Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 may drop the microSD card slot

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

As we approach the expected launch dates of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and the high-end Galaxy Note 9, more rumors and speculations keep showing up.

So far, we’ve had a taste of some of the best rumors about the phones, especially the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. As usual, the Galaxy S series will kick off Samsung’s flagship smartphone campaign in 2018 and later followed by the Galaxy Note 9. With this in mind, it’s natural to meet more rumors and speculations regarding the S9 pair compared to the Note 9. Still, we do know Samsung has a habit of using a bunch of similar specs on these two classes and we don’t expect anything different come 2018.

In one of the most interesting developments, Samsung has reportedly kicked off the mass production of 512GB eUFS storage modules for mobile phones. Even though there is no mention of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, it’s possible that this new module will find its way into both or either phone. If it makes it to the S9, it will be a guarantee that the Note 9 will also have this module; still, this doesn’t mean the S9 pair won’t have a base model of 64GB onboard storage.

According to Samsung, the new 512GB storage chip will stick to the same physical size as the current and biggest option available, 256GB. Also, Sammy says the new drive will be able to save an impressive 130 files of 10-minute UHD (4K) videos. As you would expect, the unit also brings faster data transfer speeds of 860Mbps (read) and 256Mbps (write).

As noted, Samsung has not confirmed whether this new chip will be used on the upcoming Galaxy S9 or even the Galaxy Note 9 that is expected to be here in H2 2018. However, if the company starts using this storage module, we may be facing the prospects of losing the microSD card slot. It may not make much sense having a 512GB ROM and still feel the need to expand it via a microSD card, something that could tempt Samsung into doing what it did with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. Still, it would make sense if the microSD card slot is retained on the base model, giving customers the luxury to choose what they really want.


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