A few years ago,  phones with expandable memory were starting to become a dying breed. It makes sense, too — Google hasn’t included support for microSD expansion in their Nexus handsets for years. Something must have changed, though, because the company included support for adoptable storage in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

This is making microSD support popular again, and today we are making it easy for you to find phones with expandable memory. We have created a list of our very favorite phones with microSD support, so let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 Plus are two of the newest and best T-Mobile phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different than the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside there’s many differences. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both also have 64 GB of storage, with a microSD card slot to add more storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6 GB of RAM.

The biggest change comes in the camera department. The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12 MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate mechanical blades that close down over the sensor, which offers a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12 MP rear camera with the dual aperture mode as the S9, plus a secondary 12 MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It is used as a telephoto lens for the S9 Plus, and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960 fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front facing 8 MP camera at f/1.7 aperture. 

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera and 12 MP secondary camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now.

The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite parts of this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.

No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be the right phone for you. Check out our full review below!

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea what users wanted in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally!). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, with microSD card support for adding more expandable memory, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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HTC U11

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The HTC 10 was one of our favorite Android phones of 2016, and for good reason. The Taiwanese company absolutely nailed the design of the 10, and it worked hard at scaling back the software to make it feel like the bare-bones Android experience we all know and love. And while it didn’t have a bunch of gimmicky extras, that was okay. The HTC 10 was a solid Android phone that nailed the basics.

Now HTC is back with the 10’s successor, the HTC U11. With an eye-catching, glossy design, all-day battery life, and a smooth and snappy software experience, the U11 competes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 when it comes to performance. It also has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, according to DxOMark. In terms of storage, you can get it with either 64GB or 128GB, with microSD card support for adding more expandable memory.

The standout feature on the U11 is something HTC calls Edge Sense. The sides of the phone are pressure sensitive, and this allows you to physically squeeze the phone to activate a specific function or open an app like the camera or web browser. Having to squeeze your phone to make it do something does sound a bit odd, but we’ve really found that this feature comes in… handy.

Before you go out and spend $650 on this baby, there are a few things you should know. For starters, this phone doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, meaning you’ll either need to use Bluetooth headphones or carry around the included headphone adapter everywhere you go. Also, while HTC’s Sense is one of our favorite Android skins out there, it is feeling a bit dated at this point.

If you can get past those few caveats, though, the U11 will certainly not disappoint.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

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If you love Huawei’s Mate 9 but need something a bit smaller, look no further. Huawei’s new P10 and P10 Plus feature improved software, a new-and-improved dual camera setup, and top-tier specs.

The P10 and P10 Plus are the first devices to launch with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. Compared to EMUI 5 on the Mate 9, Huawei says the improved interface brings some notable performance improvements, as well as a smarter theming engine that will adapt to the color of your phone.

Under the hood, these devices sport the Kirin 960 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 256 GB. Plus, both phones come with dual 12 and 20 MP rear-facing camera setups (co-developed with Leica, of course), with optical image stabilization. Both devices also have Leica-branded 8 MP front cameras.

Unfortunately you’re going to have a hard time getting your hands on one of these bad boys if you live in the United States. Huawei currently has plans to bring the P10 lineup to around 30 different countries, but the U.S. isn’t on that list. You can probably import one from another country if you’d like, but be prepared to pay a little extra if you’re going that route.

Specs

Huawei P10

  • 5.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 431 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm, 145 g

Huawei P10 Plus

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153.5 x 74.2 x 6.98 mm, 165 g

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Huawei Mate 10

The Huawei Mate 10 is one of the latest flagship phones from the China-based company. It has a 5.9 inch IPS LCD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has Huawei’s own in-house octa-core Kirin 970 processor, along with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot that can support up to 256 GB of additonal storage. We will point out that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro does not have a microSD card slot, so keep that in mind.

In addition, the Mate 10 has a dual rear-camera setup, with 20 MP and 12 MP sensors, an 8 MP front-facing selfie camera, a 4,000 mAh battery, and support for Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Again, don’t confuse the Mate 10 with the Mate 10 Pro if you want to get the member of the Mate 10 family with expandable storage. You can purchase the international version of the Mate 10 on Amazon right now for $699.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1,440 x 2,560 resolution, 499 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2 mm, 186 g

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LG V30

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The V30 is the latest flagship phone from LG, which has been struggling to compete with its biggest Android rival Samsung. It is also the successor to 2016’s LG V20, which included a secondary 2.1-inch screen on top for showing app shortcuts, media controls, and more. The V30 does away with that secondary display, and instead has one nearly bezel-free 6-inch screen, using LG’s new Plastic OLED (pOLED) panel. LG offers a slide-out menu on the phone’s display (called the Floating Bar) that floats around the screen as a substitute (sort for) for folks who might miss the secondary display.

In terms of hardware specs, the LG V30 has everything you would expect from a flagship phone in 2017. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB RAM, along with 64 GB of onboard storage, with microSD card support for adding more expandable memory, a 3,300 mAh battery, and an IP68 dust and water resistance rating. LG is heavily promoting the advanced camera and photography features on the V30m too. It has a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera has a Crystal Clear Lens instead of plastic, which should mean you’ll get more realistic looking photos with the V30. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

Audiophiles should also be happy with the LG V30, as it has support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by B&O Play. It is also the first smartphone to support MQA, which is supposed to let users stream high-res audio, but with a smaller file size and no loss in quality.

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 Razer Phone

Razer, who have already been highly successful with their wide range of gaming PC and console hardware and accessories, decided they wanted to make a gaming and entertainment-oriented smartphone. The result is the recently launched Razer Phone. The fact that it packs in 8 GB of RAM shows you they want to make gaming on a phone smoother and better than on a normal device.

Besides 8 GB, the Razer Phone includes a big 5.7-inch display with a 120 Gh refresh rate and 64GB of onboard storage with microSD card support for adding more expandable memory. That feature can be combined with the phone’s other major feature, Ultra Motion, which syncs up its GPU with the high refresh rate, allowing games made for the phone to have silky smooth frame rates with little to no lag or graphics tearing.

Besides the display features, the Razer Phone also has a big 4,000 mAh battery, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, loud twin front speakers with Dolby Atmos support, and more to make it perhaps the best phone ever made specifically for gaming. You can purchase it now from Razer for $699.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch-inch LED display with 1,440 x 2,560 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, MicroSD slot available
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm, 197 g

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Those are our favorite microSD-compatible smartphones! Do you have a favorite that’s not listed? Is microSD support even a big deal to you? Hit the comments to let us know!

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