Smartphone Manufacturers are Ditching Micro SD Card Slots Because it’s a “Bad Idea”
These days, smartphone manufacturers have begun trending the inability to add micro SD cards. The focus is more towards providing a variant model with additional storage space. So why exactly are manufacturers opting for the latter?
According to Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the very idea of adding micro SD card slots in smartphones is a costly and bad idea.
“For high performance devices, we are fundamentally against an SD card slot,” said Xiaomi’s Vice President Hugo Barra.
“You think you’re buying like a Kingston or a SanDisk but you’re actually not, and they’re extremely poor quality, they’re slow, they sometimes just stop working, and it gives people huge number of issues, apps crashing all the time, users losing data, a lot of basically complaints and customer frustration.”
The topic of it being “poor quality” probably holds a debate in itself. The real reason, though, why micro SD card slots are being ditched is because manufacturers can charge a premium for a new phone variant instead.
In the case of Apple, a 128GB iPhone 6 costs the consumer $200 more than the 16GB version. An extra storage option through a micro SD card would have cost Apple less than $50.