phones with expandable memory

A few years ago, high-end phones with expandable memory started to become a dying breed. However, while not every device may have it, this feature is certainly not going away. 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

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra rear panel expandable

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 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 II

Sony Xperia 5 II in the hand

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Sony’s latest flagship packs the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. It also adds a microSD card slot for additional storage. You’ll find three 12MP cameras at the back as well as an 8MP front-facing camera. 

Like most other Xperia phones, the weirdly named 5 II has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It 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. However, the 4,000mAh battery lacks wireless charging. However, it’s still one of the best phones with expandable storage you can get.


Sony Xperia 5 II specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,080 x 2,520 resolution.
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Motorola Moto Edge

Motorola Moto Edge front view expandable memory

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The Motorola Moto Edge is a mid-range phone with 5G network support. It comes with a large 6.7-inch display and packs the Snapdragon 765 chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You can expand that storage with its microSD card slot, up to 1TB.  The phone also sports a large 4,500mAh battery and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

This phone also has three rear camera sensors, including a 64MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. All of that is packed into a phone that at the moment is priced at just $499.99. You can get it directly from Motorola via the button below. It’s one of the best mid-range phones with expandable memory.


Motorola Moto Edge specs

  • Display: 6.75-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 16 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. LG V60

LG V60 top half of back 1 expandable

The LG V60 ThinQ is the latest flagship offering from the Korean manufacturer. This phone is both powerful and one of the best-looking devices currently on the market. It comes with 128GB of storage and a microSD card slot.

The LG V60 is a 5G phone with all of the specs you’d expect from a flagship. It offers 8GB of RAM, the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. Of course, there’s also a microSD card slot on board. Additionally, the phone features a Quad DAC and a headphone jack.

Two other great perks the LG V60 offers are wireless charging and a dual-screen accessory for multitasking. Although the second screen costs extra, it makes the V60 one of the most versatile devices you can buy without the worries you might have with a foldable.

The 5G flagship also has improved cameras. On the back you will find a main 64MP camera, accompanied by 13MP ultra-wide and ToF sensors. Unfortunately, the selfie camera is still housed in a notch, but it’s a tiny one that’s relatively easy to ignore. Overall, however, the LG V60 is one of the best phones with expandable memory you can get.


LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy A71 5G offers some great hardware, including support for 5G networks, at a reasonable price. It has a big 6.7-inch display, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB 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 on board. If you want to get a 5G phone that doesn’t cost a lot, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is a perfect choice. 


Samsung A71 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 980
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Motorola Moto G Power

Motorola Moto G Power right profile expandable

There’s a lot to like about the Moto G Power. In addition to being one of the best phones with expandable storage (up to 512GB), it has a huge 5,000mAh battery that will power this phone up to at least two days, or even longer.

The phone has a 6.4-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, and 4GB of RAM, along with 128GB of onboard storage. You also get a triple rear camera setup, with a 16MP main camera, along with an 8MP action camera, and a 2MP macro camera. Other specs and features worth mentioning include a 16MP front-facing camera, dual speakers, and a headphone jack.

While you don’t get premium features like wireless charging or an IP rating, you do get a lot for your money overall. The Moto G Power really is a great buy.


Moto G Power specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 16, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. LG Wing

LG Wing swiveled home screens in hand

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The last model on our list of the best phones with expandable memory is perhaps one of the most unusual phones you can buy. The LG Wing has two displays, but the main 6.8-inch front screen swivels up from a vertical to a horizontal position. It also exposes the second 3.9-inch screen behind the main screen.  This kind of setup allows the phone to do things other phones cannot. For example, the main horizontal screen can run a movie, while the second screen below can display the media controls.

The LG Wing supports microSD cards to up to 2TB in size and comes with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. It includes support for LG 3D Sound Engine and wireless charging. The phone is also IP54 rated. Inside, there’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip and 8GB of RAM

Another thing that makes the LG Wing stand out is its camera setup. It includes a 32MP pop-up selfie camera, hidden at the top of the phone’s rear half. In the back, there’s a 64MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide shooter, and a 12MP “Ultra Wide Big Pixel” camera. LG says the second screen can be used as a grip, and the Gimbal Motion Camera feature adds more feature to that ultra-wide 12MP camera.

Verizon Wireless is currently selling the LG Wing for $999.99, or for $41.66 a month for 24 months. It’s also being sold at AT&T for $1,049.99, or for $35 a month for 30 months.


LG Wing:

  • Display: 6.8-inch main front screen, 3.8-inch rear screen
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP pop-up
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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.