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

Will you be devastated if the Note 5 doesn't have a microSD slot and removable battery?
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 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 wanted to ask you 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. Take your pick, and give us your grief in the comments below.

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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96 Comments

1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I thought it would bother me, after owning phones with SD card and removable batteries in the past. But I took the risk and bought the galaxy S6 edge 64gb, and no regrets. To me, SD card support and removable battery is a good feature, but not important.

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I think if Note 5 can have 64 and 128 gb options, then it's really not a turn off. I have a 64 gb SD card in my Z2 and after a year and a half, I have only used 20gb of it.

57. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

SD card support is not as important to me since I don't take mine out often. HOWEVER.. as phones are getting better and more durable, I'm interested in keeping them longer. I have found that the batteries will die long before the contract is up. My wife has a phone now that's not up for replacement, with a battery that lasts half as long as when it was new. Having the ability to order a new battery to freshen the phone is HUGE to me. I'm assuming that battery replacement will not be easy with the Note 5.

64. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I do notice my Z2's battery doesn't last as long as it used to be. I wonder there is something to do with the Android 5.x. However, I'm still very happy with the battery life I get from a 1+ year old phone.

72. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If I pay $800.00+ for a smartphone, it should serve more than a 2 or 3 year contract... I can see iPhone locking their battery in, because with each update they slow their previous iphone down forcing an upgrade. But Android phones still support phones from the Cupcake/Donut era... My old Original Galaxy Note is STILL in good shape and serving my poor uncle well... New Battery = New Smartphone for Uncle Willie. O.o

92. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 113; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Why no phone with 256 gb memory? I know clouds. But when you really need the space is usually the situations when you don't have internet. Like for the frequently travelers having movies on the phone. Anyway you can connect a pendrive but if you do you cannot charge with external charger but the battery is not removable to change so vicious circle... However average Joe probably doesn't give a sh*t about this things. Anyway waterproof would be awesome again. I guess there were too much warranty issue with the s5 by water damage... Samsung should really care more and listen more to the fans and users especially now when Chinese manufacturers will rearrange the whole market in a blink of an eye...

32. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I don't care about micro SD and removable battery too, never used them, but good to have though. Once my battery was dying and I was going out somewhere, I asked my friend (who was sitting next to a charging point) for his battery (we had same phone), and switched batteries, after coming back I switched it back. Also I would prefer a future proof device, with a better SOC with good GPU and USB type C. Should have A72 cores and T860 or T880 GPU. IMX230 is welcomed as well. Or I would wait for next note. May be by that time samsung might come up with SSD like removable memory.

44. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

USB Type C with 3.1 speed. They don't necessarily go hand in hand. With 3.1 speed, the need for a removable battery is greatly decreased due to speed of recharging. Hopefully they will implement this connection!

49. waddup121 unregistered

Nope not at all.

54. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Those are features less likely to be important when the phone is brand new (unless maybe you bought an iPhone and run out of memory the first week or otherwise didn't research your immediate needs). ;-)

75. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

NO REMOVABLE BATTERY & MICROSD = FAIL

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

To me, removable battery is very important... SD card is welcomed but its ok not to have it. OTG support is a must otherwise no purchase

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

As I said before, Note series are well known for their flexibility. I'm fine with no removable battery, but you definitely can't ditch the SD card slot. If both are included, then it will be a true beast. And now, that idiot Sammy boy is gonna say I never liked the Note series and I'm a Sony fanboy, gonna disrespect my opinion and blah blah blah, and even wanna force me to blindly praise Samsung for not including a SD card slot. Prepare for some dose of The Daily Blah, ladies and gentlemen.

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Dude, I always respect your opinion even if others don't. Don't care about trolls .

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am also a Sammy boy but not a blind boy bcoz they are not giving me anything free... I will agree with your points bcoz whatever you are saying holds water. But ditching Sd card comes at the benefit of blazing fast USF memory, so it is understandable untill there will be a solution to include both without compromissing the speed. ""No, I'd rather take the premium unibody design"" Where it is written that phone cannot be designed to look premium with removable battery? Is it a law or something? It is Samsung who is not well known in designing beautiful phones. Its Samsung's fault and not a fault of removable battery.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Exactly. It would be a true display of innovative craftsmanship to make a phone with both premium design AND micro SD/removable battery.

33. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Samsung thinks it's a trade-off, you can't have both ways....But I call BS on that, With A unibody design, the Micro SD can always be slotted on the sides without affecting the aesthetics....However a removable battery is always possible, assuming Samsung isn't all to crazy about the thickness....

53. TerryTerius unregistered

Samsung never said anything about it being impossible to do because of design, it is a technical limitation. I think you should reread the article.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sdcards have nothing to do with phone design. There reason the S6 doesn't have an sdcard slot is because UFS 2.0 doesn't support it. A metal door that would have to be very thin would be a weak point and it would likely bend from constant removal. Then you all will be crying its cheap and blah blah blah. Word to Samsung do what is best. The vast majority who want better will buy it and the whiners will move on to something else. Technology needs to move forward and all the dinosaurs need to die off.

56. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Given enough resources, I'm confident Samsung could find an innovative way to workaround both issues, but I'm being idealistic here.

76. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

YOU need to die off.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There were phone with removable batts and sdcards long before the Note. The Note and S are premium devices that need premium capabilities. Removable batteries aren't need with a phone that last 2 days on a single charge. There will be options available that offer both for those who actually need it.

78. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

@Techie, How can a phone that has less than 6hrs Screen On Time last 2days? I have the note 4 since October 2014 with 2 original Samsung batteries I interchange daily and even though my usage pattern and yours are clearly not the same I don't know how you worked out that kind of battery efficiency. I'm not going to call you a liar but I'll call you out on not being factual with your claims that "Removable batteries aren't need with a phone that last 2 days on a single charge". That is simply untrue because everyone knows that the biggest weakness of smart phones today is battery life and the only way to achieve 2 days without the phone shutting down on android is to charge the device to 100% and hope not to receive calls or use the device for 1hr throughout the whole 48hrs.

41. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I take ufs over sd card any day, if they was removing it and only using emmc 5.0 then that not be good, but I 100% take ufs over sd card, I hope the basic model is 64hb that will stop most of the I need an sd card posts But ufs is always a game changer when I put my s6 next to my note 4, the note is so slow

4. apamau

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

i was given a samsung s6 Edge for free in my company, and i hv to give it out again to another employee, as my current phone with 32SD card is nearly full and planning to move on to 64GB, due to some photos and docs i need them in my phone. So, you can see how damage it is to me.. i am using a mid range honor phone. So, now i am still using it whearas the edge was given to another employee who's not a heavy user like me..

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Are you in an area that has no data? Because cloud storage like the office 365 is stupid high storage amounts. Like 10TB for 9.99 for 5 users.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which becomes useless if you're in a low signal area or are bumping to against your data cap. Local storage is always available storage.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

If Samsung gonna change the note like it changes the S6 better change the name too.

7. jokensy unregistered

No removable battery? Not a problem but no microSD slot!? That's a deal breaker!

8. TournaFlyer

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

I'll be the proud owner of a new Note 4. Samsung better ramp up production on the 4. lol. What most people, i feel, are not taking into account, is the "under-reported" feature of Android M. Android M is gonna' allow you to mount your SD as device storage!

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