Here is why HTC One does not support memory expansion

Here is why HTC One does not support memory expansion
The HTC One is a spectacular piece of engineering - made out of a single aluminum block with that comfortable curve on the back it is both solid and elegant. However that premium unibody design and the lack of space were also the reasons we suspected did not allow for HTC to include a memory extension slot in its 2013 Android flagship.

Recently, though, we got to see the Chinese version of the handset with different radios and behold the surprise when we saw that the HTC One for China does support not just a microSD memory expansion slot but even dual SIM cards. Naturally, that also meant doing away with the unibody design and introducing a removable back cover. But for those willing to pay the price remains the question of why did HTC not make the One with microSD card support for Western markets?

HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon answers that question in an interview for TechRadar:

"Because the Chinese version of the One is designed specifically for the smaller Chinese radio bands, we do have additional space inside the device we were able to use for the microSD slot. That space isn't available to us in the global version."

It’s all in those 4G LTE radios and cellular connectivity obviously. It’s not too comforting, but it sounds like a valid reason, doesn’t it?

source: TechRadar

There are three versions of the HTC One for China and they come with dual SIM and microSD card support.

There are three versions of the HTC One for China and they come with dual SIM and microSD card support.

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79 Comments

1. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

ooooookkkkk good point.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

not really !.. GS4 managed to put a larger display, larger battery (removable) and with a MicroSD slot in a phone smaller than that of HTC One's !

11. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

They talk about real devices and not ugly plastic toys!

13. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Awwwww. Somebody has diaper rash.

16. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

wether it's plastic or not, s4 is bigger screen smaller specifications,even if s3 was aluminum it would still be thinner and lighter. htc just doesn't know how to utilize the space well or just too lazy to. to add to that s4 even has a bigger battery 2600 vs htc 2300

39. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

And what about Optical Image Stabilizer(OIS)?

59. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Dual front facing speakers take space. Think before you speak next time.

75. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 559; Member since: May 26, 2011

I rather have the sd card slot and one speaker.

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

GS4 is not a plastic toy. We called it a smartphone, not a plastic toy, we use it, not dropping or smashing it because it is not a toy. Every smartphones are not a plastic toy, they are SMARTPHONES! Try telling that to the Lumia 920 and let's see how your head gets smashed! Wanna try?

27. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I personally might enjoy a little head smashing, at least watching.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look like tenths of millions of people prefer ugly plastic toys! over your perceive premium designed phone. i like HTC one but would not buy one without a microSD slot. For S4 one could pick up a cool aluminum case from many different designs.

53. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

and it becomes bigger and not thinner anymore

76. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 559; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'll take that plastic device that comes with a larger battery, sd expansion slot, removable battery, larger screen, etc before I buy another HTC device. I've own both the Thunderbolt and Rezound and they were both failures primarily because of the poor battery life. Now you HTC wants users to have poor battery life and no sd expansion slot. It's no wonder they aren't doing well in North America.

43. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Agreed! If Samsung can do it, so can HTC. I admit HTC One is a great + beautiful phone but HTC has always the same problem to ruin the phone whether it's the battery/the microsd slot.

46. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

K900 has a micro sd with a 5.5" screen and its thinner than an iphone 5. HTC is lying.

47. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The added height and width required for a 5.5" phone allow more room for electronics. That's how Moto was able to make the 7 mm Razr. It had a huge bezel though. Point being, it's not a fair comparison by any stretch.

52. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

If you think HTC is lying. then you should have know that samsung fakes everything. @dancer in the street

63. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

HDShatter & Whateverman said it best and honestly if you believe the "its to small to accommodate the sd slot" then your an idiot because at the beginning of designing the device im sure the question arose of whether they wanted one or not...

69. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

True but possibly the front speakers take up a lot of space.

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

The One is arguably the best phone on the market, but no expandable memory is worth the couple extra mm's in thickness. If OEM's could just forget about making the thinnest device on the market, and just give us the things we want, maybe HTC would have been at 10 million sold too. They're great with its current design, but I hope HTC will drop this crusade to end all expandable memory support.

18. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

dude s4 is 7.9 mm with 16/32/64 GB internal memory + micro sd card while the htc one is 9.3 mm thin with only 32/64 GB internal memory,whats your point!

30. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No what's their point? HTC says they didn't have room, not me. I say, if you don't have room, make the phone a little bigger. That's my point.

24. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

They wont and it provides another reason not to buy from them. This is on top of other reasons like lack of long term support for their devices which other companies do a comparably better job at. HTC has so many useless devices that it makes you wonder how they make the money to create them. I mean the HTC First?

25. lovefist unregistered

HTC will probably consider putting sd cards on their flagships when they're not on the game anymore. 10mil will be the max amount of htc one they will be able to sell, probably less. with s4 ads everywhere and also in my country where you can get the s4 for $100 less while the htc one aint getting any price cuts. you could bet people will be going for the S4.

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Does everyone really feel lack of expandable memory is such a dealbreaker? It certainly hasn't broken the iPhone's sales. 32 GB is plenty for the average buyer.

31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I'm sure for the right phone, but when people are comparing against other phone at this level that has it, I think it hurts the One's chances a little.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

A little, sure. But suppose a customer goes in there comparing the iPhone 5, Lumia 92x, One, and S4. Three out of four have no SD slot. So it comes across as more of a plus for the S4 than a minus for the One.

60. bigstrudel

Posts: 574; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Websites like these are hardly the realm of average buyers.

62. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

True, but that tends to be my response when I see the same sentiments repeated in the comments: Why can't it have a microSD? Why can't Nokia run Android? Why won't Samsung make metal phones? Why won't someone market a waterproof phone with a metal body, 5" FHD screen, 128 GB storage, a microSD slot, removable 3000 mAh battery and 16 MP camera that runs stock Android? Simple: They don't make them for you. They make them for Average Buyers.

64. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

average consumers run out of memory too .

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