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July 12, 2018

Best Android Phones with Expandable Storage in 2018

by John_A

These are the best phones with expandable memory to store your movies and music.

  • Best overall
  • Best for features
  • Other alternatives
  • Best mid-range option
  • Best budget pick

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

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The Galaxy S9 series takes what made the Galaxy S8 so good and fixes many of the minor irritations, including the placement of the rear fingerprint sensor. The screen is brighter, the software feels smoother thanks to a faster processor, and the camera is significantly improved in low light.

But Samsung didn’t mess with what counts for those who need additional space: in addition to 64GB of internal storage standard, there’s a microSD slot for up to 400GB of additional room, something we know a lot of you desire.

Bottom line: Both versions of the Galaxy S9 come with expandable storage, and are a couple of the best phones out there today.

One more thing: The Galaxy S9+ has more RAM, a bigger battery, and a secondary camera.

Why the Galaxy S9 is the best

The Galaxy S9 series is the culmination of many years of Samsung learning lessons about what its customers want. Available in two sizes, 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, the S9 and S9+ are beautiful phones. Both are made with curved glass and reinforced 7000 Series aluminum, and they’re about as compact as phones their size can be. They also have plenty of power and battery life, along with excellent cameras that offer superlative low-light performance.

Of course, these phones cater to power users, too: wireless charging, water resistance, headphone jacks, and, of course, expandable storage.

There’s 64GB of space built in, but that SD slot will ensure your Galaxy S9 never runs out of space for photos, videos, and music.

Best for features

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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If you want something a bit bigger than the S9+, or want to partake of the excellent S Pen stylus, the Note 8 is your next best bet for a phone with microSD expandability.

The Note 8 features everything you’d expect from a modern Samsung phone — water resistance, wireless charging, and 64GB of storage, plus microSD. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip in the U.S., or Samsung’s own Exynos equivalent internationally, with a hefty 6GB of RAM for smoother performance.

Bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the most expensive Android phone you can buy right now, but with good reason — it’s also one of the very best.

One more thing:If you’re buying in the U.S., you’ll miss out on some of the more exotic color options, like blue and gold. (In Europe, you’ll have black and gold to choose from.)

Other great alternatives

Here’s the thing about microSD slots in Android phones: They’re not exactly a rarity. In fact, the majority of our favorite flagships from the past year have included expandable storage. A few great, recent examples include:

  • LG G7
  • Honor View 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The mid-range option

Nokia 7 Plus

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The Nokia 7 Plus ticks all the right boxes for a phone that retails for $400. It has a durable chassis built out of series 6000 aluminum, and comes with a two-tone finish that makes it stand out. It is the first phone by HMD to feature an 18:9 display, and the panel itself is one of the best you’ll find in this category. Coming to the internals, the Nokia 7 Plus is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset, and is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

You also get dual 12MP + 13MP cameras at the back, a 3800mAh battery that delivers a day’s worth of usage consistently, and a 256GB microSD slot that takes up the secondary SIM card slot. The software side of things is just as interesting, as the Nokia 7 Plus runs Android One, ensuring the device will receive platform and security updates on time.

Bottom line: There isn’t a device that delivers quite as much value as the Nokia 7 Plus for $400.

One more thing: The phone isn’t officially available in the U.S., but the variant listed on Amazon comes with Band 4, making it compatible on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Best budget pick

Moto G6

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The Moto G6 continues Motorola’s tradition of offering phones with great value in the budget segment. The phone now comes with a glass back that resembles the Moto X4’s aesthetics, and at the front Motorola switched to an 18:9 panel.

While it isn’t running Android One, Motorola is still committed to delivering a clean and uncluttered user interface that includes standout features like Moto Display.

Bottom line: If you’re in the market for a budget phone that gets the basics right, the Moto G6 is a great choice.

One more thing: The Moto G6 is available unlocked from Amazon, and works on Verizon and Sprint as well as T-Mobile and AT&T.

Conclusion

If you want a phone that has expandable storage, the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ are your best options. Sure, they’re expensive, but the phones boast top-of-the-line hardware, a stunning metal and glass design, and some of the best cameras in this space.

Water resistance and fast wireless charging make it an even more compelling choice. Add all that and throw in a microSD slot that supports up to 400GB of expandable storage and it’s easy to see why the Galaxy S9s are the most feature-rich Android phones around.

Best overall

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

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See at Amazon

The Galaxy S9 series takes what made the Galaxy S8 so good and fixes many of the minor irritations, including the placement of the rear fingerprint sensor. The screen is brighter, the software feels smoother thanks to a faster processor, and the camera is significantly improved in low light.

But Samsung didn’t mess with what counts for those who need additional space: in addition to 64GB of internal storage standard, there’s a microSD slot for up to 400GB of additional room, something we know a lot of you desire.

Bottom line: Both versions of the Galaxy S9 come with expandable storage, and are a couple of the best phones out there today.

One more thing: The Galaxy S9+ has more RAM, a bigger battery, and a secondary camera.

Updated July 2018: with the Nokia 7 Plus as the mid-range pick and the Moto G6 as the best budget option.

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