According to a reliable leaker, the Galaxy S21 will not include a microSD card slot.
We already know a lot about the Galaxy S21, which is widely expected to be released later this month. However, it appears that we are hearing more about what will not be included in Samsung’s next flagship.
Last week, reports appeared to confirm the rumor that the Galaxy S21 will be shipped without a charger in some parts of the world, following Apple’s lead with the release of the iPhone 12. Now it appears that the Galaxy S21 will share another feature with Apple’s phones: there will be no microSD card slot for expanding storage on Samsung’s upcoming phone.
That information comes from phone leaker Roland Quandt, who has a solid track record for leaking information about Samsung’s phones. Quandt took to Twitter with a simple message: the Galaxy S21’s spec sheet does not include a “memory card reader.” A subsequent tweet (opens in a new tab) implied that this would be true for all three Galaxy S21 models, including the expensive Galaxy S21 Ultra.
If the MicroSD slot is truly gone, the upcoming phone will be ridding itself of one of the last bastions of classic smartphone design, along with headphone jacks. Still, it comes as no surprise. There was no such slot on all of the manufacturer’s flagships in 2015, and some Galaxy Note models, such as the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 20, also lacked it.
Quandt also mentions that some markets may receive chargers in the Galaxy S21 box, which is potentially good news. According to other leakers, the UK will be excluded. Nothing is official until Samsung officially unveils the phone.
And it may happen soon. The Galaxy S21 is expected to be unveiled on January 14, with the phone shipping by the end of the month. We anticipate three models: a standard Galaxy S21, a Galaxy S21 Plus, and a Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung has begun allowing potential customers to reserve a spot in line to pre-order the “next Galaxy” device.