phones with expandable memory

A few years ago, high-end phones with expandable memory started to become a dying breed. However, the feature is still around even if it’s not as universal as it once was. There are still many great phones that include a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand the storage on your phone. Here are the best ones you should know about.

Best phones with expandable memory:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best phones with expandable memory regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S series consists of three phones: the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. The Ultra model offers the most of the three, sporting a large 6.9-inch display, as much as 16GB of RAM, and a triple-camera setup at the back (108MP+48MP+12MP) along with a ToF sensor. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and packs a 5,000mAh battery.

The Galaxy S20 Plus is next in line, coming with a 6.7-inch display and a triple-camera setup at the back featuring 64MP, 12MP, and 12MP shooters, and a ToF camera. The phone packs a 4,500mAh battery and 12GB of RAM. It’s powered by the same chipset as the Ultra model.

The regular Galaxy S20 is very similar to the Plus model. The major differences are that it comes with a smaller 6.2-inch display, packs a smaller 4,000mAh battery, and lacks a ToF sensor. All three phones sport a microSD card slot, an IP68 rating, and wireless charging. And no, none of them have a headphone jack.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Although the Galaxy S family is the most popular line of Samsung phones, the Galaxy Note line takes the power and versatility of the S line a few steps further. This is especially true with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

While the standard Note 20 does not have support for expandable storage, the bigger and more expensive Note 20 Ultra does, up to 2TB. It features the Snapdragon 865 Plus (or the Exynos 990, depending on the market), 12GB of RAM, and a 6.9-inch AMOLED panel with the Infinity-O punch hole. The design is equally attractive, though not necessarily massively different from the S line.

On the downside, the Note 20 Ultra doesn’t offer a 1TB option, but the 512GB of storage you get with the high-end model should be enough for most people.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP + Laser AF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III

Sony’s upcoming pair of flagships pack the Snapdragon 888 chipset under the hood. You’ll find 8GB of RAM along with 128 or 256GB of storage on the Xperia 5 III. It also adds a microSD card slot for additional storage. The phones haven’t actually released yet but are expected to go on sale any day now.

If you go for the slightly larger Sony Xperia 1 III, you’ll get 256GB of expandable storage across all models. You’ll also kick off with 12GB of RAM as your standard. It comes in with a 6.5-inch display made of impressively tough Gorilla Glass Victus and you’re looking at a 4,500mAh battery to keep you moving.

Like most other Xperia phones, the weirdly named pair of phones comes with side-mounted fingerprint scanners. The Xperia 5 III comes with a 6.1-inch 21:9 display that makes the phone quite lanky. However, there’s also a high 120Hz refresh rate. You also get an IP68 rating and even a headphone jack. Unfortunately, Sony still hasn’t leaped aboard the wireless charging train for the more affordable Xperia 5 III. Overall, they’re still some of the best phones with expandable storage you can get.


Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Motorola Moto One 5G Ace

Motorola’s Moto One 5G Ace is one of the best phones you can get with expandable memory, and it’s also one of the most affordable. Costing just $400, the mid-range device comes in with an impressive display and a massive battery to match.

You won’t find the most incredible spec sheet on this list, but the silver 5G Ace sticks to what it knows. It packs 4 or 6GB of RAM as well as 64 or 128GB of expandable memory and a two-day 5,000mAh battery cell. While we have our questions about Motorola’s use of 5G, there are plenty of other reasons to grab the 5G Ace even if they’re not in the name.

Motorola tapped a triple camera setup to lead the 5G Ace, but it leaves something to be desired. The actual interface is nice and easy to use, but the quality isn’t what we’d call an “ace.”


Motorola Moto One 5G Ace specs

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Poco X3 Pro

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The Poco X3 Pro the latest offering from the former sub-brand. This phone is all about blistering performance, even if it comes with a few other sacrifices. It comes with up to 256GB of storage or you can stick with 128GB.

The X3 Pro is a 5G phone that sits closer to a flagship than its mid-range price might suggest. It offers up to 8GB of RAM, the solid Snapdragon 860 chipset, and a massive 5,160mAh battery. Of course, there’s also a microSD card slot on board. Additionally, the phone features a headphone jack and even an IR blaster.

The expandable device also has decent cameras, though they’re technically downgraded from the standard Poco X3. Your main shooter packs 48MP, while the top secondary option is down to just 8MP from a previous 13MP. As Dhruv said in his review, the Poco X3 Pro is a powerful phone so long as you don’t need a well-rounded experience.


Poco X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 860
  • RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,160mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G offers some great hardware, including support for 5G networks, at a reasonable price. It has a big 6.5-inch display, along with 6 or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for additional storage. You also get a large 4,500mAh battery.

You’ll find four cameras at the back, including a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and another 5MP sensor to collect depth information. There’s also a 32MP front-facing camera onboard. If you want to get a 5G phone that doesn’t cost a lot, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a perfect choice. 


Samsung A52 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Redmi Note 10 Pro

Redmi Note 10 Pro in corner
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

There’s a lot to like about the Redmi Note 10 Pro. In addition to being one of the best phones with expandable storage (up to 1TB), it’s easily among the most affordable on our list.

The phone has a 6.67-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor, and 6 or 8GB of RAM, along with up to 128GB of onboard storage. You also get a quad rear camera setup, with a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro and depth cameras. Other specs and features worth mentioning include a headphone jack and a huge 5,020mAh battery.

While you don’t get premium features like wireless charging, you do get a lot for your money overall. The Redmi Note 10 Pro may be the top dog in the Note 10 family, but you can check out a few alternatives if you’re hoping to save some money.


Redmi Note 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6 or 8GB
  • Storage: 64 or 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

The next model on our list of the best phones with expandable memory is also one of the newest models on the list. Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Lite 5G landed a little while after the standard Mi 11, and it packs a solid mix of mid-range and flagship features. Just keep in mind that its availability is a bit limited at this point.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 series buyer’s guide

For starters, the device packs a hefty 6.55-inch display with a left-corner punch hole camera. The display keeps you on the move with a 5G-ready Snapdragon 780G chip and up to 256GB of expandable memory. You can take your choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM and the 4,250mAh battery should offer plenty of power.

The real star of Xiaomi’s budget-friendly show might be the triple-camera setup, however. It kicks off with a 64MP main shooter, flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP macro. On the front, you’ve got a 20MP camera to capture all of the selfies you can ask for.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 780G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,250mAh
  • Software: Android 11

9. Asus Zenfone 8 Flip

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Our last phone with expandable memory might also be the most unique option on the list. The new Asus Zenfone 8 Flip keeps the trademark of most previous Zenfones — the folding camera unit. Not only does that give you uninterrupted access to the 6.67-inch display, but it also means you have one of the most flexible selfie cameras around.

Surprisingly enough, the Zenfone 8 Flip isn’t the true flagship of the family. It sticks with a 90Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 6 construction as well as just 8GB of RAM. While that’s plenty for most people, it’s a far cry from the 16GB you can get on the standard Zenfone 8. You’ll also get the benefit of expandable memory, which the basic model skips. Unfortunately, though, Asus only found room for a headphone jack on the true flagship device.

The Zenfone 8 Flip may be one of the more unique devices to come out of 2021, but it’s not the most powerful. You’ll have to navigate some of the shortcomings, but the parts that do shine are worth the effort.


Asus Zenfone 8 Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

These are our favorite phones with expandable storage, although there are plenty of other great options out there as well. We’ll update this post with new models once they hit the market.