Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has only 128GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot
Many US consumers considering a 5G phone may be inclined to acquire one through their existing carrier. However, those with Verizon and who are also Samsung fans may be advized to be a little wary prior to going down this route. Some customers in the same situation have posted feedback indicating its potential drawbacks specifically relating to this company's Galaxy S20 variant.
This model, known as the S20 5G UW, has been found not to have a microSD card slot. This would make it an exception among its series, which typically exhibits a dual slot that houses both SIMs and this form of external memory. The discrepancy may be particularly keenly felt by users who take or save a lot of images: it leaves the UW variant with only 128GB of fixed memory.
Furthermore, it, like the 4G/LTE S20, has only 8GB of RAM, whereas most unlocked S20s 5G out there have 12. One Reddit user seemed particularly disappointed with this issue, as they had not realized this while buying the phone.
According to a recent XDA report, this confusion may have arisen from the specs-list found on Samsung's US site, which contradicted one field stating that there was a SIM/microSD card slot with another saying there was no external memory support. This may be due to the fact that Verizon-associated and unlocked versions of the phone are sold via the same page.
Opening the page in question now reveals that Samsung has amended the UW's specs to more accurately reflect its lack of extendable storage in any case. However, it remains that this variant is underpowered compared to others of the exact same phone.
This may not affect day-to-day use of the S20 variant in question, but could become an issue while attempting anything intensive, gaming included, or when wishing to futureproof a already-pricy device. On that note, Verizon may have opted for this UW variant in order to reduce costs and thus appeal to customers with various plans or offers.