Poll results: you will be devastated if the Note 5 doesn't have a microSD slot and removable battery

Poll results: you will be devastated if the Note 5 doesn't have a microSD slot and removable battery
Judging from the alleged Note 5 schematics shown the other day, and adding recent 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. 

This is why we asked you last week whether the eventual sealed unibody of the Note 5, pretty as it might be, will make you pause longer before you pick it up, than if it had a removable battery and expandable memory, like all Notes so far. Well, if the preference of our 2235 respondents is any indication, it would be pretty "devastating" for Samsung to release a unibody Note 5 that has the sex appeal of the S6/S6 edge, but no memory card slot, and a sealed battery, just like those two. All in all, just 30% of our respondents would swap this design flexibility for a pretty metal-and-glass unibody.

Will you be devastated if the Note 5 doesn't have a microSD slot and removable battery?

Yes, I can't imagine the Note line without these
69.86%
No, I'd rather take the premium unibody design
30.14%

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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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52 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, not one bit. Simply buy a larger capacity, or get a third party sd adapter.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

''Simply buy -------'' ??? it's not that simple actually, people want choices, regardless of whether they want to use it or not.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well, they have the choice to not buy it. They'll know well in advancw, If it has SD or not.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree with you, the problem is that the best designer of mobile phones shouldn't have an issue adding a Micro SD Card slot on a phablet. Sure the S6 & S6 Edge were more compact thus not having a Micro SD card slot, but the Note 5 should still at least have one. I am for more features on any device... definitely not stripping of features... Samsung sells Micro SD cards... So why not support them with a Note 5 that has a Micro SD card slot? +1

20. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Watch out. jmtroll2001 has an algorithm that searches this site for comments containing Samsung and microsd. There are alarms and flashing lights all over his house right now. He'll be here any minute loaded with FUD about lag and the universe imploding if microsd and UFS2 exist together.

27. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The lack of Removable battery and SD had NOTHING to do with size. The S6 is HUGE. The reason was to increase profits for Samsung.

48. deleon629

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Right. It's ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY with a company this huge and any fan(boy) would be insane to believe otherwise. We're talking about the next best thing they're gonna bring to the public while they're in-office pondering ways to get more 'bang for your buck' from their customers with tactics like using older parts/materials/batteries, etc.

50. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

UFS 2.0?

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Excellent post 100% agreed

49. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The majority of professionals need and use microSD for backup, upgrade migration, etc and have to have a swapple battery to stay mobile and powered up. Why would anyone spend $700 to $800 on a piece of electronics that is so limited that it's useful life is limited to the battery

23. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And that's what DJ has implied at. More capacity variants mean more options for the consumers. And again PA, removing the Sd slot from the S6 had nothing to do with design.

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

DJ? sound cool.... darkk I hope you wont mind if we name you DJ... its perfectly aligned with strong and well built muscles in the gym and also similar to what Note 5 will be.... DJ as you have implied, sd adaptor is the perfect solution for sd slot absence. I hope removable battery will find some way in. This poll represent the consensus of general PA users, a small sample. Which if reflect the choice of the whole world then it will be devastating for sales. Samsung tough time for you, make or break situation

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao you cracked me up with that one yo! I just feel that the element of choice, combined with an informed decision will suffice. If they remove sd, and you have to have it, then buy a 3rd party adapter or don't buy the phone. I'd prefer an sd slot, hell I have a 32 gig san disk ultra I can't put in my edge. I'm looking into an adapter, so I can import the files from it. I know one thing, if the Note looks like the Edge, I'm selling mine and getting one. +1 for good and funny post man.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, just make an informed decision from what's available

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maherk! How're you liking the s6, and are you considering the note 5?

42. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am not so sure about anymore. Pros: great screen, camera, fast, gorgeous, live the wireless charging, theme store, and the blazing fast and accurate fingerprint scanner. Cons: slippery, fingerprint and smudges magnet, ram management, themes as much as they are cool seem to slow it down. I don't wanna sound as someone who likes to nag and complain a lot, but i do feel at times that i shouldn't have ditched my Note 4 for this, and think about going back to the best phablet ever. Don't get me wrong, i love all it's offerings, but it's slippery nature is my biggest complaint about it, plus i hate putting it in a case. Note 5, well it depends on the choice of materials Samsung decides to go with. What about you?

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have most of the same gripes, I'll get the Note if it looks like the edge design. I really love this phone, and like you I hate casing it. The case I have is nice and thin so it's no bother though.

45. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I got this one for my wife and brother's S6, and i wish it was also available for the S6 Edge. The buttons are bold and clicky, and it is very slim yet it protects the camera since it emulates the camera hump at the back. The only downside that it will start to get that yellowish tan after a month and so of use.

47. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

39. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

True!!

26. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It's good to see that 70% of Note buyers voting have a brain and aren't complete idiots like the 100% that buy Apple and the S6.

28. waddup121 unregistered

Not too much man

3. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Devastated? of course not, you can pick Note 4.

6. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

But by then it's already old tech, most people aren't keen on buying ''year old'' phones

11. Roshi unregistered

I'm waiting for Note 5 to get Note 4 at cheaper price by then.

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

what if I or other people dont want to pick Note 4 and still have a desire for removable battery + Sd in Note 5? hmm, tough choice to make

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

If this was year 2011, I'd be so worried because no OEM does it like SAMSUNG . But now, its like.nah .''Who cares if they'd put an SD slot or not''....others have caught up anyways....There's LG, there's SONY, There's ASUS..There's -----''''''' Blah

21. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Others have certainly stepped up their games. A lot. But they've still not put out anything that approaches the Note 4 or S6. But they're definitely getting there.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If you want a phone with SD card slot and removable battery, go for the mid range or low end phone. There I give you the choice Xiaomi never has those features on flagship since the 1st generation and the sales is increasing year by year. If anything wrong on Samsung, blame the price, not the SD card sh!t

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