It’s official. Gone are the days when removable batteries graced every phone and the era in which you could bring an extra battery for your device so you didn’t have to worry about running out of juice when you were out trekking or camping.
People are generally willing to make sacrifices for something that they think is better, but if you’re not willing to sacrifice a removable battery, you do have some options.
From Removable to Fixed
To suit the ever-changing needs of the market, an increasing number of firms decided to ditch the removable batteries off their smartphone offerings. Why? First off, removable batteries offer limited functionalities.
Companies have found it hard to achieve a water-resistant or slim-bodied phone when a hefty removable battery keeps getting in the way. Everything comes with a cost, and to have a narrow-sized and waterproof phone, you have to give up the versatility of a removable battery. Keeping that in mind, it’s not surprising to see removable battery-toting smartphones lose their momentum in today’s industry.
However, there are still some tech companies that have stubbornly resisted the fixed battery bandwagon and have continued to create Android phones with removable batteries.
For those of you who have also resisted this trend, I have assembled a list of five of the best Android phones that flaunt a removable battery. Although some of them are not new, all of them are still relevant in 2018.
Launched in 2016, the LG V20 employs an all-metal design with a display measuring 5.7 inches diagonally. Images come out crisp and vibrant, and the screen is still visible even under direct sunlight.
It offers a solid performance, courtesy of its top-of-the-line innards. Equipped with Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and a choice between 32GB and 64GB internal storage, the V20 certainly works fast and smooth.
However, the main selling point of the device is its 3200mAh swappable battery and its expandable memory, two features have been long ditched by many manufacturers in favor of a non-removable battery and fixed storage respectively. It also comes with a dual 16MP + 8MP camera at the back, with a 120-degree wide-angle lens.
Although there’s no waterproofing on board, the LG V20 boasts a MIL-STD-810G certification for durability.
Created by Lenovo-owned Motorola, the Moto E4 lives up to the company’s tradition of bringing a capable performance for an entry-level to mid-range pricing.
Clad in a plastic body covered with a water-repellent coating, the 5-inch smartphone arrives with a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 16GB built-in storage can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card slot.
In the camera department, the Moto E4 isn’t particularly impressive. It only has an 8MP rear shooter and a decent 5MP front-facing one. A couple of camera features such as Burst Mode, Panorama, and Beauty Mode are also on board.
However, the Moto E4’s 2800mAh removable battery should last for a day on a single charge and it’s priced under the 100-dollar mark, so this phone is still very much worth considering, especially for first-time users.
We already mentioned the well-received V20 earlier, and we won’t let its equally-appealing predecessor to get overlooked.
The LG V10 also comes with a removable powerhouse rated at 3000mAh. The gorgeous-looking device flaunts metallic accents and steel side railings. There are a total of 3 cameras on the smartphone: 2 selfie shooters (5MP + 5MP) and 1 rear snapper (16MP).
We’re looking at a 5.7-inch primary display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor paired with Adreno 418 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 32GB/64GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
Another representative from the South Korean tech giant LG, the G5 was launched back in February 2016. Although it’s more than two years old, it’s still a relevant device.
The LG G5 sports a modular design, which allows users to personalize the phone according to their liking as you can add or remove some components. Apparently, this handset marked the end of the modular era for the company.
Specs-wise, the G5 features a 5.3-inch display, a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32GB memory, a dual 16MP + 8MP camera system, an 8MP selfie snapper, and an Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform. The 2800mAh removable battery comes in handy in situations when you can’t find a charging area out in the woods.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Just like the LG G5 which ended the modular approach, the Galaxy S5 was also the last device under the Samsung umbrella to ever come with a removable battery.
The Galaxy S5 isn’t a very impressive phone, yet it still grabbed the attention of Samsung fans and loyalists thanks to its innovative water-resistance feature that’s quite new at that time. The whole package gets its juice from the 2800mAh replaceable battery that’s sitting nicely at the helm
The rest of the specifications include a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 801 SoC. RAM is 2GB while the 16GB storage offers further memory expansion to suit your needs more. Camera-wise, the Galaxy S5 sports a single 16MP rear sensor and a 2MP front shooter. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS out-of-the-box and is upgradable to Android Nougat.
While it seems like removable battery-equipped phones are a dying breed, there are still some which remained relevant over the years. You don’t have to give up bringing extra batteries when engaging in outdoor activities! All you need is to choose well and you’re good to go.
Why do you prefer a removable battery? Do you know of another great Android phone with a removable battery? Let me know in the comments!