Galaxy Note 5 may ditch the memory card slot for good

Galaxy Note 5 may ditch the memory card slot for good
From the leaked schematics the other day, as well as various other tips and informed speculation, it seems that the Galaxy Note 5 phablet will have an exterior resembling the Galaxy S6/S6 edge, but wrapping in a larger chassis, and accommodating the S Pen stylus. Samsung's new metal-and-glass design trendline, however, has no place for flexible features that used to be a staple for the Galaxy line - such as a removable battery, and a microSD card slot.

Judging from the alleged Note 5 schematics shown the other day, and adding today's rumors about the looks and specs of the phablet and its S6 edge Plus sidekick, it seems that there won't be a place for a memory card slot in the design anymore. That's not all the argumentation, though, as the new fast UFS 2.0 flash storage that Samsung slapped into the S6, uses a memory controller that is incompatible with the regular eMMC 5.0 standard that microSD cards use in other phones. 

Thus, provided that the Note 5 uses UFS 2.0 as well, Samsung will either have to put two separate memory controllers in there, or simply eschew a microSD slot altogether, equipping the basic Note 5 version with at least 32 GB of storage to compensate. All in all, it seems that the era of removable batteries and expandable storage might be over for most flagships, with only LG left holding the fort this year.

source: 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)




Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

I have no problem with Note line not having sd cards or removable batteries. The problem is many people will bitch about it for the next six months on PA.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Spot on.

45. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am for never losing out on features. I see no reason why they can add a MicroSD card slot on their phones. It really should be no problem for the best OEM designer in the world. If the battery can last a full day and a half then they don't need a removable back, but they should still keep the MicroSD card slots, I mean Samsung SELLS MicroSD cards... SMH Customers lose out when OEM remove features from their devices.

47. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Removable batteries are not just about the number of hours the phone can stay powered on without a charge.

60. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Then what else? Because if you arent experimenting with yoru phone trying to root it, I see no reason to ever remove the battery. So please tell us what else is removing the battery good for. No one on this planet has ever provided a reasonable argument as to why they need to ever remove a battery from a phone. EVER!!!! I will be awaiting to see if you can break this trend. Reasons to remove a battery. Am trying to root my phone and I need to pull the battery to power it off faster. The battery is dead, I have no charger so I need to replace it with a full spare. The phone is acting funny and I can't power it off normally so I need to pull the battery. Beyond those which have other work around other than removing the battery I just dont see you making any good reason beyond those. But I have open ears.

73. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You have been told MANY time removable batteries offer: - The ability to HOT SWAP a fresh battery for an instant full battery. - The ability to "self refurbish" for a BRAND NEW battery instead of sending out the phone for a $100+++ refurb. - NEVER have to plug the phone in due to wall charging of spare batteries. (less heat and "wear" on the port) -Limitless time away from wall charges with additional batteries You are an idiot and an obvious troll. Just remain stupid in silence.

89. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well said... some people have extreme level of resistance to accept/understand other people's point of view... this world is an interesting place and no two human beings are exactly equal... what is true and reality for my world may not be the truth for other people and what other people perceive as truth and reality may not hold water in my views... this is how the world works, but problem arises when one refuse to accept other people's views/idiologies or whatever you name it... for example, some dudes fail to see the benefit of removeable battery at all and try to justify non-removable over removable in an invasive way

91. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Again none of those are all that valid. I did mention your first one. I havent been told anything personally, that si why i asked. If I new the answer, I wouldn't have ask the question. Swapping a battery vs replacing a phone. Based on the number, most peoples arent holding on to phones more than a couple years. I personally dont keep a phone more than 12 months. When I sell them they are still holding the same charge as when I bought it. if you phone battery dies while under contract, your carrier MUST replace it. FREE!!!!!!!!!!! if you have insurance on your phone, I rather pay the $100 to replace it because i get a refurbished phone and a new battery anyways. Never having to wear out the charging port. Now, though it is a nice point, its just not substantial. I've kept a phone over 3 years before and I never have broken a charging port...EVER!!!. I am not saying it cant happen. if wearing out the port is an issue, the Galaxy series allows for you to use wireless charging with the flagship models since the S4. Like I said and its just my opinion. I was looking for a valid argument as to why we need removable batteries. So you actually think it is better to wear out the battery door popping it on and off vs just plugging it in. Constantly taking off the battery door, will break those tabs off far qicker than plugging it in and messing up the port. When I had my Note 4, I plug it in every other day nearly 8 months and the plug still locked equally as tight as day one. The only time I have seen issues with ports is when people plug in the plug wrong and force it, or they pick up their phone by the cable. I am not saying your points aren't valid, for me they are just not a good argument because most peopel dont hold on a phone long enough, at leats not at the top end. if you have some cheaptastic phone, where you live in a country where you have limied funds, then yes such features are beneficial because you liekly will be stuck with that phone for more than a couple years. But for phones like the Note or the S where peopel are buying a new device every other year, then no. Unless you are completely careless, I cant see the reasoning. I dont sit and use my phone so much, that I have to kill the battery. I use my phone on the go. When I get home I grab my tablet, or laptop or I watch tv. Anyone and I mean ANYONE, who would need a spare battery for a phone, beyond the fact they make or receive over 100 calls per day which would wear a battery down, is using their phone far to much and should seek better offerings. Like a tablet which has a larger battery. I've not had a phone die on me in a day since 2007. My argument that there is no valid reason for removing the battery still stands in my opinion. But I will still be open to hear the reasoning.


Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Those all reasons by QWERTYphone are valid.. You are seriously an idiot whos trolling here without knowing the facts. 1st of all Battries having 6 month warranty as Only Phone comes with 1 Year warranty & all Accessories with 6 month warranty. Go check Samsung site. [ Phone arena not allowing me to post line here ] 2nd even we have wireless charging still we have to put down our phone on wireless charger to charge which is almost the same like wire charging. 3rd I think you really don't know about battery charge/discharge cycle numbers so go & learn. With exrta battery we can carge batteries from 0 to 100 in one cycle propelrly which is quite not possible with one battery. 4th Not eveyone is using there phone only for 12months. 5th Having phone with non-removable battery means unwated tention of taking good care of battery which is not there if I have option to remove my battery any time & replace it with another. 6th Sometimes phone stops responding to everthing even for switch off button so battery removing helps in such a criticle conditions.

95. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You aren't considering the following facts and why I saw your lame options are just that...LAME. For one, phones that do have removable battery, many OEM have provided batteries that are OEM, and offer larger capacities. In these cases, it requires you to replace the door with one that fits around this which they also provide. Next, Samsung at least does offer wireless charging battery doors for the S family every since the S4 and it is available for the Note 2, 3 and 4. Many 3rd parties have offered external batteries which can charge a battery on your phone too 100% in just mere seconds. Many have also provided a case that has a battery inside of it to help your phone last longer as well. All these options are available for people who suck the life out of their battery. 2 of the 3 I mention would prevent the need to carry and extra battery pack period. Also, with cars having phone chargers built-in, with every OEM offering chargers you can buy for your car or desk or whatever, there are plenty of times and places you could charge a phone. Unless you are a construction worker who cant be near a charger for more than 8 hours per day, I cant think of very many occupations where you would never be able to charge up a phone if you needed too. I am not saying their are situations wont arise that potentially would prevent you to charge a phone, I just said I can't think of many. Even traveling, all planes now have a way to charge a phone, so do buses, all cars in most cases have a cigarette lighter in them which support a charger, people in an office can always charge with the wall or PC. What makes Android so great is I can use a charging cable from any brand with my phone, and if its the same brand I can use the charger too. Because YOU decided not to choose a better option, because YOU think pulling the battery is better, doesn't mean its better. In fact pulling the battery constantly sounds pretty stupid IMO because there are options that would alleviate the need to ever pull them...EVER!!!! The problem with US as humans, is we are creatures of habit. We get so use to doing things one way that even if better options come, we just want to stick with our way of doing it. I see this over the batteries and I see this over the sdcards. I too switched to Samsung for both. However, I was never in a situation where pulling the battery was a reasonable benefit at all. NOT ONE!!! I would say this is true of MILLIONS of people, because for example, the iPhone has never had one that could be remove and it certainly hasn't hurt sales one bit. You must be doing something wrong.

103. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Friend, you are calling his options lame but I do agree with him on some points although I know he is kinda troll while commenting most of the time... Your provided options are great alternatives. I usually keep 20000mah power bank during field trips to supplement removable battery

120. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

What if the phone is fine but the battery is starting to degrade or even worse, get bulky? With removable battery you can just throw away the old one and get a brand new one easily

134. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

1. Removing a battery is the fastest way to reboot if you have a troublesome app. 2. Batteries have limited life, and batteries can be damaged by heat. Replacing the battery can restore the original battery life of the phone. 3. If your phone's charging system goes bad, a removable battery will allow you to diagnose that it is the phone's charging system and allow you to limp by until you get a replacement phone. Without that you just have a small brick. 4. Samsung produced some S4s that came with defective batteries that they were replacing under warranty. To check your battery you had to remove it from the phone. 5. Removable batteries mean there are usually non-OEM options for larger batteries. Motorola has even had some OEM options for larger optional batteries. I think there are two more, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They could. Did you not read the article. In order to use microSD, the device would need to have a seperate memory controller mounted to the PCB. That would mean the UFS internal flash would have a controller, and then another controller would have to be mounted for the sdcard. The problem is, the PCB is only so big. All they have to do is bump up the internal storage and simply make the device 64GB and 128GB and those would be the only options. Keep the price of the 64Gb model at the same as it was for the 32Gb model which is $699 to start and make the 128GB model $799. It's a very simple and doable compromise.

61. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That be a good move, I did say that on my other post about it needing to be 64gb to stop all the crap about sd cards, I hope they do this

74. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

1TB SD cards will be available soon. Just STFU you idiot.

98. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I think the SD card is a crutch. I'd rather see phones with larger SSD's than cruddy, slow SD cards. Samsung seems to be of the mind that SD cards are sufficient.

6. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

I wont bitch about it I will just keep my note 4 handy with my 128 memory, cloud storage is not always the answer as I have been to places where signals were not strong for any carrior, for example court house, Super Walmart, Publix, and the University I attend, I enjoy my on board expandable storage but if they offer a 128GB module and don't jack up the price an extra $200 than ill be ok with it.

38. ChrisHartcom

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

I would have to go to a different phone. 128GB would be a good start, but anything less would be a nearly useless piece of equipment. Cloud sucks, especially if you want to really use it. Every time you just eat into your data plan. Anything less than an unlimited plan would screw you up! That doesn't even begin to address the non-connected issues. We travel a lot. Different countries don't offer the same connectivity - or at least not for a grand price. Or on planes, or out in the unpopulated areas. I have issues with cloud now, and I live in Central Florida!

99. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I wont even pay attention to his stupidity and you shouldn't either. If he needs sdcards so bad, he has options. Samsung makes phones that support them and so do other brands. There are adapters available that you can easily plug into the USB port. USB OTG works on all Android's. Even though I have an S6 Edge with 128GB, I dont want to store my library on the phone. So I use a Leef adapter with another 128GB. When I want to hear music I simply plug it in. I like the fact I dont have to take off a battery door to remove it when I need to swap cards, as I have different cars with different capacities with different media. It works and I am perfectly ok. For media I need all the time, I've moved that to my phone. Roughly 50GB. Like I said and reasoned, there is just no valid reason to remove a battery amd sdcards for smartphone usage is just slowly going away on the highend. sdcards is not a high end technology. It is a dinosaur just like floppy disks. Everyone did this same crying when floppy drives were no longer being supplied with a new PC, same for many laptops not having optical drives. These type of people hold technology back because they refuse to adapt to new standards.

8. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

Well, Samsung fans are the ones that have always bitched about SD cards and Removable batteries.

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And suddenly when Samsung is removing them, they "have no problem".

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes and no, Apple give 16gb and use emmc 5.0 (8 bit cheap crap going back to when sd cards where 1st used) Samsung gives ufs 2.0 with 32gb with new stat of the art design giving ssd type power in a small chip

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never had a problem with it. Oh, I'm not a fan. The fact is, its not a problem because they still make phones with sdcards. So if they truly need one, they have flagship options like the Note 3, the Note 4 and the S5. Those phones didnt magically stop working or lose flagship status because they have newer models available. Even if they provide a controller with UFS 2.0 that supports them, sdcards are still slow. By now sdcards should have the same transfer rates as internal flash.

79. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

People should read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. S-heeps.

100. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because it isnt a problem. Because Samsung makes phones that support sdcards. if they dont want to support them on the highend because dinosaur technolgy doesnt belong on the highend, then tough cookies. What si great about Android is, you can pick another brand. Eventually all of them on the highend is goign to make the same move. UFS 2.0 now is the future and highend phones cant be highend as long as they support old lowend technology. Just like PC, dont come with floppies. Its lowend useless garbage for saps on the low. I like sdcards too, but its not a problem to not have internal support. I use an adapter, so for me I dont see a problem, except with lame brain fools wo are to lazy to simply use w workaround. They are just drama queens. I hate drama queens.

80. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I remembered those days when samsung bragging sd card and removable battery as very important features on a phone...

83. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes when 16gb of emmc cost big time cash

13. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

You mean like the same way you're bitching about not wanting a feature many people like about a device they will be buying with their hard earned cash right? Stop acting like a spoilt 4 year old!! People will buy whatever they will as long as it satisfies them. The Note 4 may as well be my last because I have no worries about the speed of my Samsung 128GB microsd and I don't plan on throwing it away anytime soon.

16. unregistered

Me I want a bezelless note 5 with a 6" screen. Other things can come in any order.

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