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The Best Overall Storage Smartphones For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best Overall Storage Smartphones For Every Budget


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

Just like I've mentioned in the Best Phones With The Most Internal Storage top 10 list, what people want the most on their next smartphone is lots of storage, because no one likes to bother with storage management on a smartphone. Who can blame them, right?

By the way, at the end of this page, there are many links to other similar articles, including the one I've just mentioned.

This is the same listing, but with a twist. Some people don't actually mind whether it's internal or external, as long as its storage. So, these are the best smartphones at giving you 512GB (or as close as possible), by taking the advantage, if available and needed, of a 256GB MicroSD card.

For instance, the perfect 10 has 512GB of internal storage or 256GB and the ability to add a 256GB MicroSD card.

As a side note, I do prefer internal storage, mostly for apps and camera photos or videos, because of it's faster speeds and decreased chances of data corruption.

This isn't just the usual top 10 list. You actually have seven other listings. I do hope there's one for your budget.

What's even better? I'm updating this list several times a month to add new devices and because prices do change a lot.

Remember that you usually need dual-SIM devices to have external storage, and you'll end up losing one of the SIM card slots.

Some Huawei devices only support Nano Memory cards. Be aware that they are more expensive than traditional MicroSD cards.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 4GGal. S20 FE 4G
    $511    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $982    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #5 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $1050    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II


 Over $1000 

  • #2 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $1050    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1399    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $982    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $795    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $700 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 4GGal. S20 FE 4G
    $511    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 256GB+SD
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $566    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $566    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $596    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #10 SonySony Xperia 5Xperia 5
    $649    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.1" 1080x2520
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    3140mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Glass Protection
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 5Sony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 5


 Under $500 

  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #10 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $469    6.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+50+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro


 Under $400 

  • #2 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Cameras
    +Glass Protection
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $349    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $379    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy M30sGalaxy M30s
    $300    6.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9611
    Storage: 64GB+SD
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    No Glass Prot.
    48+8+5Mp
    6000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy m30s vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proSamsung
    Galaxy M30s
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


 Under $300 

  • #3 OnePlusOnePlus Nord N10Nord N10
    $229    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 690
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.4" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4300mAh 30+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • oneplus nord vs oneplus nord n10OnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    Nord N10
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $249    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD


 Under $200 

  • #1 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Storage: 128GB+SD
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    6.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    Storage: 64GB+SD
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
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