Dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5 may include a microSD slot after all


Just as we'd resigned ourselves to the idea that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 would not harbor a microSD slot, a new report out of Taiwan has thrown a bit of a curve-ball. With a number of sources having all but confirmed that the new Note will not offer expandable memory, Sogi.com.tw has suggested that the dual-SIM edition will pack the much-cherished feature. With Samsung's Unpacked event slated for next week, some fans are already voicing their disappointment at the lack of microSD support along with the immovable battery, as the phablet apparently pursues an S6-esque profile over core Note features. But the secondary SIM slot may function as a hybrid, permitting owners of the dual-SIM variant to add more real estate should they so wish. 

This one, although encouraging to those who've dreamt of such reports, should be taken with a pinch of salt. Adding an extra SIM card slot for certain markets is normal, as is tweaking other aspects of the general user experience. But to limit a microSD option to a smaller demographic -- in the full knowledge that many Note 5 owners would want such a feature -- would not only be nonsensical on Samsung's part, but would leave many feeling justifiably cheated.  

Dual-SIM versions of top-end smartphones are currently in vogue, so it's definitely plausible that such a device is in the pipeline. But the possibility of any Note 5 variant offering expandable memory seems very slim indeed, and with just under one week to go before the big Unpacking, this report seems more hopeful than likely.

Thoughts?

source: Sogi.com.tw via SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Looks like all these rumors are pretty inconsistent. First it was said the battery to be 4100mAh, now 3000mAh; Memory expansion was available at one point, a week later not, and now it's back; Then infrared remote control blaster not present, now I see a 2nd hole on the top that is likely it; Rumors telling us the curved back is glass, but it'd be an expensive production for that only; No clear picture confirming that the back is glass; S Pen first said to have a software release system, now pictures show that you can pull it out with a fingernail. Maybe ALL these are true, and leakers have been given different versions! I'll be happy with this micro SD slot, and then that removable battery.

6. Oneight

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

What's rumour? Rumour is news that is untrustable. The more you hope, the more you are upset. Don't trust rumours. Don't be silly, man.

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hope they launch this in most parts of the world. Coz i heard that Note 4 also had a dual sim variant, but it was not available in most part of the world.

27. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

You nailed it man.. Too much expectation leads to disaster..

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The phone isn't going to have a removable battery. May as well get over it.

15. LDC207X

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

ive held the note 5. 3000mah, IR blaster, glass back, and new styled s pen. also the s6 edge+ is gonna have a top 5 apps along side the top 5 people. both phones are beautiful tho.

19. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If any ver of the note 5 got the bigger battery it will be the EU ver (f) with the 7422 due to it having epop, not going to happen in the USA Also if the 2sim ver got sd card reader, they also remove the ufs, it be a good thing if they do that so we can all see how crap that ver will be

2. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Looks like all these rumors are pretty inconsistent. First it was said the battery to be 4100mAh, now 3000mAh; Memory expansion was available at one point, a week later not, and now it's back; Then infrared remote control blaster not present, now I see a 2nd hole on the top that is likely it; Rumors telling us the curved back is glass, but it'd be an expensive production for that only; No clear picture confirming that the back is glass; S Pen first said to have a software release system, now pictures show that you can pull it out with a fingernail. Maybe ALL these are true, and leakers have been given different versions! I'll be happy with this micro SD slot, and then that removable battery.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And it'll be available only in Asia as always...

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes but they will remove ufs, in Asia the reviews will say nothing about lag and will just say good it's got 2 sim and sd card support

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

This will be available......everywhere except the US. Note 4: here I come!

21. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Yes, US will get the sterilized Note 5. They know the US will buy whatever is put in their face, even if it means getting less value for their money. Here is another Apple like move on Samsung's part.

5. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Lucky I live in Asia.

7. carlemillward unregistered

What about Galaxy Note compact?

9. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Probably won't happen... would be nice though to have a compact 5.2" 1080p with stylus and 3,000+ mAh battery.

29. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Actually I have been trying to popularize the idea of a Note Compact at 5.1"screen ( share parts with S6 ) but thicker with Battery from S6 Active ( 3500 Mah)- again less manufacturing costs as this exists already. So would closely from front resemble an S6 but with Note 5 Software and extra Gig of RAM. Stylus optional not attached to device. Enabling Power Users to have a powerful pocket sized Note- AND hopefully the SD Support will go in users favor as yes! Will be more expensive than S6 and not eat into S6 Sales although ironically a Note Compact and Note 5 with SD Support will allow Samsung to compete with iPhone 6s and iPhone6s+ more effectively.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

There was a pic floating around that showed a clear shot of the top of the phone and the sim slot looked pretty long compared to my s6 sim slot. The sim are nano now so the sim tray isn't long at all. Looks like next Thursday we'll find out. Day one purchase for me either way!

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Dual sim version will not released in so called 'developed countries' Advanced countries can't get advanced version, but thick face westerners insist called themselves advanced lol

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Samsung has turned the Note into a big S6 with S pen. I'd much rather wait for the Nexus phones.... Or even better, something that comes out in the second half of 2016 when Qualcomm will hopefully come out with a processor that is significantly better than the Exynos 7420 (the 820 won't be much better than the 7420). Would like to see Nvidia come back to the smartphone market with a underclocked Nvidia chip

13. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

At that point, the Exynos 7422 will be out in the S7 and will probably be better than the SD 820. I agree...Samsung has turned the Note into a big S6 with S pen (I was really hoping for the 7422 in the Note 5) but at what point do you stop waiting for better and newer phones to come out and just buy one? The improvements are never ending.

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I think you will get the 7422 in the )f) ver so just Inport it, if you in the USA, this is due to modems problems Also this ver will have a bigger battery due to epop

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

True Landon. I have the S6 actually lol so I can wait. If I was going 2 get a smartphone this year I'd probably go for 1 of the Nexus phones

14. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

IM so disappointed in Samsung. I spent all last year saving for the S6 and then it came with that small ass battery and no micro SD. so then I decided to put my hopes in the Note 5 to bring back microSD or to have a larger battery... and now it looks like they are even stripping the IR Blaster out... i guess $375 for a Note 4 isnt that bad

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Than they have to remove ufs, so you crap lag and slow tw, it be good to see how crap slow the 2 sim ver will be with sd card support and no ufs

17. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Samsung being a dumbf**k at best this time around.

18. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

6 more days everyone simmer down!

24. ShangTsung

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

So first Sammy releases the note 5 WITHOUT sd card support, then f*cks you hard by releasing a limited dual sim version which has support for sd card. What are they thinking?

26. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

For the Asian Market I guess

28. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

IF Samsung CAN possibly make a dual sim Version with SD Support in one slot- US Carriers like Tmobile AT&T should be offered this option by Samsung. Carriers can take preorders or Survey from Customers to gauge importance of this Feature- assuming no Performance Compromise- Samsung can increase Note 5 Sales this way. Slight upcharge? No Problem.

33. maverickfhl

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It is a bad concept Samsung Note 5, without expandle memory card and non removable battery. Im big Fan of Note series and experience battery problem on Note Series. Further now is non removable bad idea. Therefore consumer may have different brand on handphone without SDcard support is bad ideal inconvenience cant swap memory card.

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