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HTC's Jack Yang says that "expandability is the key", hints at MicroSD card slot for the All New One

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One of the rumored features of HTC’s next-generation flagship, the M8 / All New One, is the presence of a MicroSD card slot. As you may know, last year’s HTC One and One mini do not allow you to use a MicroSD card, this being one of the main complaints that customers have regarding the two handsets.

But things may change from now on. Talking to CNET, HTC President of South Asia Jack Young declared that "expandability is the key to our consumers." 

Reportedly, HTC wants to “make a difference” this year, and one of the things it’s looking into is allowing users to easily transfer content between devices - which can be done hassle-free if you have handsets with MicroSD card slot.

While Jack Yang did not mention the upcoming All New One, it’s understandable that the company will want to include expandability among the improvements that the smartphone should bring.

The HTC exec also said that the company would approach each market differently this year. It will still focus on high-end devices in the US, while in India, for example, it’ll try to win the hearts of customers looking for mid- to low-end products. According to Yang, there will be no more “fancy marketing campaigns” (like the one from last year, when HTC hired superstar Robert Downey Jr. to promote its image). Instead, the Taiwanese handset maker will “actively engage” mobile operators and retailers.

Previously to leading HTC’s South Asia operations, Jack Yang was Apple’s Head of iPhone and iPad sales in the region.

source: CNET

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:00 12

1. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I can't wait!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:05 6

13. akki20892 (Posts: 3441; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Will sold in good numbers.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:34

15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Availability??? as compared to Sammy's phone and of course Price?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:01 5

18. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Ohhh yeah !!! Come on HTC give me that SD card support !! The only reason I am using the S4 is bcuz of the expandable storage option. I so wanted to buy the HtC One .I have a 64 GB card ..I hope the new one support upto 128GB.... :D

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:55

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They should of done that with the previous HTC phones Still won't buy it their slow at updating their models

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:04 5

30. av911 (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Where have you been the past year? HTC has been one of the quickest to push out updates. And I had doubts about HTC keeping that up, but it seems like they're doing a pretty good job at it. I'm still waiting for KK on my S4.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:00 3

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 247; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Now you know.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:55 1

24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and knowing is half the battle

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 20:58

35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


G.I. Joe.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:04 2

3. toink (unregistered)


He forgot to mention the removable back. Consumers love that too.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:16 1

6. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Obviously, he didn't forget. Its because removable back will not be available in the 'All new' HTC One.

HTC One is pretty on the outside and ugly and glued on the inside. Whereas S5 is the complete opposite, not so pretty on the outside but very well constructed in the inside.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:38 1

10. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


every phone is glued somehow in some parts. the possibility to take of the delicate, scratch easy back of galaxy phones doesnt mean that there is no glue inside, under it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:47

11. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


The problem is not of glue itself but where it is used. For the most part Galaxy has screws which makes the phone very easy to repair unlike HTC One.

HTC One scored 1/10 on iFixit's rating:http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-One-the-first-smartphone-to-score-110-on-repairability-from-iFixit_id41319

While GS4 earned 8/10 on iFixit's rating:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-easy-to-repair-says-iFixit-after-a-teardown-leaves-the-flagship-naked_id42397

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:13 1

14. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


yeah i know. but it is possible to repair htc one but it must be made by official sources (i dont know haw you excatly say in english the place where you send your phone to repair it with your warranty...) anyway I really dont care that it is hard to repair. I have warranty and my htc one had some issues and they repaired it and i didnt pay anything for that.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:36

16. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


1. Warranty don't last forever.

2. Warranty don't cover everything. ->'if the screen of the Eligible Product was damaged by use not in accordance with the user manual, rough handling beyond normal use, exposure to moisture, dampness or extreme thermal or environmental conditions, or a rapid change in such conditions, corrosion or oxidation.'
http://www.htc.com/us/go/customer-advantage-warranty/

3. It demonstrates how fragile the phone is constructed.

4. What do you do when your $700 phone stops to work when it runs out of warranty ? Turn it off and never look at it again ?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:45

22. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


"Warranty don't cover everything" - well its obvious and relates also to phone that are easy to repair. replacing a cracked screen is as much expensive for htc one and galaxy. after the warranty is finished you still can repair the phone but probably it will be more expensive than usually, but not so so expensive as the prices after 2 years drop rapidly. and it doesnt have anything to do with phones fragility. in fact the htc one is more solid device than galaxy.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 12:59

32. DnB925Art (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 May 2013)


What's funny is that a variant of the HTC One launched with a removable back (had dual SIMs and microSD as well) a few months ago, but did not have the removable battery. So it is possible for them to do not just the microSD card, but possibly the removable back and include a swappable battery as well, if they wanted to.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:04 13

4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


HTC finally know what we consumers want. I have a feeling that HTC is gonna kick some ass this year. Bring it on!

So, HTC...
Hold The Chance
Have The Courage
Heat The Crowd
Here's To Change.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:37 2

17. GMS85 (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


A good fight indeed!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:07 7

5. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


finally they got the point.

BTW PA HTC one indian ver is having a SD slot with dual sim.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:16

7. tango_charlie (Posts: 83; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Something ordinary like a microSD slot becomes nowadays noteworthy.

#weirdevolutionoftechnology

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:34

9. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


it was quite strange to put micro sd into mid range phones instead of flagship for sure. anyway for me 32gb is completly enough and i dont need that micro sd (but what lg did was ridiculus. 16gb for a flagship without micro sd is not enough). and for me it is better to have 32gb built in instead of 16gb + micro sd card because you dont have to move installed apps to micro sd what slows down the phone when you have plenty of them. for me the best option would be 64gb or more) built in without micro sd like it was on one x + or 32gb with a micro sd. but as many people are demanding the micro sd it is more wise to include it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:03

19. thunder18 (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


Which LG flagship had only 16GB non expandable? Optimus G had a 32 GB non expandable and a 16 GB version with a microSD slot. G2 had 32 GB non expandable.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:56

28. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


There is LG G2 16 GB with non expandable mem...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:04

29. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


In europe in many countries the g2 has 16gb only without micro sd...i know, my friend has it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:17

8. oister85 (Posts: 396; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


It took them 3 years of big loses To realize micro sd card is a must have.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:49

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Do we know the USA version will have a sd card?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:35 1

20. newbey123 (Posts: 408; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


HTC is bringing the heat this year. Can't wait to get this phone, this will be the beast device of the year! Good job HTC, glad that you all learned.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:43 1

21. HTCOE (Posts: 469; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


there is a micro sd on the new HTC One

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:28 1

25. Tuxedo (Posts: 140; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Finally some common Sense!!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:30

26. Odiin (Posts: 226; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Win the hearts of indian customers? HTC One n HTC One mini s prices are not for the faint harted. Same thing wil goin to be bereapeat this year. High end or mid HTC will never learn.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:31

27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


This is one "Expensive Lesson" that HTC learned.
Next would be removable battery.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:55

31. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Micro SD support is the only reason I picked the Galaxy S4 over the HTC One last year.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:00

33. DnB925Art (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 May 2013)


As long as you have unreliable wireless data service OR capped data, then microSD supprt will always be an added benefit IMO.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 16:18

34. justme (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Starting with KitKat, Google has curtailed the ability of an app to read/write to the external storage. I've seen people insist that it's had no effect on them and others say it's effectively ruined their devices. What exactly HAS happened in KitKat and how is it going to affect use of external storage going forward? It's ironic, because HTC is correct here: external storage is a major reason Android users have embraced the platform in the first place.

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