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I'd like a phone, preferably Android, with 256 GB of storage.

To the best of my knowledge, no 256 GB microSD cards exist (despite a few scammy Amazon listings). Therefore, the phone would either need to have (1) a fullsize SD slot or (2) dual microSD slots. I don't know of any android phones that have a fullsize SD slot, although there are of course tablets that do. And the only Android phone I know that promised dual microSD cards is the vaporware Saygus V2.

Do any solutions exist that don't involve solder or external devices?

  • In theory you could connect a Micro-USB stick to your phone that may have 256GB of storage, but you could easily use a Micro-USB to USB cable to connect larger storages (like HDD's up to 6TB), if you are able to supply the auxiliary power somehow. – GiantTree Dec 17 '15 at 16:19
  • Thanks. Unfortunately, I'm only interested in internal solutions. I'll update the question. – Jess Riedel Dec 17 '15 at 16:20
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    Just found out: Sandisk apparently sells 200 GB Micro-SD cards in their SANDISK ULTRA lineup, but remember that your phone has to support storage devices of that size (most of the current-gen phones are rated at 64 GB or 128 GB). Although I recommend buying multiple smaller cards, because together they will cost less than one big one. – GiantTree Dec 17 '15 at 16:25
  • Thanks! That is very close to what I need. (Multiple cards isn't preferred since I really don't like swapping.) – Jess Riedel Dec 17 '15 at 16:26
  • BTW, the consensus seems to be that SDXC cards over 64GB do work with phones like the Galaxy S4 under newer versions of Android, even if Samsung hasn't formally guaranteed support. – Jess Riedel Dec 17 '15 at 16:48
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A quick search on Amazon gave a bunch of results.

  • SanDisk Ultra has a 256GB model (red and pale yellow)
  • Samsung EVO+ has a 256GB model (red)
  • Samsung EVO Select has a 256GB model (green)
  • Other manufacturers also have 256 GB models, e.g. Patriot LX and ADATA Premier
  • Lexar has 256GB models but I've heard they're ceasing producing storage products

Oh, there's one more thing that I'd like to note: The "maximum supported storage capacity" actually depends on the SoC (chip) and system. So as long as your phone is running on an SoC later than 2015 and Android 5+ (Lollipop) then it should have no problem supporting a 256GB microSD card.

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    Yep, 18 months makes a big difference :) – Jess Riedel Jul 28 '17 at 14:58
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Moto X Force is one phone it supports cards up to 2TB. Though currently I don't see cards with capacity more than 256GB. enter image description here

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