Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra mentions why the company is against microSD cards for its phones


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.'”

Via: Engadget

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  • njstringer

    Lol. Yeah. But why not give the user that choice? I keep important items in local storage and negligible items such as music, movies and books on my SD card because I always have those on my computer.
    Don’t take away the option and claim is for the good of the customer. A manufacturer shouldn’t be thinking for the customer but making a product people want. Removable storage is a desired option. I don’t want to be tied to a could or have limitations on my storage. I won’t buy a phone I can’t upgrade in regards to storage. Unless the phone is going to offer upwards of 128GB internal, I want the option to add more storage via SD.

    • LongPressBackToKill

      Agreed. I want the choice. That’s why I do not have an iPhone. Choice.

  • LongPressBackToKill

    “You think you’re buying like a Kingston or a SanDisk but you’re actually not” Uh, how can you not know?

    My work brings me to remote locations . Lots of time I will have no signal or barely a signal. I cannot rely on the cloud. I keep all music, tv shows, and movies on my 128 gb sd card and all apps on internal storage. If flagships completely drop support for sd cards I will have to go to a mid-tier phone.

  • Warren Matheney

    I’ve used SD cards since forever and haven’t experienced the issues Mr. Barra mentioned. I think it’s just a justification to cut down on cost and try to convince users it’s a better solution. Bogus!!

  • neilme89

    SD cards gave me too much hassle in the past that’s why I’ve moved to a device with no removable storage. It was convenient having removable storage for transferring purposes but was not worth the long term headache of failing cards and having all my content deleted

  • LeeJS

    What a crock.

  • luc rising

    Everybody’s pushing cloud.

  • Singhavi Vaibhav

    he is on crack or something what the fuck he meant extremely poor quality. mi4i sucks and may be xiaomi suck too