Expandable Storage is Back! Samsung S7 and the Return of the MicroSD Card
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Director II, Global Product Marketing | Susan Park is your SanDisk tour guide for anything involving consumer electronics. Ask her about memory cards, mobile devices, imaging and gaming. The knowledgeable UC Berkeley grad has been affiliated previously with Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Semiconductor and Samsung.

The reviews are in for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and “near perfect” seems the consensus. “On the edge of perfection,” says The Verge. “Inching towards perfection,” says Gizmodo. Samsung released its flagship smartphone at this year’s Mobile World Congress and while the iPhone still reigns top dog, the Korean giant took another hard swing at Apple.

There were a lot of features to love with the S7 — waterproof, gorgeous screen, sleek curvature, blazing fast — but the reviews zeroed in on the return of expandable storage. Samsung said this was a direct response to customer requests.

And for the S7, users will need it: it shoots 4K video, which gobbles up storage space, and takes spectacular photos. And you’ll need all the room you can get because storage capacity for the device is just 32 GB.

So how’d they do it?

Abandoned on last year’s S6, Samsung has squeezed a microSD card slot into the SIM tray. The port supports microSD cards up to 200 GB. Samsung’s relying on external devices to store all those media files.

However, as The Verge points out, “Samsung is not supporting Android Marshmallow’s combined storage feature, which makes the SD card and internal storage one giant partition. Samsung’s implementation is designed to store photos, video, music, and other files, and it makes it possible to easily transfer files off of the SD card, which isn’t possible with the combined storage and its secure encryption.”

But the message is clear: Samsung is going to focus on developing handsets that support better apps, cameras and the processing power to capture all that media. And partners like SanDisk will build the devices that store it all.

Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns, Samsung Galaxy S7 launch, Barcelona 2016 Link



About the Author

Director II, Global Product Marketing | Susan Park is your SanDisk tour guide for anything involving consumer electronics. Ask her about memory cards, mobile devices, imaging and gaming. The knowledgeable UC Berkeley grad has been affiliated previously with Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Semiconductor and Samsung.



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  • Michael Koester

    All MicroSD Cards Should be Able to Transfer All App Programs, Content and All Downloaded Data Run from the MicroSD Card Without Taking Up Storage On the Phone Memory!
    It Severely Limits The Apps You Can Download and Use!

    Thank You!

    All Smartphones and Android Devices Should Work That Way!!

    Also, Apps that are Included with ANY Phone Should be Able to be Uninstalled if the User DON’T WANT Them and are Not Essential for the Phone to Run! (They Take Up To Much Space, and Don’t let Them be Moved to the MicroSD Card!!)

    Thanks Again for listening!

    Posted: March 30, 2016 on 9:16 pm      
  • van wahlgren

    Great Story Thanks micro SD can help us control our data.

    Posted: March 31, 2016 on 3:35 pm