Galaxy S21: Samsung removes the MicroSD port, soon the end of memory cards?

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra. During this presentation, several good and bad surprises emerged. One of them is clearly the lack of a microSDXC port. Which will prevent consumers from expanding the phone’s memory. This is the first time that Samsung has removed this option on such a flagship. It makes you wonder if it would not soon be the end of memory cards?

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Today, Samsung formalizes its new flagship which will certainly serve as inspiration for the entire 2021 range of the Korean manufacturer and an example for almost all the competition. We’ve seen the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. We cannot advise you enough to take a look at all of our content on of course, but also on our YouTube channel where you can find a first grip.

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During this presentation, we learned a very good news: the price of Galaxy S21 is, on average, lower than the price of their respective predecessors. We have published a complete file on the evolution of Galaxy S21 prices depending on storage volumes. In this feature, we’ve tried to understand why the Galaxy S21s have dropped in price, but also how Samsung is lowering the price while making improvements.

The S21 are the first Galaxy S to be microSDXC incompatible

One of the concessions chosen by Samsung to reduce the cost of manufacturing the S21 (and thus lower the price of the phones) is remove microSD port. With the three new standard bearers, you no longer have the possibility of installing a memory card to expand the storage space of the mobile. This means that you will have to control the content (application, photo, video, game) which can be heavy (not to mention the preinstalled apps). You will need to regularly empty the phone memory. And you will certainly have to lower the definition of your photos and, above all, your videos. Too bad, the S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra are capable of filming in 8K !

To avoid overwhelming the phone’s memory too quickly, you will need to think about the storage volume that best suits your use. Samsung charges 50 euros for the passage of 128 GB to 256 GB of storage. Or 40 cents for the gigabyte. It’s a bit more expensive to go from 256 GB to 512 GB with the Galaxy S21 Ultra (but there is 4 GB more RAM too). This is obviously a much more expensive price than a memory card of the same capacity (a good memory card is worth around thirty euros at SanDisk for example). Remember thatApple, Google and OnePlus have never integrated a memory card reader into their iPhones. But other manufacturers also take the risk: Motorola, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi or even Asus.

What if this were to become widespread on the Galaxy A from 2021?

Following this announcement, we wonder what the future of memory cards is. Until now, Samsung had only removed this port with very specific models: the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip. For the first time, Samsung is taking the risk of removing it in an S-series model. If the public does not reject the idea, it could expand to other ranges, including Galaxy A premium, as the replacement for the Galaxy A71 5G. Will Samsung also remove it from the successor to the Galaxy A51 5G? If this is the case, it is very likely that the trend will spread very widely as early as 2021.