After Samsung axed the removable battery and microSD slot from the Galaxy S6, all eyes were on the Note 5 to see if Samsung would carry the move to its other big flagship. If a leak from Droid Life is to be believed, though, the Galaxy Note 5 will have a non-removable back, fixed battery, and no expandable storage.
Samsung has traditionally been a supporter of letting users take stuff out of their phone. From the Galaxy S5 and Note 4 on back, you've been able to pop off the back and swap out the battery and microSD card. With the Galaxy S6 though, Samsung switched from a removable, plastic back to a fixed glass back, and all of the removable components went with it. The result was a more premium-feeling device that seemed like it could compete with the iPhone, but many Samsung users were buying Samsung products specifically because of how it was different than the iPhone.
The Galaxy Note series is all about extras, with its huge screen and S-Pen stylus, so many Samsung fans were hoping that the Note 5 would keep the removable items. Droid Life claims to have the device in hand though, and it says nothing is removable. Like the S6, the report says base storage is now 32GB with 64GB and 128GB options available.