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Chinese HTC One to Include 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.

  • Shin-san
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Not a problem without sd slot, see this to add storage
    http://goo.gl/lfEXI
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  • abbadon_34
    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
    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_
    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
    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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