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The Nokia 1 Plus is one of a few smartphones with a removable battery.

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Back in the modern smartphone’s formative years, it was pretty easy to find a device with a removable battery. But the trend towards unibody, sealed designs means you’ll actually struggle to find a phone with this feature today. It’s a pity because a removable design means you can easily swap out batteries — be it so you don’t have to charge your phone or if the other one has degraded. In any event, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best phones with a removable battery.

The best phones with a removable battery:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones with a removable battery regularly when new devices launch.

1. Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro

samsung galaxy xcover pro press

Most phones with removable batteries fall at the lower end of the specs and price spectrum, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good options in this category. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro is such a pleasant surprise.

It’s no flagship by any stretch of the imagination. But a great Full HD display, excellent mid-range processor, decent cameras, and a large battery that is also removable makes for a very compelling phone. The rugged Xcover Pro is also built to survive the elements. It comes with an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance, along with MIL-STD-810G certification for impact-resistance.

Another highlight is the fact that this phone comes with Android 10 out of the box. That’s not a huge surprise if you compare to other 2020 releases, of course. It’s certainly a positive when compared to the rest of the options on this list though.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro is more expensive than other similarly-specced mid-rangers. But this phone targets a very specific segment of the market. Anyone lamenting on the fact that there aren’t a lot of decent phones with removable batteries out there has something to look forward to with this legit good option.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 25 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,050mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Motorola Moto E6 Plus

motorola moto e6 plus

The Moto E6 Plus is one of the latest phones with a removable battery, delivering a 3,000mAh battery underneath its plastic cover. Otherwise, it’s a relatively capable phone for $140 to $160.

You’re getting a lightweight Helio P22 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 6.1-inch 720p display. It’s not powerful at all, but it’ll certainly handle basic tasks just fine. There’s also a 4GB/64GB option if you need more grunt.

Motorola’s budget handset offers a dual rear camera setup (13MP+2MP) for bokeh effects, while an 8MP camera handles selfies. Other noteworthy features include a rear fingerprint scanner, dual SIM support, and splash resistance.

In case you can’t get the E6 Plus in your market, the other two options you can go with are the Moto E6 or E6 Play. They are similar phones, but both offer a bit less than the Plus model.

Motorola Moto E6 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Helio P22
  • RAM: 2/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Rear cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Nokia 2.2

The Nokia 2.2 from various angles.

The Nokia 2.2 is one of the better smartphones with a removable battery announced this year. It stands out from the Moto E6 Plus by packing Android One support, which means it’s guaranteed to get two major Android updates.

HMD’s phone packs a quad-core Helio A22 chipset versus the more powerful octa-core P22 in the E6 Plus. Still, it should handle messaging, browsing, and other lightweight tasks just fine. Just don’t expect graphically advanced games and 4K recording.

Don’t hold your breath for anything spectacular when looking at the rest of the spec sheet either. There’s 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. And yes, the removable nature of the latter means you can just swap batteries when your phone is low on juice. All in all, it’s a pretty decent deal for $140.

Nokia 2.2 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio A22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Rear camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. LG Tribute Empire

LG Tribute Empire

The LG Tribute Empire probably won’t make any other list, but lands here almost by default due to its support for removable batteries.

LG’s budget phone offers an aging MT6750 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Android Oreo. And knowing LG, this phone won’t be updated to Android Pie or Android 10. The addition of an 8MP rear camera and 5MP selfie snapper means you’ve got all the ingredients for your average low-end device.

The LG Tribute Empire is available via Boost Mobile for $50, though, which is a pretty good price compared to the likes of the Nokia 1 Plus.

LG Tribute Empire specs:

  • Display: 5-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6750
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro

Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro

Samsung has a few different options in its rugged Xcover range, and the company’s second 2020 release is the Galaxy Xcover FieldPro. The FieldPro is a rather odd phone. It comes with specs similar to the Samsung’s 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9.

So powering the device is an Exynos 9810. The camera package is almost identical to the S9, and the FieldPro even comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. However, an upgrade to Android 10 is in the works. The rugged phone even comes with a Quad HD display, which is exceedingly rare in this particular category.

While the specs sheet may read the same, things couldn’t be more different in terms of design. the Xcover FieldPro is for people like law enforcement officers, emergency workers, hikers, technicians, and anyone who needs a phone that can survive in extreme conditions. It’s compact and highly ruggedized, with physical buttons for navigation below the screen. It also comes with an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance and a MIL-STD-810G certification for durability.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro is very expensive, with a price tag similar to the company’s latest releases. This phone is for a very specific group of people who might not mind the hefty price tag when considering everything it has to offer. It is only available on AT&T.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro specs:

  • Display: 5.1-inch, Quad HD
  • Chipset: Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

6. Nokia 1 Plus

Nokia 1 Plus

Thought the Nokia 2.2 and Moto E6 Plus were low-end devices? Well, the Nokia 1 Plus goes even lower, offering Android Go in lieu of the regular flavor of Android.

The cutbacks don’t end there, as you should also brace yourself for a low-end MediaTek SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Don’t expect to play Fortnite or PUBG on this device then.

You can expect similarly low-end camera and display specs, while a 2,500mAh battery powers the device. It might not be one of the best smartphones with a removable battery from a pure specification perspective, but earns its place thanks to the affordable price tag. Still, if you need more RAM and internal storage, the similarly priced LG Tribute Empire or Alcatel 1V might be for you instead.

Nokia 1 Plus specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, qHD
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6739WW
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Rear camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
  • Software: Android Go (Pie Edition)

7. Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

A render of the Galaxy A2 Core.

The Galaxy A2 Core is one of the cheapest and least powerful Samsung Android phones you can get, but it’s also one of the few that still have a removable battery. It’s an Android Go device, which means it comes with a stripped-down version of Google’s OS that’s designed to run better on phones with weaker internals.

With that in mind, you can’t expect much processing power from the Galaxy A2 Core, but the phone can still handle day-to-day tasks like writing emails, checking social media, and so on. The display comes in at 5 inches, while the front and rear cameras both have 5MP sensors. You can check out the rest of the specs below.

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core specs:

  • Display: 5-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8/16GB
  • Rear camera: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Software: Android Go (Oreo Edition)

It’s time to move on from removable batteries

Samsung galaxy phone removable battery

As the list above makes clear, you’re going to have a tough time finding a modern phone if a removable battery is a priority. The easiest thing to do is simply accept that and start looking for other ways to keep your phone from running out of juice.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for that. The most obvious solution is to buy a portable battery pack to top-off your phone’s battery. We have a whole list of terrific battery pack options here. Obviously, waiting for your device to charge won’t be as fast as swapping out the battery. However, many phones have fast-charging capabilities, so charging your battery isn’t nearly as slow as it used to be.

Similarly, you could also get a phone with wireless charging. You can dock the phone or simply lay it on a mat while you are at your desk and it will charge as if it were plugged in. This will give your phone little bursts of juice throughout the day and hopefully prevent you from running dry.

Another option is battery phone cases, which are protective smartphone cases with an extra battery built-in. Depending on the make and model of your smartphone, there might be dozens of different cases for you to try out which could literally double the amount of juice you can get out of one charge.

Finally, many manufacturers include battery optimization features within their version of Android. OnePlus and Samsung both have very flexible battery optimization settings in OxygenOS and One UI, respectively, that could help you prolong your battery life. Of course, you’d need to sacrifice some features for this to work.

Unfortunately, these are the things you’re going to need to do going forward as the idea of a removable smartphone battery slowly fades away.