Best Android Phones with Expandable Storage Android Central 2020

Whether you carry your media library with you, shoot a lot of 4K (or even 8K) video, or you're looking to download a few movies before a lengthy flight, expandable storage is essential for a lot of users. Thankfully, even in 2020 you still have plenty of options available, ranging from the high end with endless features packed in, to budget options if you don't want to spend upwards of $1,000 on a phone.

Best overall: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Staff pick

The headphone jack may be dead in modern Samsung phones, but the microSD slot is alive and well in the S20 Ultra. You already get pretty sizeable storage internally, with options for 128GB or 512GB, but if even that's not enough, you can add up to 1TB with a microSD card. You'll also get a 6.9-inch 120Hz display, a 108MP primary camera, a telephoto with up to 100X zoom, and a 5000mAh battery.

$1,400 at Samsung

Great for one-handed use: Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung's Galaxy S20 is perfect if you want a more compact phone with high-end hardware. It's a 6.2-inch version of the S20 Ultra, with all the same specs and features that make its larger counterpart great, albeit with a smaller 4000mAh battery and without the 108MP camera. The phone is surprisingly small and comfortable to use in one hand, and it's hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Ultra.

$1,000 at Samsung

Dual screens: LG G8X ThinQ

The G8X is great for content consumption and creation. The dual cameras benefit from a myriad of manual controls for both photo and video capture, and you even get a secondary screen in the box that you can attach to create a larger space for media editing. Best of all, along with the micoSD slot, LG's signature Quad DAC is here in all its high-fidelity glory for wired audio.

$650 at Amazon

Maximum productivity: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

The Galaxy Note 10 may not have a microSD slot, but the larger Note 10+ does. With it, you can expand the 256GB of internal storage by up to an additional terabyte. Of course, you also get Samsung's legendary build quality and a massive 6.8-inch display, along with the S Pen stylus that allows you to draw, take handwritten notes, or even use the side button as a remote shutter for your camera.

$1100 at Amazon

5G for cheap: Moto Z4

The Moto Z4 is a decent mid-range device on its own, with a large 6.4-inch OLED display, a 48MP camera with pixel binning, and 128GB of expandable storage, but it's made even better with Moto Mods. The 5G Moto Mod allows the Z4 to connect to Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G network in cities where it's available, making this one of the cheapest 5G-compatible phones around.

$400 at Amazon

Best budget phone: Nokia 7.2

The Nokia 7.2 epitomizes HMD Global's efforts as of late. The phone combines Nokia's classic industrial design with robust hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 660 chipset, a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with always-on HDR, excellent rear cameras, and a microSD slot for up to 512GB of expandable storage. With the phone running Android One, you can be assured that it'll be one of the first to receive major software updates.

$349 at Amazon

MicroSD isn't dead yet

MicroSD tray on the Galaxy S9Source: Android Central

With more flagship phones moving away from expandable storage (and some brands like Huawei switching from microSD to their own standards), you might think the format is becoming a dying breed, but don't panic just yet. There are still plenty of great phones with microSD support, ranging from budget offerings to some top-tier flagships.

If you want the absolute best of the best with expandable storage, look no further than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. With it, you get nearly every spec under the sun, including 5G support for any compatible U.S. carrier, and that gorgeous 6.9-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display coupled with stereo speakers is ideal for multimedia consumption. The enormous new camera array is also incredibly versatile, allowing you to get as close with the the telephoto or as far away with the ultra-wide as you desire.

If you plan on creating and consuming content though (or you want to dual screens without the added price or fragility of foldables), the LG G8X is another great choice. It packs dual lenses, along with powerful manual video controls so you can get exactly the right shot. And if you're looking for the best possible deal, don't knock the Nokia 7.2, which is a gorgeous phone in its own right for hundreds less than the alternatives and surprisingly decent cameras.

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