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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 microSD card slots, 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 S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, S10, and S10e all feature microSD card slots, allowing you to expand the memory by as much as 512GB. Combined with the high-end 1TB version of the S10 Plus, you can get as much as 1.5TB of space, which is more than some laptops!

All three phones are IP68 rated, have the same chipset under the hood, and support wireless charging. The Galaxy S10 Plus offers the most of the trio, sporting the largest display, the most RAM at 12GB, and two front-facing cameras. Most of the other specs are the same as those of the Galaxy S10, which include an in-display fingerprint scanner, three rear cameras, and a curved display.

The Galaxy S10e is the smallest and cheapest phone of the pack. It comes with two cameras at the back instead of three, a flat display, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Nevertheless, it’s still more than suitable for demanding users.


Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus with expandable memory

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 10 Plus.

Featuring the Snapdragon 855 (or the Exynos 9825, depending on market), 12GB of RAM, and a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel with the Infinity-O punch hole, this is a powerful phone. The design is equally attractive, though not necessarily massively different from the S line. On the downside, the Note 10 Plus doesn’t offer a 1TB option, but the 256 and 512GB variants can be upgraded with a microSD card.

For those who love the S Pen, the Note 10 Plus continues to excel. This time around the S Pen even gets a few new tricks like gesture controls that let you do things like control your smartphone camera remotely just by waving your hand in certain ways.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Sony Xperia 1 and 5

Snapdragon 855 phones - sony xperia 5

The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are very similar phones, both offering as much as 128GB of expandable storage. The latter is the more recent of the two and comes with a 6.1-inch Full HD+ display, 6GB of RAM, and three 12MP cameras at the back. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust and features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The Sony Xperia 1 sports a larger display at 6.5 inches that offers 4K resolution. Due to its bigger footprint, it also has a slightly larger battery (3,330mAh vs. 3,140mAh). Most of the other specs and features, including the RAM and cameras, are exactly the same as those of the Xperia 5.

Both phones are available in the US and are quite expensive, with the Xperia 1 costing more than its smaller brother.


Sony Xperia 1 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,330mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Sony Xperia 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Asus Zenfone 6

Asus Zenfone 6 with microSD card support

There are a couple of reasons that make the Asus Zenfone 6 one of the best phones with expandable memory you can get. The handset offers flagship specs at a mid-range price. It also packs a large 5,000mAh battery and runs a near-stock version of Android. But what makes it truly stand out is the flip-up camera at the back that can also be used for taking selfies.

The flip camera makes the Zenfone 6 stand out.

This unique design approach allowed Asus to create a phone without a notch or a punch-hole for the camera, giving the Zenfone 6 a high screen-to-body ratio. You can get the device with 64 or 128GB of storage that’s expandable for an additional 1TB.

Of course, the low price tag means Asus had to cut a few corners. The phone doesn’t support wireless charging, has an LCD screen instead of an OLED one found on most high-end phones, and isn’t resistant to water.


Asus Zenfone 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. LG V50 ThinQ

LG V50 ThinQ -- a phone with expandable storage

The V50 ThinQ is a minor upgrade over its predecessor, the V40 ThinQ. This 5G-ready phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and comes with 128GB of storage that can be expanded for an additional 1TB.

It’s a great phone for music lovers, as it features a headphone jack as well as a Quad DAC for a better audio experience with the right headphones. The V50 also comes with five cameras on board — three at the back and two on the front — is IP68 rated, and sports a 4,000mAh battery.

The LG V50 ThinQ is available in the US, but you can only get it through Sprint or Verizon — check pricing via the button below.


LG V50 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. ZTE Axon 10 Pro

ZTE Axon 10 Pro display

The base version of ZTE’s flagship comes with 128GB of storage, but a 256GB model is also available. The microSD card slot allows you to expand the storage for an additional 1TB, which is more than enough for the vast majority of users.

ZTE might not be a big name in Western markets, but that doesn’t mean it makes bad phones. The Axon 10 Pro has plenty to offer, including an eye-catching design and high-end specs. You get the Snapdragon 855 chipset, three rear cameras, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The phone has a large 6.47-inch display with curved edges and offers a near-stock Android experience. The battery life is great thanks to its 4,000mAh cell, which also supports wireless charging. All these things combined make the Axon 10 Pro one of the best phones with expandable memory on the market.


ZTE Axon 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 20, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom -- best phone with expandable memory

There’s a lot to like about the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom. In addition to supporting expandable storage (up to 256GB), it sports a versatile triple camera setup at the back that offers 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom.

The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom has a great build quality and comes with a fast in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s a high-end phone sporting the Snapdragon 855 chipset and as much as 8GB of RAM. The AMOLED display is quite big, coming in at 6.6 inches.

As always, there are a few drawbacks to consider. There’s no headphone jack, wireless charging, or an IP rating. But the phone is cheaper than rivals like the Huawei P30 Pro — get it via the button below.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. LG G8X ThinQ

LG G8X ThinQ waterproof phone with Snapdragon 855 chipset

The last model on our list of the best phones with expandable memory is the LG G8X ThinQ, which supports microSD cards to up to 1TB in size and comes with 128GB of storage. Just like the V50 ThinQ, it sports a headphone jack, a quad DAC, and wireless charging. The phone is also IP68 rated and packs high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 chipset.

You can attach a secondary screen to the LG G8X.

One of the things that make it stand out is the Dual Screen accessory, which adds a secondary screen to the device. It’s exactly the same as the main display, meaning it measures 6.4 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. It even has a notch, although it’s just for looks, as it lacks a selfie camera.

Other specs and features of the LG G8X include an in-display fingerprint scanner, a 4,000mAh battery, and two rear cameras. The phone also has stereo speakers on board.


LG G8X ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


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.