Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is ditching the microSD card. Here's why
A once-standard feature can now only be found on the premium version of the Note.
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Suzanne De Silva, head of mobile for Samsung Electronics America, told CNET that the decision stemmed from the trade-off of making the phone thinner but packing in a bigger battery.
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Compared with last year's 6.4-inch Note 9, the new Note 10 is indeed thinner and lighter, but its 3,500mAh battery is actually smaller than the Note 9's 4,000mAh power source.
The removal of the microSD slot is a bit of a disappointment on a line of devices that have long been praised for not compromising. It wouldn't, however, be the first time Samsung has removed the feature from a top-of-the-line phone. The
, which is now due to arrive in September, similarly lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot.