HTC One comes with removable cover, dual-SIM, and SD card slot… in China

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 3, 2013


The Chinese versions of the HTC One will differ from the models sold in the West, a leaked picture reveals.

There’s no disputing that the aluminum unibody of the HTC One lend it excellent resistance to mechanical shocks (as illustrated in our recent HTC One drop test), but also a special look and feel that can’t be emulated through other designs. But the unibody approach has its own set of drawbacks, mainly the sealed battery, which cannot be replaced by the user, and the absence of a microSD card slot or of a secondary SIM slot.

At least two of these inconveniences will apparently be absent from the Chinese versions of the HTC One. The device selling on China Unicom (one of the big three carriers in the country) will feature a removable back cover that exposes a microSD card and two SIM slots. One of the slots can accommodate the WCDMA SIM used by the Chinese carrier.

As you can see from the featured image, the battery of the device, codenamed 802w, is still non-removable.

Seeing that China got a slightly improved version of the HTC One (well, at least from some perspectives) begs the question – why hasn’t HTC offered the same features in North America, Europe, and other markets?

It’s a matter of balancing the perceived priorities of the consumers in each market. HTC, as every other phone maker, tries to meet the lowest common denominator, the design that will appeal to the largest number of potential customers. In China, the dual-SIM and the SD slot are a priority for a larger number of users, while the more premium feel conferred by a unibody design is secondary.

In the Western markets, HTC probably considers that people don’t care as much for these features, and put a greater value on the solid, luxurious feel of a solid metal chassis. A wise decision? We’ll see when the HTC One goes on sale.

  • No One

    As much as I love to have MicroSD card, i rather have uni-body design not removable back cover.

  • Ronny

    This is the HDC One not the HTC One, its a Duplicate …

    • No One

      Yeah, I have gotten about that.

    • The HDC One is single SIM, this is dual. Also, it says HTC on the label.

      • No One

        I still think this is either copy or a fake one. HTC One has been advertised as built 1 piece of aluminium with 0 gap, with this version, those advertises are fake then.

  • MasterMuffin

    Removable back cover BUT NO REMOVABLE BATTERY? ……. okay

  • Let’s make a removable back phone with non removable battery… Innovation -_-

  • hoggleboggle

    “why hasn’t HTC offered the same features in North America, Europe, and other markets” – probably because they presume the western market are a gullible lot that prefer a shiny pretty exterior over improved functionality and features?

    • Axel Rowlings

      iPhone Users do

  • Ryanjayce

    That’s messed up D: I’d gladly buy a HTC One if we had external SD but I have to wait for a S4 or the next Xperia instead :(

  • Amine Elouakil

    There we go again.. AA or rather SA at it again, how on earth you confirm this to be better than the international One just because it has a micro sd slot when you don’t even have the spec sheet! this is worse than amateurism.

    For sure like all the execlusive version for China, it will be less premium and powerfull. Last year when HTC Prensented the One X and One S internationally china got One XC, ST, SU and those had sd card slots but I ll let you check the specs. Amateur.

    • I didn’t say it’s better anywhere. I said “slightly improved” and I said “at least from some perspectives” — plenty of people want an SD card slot, therefore, this version would be better for them. Thanks for reading.

      • amine ELouakil

        Please enplane to me how slightly improved deffer from better. yes you didn’t use the word “Better” but you claimed it’s improved which in my register means the same thing (I know I’m not a native english speaker in fact I’m far from that but even on a dictionary better is a synonym to improved….) .

        • Don’t want to argue over semantics here. What I meant is that some people will find this version an improvement over the international one. No one can deny that.

          • amine ELouakil

            Like I said before, Chinese versions tends to have an inferior hardware to their international counterpart, and I’ve given a few examples, having an SD slot (which is good in it self) doesn’t make this phone better than the original… just wait for the full spec sheet before making such confirmation
            Maybe it’s my English but I’m pretty clear I think…

          • He said “some perspective”. Hardware might be inferior in the end, but “from my perspective”, it’s better for me to have the dual sim and sdcard slot.

            English isn’t my first language too, but I think the article is pretty clear. But “from some perspective”, it is a lousy article .

  • Rob C

    Based on some of the Comments (elsewhere) North American Users would prefer:
    removable Cover, dual-SD Card Slot, and single SIM,
    instead of:
    removable Cover, dual-SIM, and SD Card Slot.

    An easy rearrangement that would be simple enough to manufacture.

    • Daniel G

      Correction This is what North American Users want

      Removal back cover

      Replaceable Battery

      Good Battery Life

      Good Loudspeaker/call volume

      Yes a micro SD CARD SLOT/And possibly support for Micro SDXC

      single SIM- and possibly Double Sim.

      LTE Support

      Pentaband Support- FOR ALL CARRIERS

      The Phone to be unlocked- not everyone has major carriers and uses MVNOs.

      How about an optional bluetooth keyboard, and a decent screen? It doesn’t have to be perfect,but its not hard to put forth a little effort.

  • Jordan Awkward

    I don’t see the need for a SD card I have a 32g nexus 7 with 10 games and a few movies and still not half way full plus SD card storage is accessed slower

  • IntelligentAj

    You’ve got to be kidding me… So they designed a work around for the One and felt taking away one of the main advantages of the S4 in the US(The expandable storage) wasn’t a good idea? What the hell is HTC thinking…

  • Lighten Oup

    Does it use CHeap plastic backcover?

  • that dual sim really interests me alot .. considering i have a work phone and a personal phone and carrying around one unit would be fabulous

  • Weiler Claude
  • Jie QurLylle

    having a micro SD slot is a lot better than a built-in memory. I can upgrade it to higher capacity memory of micro-SD. Dual sim mobile phone is so convenient too. but hope there’s something that enables it to use Google services. I’ll soon to have one, it’s coming my way from they’re having more detailed specs.