reviews the SOC isn't strong enough for 2k also 2k display was shown to be inferior to S_AMOLED on samsung , don't be fooled by specs , go check out a A7 it's really fast the actual UI and samsung UI is more universally used.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Anyone else find it complexity ridicules that the blackberry passport cost more than the xperia z3?

3. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Android is the devaluing factor. What else?

9. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Care to elaborate?

33. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It hurts to say it but, the Troll is right... The competition in Android is very harsh and forces Sony and similar manufacturers that are currently not doing too good to drop prices more than what BlackBerry offers, because BB still has a niche in enterprise and certain markets.

38. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

It hurts to say it but, the Troll isn't completely right. Well, depends on how you define the word "devalue".

5. gaming64 unregistered

I don't find it ridiculous.If you don't like the Passport, get a Z10.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22839; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nothing ridiculous about it. Perhaps the build quality on the Passport is better?

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

perhaps. it just weird that the passport cost more, when the z3 has the better specs not much better but still better tho.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22839; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's only $12 more. Not a big deal. Also, it's about what the hardware can do with the software and how it performs, not what's on paper.

26. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

tell me about it the iphone 6 looks stupid on paper next to high-end android phones yet it outperforms them in benchmarks (mostly due to low screen res, but still a win is a win lol).

28. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

resolution is becoming the new megapixel myth , not all screens are the same , samsung screens completely laugh at all the chinese 1080p and 2k screens ,even motorola and sony are plain bad. i hope people don't get fooled by numbers like megapixels in camera , in 2015 buy a S-amoled screen or retina both a very well calibrated and accurate and have good contrast.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22839; Member since: May 28, 2014

That amazes me as well. The performance of the iPhone is fantastic.

31. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah the os is well optimized to the hardware. combine that with a low res screen (compared to most phones) and you get crazy performance.

42. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

IPhone only beats 2014 flagships and by a slight margin as well and that is due to its low resolution It doesn't do great against Galaxy Alpha or Z3 Compact

44. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

tell that to gfx and gamebench benchmarks. the iphone 6 destroys in frame rates bruh and thats what matters its the best phone for gaming and it currently gets the best gpu scores out all phones.

34. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I really can't talk for the Z3 but my Z3 Compact in spite of having a plastic frame, and the overblown glass cracking "issues" is actually one of the sturdiest smartphones I have had... probably not like the Acro S I had before (that was a freaking tank) but it is well crafted and I think it is on par with BlackBerry in that regard. I think the price has to do with what I posted on #33 And performance wise is actually on par with the iPhone 6, what it lacks in optimization, it compensates with RAM and keeping more activities in the background ready. Definitely a worthy tradeoff

4. gaming64 unregistered

You forgot to add the "For the Blackberry faithful" section for the Passport, phoneArena

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22839; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lame attempt at trolling. Let's try and keep this one civil, shall we?

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