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Sprint Galaxy Note 5 specs include microSD card slot; has Samsung had a change of heart?

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Last updated: July 22nd, 2015 at 11:39 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge were met with strong criticism earlier this year when both devices were revealed without microSD card slots. It was at that time that quite a few Samsung faithful were hoping that Samsung wouldn’t do the same thing to the Note lineup, with some saying “I’m going to LG” if Samsung took away the microSD card slot on the Note 5. We’ve leaked a number of images here at SamMobile that show the microSD card slot has disappeared, but a new document continues to tease about the presence or lack of a microSD card slot in the upcoming device.

The source link below has found a document from US carrier Sprint that details the specs of the Galaxy Note 5 (with model number SM-N920P) and the device shows 32GB of storage with the word “yes” beside “external memory slot.” In addition, the microSD card slot will leave room for up to 128GB of expandable storage. Coupled with the 32GB of internal storage, users can expect at least 160GBs of storage should they purchase a microSD card with the maximum storage allotted.

The same Sprint document also details that the Note 5 will come with Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-loaded, alongside of the same 5MP front camera and 16MP back camera we’ve seen on the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and AT&T-exclusive Galaxy S6 Active, and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The screen resolution remains at Quad HD in the new model, so the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the document could indicate that a 4K resolution is out of the question for the new device. As for the model number, it matches the same model number we’ve seen for the Note 5 that will head to Verizon and AT&T in the coming days.

The document seems legitimate, but the concept also seems a bit strange: after all, Samsung’s decision to press forward with UFS 2.0 makes the concept of the microSD card slot incompatible with the company’s cutting-edge specs. There’s always the possibility that Samsung could make UFS 2.0 and a microSD card slot work together. Samsung could be offering the microSD card slot for certain models, but the company seems to have a uniform plan for its devices. With that said, if the document is legitimate, Samsung could be reneging on its decision to press forward with UFS 2.0, at least for the time being. Some of our readership may decide to “go buy LG” anyway, but at least Samsung could be trying to please its customer base. At the same time, the reference to “Qualcomm” and not Samsung’s homegrown, Exynos processor could indicate that this page is just a placeholder for the new device (especially since 3GB of RAM is mentioned instead of 4GB), not the final spec sheet for Samsung’s productivity beast.

What say you, Samsung Note faithful? Will Samsung’s decision to place a microSD card slot on the Galaxy Note 5 influence your decision to buy the device? Are you still planning to “buy LG” even if Samsung has a change of heart?

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