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.