The first quarter of 2015 seems to be a big bang with a number of flagship devices from HTC, Sony, Samsung, and Huawei. Each of these phones have very definitive differences from one another but with a little thing in common – and that is they don’t come with removable batteries.
And among those flagships, the one from Samsung has long been one of the last bastions of hope for those looking for power user features like removable batteries and microSD card slot on its side pocket.
From now on, it seemed likely that both of these usual smartphone features would go almost the same way with what happened to the dinosaurs – with many major OEMs like LG, HTC, and Motorola moving away from supporting these features.
Luckily, the development en route for ditching microSD has slowed down, with HTC jumping back on the microSD train with the One M8 and LG with the LG G3. Yet the same can’t be said for removable batteries.
Removable batteries are increasingly less common, with Samsung devices and the LG G3 some of the only major flagships in 2014 to offer user-removable batteries. In addition, it has ironically dropped support for removable backs, batteries, and microSD with its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge flagships.
LG G4, was left as the only choice for those who sought after a major 2015 flagship with support for removable batteries. Yes, perhaps there are a number of mid-rangers or lesser known devices with the feature even today, but the superior players in the industry just don’t seem to be bothered about removable backs anymore.
And as the battery demands increase along with QHD displays and quad, octa and hex-core processors, most users find it a bit strange that we have reached a spot where removable backs and batteries are now a rarity.
But who could ever tell? We haven’t seen how the rest of 2015 will play out yet and whether the Note 5 will tag along the Galaxy S6’s footsteps. But the question is; do smartphone users still care? Is a removable battery a nice spare for consumers or an absolute must have?
But practically, the removable battery is more about being able to replace an old one that doesn’t hold a charge – that’s my honest opinion though. Who cares if a phone has removable or non-removable battery anyway, now that there are many options to recharge your phone from wireless charging to USB portable chargers which are not just reliable but easy to use and maintain too?
Source: Android Authority