Samsung isn’t getting rid of the microSD card slot entirely, mind you. The pricier,will still have support for expandable storage. But on the 6.3-inch, more compact Note 10 version of the phone you’ll have to be content with 256GB of built-in storage.
Suzanne De Silva, head of mobile for Samsung Electronics America, told CNET that the decision stemmed from the trade-off of making the phone thinner but packing in a bigger battery.
Compared with last year’s, the new Note 10 is indeed thinner and lighter, and its 4,300mAh battery is also 7.5% larger than the Note 9’s 4,000mAh power source.
The removal of the microSD slot is still a bit of a disappointment on a line of devices that have long been praised for not compromising. It wouldn’t, however, be the first time Samsung has removed the feature from a top-of-the-line phone. The Galaxy Fold, which is , similarly lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot.