Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra has mentioned that the company is fundamentally against using microSD card slots for its high performance devices. This comes as none of the high end Xiaomi phones sport microSD card slots, while the Redmi series are microSD compatible.
He mentions that the reason behind not using it is the same reason most manufacturers are against it. He was also certain that SD cards (on phones) will eventually disappear as manufacturers look to rely more on the default storage.
MicroSD card slots are an attractive selling point on midrange devices as they don’t have a lot of internal storage to begin with, but many Android OEMs have decided to go the other way as Xiaomi rightly points out.
Here’s what Barra had to say about the use of microSD cards – “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. It’s gonna be a while before you finally accept that maybe the reason why it’s not performing is because you put in an SD card, right? You’re gonna blame the phone, you’re gonna blame the manufacturer, you’re gonna shout and scream and try to get it fixed, so many different ways until you say, ‘Actually, let me just take the SD card out and see what happens.'”