Samsung earlier this year caught some flak for removing expandable storage from the Galaxy S21 series. All three models — vanilla Galaxy S21, 21+, and S21 Ultra — came sans a microSD slot, not even a hybrid one. And despite user dissatisfaction, it appears the company doesn’t plan to reinstate the feature on their successors. Korean media is reporting that the Galaxy S22 series will not include a microSD slot.
A couple of well-known tipsters, namely Ice Universe and Tron, have also supported these claims. So the report is likely legitimate. Well, it’s not very surprising either. The Galaxy S20 FE, which launched in September last year, was the last premium Samsung smartphone to offer expandable storage. It featured a hybrid slot (shared SIM slot), meaning you can’t use dual SIM and a microSD card at the same time. But we aren’t complaining as long as it lets us expand the storage capacity.
Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t offered that possibility with any of its flagship models this year. The recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldables also lack a microSD slot. The Korean giant doesn’t seem to see the benefits of having expandable storage on phones.
The worst thing about this is that the base variant of the Galaxy S22 series will still come with 128GB of onboard storage. That may not be enough for most users. Only if the company had listened to customer feedback and at least offered a hybrid slot. Perhaps there are some business benefits to removing expandable storage from flagship devices. Maybe it makes users opt for a higher storage variant rather than the base variant, thus generating more revenue and profit for the company.
These are, of course, mere speculations. But it’s getting clearer that after the 3.5mm headphone jack, the microSD slot is the next to disappear from smartphones. What’s next though? The charging port? Well, smartphone companies have already started removing the charging adapter from the retail box. So it shouldn’t be surprising if wireless charging becomes the standard across the board very soon.
Galaxy S22 series will come in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage variants
The new report also claims that the Galaxy S22 series will come with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. That’s the same storage configuration as the Galaxy S21 series. Multiple leaks and rumors in the recent weeks have also revealed a few other key details about Samsung’s upcoming flagships, including their design. You can expect to hear more about the new phones in the coming weeks.