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Chinese HTC One to Include a microSD Card Slot

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The Chinese version of the HTC One Smartphone features a removable back and a microSD card slot.

HTC has justifiably placed great emphasis on the HTC One’s “gapless construction.” It seemed that the price for the device’s stellar exterior reflected the loss of a removable battery and microSD slot. Though the former compromise can, to an extent, be alleviated through careful battery conservation or external USB chargers, there’s really no solution for a lack of expandable storage if you like carrying around a large media library and don’t have a large data plan.

It is now apparent that HTC may have overstated the necessity of a fully sealed device since the Chinese version of the device features a removable back door and gasp a microSD card slot.

Though this release still doesn’t grant access to the battery, and it is a few millimeters wider and thicker than the North American or International versions of the device, we’re confident that most users would be more than willing to make this trade-off for the option to expand their device's storage.

Check out our HTC One unboxing story here.

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    Shin-san , April 26, 2013 6:02 PM
    MicroSD card slots shouldn't be news. It's a shame that it has become that way for a Android device
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    Shin-san , April 26, 2013 6:02 PM
    MicroSD card slots shouldn't be news. It's a shame that it has become that way for a Android device
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    vmem , April 26, 2013 6:05 PM
    WHAT??? and they couldn't have released this version along with the unibody aluminum one internationally why? choice would only benefit the consumer and HTC could use the love...
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    Meatymutawings , April 26, 2013 8:19 PM
    I can see a pattern, Korea gets better versions of S3 and S4, now China getting a better HTC one.
    Now apple just have to handicap the international iphone... Too bad I'd never buy that crap anyways.
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    wittermark , April 26, 2013 9:23 PM
    you failed to mention that the chinese version also has dual sim card slots, i guess this is the main reason why they got a removable back cover, thus the expandable storage, it makes sense because many chinese carry two phones or dual sim phones as it is the norm in China.
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    wittermark , April 26, 2013 9:24 PM
    you failed to mention that the chinese version also has dual sim card slots, i guess this is the main reason why they got a removable back cover, thus the expandable storage, it makes sense because many chinese carry two phones or dual sim phones as it is the norm in China.
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    davidjan , April 26, 2013 10:05 PM
    Not a problem without sd slot, see this to add storage
    http://goo.gl/lfEXI
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    abbadon_34 , April 27, 2013 12:54 AM
    A device with expandable storage? An external port? My god what a breaktaking and unique idea! Apple should patent this! Amazing what humanity will think of in the 1970's. Waaaaait a second....
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    tului , April 27, 2013 4:07 AM
    So the Chinks get better stuff than we do. I guess it pays to be the biggest up and comer.
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    _Cosmin_ , April 27, 2013 6:14 AM
    Whats the fuss with all this SDcard nonsense? I have an 4gb sdcard in my phone... i never took it out... so what`s better than internal storage? Main problem should be the non removable battery... which all know that LI-ION loose their capacity over time used or not... and who will throw 600 euro for a device with 2 year battery life (within 2 year li-ion accu loose 30-50% of capacity - and that is a proven fact)!
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    Thunderfox , April 27, 2013 10:54 AM
    The lack of expandable shortage and replaceable battery is nothing short of planned obsolescence. They want you to need to buy a new phone in a couple of years because the one you have won't hold a charge and won't hold the new media you want to put on it.
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    Caffeinecarl , April 27, 2013 10:11 PM
    Dear HTC
    Because your phone does not have a removable battery or a microSD card slot, you have lost a customer, even though I currently use one of your phones and love it. Sorry, the Galaxy S4 just has your and Apple's phones completely outgamed on that merit alone.
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2013 1:41 AM
    @tului now now, there's no need for racism, Travis.
    Can't really hide on the internet these days, know what I mean?
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    eklipz330 , April 28, 2013 8:32 AM
    you guys all use more than 32gb? i use about 6gb lol... my bro got this phone. construction quality is more important in the long run than expandable storage on an already large memory, and battery which will be charged nightly regardless. for me IMO. he's happy with his purchase, and i'm very very jealous.
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    del35 , April 29, 2013 4:26 AM
    How about user replaceable batteries...? Intelligent consumers should not have to be subjected to constant search for places to charge their phones, a la iCrap.
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    del35 , April 29, 2013 4:34 AM
    "Dear HTC, Because your phone does not have a removable battery or a microSD card slot, you have lost a customer, even though I currently use one of your phones and love it. Sorry, the Galaxy S4 just has your and Apple's phones completely outgamed on that merit alone."
    Ummm, I think they have come to realize that. They lost a great deal of costumers and are now suffering from a reality check.... Alot of people who used to purchase HTC phones were not the dumb types that flock to Apple with their lack of connectivity and total lack of serviceability.
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    Non-Euclidean , April 29, 2013 5:44 AM
    Thanks HTC. Bite Me. This is why I will not be getting one of your Phones, after having Thunderbolts and a Resound.