HTC Explains Reason For Not Including MicroSD Slot In US/UK One Models

The HTC One is HTC’s newest flagship, but like previous devices HTC has made, it’s missing a few features. Things like a removable battery and a microSD card slot are absent on this unibody beauty. However, looking at the Chinese and Japanese models of the One, there is a removable cover with a microSD slot. So why do those countries get microSD slot and we don’t? Why do we get to suffer? HTC had an explanation ready for that one.

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

Let’s take a close look at that explanation. Not enough size in one model, and a smaller radio providing that size in another, is not quite a “valid” excuse. It’s just an excuse for poor design. If they wanted to make space for the microSD slot, they would. Take apart a Samsung device and look how small the microSD slot assembly is; it doesn’t take up much space.

Plus, looking at the past, no HTC flagship had a microSD slot. Not the HTC One X, not the One S, not the One X+. This is a design decision HTC made, not a space issue. This is all assumption, but honestly, lame excuses aren’t cool. At least be honest, HTC. Many people don’t need microSD slots anymore, people will understand. But don’t tell us you ran out of space. The Galaxy S 4 is 1.4mm thinner and has one, along with a bigger removable battery. I think you could have made it work.

So what do you think of HTC’s excuse reasoning? Do you think it’s valid, or is it simple BS? Leave your thoughts in a comment so we can get a discussion going!

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