As the rumored launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S21 approaches January 14, we’ll still get information on what to expect – and it sounds like the S-Series will release the expandable storage option this year.
Well-known tipster Roland Quandt has taken to Twitter to suggest that none of the S21 models come with a memory card reader, although all S20 phones gave users the option to place a card to increase storage capacity.
Expandable storage support is something Samsung has gone back and forth over the years, but it seems like time is running out. With the built-in storage capacity rising, and cloud streaming services being the norm, perhaps the idea is that local storage is no longer as important as it once was.
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Still, it is a feature that many smartphone buyers are looking for, even if it is not offered by such as Apple iPhone and Google Pixel phones. The feature can act as a safety net if you are about to reach the limit of storage space on your smartphone.
About the included charger …
The saga of the included smartphone charger has taken another turn as well, and Quandt also said that “some markets may still get a charger [for the S21] in the box though, while others do not.
You may remember that Apple started the trend of making smartphone chargers optional accessories, which have benefits for both the environment and the company’s profit margins – something that attracted ridicule from some of its competitors.
Now it looks like these competitors will follow, with Xiaomi and Samsung among those who will release the included charger in 2021. If Quandt is right, some markets may still get a Samsung Galaxy S21 charger in the box.
Most sources point to a revelation for the Galaxy S21 on January 14, and even the event invitation has been leaked now. If expandable storage support is dropped, make sure you buy a model that has all the capacity you need.