Best Android Phones with Expandable Storage Android Central 2019

If you carry your media library with you, shoot a lot of 4K video, or are looking to download a few seasons of a TV show for a lengthy flight, expandable storage is essential. Thankfully, there's no shortage of options available. The Galaxy S10+ is the obvious choice considering the sheer number of features it packs in, but there are a lot of budget options as well if you don't want to spend $1000 on a phone.

Phone of the year (so far): Samsung Galaxy S10+

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Few phones are as well-rounded as the Galaxy S10+. It touts a huge 6.4-inch screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor, along with a fancy new Snapdragon 855 chipset. The triple camera system around back is super versatile, and its 4100mAh battery is almost impossible to kill in a day. Add to that IP68 water resistance, Android Pie, and of course, microSD expandability, and the S10+ suits almost anyone's needs.

$1000 at Amazon

Great for one-handed use: Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung's Galaxy S10e is perfect if you want a compact phone with high-end hardware. It's a 5.8-inch version of the S10+, with all the same specs and features that make its larger counterpart great, albeit with a smaller 3100mAh battery and without the telephoto camera. The phone is surprisingly small and comfortable to use in one hand, and it's hundreds of dollars cheaper than the larger S10 variants.

$745 at Amazon

Excellent for content creation: LG V40 ThinQ

The LG V40 is a great phone for content consumption and creation. With three cameras and a myriad of manual video controls, not to mention a huge 6.4-inch display, it's great for shooting professional-quality video on the go, and you can expand its base 64GB of internal storage by up to 400GB with a microSD card. It's also one of the only phones with a high-quality Quad DAC for wired audio.

$950 at Amazon

Maximum productivity: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note line has always been catered to power users, and the Note 9 is no different. Even though the S10+ is newer, the Note 9 still has a few advantages — namely its more reliable rear fingerprint sensor and the mighty S Pen, which now works over Bluetooth for remote functionality. You also get a Snapdragon 845, 128GB of storage, and a huge 4000mAh battery.

$799 at Amazon

Best budget phone: Nokia 7.1

The Nokia 7.1 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 636 chipset, 5.84-inch FHD+ display with HDR10, excellent rear cameras, and a microSD slot for up to 400GB 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

Modern and affordable: Moto G7

The Moto G7 is another great budget phone that delivers modern design and clean software at a fraction of the price of other phones on this list. You get a surprisingly great 6.2-inch 19:9 display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage that can be expanded by up to half a terabyte. The cameras aren't half bad either, and the 3000mAh battery provides impressive battery life.

$300 at Amazon

The Nokia 7.1 is a great choice in the budget segment considering it has an HDR10 display, but if you want the absolute best phone with expandable storage, look no further than the Galaxy S10+. The phone makes no compromises, and that large 6.4-inch AMOLED display coupled with stereo speakers is ideal for viewing multimedia content. The triple camera array is also incredibly versatile, so you'll want a lot of spare storage for all of your future memories.

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