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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will not get microSD slot

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will not have microSD slot
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The next-gen phablet will apparently lack microSD storage due to hardware limitations, as the UFS 2.0 internal storage and the SD cards require different memory controllers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has one key feature for quite a few users, namely the microSD slot that Galaxy S6 devices pushed aside. Unfortunately, it looks like the high-end next-gen phablet by Samsung will drop this feature as well and its users will no longer by able to extend the amount of available storage with the help of a microSD memory card.

Despite the speculations that claimed Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge without a microSD slot because they had to remove it to achieve the desired thickness, the truth is different. While all competitors of the S6 family feature eMMC 5.0 internal storage, Samsung's flagships use UFS 2.0, the fastest internal storage technology available right now on the market. Unfortunately, while UFS 2.0 can perform writes and reads about two times as fast as eMMC 5.0, it is also too fast for any microSD card to keep up and requires a separate controller.

Since eMMC 5.0-powered devices can easily use a single memory controller for both the internal storage and microSD cards, things are not the same with those that use UFS 2.0. Given the major data write/read speed advantage of the S6 family over its predecessors, there is little doubt that Samsung will use UFS 2.0 storage for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet.

They may still find a way around the issues mentioned above and keep the microSD slot around, but that remains to be seen. For now, nothing is official yet.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-07- 8 (Update: 2015-07- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.