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The OnePlus One does NOT have a microSD slot

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The OnePlus One does NOT have a microSD slot
There is a fairly small subset of mobile users who are adamant that devices should have expandable storage (and will get quite rowdy when the feature is left off of a new smartphone). Unfortunately, that small subset of users makes up a larger proportion of the target market for the OnePlus One, which has made rumors of a secret microSD card slot continue much longer than they should have.

There has long been hope that the OnePlus One would include expandable storage, and the rumor got a boost when the feature was listed in the user manual for the device submitted to the FCC. But, it turns out that what was listed in the user manual wasn't a hint at a secret feature, it was just a mistake. Plenty of outlets have gotten their hands on the OnePlus One already, including Android Police, and no one has found the microSD card slot on the handset, because there isn't one to be found. Cyanogen Inc. has confirmed that the listing in the user manual was a mistake, no word from OnePlus yet.

Of course, considering OnePlus is charging only $349 for a 64GB model, it should make it a bit easier to get by without the use of expandable storage. That is assuming those of you who want a One can get your hands on an invite.

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posted on 13 May 2014, 14:56 2

1. Antimio (Posts: 277; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


USB OTG FTW!

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:04

4. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


USB or Micro SD card OTG is the way to solve this problem for sure :)

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:58 2

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1304; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Didn't think it has SD card slot to begin with

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:02 1

3. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 407; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Yeah I'm a little confused as to why this is here. It was evident early on it didn't have removable storage. At $350 for 64GB of storage it's not that bad.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:37 3

12. Doakie (Posts: 1272; Member since: 06 May 2009)


With 64 GB of storage you don't need a sd card. I don't care how much someone feels they need to carry the whole series of Breaking Bad in 720p. You don't need 128 GB of storage on your smartphone yet.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:53

13. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


But what will we do when boredom knocks???

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:37 4

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 1722; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


play with your willy

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:47

27. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmao....

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:49

35. timepilot84 (Posts: 85; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Heck, I've got a 32Gb Note 3 and I only use the 64Gb card I have in there because I have it... With a USB 3.0 connection there's really no advantage to using a removable SD card for data transfer. Don't know if the One+One has USB 3.0, though...

posted on 4 days ago, 16:14

38. emeshuris (Posts: 1; Member since: 4 days ago)


Maybe you are right in your tiny little land. However, i switched from apple because i dont need self righteous pricks making decisions for me. Even if I don't need 128gb of storage, it is really cool to review my gopro videos on my phone, right after a dive in a bar over drinks with the crew. They 1+1=fail could have just charged 399$ with the sd card, and I would have ponied up the dough. There is no way I will purchase a phone that does not have expandable storage. Ok, I lied, if you give it to me for $50, I'll buy it.

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:38

18. JC557 (Posts: 1136; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I think it had to do with the previous story on how the manual made reference to an mSD slot.

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:18

21. Adrian38 (Posts: 132; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Well there was a manual for the phone that said it had an SD slot. I think that caused some confusion. Also, I think the FCC listed the device with the SD slot.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:08 1

5. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Did they ever anounce it having ? I don't remember such a thing.

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:25 1

26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3309; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I think somebody at OnePlus got confused between "invite slot" and "SD slot".

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:09 3

6. Slammer (Posts: 1063; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---"There is a fairly small subset of mobileusers who are adamant that devices should have expandable storage (and will get quite rowdy when the feature is left off of a new smartphone)."---

There is a much larger portion of us than this leads believe. As a mainstream user with no employed ties to the wireless industry, I can safely say that many of us do no want to be tethered to cloud services which may cost us more money a month. We must observe the popularity of the Samsung line that has inherently recognized these wishes. We must also witness the lack of sale by those other than Apple that can't see this.

It amazes me that today's tech enthusiasts ignore the customer control and customization that consumers enjoy.

John B.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:37

15. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Let's get rowdy!!!

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:38

19. elitewolverine (Posts: 1722; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I prefer cloud, I take to many calls a day of upset people that their SD card has failed and all their pictures are lost.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:58

24. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3309; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


---"There is a fairly small subset of mobileusers who are adamant that devices should have expandable storage (and will get quite rowdy when the feature is left off of a new smartphone)."---

Agree... this sounds like that telecom tool over at Anandtech, Brian Klug. He was always on the warpath against SD cards, saying you couldn't make a good phone if you had to support SD memory.

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:32

31. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


True 100%.

posted on 16 May 2014, 16:59

37. RandomUsername (Posts: 487; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


If you could put a 128GB SDcard in there, what are you gonna do with 256GBs of storage???

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:15

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


It will still be my back up phone later in year.
Hard to stay mad at this even with all the mis steps, hiccups an leaks.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:22

8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


So their making around $70+ profit on this device

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:22

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Well they were claiming this is a no compromise device, hell thats there whole marketing with the dont settle tag line.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:29 1

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Well thats another reason not to bother with it. The more I've heard about this phone the less interest I've had.

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:33

32. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Same here.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:31

11. Totse2k15 (Posts: 272; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Just get a "Meenova Mini MicroSD Card Reader" or "Leef Access microSD Card Reader" and a 32GB/64GB/128GB MicroSD Card. Not that hard... No lame dingling micro USB cable too.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:16 2

14. alvinsloan (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


why do phonearena has to announce it as if it such a big deal most more expensive flagship phones don't have microsd card slot. this company is setting a new standard in smartphone industry. and phonearena is bringing down the image by making the heading of this article like this. I use a windows phone but when I saw this phone and its price it made me want to Get an extra phone. THIS IS A BIG THUMBS UP TO THE COMPANY THAT MADE THIS PHONE AT THIS PRICE. other companies are just making too much profit.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:12

22. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


most other expensive flagships don't have sd card slot? Please give me some examples. Because samsung, sony, htc and LG got one. They made this article because yesterday OPO had sd card slot on their manual. This is for clarification.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:51 1

23. alvinsloan (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


it is just a manual. atleast they would have put it more clearly in the heading pointing a mistake in the manual. the phone has always been advertised that it does not MicroSD.
and for those flagship phones i said some. Because only samsung s flagships and sony has microsd. LG G and HTC don't have MicroSD

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:07

34. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


LG G2 has micro SD, HTC M8 has Micro SD. Now I just told you it was an article on this and they just want to make it clear that it doesn't have one.

Sometimes I just don't understand people like you. All flagships of 2014 and many from 2013 had micro sd card slot.

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:09 2

16. GreekGeek (Posts: 843; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Can anybody pls. Explain how the stupid invite system works?

Its just the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:44 1

20. fzacek (Posts: 1884; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I don't understand either. Will they continue using this invite system indefinitely or is it only for a certain period of time?

posted on 13 May 2014, 20:00

25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3309; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


They will keep using it until they learn they did something stupid and alienated most of the world's mobile customers who were interested in their phone.

posted on 13 May 2014, 23:32

28. andynaija (Posts: 470; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Lol you sound just the way my dad would sound when someone does something very dumb.

posted on 14 May 2014, 00:19

29. fzacek (Posts: 1884; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That sucks...

posted on 14 May 2014, 01:22

30. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


"Fairly small subset of mobile users" what? Where? Who? With full hd and 4k recording and huge mp in cameras hell yes we need expansion. My 16 gbs absolutely mean nothing. A few apps, a hundred pictures and a video are enough for the phone to start crying for help. I got myself a 32 gb card.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:40

33. tokuzumi (Posts: 291; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


MicroSD cards on a device are now more trouble than they are worth. Back in the days of the Evo 4G, you had to be creative with your apps, because you only had around 1GB of space for apps. You needed the ability to install apps on a SD card. But my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are the 32GB models, and I have no space issues, even after putting a large number of MP3s, and installing some large apps. I use the google + auto backup of my pictures, so I don't need to worry about saving them if I switch phones, or my phone gets stolen/lost. If I want to consume media while on a plane, or car ride, I can just use a USB OTG cable, and a flash drive. Plus, Android is doing all they can to handicap SD cards, and relegate them to media storage drives.

posted on 14 May 2014, 18:59

36. Dvoraak (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Unfortunately SD cards bring their own issues. Samsung phones are notoriously boot loop prone (I've personally had 2 Note 3's and an S4 with this problem) and Samsung reps will tell you it's an SD issue. They only recommend 2 brands of SD cards for their phones and one of them is theirs (of course).
Kudos to OnePlus for having the most affordable storage upgrade anyone's ever seen.

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